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Forget Statin Drugs—You Need Cholesterol

June 10, 2009 by  

Forget Statin Drugs—You Need Cholesterol

The best doctors that I know will write a prescription instantly for a statin drug (i.e., a drug to force cholesterol lower).

The cholesterol myth is a monument to the lies, deceit and fraud of the pharmaceuticals and the government.

The cholesterol myth proves that super fortunes can be built on the sale of products based on medical myths. This has absolutely nothing to do with medicine or the treatment of disease. It is commerce, pure and simple. It is crime, incorporated.

The cholesterol myth is so well established and so completely accepted by doctors that there is almost no inquiry into this crime of commerce.

Organized propaganda can force-feed the public mind any myth they can imagine. Crime becomes legitimate after it is generally accepted by the people. And the longer a crime has been accepted as legitimate or legal, the harder it is to challenge.

Cholesterol drugs are bad for human health. They destroy CoQ10. They complicate general health in many ways. They cost the American people billions of dollars annually.

The cholesterol myth is based on the Lipid Hypothesis created by Ancel Keys in the 1950s. The Lipid Hypothesis is a theory that saturated animal fats and cholesterol in our food raise cholesterol levels in the blood. Then the theory goes that high blood cholesterol causes atherosclerosis—leading to obstruction of blood vessels of the heart, and resulting in coronary heart disease. The pharmaceuticals saw trillions of dollars of profits. Who can say that the pharmaceuticals didn’t create the flawed studies that led to the cholesterol profit empire that we have today. You may call it a "science" of fraud.

This reversed the American diet of good Omega 3 fats to the consumption of liquid vegetable oils and margarine substituting for coconut oil and animal fat that did our ancestors so well.

Well, as profits skyrocketed, deaths from heart disease and cancer did, too.

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is actually a heavyweight alcohol with a hormone-like structure that behaves like a fat—being insoluble in water and in blood. Cholesterol has a coating compound called a lipoprotein, which makes it water soluble so it can be carried in the blood. As we will see, cholesterol plays a critical role in body chemistry. We need our cholesterol. To suppress it with cholesterol drugs is to create degenerative disease.

The Benefits of Cholesterol:

  • Your body uses cholesterol to make hormones that help you deal with stress and protect against heart disease and cancer.
  • Your body needs cholesterol to make all the sex hormones, including androgen, testosterone, estrogen, progesterone and DHEA.
  • Your body uses cholesterol to make vitamin D, vital for the bones and nervous system, proper growth, mineral metabolism, muscle tone, insulin production, reproduction and immune system function.
  • The bile salts are made from cholesterol. Bile is vital for digestion and assimilation of dietary fats.
  • Cholesterol acts as an antioxidant, protecting us against free radical damage that leads to heart disease and cancer.
  • Cholesterol is needed for proper function of serotonin receptors in the brain.
  • Since serotonin is the body’s natural "feel-good" chemical, it’s not surprising that low cholesterol levels have been linked to aggressive and violent behavior, depression and suicidal tendencies.
  • Mother’s milk is especially rich in cholesterol and contains a special enzyme that helps the baby utilize this nutrient. Babies and children need cholesterol-rich foods throughout their growing years to ensure proper development of the brain and nervous system.
  • Dietary cholesterol plays an important role in maintaining the health of the intestinal wall. This is why low-cholesterol vegetarian diets can lead to leaky gut syndrome and other intestinal disorders.
  • Finally, the body uses cholesterol to repair damaged cells. This means that higher cholesterol levels are actually beneficial. Meyer Texon, M.D., a well-known pathologist at New York University Medical Center, points out that indicting fat and cholesterol for hardening the arteries is like accusing white blood cells of causing infection, rather than helping the immune system to address it.

FACT: Deaths from heart disease and all other causes increased 11 percent for each 1 percent drop in cholesterol according to a 30-year follow-up of the famous Framingham Study.

