cholesterol meds

  1. The wrong way to control your cholesterol

    I've got some exciting news this morning. As you've probably noticed, there's a new name at the top of this email. Dr. Mark Stengler is one of the nation's leading holistic doctors and the author of 17 books on natural healing, including three best-sellers.

    More importantly, he's also been my go-to guy whenever I have tough questions.

    And just last week -- as he was explaining why the next wave of cholesterol meds will be even worse than the statins I've been warning you about -- it hit me.

    "YOU should be writing House Calls!" I said.

    "I'd love to," he answered. "What's the catch?"

    "Well," I said. "It's a lot of hard work. There are a lot of readers who count on it. And the newsletter is completely free."

    He looked me in the eye and repeated, "What's the catch?"

    That's when I knew I found the right man for the job. So it's my honor to hand the keyboard over to him.

    Hi, I'm Dr. Mark Stengler, and I believe that what makes my practice unique is the fact that I don't think in terms of "alternative" and "mainstream."

    I'm not interested in playing semantics or choosing sides. As you'll see in House Calls, I'm only interested in the safest and most effective treatments for my patients -- and one of the areas where I combine the best elements of mainstream research with safe and natural alternative medicine is cholesterol control.

    It's absolutely clear to me that LDL levels are an important marker of cardiovascular health, and you do need to keep them under control -- but you don't need statins or any other drugs to get there.

    And you certainly won't need the next generation of cholesterol meds making their way to the market right now. The experimental meds, which are injected as infrequently as once a month, can slash LDL levels by almost two-thirds.

    They're called PCSK9 inhibitors because they inhibit the protein (PCSK9) that prevents the liver from pulling cholesterol out of the blood. Once that protein is blocked, the liver starts gobbling up all that LDL -- to the point where even patients who already take statins have seen reductions of 60 percent or more.

    That might sound great... but there's just one little problem here: Who on Earth needs to lower cholesterol by 60 percent anyway?

    Answer: Practically nobody.

    Mainstream targets for cholesterol have been set way too low. So low, in fact, that they're almost impossible to reach without meds. And sadly, I think that's the real goal here -- to sell more meds.

    It's certainly not for better health, because the research clearly shows that the current targets actually come with more risks than benefits.

    Since this is my first House Calls, I want to keep talking about cholesterol -- including some of those risks you'll face by bringing your levels down to meet guidelines.

  2. Feds finally own up to statin risks

    Not long ago, those of us who pointed out that cholesterol meds can actually cause diabetes and other serious health problems were dismissed as alarmists.

    Statins, we were told, are so safe they should be given to practically everyone – with some "experts" even pushing to give them out with every Big Mac. (That might sound like something I made up for an easy laugh – but believe it or not, it's actually true.)

    Well, maybe now the push to give everyone statins will start to slow a bit: The FDA has finally admitted that all those side effects the drug industry and its paid--for experts once brushed off are actually very real.

    And now, they want the labels of these meds changed to reflect the increased risk of diabetes, confusion, memory loss, and serious muscle pain.

    The feds say those side effects can hit anyone at anytime. They can strike after a single day on these meds...or they can come on after years of taking them without incident.

    And they can happen to everyone across all age groups.

    So who's the alarmist now?

    Of course, I can't help but find it a little suspicious that this warning comes only after every Big Pharma statin except for one – Crestor – lost its patent protection, with Lipitor going generic just a few months ago.

    It's almost as if the feds were giving their drug company friends a chance to maximize profits before issuing the same warning those of us in natural health delivered years ago.

    But even worse than the risks and the delayed warning is the fact that no one ever needed these meds in the first place.

    In many cases, people taking statins don't even have a cholesterol problem since mainstream LDL targets are set unrealistically low. And even when cholesterol does shoot up to high levels, taking a drug to "cure" it is akin to Homer Simpson putting a piece of tape over the "check engine" light on his car.

    Super high cholesterol is a warning that something's wrong – and lowering it without fixing the underlying issue won't make you healthier any more than that piece of tape will fix Homer's engine.

    If your own levels start climbing too high for comfort, work on lifestyle changes first. Cutting out sugars and sticking to fresh foods will almost always bring cholesterol to where it needs to be.

    If they're still high, don't visit a statin-slinging mainstream doc. Visit a naturopathic physician who can find and fix the real cause without meds.

    And for one easy way to lower your cholesterol naturally, keep reading.

  3. New push to drug children

    Statins for kids? The very idea is insane, yet millions of children are already taking these "adult" meds -- and a new set of guidelines aims to give these drugs to millions more, including kids still in elementary school.

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