I just read another disturbing article in USA Today , by Steve Sternberg titled:
Cholesterol drug can damage muscles in high doses – Simvastatin takers should see doctor
(please take the following with a grain of sea salt, unless your “health care provider” has told you to follow a ‘low sodium’ DIE-et)
Now maybe it’s just me, but didn’t going to the doctor cause this problem in the first place? This witch hunt on cholesterol, which is Essential to your body for HUNDREDS of uses, has caused far more problems than it ever solved.
Your body uses cholesterol to make many essential hormones. A recent study in elderly subject “surprisingly” found that those with the highest cholesterol levels got the best results from their exercise program. These subjects, who were at high risk for muscle loss, gained more metabolism boosting muscle tissue than those with lowest cholesterol levels.
Now here is ANOTHER study showing rhabdomyolysis (muscle loss) in patients taking cholesterol lowering drugs.
When I went to school, I was taught that the HEART was also a muscle – but of course I’m not a DOCTOR so you should feel free to draw your own conclusions. Most of these drugs also severely deplete the essential antioxidant Co-Q10, which your HEART needs to function in a healthy way (along with a host of other things, including: Sodium, Potassium, Calcium, and Magnesium).
High cholesterol is a SYMPTOM, not a disease!
6 years ago, my heart had a problem. I had a birth defect that caused me to need a pacemaker. My cholesterol level was a total of 293, with HDL at only 13. Now through healthy nutrition (including lots of omega-3 foods) and regular exercise my total is around 160, with a HDL of 38.
ALL WITHOUT CHOLESTEROL LOWERING DRUGS.
Make informed choices, and don’t follow the lemmings of the cliff – just my opinion…