Newly published research reveals that more frequent statin drug use is associated with accelerated coronary artery and aortic artery calcification, both of which greatly contribute to cardiovascular and all-cause mortality.
Published Aug. 8 th 2012 in the journal Diabetes Care, researchers studied patients with type 2 diabetes and advanced atherosclerosis and found that coronary artery calcification "was significantly higher in more frequent statin users than in less frequent users."
Furthermore, in a subgroup of participants initially not receiving statins, "progression of both coronary artery calcification and aortic artery calcification was significantly increased in frequent statin users."
What is perhaps most alarming about this new finding is that statin drugs have already been shown to significantly increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, prompting the FDA on February 27, 2011 to add "diabetes risk" to the warning label of all statin drugs marketed in this country.
Now, with this latest discovery, it is safe to say, not only do statins likely induce type 2 diabetes, but they also accelerate the cardiovascular complications associated with the disease -- a painfully ironic and highly concerning fact, considering that statins are supposed to reduce cardiovascular disease, not accelerate it.
Dr. Uffe Ravnskov says that this is only the tip of a massive iceberg of statin-induced adverse effects, including heart failure.
If you know someone on a statin drug, especially someone who also has diabetes or is at risk of developing it, please tell them about this.
My cholesterol isn't high, so taking a drug to lower it is not part of consciousness. But even if it were high, I would not take a statin drug. I would sooner live with high cholesterol than take a statin drug.
Fish oils -- which contain omega-3s -- may reduce proteins that cause inflammation, which are linked to heart disease and type 2 diabetes, U.S. researchers say.
Study leader Janice Kiecolt-Glaser of the Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research Ohio State University School of Medicine said study participants, who were either overweight or obese, were given supplements of fish oil in different doses, while some got placebos.
The study, published in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity, found both higher and lower omega-3 fish oil doses helped reduce inflammation.
"If you can't have fish that frequently or you're not that fond of it, the fish oil supplements clearly have benefits for your immune response," Kiecolt-Glaser said in a statement.
"Anyone can experience inflammation, but research at the National Institutes of Health showed it could be more a problem in the presence of excess body fat," Kiecolt-Glaser added.
Even though I believe strongly in the benefits of a plant-based diet- meaning that it's composed mostly of unrefined, whole plant foods- I still take fish oil. I know that radial vegans object to it and discourage it.
But, I am going to point out again, that strict veganism wasn't even possible for a human being until the latter half of the 20th century. We must assume that there were no populations of vegans living long-term on a pure vegan diet prior to the latter 20th century. Or I could use the term "successful vegans". And by that that, I don't mean anything pertaining to money and income. I mean "biologically sucessful" where you thrive and survive and reproduce.
The issue of Vitamin B12 deficiency alone would have stopped a vegan in his tracks, and Vitamin B-12 wasn't discovered til the year of my birth: 1951. It was quite a few years after that that it was realized that it depended entirely on getting animal foods, and where vegetarians were especially susceptible. And it was discovered in relation to unsupplemented vegan women who went through pregnancy without Vitamin B12- with disastrous results.
Therefore, pure, absolute veganism is only possible for humans because of science and technology: the manufacture of Vitamin B12 supplements. The means for that did not exist until modern times, and even the knowledge of it did not exist until quite recently.
So, I agree with the idea that humans tend to lean towards veganism in their dietetic character. But, it's not absolute thing, and there is absolutely no historical basis for it until very modern times.
So, what happened in the past when people tried to live on plants only? Well, if they made exceptions, even occasionally, it may have been enough to carry them through. That's because the minimal requirement for Vitamin B12 is only 1/28,0000,000,000 of an ounce a day. Plus, the body can store vast amounts of it. Plus, in ancient times, there may have been inadvertent animal food consumption, such as animal waste, animal larvae, insect eggs, etc. That kind of thing may actually have carried the day as well- on a very marginal basis.
So, I, personally, don't lose any sleep about consuming fish oil because I realize that it's more natural for a human being to be near-vegan than all-vegan.
But, if a person doesn't want to consume fish oil, then I think they should take the DHA that is derived from algae. But they should also take Vitamin B12. And they should also take Vitamin D3., which is also an animal product. And as far as replacing that with the vegan alternative Vitamin D2, I say DON'T! Vitamin D2 is NOT good for you. And it's just I who says so. That John Cannell, the head of the Vitamin D Council, also says so.
This is from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine:
"A low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet greatly boosts risk of heart disease, according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal. The diets of nearly 44,000 Swedish women were tracked for about 16 years. Those who ate a diet low in carbohydrates and high in protein increased their risk of heart disease. Here is the math: Every 10 percent decrease in carbohydrate intake or increase in protein intake resulted in a 5 percent increased risk of heart disease. The risk of heart disease increased even further as carbohydrate intake fell and protein intake climbed. Women sometimes adopt low-carbohydrate diets for weight loss, however, this study and many previous studies show low-carb and high-protein diets to be dangerous."
