They tried it all
attempting to curb heart disease with a
cholesterol pill. First by
lowering so called "bad cholesterol" with
statin drugs (Lipitor,
Zokor, and others), which are not working as expected. And
how could they? The mechanism of their effect is blocking the liver
enzyme needed for cholesterol production. Aside that it is not
cholesterol itself causing heart problems, stopping this enzyme also
blocks production of other substances depending on it, such as
Should it come as a surprise, then, that statin drugs can cause nasty side effects to
the liver, brain and muscle function? Despite no independent study
confirming benefits of statins in lowering the risk of
cardiovascular disease (CBS News), they are widely prescribed not
only to those with elevated cholesterol, but also as a "preventive".
Then they tried raising so called "good cholesterol" instead.
Results? Same old... While the drugs did raise "good" cholesterol,
everything else went wrong.
Reportedly, Pfizer Inc. abandons its $800 million Torcetrapib project, due to
drug's inefficiency in reducing heart related deaths and
hospitalizations, and its serious side-effects. Eli Lilly and Co.
experimental diabetes drug raising "good" cholesterol, caused a host
of serious side effects, including heart and kidney damage. And
infusion of "good" cholesterol (CSL Ltd., Australia), didn't help
either (New York Times).
Call it stubbornness, or arrogance, or something
worse - but pharmaceutical companies keep ignoring well known fact that
hearth disease has little to do with the nominal cholesterol levels, and
nearly all with the degree of
free radical damage,
levels and internal inflammation, spreading to hearth and blood
What is called "bad" cholesterol is simply cholesterol carried
from the liver to the body cells by low-density lipoprotein (LDL)
carriers. This cholesterol is not bad; it is vital for proper
cell functioning and overall health. And what is called "good" cholesterol is
simply excess cholesterol carried by high-density lipoprotein (HDL)
carriers back to the liver, to be disposed of.
Higher than normal bad-to-good cholesterol ratio
indicates that your body draws in more cholesterol than it disposes of.
In other words, cholesterol build up inside your body. Long
ago, official medicine jumped on the conclusion that it is the main
contributing factor to the arterial buildup and resulting
Since then, this assumption
has been proven wrong by both,
and real-life data.
Some folks with elevated
"bad" cholesterol never develop cardiovascular disease, and vice
versa. Indeed, cholesterol production may be higher simply because your
body needs it. One possible reason is that it is part of body's
attempt to protect from and repair damage caused by free radicals,
toxins and/or pathogens.
Likewise, good cholesterol "balance sheet" itself doesn't
protect you from the disease. If your blood vessel inner lining is
damaged and/or inflamed, the buildup narrowing the vessels and
leading to cardiovascular disease will take place
even if your
nominal cholesterol levels are within acceptable.
has happened - and is happening - to many.
Still, pharmaceutical companies and their extended hand - medical
establishment - keep pushing the cholesterol balance concept. Why would
they do that? The simple answer is that addressing the actual causes
doesn't require drugs. No drugs - no money.
One of the main reasons of arterial buildup is that cholesterol,
normally a non-sticky compound, becomes sticky when oxidized by
The solution: free radicals reduction, and good intake of
antioxidants, especially vitamins
Another real risk factors is the level of lipoprotein(a)
cholesterol, nearly identical to LDL cholesterol, except that
its carrier has an adhesive protein added. Its function is to
protect blood vessels from further oxidative damage when the level of
antioxidants are low. It does this by sticking
to damaged arterial walls, narrowing and hardening arteries as a result.
The solution: again, minimizing free radical level and adequate intake of
antioxidants, primarily vitamin C.
Elevated homocysteine levels contribute to cardiovascular disease
by damaging arteries. Solution: adequate intake of
B12, needed to keep
homocysteine level in check.
Most other risk factors are also
nutrition-related: low magnesium/potassium,
low Omega-3 fatty acids, low
vitamin K, and
so on. And for more urgent cases, there are effective and safer
natural alternatives to
Should pharmaceutical companies take the blame for ignoring the
actual problem? Yes, but not alone. Much of what they do is responding to
the market demand. Most Americans still believe in impossible: staying
ignorant health-wise, keep their bad habits and, nevertheless, be
healthy at the same time. They are asking for that "miracle" pill.
The drug industry does its best to meet their demand.
Who is really to take the blame is the government, for allowing
deceiving practices and unsafe products on the prescription drug
market, but even more it is the medical establishment, who violates
the very basic principles of medical profession by joining the ride on this
ignorance and profit-driven bandwagon.