The other question is , if there is something else helping stabilizing the plaques. And first of all there is need for accurate diagnosis. I still do not have it.
Hi, just wondering what you believe what be the best beta blocker to use in regards to insulin resistance? Carvedilol is not an option to me as of its alpha blocking effects and an already low diastolic pressureThanks
My blood sugars were 40 points higher on average when I started taking atorvastatin. I decided Ill take my chances without statins and work on my insulin resistance and fitness.
I want to measure my levels over time and be advised by a doctor but not take the prescriptions unless acute conditions occur. My goal is to change diet, fasting and exercise routines and measure results. I have had several bad experiences with long term medications and no longer trust them.
Would you take on a patient who wishes to be monitored and advised only without the use of long term meds? And what are your thoughts on such an arrangement? Are you allowed by your licensing board to act in this manner?
Hi Doctor Ford, please this video about statins and K2. It seems to contradict what you say: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xXJUX02rto
Statin s are very bad and dangerous
Dr Ford can simmvastatin cause hands to go numb over time as well as your feet?
Dr. Brewer, I enjoy all of your videos and I have a question.I'm 63 and of my numbers such as Lp(a), ApoB, glucose, trigs, total chol and HDL are all well within the normal range but my LDL is a little high at 120. I have some plaque as I have a calcium score of 226. I've tried Lipitor, Crestor, simvastatin and pravastatin and my legs tingle and cramp even at light doses. My Lipidologist recommends that I take a statin to get my LDL under 70. I'm refusing for now, but I do take an 81mg aspirin and I'm recently back on Red Yeast Rice as I don't seem to have any tingling with it. I'll see how that affects my LDL at my next blood work. I've read repeatedly that reducing inflammation is a much better idea than reducing LDL cholesterol. I've just started taking a K2 supplement after reading "Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox" and I was wondering what your thoughts are on taking K2 to remove calcium from arteries and can Bergamot safely be added to my daily intake of K2? Also, since I have some plaque, if the calcium in my arteries is removed, does the plaque remain and is that a bad situation?Thanks,John
I enjoy your videos and am learning a lot. Some of us don't trust the research, though, because we don't know if it's funded by big pharma either straight out or via the back door. I had side effects with 3 different statins. After quitting the last one, my cholesterol went higher than before taking them so what's up with that? I'm worse off now than when I did nothing. We keep carbs well under 50/day (diabetic husband) and I do IF. My triglycerides have never been over 75 so hopefully that's good news for insulin resistance. I probably have inflammation from all the stress of worrying about high cholesterol. =/
Stopping Statins, post two stents put in. Can it be done safely?
Can statins usage be stopped right away
What about statins and a stroke caused by carotid artery dissection? My cholesterol levels were perfect before my accident but I was initially put on Lipitor. It’s been 6 months and my vascular surgeon said I can stop taking it but I’m scared. I’m scared of everything actually after having a stroke by doing yoga. Thanks in advance.
I STOPPED STATINS AND WENT ON TO GRAPEFRUIT JUICE, RED APPLES, TWO MEDIUM CARROTS AND ONE SMALL BEET THREE TIMES A WEEK!!! DOING FINE AND MY DIABETES IS NOW UNDER CONTROL WHERE WHEN TAKING VYTORIN SINCE I COULD NOT TAKE LIPITOR, ZOCORE, NOR CRESTOR DUE TO STOMACH PROBLEMS AND VISION PROBS!!!! FEEL BETTER STILL ON HUMAN INSULIN BUT NUMBERS ARE DOWN TO AVERAGE OF 89 OVER TWO WEEKS CHECKING. NUMBERS WERE 259 TO 330 OR OVER… I NEVER HAD A STROKE BUT HOPE I DON'T EITHER… BY THE WAY GRAPEFRUIT, YOUR LIVER AND STATINS HAVE SAME ENZYME IN THEM THAT IS WHY WHEN ON STATINS THEY SAY NEVER DRINK CITRIC LIKE GRAPEFRUIT AND ORANGE JUICES… IT IS TRIPLE WHAMMY… TWO OF THEM ARE OK BUT THE THIRD COULD HURT THE LIVER. SO I GET TWO NOW NATURALLY…… IT WORKS FOR ME…..
Dr Brewer, came across an interview of Dr. Dale Bredensen by Dr. Mark Hyman where he discusses the fact that statins promote programmed cell death via the APP cleavage creating a c31 fragment. Your thoughts? The video is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Up8cGbUKS_c&t=906s and the comment is at the 11:53 mark.