Do the American people know this? No, because the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute published the reverse of the above facts in the journal Circulation. Yes, believe it or not!

And the fact is that for women, low cholesterol is more dangerous than high cholesterol.

Another fact is that when people maintain low levels of cholesterol in their blood over long periods of time with statin drugs, their risk of death from all causes will increase.

Taken from the book Eat Fat, Lose Fat by Mary Enig and Sally Fallon.

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American and author of The Bob Livingston Letter™, founded in 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • http://commonsenseforva.blogspot.com Bigvinu

    I’ve often wondered whether Bob Livingston is trying to scam people or just genetically stupid. Of course taking too much cholesterol lowering drugs is harmful, and of course your body needs cholesterol. But nothing in medicine is linear. You cant make the direct correlation that all cholesterol drugs are bad and that having a lot of cholesterol is good.

    • aman

      You should understand that ALL medication is poison. It simply comes down to benefits and risks. You generally have no say in increasing your cholesterol levels. Your physiology determines that. For example it is well documented that Alaskan Eskimos have a cholesterol level above three hundred and it isn’t unusual for their numbers to be above four hundred. Their diet is primarily fat/blubber based. Yet heart disease is virtually non existant. It comes down to this. Just as many people with so called normal cholesterol die from heart disease as those with so called high cholesterol. The problem is lipid per-oxidation caused by free radicals like homocysteine which is a methionine problem i.e. the inability to completely metabolise methionine, an essential acid, and thereby forming homocystine.
      Additionally, systemic inflammation indicated by a marker called CRP, cardiac reactive protein , is an issue. Also, the consumption of carbohydrates and similar processed foods including high fructose corn syrup is another important issue. If you want to keep healthy consume healthy fats from fish, nuts, meat, eggs, yogurts, cheese and red wine. Also drink your vegetables raw!

  • s c

    I am sorely tempted to comment on your attitude and your politics, but I won’t. Bob’s point is that America is a nation that suffers at the hands of non-scientists who line their pockets with billions of unnecessary dollars. IF the FDA was functional, IF
    Congress wasn’t busy selling itself to whoever’s handing out the bucks at the moment, IF people would take the time to take an active role in their own health and IF some readers didn’t have knee-jerk reactions to ideas that grate on their pre-conceived perception of reality, this would be a different country. How long has it been since you
    found a reason to second-guess information masters who seem to control your life? Put things and people to the test. Only slaves roll over and find solace in not having to THINK to get through the day.

    • http://commonsenseforva.blogspot.com Bigvinu

      But the problem is that no American takes their doctor seriously anymore. This is something radically different of America and the rest of the world. In the rest of the world, the Doctor evaluates you and prescribes you the right medicine. In America, you see a TV Ad, say, “I need that”, go to your doctor and ask for a prescription.

      It’s time people stopped taking Medical Advice from Crazy Ultra-Conservatives, The Big Bureaucratic Government, and just listen to their doctors for a change. Only in America could a College Dropout working at Wal-Mart be able to argue with his Doctor that went to 4 years of college and 4 years of Med School (Plus residency) and win.

  • glo

    Before I put my 2 cents in, I have read the Personal Liberty Digest several times. I have responded to a couple other people, like myself that have strong opinions and sometimes good ideas and a new way to look at an issue. There is one thing that occurs here more frequently than other sites I visit, name calling. Attacking someone, whether a fellow reader or a “Crazy Ultra-Conservative” often shifts my focus away from the good information someone is sharing to the labels they are attaching to another person. Most people who contribute to this site are knowledgeable and concerned about what is happening in our country, in other countries, to our planet, etc… If we can share this information in a calm,rational way, more people will take the time to listen to what we are saying.
    One more thing regarding Doctors and medication. A lot of Drs. give in to patients demands for medication a friend or relative is taking just to keep the peace with a persistent patient. After all, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals made a lot of money when people started talking about Viagra, the little blue wonder drug. I didn’t even think about it until I was visiting my parents, helping my mother water the plants in her bedroom and saw it on my father’s nightstand. Just a little too much info for me.
    If it’s good enough for former V.P. Dole, it’s good enough for all American men, including my Dad.

