No studies have ever proven that high cholesterol causes
heart disease since this simply is not true. Inflammation, not high cholesterol,
leads to arteriosclerosis. Yet the pharmaceutical companies keep pushing
the cholesterol myth to promote drug sales, while ignoring the fact that
they are endangering lives.
Statins are the most commonly prescribed form of medicine for the treatment
of “high” cholesterol. The drug companies have failed though
to inform the public about the dangers of not only these drugs, but
also of the dangers of low cholesterol, which among other things can
cause heart attack and stroke.
I find it rather ironic that the drug companies are pushing statins
claiming they help prevent heart disease when these drugs are well known
to increase the risk of heart failure, heart attacks, and strokes! There
are several reasons for this.
Other than liver damage, the best known side effect of statins is a
condition known as rhabdomyolosis. This is a condition in which muscle
tissue deteriorates. The deterioration occurs from declining levels
of CoQ10 in the tissues, which is required for the proper function of
cells and their energy production. What people often do not stop and
think about is that the heart is also a muscle, and is prone to the
same damaging effects from the use of statins. If taking statins I highly
recommend taking at least 200mg of CoQ10 daily to help reduce the risk
of statin induced heart failure.
The increased risk of heart attack and stroke actually occur for a
totally different reason. If you read my blog articles on the dangers
of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), you will see that
the risk of heart attack and stroke are related. Several NSAIDs, such
as Vioxx and Celebrex, have been either pulled off the market, or have
required stronger warning labels, warning of the increased risk of heart
attack and stroke from these drugs. Even though the drug companies tried
to make it sound like a new discovery, the risk had been known prior
to the drugs ever reaching the market. The problem stems from the way
these drugs work. NSAIDs interfere with inflammatory prostaglandins.
Inflammatory prostaglandins are hormones that dilate blood vessels.
For example during injuries these hormones open up blood vessels to
increase oxygen and nutrient levels to the area to promote healing.
By inhibiting these hormones, the NSAIDs decrease blood flow to the
organs, including the heart and brain. If the blood supply is sufficiently
reduced to the heart and brain, heart attack or stroke can occur.
So what does all this have to do with statins and cholesterol levels?
Prostaglandins, as with other hormones, are formed from cholesterol.
Therefore, reduced cholesterol levels lead to decreased prostaglandin
formation, and thus decreased blood flow to the organs. This explains
why studies have consistently shown increased mortality with decreased