Science is an art where you measure visible results. If you take a specific medicine for a period of time and you notice a specific result, that is also part of valid science. Anyone who takes medicine regularly tends to know that medicine generally still has both the positive and negative side effects as well..
Statin drugs especially can expose patients to dangerous, debilitating side effects;
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned the drug company, Pfizer, Inc. about not reporting the side effects of several of their medications to the public, neglecting to quickly report serious and unexpected potential side effects from its drugs already on the market. Delays of reporting these side effects go back as far as 2004, including some of the companies top selling medications such as Viagra (for impotence), Lipitor (for cholesterol) and Lyrica (for seizures). Pzifer was criticized by Ronald Pace, director of the FDA’s New York office, that the company had not properly documented or investigated reported problems in patients who took these drugs after they were approved for use. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6586PE20100610
if you add a serving of good fat-olive oil, nuts, seeds, avocados, dark chocolate etc.-to every meal, it’ll target the bad fat. And ditch the donuts and up (or down) the vegetables.
People taking cholesterol-lowering statins to treat heart disease may be at higher risk of liver, kidney and cataract problems, and should be monitored for these side-effects, http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2010/05/21/statin-cholesterol-side-effects.html
Statin drugs do expose patients to dangerous, debilitating side effects
Statin drugs drugs are often unnecessary, as most persons could lower their LDL (bad) cholesterol levels simply by changing their diet and lifestyle. The problem with these so-called “magic pills” is that they often end up doing more harm than good. Such is the case with Lipitor, the most popular of the five statin drugs available today. Proponents of Lipitor and other statin drugs claim that they, in addition to normalizing cholesterol levels, can reduce inflammation and reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and heart-related deaths in general. What doctors and pharmacists are less likely to explain in full to patients, however, are the potential side effects of drugs like Lipitor — side effects that can outweigh any potential good the drugs might purport to do. The cholesterol-lowering drugs like Lipitor “work by inhibiting the enzyme needed to manufacture cholesterol in the liver. However, these drugs also block the manufacture of important nutrients like CoQ10, which has been shown to benefit heart health. The other main drawback of this class of drugs is debilitating muscle pain … Other side effects, according to the Physicians Desk Reference, include liver problems, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, headaches and skin rash.” Aching muscles are especially common among statin drug users, and according to Bottom Line Yearbook 2002, muscle ache can actually be a sign that body tissues are breaking down, which can lead to serious kidney damage. Also memory loss CAN BE A SIDE EFFECT OF TAKING THESE PILLS. When it comes to statin drugs, many are being overdosed with prescription medications they probably don’t even need in the first place. We now know that high doses of these drugs can have serious side effects in many areas of health. To avoid getting hooked on these dangerous drugs don’t just turn to mega-doses of Lipitor for help.
Statin drugs side effects can include.
- lack of appetite
- difficulty swallowing,
- distorted facial muscles,
- abnormal heartbeat,
- allergic reaction,
- black stools,
- changes in eyesight,
- unstable emotions,
- urinary problems,
- changes in taste sensation,
- chest pain,
- hearing difficulties,
- increased muscle movement,
- leg cramps, muscle aching or weakness,
- purple or red spots on the skin,
- respiratory problems,
- sensitivity to light,
- weight loss,
- lack of appetite,
- Wheezing or difficulty breathing
- Swelling of the mouth, tongue, or throat.
Wheezing or difficulty breathing
- Swelling of the mouth, tongue, or throat.
- symptoms of muscle damage, such as muscle pain, tenderness or weakness, or brown or discoloured urine, especially if you also have a fever or a general feeling of being unwell
- severe skin rash, including skin blistering and peeling (possibly with headache, fever, coughing, or aching before the rash begins)
- symptoms of a serious allergic reaction such as swelling of the face or throat, hives, or difficulty breathing
- stomach upset
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you:
- have kidney or liver problems
- have an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism)
- have a history of muscle pain or weakness while taking other cholesterol-lowering medications 0 such as atorvastatin, fluvastatin, lovastatin, pravastatin, rosuvastatin, or simvastatin
- are more than 70 years old
- have undergone surgery or suffered any traumatic injury
- are frail
- have diabetes
Serious side effects of Lipitor include; allergic reactions (closing of the throat, swollen lips, trouble breathing, swelling of the face or tongue; and hives breakouts), decreased or rust-colored urine, or unusually blurry vision. Though muscle damage, sometimes debilitating muscle pain and disintegration, is the most common side effect, statins have been found to cause many other serious adverse effects. Patients taking Lipitor have had a higher incidence of cancer, neuropathy, heart failure, dizziness, memory failure, and depression. If Lipitor is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Lipitor with any of the following drugs – Antacids such as Maalox TC Suspension, Colestipol (Colestid), Cyclosporine (Sandimmune, Neoral), Digoxin (Lanoxin), Erythromycin (E.E.S., Erythrocin, others), Fluconazole (Diflucan), Gemfibrozil (Lopid), Itraconazole (Sporanox), Ketoconazole (Nizoral), Niacin (Niaspan, Niacor, Slo-Niacin) and Oral contraceptives.