The truth about prescription drugs – Are you aware of them?
As reports show a quarter of Americans are taking potentially harmful prescription drugs, we ask – is there another way?
You may think that the medical industry’s primary concern is to aid you to improve your overall health but sadly, this is not necessarily the truth. The medical establishment is, in fact, much better at treating disease than they are at getting you healthy, as this is where they make colossal amounts of money. Improving your health is sometimes the last thing that medical establishments want, as they much prefer making you pay for pharmaceutical drugs and therapies that treat only the symptoms of disease rather than the cause.
Heart disease and statins
One of the leading causes of death in America is heart disease; killing around 610,000 people every year in the US. The medical industries believe that cholesterol is the primary factor in the development of heart disease and this has led to the pharmaceutical industry developing drugs called statins, which were designed to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. Accompanied by a large marketing campaign, these drugs have turned into huge money makers for the pharmaceutical companies that create them. In 2013 alone, statins created around $29 billion of sales for the pharmaceutical industry. This is the kind of return you can expect from convincing 1 in 4 Americans over the age of 45 that they need to take statins – but does everyone really NEED them?
Are statins all they’re cracked up to be?
There is a wide range of detrimental health effects that have been linked to statin drugs, but, as a regular Joe Public, you are likely not to have heard of many of the below:
Interference with the production of coenzyme Q10, which supports the body’s immune and nervous systems, boosts heart and other muscle health, maintains normal blood pressure, and much more.
Weakening the immune system and increase the production of cytokines, which trigger and sustain inflammation.
They make some patients unable to concentrate or remember words, and are linked to muscle and neurological problems.
Reduction of the beneficial effects of omega-3 fatty acids by promoting the metabolism of omega-6 fatty acids, which increases insulin resistance and the risk of developing diabetes.
Reduction in the benefits of exercise. Exercise increases the activity and numbers of mitochondria, cells’ “power plants” that process sugars and fat. The study found that with statin use, mitochondrial activity actually decreases with exercise.
Reduction of the body’s ability to produce cholesterol, which is essential to brain health—the brain is 2% of the body’s weight, but contains 25% of the entire body’s cholesterol.
Higher incidence of nerve degeneration and pain, memory loss, confusion,depression, and a higher risk of ALS and Parkinson’s.
An increase in likelihood of overeating.
An animal study linked statin use to muscle damage. Animals that exercised on statins had 226% more muscle damage than those not given statins.
They affect the quality of sleep.
Increased risk of prostate and breast cancer.
Result in liver damage by increasing the liver’s production of digestive enzymes.
Speed aging and lower sex drive.
Linked to aggressive and violent behavior in women.
Statins, the media and the AHA
It is very rare that the media actually question or critically analyze the press releases they receive from medical establishments, and this is why you very rarely hear about any negative side effects of statins. When you do, they are closely followed by the published opinion that the risks are greatly outweighed by the benefits of the drugs.
However, this is not necessarily true.
Even those at the forefront of heart disease prevention sometimes get it wrong. The American Heart Association (AHA) published a study based on the over-simplified and out-dated notion that there are just 2 types of cholesterol – “good” (HD) and “bad” (LDL). The AHA also centered their dietary recommendations on the debunked theory that “bad” cholesterol causes heart disease and that saturated fats raise LDL and should therefore be avoided.
What the AHA and other medical establishments don’t seem to realize is that cholesterol is actually vital to human health. It is too simplistic to think that “bad” cholesterol is the route of all heart disease evil. It can be harmful to health if the is an excess of cholesterol but we should also be worried if there isn’t enough cholesterol in our bodies as we age; even “bad” cholesterol is essential.
Numerous studies have linked an insufficient amount of cholesterol to deaths caused by heart attacks and gastrointestinal and respiratory diseases. A study of over 15,000 patients over 18 years found that those with a higher LDL count and overall cholesterol level had a reduced chance of developing atrial fibrillation, an irregular heart rate which reduces blood flow to the body.
Government agencies are finally realizing that cholesterol isn’t the time bomb it has been made out to be. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is about to withdraw its longstanding advice to avoid all high cholesterol foods.
How to really live a healthy life
It is perfectly clear that all the independent science and studies, not those paid for by the pharmaceutical and medical industries, show that the way to a healthy and longer life is a simple balance of eating well, exercising regularly and taking natural and healthy supplements instead of pharmaceutical drugs.
Poor eating habits, lack of exercise and obesity are direct causes of most metabolic diseases and these problems can all be addressed in a natural and simple way without the intervention of pharmaceutical drugs. Regular exercise and a good balanced diet, such as the ketogenic diet, can help you to live a long and healthy life without handing over your hard earned cash to pharmaceutical giants.
Remember, the way you manage your own health is your decision and no doctor can force you to take any drugs that you don’t want to. Don’t always assume that the medical industry has your best interests at heart, as they are more than likely more concerned with the state of your wallet than of your health.
Given the pharmaceuticals’ influence over the mainstream media, it is not surprising that the media is full of misinformation. To make sure you are fully informed about ways to improve your health you should always do your own research into the real side effects of drug therapies and the many benefits of more holistic natural approaches to healthcare.
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I Wish You Good Health,