Popular statin drugs linked to cancer
June 5th, 2016 by Holly Cornish
It’s time to give credit where credit is due.
Your body is inhabited by an innate intelligence. It knows how to fix itself – and it wants to fix itself. But it needs the right raw materials.
And those seldom come from a chemical capsule. The latest case in point is statin drugs, reportedly taken by more than 30 million Americans.
If you test high for cholesterol, your doctor will probably insist you take a statin drug. Most likely, your mother, father, brother, sister, cousin, and best friend are all on them. Do you have the guts to go against the grain?
I hope so, because these trendy drugs are associated with cancer and memory loss. What’s more, there is NO proof they reduce your risk of heart attack. Here’s what you need to know. . .
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There’s a rapidly growing body of research showing that, despite drug industry claims that statin drugs protect against cancer, they actually promote cancer.
Here are just a few findings:
- Linked to increased risk of prostate cancer, in a study of nearly 2,000 men. And the higher the statin dose, the higher the risk.1
- Higher cumulative daily doses of statins were linked to higher kidney cancer risk in patients over age 50.2
- More cancer incidence and cancer deaths in the statins group in a 2009 study.3
- Statin use is linked with thyroid cancer in women.4
- Women using statins long-term (10+ years) had DOUBLE the risk of breast cancer… a 1.83-fold increased risk of invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) and a 1.97-fold increase in invasive lobular carcinoma (ILC) versus those who never used statins.5
Of course, correlation doesn’t prove causation. Given that these women were compliant with use of statins, they were probably also compliant with breast screening guidelines.
And breast screenings are linked to the over-diagnosis and over-treatment of 1.3 million American women over the past 30 years, so the screenings could result in more cancer diagnoses.
That’s giving statins every benefit of the doubt. On the other hand, the result could mean that statins pose a far worse problem… that statins are in some way, shape or form, carcinogenic.
At a bare minimum, these studies raise serious questions about the recent push to claim statin drugs are chemo-preventive or chemotherapeutic. (By the way, “chemo-preventive” describes any drug or chemical agent, even a food supplement, that prevents cancer.)
Authors of four studies have casually dismissed the possibility that statin drugs may cause cancer. Among other things, they claim the evidence is “insignificant,” or has “no known potential biological basis.” I wouldn’t bet on it.
Statins are also linked to an increase in diabetes, and we know there’s a connection between high blood sugar and cancer.
And the news gets even worse.
Toxic to your brain, muscles and more
Statins are linked to more than 300 adverse effects in the published scientific literature, so far…
They’re toxic to your brain, muscles, nerves, and liver. They cause diabetes, cancer, and birth defects, and disrupt your hormones.
Statins do serious damage to your most cholesterol-dependent organs – like your brain.
Turns out your brain is the most cholesterol-rich organ in your body, boasting one-fourth of all your cholesterol. Seventy percent of that – nearly three-fourths of the cholesterol in your brain — is in the essential myelin sheath that protects your nerve cells.
No wonder cholesterol plays such a pivotal role in brain health.
Low cholesterol has been named a biological marker of major depression and suicidal behavior, whereas high cholesterol is protective. One study showed that thoughts of suicide are more than 2½ times greater in adults taking statins.
Ditto for dementia. If you’ve ever worried about losing your mind to Alzheimer’s – or even if you want to avoid having “senior moments” – then skip the statins. Memory loss, including full-blown dementia, is one of the most common side effects of taking statin drugs.
Statins also cause severe irritability, homicidal tendencies, road rage, threatening behavior, violence, paranoia, antisocial behavior, plus bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
You have to damage your heart in order to save it?
One of the most well-known statin side effects is muscle breakdown and pain, as in peripheral neuropathy – the pain in fingers, toes, arms and legs associated with advanced diabetes. The rate of occurrence is as high as 40 percent in just the first few months of statin use.
One of the worst outcomes of muscle toxicity is – irony of ironies – that statins actually damage your heart – your hardest working muscle. The one statins supposedly protect.
Big Pharma has gone to the ends of the world to promote statins as the ultimate wonder drug.
Yet with statins your heart gets weaker instead of stronger.
Statins deplete heart-protective coenzyme Q10, as well as cardio-protective minerals. Statins also decimate omega-3 fatty acids. That’s why omega-3s are protective for those who don’t use statins, but are of no benefit to statin users.
Just to sum up all this: millions of statin users are risking their hearts and their very lives on a bad bet.
Heart disease is not caused by lack of a drug.
Nor is it caused by high cholesterol.