  • http://BobLivingstonAlternativeMedicine Michelle

    Dear Glo,

    I agree with you that name calling is not a good idea, it lessens the person and his or her message.
    As for the rest of your comment on Viagra, what was the point you were making?
    What does your dad’s Viagra have to do with the cholesterol issue being discussed?

  • http://BobLivingstonAlternativeMedicine Michelle

    “Dear” bigvinu, if you find Bob Livingston such a crazy conservative, why in haven’s name are you wasting your time reading his excellent column?

    I will tell you why..
    Because he is not in the pocket of Big Pharma or FDA or AMA or any other BULSHITT organization and he tells the truth, the truth YOUR doctor is too stupid to know on his own. Makes you wonder why he (your doctor) spent 8 years in College…
    Again, the answer is…”To make money, lots of it!” certainly NOT to help you or anyone who walks through his door.

  • Vicki

    I’ve read a lot about high ‘total’ cholesterol recently. My latest total was 439, LDL was 40, and the HDL was 22. My first test came back total: 239, LDL: 40: HDL:29. The second test came back total: 279, LDL: 40, HDL 25. This shows me there is an increase for the total and a decline in HDL. According to what I read this is bad but my family doctor says let’s wait 3-6 months and redo the blood work those numbers tend to fluctuate. I asked about side effects and her response was what you mean the heart desease? What would you do.

    • http://DNA Buddy

      I’m not about to give you any med advice but if you read my comments below, you can note that I have always had high cholesterol with no bad effects.

      My suggestion to you is to find out if your cholesterol has changed significantly over the years. Also, are you, like myself, from a cold location? And what is your blood pressure?

      When you answer these questions maybe you can see if there is a pattern to which you should be concerned or ignore.

    • http://DNA Buddy

      As to changes in cholesterol levels, has there been any changes in your life? Did you stop you running in marathons, etc? Are you pregnant? Did you move to the North Pole? Etc?

      I believe in Peter D’Adamo’s blood type diet. Maybe such could do you some good. There just might be an answer in that diet information.

    • http://www.meetup.com/Hernando912PROJECT/ Dave A.

      Vicki, my situation is almost the opposite of yours. I was a professional firefighter/paramedic from 1981-2002. As you can imagine, I kept myself in fairly decent physical condition. Genetically, my father died of pneumonia at the age of 96, and my mother died of “old age” at the age of 100 last November.

      In May of 2000, I had a regular fire department physical which includes a complete blood test. The blood test showed that my overall cholesterol was 231, my HDL was 79, and my LDL was 140–certainly not earth-shatteringly bad, but not as good as what is considered “optimum.” My BP was a little high at 140/90.

      In June of 2000, at the age of 52, I suffered a heart attack. The cardiologist diagnosed my problem as “severe premature coronary artery disease.” I had a total of 3 stents put in my coronary arteries, but still had to undergo a single bypass operation in December of 2001.

      The point I am trying to make here is that prior to my heart attack, I had no reason to believe that I was in any danger of coronary heart disease. Although I liked to eat red meat and carbohydrates, I lived about as healthy as the average person does, without being a health nut about it. My cardiologist indicated to me that my heart attack was brought on by a combination of stress and “hyperlipidemia”–high cholesterol. Personally, I don’t consider my cholesterol particularly noteworthy, although my overall cholesterol and LDL were slightly higher than the AMA wants them.

      Since my heart attack, I have been on Lipitor for cholesterol, Tricor to increase my HDL and lower my LDL and triglycerides, and Niaspan also to help keep my cholesterol down. My last blood test showed that all these drugs are maintaining my HDL around 60, my LDL around 90, and my overall cholesterol around 190. I haven’t had any more heart problems, but I think the most important thing I did to change my lifestyle was to retire in 2002 and move to the country. In other words, I lowered my stress significantly.

