The Great Statin Myth

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The number one most-prescribed drug in America is atorvastatin (Lipitor). More than 21 million people in the U.S. take it to lower their LDL cholesterol.

Nearly 15 million more take other statins such as simvastatin (Zocor), pravastatin (Pravachol), rosuvastatin (Crestor), and lovastatin (Mevacor).[1]

With these kind of numbers, you’d think there would be clear and convincing evidence that the drugs worked. Most people who take a statin believe it will protect them from dying of a heart attack.

A major new analysis might shock them.

It found that most high-quality studies show statins don’t save lives.

The review was published in the British Medical Journal. It looked at 35 randomized controlled clinical trials. These types of studies are considered the gold standard of medical research.[2]

The authors found that more than 75% of the studies show that cholesterol-lowering drugs have no mortality benefit. In other words, they don’t stop people from dying. Nearly half the studies showed the drugs don’t improve heart health at all.

Dr. Robert DuBroff of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine led the analysis. “Dozens of trials of LDL-cholesterol reduction have failed to demonstrate a consistent benefit,” he said. [3]

Statin prescribing is so ingrained in the medical profession that most doctors refuse to question it even in the face of clear evidence that it doesn’t work, according to the review.

“In most fields of science, the existence of contradictory evidence usually leads to a paradigm shift or modification of the theory in question, but in this case the contradictory evidence has been largely ignored, simply because it doesn’t fit the prevailing paradigm,” Dr. DuBroff said.

The authors point out that between 2002 and 2013, statin use in the U.S. nearly doubled. Yet heart deaths are rising.

4 Natural Heart Health Solutions

There are more effective ways than statins to improve your heart health:

  1. Take omega-3 fatty acids. A study published in the journal Tanaffos found that consumption of omega-3s is linked to lower triglycerides, lower blood pressure, and reduced risk of death from heart disease.[4]

    You can get omega-3s in flaxseed, walnuts, and chia seeds. Fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel are also excellent sources.

    Fish oil supplements can also give you the omega-3s you need. Look for brands that contain the triglyceride form of fish oil. It should be noted on the label.
  2. Make it intense. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) may be the best form of exercise for your heart. Another advantage is that it requires a fraction of the time of traditional cardio workouts.

    HIIT is adaptable to many different activities. This includes running, biking, swimming, calisthenics, or using a rowing, stair climber, or elliptical machine.

    The principle is simple… Warm up for three to five minutes doing your chosen form of exercise. Then do the exercise at the highest intensity level you can for the next minute. Slow down for the next minute or two to catch your breath. Then go hard again for another minute.

    Repeat this process five to seven times. Afterward, do the activity slowly for at least two minutes to cool down.
  3. Add potassium to your diet. Most people get way too much sodium and not enough potassium. If the two minerals are out of whack in your system, it can lead to high blood pressure. One study found that adding potassium to your diet will lower blood pressure.[5]

    Great sources include avocado, tomato sauce, watermelon, winter squash, sweet potatoes, spinach, beets, and bananas.

    We don’t recommend potassium supplements. They can be tricky    to take. Take too much and it can trigger heart rhythm problems.
  4. Don’t eat inflammatory foods. Chronic inflammation is a major factor in heart disease. Food ingredients that cause it include sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, trans fats (often found in processed foods), most vegetable oils except olive and coconut, and processed meats, such as cold cuts and beef jerky.

When it comes to making decisions about your health, it’s important to follow the science. Big Pharma wants you to believe that statins are the answer to heart disease. There’s clear scientific evidence that’s not true.

Editor’s Note: Research shows the standard heart disease treatments—stents and statin drugs—don’t prevent heart attacks. Discover what does. Get the Heart Smart Protocol. It’s a simple, science-backed plan that prevents and treats America’s number-one killer naturally, without drugs or procedures. You’ll find it in our monthly journal, Independent Healing. Subscribe HERE.

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