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Over 900 Studies Show Statin Drugs are Dangerous!

A new paper cites nearly 900 studies on the adverse effects of HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, also called statins, which are a class of drugs widely used to treat high cholesterol. The review provides the most complete picture to date of reported side effects of statins.

Muscle problems are the best known of statin drugs' adverse side effects, but cognitive problems and pain or numbness in the extremities are also widely reported. A spectrum of other problems, ranging from blood glucose elevations to tendon problems, can also occur as side effects.

The paper summarizes powerful evidence that statin-induced injury to the function of the body's energy-producing cells, called mitochondria, underlies many of the adverse effects that occur to patients taking statin drugs. Statins lower levels of coenzyme Q10, a compound central to the processes of making energy within mitochondria and eliminating dangerous compounds called free radicals.

Higher statin doses and more powerful statins are linked to greater risk of developing side effects.  Source: feb 2009

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7 Ills That Don't need pills

Another great post from that reviews an April 2008 issue of the Harvard Health Letter, in which researchers explained how in many cases, the non-pharmacological approach can accomplish as much, or more, than pills. In more recent years, a growing body of studies are showing that simple lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise are effective remedies for many ills.

These seven common conditions can be managed without medication:

  1. Arthritis
  2. Cholesterol
  3. Cognitive decline
  4. Depression
  5. Diabetes
  6. High blood pressure
  7. Osteoporosis

Sources:  Live Science March 25, 2008

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"12-Year Old McDonald's Hamburger, Still Looking Good"

The title of this article says it all,  Karen Hanrahan, a wellness educator and nutrition consultant, has kept a McDonald's hamburger since 1996 to illustrate its nonexistent ability to decay.