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Reducing Cholesterol Levels Naturally
Statin-Induced Myopathy
The Great Cholesterol Myth
Statins, Cholesterol & Women
Statin Drugs vs. Red Yeast Rice
Red Yeast Rice and LDL-Cholesterol
Andrew Weil on Red Yeast Rice
The Ongoing Debate of Red Yeast Rice
Red Yeast Rice Cuts Cholesterol
Selenium and Cancer
Ron Paul in the News
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Aug. 11, 2009
Publicity about the danger of high cholesterol levels and the constant bombardment of pharmaceutical commercials in the media leads many individuals to worry unreasonably  about their cholesterol levels and thus be coerced into using statin drugs.  Unfortunately, more than 50% of statin users develop muscle injury as a direct result of the drug. 
This newsletter discusses some natural ways to reduce your cholesterol levels and provides several links to interesting articles that can help you manage your cholesterol levels. 
Reducing Cholesterol Levels Naturally
There are many ways to reduce your cholesterol levels naturally. This article discusses the dangers of statin drugs as well as some natural alternatives that may help support lower cholesterol levels.
Statin-Induced Myopathy Reflects Muscle Damage
Persistent muscle pain in patients taking statins reflects structural muscle damage, and this microscopic damage can occur in the absence of elevated creatine phosphokinase levels, according to the results of a new study.  
The Great Cholesterol Myth
The measurement of cholesterol levels and associated lowering of guidelines for high cholesterol levels have put the American public into a state of "High Cholesterol Fear", or - in medical terms "Hypercholesterolemiaphobia." But is this really justified? This medical doctor thinks not. 
Statins, Cholesterol, Women and Primary Prevention: Evidence-Based Medicine or Wishful Thinking?
A basic tenet of modern cardiology is that elevated cholesterol increases the risk of myocardial infarction (MI). Significantly lowering cholesterol should, therefore, reduce MI risk. Statins reduce cholesterol and, in some contexts, adverse heart outcomes, but meta-analyses of primary prevention clinical statin trials have found no statistically significant cardioprotective effect for women.
Statin Drugs vs. Red Yeast Rice
A newly published, randomized-controlled trial has concluded that a natural supplement, red yeast rice, had significant cholesterol-lowering properties. This is important news for those who cannot take (or would prefer not to take) statin drugs because of the medication's side effects.
Red Yeast Rice Reduces LDL-Cholesterol Levels in Statin-Intolerant Patients
The use of red yeast rice and a therapeutic lifestyle change significantly reduced LDL-cholesterol levels in statin-intolerant patients with dyslipidemia and may provide a future treatment alternative for these difficult-to-treat patients, according to the results of a new study.
Andrew Weil on Statins & Red Yeast Rice
My doctor wants to put me on a statin drug to lower my cholesterol. Is there anything natural I could try instead?
The Ongoing Debate of Red Yeast Rice Lowering Cholesterol
Red yeast rice contains monacolins. Statins, such as monacolin K,  occur naturally in red yeast rice, and whether natural or synthesized, statins inhibit HMG-CoA reductase, an enzyme that triggers cholesterol production.
Cardiologists' Study Shows Red Yeast Rice Cuts Cholesterol
New research from two Philadelphia-area cardiologists finds that an over-the-counter dietary supplement sold at pharmacies and health food stores may be an alternative for patients who cannot take traditional statin medications to lower cholesterol because of statin-related muscle pain.

Selenium health claims: Too qualified to qualify?

Remember the controversy a few months ago when Selenium was determined to be "useless" for prostate (or any other cancer) prevention from the SELECT trial?   Well now, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said it could allow the use of certain - very qualified - health claims linking selenium intake to a reduced risk of bladder, prostate and thyroid cancer. However, the agency said credible scientific evidence for these benefits is "very limited", and the claims would therefore need to contain significant qualifying language. So, now "useless" has become "limited credible evidence" of selenium benefits.      Read the entire article here.
FDA faces legal challenge over selenium health claims. 
A recent court action has challenged the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) qualified health claims system via five disputed selenium health claims. The action, lodged by Jonathan W Emord of Virginia-based law firm, Emord & Associates, states that the qualified health claims system must modify its procedures as it is preventing truthful messaging from reaching consumers, and challenges five selenium cancer health claims.        Read the entire article here.

Ron Paul in the News 

In an effort to restore constitutional freedom of speech, Congressman Ron Paul of Texas has introduced three bills which would help dismantle the web of corruption that censors legitimate health claims and truthful information about foods, herbs, and supplements that prevent, combat, or otherwise remediate disease.  To find out more about these bills and contact your representatives, please click here to read the article on Natural news and visit the Life Extension action links at the bottom.  This is important folks. Take some action or one day you will find you can only buy Vitamin C with a doctor's prescription from a pharmaceutical company at 100x the price!

Website News
This month I have added a new "Cholesterol Support" page to the products section of the website with a group of supplements that support healthy cholesterol levels.
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