The research team that conducted the study is now concerned because some health authorities are currently pushing for the anti-cholesterol drugs to be added to the public water supply, as the article notes.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) July 29, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a study that claims statins, which are anti-cholesterol drugs, may be put in the public water supply.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/heart-health-articles/statins-in-your-drinking-water), when statins first appeared in pharmacies around the country, they seemed like a miracle drug. Some doctors even suggested that these drugs should be added to drinking water because they appeared to be so effective without the side effects. But, this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a health alert requiring statin drugs to carry labels warning about possible side effects, including confusion, memory loss, elevated blood sugar levels, and muscle weakness.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article reports that after the discovery of antibiotics, statins—touted for their cholesterol-busting ability—have been the best-selling prescription drug in the world. While the article concedes that these drugs have well-documented benefits for heart disease in many groups of patients at moderate and high cardiovascular risk, it cites a recent study that says statins are harmful for those who don’t fall into these categories.
The research team that conducted the study is now concerned because some health authorities are currently pushing for the anti-cholesterol drugs to be added to the public water supply, as the article notes. The researchers pointed out that statins have shown that they can actually have a detrimental effect on the health of people without high cholesterol or heart disorders.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article also reports the research team asserts that statins should be prescribed only to those patients with heart disease, or who have suffered the condition in the past. They warn that, unless a patient is at high risk of heart attack or stroke, statins may cause more harm than good.
The article notes the allure of taking statins is that it allows people to eat fatty foods they want without having to worry about high cholesterol levels, and consequently, their heart health. The FDA having weighed in on the issue, it’s likely that statins won’t be added to drinking water anytime soon—which is just as well.
Avoid prescription side effects like memory loss and elevated blood sugar levels that could lead to type 2 diabetes, opting for a healthy diet instead, suggests the Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article. Keeping LDL (“bad” cholesterol) levels in check with healing foods is definitely the way to go.
(SOURCE: Ginter, E., et al., "Addition of statins into the public water supply? Risks of side effects and low cholesterol levels," Cas Lek Cesk, 2012; 151(5): 243–27.)
Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin is a daily e-letter providing natural health news with a focus on natural healing through foods, herbs and other breakthrough health alternative treatments. For more information on Doctors Health Press, visit http://www.doctorshealthpress.com.
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