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Statins stimulate atherosclerosis and heart failure

Steve Lankford

Heart Support

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This is the surprising title of a recent study on statin drugs. How could this not raise eyebrows and cause us to question what we think we know about statin drugs? Cholesterol-lowering drugs prescribed to prevent heart attacks, are not as effective nor as safe as we have been led to believe, say Dr. David M. Diamond, a professor of psychology, molecular pharmacology and physiology at the University of South Florida, and Dr. Uffe Ravnskov, an independent health researcher and an expert in cholesterol and cardiovascular disease.

Their critique of the exaggerated claims regarding statins’ ability to prevent strokes, heart attacks and heart disease-related deaths on a large scale has been published in the medical journal Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology at informahealthcare. com. Here is the abstract from that study:

In contrast to the current belief that cholesterol reduction with statins decreases atherosclerosis, we present a perspective that statins may be causative in coronary artery calcification and can function as mitochondrial toxins that impair muscle function in the heart and blood vessels through the depletion of coenzyme Q10 and ‘heme A’, and thereby ATP generation. Statins inhibit the synthesis of vitamin K2, the cofactor for matrix Gla-protein activation, which in turn protects arteries from calcification. Statins inhibit the biosynthesis of selenium containing proteins, one of which is glutathione peroxidase serving to suppress peroxidative stress. An impairment of selenoprotein biosynthesis may be a factor in congestive heart failure, reminiscent of the dilated cardiomyopathies seen with selenium deficiency. Thus, the epidemic of heart failure and atherosclerosis that plagues the modern world may paradoxically be aggravated by the pervasive use of statin drugs. We propose that current statin treatment guidelines be critically reevaluated.” CLICK HERE to go to the website.

The following review of the study comes from EurekAlert.com. The Global Source for Science News, Feb. 20, 2015. There is much more to this review and you should read the entire article. CLICK HERE to go to the article page on EurekaAlert.com.

According to Diamond and Ravnskov, statins produce a dramatic reduction in cholesterol levels, but they have “failed to substantially improve cardiovascular outcomes.” They further state that the many studies touting the efficacy of statins have not only neglected to account for the numerous serious adverse side effects of the drugs, but supporters of statins have used what the authors refer to as “statistical deception” to make inflated claims about their effectiveness.

Their paper is an analysis of the data in the statin trials which led them to conclude that “statin advocates have used statistical deception to create the illusion that statins are ‘wonder drugs,’ when the reality is that their modest benefits are more than offset by their adverse effects.”

The paper also describes how the basis of the deception is in how authors of the statin studies present the rate of beneficial and adverse effects. The effect of the drugs on the population is called the ‘absolute risk,’ which has shown that statins benefit only about 1% of the population. This means that only one out of 100 people treated with a statin will have one less heart attack. Statin researchers, however, don’t present the 1% effect to the public. Instead they transform the 1% effect using another statistic, called the “relative risk,” which creates the appearance that statins benefit 30-50% of the population.” END of excerpt.

Heart HealthI have been telling my listeners about this lack of evidence for the safety and effectiveness of statin drugs for at least a decade. I have numerous interviews on this topic with experts in this field and I urge you to listen to these interviews. You will learn that statin drugs are not nearly as effective as you believe and you will also learn what are some of the truly effective things that you can do to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. You will learn how the pharmaceutical industry has systemically and methodically distorted the results of the research and have consistantly over-hyped the benefits and downplayed the risks. How does one have confidence in a drug industry that does this with such disregard for it’s patients?

In this episode, I will discuss some of the studies that convinced me that statin therapy is risky and not effective. I think you will be surprised if not shocked to learn what some of the past studies have revealed. This information has been out there, but how seldom do our doctors seem to care enough to look deeper into the claims for the drugs they are prescribing. Once you know this, then you have to decide what to do about it. How do you support your heart, arteries and brain nutritionally? How do you reduce your risk of cardiovascular disorders? The answer is to become informed and be proactive. There are many interviews here that will help you get started. Here are some links to those interviews.

Here are a some well articulated articles on the science of statin drugs:

The more you know, the better choices you can make. Better choices lead to better outcomes. It’s up to you to take responsibility and learn how to be healthier. If you have health issues, seek to nourish your body as you manage your disease.

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TRULY HEAL your body, your life and the world from CANCER

Marcus Freudenmann

Cancer Support

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This is the title of the documentary produced by Marcus Freudenmann. Marcus is also the author of the workbook to the movie. He is the creator of the Truly Heal Protocol for cancer and other chronic disease. In this interview we will discuss the origins of the Truly Heal program and what are it’s foundations. I became aware of Marcus and his program through one of his videos. It was clear from listening to him explain his program that we share a similar philosophy in healing. This is it: We do not treat disease, we treat the body. When you can determine how your body is out of balance, or what organ systems are not functioning well, you can map out a more intelligent course of action.

