High Triglycerides & Cholesterol How to Lower Them Naturally
2. What are Statin Drug Side Effects?
2. Taking Cymalta for Neuropathy
Triglycerides & Cholesterol
How To Lower Them Naturally!
This is the third in a
series of articles that is discussing in more detail each of the symptoms
resulting from insulin resistance. Each article is designed to give you a better
understanding of what is causing these symptoms to occur and how to effectively
High levels of triglycerides
[fat particles in the blood stream] and cholesterol often accompany the diabetic
condition. In truth, the high blood sugar levels, high triglycerides and high
cholesterol levels are in fact three of the many symptoms caused by insulin
resistance. The use of medical drugs and a low fat diet are not the answer to
bringing down cholesterol or triglyceride levels. Even the theory behind the
cause of high levels of triglycerides and cholesterol were incorrect to begin
with as you can see from the following excerpt:
“Ever since the daily
intake of dietary cholesterol was considered a major causative factor in
coronary heart disease, the theory behind this type of thinking has had
serious inconsistencies. First of all, one of the inconsistencies is the fact
that 80 percent of those who suffer heart attacks have normal cholesterol in
their blood. Secondly, most of the cholesterol that exists in the body comes
not from the dietary intake of fatty foods, but rather is produced by the
body, and in particular by the liver. Blood levels of cholesterol do not
correspond, therefore, to dietary levels of the substance in everyday
“Moreover, physicians at
the Mayo Clinic have shown that the severity of arteriosclerosis [disorders of
arteries] is not always related to the levels of serum [liquid part of blood]
cholesterol, much less dietary cholesterol. They discovered, for example, that
people with low serum cholesterol could have just as severe arteriosclerosis
as those with high serum cholesterol.”
excerpted from Victory
by William H. Philpott, M.D. & Dwight K. Kalita, Ph.D.
In other words, what these
physicians found was that you could have high cholesterol levels in the blood
stream and have no plaque buildup on the insides of your arteries, or you could
have low levels of cholesterol in the blood stream and have serious plaque
buildups in your arteries.
The understanding of the causes of high triglycerides and cholesterol levels is
now very slowly spreading through the medical community. Yet, newspapers,
magazines, radio and television continue to lead the public in the wrong
“Hundreds of scientists
are now reporting that an excess of insulin has been linked to high blood
pressure, undesirable blood-fat levels and atherosclerosis [the build-up of
plaque in the arteries], heart disease, stroke, adult-onset diabetes, and
“Investigation into the
relationship of diet to blood sugar, blood fat, and insulin, all
overwhelmingly point to the key roll that carbohydrate-rich diets and high
insulin levels can play in raising your blood-fat levels. And, although major
studies report that low-fat diets are failing to help most of us reduce our
blood-fat levels, the media continues to act as if low fat is the answer.”
“Certainly, big business
appears to play a major role in the low-fat cure-all push. Food manufacturers
have found big sales in ‘healthy foods’ that are full of artificial, and
often cheaper, ingredients.”
excerpted from The Carbohydrate Addict’s LifeSpan Program
by Richard Heller M.S., Ph.D. & Rachael Heller M.A., M.Ph., Ph.D.
Most medical schools in the
Unites States offer little or no training in diet and nutrition, or the use of
vitamins and minerals to reverse health challenges. As a result doctors most
often direct their patients to the use of drugs, medications or operations to
handle health problems, problems that could very often be handled with correct
nutrition and proper supplements:
“According to the
American Heart Association, substituting carbohydrates for fats may raise
triglyceride levels and may decrease HDL (‘good’) cholesterol in some
people. Yet most doctors persist in telling patients who gain weight easily to
cut down on fat and meat. For some, this advice is a recipe for disaster.
“Decreasing fat and
protein in the diet inevitably means increasing carbohydrates. This shifts the
metabolism toward fat storage – and higher triglycerides. Not only that, it
also leaves the person feeling hungry all the time and subject to blood sugar
“When the situation is reversed, however – when carbs are cut and replaced
with dietary fat and protein – the opposite happens. Blood sugar metabolism
normalizes, triglycerides go down, HDL cholesterol goes up, and body fat is
“All of these benefits
occur without hunger and irritability that are trademarks of low-fat,
reduced-calorie diet plans.”
“Many of you with
evidence of insulin/blood sugar problems already have suffered years of
nutritional deficits [shortages].”
“Although it might be
possible to overcome this accumulated deficit with diet alone, to regain your
health as rapidly as possible means supplements are needed.”