      Honestly, I don’t think it would have mattered if I were taking Lipitor prior to my heart attack because I think it was the stress of firefighting and paramedic work that was the biggest cause of my coronary artery disease.

  • http://wildblue.net Jean Bailey

    I am 76 years old. Approx 5 years ago I was on a statin called Baycol. I took it for 1 year and then they took it off the market. I’m suffering with severe bone pain now and it caused degeneration of my muscles. I won’t go near a statin. Last time I had a blood test (approx. 3 months ago my cholesteral was 254 and I’m not a bit worried. It has been as high as 305. Other than my bone pain I never have chest pains or angina, just severe aching bones. Another test, a bone density test revealed I was deficient in vitiam D which seems to be very common. I’m on extra vitiam D at present. It has helped my bone situation somewhat. Personally the pushing of statins in my opinion are all about the pharmacuetical companies making big bucks. The only medication I take is for high blood pressure I used to get anxiety attacks. If I don’t take the blood pressure medication I start having anxiety attacks. It is genetic. My grandparents had a history of it. My advise stay away from statins. They damage your muscles and your bones.

    • Phyllis Corella

      Jean,
      Doctors have been trying to put me on statins since 1991. I won’t budge. I am not taking ANY medication.

      My cholesterol like you usually flucuatee from 305 to 252. About 18 months ago my husband and I started taking turmeric in a half glass of water. We put in about 1/4 teaspoon and just drink it down five days a week. My last blood test in June showed my cholesterol to be the lowest it has been in over 15 years at 232.

      I am and have been pre-diabetic for over five years. I test my clucose every day. And instead of taking a pill, i take a walk. Today I walked six miles because I am going to a barbeque and I know I will be overeating. I usually walk 4 miles a day. Every day. And I go to the gym three times a week in addition to the walking.

      EVERYONE should get out there and walk, especially retired people. You have the time. If you take the effort you wouldn’t have to take ANY medication.

      And, yes, I do believe that 90% of doctors prescribe medication because it is making them rich.

      Phyllis

  • http://DNA Buddy

    I’m 82 years of age and have very high cholesterol. I’ve always had high cholesterol and am still here. Many years ago a physician (with years of experience) told me to get on cholesterol lowering drugs. I told him no to which he replied that “you know only enough to be dangerous to yourself”. O.K.; I’m still here and with a blood pressure of 130 over 60 – - – and at 82 years.

    But that physician doesn’t know that because I’ve never seen him since. Because of his years of training, he reckons that everyone is alike and should fall into the statistics in his med books. Being of northern European heritage I recognize that I should have high cholesterol to protect me from the bitter cold of my heritage location – - somewhat similar to the far North Americans. But evidently, physicians figure on everyone being identical.

    Wouldn’t it be great if we all wore the same hat size!

  • Toby Lee

    Any one concerned about heart disease should know that it is strongly linked to vitamin D deficiency. Indeed some of the benefits of cholesterol lowering drugs many be due to the fact that they lead to increased levels of vitamin D. You wont hear that from the pharmaceutical industry! If you need to know more about vitamin D and heart disease, go to http://www.vitaminD3world.com and click on the heart disease tab

  • http://notyet jim l

    Hello Everyone,

    Labeling of any kind is pointless. I could call myself a liberal socially but express the most conservative positions financially. Which side is liberal and which side is conservative when it comes to medicine? Last September 29, the president and both candidates supported the bank bailout. Who represented the conservative or liberal positions?

    Labeling in absolute terms causes endless problems. Cholesterol bad, CITI bank failing bad, takes away all rational thinking regarding alternatives.

    I have been a healthcare practioner for many years. I am an acupuncturist and a part-time municipal judge for three small comunities. I am not part of the conventional medical system YET and I am not sure I want to be. I can speak the truth and carefully counter conventional wisdom when appropriate. I get many referrals from conventional medical doctors so it is important that when we disagree, say on cholesterol, I do so with respect and sound science.