Discovered another reason to stop statins, to protect you from heart attack. Interesting lecture here discribing how the adrenal glands make a 'digitalis' from cholesterol whose role is to 'help' clear lactic acid from the heart to stop heart muscle death – and statins apparently stop this. And near the end cites a Large study on Cholesterol which had the conclusion – "In elderly people the long term persistence of LOW cholesterol increases risk of death." https://youtu.be/cgPW1tfg4JI?t=2753
The real issue is or isn’t statins. What about the terrible effects of the Standard American Diet. If you add statins to the SAD, it will likely help. What about stopping statins and changing what we eat, mostly plant based, some meat, nuts and seeds, good hydration, sun exposure, quality sleep and EXERCISE.
You have to look at DNA, APOE specifically.
You are on U-Tube yourself don't forget.
Sample of 10,000 = 500-1000 deaths in ten years from cardiovascular events among people that do not take Statins.Ergo 1:20 or 1:10 people die from a cardiovascular event every ten years.
So if 10,000 people are born in year 0:-Only 9,000 are alive in year 10.-Drops to 8100 in year 20.-7400 in year 30-6700 left in year 40-5700 left in year 50-5100 left in year 60-4600 left in year 70-4200 left in year 80-3800 left in year 90
So the data shows:62% of the population will die of a cardiovascular event before reaching age 91 (1:10)or69% of population will live past 90. (1:20)
Are these realistic of your family tree ?
I've listened to so many dics that say the numbers as far as reducing risk are skewed big time?
Dr. Brewer, I'll continue my statin (atorvastatin 40mg) for the same reasons you find in these studies. I very much appreciate your skepticism on these studies. All the pharmaeutical/supplement studies, IMO, have flaws and more physicians should learn to question. Fortunately, my cardiologist and neurologist are open-minded and consider themselves interventionists or 'preventionists'. As a patient I consider my doctors as partners; my health is ultimately my responsibility. My real enemy is confirmation bias; I must watchful when making decisions. Human bodies are just too complicated for human understanding… one complex system on top of another overly complex system. We can only try. Patients truly need educated doctors willing to study constantly. We can't possible know what you know from long years of study and experience. By the way, I'm still operating on the vulnerable plaque theory to some extent. Yet, I believe that any change in arterial plaque takes a very long time, positive or negative. My doctors didn't really focus attention on blood glucose last January because all testing was normal/optimal. However, I remain convinced that excess insulin, and most especially the spikes during the day, created the conditions for my ischemic events. I know what my poor diet had been for previous 12 months and gained 25 lbs. So after the TIA episodes, I detoxed by stopping grains and all processed carbohydrates. If it went through a factory, I don't eat it. Moderate amounts of meat, lots of free range eggs, and loads of green, red, purple, and white plants. Going in for full blood workups soon at the 6 month mark. We'll see what we see. I won't stop statins or apixaban until I can be absolutely certain. And that day may never arrive. Overall good health, optimal gut health, and low BMI offers plenty of other benefits 🙂
I appreciate the objectiveness of your video.
But what about patients who get a heart transplant? A healthy new heart, no cholesterol problem and they have me on statins for life. ???
Right up to the 1960's and mid 70's , Americans in general were thin. It was a period when people used to regularly consume bacon , eggs , butter , full fat milk , cream and so on. Today , people consume skimmed milk , fat free cheese , fat free this fat free that , margarine and look at the results. A total disaster. An obesity epidemic never seen before. People are given false information , many times by doctors , that say that fat increases cholesterol when the real culprit responsible for most illnesses is SUGAR. Eliminate sugar totally and say bye bye to cholesterol and a whole bunch of other pathologies.
Curious, when your friend stop statin and there were plaque, did he eat high carb?Could the carb be the culprit, not the cholesterol itself?
DR BREWER I quit taking my simvastatin after 20 years. Is liver going to produce more bile? And is good?
One thing that seems to not be said is who is funding the various journels-JAHA, Circulation, etc that recommend stating? Follow the money?
If I have. Normal cholesterol but ldl is high now I m on simavastatin 20mg on 1 tab night.but my question is how long to continue this tab or can't stop.Please give us valuable feedback.ThanksThanks
Isn't something missing on your chart? It shows 50-100 deaths in the No-Statin column but what about the Statin column? It's blank.
I reduced my statin. Because my muscle and my hair and flog my brain too
I wonder who paid for that study? Pfizer?
How much money do big pharma give to the American Heart Association?
If you’ve used statins for under a year is there any permanent damage.
