Blaylock - Vytorin Danger - Like
Other Cholesterol Drugs
April 3, 2008
- A headline-making new study has revealed that the widely
prescribed cholesterol drug Vytorin may not reduce the risk of heart attack.
- But the report about the ineffectiveness and dangers of a
cholesterol drug like Vytorin comes as no surprise to readers of The Blaylock
Wellness Report (published by Newsmax), edited by Russell L. Blaylock, M.D.,
one of the nation's leading nutritionists.
- Clinical trials showed that Vytorin failed to slow, and
might even speed up, the growth of fatty plaques in the arteries, and The New
England Journal of Medicine published an editorial on Sunday saying that
Vytorin and one of its components, Zetia, should be used only as a last
- "So Vytorin is no better than Lipitor or other cholesterol
drugs - who cares?" Dr. Blaylock told Newsmax.
- Blaylock has been warning consumers for years that statin
drugs don't cure the root cause of heart disease, namely inflammation.
Instead, he argues that cholesterol drugs offer so many side effects to users
they should be viewed as dangerous.
- "An enormous amount of research" has shown that the
medical community's claim that elevated cholesterol is the culprit in heart
attacks and strokes is "pure baloney," Blaylock says.
- Back in August 2004, Blaylock's report noted: "The fact
that 50 percent of all strokes and heart attacks have absolutely nothing to do
with elevated cholesterol levels has been kept from the public eye and from
physicians' medical education.
- "Based on the buzz, you could conclude that if you solve
your cholesterol problem, you won't suffer heart disease or a stroke. That is
a big lie."
- He also stated that the public has not been told that the
statin drugs used to lower cholesterol are associated with major complications
and side effects.
- For one thing, statin drugs significantly suppress vital
immune cells called helper T-cells, which play a major role in protecting
against cancer and fungal, bacterial and viral infections, observes Blaylock,
who says statins have become "the cash cow of the pharmaceutical companies."
- Dr. Blaylock recommends safe alternatives to statin drugs.
Alternatives include antioxidants and flavonoids such as green tea extract,
which "prevent cholesterol from oxidizing, which is the only reason
cholesterol causes hardening of the arteries in the first place.
- "Un-oxidized cholesterol is perfectly harmless even when
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