How cholesterol drugs can wreck your immune system
It doesn’t take a long.
You pop a statin, and the pain kicks in – the notorious muscle ache that, in some cases, is so severe that it’s practically crippling.
It’s like taking the opposite of a painkiller!
But if you think the pain you feel is bad, wait ’til you hear about what you can’t feel – the silent damage taking place inside your body.
Taking these pain-inducing pills wreaks havoc on your immune system, increasing your risk of infection. Whether it’s an everyday illness or a life-threatening bacterial infection, being on statins will make you more prone to them – and when they do strike, they’ll hit you harder than a sack of bricks.
In the new study, seniors taking statins didn’t respond as well to the flu shot. After vaccination, their levels of antibodies were cut by as much as two-thirds.
That alone is not a big deal. But if statins can shut down the immune response to the flu shot, it’s almost certain the drugs will diminish your immune response to everything else, too.
The drugs appear to reduce inflammation, and not in a good way. They can block the inflammation your immune system relies on to fight infection.
Of course, the statins are working just as they were designed to – lowering your LDL cholesterol levels dramatically. But contrary to what mainstream medicine says (which has dubbed it “bad” cholesterol), you actually need LDL for proper immune system function.
Along with making you more prone to infections, low LDL can even increase your risk of cancer!
So to boost your infection protection in winter or any other time of year, don’t ask your doc for a flu shot. Ask instead about getting off your statins. Odds are, you don’t need them anyway.
You don’t need that flu shot, either. It’s not the best way to prevent flu. In fact, it’s not even the second- or third-best way to prevent flu, either.
The flu shot is the absolute WORST – it offers little protection to most people and almost none to seniors.
Instead of getting stuck by an ineffective shot and crippling your immune system with drugs, try giving your natural defenses a boost.