I stopped taking statins and blood pressure meds,they made my musles weak and made me feel dazed.Replaced with cutting back on added sugar ,table spoon apple cider in cup of water ,drink it with straw ,every morning and evening,magnesium pil in evening.Spinache or kale banana smoothy ,and avocado kiwi smoothy.Feel great with it ,after only one week.Blood pressure from 140/90 to 125/80. Do Keep taking my blood thinners ,after having 2 stents placed for clogged arteries.Walk a lot ,and do rowing training .
I would like to add my experience with Atorvastatin in regards to adverse side effects. After a complete blood panel in which the only abnormality noticed was an elevated cholesterol level, I was prescribed Atorvastatin 40 mg/day. After about 6 months I had another complete blood panel done in which my cholesterol level had dropped significantly but I was now in stage 2 renal failure. Since kidney disease is a normally slowly progressing disease, it seemed very unlikely that I could have gone from normal kidney function to a significant deterioration in my kidney function naturally within a 6 month period. There were no other changes in my diet or lifestyle that I could think of that could have caused this and so I communicated this concern to the VA clinic which was treating me. They completely blew off my concerns and insisted that I go back on the Atovastatin, in a very condescending way. In addition to the lab results that indicated kidney disease, I had also developed urination issues and skin and muscle cramp problems in my lower legs. All of this led me to stop the drug and make some simple positive diet and lifestyle changes, which have alleviated many of the physical problems I had recently developed.
I am not condemning the use of statins for certain medical conditions but only offer my experience as to possible undesirable side effects that can result from their use. I made the mistake of trusting my doctor completely and not satisfying myself at the beginning that this drug would be totally safe for me. If I had been aware of the possible side effects I would have tried to work with the doctor in trying out a less potentially risky treatment method for dealing with my cholesterol.
At 15.20 it should read your, not you're. You're is an alternative way of saying you are.
My LDL came down when I lost weight.
Wish you would discuss age limits i will be 87 and tired of being tired ,! After experiencing other side effects ,I just said enough active all my life ,no heart problems when do you stop statins ???
I wonder if people with low risk could benefit from occasional use of statins… like one week a month, of perhaps every third or fourth day. Sort of like using Draino once in a while because the drain seems to be running slow.
Stop your statin. Your mevalonate pathway will thank you.
Those who have stent in the heart…..can stop station….????
I had a stroke due to a blood clot caused by atrial fibrillation. Surely this is different, in treatment terms, from a stroke caused by plaque instability? Is statin intervention necessary in my case?
so Staten is not for everyone but is essential for some .and if you start don't stop. thank you
Why don't you site the numbers for the people that didn't start taking Statins and never had a stroke. What's the numbers for people that never had a stroke until after they started taking Statins.
I have a number of friends that are research scientists and I enjoy researching health issues. When I find something interesting I get some friends to have a look. The real issue when it comes to research seems more to do with the sources of it and the sponsors of the research and who they are connected to. It can be difficult to find out some of this information. In recent years, many of the numbers for taking drugs have been implemented from research sponsored by drug companies……boosting their profits. One example is diabetes. Once the numbers were dropped from some pretty disputable research, making millions of people instant diabetics needing pills. On the topic of stations, Rory Collins has/is on big pharmas payroll and has been for a while. I'm not saying anyone should take or not take stations but it's just as important to research the researchers….lol. Thank you for your videos. They are great! The only thing I would add is that it would be great to hear more about the people paying for the studies you mention and the possible conflicts to interest. Thank you ?
I want the science not a bunch of number.
Are all statins listed for the same possible adverse side effects in the PDR? I ask because my retired eye doctor attributed my cataracts to simvastatin and I stopped it for several years but I am now just starting generic Crestor. Ate cataracts a listed side effect? I also had shoulder problems symptoms on simvastatin which required steroid injections. (So much for my Olympics aspirations.)
cholesterol is very essential substance to us. the problem of heart vascular disease is not cholesterol , it is there to heal u
What if you had a stroke and cholesteral was not an issue,why do they still want you to take it
Fabulously educative, to scientifically-inclined persons who are not in medical professions. (I'm a dyed-in-the-wool 66 y.o. engineer with research experience.) I've always been a stickler for documentation; put me in the 99% percentile of the general population on that point. I also happen to know(?) the difference between "ischemic" and "hemorrhagic" strokes; they are opposites. Incidence: 80:20, from what I've heard. Therefore, it's easy to assume that the word "stroke" implies "ischemic," but that ain't necessarily so. I suggest the word "ischemic" be installed in the title of this excellent essay.
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