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Cholesterol, Blood Fats and Statin Drugs - Part I 
In This Issue
What your doctor won't tell you
Risks Seen in Cholesterol Drug Use in Healthy People
Small, but Definite, Diabetes Risk from Statins
Cholesterol drug side effects need watching
Unintended effects of statins
Statins Raise Prostate Cancer Risk
Selenoprotein synthesis and side-effects of statins
Zocor can cause fatal kidney damage
Legislation and Legal Issues
Website News
A Survey
 
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Sept. 4, 2010
 
Sorry for the long delay between newsletters. I got real busy and just did not have the time to get one out.  I hope to start getting newsletters out more frequently starting now.  
 
The next two newsletters are about a subject which seems to concern everyone: Blood fats and cholesterol levels. If you have high levels of cholesterol or triglicerides you won't want to miss either of these newsletters.
  
Todays issue (Part I) is about statin drugs that are commonly prescribed to control cholesterol levels.  Many folks have no idea of their potential damaging side effects.
 
My next newsletter (Part II) will be about natural ways to reduce cholesterol and trigliceride levels without resorting to statins or other drugs. I anticipate having this one out within a week or so.   

In the meantime - if you can't wait, feel free to call me for more info. 
 
What your doctor won't tell you about cholesterol medications.
Statin drugs do not correct problems. What they do is inhibit certain enzymes thus blocking the path for synthesizing cholesterol in the liver. Unfortunately, the medical paradigm today seems to be to lower cholesterol levels at all costs, and side effects of statin drugs can be devastating. There are alternatives.
 
 
Risks Seen in Cholesterol Drug Use in Healthy People.
The cholesterol drug, Crestor is now being expanded to a new market:  - a preventive medication for millions of people who do not have cholesterol problems.  Some medical experts question whether this is a healthy move.
 
There is mounting concern that cholesterol medications - known as statins and already the most widely prescribed drugs in the United States - may not be as safe a preventive medicine as previously believed for people who are at low risk of heart attacks or strokes.  
 
Meta-Analysis Finds Small, but Definite, Diabetes Risk from Statins
Statin use is accompanied by a small but measurable risk for developing diabetes, according to a meta-analysis released online by the Lancet. The statin-diabetes association was stronger with increasing age.
  
Cholesterol drug side effects need watching 
People using cholesterol-lowering statins have a higher risks of liver dysfunction, kidney failure, muscle weakness and cataracts and such side effects of the drug should be closely tracked. This study noted that for every 10,000 high risk women treated with statins, the positive impact would be around 271 fewer cases of heart disease and 8 fewer cases of oesophageal cancer.  On the other side, there would also be 74 extra patients with liver dysfunction, 23 extra patients with acute renal failure, 307 with cataracts and 39 with a muscle weakness condition called myopathy.
 
Unintended effects of statins in men and women in England and Wales
Pharmaceutical companies are now touting the  unintended benefits of statin drugs on various conditions.  Except oesophageal cancer, which showed a small decreased risk with statin use, other claims remain unsubstantiated.  However,  this study again confirms and quantifies the potential adverse effects of this drug family. 
 
Statins Raise Prostate Cancer Risk of Obese Men
A study conducted earlier this year at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research in Seattle found that the use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, especially when used long-term, seems to raise the risk of prostate cancer among obese men.
 
Selenoprotein synthesis and side-effects of statins.
Statins are effective drugs for the treatment of high cholesterol and coronary heart disease. They are generally well tolerated, however, they do cause some unusual side - effects with potentially severe consequences, most prominently myopathy or rhabdomyolysis and polyneuropathy.
 
FDA warns that Zocor can cause fatal kidney damage.
The FDA has issued a warning that the risk of severe muscle and kidney damage from the cholesterol drug simvastatin is higher than previously thought.  New research suggests the risk of muscle injury, including rhabdomyolysis, is 50 times higher in patients who take the highest approved dose (80 milligrams) of the drug than in patients taking the 20 milligram dose.

Legislation and Legal Issues

 
Thanks to the overwhelming responses, letters to the FDA, FTC, and congress -- and a Washington lawyer named Jonathon Emord, the natural health field has won battles with the FDA over legitimate, scientifically validated supplements claims.  Also, the the provision to expand the Federal Trade Commission's powers did not make it into the final Wall Street "Reform" bill.  The FTC bill would likely have seriously restricted access to nutritional supplements. 
 
Now that the period for the FDA to appeal the court's ruling has expired, the natural health community is hoping the FDA will not ignore this ruling and continue to harass supplement manufacturers for backing up their products with science. According to Mr. Emord, "If history repeats itself, they will disobey the order." The only recourse we have is to sue them for contempt, which we most certainly will do. I tire of the agency's contumacious disregard for the Constitution and the constitutional mandates of our federal courts. The FDA may believe itself above the law, but I suspect the federal courts have a different idea." 
 
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Website News

As I mentioned in my last newsletter, my new website, 
 
is operational and its entry page is now the home page for both websites.  Thus, you will be able to seamlessly move from men's to women's issues and back. Some of the pages, like the newsletter archive and the products section are shared between both sites.  The shared parts of the two websites are the Books, Products, and News sections, and these are now operational.  
 
I'm a bit behind in my schedule for finishing the ladies section of the site, only because I've been to busy helping lots of you get through some problems. However, I hope to have the rest of it up soon, and the shared sections contain information of value for both sexes. 
 
To search for information or a product, simply click the "Site Search" button located at the top left of every main page. You will then see a search screen where you can enter a keyword (or keywords) to search the site for. Direct links to pages found allow you to quickly view information on many topics. 
 
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A Survey

 
If you would like to have an input into what I put in this newsletter, please email me directly.  This is your newsletter and I want to provide you with information that is useful and helpful to you. So, send me an email with your suggestions and I will try to address subjects you want in future issues.
 
 
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