"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.