“A vitamin is an organic
substance that your body needs but can’t manufacture. [With few exceptions
the body cannot manufacture or synthesize vitamins.] Minerals are inorganic
substances such as calcium and magnesium. Some minerals are essential, meaning
that you must have them, even if only in very small amounts.”
“Vitamins and minerals
are crucial for the smooth operation of the thousands of chemical processes
that are constantly taking place in your body. You need a constant and
adequate supply of them.”*
excerpted from Atkins
by Mary C. Vernon, M.D., C.M.D. & Jacqueline A. Eberstein, R.N.
illustrate the point of the difference between an incorrect approach and the
right way to handle high triglyceride and cholesterol levels, here is an excerpt
regarding a patient named “Jayne” who was apparently healthy but on a
routine physical examination was found to have triglycerides of 3,000 (normal is
usually 100-250)and cholesterol levels of 750 (considered normal if 200 or
less). Her doctor put her on a high carbohydrate – low protein diet, and two
potent cholesterol-lowering medications:
faithfully followed her doctor’s orders for six months, although not without
difficulty. The medications nauseated her, and the diet kept her constantly
“By the time Jayne
returned for her recheck, she was desperate for improvement. And she had
improved some, but not nearly enough. Her cholesterol had dropped to 475 and
her triglycerides to 2,000 – an improvement for sure, but still cause for
great concern to both Jayne and her physician. They discussed her treatment
options. Her doctor suggested either increasing the dosage of her cholesterol
lowering medications or adding yet another medicine to her regimen.”
“Jayne wanted to think
about it before she decided which option to take. She decided to do neither
until she got a second opinion from another physician, so she came to our
“We instructed Jayne to
stop taking both of her cholesterol-lowering medications and to change her
diet drastically. Her new nutritional regimen allowed meat (even red meat),
eggs, cheese, and many other foods that most people view as causing
cholesterol problems, not solving them. We told her to call in three weeks to
check in and to come back to have her blood checked in six weeks.”
“She called at her
appointed time and reported that she ‘felt grand’ and that her nausea and
hunger had vanished. The results of her blood work astounded her. Jayne’s
cholesterol level had fallen to 186 and her triglycerides to 86. Her blood
sugar had dropped to 90, everything was back in normal range. As you might
imagine, she was ecstatic.”
“How could this happen?
How can a diet virtually everyone believes should raise cholesterol actually
lower it – and in a person who doesn’t have just a slight cholesterol
elevation but a major one?”
“We know Jayne’s case
is not a freak happenstance or an aberration because we’ve tried variations
of the same regimen on countless other patients – all with the same
“The results make
perfect sense, because Jayne’s problem, her illness, is not the elevated
cholesterol level – that’s merely a sign of the underlying problem. Her
problem is ‘hyperinsulinemia’, a chronic elevation of serum insulin.”
“After six weeks on a diet designed to lower her insulin level, Jayne’s
lab work showed that she had dropped hers to almost normal. By treating her
real problem – excess insulin – we were able to solve her secondary
problems of elevated cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood sugar.”
therapies treat the symptoms of excess insulin – elevated cholesterol,
triglycerides, blood sugar, blood pressure, and obesity – instead of
treating the excess insulin itself. Unfortunately, the standard treatment of
the symptoms may even raise the insulin levels and worsen the underlying
“For your body to
function optimally, your diet must include sufficient amounts of
micronutrients [a substance required for normal growth and development but
only in very small quantities] – vitamins and minerals. We ask that you
ensure the micronutrient adequacy of your diet by supplementing it.”
excerpted from Protein
by Michael R. Eades, M.D. & Mary Dan Eades, M.D.
Are Statin Drug Side Effects?
high cholesterol levels has resulted in millions of people being prescribed one
or more of a group of drugs called "statin" drugs, such as Lipitor,
Zocor, etc., to lower their cholesterol levels.
Statin drugs chemically interfere with the normal operating basis of the body
and this often results in serious side effects! Here are a few:
Statin drugs are known to cause muscle pains and inflammation around the muscle
2) People using statin drugs experience muscle weakness and fatigue. In
fact, statin drugs have been shown to break down muscle tissue which can be
fatal if not caught soon enough.
have also shown that patients placed on statins have experienced a measurable
decrease in cognitive function (mental awareness and judgment) after only six
drugs have also been shown to cause nerve damage (neuropathy).
The FDA requires
that the pharmaceutical companies tell you about any possible side effects that
a medication may cause. The pharmaceutical companies do this by providing
you a booklet which has all this information when you get your prescription.
