Statins work by suppressing hydroxy-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase (HMG-CoA reductase), an enzyme that the liver requires to produce cholesterol. By blocking the enzyme, it impacts the ability of the liver to produce cholesterol. However, by blocking HMG-CoA reductase, the production of other systems that depend on this enzyme are also affected (most notably, CoQ10). Ancel Keys was the one who originally hypothesized that cholesterol was the culprit as the cause of heart attacks and strokes; a theory that has long since been discredited by modern research. Many of these studies were originally intended to prove Keys’ hypothesis but only accomplished the opposite and showed that there was no relationship. However, statin sales are a multi-billion dollar fraud that has been perpetrated on the public worldwide and almost rises to the level of organized crime as pointed out in Statin Nation and numerous articles online. Lipitor alone, enjoyed sales of nearly $30 billion dollars during its peak.
While statins might benefit patients who already have CVD, no benefits (zero, zip, nada) have been shown for prescribing a statin to a person who does NOT have existing CVD. And what about the wisdom of suppressing HMG-CoA reductase? This enzyme is also essential for many other vital body systems including the production of CoQ10. People taking a statin may lower the production of cholesterol by the liver but it will also lower the production of CoQ10, a substance found in almost every cell in our bodies and is needed for energy production, especially in the heart. Many doctors have noticed a quadrupling in the number of congestive heart failure cases in their patients who take statins (just type “statin drugs and congestive heart failure” in your favorite search engine and see for yourself). Coincidence? or cause and effect? Medical doctors Uffe Ravnskov and Peter H. Langsjoen were among the first to sound the warning bell against the use of statin drugs but the marketing machine of Big Pharma essentially swept their warnings and discoveries under the rug.
For those of you taking statins and state that you “have no side effects so far,” do keep in mind that the damage done to your internal systems is a silent one; there is no “ouch” factor. Just as excess sugar in the blood stream will bond to cellular proteins and destroy them (glycosylation), there will be no “ouch” factor involved and you won’t actually feel anything while the damage is taking place. When the damage becomes extensive enough, you will “suddenly” be diagnosed with complications and most diabetics will simply accept it as the “natural progression” of the disease. Taking statin drugs is similar; by the time that side effects become self-evident, sometimes it can be too late (e.g., the FDA-mandated warnings about PERMANENT muscle damage … and did you forget that the heart is a muscle?). Red yeast rice users aren’t spared either because the RYR still contains a statin drug, just one that is produced by the yeast organisms instead of by synthetic chemical production.
Do your own research online. PubMed alone has dozens of articles and studies on the adverse effects of statin drugs. Dr. Uffe Ravnskov has authored several books on the topic of statin toxicity and his “Cholesterol Myths” website can be found at the link below (Dr. Ravnskov is his own webmaster and his books are available on Amazon.com):
Be sure to also do a search for “Dr. Duane Graveline” in the search engine of your choice. His account of his own personal experiences with short-term and retrograde memory loss (that was directly attributed to statin drug use) should raise additional alarms even among the most skeptical.