Cholesterol Levels Guidelines Must Be Ignored By Women

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Pharmaceutical companies are at it again: telling us that statins are safe and that many more people should take them. I’ve talked about the dangers of statins, their side effects, and reasons not to take them for years.

Despite their dangers, conventional medicine recently came out with new guidelines that will likely double the number of people taking statins. These new guidelines suggest anyone with heart disease or diabetes should automatically take statins. And anyone with LDL over 190 or a high likelihood of having a heart attack in the next 10 years should also take statins. But these guidelines won’t prevent any more heart attacks, because no studies prove statins prevent heart attacks in women. (Statins might prevent second heart attacks in middle-age men who have suffered a first heart attack. They won’t help anyone else.)

Today I’d like to remind you of information that I shared with you several years ago. It shows you why you shouldn’t pay attention to the nonsense in today’s news suggesting that “cholesterol-busting drugs” are desirable. They aren’t desirable for anyone, but they’re especially dangerous for women. Here’s why…

First, studies have concluded that statins don’t work well on women. I’ve told you in the past that statins contribute to liver toxicity while robbing you of your heart’s essential nutrient Coenzyme Q10. This antioxidant is essential to your cells’ production of energy. Your heart and brain must have CoQ10, but statin use significantly lowers blood levels of this nutrient. When women take statins, the studies show that they are at a much higher risk for these side effects than men.

But there’s more. Statins also contribute to your risk of cataracts, particularly if you’re diabetic. We’re still seeing lots of prescriptions for statins to lower cholesterol to help avoid heart disease. But high cholesterol isn’t necessarily a risk for heart disease – and taking statins is definitely a risk for cataracts. And the fact that the new guidelines want every diabetic to take statins ensures we’ll see more cataracts in the near future.

That’s not all. According to a paper from the University of California San Diego’s Statin Study group, there are nearly 900 studies of statins’ adverse side effects. That’s right, 900! These side effects include muscle pain, fatigue, and weakness. Statins can also rob you of your memory and ability to think coherently. They can cause pain or weakness in your fingers and toes – a condition known as peripheral neuropathy.

So what can you do if you have high cholesterol? Obviously, don’t take statins. Instead, change your diet. In one study, patients who had high cholesterol and high CRP (a marker for inflammation) ate various diets. One group ate a diet that minimized consumption of saturated (animal) fats. Another group ate the same diet and took a statin. The final group ate a diet high in vegetables, soy, and almonds and did not take a statin. The third group fared the best. In fact, their results were almost as good as those who took the statin. The only significant difference was they avoided the dangerous side effects.

Don’t listen to the pharmaceutical companies. You don’t need a statin to lower your cholesterol. If your doctor does coerce you into taking statins, make sure you’re taking Ubiquinol CoQ10. It won’t protect you from all of the side effects of statins. But at least you can overcome this one major problem.

Your voice of reason in Women’s Health,

By Dr. Nan Kathryn Fuchs PhD

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Ibuprofen, A Common Pain Killer, Should Never Be Taken When…

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Most everyone takes some type of over-the-counter medication. But did you know that even seemingly harmless medications can cause problems in certain individuals? In fact, some of the most common drugs can have devastating, even fatal side effects.

You’ve heard, for instance, that taking Tylenol can lead to liver toxicity. Now you need to add ibuprofen to the list of over-the-counter medications that may not be as safe as you once thought.

Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that reduces the inflammation and pain from arthritis. You may know it as Advil or Motrin. If you?re at a low risk for heart disease, it could be safe for you to take. But if you?re at a high risk for heart disease, ibuprofen could be deadly. And your risk goes up even more if you?re also taking an aspirin a day to thin your blood.

The researchers in a new study looked for signs of heart disease in 18,000 people over the age of 50 who had osteoarthritis. Then they followed them for more than a year. They found that people at high risk for heart disease who take both aspirin and ibuprofen are at serious risk for heart attack or stroke. In fact, their risk was nine times higher than those who take an anti-inflammatory such as lumiracoxib (a common painkiller sold in other countries). Both ibuprofen and lumiracoxib are NSAIDs, but differ in how they reduce inflammation.

People who took ibuprofen had an additional risk factor. They developed congestive heart failure more than people taking lumiracoxib. So if you must take a drug to reduce your pain and you?re at high risk for heart disease, avoid ibuprofen! Try to use the safer anti-inflammatories, such as lumiracoxib.

While ibuprofen might be safe for those who are not at risk for heart disease, I still think you need to find a better way to treat your pain. More and more information is coming out that suggests they?re not as safe as we once thought.

Lumiracoxib might help, but it’s tough to find in this country. It is sold in Canada, and in 20 other countries, which means you can order it legally over the Internet. If you would rather take lumiracoxib than ibuprofen, make sure you?re getting it from a reputable Internet source. Your pharmacist may be able to help you with this.

But for most people, drugs are not the answer. Consider safer anti-inflammatory products, such as turmeric, holy basil, and ginger. I’ve talked about natural anti-inflammatory substances in the past in my newsletter.

Your voice of reason in women’s health,

By Dr. Nan Kathryn Fuchs PhD

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