When referring to
neuropathy, or any of the many terms used to refer to the various forms of this
condition (see below), the booklet may read something like, "..possible
numbing and tingling" or "...pins and needles."
your prescription information and see whether it may be a cause and/or
contributing factor to your neuropathy.
NEWLY UPDATED LIST OF
CHOLESTEROL LOWERING DRUGS (STATIN DRUGS) KNOWN TO CAUSE NEUROPATHY AS A SIDE
Advicor, Altocor, Atorvastatin, Altoprev, Atorvastatin, Baycol, Caduet,
Cerivastatin, Crestor, Fluvastatin, Lescol, Lescol XL, Lipex, Lipitor, Lipobay,
Lopid, Lovastatin, Mevacor, Pravachol, Pravastatin, Pravigard Pac, Rosuvastatin,
Simvastatin, Vytorin, Zocor.
These are the various terms
for neuropathy that are found in the side effects listed for these statin drugs:
unusual or unexplained tingling, pricking, or burning sensation on the skin.
neuritis: inflammation of a nerve, accompanied by pain,
loss of reflexes, and muscle shrinkage.
intermittent and often severe pain in a part of the body along the path of a
nerve, especially when there is no physical change in the nerve itself.
condition in which somebody feels a sensation of whirling or tilting that causes
a loss of balance.
dysesthesia: a condition in
which light physical contact of the skin causes pain; abnormal sensations on the
skin that can include burning, prickling, numbness, or pain.
unusually reduced sensitivity to touch; numbness. Also called
sensitivity to pain. Also called hypoalgesia.
sensitivity to pain or enhanced intensity of pain sensation; excessive
sensitiveness to pain.
heightened sensitivity of a part of the body such as the skin, or of any of the
NOTE: If you're taking any
of the above medications, you need to speak to your doctor about getting off of
them and replacing them with a natural supplement.
Minimally, your doctor
should put you on a medication that does not cause neuropathy.
also shown that patients placed on statins have experienced a measurable
decrease in cognitive function (mental awareness and judgment) after only six
with using drugs to lower cholesterol is that they are man-made chemicals that
are an unnatural and alien substance in the body.
Now there is
a natural and safe way to reduce cholesterol levels without needing additional
For more information about Neuropathy and what you can do about
Cymbalta for Neuropathy?
Cymbalta is manufactured by the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly. Here is what
author and investigative writer Martha Rosenberg found out about this drug:
antidepressant to be introduced since FDA investigations into
suicide/antidepressant links, Cymbalta itself was marred with suicides before
it was approved. Five (deaths) occurred during Cymbalta clinical trials.
healthy volunteer, Traci Johnson who hung herself in Lilly's Indiana
University Medical School lab in 2004."
"Last May, the FDA
ordered Lilly to add a black box to Cymbalta warning about suicides and
antidepressants in young adults."
Here is a quote
from Lilly's Cymbalta web site:
antidepressants and their families or caregivers should watch for
worsening depression symptoms, unusual changes in behavior, thoughts
of suicide, anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, difficulty sleeping,
irritability, hostility, aggressiveness, impulsivity, restlessness, or
extreme hyperactivity. Call your healthcare provider right away if you
have thoughts of suicide or if any of these symptoms are severe or
occur suddenly. Be especially observant within the first few months of
antidepressant treatment or whenever there is a change in dose."
And here is a
quote from the FDA's web site and what it has to say about Cymbalta:
thoughts or actions: Persons taking Cymbalta may be
more likely to think about killing themselves or actually try to do
so, especially when Cymbalta is first started or the dose is changed.
People close to persons taking Cymbalta can help by paying attention
to changes in user's moods or actions. Contact your
healthcare professional right away if someone using Cymbalta talks
about or shows signs of killing him or herself. If you are
taking Cymbalta yourself and you start thinking about killing
yourself, tell your healthcare professional about this side effect
The investigative writer then
went on to state:
in October Lilly was told [by the FDA] to "immediately cease" its
Cymbalta campaign for diabetic nerve pain --an
approved use-- which promises "significantly less pain interference with
overall functioning." In a letter, the FDA says the claim
"has not been demonstrated by substantial evidence or ... clinical
experience" nor do the Cymbalta marketing pieces give
precautions about liver toxicity or reveal risks for patients with certain
Martha Rosenberg is an
author and investigative writer that has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, L.A.
Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, Providence Journal, Arizona
Republic, New Orleans Times-Picayune and other newspapers.
(If you know of friends or
relatives taking Cymbalta, feel free to forward this article to them. You just
might save a life!)
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