Statins Increase the Risk for Pneumonia

Wednesday, July 22, 2009
By: Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

I’ve been warning for years that statins are a potent immune suppressive drug, a real problem if you need a competent immune system for battling a problem like swine flu.  A new study published in the British Journal of Medicine was conducted in hopes of proving that statins actually boost immunity against pneumonia – how surprised the researchers were when they found the opposite.

This population-based case-control study of more than 3000 people found that statins increased the risk of pneumonia1 by 26%, and increased severe cases of pneumonia requiring hospitalization by 61%.

Statins depress core selenium-related enzymes that are essential to immune function and cellular glutathione production.  Only a fool would think they help immunity – and there are plenty of those practicing medicine. 

Statins are so effective at suppressing immunity they have been evaluated as a possible drug for organ transplant patients.  Doctors never think twice about the adverse effect on immunity, even with an internationally declared pandemic, before writing another prescription for statins.

Referenced Studies:
  1. ^ Statins and Pneumonia  BMJ  Sascha Dublin, Michael L Jackson, Jennifer C Nelson, Noel S Weiss, Eric B Larson, Lisa A Jackson.

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