Fight the real culprit behind heart disease
Your arteries don’t suddenly become clogged because you eat too many eggs or even too much richly-marbled beef and pork. This myth is a carryover from a poorly run study that led everyone to shun fatty foods a few decades ago. These days, the theory that natural fat causes heart disease or obesity is dead and buried.
The big mistake is lumping all fats into one evil category.
First order of business: Ditch all cheap vegetable oils.
After all the publicity about this subject, I hope most people are savvy enough to know that hydrogenated fats – trans fats — are bad. But here’s the proverbial elephant in the room…
Hydrogenated oils are the #1 cause of heart disease and a major contributor to neurological disorders. Their poison accelerates plaque buildup like crazy.
They’re artificial and never appear in nature. They’re made solely for the convenience and profit of food manufacturers. They spoil less readily than do natural fats and therefore give foods a longer shelf life.
Hydrogenated oils are found abundantly in nearly every baked, fried, and packaged product in your grocery store (and favorite restaurant). The aisles containing vegetable and wheat crackers, cookies and chips are so tainted with this heart poison they should carry a warning label.
Look for the words “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated,” and if you see either, put the item back. Let food makers know they can no longer sell you chemicals in a pretty box and call it food.
Enjoy delicious foods that protect you from heart disease
Now that you know what to avoid, it’s time to enjoy foods that’ll actually help sweep your arteries clean. And they won’t cause cancer either.
You need healthy natural fats like omega-3 fatty acids, fish, nuts, seeds, butter, olive and coconut oil, and avocados.
In addition, enjoy this lip-smacking food that gives statins a $29 billion run for their money…
Chocolate. Just half an ounce a week lowers your blood pressure and reduces your risk of dying from any cause by a stunning 50%. More delicious than a statin any day. Use in moderation, and cut your risk of heart disease in half.
Make sure you eat dark chocolate. Health food stores now feature chocolate bars whose labels tell you the percentage that’s dark. Personally, I choose 100% dark chocolate – no sugar or milk at all. Takes some getting used to, but now I like it.
And here’s a tip you learned as a child…
Pass the apples… Pass on the statins
An apple a day. Oxford researchers found that one apple per day was as effective as statins – without the awful side effects.6 The worst side effect from apples was the trauma caused by a bruised apple – or finding half a worm inside.
Another study found that an apple a day for just four weeks lowered LDL cholesterol by 40%.7 Editorial comment: That’s incredible.
Pomegranate. A study showed that drinking pomegranate juice daily reversed carotid artery stenosis (a leading cause of stroke) by up to 29% within one year.8 Meanwhile, blockages in the control group that didn’t consume pomegranate got nine percent worse. Pomegranate has been shown to have a long list of heart benefits.
Other foods. Eat generous amounts of these foods if you want to have a healthy heart: garlic, organic spinach, organic berries, turmeric, chia seeds, tomatoes, leafy greens, olive oil, and organic green tea.
If you follow all or even a few of these tips, chances are, you’ll never hear your doctor say you need statin drugs. Just say no, and spare yourself cancer, brain dysfunction, neuropathy, diabetes, and so much more.
Meanwhile – totally different topic – you know the “new car smell” that so many people love? It’s loaded with deadly gases. And they’re often still around even after you can’t smell them anymore. If you missed the news in our last issue, you can catch it now just below.
Your Car May be a Gas Chamber
Anyone who drives an automobile accepts that there’s a chance of being hurt or even killed in an accident while you’re on the road. But how many of us understand that being in a car can also increase your chances of getting cancer?
Unfortunately, it’s true.
The “new car smell” that some people love? It’s a poisonous brew. . .and the toxins are still there even after the smell fades away.
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Research shows that the new car smell consists of potent toxins that off-gas from the materials used to construct a car’s interior. (And some of those toxins may persist in the air inside the car even after the new car smell subsides months or years later.)
The chemicals that are released from the materials used to construct a car’s interior include chromium, brominated flame retardants, lead, formaldehyde, benzene and toluene. Studies show, in fact, there are around 275 inhalable toxins in our automobiles.
These chemicals have been connected not only to cancer but also to hearing problems, kidney difficulties, central nervous system troubles, birth defects, learning impairments, liver dysfunction and more.
This is a topic dear to my heart because I’m extremely sensitive to the gases given out by car interiors. They make me very sick – to the point of being disabled — and three times I’ve had to sell a new car at a loss because of these toxic gases.
Fortunately, a few models exist that are manufactured without the outgassing problem. But it’s hard for me to identify which ones without driving them for a week or so. And there aren’t many dealers who will let you test drive a car for a week!