    Bottom line by my account, Mr Livingston’s comments on cholesterol physically and nutritionally are right on the money. On a day when I am trying to be open minded, I believe some of the principals in this cholesterol misunderstanding, do so from lack of time to do their own study, ignorance or being driven by others (doctors by drug companies). On a day when I am not so balanced, I am a little more harsh.

    Thank you for listening to my thoughts and a good Saturday to all.

    Jim

  • http://e-mail alvin brown

    i have taken statins for several years, and started having severe leg cramps. i called my primary care provider and was told to stop taking the drug immediately. i did and the leg cramps have decreased but they will never go away, because of the statins.

  • Beulah

    I am on the opposite end of the political spectrum of Bob Livingston (very left, but that does NOT mean state socialism – there is such a thing as libertarian socialism and my ideal society would fall roughly in that category. Google it if interested) – and I agree with his views on the cholesterol myth 100%.

    My mother, mother-in-law, and father-in-law are all on statins, even though my mother’s cholesterol is *low,* my mother-in-law’s is marginally high (which does not correlate with heart disease in women), and I don’t know why my father-in-law is on them. My mother and mother-in-law were both recently found to have some coronary plaque and blockage, hence the statins. But did cholesterol cause this?

    My mother-in-law has been on a very low-fat, low-cholesterol diet for more than 15 years. She was part of a large study on post-menopausal women that showed that fat intake has no effect on any major health issues. Yet she persisted in her diet even after this outcome, because she has been made so phobic of fat. Now she has atherosclerosis. Hmmmm. Could it have been all the carbs she ate instead, and the lack of vitamin D and other vitamins found in cholesterol-rich foods that caused this? I think so. But she’s now trying to avoid fat and cholesterol even *more* and is on statins. It’s absolutely nuts.

    My mother was put on warfarin in the 1980′s because she had a blood clot in the lung following hip surgery. Fortunately, my mother never listens to dietary advice and always eats what she wants, and what she wants is meat and butter. Maybe this is why the warfarin, well known to cause calcification of the arteries because it blocks the action of vitamin K2 (found in cheese, liver, egg yolk, and grass-fed butter and cream) – which keeps your arteries clean and your bones strong by getting calcium where it’s supposed to be and not where it’s not – maybe this is why that drug and the fact that she smoked from the age of 20 to age 50 didn’t catch up with her until last year, when she started getting angina.

    Automatically she was put on statins, even though her cholesterol – and blood pressure – are *low.* If you have heart disease it just *must* be the cholesterol that caused it, even if your cholesterol is ideal, right? Makes sense. Couldn’t be the warfarin you got a lifetime prescription for, not because your blood is particularly thick but because you had a post-surgical complication 20 years ago. Now you get to take warfarin *and* Lipitor.

    There is so much (WORD REMOVED FOR OFFENSIVE CONTENT) around this stuff and most people believe it. When you have had a heart attack or near-miss, you get scared and will do what conventional medicine tells you. Unfortunately, the drugs plus the high-sugar, high-vegetable-oil, low-actual-real-foods diet most Americans follow, are just making people sicker.

  • DaveW

    One important thing about cholesterol that never seems to be mentioned is that those that have large particle as opposed to small particle cholesterol are more apt to have problems in that regard. I guess its because the small particles get out of the blood stream. The brain uses much cholesterol and it may be that the small particles pass thru the blood barrier in the brain. I have been usred to take statins but refused.

