Monday, April 4, 2011

Statin Zombie Apocalypse - A Slow Motion Genocide


"I mention these examples because in my experience, we all tend to put a lot of faith in science. We believe what we're told. My father suffered a life filled with margarine, before he died of a heart attack anyway." - Michael Crichton

My Grandfather passed away last month, at the ripe old age of 89.

I've been in mourning...but I haven't been grief stricken like I was with the deaths of my other Grandfather or either of my Grandmothers. I was close with all four of my grandparents and consider myself very fortunate to have made it into adulthood with all four of them alive and having close relationships with them all.

But the reason I was not as grief stricken for my Grandfather's death as I was for my other Grandparents, is because in my mind, he's already been gone for years prior to his death.

My Grandfather died a statin zombie.

I am not grief stricken...but rather consumed with rage.

I'm of the belief that he was murdered. Slowly poisoned to death by the pharmaceutical industry and the manner in which they are able to shape the conventional wisdom of allopathic Western medicine. I had arguments with my relatives for years regarding my Grandfather's health care. He was taken to the doctors every month, where the Doctor prescribed him statins that he took for well over a decade.

Over the course of those 10 years, I literally watched my Grandfather waste away both physically and mentally. By the time he died, conversation with him had become one word grunts that were barely intelligible.

His doctor had him on a strict diet. According to the diet recommendations he sent home with him after every visit, he was to avoid all saturated fats. No red meat. Only lean chicken and fish. Eat only whole grains like brown rice and whole wheat bread...and never forget to take his daily dose of statins.

Of course, when I tried to object to this, my family members would look at me like I was insane. "Who are you? You think you know better than a Doctor?"

Why yes, I think I do. There are more than a few Doctors out there who practice medicine by "the book." The problem is not the Doctors, but the people behind the beliefs and ideas who wrote "the book" that these conventional wisdom Doctors go by.

In short, the lipid hypothesis is taught as scientifically proven fact to Medical students. Conventional Western medicine with regards to diet and nutrition are based on deliberately fostered lies. Lies sold as truth IN THE NAME OF SCIENCE.

Of course, there are plenty of Doctor's who have noticed that the conventional wisdom of diet and health did not jibe with their experiences in treating patients through the course of their practice. Doctors like Michael Eades and Kurt Harris have rejected the conventional wisdom in their practices, and have born their testimonials as to how their advice turned out in treating their patients.

The problem with statin poisoning is that it's a slow motion euthanasia in which it's long term effects that manifest are ignored or easily explained away as "just a part of old age."

If you're someone who has been prescribed a statin regimen, or you know of a loved one who is, it would behoove you to read up the results of this google search: statin side effects memory loss muscle loss.

Here's a short summary on how why statins slowly destroy the mind and body:

How could Lipitor and other statin drugs potentially cause this kind of harm to so many different parts of the body? Lipitor is a "statin" drug which inhibits the production of cholesterol in order to lower LDL cholesterol counts. By severely limiting the production of cholesterol, Lipitor causes membrane degeneration in neural and muscle tissue.

The problem is this: cholesterol is essential in your body for many functions. It forms part of what is called the cell membrane - the semi-permeable outer layer of every cell in your body. It also transports essential fatty acids (EFAs) to cell membranes throughout the body. Without enough cholesterol there is an insufficient supply of these EFAs, and eventually nerve cells and neurons die. In addition, our tissues are constantly being repaired and replaced with new cells, and without sufficient cholesterol this cellular repair and replacement cannot continue.

Our body produces several thousand milligrams of cholesterol per day to carry out these essential functions, and each day the excess of cholesterol is supposed to be naturally recycled. If your body doesn't have enough new cholesterol each day, you cannot repair and replace your cell membranes and they will eventually degenerate.

The continual recycling of cholesterol happens naturally when you have sufficient ascorbate, another name for vitamin C. Excess cholesterol is naturally converted to bile acid and then excreted. But if you don't consume enough vitamin C (about 2000-3000 milligrams per day for an adult), cholesterol builds up in your bloodstream. It is here that doctors make a critical error: instead of telling you to take more vitamin C to recycle cholesterol naturally, they prescribe Lipitor, which may create a deficiency of new cholesterol.

Lipitor and other statin drugs also block the production of an essential micronutrient called Co-Q10, necessary to maintain heart muscle health, and Lipitor has no effect on lipoprotein(a), the actual sticky protein that constitutes heart disease "plaques." So instead of preventing heart disease, Lipitor may be increasing heart disease risk.

It appears that Lipitor and other statin drugs are in fact causing neural and muscular cell degeneration by over-restricting the production of cholesterol. This is a very serious matter indeed. There are at least 30 million people - some say as many as 60 million - who take Lipitor or other statin drugs (Zocor, Pravachol, Mevacor, Altocor, Lescol, Crestor, etc.). Many millions more are now having statin drugs recommended to them by their doctors. It is likely they are all going to become victims of cell membrane degeneration and nervous system problems.

