You read that right.
We’re talking about Sex, Lies, and Cholesterol.
It was 1986 when Duane Graveline, MD, a retired United States “scientist-astronaut” (he was a physician), had a yearly physical and his doctor noted that his cholesterol was 240. The doctor recommended a drug that was new at that time – Lipitor – to decrease his cardiovascular risk factor. In a week’s time, he started noticing minor muscle aches but nothing that was going to get in his way. After a few more months, he noticed his sex drive was non-existent. He asked his doctor if this could be due to the Lipitor, but his MD said ‘no.’ Duane accepted the answer and continued to take Lipitor for about a year. His wife, Janet, slowly noticed that her husband was not as mentally sharp as he was a few months before. In time, it became apparent to her that he was losing his memory. He’d misplace things around the house and forget places, names, and what he needed to do for the day. Janet called the MD who maintained that it was not due to Lipitor, but she insisted it was and stopped his medication. In time, his memory was restored, sex drive came back, and muscle pains went away.
A few years passed, and another doctor noted his elevated cholesterol and put Graveline back on Lipitor. This time, the same symptoms came back, only faster. In a short period of time, he was having a tough time even remembering the names of his wife and kids! Again, Janet took him off his Lipitor, and he became well again. After Duane was fully recovered from the second bout with Lipitor, he dedicated his life to finding out why he lost his memory while taking it. He spent years combing through the research and came to some startling conclusions, which he shared in his book, Lipitor: Thief of Memory-Statins and the Misguided War on Cholesterol.
It’s sad to realize that Duane’s story is being replicated hundreds of thousands – even millions – of times a year and around the world, due to this drug that’s supposed to save us from heart disease.
Cardiovascular disease is the #1 killer in the U.S, followed by cancer, diabetes, and adverse reactions to medications. Thus, it is likely that you might find your final fate due to these conditions, which areavoidable over 90% of the time. Did you know that the U.S. has the most cardiac centers, the most cardiologists, and Americans consume about 70% of the worlds cardiac medications? You’d expect us, therefore, to have one of the lowest death rates, yet we have the highest death rate for cardiovascular problems! Does this make sense to you? It doesn’t add up IF your paradigm (view of reality) is that medicine is the Gold Standard for keeping you well. However, it makes perfect sense if you know that drugs are not the panacea for every disease. Medicine was created for acute and short-duration conditions, such as antibiotics for treating bacterial infections, which can be life-saving. However, when we start using drugs to battle lifestyle induced sickness like cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes, it will fail every time. Drugs cannot undo a life of poor health decisions.
We have all heard that cholesterol is the nasty villain that causes clogged arteries and heart attacks. Did you know only half of heart attack victims have high cholesterol? What causes the heart attacks in this 50% if it’s not cholesterol? Here’s how the statistics break down: A medication’s success rate is measured in the “number needed to treat” (NNT). For Lipitor the NNT is 1/250. That means that to prevent one heart attack among people with high cholesterol, who never had a previous heart issue, 250 people have to take the drug for five years! Let’s repeat that: 250 people had to take the drug for 5 years to stop just one heart attack. Might be worth it to save one person – IF there were no side effects. Another very important number that people aren’t familiar with is the “number to do harm” (NTH) – which is where the rubber meets the road. One in 50 who took the cholesterol medication developed diabetes, and one in 10 experienced muscle damage. In addition, some lose their memory and sex drive and experience other hormonal imbalances. And because statin drugs deplete CoQ10, which is fuel for your heart, some will even experience heart failure. Did you get that? The medicine which is supposed to lower cholesterol – which in turn is supposed to prevent heart disease – contributes to heart failure!
Among patients who’d already had a heart attack, the numbers were better, as one out of 100 benefited from the statin drug. That is the NNT is 1/100, meaning 100 post-cardiac victims had to take a statin for five years to prevent one from a second heart attack. Putting that all together, one person with heart disease in 100 would benefit, 99 would not, two would develop diabetes, and 10 would experience muscle damage!
There is a much safer way. A way that will not only prevent cardiovascular issues but also reduce your chances of getting cancer and diabetes. It is time to be proactive and not reactive because 50% of the people who have a heart attack never get a second chance at life.
On February 9, 2018, at 7pm at No Boundaries Fitness (see details below), I will be presenting my free health seminar, “Sex, Lies, and Cholesterol.” I’ll share information in Duane Graveline’s book, plus more current information on cardiovascular disease. If you depend solely on your average medical doctor to save you from this fate, you may be at serious risk. As it’s my mission to help our community both get and stay well, I urge you and family members to attend and learn about these topics. What you’ll gain by attending will help you prevent cardiovascular disease and potentially save your life – because medicationisn’t going to. I have added a few notes below to pique your curiosity for the amazing things we’ll discuss at the seminar.
My top reasons why YOU should attend the seminar:
- Statistically, you have a great chance of having heart disease during your life.
- Statistics also show that medications will not stop the development of heart disease.
- And, statistically speaking, lifestyle modification is the only demonstrated way to keep your cardiovascular system healthy.
- We will cover those simple lifestyle changes that are more powerful than any cholesterol drug.
- We’ll challenge your current beliefs to help you see other possible solutions that can be game changers.
- We’ll enlighten you on statistical manipulation has made cholesterol drugs the bestselling drugs in the world.
- You get to ask questions at the end of the program.