Marcus is not the first person to understand the power of natural alternative treatments to aid healing. There are many proponents of many different healing modalities. The challenge for everyone is how to understand what is available in the way of alternative treatments. And how do we know which ones are credible? Why do treatments work for some and not for others? What Marcus has done is monumental. He has researched diligently, the world of alternative medicine. He has codified and identified the inter-connections and relationships between the many paths to health. He has created a program that is the foundation of an emerging network of practitioners. These treatment protocols are foundation of the Truly Heal program. The brilliance of his work is the software that allows any practitioner to have tools to create a comprehensive healing program that is unique to you. It is not easy to describe his work because it is a new tool that we have that gives a context to our treatments and guidance to practitioners.

The other important part of his program is identifying what one should focus on when seeking healing. No matter, what your state of health, you can improve your health by focusing on these specific areas. These are:

Holistic Medicine

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  • Gut Health
  • Deficiencies
  • Lifestyle
  • Inflammation
  • Hormones
  • Stress
  • Toxins
  • Diet
  • Dental Health
  • Infections

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How to find or become a Truly Heal practitioner
The biggest challenge you may have is finding a practitioner. This is a newly emerging movement and protocol and the practitioner base is just beginning to grow. There are workshops that you can attend to gain a foundation and understanding if you wish to pursue it further either as a consumer or a practitioner. CLICK HERE to go to the website to learn more about where the workshops are being held.

In this video, Marcus discusses the Truly Heal program

Free Cancer Guide
If you want to learn more as a consumer Truly Heal offers a free cancer guide that will discuss these important areas and what is the relevance to overcoming cancer and other chronic disorders. You will receive 12 videos over the 4 days with details about tests, treatments and education programs that will help you. “The Truly Heal cancer guide is our contribution to your health. It is our intent to provide you with the most important steps required to prevent or reverse disease.”

About Marcus Freudenmann
Marcus Freudenmann is the producer of the documentary “TRULY HEAL your body, your life and the world from CANCER” and the author of the workbook to the movie. He is also the director of the EQ academy and the TRULY HEAL academy. Over the past 10 years, together with experts from around the world, Marcus has created the most comprehensive evidence-based program to reverse chronic illness ever compiled.

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152 – Fish Oil: The Natural Anti-Inflammatory – My Interview with Dr. Joseph Maroon

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151 – Relief for Sciatica and Neuropathy – My Interview with Dr. Gad Gilad

In this interview I speak with Dr. Gad Gilad about the benefits of agmatine for nerve trauma. His research has lead to the development of G-Agmatine which is patented for it’s benefits for nerve health and resiliency.

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150 – Probiotics for Healthy Digestion and Weight – My Interview with Brenda Watson

This interview with Brenda Watson is part 3 of our 4 part series on digestive health. Probiotics are the third component of the H.O.P.E program developed by Brenda. The four elements of the HOPE program for digestive health are (H)igh fiber, (O)mega-3 oil, (P)robiotics and (E)nzymes.

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149 – The Anti-Microbial Benefits of Wild Oregano Oil – My Interview with Dr. Cass Ingram

In this interview I will talk to Dr. Cass Ingram. No one has done more to popularize the value of wild oregano oil than Dr. Ingram. His is the voice of experience and passion. Dr. Ingram was restored to health through the copious use of oregano herb and oregano oil. We will discuss his own history and his initial experience with oregano.

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148 – Improving Brain Cell Communication – My Interview with Dr. Michael Smith

Print – PDF – Email Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 42:58 — 79.0MB) Neuroplasticity: what is it and why should you care? “Neuroplasticity, also known as brain plasticity, is an umbrella term that refers to changes in neural pathways and synapses due to changes in behavior, environment, neural processes, thinking, emotions, as well […]

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147 – Improve Your Memory and Cognition – My Interview with Mark Underwood

Prevagen offers a specific benefit in that it’s role is to limit calcium uptake by the cells of the brain. It replaces a specific protein that diminishes as we age. Increasing this specific protein has been shown to support brain and memory function. It can be useful at any age, and especially as we get older. Like all nutrients, Prevagen does not cure or treat disease. Food and supplements work by nourishing the body and brain. A body that is well-nourished will do better than one that isn’t. Prevagen nourishes the brain.

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146 – Whole Food MegaFood Vitamins – My Interview with Robert Craven

This interview is different than most of my previous interviews. I will discuss the how and why of MegaFood Food State Nutrients with Robert Craven, CEO of MegaFood. I have been a fan of MegaFood for a long time and I have used many of their products over the years. The purpose of this interview is to take a closer look at the MegaFood difference as a company and a product.

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145 – Black Elderberry Extract for Flu Support – My Interview with Dean Morris

Studies have found that elderberry eases flu symptoms like fever, headache, sore throat, fatigue, cough, and body aches. The benefits seem to be greatest when started within 24 to 48 hours after the symptoms begin. One study found that elderberry could cut the duration of flu symptoms by more than 50%. Lab studies have found that elderberry might be effective against H1N1, or swine flu.

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