I saw all of these side effects manifest and progress in my Grandfather. In the last year of his life, he could only shuffle around in a jerky, uncoordinated and unbalanced gait. Conversations where reduced to one or two word answers like "Hello" or "Let's Go home." He literally became a zombie.

By the time he passed away last month, I had already been grieving the loss of my Grandfather for over a year. I knew he was a dead man walking and there was nothing I could do about it. A family member was his caretaker and executor to his estate, and that caretaker did the best job possible of caring for him...according to the conventional wisdom. My arguments and protestations were all ignored with "he's old, that's what happens to old people."

Despite the fact that my Grandfather's family had no history of heart attacks.

Despite the fact that my Grandfather's elder siblings all lived into their 90's, none had dementia, memory loss, or dramatically reduced mobility when they died.

From a genetics standpoint, I believe statins robbed my grandfather of close to 20 years of a still active and meaningful life. In his mid to late 80's, he lived an existence of a drugged out zombie, just eating, sleeping and breathing until the inevitable end.

I wonder just how much money my Grandfather's healthcare insurance company paid out to Pharma Corporations to keep my Grandfather drugged into zombie-hood on 10 years worth of Statins?

How much profit was generated by my Grandfather's slow motion euthanasia?

Millions of people are being subjected to the same treatment. Not only are they killing the elderly, they're reaping a serious profit in the process.

Use of statins in the United States increased by 156% between 2000 and 2005. While 15.8 million people took statins in 2000, 29.7 million took them in 2005. The number of prescriptions rose from 90 million to 174 million, and the retail spending increased from $7.7 billion to $19.7 billion.

I am not a medical doctor. This blog post must carry this disclaimer...if you are currently taking statins under the care of your physician, it's up to you to question everything and do your own research before you decide on any particular course of action regarding your own healthcare.

All I can say is this: if my Grandfather's care had been in my hands, I would have never let him take those drugs. I would have fired his doctor and found one for him who is not interested in partaking of the slow motion genocide of the elderly.

19 comments:

Century of the Self said...

My condolences. HL, have you seen Century of the Self? Its available in 4 one hour segments on YOUTUBE. You will like it.

Kevin said...

Even better it appears that drugs like this are working their way into the water supply around the states.
See this article series for more info: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23503485/

Personally I won't touch anything that a pharma company recomends. But then I never bother to see a doctor either.

Samson said...

In short, the lipid hypothesis is taught as scientifically proven fact to Medical students.

It certainly is, as I can attest. Take some comfort, HL, in the fact that as they say, truth will eventually out, even though Big Pharma is a titanic enemy to tackle. There are young doctors reading about this stuff, and about the paleo diet.

**** ***** said...

first, i am sorry for your loss.

this old black guy in line at bank today was talking about his having put weight on after his cancer went into remission, and this other black lady was also espousing the belief that doctors don't always really know as much as you'd think.

having been injured training i learned to get 2-4 opinions before deciding what sounded the most logical and trusting that...b/c i'd see 4 doctors and get wildly varying opinions. even going to a specialist.

Desert Cat said...

My doctor wanted to put me on statins. I told him I wasn't interested. Because he practiced "integrative medicine", he prescribed the the nutraceutical "red yeast rice" instead.

Thinking a "natural alternative" ought to be safer, I went ahead and took it for about a year.

By the time I figured out that red yeast rice was nothing more than the raw material that pharmaceutical companies use to make refined statins, and that I had been taking dose-unregulated and unmonitored statins for a year, I was suffering severe myalgia and joint pain.

It took several months after I got off the poison before the myalgia and joint pain returned to baseline levels. I still have trouble with my elbows and shoulders I ought not have for a person my age (47).

My uncle has gone downhill fast since he went on statins. They are bad news, and this whole class of poisons is a crime against humanity.

Anonymous said...

If I understand correctly, I can replace my statin drug of choice with 3000 mg of Vitamin C a day, along with the 2500 mg of Omega 3 and 3000 IU of Vitamin D I already take to curb my high cholesterol? I am only 30 years old, and high cholesterol runs in my family, but I'd really like to get off the statin naturally, where is a good place to start?

Anonymous said...

Have you read of the material by Dr. Williams Davis at The Heart Scan Blog? (http://www.heartscanblog.org/) He seems to have a very similar opinion to yours regarding statins and a wheat-free/paleo diet. I'd be interested on your take of his ideas, and if his diet is any good.

Thanks!

Workshy Joe said...

I once had a co-worker who was prescribed statins by his doctor.

His health deteriorated rapidly after he started taking them.

The thing that drives me insane is how no-one seems to be focused on actual outcomes and results.

Its almost like "faith-based medicine" with the doctor as shaman.

Anonymous said...

My grandmother was recently diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). It took me a couple days after reading this article to ask if she had been taking statins. Turns out, she had for many years.

