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To round out your heart-disease prevention program:
Make sure you are getting enough high-quality, animal-based omega 3
fats, such as krill oil.
Optimize your vitamin D levels, ideally through appropriate sun
exposure as this will allow your body to also create vitamin D sulfate, which
may play a crucial role in preventing the formation of arterial plaque.
Exercise daily, especially with Peak Fitness exercises
Avoid smoking or drinking alcohol excessively
Be sure to get plenty of good, restorative sleep
Are You Taking a Statin Drug for No Reason?
That these drugs have proliferated the market the way they have is a
testimony to the effectiveness of direct-to-consumer marketing, corruption
and corporate greed, because the odds are very high — greater than 1000 to 1
— that if you're taking a statin, you don't really need it.
From my review, the ONLY subgroup that might benefit are those born with
a genetic defect called familial hypercholesterolemia, as this makes them
resistant to traditional measures of normalizing cholesterol.
If you’re currently taking a statin drug and are worried about the
excessive side effects they cause, please consult with a knowledgeable health
care practitioner who can help you to optimize your heart health naturally,
without the use of these dangerous drugs.
Statins Might Make Your Heart Health Worse
The biggest “sham” of all is that statin drugs, which millions are taking
as a form of “preventive medicine” to protect their heart health, can have
detrimental effects on your heart. Take a study in the journal
Atherosclerosis,4 which showed that statin use is associated with a 52
percent increased prevalence and extent of calcified coronary plaque compared
to non-users. Coronary artery calcification is the hallmark of potentially
lethal heart disease!
One of the primary mechanisms of harm appears to be CoQ10 depletion. If
you take statin drugs without supplementing with CoQ10 (or ideally, the
reduced form, called ubiquinol, which is far more effective), your health is
at serious risk. CoQ10 is used by every cell in your body, but especially
your heart cells. Cardiac muscle cells have up to 200 times more
mitochondria, and hence 200 times higher CoQ10 requirements, than skeletal
Premature aging is yet another side effect of statin drugs, and it's also
a primary side effect of having too little CoQ10. Deficiency in this nutrient
also accelerates DNA damage, and because CoQ10 is beneficial to heart health
and muscle function this depletion leads to fatigue, muscle weakness,
soreness and heart failure.
Measure Your LDL Particle Number, Not Total Cholesterol, to Gauge
Heart Disease Risk
Could it be that all of this focus on lowering cholesterol levels has
missed the boat entirely? Certainly, because cholesterol is NOT the cause of
heart disease. Your body NEEDS cholesterol -- it is important in the
production of cell membranes, hormones, vitamin D and bile acids that help
you to digest fat. Cholesterol also helps your brain form memories and is
vital to your neurological function.
If your physician is urging you to check your total cholesterol, know
that this test will tell you virtually nothing about your risk of heart
disease, unless it is 330 or higher. One of the most important tests you can
get to determine your real heart disease risk is the NMR LipoProfile, which
measures your LDL particle number. This test also has other markers that can
help determine if you have insulin resistance, which is a primary cause of
elevated LDL particle number and increased heart disease risk.
The NMR LipoProfile test easy to get and all major labs offer it,
including LabCorp and Quest. Most insurance policies cover the test as well.
Best of all, even if your doctor were to refuse to order it, you can order it
yourself via third-party intermediaries like Direct Labs, or you can order
the test online, and get blood drawn locally. Two other ratios you should pay
HDL/Total Cholesterol Ratio: Should ideally be above 24 percent. If
below 10 percent, you have a significantly elevated risk for heart disease.
Triglyceride/HDL Ratio: Should be below 2.
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