Our good friend Bill Sardi brings us important health news that the media misses. Well, gee…I think too often they don’t “miss” natural health news and drug negatives…they just fear annoying the drug companies who spend so many billions on advertising.
In a very interesting recent blog, Mr. Sardi brings us up to date on the controversy surrounding the controversial statin drugs for lowering cholesterol. He (and virtually all the integrative physicians that I know) think the whole emphasis on cholesterol is itself, at best, confused. These are quotes from that report which I thought were especially interesting:
- “If men only knew: statin drugs lower testosterone levels. (Supplemental vitamin D counters this problem.)” [Women need testosterone too!]
- “Vitamin D and coenzyme Q10 are now on the list of antidotes to avert side effects posed by statins.”
- “Statin drugs as a class of drugs result in a disproportionality in the incidence of cataracts. Overall, statins increase the relative risk for cataracts by 366%. But some types of statins increase the risk for cataracts by 1480% and 1330%. Statin drugs are making cataract surgeons a lot of money.”
Since most doctors are trained (directly and indirectly) and then incentivized by drug companies, we are at great risk if we robotically fill prescriptions without asking a lot of questions and researching other options.