Statins Drastically Impair Healthy Muscle

September 29, 2008 | Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

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 Statins Drastically Impair Healthy Muscle
Science about the extreme adverse side effects of the widely used statin drugs for lowering cholesterol continues to leak out. The latest findings show that statins, at commonly prescribed doses, significantly interfere with the healthy rejuvenation of muscles1. One of the researchers, Dr. Thalacker-Mercer, states "The results indicate serious adverse effects of statins that may alter the ability of skeletal muscle to repair and regenerate due to the anti-proliferative effects of statins [on muscle cell regeneration]…. It is possible that older adults may not be able to distinguish between muscle pain related to a statin effect or an effect of aging and therefore adverse effects of statins in older adults may be under-reported."

Earlier I reported that other researchers have determined that statins can activate a gene that directly induces muscle damage. Another study found that 15% of Americans taking statins have other gene issues that directly ramp up the toxicity of statins in their livers.

In the current study the researchers found that the higher the statin dose the greater the muscle damage. Of course, doctors are currently using very high levels of statins. And as I reported from a recent Vytorin study, lowering cholesterol to these levels increases the risk of cancer by 50%.

While most Americans are now focused on the “toxic assets” of financial institutions, it won't be long before those in Congress start wondering why 20 billion-dollars-a-year of health-deteriorating truly toxic drugs are being crammed down the throats of Americans in the name of “health.” There has never been a greater betrayal of the American public by the Big Pharma sponsored medical profession, except maybe the poisoning of our children's brains with dangerous and generally useless psychotropic medications.

Referenced Studies

  1. ^ Statins Interfere with Healthy Muscles  American Physiological Society conference.  Anna Thalacker-Mercer, Melissa Baker, Chris Calderon and Marcas Bamman.

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