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Review Article Ignores Most Statin Side Effects

This critique of “Interpretation of the evidence for the efficacy and safety of statin therapy.” Published Nov, 2016 highlights key points that those doctors who don’t have time to slog through the whole thing might miss.

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  1. From your description of the causes of these side effects, it seems that the lowering of cholesterol is a misguided goal for some people, regardless of the method (a station in this case). I have refused statins, and have achieved cholesterol numbers that make my doctor happy. Now that she is happy, should I be worried? Sounds like lowering cholesterol even through diet or red yeast rice would bring some of the same side effects.

    1. I don’t recommend red yeast rice because it’s essentially a statin produced by yeast. “Red yeast rice is created by fermenting rice with the Monascus purpureus yeast. What’s remarkable about this fermentation process is one of the by-products: A chemical called monacolin K is produced, which is chemically identical to the drug lovastatin (sold by Merck under the brand name Mevacor).” (From Interpreting cholesterol numbers correctly is very important, however because doctors don’t learn about lipid oxidation, we’re not going to be able to understand what we’re seeing OR even for that matter really grasp the true cause of heart disease. See the Heart Health Tab above for more resources and the video here:
      Also there is a ton of info about this in our book Deep Nutrition.

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