After working with the best aspartame researchers worldwide for the past 20 years, it comes as NO surprise that a study in Sweden* has proven that yet another American “drug” doesn’t work – statins.
The population-based study was done on 3,922,094 Swedes who were using statins from 1998-2000. The dose was increased over the study period, and the results showed that the statin drugs, even when increased, provided no benefit in preventing heart attacks.
*Biomed Central’s Journal of Negative Results in Medicine. Staffan Nilsson, Sigvard Mölstad, Catarina Karlberg, Jan-Erik Karlsson and Lars-Göran Persson. 2011.
The Better Research
Have you noticed that the best research comes from outside of the USA? Scientists have proven over and over – and over – again what American researchers can’t seem to get straight – that aspartame is harmful to human health, that GMOs are harmful to ALL animal health, and now, that statins don’t work.
The pattern with the history of aspartame, the history of GMOs, and the history of pharmaceuticals is that for every research study done outside of the United States showing that American drugs, food chemicals, and GMOs are toxic, the big corporations discredit them ALL as flawed, and hire PR firms to blast the media with safety claims.
Here we go again with statins.
Statins are a class of drugs that attempt to lower blood cholesterol levels by blocking the enzymes in the liver that are responsible for making cholesterol. High cholesterol levels contribute to the development of atherosclerosis, a condition in which cholesterol-containing plaques form within arteries. These plaques can block the arteries and reduce the flow of blood. If the plaques rupture, a blood clot forms on the plaque and further blocks the artery and the flow of blood.
If the blood supply to the heart is reduced, then a heart attack can occur. If the blood supply to the brain is reduced, then a stroke can occur. But have you noticed that people using statins always seem to need more of them over time, and at higher and higher doses?
Let’s see, the most common statins prescribed are Levacor®, Zocor®, Pravachol®, Lipitor®, and Crestor®. A recent April 2, 2013 study at Key Laboratory of Endocrinology, Ministry of Health, Peking and Union Medical College Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Beijing, China found that 17 percent of patients taking statins reported side effects, including muscle pain, nausea, and problems with the liver and nervous system.
The study’s results of 17 percent were a lot higher than the 5 to 10 percent reported in the “corporate controlled trials” submitted for regulatory approval.
What To Do
Nature’s statin is B3 niacin, and yes, there are studies to support this. Niacin, one of the B-Complex vitamins, has long been used to increase high-density lipoprotein (HDL), “good” cholesterol. HDL cholesterol helps sweep up the “bad” cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein [LDL]) and triglycerides from your bloodstream. Although niacin is readily available and effective, it hasn’t gotten much attention compared to statin drugs.
Hum, I wonder why?$?
Be picky with which niacin you buy over-the-counter (OTC). And make sure to discuss taking niacin with your doctor if you are using statins because niacin is Nature’s statin, and taken with prescribed statin drugs can cause your blood to become too thin.
I NEVER recommend using flush-free or time released forms of niacin because these forms are not natural B3, and are typically used in higher doses that can become toxic to your liver.
How To Use Niacin
This is what I recommend when using a natural form of B3 niacin:
- Supplement five (5) to seven (7) times a week with extra B3 (niacin) until you flush shortly after taking (individual doses may vary).
- Begin taking 50-100 mg. of niacin on a slightly full stomach (with a banana or a light snack). Increase by 50-100 mg. daily until an immediate flush occurs. Do not panic if you turn red and your heart beats rapidly. This is a sign that your blood is cleansing and toxins are being removed.
- It is recommended to take niacin before working out, a hot bath or shower, during a sauna or steam bath, or at a time when your pores are open and your heart rate is naturally elevated. Children can take low doses of niacin before a warm bath, before playtime, or before sleeping.
- If you have more toxins than niacin, you may not feel a flush, but if you have more niacin present in the blood as opposed to toxins, you will feel a flush. The stronger the flush, the cleaner your body and blood are becoming.
- Do NOT use time released or flush free niacin. This is an unnatural form of niacin and can stress the liver. It is preferred to use pure niacin that will activate immediately so you will know the present degree of toxicity and how much niacin to safely take.
NOTE: Be cautious when taking more than 50 mg. of niacin if you are taking blood thinners or any blood pressure medications. If on medications, you may want to inform your medical doctor to let him/her know you are taking a niacin supplement. Don’t be surprised if your medical advisor is not familiar with niacin, as most AMA medical schools do not recognize the importance of nutrition.
My Favorite Brand
I personally use Carlson® pure Niacin, 50 or 100 mg tablets.
Note: my vitamin and detoxification recommendations are not intended to replace legal, medical, or any other professional service. This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. But, I hope it is informative.