Some years ago, my sole passion was to completely understand why people get sick. In this search, I met a wise-old integrative physician who taught me a lot, and one thing he shared with me was the true reason people get heart attacks and why statin drugs, the most common drug used to lower cholesterol and prevent heart attacks, actually makes the situation worse.
Before I begin, I assure you I am not a doctor, just an amateur researcher, bent on understanding why so many people die of preventable diseases. I’ve also lost a lot of the passion I once had toward objectively viewing disease as something that must be controlled and subdued, and have instead chose to focus on simply practicing health and investigating my body’s capabilities through movement and meditation. So, I will not make this long, and will include resources from the MIT professor who discovered this truth about heart disease/station drugs along with discoveries of other licensed healthcare professionals (e.g. N.D.s, D.O.s).
Heart Attacks, Cholesterol, & Statin Drugs
It is commonly believed that chronic high cholesterol levels will inevitably lead to a heart attack. If you go to a doctor with high cholesterol levels and you cannot control them through diet and exercise, it is likely that they will place you on a statin drug, and this will be done long-term if it is the only means to keep cholesterol levels low.
New research shows that the cause of heart attacks may not be high cholesterol after all, but rather oxidative stress is the true cause of heart disease. The mechanism is still being researched, so I cannot comment on why oxidative stress is the causative factor. But, numerous studies have shown that lowering cholesterol with statin drugs does not actually reduce the risk of heart attacks (1, 2). The wise-old physician who enlightened me on this topic gave me these things to consider:
- Why is it that just as many people with low cholesterol die from heart disease as people with high cholesterol?
- Ask a cardiologist about a family with hypercholesterolemia if they have an increased risk of heart attack. They can eat grass and have cholesterol levels in the 500’s.
- Why has the incidence of heart disease not dropped 1% in the time statin drugs have been around?
MIT research scientist Dr. Stephanie Seneff delves deeply into the topic of the ineffectiveness of statin drugs in regard to lowering the risk of heart attack (3). In addition to their ineffectiveness, statins may also cause muscle cramps, weakness, difficulty walking, loss of muscle mass, numbness, and muscle spasms (3). Long-term statin therapy was also shown to be associated with rhabdomyolysis, neuropathy, ALS, and even increased risk of diastolic heart failure (3)!
Alternative Resources for Prevention of Heart Attacks
Dr. Seneff sums up the other alternative resources for preventing heart attacks in the following quote: “Spend significant time outdoors; eat healthy, cholesterol-enriched, animal-based foods like eggs, liver, and oysters; eat fermented foods like yogurt and sour cream; eat foods rich in sulfur like onions and garlic. And finally, say “no, thank-you” to your doctor when he recommends statin therapy.”
This article only touches on the topic of heart attacks, cholesterol, and statins. It is not in-depth. If you would like more information, I would recommend reading Dr. Seneff’s article listed first in “Further Reading” below.
Overall, the point is that statins are unlikely to prevent heart disease, although they are commonly prescribed to do so. In fact, they may make the situation worse, and lead to other serious complications. As always, the best preventative strategies are to simply eat healthy, exercise moderately, sleep well, meditate, and be well!