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Dr. David Brownstein, M.D
Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

Tags: statins | cholesterol | CoQ10 | mitochondria

Statins Poison Vital Enzymes

David Brownstein, M.D. By Tuesday, 26 February 2019 04:32 PM EST Current | Bio | Archive

Conventional medicine is, to say the least, obsessed with cholesterol. For more than 40 years, we have been told over and over that we must lower our cholesterol levels.

Indeed, most conventional doctors claim that the lower a person’s cholesterol numbers are, the healthier he or she will be.

I call this the “cholesterol equals heart disease hypothesis.”

Conventional thinking is that elevated cholesterol levels are responsible for causing heart disease. However, for the vast majority of people, the evidence simply doesn’t indicate that high cholesterol levels are related to any heart disorder, including congestive heart failure.

The cholesterol equals heart disease hypothesis has been around since the 1950s. But it really gathered steam in the late 1980s when statin drugs were first being introduced.

Since that time, statins have become the most profitable drugs in the history of the Big Pharma cartel. Nearly every patient who sees a cardiologist will automatically be put on a statin, regardless of his or her cholesterol level.

Do statins help treat heart disease? Are statins effective for preventing heart attacks and congestive heart failure?

The answer to both questions is unequivocally no.

In fact, studying the mechanism of action of statin medications would lead one to conclude that they are harmful for the heart.

In order to understand why this is so, you need to understand what statins do in the body.

Statins work by poisoning an enzyme in the body called HMG-CoA reductase. This enzyme catalyzes the reaction that makes mevalonic acid, which is the precursor to a host of other molecules, including cholesterol and coenzyme Q10.

Poisoning the HMG-CoA reductase enzyme blocks the production of cholesterol in the liver and the mitochondria, organelles that are found in nearly all cells.

Most of the body’s cholesterol is produced in the liver. This is the reason why statins lower cholesterol levels.

Statins also lower the levels of the vitamin-like substance coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), which is located primarily in mitochondria.

Mitochondria are more concentrated in tissues that require a lot of energy, such as the heart, liver, and kidneys, and CoQ10 is needed for generating energy in the mitochondria.

In fact, 95 percent of the human body’s energy molecules are dependent on adequate CoQ10,1 and statins reduce CoQ10 levels in the body.

Guess where statins are associated with adverse effects? You guessed it: the heart, liver, and kidneys.

Supplementation with CoQ10 is important for anyone with congestive heart failure. I suggest taking 300 to 600 mg of CoQ10 per day.

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Conventional medicine is, to say the least, obsessed with cholesterol. For more than 40 years, we have been told over and over that we must lower our cholesterol levels.
statins, cholesterol, CoQ10, mitochondria
Tuesday, 26 February 2019 04:32 PM
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