Will there be Statin infused water in our future?

June 27, 2010 2 Comments

Quote of the Day

Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing. – Redd Foxx


365 Days to a Balanced Life – Day 27

Like most people, I struggle to stay on a healthy diet and exercise regime.  Although I always think about it and try to make good choices, I am seldom  consistent enough to make any headway.  I know it is important to take supplements as well but I always end up throwing them out unopened after the expiration date.  The 365 Days to a Balanced Life journey should change all that.  That and the fact that my cardiologist is about to deliver the news from my last CT angiogram (I got a sneak preview from my GP).

They want me to try statin drugs again as my elevated cholesterol has done its duty on my arteries.  In reality I still have a reasonably healthy heart but the fact that I had a stroke 18 months ago makes it doubly important that I stop fooling around here.  I had ignored the lab results for 3 years prior to the stroke, thinking diet and exercise would reverse the high cholesterol. The problem was I wasn’t consistent and neither were  the results.  I did manage to get the numbers down to almost normal following the “scared straight” period after my stroke so I know lifestyle changes work.

Even though some cardiologist feel that Statins are so effective they should be added to the water supply (I assume they are joking), there are many knowledgeable health care professionals who are not convinced that they are the first course of action.  Dr. Andrew Weil,  in his book Why our Health Matters, suggests the claim that Statin therapy reduces risk of heart attack by 36% may be misleading.   According to Dr. Weil, the actual numbers are more in the neighborhood of for every 100 people on statin drugs, 1 heart attack will be avoided.  Go figure that the pharmaceutical companies would find a way to overstate and market a more advantageous sounding statistic.  1 out of 100 doesn’t sound as sexy as 36% does it?

The problem as I see it is that too many doctors take the word of these self serving studies and reports (don’t even get me started on the FDA).  Most doctors will smile condescendingly if you ever bring up the suggestion that a “natural remedy “combined with diet and exercise may be better than Statin drugs.  I have had many doctors say that diet and exercise will not lower cholesterol.   How is that possible?  I think you can guess where they get their information from.  My doctors have  tried to scare the hell out of me insisting that only Statin drugs will lower cholesterol.  I don’t buy it.

Most people are scared into taking these drugs by their doctors before trying the more difficult but healthier lifestyle changes.  In truth I am more scared of the drugs.  Last fall I ended up in hospital in the worst pain I had ever experienced (childbirth included), after trying Statins for the second time resulting in excrutiating muscle pain.  Apparently I am one of the 5% of people who cannot tolerate these drugs (of course I am).  Can we even trust that statistic?  Maybe there are far more than 5% of us who cannot tolerate these drugs.  In spite of these two failed attempts, the doctors think I should try them again with a combo of CoQ10 and aspirin to see if I can avoid the pain before trying the next best drug.  No thanks, that pain is still too fresh in my memory.  What does this tell you about what these drugs do to you?  Fortunately there are people like Dr. Weil that do not think the first place to start is drug therapy.

So, I have no more excuses and no more time to fool around.  I am going to be following a strict cholesterol lowering diet and combined with my increased exercise and some Omega 3 and whatever else I can swallow that will help, I will lower my cholesterol in three months.  I’ll let you know my results at the end of this experiment.

As stated on my welcome page, I do not suggest you follow my suggestions.  I am not a doctor or health care professional.  You should always listen to your doctor and do your own research before making the decision that is right for you.  All I am stressing is that you must inform yourself.

Eat right, exercise regularly, die anyway. ~Author Unknown (I couldn’t resist this one)


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2 Comments to “Will there be Statin infused water in our future?”
  1. Phillipa Lakin says:

    Roneen – if you really wish to do this – lower your cholesterol dramatically – read The China Study by Colin Campbell, PhD – it is an amazing read and you will be victorious if you follow his advice! I am excited for you!

  2. Roneen says:

    Thanks Phillipa – I’m getting the book and will let you know how it goes!! Thanks for the info, I know you have much valuable insight and wisdom to add to this blog. I look forward to your continued guidence.

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