Statin Drugs

Carolyn Guilford, CNC
Carolyn Guilford, CNC

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Are you taking Statin Drugs for high cholesterol? Cholesterol lowering drugs, like all other drugs, have side effects. Some of which are worst than the disease for which they are prescribed.

A friend called me recently to talk about the side effects of the meds she and her husband were taking. She started to notice, at first vague and then clear symptoms, changes, differences in herself, and also in her husband. She went back to the package insert to read the side effects.

Surprised to learn that the side effects of the cholesterol lowering Statin drug she was taking includes muscle weakness and muscle pain, caused by the actual breaking down of muscle fibers, and those muscle fibers being released into to bloodstream, and causing dark, cola colored or red urine. This of course can lead to kidney overload, kidney failure, and death. Not the best way to solve a high cholesterol problem.

The statin drugs approved for use in this country include: Lipitor (atorvastatin), Mevacor or Altocor (lovastatin), Zocor (simvastatin), Pravachol (pravastatin), Lescol (fluvastatin) and Crestor (rosuvastatin), If you are taking any one of these drugs, beware. Other symptoms include: Memory loss, dizziness, nausea, vomiting abdominal cramping or pain, diarrhea, constipation, rash, numbness, tingling, tiredness, shortness of breath, problems walking, swallowing, or breathing.

A better way to manage cholesterol is to reduce the cause of high cholesterol by reducing the high fat and bad fat foods in the diet. Foods such as meats, fried foods, cheese, whole milk products, margarine, most vegetable oils ( see exceptions later ) and using large amounts of butter, although butter is better

than margarine.

If you decrease the amount of these foods you eat, managing cholesterol with be a snap. And you’ll save untold dollars in food, meds, doctors’ visits, and lab fees. That extra money can then be spent on more green leafy veggies, fruits, water ( my favorite right now is the naturally sparking water, as a treat every few days), and as your weight goes down, a new walking or exercise outfit.

You are exercising every day aren’t you? Also, you’ll want to limit alcohol use, don’t smoke, and move away from second hand smoke.

When you cut way down the amount of meat you eat, then load up on cholesterol lowering fish 5 times a week (mackerel, salmon, sardines, trout, and herring) , olive oil, walnut oil, flaxseeds, walnuts, almonds, pecans, green tea, and whole grains.

If you are ready to save your own life, we have a program to help you create a healthy lifestyle, lose weight, control high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and manage your diet through cancer treatment. Call or write today:

Carolyn Guilford, at

Health Restoration 101
P.O. Box 2814, Savannah,

GA 31402 912) 236-8987

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