With baby boomers retiring at the rate of 10,000 a day well into 2029, we all need to step it up in the natural healing arena. Information I am getting from several different reliable sources says that drugs (statins more specifically) are ruining an otherwise good retirement. Last February, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration placed a warning label on all statin drugs stating that they may cause diabetes, muscle disorders and cognitive problems such as memory loss and confusion.
The best advice is to get off statins if at all possible. There are alternatives to lowering your cholesterol. If you have high cholesterol and your doctor has you on Lipitor, Crestor or Zocor, you may want to get another opinion. Only about two percent of people are helped by these drugs.
If you are concerned about cholesterol levels, take some time to educate yourself about cholesterol. The liver produces about 75 percent of cholesterol, while 25 percent comes from food. It is only slightly water soluble, so it is carried through the bloodstream via lipoproteins, a blend of proteins and lipids (fats).
You do not get elevated cholesterol from eating fat. Dietary cholesterol (from food) accounts for no more than ten percent of blood cholesterol. Cholesterol is so important, the body produces 3,000 to 4,000 mg of it each and every day. Ancel Keys, the “father” of the cholesterol-heart disease hypothesis, said in 1997, “There is no connection whatsoever between the cholesterol in food and cholesterol in the blood, and we’ve known that all along.” Makes one go hmm, doesn’t it?
The medical profession generally defines hypocholesterol as being below 160 mg/dL, but recent research suggests that people with cholesterol levels below 200 are unhealthy. A range of 175-275 should be considered within normal, non-pathological levels. The dangers of low cholesterol include: depression and suicide; violence and neurological disorders; cancer; infertility; and death by heart attack or stroke.
If you’re a baby boomer, review your cholesterol levels, blood pressure, weight and glucose levels with your doctor. Ask if you would benefit from taking niacin supplements to raise your good HDL cholesterol. You should also consider these health tips.
Get serious about your diet.
Lose weight for good.
Exercise is crucial. Try to get in a good hour-long walk each day.
Get a least eight hours of sleep each night. Don’t get into sleep debt.
Add cholesterol-lowering foods to you diet. Fiber-rich foods, oatmeal, almonds and fish (at least once or twice a week) are all good. Also, plant sterols, flaxseed, organic grape juice, apples and other foods that contain pectin can help.
A good vitamin and mineral regimen will greatly improve cardiovascular protocol.
Vitamin C to bowel tolerance-titrate, up to a range of 5,000 to 10,000 mg per day.Collatrim – three capsules three times per day to prevent plaque formation.
Niacin (B3) – one capsule at lunch and two capsules at bedtime. Gradually increase based upon risk assessment to decrease production of Lp.
CoQ10 – 100 mg twice per day to strengthen the heart muscle.
Magnesium complex – two capsules three times per day, reduce to bowel tolerance if necessary. A natural balancer to help the body regulate cholesterol needs and demands for repair.