The National Center for Health Statistics estimates that over 102 million of us American adults have high cholesterol. Sad, isn't it? An even bigger tear-jerker is the fact that, for many, the only answer to the problem is a visit to the pharmacist for a statin drug.
You may be familiar… they commonly go by names like Lipitor, Zoror, and Pravachol. These statins (the class of drugs most often prescribed to lower cholesterol) work by blocking an enzyme that your body needs in order to make cholesterol. While this may sound like good news, there is another side to the story...
Statin drugs are mere "band-aids" for your cholesterol problem. While your bad cholesterol number may go down while taking the drugs, they will almost definitely go back up if you were to stop taking them. This makes the statin a lifelong commitment - one you may not want or even be able to afford.
As if the life sentence weren't bad enough on its own, cholesterol-lowering drugs also come with many unwanted side effects. Some of the less serious statin side effects include: headaches, dizziness, muscle aches, joint pain, fatigue, heartburn, gas, nausea, diarrhea, and constipation. Other serious side effects of taking drugs to lower cholesterol are: memory loss, liver damage with stomach pain and jaundice, kidney damage, muscle damage, and allergic reaction with rash, wheezing, and swelling of mouth, tongue, or throat.
According to Dr. Sherry Rogers, "Cholesterol-lowering drugs... also turn off the body's ability to make coenzyme Q10. This deficiency in turn guarantees that the victim will go on to get high blood pressure, heart failure, cancer, or other consequences. All drugs initiate the domino effect or avalanche of further symptoms."
So, are you doomed? Of course not! Our bodies are made to heal themselves and they'll do just that if we give them the proper tools and working conditions. I'm sure you've heard it all before… For starters - exercise daily, avoid hydrogenated and trans fats, and eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and good oils.
In addition to these food and lifestyle changes, there is also a new natural alternative to compliment or replace your cholesterol medication. Now, hold your horses! It is not recommended that you discontinue the use of a statin prescription without consulting with a doctor. However, for the first time ever, the FDA has issued approval on a Cholesterol Reduction Complex that's proven to reduce cholesterol naturally and without side effects. Adding this new supplement to your treatment plan can allow you to work toward eliminating the need to use synthetic cholesterol-lowering drugs.
So, you see… you can be a patient in charge after all! Even when conventional medicine only provides one standard answer to your problem, take it upon yourself to look for a better possible alternative. In this case, seek and you shall find!
For more information on statin drugs, lowering cholesterol naturally, and the new Cholesterol Reduction Complex, visit www.anti-statin.info.
~ Consider a liver and/or colon cleanse and avoid constipation. A sluggish or toxic liver can often be the underlying problem with high cholesterol.
~ Avoid sugar, alcohol, caffeine, simple carbs, and processed foods. Excess sugars in the blood are converted into cholesterol & fats by the liver.
~ Increase fiber and fresh garlic intake.
~ Use Lecithin to help emulsify, or liquify, cholesterol.
About Lacretia Hardy
Lacretia Hardy is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor specializing in corporate wellness programs that increase productivity and profitability. She also conducts seminars and provides personal health coaching. For more information, call (866) 988-8832 or visit www.lacretiahardy.com.