by Allan Magaziner, DO
Just last week, the FDA issued yet another warning regarding the use of a statin medication, this time Simvastatin, which is frequently prescribed to lower cholesterol levels. They noted that there is a significant risk of muscle damage (myopathy) in those patients taking high dose Simvastatin (brand name: Zocor). In addition, the FDA warned against taking this drug along with some commonly utilized anti-fungal, antibiotic and cardiac medications.
I have always been critical of the use of high dose and, often, low dose, statin use especially in light of the numerous alternative treatments that are extremely effective. In fact, in my previously published book, The All-Natural Cardio Cure, I highlighted many of the problems with statin drugs such as Zocor (Simvastatin), Lipitor (Atorvastatin), and Crestor (Rosuvastatin) and presented many effective options.
Do all people with high cholesterol levels require cholesterol-lowering medications? Of course not. Drew, a 48 year old male, consulted with me when struggling with seasonal allergies and a long history of sinus problems. After a thorough evaluation, his cholesterol level was found to be high at 255 (with a normal range of 120-199) and the “bad” LDL cholesterol was also elevated at 184 (normal <99).
Rather than starting him on a statin to lower his cholesterol, he was placed on an anti-inflammatory diet and I recommended the use of natural supplements including red yeast rice, plant sterols and omega-3 fatty acids.
Within three short months, Drew’s lipid profile was greatly improved. His latest total cholesterol had declined to a normal level of 177, while the LDL also fell to 101. Best of all, perhaps, Drew’s energy was better than ever, he felt his immune system was far stronger, he had not been sick at all and his allergy symptoms were completely gone...and all of this without any statin medications or any other prescription medicines!
Drew is one of hundreds of patients who have been successfully treated at the Magaziner Center for Wellness for high cholesterol without the use of statins or other medications.
In my opinion, statins should not be taken as first line therapy and should be used only as a last resort. We have plenty of effective options…let’s use them.
For more information about lowering your cholesterol level or other cardiac risk factors, contact the Magaziner Center for Wellness at 856-424-8222.