We do so much outta habit that it’s not always easy to spot the bad ones.
And it’s not just chewing pencils and biting nails.
Millions of Americans… especially OLDER folks… take medications each day that they probably should’ve stopped years ago.
You might even be one of them.
Because as new research shows, the problem’s a lot more widespread than ANYONE in medicine has realized – and it could be leading to a hidden wave of misery, pain and death around the nation.
So today, I’m going to reveal the two most common “bad habit” medications named in the new study… and then, I’ll share two better ways to improve your health and add years to your life.
The TWO DRUGS you almost certainly DON’T need
In many cases, doctors start patients on a drug NOT for a temporary problem… like an infection… but some vague notion of “health” with the expectation that you keep taking them from here to eternity.
That’s how people get started on two of the most common unnecessary drugs: aspirin and statins.
But in most cases, folks over 75 shouldn’t be on the drugs, even according to mainstream guidelines (and by my own guidelines, NO ONE needs ’em at any age).
Yet they’re still on them, taking them out of habit and because their own doctors have never told them to stop.
The new study finds:
- 45 percent of folks over 75 are taking daily aspirin
- 56 percent are taking a statin
…and many are taking BOTH, a daily double dose of bad news!
So let’s take a look at why each one’s a bad idea… and your way off.
THE DRUG: Aspirin, still taken daily by millions who THINK low doses can thin the blood and reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.
THE PROBLEM: Doesn’t work that way.
Studies show that for primary prevention – stopping a FIRST serious cardiovascular problem – the risks of serious side effects, including dangerous and even deadly internal bleeding, far outweigh any potential benefits.
Even mainstream guidelines now urge against it!
THE SOLUTION: There are better, gentler and safer ways to help enhance blood flow and cut heart risk.
Fish oil is one of the most popular, and I recommend it to just about everyone over the age of 40. But there are also a few lesser-known heart heroes that don’t get the attention they deserve such as L-Carnitine, D-Ribose and CoQ10.
THE DRUG: Statins, which the mainstream establishment pushed on virtually everyone in the mistaken belief that lower levels of LDL cholesterol are always better.
THE PROBLEM: Where do I even begin here???
These drugs can cause everything from immediate side effects like muscle pain to longer-term struggles such as memory loss. They can even cause diabetes. Yeah… the same drug that’s supposed “protect” your health can GIVE YOU a deadly disease instead.
Oh, and the very reason for their existence is a hoax; lower LDL absolutely ISN’T always better, and in some cases can be worse.
THE SOLUTION: Pantethine, also known as vitamin B5, can help deliver healthy cholesterol levels without the risks of statins, enhancing HDL and reducing not just LDL but the specific particles that are much more damaging.
Just don’t quit any meds without speaking to your doctor first – and if you have any questions, speak to a physician who practices integrative or functional medicine.