In a report on these toxins, Jeff Gearheart, research director of the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, warns: “Since these chemicals are not regulated, consumers have no way of knowing the dangers they face.”1
Prolonged exposure can be harmful
The expert consensus on these chemicals is that the danger mostly ends after a car has been driven for about six months. That’s a long time to be inhaling poison gas! What’s more, the consensus may not be valid: Many people still can suffer problems long after that. For me, a car manufactured with outgassing material is off limits, no matter how old it is.
Reactions to the volatile gases in a car can include vertigo, headaches, severe “brain fog,” sore throats, nausea with vomiting and a variety of allergic reactions. If you have a “mystery medical condition” – cause unknown – then try staying out of your car for a week and see if you feel better.
Mr. Gearheart, whose organization has measured toxins in a wide variety of cars, adds: “People spend over an hour a day in their vehicles on average. Whether it’s adults, children, or pets, we’re concerned about prolonged exposure to toxic chemicals inside the vehicle.”
Research on car interiors at Gearhart’s Ecology Center used an X-ray fluorescence analyzer to identify chemicals that passengers may inhale – these tests revealed the presence of tin, mercury, antimony, arsenic, cadmium and chlorine. The scientists found that toxins were being released from the dashboard, steering wheel, arm rests, door trim, shift knobs and seats.
Adding to the problem, especially in the hot months of summer: When a car is parked in the sun, the interior temperature can climb to over 190 degrees Fahrenheit. That kind of heat accelerates the breakdown of toxins, making a larger quantity of them air-borne, and adds to their concentrations within the car.
Europeans demand changes
One hopeful note in analyzing the chemicals that cars release is the fact that the European Union has taken some important steps in limiting these health-threatening compounds – and the European improvements in regulations have forced car makers to cut back on the volatile compounds off-gassed by their automobiles.
The European rules, called REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and restriction of Chemical Substances) are designed to keep hazardous toxins out of the environment, limit human exposure and motivate research to develop substitute chemicals that are non-toxic and can be used in cars and other consumer products.2 Reportedly, China is also working on its own regulatory guidelines.3
But so far, the US government has shown little willingness to help mitigate the presence of these toxins.
Of course, another big concern about cars is the exhaust that emerges from their tail pipes. And while it’s no surprise that it contains toxins that are also linked to cancer, it’s striking that for every small increase in your exposure to the tiny particles released by automobiles, your cancer risk goes up significantly.
Studies by the International Agency for Research on Cancer show that if you live in a congested urban area, exhaust from cars and trucks significantly bumps up your chances of dying from cancer.4
During a thirteen-year study, the scientists found that in many cities (compared to less congested areas), these types of pollutants increased the risk of dying from cancer of the upper digestive tract by 42 percent as well as increasing the risk by 35 percent for deaths from cancers of the pancreas, gall bladder, liver and bile ducts. The research involved about 66,000 people who were aged 65 and older when the study began.
Take steps to protect yourself
To protect yourself from the increased cancer risks caused by automobiles, there are a variety of precautions you can take:
- After your car has been parked in the sun on a hot day, open the doors to ventilate the interior before you get in the car.
- Keep the windows cracked when you park the car to release heat and toxins. Also keep them open after you’re in the car. NOTE: Driving with the windows open reduces the problem but it doesn’t get rid of it completely.
- Use a windshield sun shade that sits on your dashboard when you park the car. The shade will moderate the temperature increase inside the car while it is parked. Sun shades on the side windows and the rear window can help, too.
- The Ecology Center recommends wiping down the car’s interior surfaces with a towel made of microfibers to lift off dust. You should also clean the car frequently with a non-toxic cleanser. The dust in your car can contain toxic chemicals. “Chemicals like to hang out in the dust,” Gearhart says.
- Before you buy a car, whether it’s new or used, try it out to see if you react to its chemicals. For me, at least, a feeling of lightheadedness is the first symptom. The longer you can test drive the vehicle the better your chance of detecting a reaction.
- Avoid living in a house located directly on a busy street or intersection. A long list of studies shows that the noise and pollution can compromise your health.5
- It’s preferable to avoid parking your car in a garage that’s attached to your house.6 It increases the air pollution in your house. If you have an attached garage, obviously you shouldn’t leave the car in the garage with the engine running, whether or not the garage door is closed.
When purchasing a vehicle, you can also consult the website of the Ecology Center. They’ve posted tests results of car interiors. Although they have not tested cars since 2012, they note that Hondas have generally had the lowest levels of toxins in car interiors.7
Plus, there’s another benefit to avoiding the types of toxins in cars: Absorption of these chemicals has been linked to adding more body fat and weight gain. So if you walk more and spend less time in a car, along with reducing your cancer risk, you may find it easier to keep your weight down.8