View Full Version : Are Statins Worth the Risk?

02-21-12, 11:08 AM
by Dr. Peter Braglia (http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blogs/peterjbraglia)
February 18th 2012

Cholesterol lowering drugs called Statins generated $34 billion (http://www.forbes.com/2008/10/29/cholesterol-pharmacuticals-statins-biz-cx_mh_1030cholesterol.html%20) in sales in 2007 and have raked in over a quarter of a trillion dollars since they were introduced two decades ago. A new study reported in the NY Times (http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/21/cholesterol-drugs-linked-with-diabetes-risk/) links the use of statins with a higher risk of developing diabetes. This is just the latest in a seemingly endless list of side-effects that continue to be discovered from the long term use of these drugs.

Here’s a small sample of the risks of statins: acute kidney failure, liver dysfunction, cataracts, muscle weakness, rhabdomyolysis (a breakdown of muscle fibers into the blood stream), acidosis, sexual dysfunction, immune system depression, neuropathy, frequent fevers, increased risk of cancer, anemia, pancreatic dysfunction, and increased risk of stroke. [For additional research GreenMedInfo contains an archive of studies on 300+ adverse health effects associated with their use (http://www.greenmedinfo.com/toxic-ingredient/statin-drugs)]

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02-21-12, 11:21 AM
I reacted so bad to statins that they thought I had MS and were very confused when MRI was normal. It was only a few months later that my doctor happened to read an article about "statin-induced myopathy". This was the first official acknowledgement of the damage statins can do to your muscles. He called me, had me do some immediate blood work and told me to stop the statins immediately. It took weeks for the pain to go away and for me to quit falling. I don't feel like I ever regained my strength. Blood tests showed impaired kidney function. If my doc hadn't read that article, I could have gone into full blown kidney failure before long. They also seriously affected my liver and probably increased already present damage to my pancreas. I was on statins for probably 3 years. My cholesterol was over 300, I was seriously obese and my mother had died from multiple strokes, the first one at age 55. Funny, statins and low fat only caused me to gain weight and never did change the cholesterol numbers. So, NO, I don't believe statins are worth the risk except in a very very limited population of people with familial hypercholesterolemia and several other risk factors who are unable/unwilling to change their diets.

I guess I was a sheeple back then. Can't look back, only keep going forward stronger than ever :)