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If You or Loved One Are on Statins

Someone passed this article on to me and I thought it was well worth reading and definitely "food" for thought!

Eat, drink and be buried

 By William C. Douglass, MD
He's on his third plate of
deep-fried tater tots, and he's wearing more ketchup than
he's eating. His extra-large belly is sagging out of his
medium-sized T-shirt like a Hefty bag full of Jell-O.
But he's not your garden variety slob -- he's just a
fella trying to lower his cholesterol. And if you don't believe
him, check his medicine cabinet.
A new UCLA study proves that millions of folks are
treating their prescriptions for dangerous cholesterol-lowering
statins like a free pass to an all-you-can-eat buffet.
Researchers followed the eating habits of statin users for a decade
and found these pill poppers are eating just
about anything the Burger King or his legions of fast-food princes
throw their way. Over the past 10 years, folks on statins have
increased their caloric intake by HUNDREDS of calories a day.
And it's all because they're mistaking those tiny pills for a
bullet-proof vest.
You see, most folks taking statins waddle into their doctors'
offices fat, out of shape, and sicker
than a flea-ridden dog. And they're not looking to change their
lifestyles -- they want a quick fix. They want a license to eat
whatever they want without EVER worrying about their cholesterol or
heart disease again.
And Big Pharma has been using statins to make that promise for
years --even if that promise is a load of bull.
The moment you swallow that first statin
pill, you may never be healthy again. Statins have been linked to
everything from brain disease to cancer, and a University of
Missouri found they actually may BLOCK the benefits of exercise.
So if you're taking Crestor or Lipitor as part of a plan to get
yourself in shape, you'd probably have a better
chance playing the lottery.
Friend, wake up -- statins are mainstream "symptom control"
treatment at its very ugliest. If you're tipping the scales at
300 pounds, do you really think statins are the answer you've
been waiting for? High cholesterol isn't your problem. It's a
SYMPTOM of your overeating problem -- and that problem is going to
kill you.
Shockingly, according to this latest UCLA study, doctors may not
even be counseling patients on weight loss
strategies before handing over a bottle of these risky pills.
If your cholesterol numbers are climbing like the national
debt --  stop looking inside a pill bottle and start looking in
your refrigerator. Load up on healthy proteins, and
cut out the carbs and added sugar for good.
In fact, start skipping the middle aisles of the supermarket
completely -- just stick with meats, fruits and
vegetables. Odds are, the next time your doc sees you, he'll
get the message that you're treating the cause of your unhealthy
lifestyle --and not just the symptoms.
A chuckle a day keeps the doctor away
Ever have one of those days? The neighbor's dog won't stop
barking... someone is parked in your space... and a bill arrives
marked "Past Due" even though you KNOW you've paid it.
When life's stresses get you wound up tighter than a banjo string, you
don't need some Big Pharma happy pill or a dangerous muscle relaxer.
What you DO need is a good laugh.
A new study from Loma Linda University in California has found
that a good, deep belly laugh produces the same relaxing effect on
your brain as a full mediation session! Thirty-one research volunteers
were shown videos that were either amusing, spiritual, or distressing.
Turns out funny videos produced the same healing gamma waves
your brain generates when you meditate.
And that's not just good news for you -- it's FANTASTIC news for me.
Because let me tell you something -- if
you ever find me lying on the floor humming, I'm not
meditating. I'm having a stroke.
New Age healing has never really been my thing. But if I can
relax and give my brain a workout by watching a few Archie Bunker
re-runs, sign me up!
The truth is, the way you handle stress has an enormous impact on
your health. A poor stress response can make you fat, trigger heart
disease and can even cause cancer!
And the mainstream doesn't have any answers for
you -- but the Smothers Brothers might. So the next time you're
feeling stressed, pop in a DVD of your favorite comedy show and put your
feet up. You may be adding years to your life one chuckle at a time.
Always a laugh a minute,
William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.
Make it a great day!


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