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A package and pill of atorvastatin 40mg (Lipitor).

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Lipitor is the best-selling drug in the US totally over 13 billion in sales annually.  There are over 900 studies showing the negative effects of Cholesterol lowering medications like Lipitor!  So how can these be the best-selling drugs in America?  Use of statins like Lipitor rose by a whopping 156 percent between 2000 and 2005, rising from 15.8 million people to 29.7 million people. Spending on these drugs jumped from $7.7 billion to $19.7 billion annually over the same period.  That is a lot of money!

Confusing matters, however, is the fact that statin drugs oftentimes do not have any immediate side effects, and they are quite effective, capable of lowering cholesterol levels by 50 points or more. This makes it appear as though they’re benefiting your health, and health problems that appear down the line are frequently not interpreted as a side effect of the drug, but rather as brand new, separate health problems.

But there’s an ever-growing body of evidence showing that potentially serious side effects begin to manifest several months after the commencement of therapy.

For starters, some of the possible consequences of taking statins in strong doses, or for a lengthy period of time, include:

  • Cognitive loss  
  • Neuropathy
  • Anemia
  • Acidosis
  • Frequent fevers
  • Cataracts
  • Sexual dysfunction

Other serious and potentially life threatening side effects include, but are not limited to:

So lets say you have high cholesterol and you are concerned about it.  There are many natural ways to optimize cholesterol levels without dangerous drugs. 

Here is a great list from Natural Health Magazine June 2010 edition.

  1. Niacin-a B vitamin that gathers bad cholesterol-Take up to 2 grams per day
  2. Red Yeast Rice Extract-make sure you buy it from a reputable source-take 600 milligrams three times daily.
  3. Psyllium-Great source of soluble fiber-take 5 grams of psyllium seed husk (about a teaspoon) twice a day in a full glass of water.
  4. Omega-3 Fish Oil-Good for all sorts of reasons-helps regulate cholesterol and increase good cholesterol-take 2-4 grams daily.  Good fish oil brands are Nordic Naturals and Carlson Labs.
  5. Artichoke Extract-take up to 500 milligrams

If you are taking any other medications make sure you talk to a Naturopathic doctor before you take any of these supplements.  Also if you are taking in Cholesterol lowering drug make sure that you are taking CoQ10.  One of the side effects of cholesterol lowering drugs is that it depletes this important nutrient.  In general you can take a 150 milligrams per day to offset symptoms.

Dr. William R. Davis Jr., D.C. is a Vista Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist.  He is in private practice in Southern California in the city of Vista.  He specializes in correcting problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck).  This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems. More information can be found on his website at http://www.nuccawellness.com



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