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The Truth about Statin Medications

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What do you really know about your statin medication?

With over 13 million prescriptions written per month statins are the most prescribed drug in the U.S.  Physicians write the prescriptions under the blanket statement that whatever downside a statin has it is not as bad as a heart attack.  Is that really true?  Do statins actually prevent the disease they are prescribed for?  To answer this question we have to understand the history and research into statin medications.  In 1970 Lovastatin was isolated from the poison of red rice yeast.  The poison is used as deterrent to predators of the red rice yeast.  In humans statins block the production of an enzyme that produces cholesterol in the liver.  This same enzyme is crucial in the production of Coenzyme Q10 a potent heart antioxidant.  CoQ10 is necessary for the production of energy in our muscle tissue especially the heart.  Over time CoQ10 depletion leads to weakened heart strength and congestive heart failure.  The medicine you are taking to save your heart is actually causing weakness and failure of your heart.

In order for the pharmaceutical companies to sell 13 million prescriptions per month they needed to point the finger at cholesterol as the cause of heart disease since they could suppress cholesterol with statin medications.  Is cholesterol the problem?  The majority of your cholesterol number is the result of the cholesterol your liver has produced.  That is why low cholesterol diets do almost nothing to lower your cholesterol number. The chief function of cholesterol is not to clog up your arteries.  It is the primary component of your cell membranes, and it is crucial to repair damage to your cells.

So how do cells get damaged?

The easiest way to understand this process is to look at a cut to your skin. When the skin is cut inflammation takes over.  This process will immediately mobilize cells and chemicals which will cause the blood to thicken and clot, other cells will multiply to speed healing.  When the process is complete scar tissue is left behind.  More and more research is pointing to the fact that cardiovascular disease is an inflammatory disease.  So the inflammation within the arteries is causing the blood to flow slower so it can thicken and clot, and cells are multiplying to ensure that scar tissue lies down.  The only problem is that scar tissue in the arteries is called plaque.  It is a lesion that has a high concentration of calcium in it causing the artery to lose its flexibility and develop an aneurysm and eventually rupture as a stroke or torn aorta.  Cholesterol fits into this process because the chemicals that are produced in response to inflammation are sending signals to the liver to produce more cholesterol so the body can repair the tissues that are being injured due to the inflammatory process.  Talk about shooting the messenger!

Controlling the Inflammatory Process is the Key

Whether you are taking a statin or not, controlling the inflammatory process is the key to controlling your risk of cardiovascular disease.  We don’t have to stop there.  Joint pain, cancer, intestinal disorders, skin irritations, dry eyes, even depression and mood swings are the result of inflammation.  Controlling the inflammatory process is the single most important step in regaining or maintaining health.  If you or anyone you know is taking a statin medication or if inflammation is causing stress in your life then you need to know about Total Omega-3+.

Total Omega-3+ is an antioxidant infused fish oil that covers all aspects of inflammation in just 2 capsules a day.  We start with our pharmaceutical grade ultra-pure fish oil.  The only fish oil that is molecularly distilled 3 times to ensure purity, potency, and freshness.  We combine bioidentical CoQ10 to ensure that all muscle tissue can produce healthy energy levels.  Additionally we have added a high dose of vitamin K2-7.  K2-7 or menaquinone has consistently demonstrated the ability to remove calcium from the arterial system (where it does not belong) and transport it to the ground matrix of the bones (where it belongs) in multiple large scale studies.  It is crucial for optimal circulatory health.  We add a healthy dose of Vitamin D3 for more cardiovascular and bone protection, and we finish with Tocomin SupraBio a patented vitamin E complex that research shows is imperative for keeping blood thin and maintaining normal arterial flexibility.

For those of you on statin medications you should take Total Omega-3+ every day to replenish the CoQ10 that is being robbed from your heart.  This will keep your heart healthy while you work to control the inflammatory process that has your liver producing too much cholesterol at this time.  The rest of us should look to add Total Omega-3+ to our routine as a way of combating inflammation at its source to keep us healthy and strong.

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Dr. Ingrid Maes

Dr. Ingrid Maes specializes in gentle chiropractic care and creating a lifestyle that promotes your best health. As a doctor of chiropractic and certified acupuncturist, Ingrid is skilled at identifying the root cause of imbalance and creating physical, nutritional and emotional balance in all systems of your body.

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