Hi. I’m Doctor Chaudhry.
I’m going to talk about the double jeopardy of high cholesterol and the side effects of
cholesterol drugs. The cholesterol drugs which are being used
to lower cholesterol are called statins. This group includes Lipitor, which is probably
the most popular drug all over the world. By the way, it produces approximately 12 to
14 billion dollars for Pfizer every year. The next popular statin is Crestor. There
is the Zocor, Prevachol, and the very first statin called Mevacor which was developed
approximately 25 or 30 year ago. So these drugs work by interfering with the
synthesis or the production of cholesterol by the liver.
And when they do that they do it threw a mechanism which interferes with the production of some
essential proteins which we need. And because of that they cause side effects.
The major side effects include myalgias, which is defined as muscle soreness, muscle weakness,
pains, sometimes joint pains. They cause headache, constipation and other
GI disorders. Some of which can be quite serious. And according to the recently published Jupiter
Study, now they are known to cause mental confusion, type 2 diabetes. And the GI disorders
actually are reported to cause even death. And we know from the previous experience the
statins can cause muscle damage which can lead to kidney failure which can also be fatal.
So, the number of people who are experiencing significant side effects is increasing because
the number of people who are using these statin drugs is also increasing gradually.
Approximately 104 million of the American adult population is known to have high cholesterol.
So you can think that even if 50% of them are on drug therapy about 10-15% of them are
experiencing side effects. So what do we do? So you’re not alone frankly,
if you are having side effects. Having high cholesterol is bad enough so why
put up with the side effects? Fortunately there are natural alternatives
available now which are effective to lower cholesterol.
They are Tocotrienols, which are natural, quite effective.
Red Yeast Rice, which is also natural and very effective, can lower cholesterol anywhere
from 30-45%. Then the other natural alternatives are plant
based and the most effective among them is Beta Sitosterol which works through the absorption
mechanism of cholesterol. And the last one is the group of probiotics
discovered to lower cholesterol. So these agents can be combined with each
other and the first two actually their combination is as effective as any statin to lower cholesterol.
So because these ingredients are available, they are based on research and scientific
studies. So when you go to see your doctor, ask him
if he would like to use one of these natural remedies to help you get to your cholesterol