Statins Increase the Risk for Pneumonia

By Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

July 22, 2009

Statins Increase the Risk for Pneumonia
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 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.

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