  • http://personalliberty.com Dorothy

    I am 71 yrs of age. When i was about 29 i started having problems with my legs. My doctor told me to take Niacen, after taking it for a couple of years, my doctor would do my blood work and tell me that my cholesterol was below normal. I ask him what made it below normal? His reply was i dont know, but it is better than high. About 20 yrs.passed and i was still taken niacen fo poor circulation in my legs, i heard on the news that they had learned that niacen lowered your cholesterol. Well at 71 im still taking niacen and still getting good report from my blood work. A couple yrs ago my doctor said what are we going to do about your cholesterol? I told him nothing, you know it is normal. Ater looking at my blood work he said, oh, im looking at the wrong number’s. Do i think if i had not called him on it, that he would perscribe cholesterol med. The answer is Yes! I say ask for a copy of your blood word and check for your self.

  • Eric

    I’m a type I rapid cycling bi polar – severe and have severe PTSD. Since 1968 my stress level has been extremely elevated, as was my cholesterol. After my second heart attack I went on Statins. My Cholesterol (with exercise and diet) dropped to 106 from over 300. Now I’m being put on Vitamin D supplements because my impune system seems to be declining and my Vit D dropped. Is one related to the other? I don’t know. Neither does my doctor. I do know this, my primary care provider and Cardioologist have explained my options to me, suggested a method of treatment and I’m the fist male in my family to make it past 62. My brother, father, grandfather and great grandfather all died of massive heart attacks by 62. The best you can do is make an informed choice. As the Gunny used to say, “You draw your pay, you take your chances.”
    Everyone believes they’re correct. It all boils down to making the informed choice and taking your chances. If it’s the wrong one cursing those who are right won’t help.

  • Alfred

    I am 42 years old – have had “high” cholesterol since I was about 30 yrs old. Was put on statin- Lipitor. By high, I was at 380 total, with my good cholestorol being very lowel- My doctor at the time- said I “was a walking time bomb- a heart attach waiting to happen”. After a few years, lets say about 8- I got leg cramps or pain – only at bedtime- and thought it due to my thyroid medication or lack of (I would occasionally run out) and very sharp pains in my chest- but thought can’t be due to cholestorol- since the Lipitor was keeping my cholestorol within the guidelines. Well, I then was diagnosed as having Fatty Tissue Liver Disease, and so my last doc recommended I stop taking any statins, since him and a Liver specialist-after several tests- could not find the cause of the Fatty Tissue (normally cause is Alcoholism-and I do not drink). So, I have not been on any Statins, still taking Thyroid medication, I noticed right away that the pain in my legs and my chest went away- quickly. I read a book on how to lower the bad cholesterol and maintain healthy cholesterol, and I now take Omega-3 supplements (Fish oils), eat Oatmeal often, more Fiber and try to exercise when possible. At my last blood test, my cholestorel was a little higher than the recommended levels, but nowhere near where it was when first diagnosed. I appreciate the article by B. Livingston as it does put things in prospective. I also read most of the comments/replys on this post – very informative.

  • David

    Folks, please get your facts straight. First, there are THREE types of cholesterol: HDLs, LDLs, and triglycerides. Second, statin works to lower LDLs (the bad cholesterol), which correspondingly results in a lower “total cholesterol” score. Although it’s this score which is loosely correllated with increased incidence of heart disease, the LDL score is a more accurate predictor. Even more important than the actual levels, however, is the ratio of HDLs to LDLs. Higher levels of triglycerides are simply correlated with increased risk. Your best approach is to stop overeating, stop drinking, stop smoking, eat a decent variety of fresh fruits and veggies, get more sleep, cut out most red meats, and hit the trail! (or pavement) Walking twenty minutes a day kept my grandfather going until 96! There must have been something to it… (turns out it’s one of the best forms of exercise a human can do – most benefit with lease risk).

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    It is common to experience pain that feels like it originates in the bones and joints, and many different conditions can cause these symptoms. In many cases, the pain does not actually originate within the bone, but comes from surrounding soft tissues, such as pain that may occur with a sprained ankle or strained muscle. Some conditions that present with bone and joint pain may be serious or even life-threatening. Most causes of these symptoms are simple and will go away on their own, but any persistent or progressing pain should be diagnosed..

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