Statins: Friend or Foe? You Decide!

Statins: Friend or Foe? You Decide!

Statin Medication in Fort Wayne IN

Let’s say you’ve gained about 30 pounds in the last six months to a year. At your doctor’s visit, you discover that you have high cholesterol, high blood sugar levels (although they aren’t calling you diabetic yet), and your blood pressure is rising, too.

Your doctor sends you home with statin drugs.

But there’s something that doesn’t sit right with you about this whole thing – and you don’t want to take any drugs, let alone the statins that appeared to make one of your friends go downhill quickly. He went from owning his own company to becoming frail-looking and within a few years went into a serious mental decline. What’s the real problem here – and is there another solution? We are here to help at New Life Chiropractic in Fort Wayne, In.

A Little History on Statins

First of all, let me say that you are smart to listen to your intuition about the doctor’s solution. For over 35 years, medical doctors have been prescribing statin drugs to their patients.

Statins decrease the body’s production of cholesterol – and the doctors and pharmaceutical companies make cholesterol out to be this big bad behemoth – when it’s something your body needs to function.

Cholesterol is a precursor to several different compounds in the body, and each one is SO important for health – yet the doctors are convinced that it’s more important to block all compounds synthesized from cholesterol. In my opinion, they couldn’t be more wrong about this.

What Cholesterol Does in the Body

Here’s a list of some of the important functions that cholesterol performs in your body:

  • ion transport
  • used to synthesize vitamin D in the body
  • used to synthesize sex hormones in your body (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone)
  • component of fats in the brain
  • component of nerve cell myelin sheaths
  • protects cell membranes
  • synaptic transmission of nerve signals
  • fat metabolism (fats are safely transported when there’s enough cholesterol in the body)
  • immune system defenses
  • produces melatonin

Statins Damage the Heart

Statins interfere with an enzyme called HMG coenzyme A reductase, which is one of the first of the 25 steps to produce cholesterol. The intermediaries that are blocked in the conversion include coenzyme Q10, which is important for energy production in the mitochondria of the heart.

Statins Damage the Muscles

Statins affect the liver negatively by impairing its ability to convert fructose to fat. They affect the muscles by increasing oxidation damage and creating a lot of free radicals, cutting the fat supply off for the muscles, depriving them of a source of energy, and thus causing the loss of sodium and potassium from the cells.

When the sodium and potassium are gone from the cells, calcium and magnesium are substituted. However, this then leads to hardening of the arteries.

The muscle cells become starved for energy and try to use other metabolic pathways to survive. However, this doesn’t work too well and they become damaged in the process. They begin falling apart – and some people have died from this. The excess of muscle proteins that are broken down is something the kidneys can’t handle, and death is due to renal failure.

This is one of the reasons why many people report problems with their muscles weakening – sometimes after only a few doses of statins.

Statins Damage Nerves

When they are in the process of dying, the muscle fragments become toxic to the nerves, which then causes neuropathy and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Moreover, the myelin sheath is composed of high amounts of cholesterol, and when statins are taken, this type of cholesterol diminishes in the nerve cells. This is why those who take statins are more at risk for dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and memory loss. Cognitive impairment, depression and confusion are common in those people on statins.

As you can see, taking statins disrupts the entire body. And with all the bad things that happen from them, you have to ask yourself if it’s really worth it to take them.

What can You Do to Prevent Hardening of the Arteries and Heart Disease?

  1. Avoid eating processed foods with high fructose corn syrup or fructose.
  2. Eat more sour cream and yogurt, which give your body lactate. The lactate can be used for energy in the body.
  3. Get on a good physical exercise program.
  4. Get plenty of sunshine for your body to make its own vitamin D.
  5. Eat healthy protein foods like eggs and liver.
  6. Stop the statins!
  7. Eat plenty of protective vegetables.

Do you want to know the easiest way to lower your cholesterol level? It’s to drop the extra 30 pounds you gained in the last six months.

Losing the weight will reset a lot of the hormones in your body – insulin, glucagon, testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, and others. And it only takes a few months of dedication to lose this weight.

Another important factor to consider is that of chiropractic care.  Remember, it’s not that chiropractic care decreases cholesterol, but rather that it helps keep your body functioning at its best.  When your body can function optimally and adapt as needed more efficiently, it heals better.  Thus, many patients find that being under regular chiropractic care helps keep their cholesterol in optimal ranges.

Listen, one of the things to keep at the forefront of you thinking when it comes to cholesterol is that of letting your body adapt and heal according to what your body feels is innately best.  In other words, ALWAYS be a sower of life and health and continually make choices regarding your health that produce the outcome that you most desire.  Only the innate wisdom can determine if the numbers are “good” or “bad” under the current circumstances of your life.  That’s not to say to sit back and do nothing, but rather always care for your health, not just reacting to a high number.

Regain your sanity, and reclaim your health, your muscles, your brain, your liver, and kidneys by getting off the statins. Do the right thing!


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New Life Chiropractic
2051 Reed Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46815
(260) 471-5433