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Cholesterol And A Clogged Media


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Bad news in the newspapers (now there’s a change); statins can now give you cancer. The hopeless Jenny Hope, writing for the Dail Mail, describes the ongoing problems with Inegy, a combination cholesterol drug simvastatin/ezetimibe medication. But as usual, that’s not the real story, Jenny is.

The real story is that since 1999, Jenny Hope and her newspaper have been repeatedly sent scientifically validated information by Credence so they can advise their readership how to lower cholesterol levels naturally without the need for such risks, yet have completely ignored it. Richer still, these are the same newspapers that, in the week when the pathetically named NICE, the NHS’s ‘drug-rationing’ body, is being hauled over the coals for not allowing low-income blind people to receive drugs that could restore their sight, Britain’s hypocritical media has refused to cover Food Matters, despite being sent dozens of copies of Permacology’s award-worthy documentary for impartial review. How many lives could this film save?

Of course, they are frightened. You see, staying healthy does not require a lot of medicines. None, in fact. Exercise, hydration, real food – most of it uncooked, some straightforward supplementation, and staying away from stress, should make sense to everybody but sadly it doesn’t, because no-one’s really being told. Even Jamie Oliver’s giving up. And please don’t make me laugh about the so-called ‘alternative health sections’ in newspapers written by ‘experts’ who appear to have received their education more from the Breakfast Cereal Box School of Nutrition than from any learned seat of common sense. Unsurprisingly, most of those have ignored the film as well. With regard to the real method of reducing cholesterol naturally, you’ll be pleased to hear the groundwork’s long done and goes something like this:


  • The reason you have high cholesterol is not primarily because you’ve been eating cream cakes and lollies, you are chronically malnourished (vit C- and E-deficient especially) and the collagen in your arteries has been weakening. Your ‘Doctor Within’ has therefore been hard at work cementing up the breaches in your cardiovascular system with a low-density lipoprotein (LDL) Band-Aid called lipoprotein (a) to stop you popping an artery or having a stroke
  • Getting rid of the cholesterol without strengthening the collagen is asking for it. To the degree that you strengthen your arteries with solid nutrition, however, the LDL dissolves and washes away. Here goes:
  • Drink 2 – 2.5 litres of clean, unfluoridated water a day
  • Take half a teaspoon of Himalayan salt per 10 glasses of water, and a few flakes on your tongue at night (let them melt)
  • Optimise your vitamin D levels (see The Essential Guide to Vitamin D). You can do this by ignoring the sun scare and taking reasonable amounts of sun for your skin-type, or by supplementing 5,000 IU of vitamin D3 a day in countries where the inhabitants are blue. Get a 25 hydroxy D test done by your GP if you are suffering from a chronic illness. You’re probably grossly vitamin D-deficient
  • Ensure that 80% of your diet is plant-based and organic, and 60% of every meal is eaten raw (that’s raw veggies, seeds nuts, etc., not meat!). Diet is the single greatest change you can make to save your life. Juice veggies! Repent!
  • Exercise for 60 minutes a day, no negotiation. 5 minutes stretching your muscles, 10 minutes resistance/weight training, 30 minutes aerobic training with your heart-rate up and 15 minutes cool-down walking.
  • Did you know that if you take a brisk 20-minute walk every twelve hours, you activate fat-burning enzymes around the clock? As we age, we need to maintain a sensible aerobic impact on our muscles, nerves and cardiovascular system. So, cycling, hill-climbing, stair-climbing, rowing, etc. 10,000 steps a day is a good target. Gyms are good for this. Get serious
  • Consult a doctor before engaging in any exercise regime (although what good that’ll do I haven’t the foggiest)
  • Engage in some straightforward supplementation to cover the bases. Colloidal (ionised) minerals, Vit C complex, Vit E (with natural tocopherols), Lesterol (a combined allicin/plant sterol natural statin), ginger and a good omega-3 source like krill oil
  • Lower your stress levels and adopt a positive, responsible attitude towards life and your place in it. If you have a bad attitude, read The Little Book of Attitude for a hefty slap round the chops
  • Learn about this subject and become an expert!

by Phillip Day

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by Jenny Hope/Daily Mail

A drug used to treat high cholesterol could cause cancer, doctors warned last night. Heart experts called for caution over the use of Inegy, which is taken as a daily pill. At least one leading specialist said he would not take the drug, while others said the jury was still out.

The U.S. has ordered an investigation into Inegy, which combines the widely used statin drug simvastatin with a new medication called ezetimibe.

While statins block cholesterol in the liver, ezetimibe blocks the absorption of cholesterol in the gut.

In Britain, about 300,000 NHS prescriptions have been dispensed for Inegy in the last two years. Other patients use ezetimibe on its own.

NICE, the NHS ‘rationing’ body, last November approved wider use of ezetimibe for the treatment of hypercholesterolaemia, a condition leading to high concentrations of cholesterol in the blood.

Results from a controversial study published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine show a higher than expected number of cancer cases reported among patients taking Inegy.

1 Comment

  1. Philip

    The Framingham study evidence underlying the “lipid hypothesis” was never strong to start with. Since then a massive lipid lowering campaign has shown no effect on heart disease rates. While an elegant and seemingly intuitive hypothesis, more and more openly people are rightly questioning the wisdom of the cholesterol lowering campaign.

    Cholesterol is an essential component of every cell membrane and important for myriad physiologic functions. When Dr. Uffe Ravnskov, MD PhD looked at the medical literature he found something quite surprising had been documented there. On average people with higher cholesterol live longer.

    The side effects of statins are myriad, rhabdomyolysis, (muscle injury), liver damage, in Crestor’s case kidney damage. Dr Duane Graveline an MD and former NASA astronaut has also compiled extensive data on a more rare statin side effect, global transient amnesia, which afflicted him and many others, he has written a book on it, "Lipitor thief of memory".

    Don’t forget co-enzyme Q depletion. All this while the "lipid hypothesis" is falling like a house of cards as decades of intensive lipid lowering efforts have done nothing to improve heart disease rates.

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