I took a look at that study, and it also found increased cardiovascular mortality and total mortality among the women who adopted the high-protein diet. It will be interesting to see what Dr. Ravnskov has to say about this study, and I'll be surprised if he doesn't address it.
Even though I have the greatest respect for Dr Ravnskov for doing battle against the anti-cholesterol and pro-statin mentality in Medicine, the fact is that I still think that a plant-based diet is best. I don't say that it has to be entirely vegetarian, but I certainly think it should be largely vegetarian. I say that because there is simply no good reason to eat a lot of animal food. There is no need for it based on protein, on iron, on calcium (milk) or on any other need. Loading up on fresh fruits and vegetables is, of course, a good idea. And other plant foods, such as raw nuts and cooked beans and legumes, are also healthful and desirable. And although grain-bashing is very popular on the Internet, I am not opposed to whole grains either. So, simply by including the full range of plant foods, which include, fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, and whole grains, one is going to have the makings of a broad and varied diet, and it doesn't leave very much room for animal foods. But, if one incorporated a little animal food, along with a preponderance of plant foods, a good health outcome can still be achieved, and that is my considered opinion.
But one thing is very clear: loading up on meat and other animal foods three times a day is an unwise practice, and one is asking for trouble in doing it. So, don't do it.
Hundreds of Americans each year are diagnosed with Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS). It is a rare serious allergic reaction to medications that causes the skin and mucous membranes to react severely, literally burning from the inside out as blisters and severe skin burns form.
In its later stages, SJS develops into Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN), which can be life-threatening, as large areas of the skin slough off, exposing the patient to infections, sepsis and death. Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against pharmaceutical companies for knowing about the risk of developing TEN from taking their drugs but inadequately warning users. To this day, many consumers are still unaware of these risks, even though a class action lawsuit is already underway.
About 300 new diagnoses of SJS are reported every year. Plaintiffs in Stevens Johnson Syndrome lawsuits and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis lawsuits cite numerous symptoms and complications. The drugs involved have included over-the-counter NSAIDS like ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil; antibiotics like Zithromax, azithromycin, Z-Pak, amoxicillin; Cox-2 Inhibitors like Bextra, Celebrex, Vioxx; anti-seizure medications like Dilantin and many more.
SJS is a severe allergic reaction to medication that begins with flu-like symptoms and a rash, and can lead to blistering, severe peeling, open sores, and even death. About 5% to 15% of patients with Stevens Johnson Syndrome die, which is why it’s imperative that patients are closely monitored under the close supervision of hospital staff. SJS recovery can take weeks to months, depending on the severity of the case, which can rack up tens to a hundred thousand dollars or more in medical bills.
In Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis, large sheets of skin detach from the body, and the same happens to the mucous membranes, such as the mouth, digestive tract, and vagina. TEN symptoms are often preceded by 1 to 2 weeks of fever, followed by a rash over large parts of the body. The top layer of the skin fills with fluid deposited by the body’s immune system, usually as a result of a negative reaction to the drug. The skin then begins to sag from the body and can be peeled off in large sheets, leaving the patient vulnerable to infections that can result in sepsis – the leading cause of TEN death. Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis can also cause mouth blisters that make eating difficult, as well as eye problems such as swelling, crusting, ulcers and blindness. About 30% to 40% of TEN patients die.
Possible TEN and SJS complications include:
Secondary skin infection (cellulitis)
Sepsis (blood infection)
Eye problems that can lead to blindness
Internal organ damage
Permanent skin damage
Medications Linked to SJS & TEN
Stevens Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis can be caused by almost any medication, including antibiotics, anticonvulsants (like Dilantin,) sedatives and over-the-counter (OTC) painkillers. The following list of SJS medications and TEN medications are most commonly cited in Steven Johnson Syndrome lawsuits, although this is not a comprehensive list:
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS):
Cold Medicines Containing NSAIDS:
Advil Cold & Sinus
Motrin IB Sinus
Aleve Cold And Sinus
Sulfa-Based Antibiotics (Sulfonamides):
Cox-2 Inhibitors pain relievers:
Diuretics such as:
Topical Ocular Medications:
Americans have been living in a fools’ paradise when it comes to pharmaceutical drugs. The inherent danger and toxicity of pharmaceutical drugs is largely ignored- certainly by doctors, but even more so by patients. The sad irony is that they are rarely necessary, and there are almost always better, safe, more natural ways to deal with health problems.
I am happy to announce that a project that began because of my vision has come to fruition: the Oswald Innocence Project. It concerns the JFK assassination and Lee Harvey Oswald's complete innocence on the grounds that he was standing outside watching the motorcade at the time the shots rang out, as caught on camera by James "Ike" Altgens in the famous Altgens6 photograph.
The Innocence site is loaded with information and images, including many comparative collages. And there is a way in which you can become a member of the Oswald Innocence Project, for which there is no cost or obligation. We simply ask that you endorse the following statement: