Several readers of CluelessDoctors asked me to write about statins. I wrote a complete essay on the subject at here that explains all you ever wanted and deeded to know about statins.
Is there anyone who doesn’t need statins?
Must we take statins? Some researchers and doctors most certainly think so. Some even recommend adding statins to drinking water. This is obviously a rather dangerous proposition. After all, if we really don’t need cholesterol, why does our body make it? And if statins are so essential that they should be in the water to drink by all people in all life stages, then how come that our body didn’t add statin as an essential nutrient as part of evolution?
Can we suffer from statin deficiency?
Have you heard of NNT (number needed to treat) and NNH (number needed to harm)? I examine these in the context of statins in my article. I also list some adverse effects—some very serious. Did you know that statins have 300 known adverse events?
I also discuss a big-pharma trick that is not so funny. CoQ10 production is blocked by statins (as is the production of steroids, vitamin D, and other important hormones). CoQ10 is heart protective so one would think that statins, which are supposed to protect the heart, would support CoQ10. Right? Wrong. Statins block the production of CoQ10, because it is a step in the chain of steps that generates cholesterol. Not having enough CoQ10 also harms mitochondria; taking statins prevents proper energy production–this explains the muscle damage statins cause.
One big-pharma considered adding CoQ10 to their statin formulation. Read what happened next.
Also discuss are what heart disease and cholesterol are and how—if at all—they connect in a meaningful way; what high LDL is and if that is really a bad thing. I explain what atherosclerosis is. While you may think you know what it is, you may find some surprising information in what I wrote.
Let me know what you think about the article and ask questions here or there. Receiving feedback on what you want me to write about is super! Keep on having your requests coming! 😊
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