Today I penned this short, quasi-scientific document for my family laying out the known side effects of statins so we could pursue another opinion and perhaps better treatment. They match many of my grandmother's symptoms, and the range of neuromuscular problems caused by statins has actually been called an "ALS-like syndrome".

http://www.scribd.com/doc/52375660/statins-quicklook

(alt: http://www.zshare.net/download/88671494a30b22c2/ )

Anonymous said...

But... if we kill enough old people then we fix our long-term fiscal problems, right?

(don't mean to be anything but sorry for your loss... just pointing out the conspiracy - follow the money - wherever it leads you)

kirvett said...

My grandmother was recently diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), and after I found out she had been taking statins, and having read this post, I wondered if the neuromuscular problems she was having were more likely the result of statin side effects.

I wrote up a short quasi-scientific paper for my family so they could possibly seek a medical opinion on it.

You can find it by Googling "A quick look at rare statin adverse effects"

Keoni Galt said...

Thanks to all who offered condolences...

Anon - I am only 30 years old, and high cholesterol runs in my family, but I'd really like to get off the statin naturally, where is a good place to start?

I'd suggest you research the issue of "high cholesterol" in and of itself before you make your decision. Look up Uffe Ravnskov's book "The Cholesterol Myths"

Desert Cat, thanks for the anecdotal info on Red yeast Rice.

Anon - Have you read of the material by Dr. Williams Davis at The Heart Scan Blog?

He's already on my "'ai Kahiko" blogroll. (Loosely translated, that's Hawaiian for "traditional eating.")

**** ***** - Don't get me wrong...when it comes to modern medicine, there is a lot to be grateful for. Surgery techniques and treatment technologies are amazing. I've undergone several surgeries in my life, and the results were personally miraculous..yet it is an ordinary and commonly done procedure.

I just don't trust the Medical establishment when it comes to diet and the treatment for diet related diseases.

Anonymous said...

Condolences on losing your Granfather. My mother passed away last Sept. Three years previously she had a mild stroke which affected her mind. She kept thinking gangs and some of the neighbors were out to get her. Her doctor set her up with a psychiatrist who ended up giving her drugs which made her extremely frail. My parents moved to another city and my mother got off the drugs and did well for the last two years of her life. Her passing was fast and lasted two weeks. My dad and some of my siblings believe my mother would have probably lived another 2 years + if she didn't take any of these quack drugs she was given by the psychiatrist.

djc said...

You can not trust most Doctors. Many are nothing more than drug peddlers for big pharma. On a side note, look up "Run From The Cure" on Youtube. The guy swears hemp oil will prevent cancer. If this is true it's no wonder they don't want to legalize pot.

OneSTDV said...

I'm sorry for your loss. Perhaps you can take comfort that you did all you could do to help your grandfather. It's not your fault that no one would listen to you.

I am also ENRAGED about the lipid hypothesis and associated lies!! It's absolutely heartbreaking that so many are being poisoned because Big Pharma wants to make money off them (I also blame liberalism as I see vegetarianism an aspect of it).

Dennis Mangan said...

Horrible but, alas, probably all-too-typical story.

http://mangans.blogspot.com/2009/03/dont-take-statins-if-you-need.html

Jack Amok said...

Keoni, my condolences. I knew one of my Grandfathers a little, and wish I could have known him more, but I was pretty young when he passed away.

My father died recently, and he too was a victim of bad medicine. Not what ultimately killed him - he had a heart condition that actually could have been fairly easily fixed through surgery. As you said, surgeons can work miracles. Unfortunately, his primary care physician missed the simple diagnosis because it was so much easier to just give him drugs.

The drugs not only didn't solve the real problem, they created a bunch of other ones. But, as in your case, trust of the doctor was too high. The maddening thing was, other doctors were telling my dad the same thing I was - that he shouldn't be on the drugs he was on. But he trusted his own doctor too much, and it was too easy to just keep doing what was familiar.

In the end, he rallied for one last try, got off the wrong medication and had the surgery he needed, and he fought hard. But it was too late. The heart condition was too advanced and his system had been too ravaged by the drugs he thought he needed for so many years.

It was odd - like you and your Grandfather, I had mostly lost my dad a while before he actually passed away. But at the end there, I got him back for a little while as he made his last stand.

Some modern medications are amazing. Some are poison. We all just need to take responsibility for our health and not abdicate to a doctor. A good doctor is a partner and advisor, not a dictator.

And the world has its sorrows. But we soldier on as best we can. Good men go and leave us their burdens.

Anonymous said...

Two good sites

The International Network of
Cholesterol Skeptics at

http://www.thincs.org/news.htm

and

http://www.spacedoc.net/

Booch Paradise said...

I was reading about Bill Clinton and his sharp decline that has people speculating that he's sick. Some one mentioned that he had had heart bypass surgery, and I thought of this article. And sure enough, he's on statins. Bill Clinton is right now, on the national stage, a statin zombie.