The CoQ10 Statin Secret
Reprinted with the permission of Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., D.A.C.B.N., M.S.
Medical literature clearly shows that statin medications like Lipitor, Crestor, and Zocor shut down the production of one of the most important nutrients in the body: Co-Enzyme Q10 (CoQ10).
What many people are unaware of is the fact that when CoQ10 is depleted, it causes the LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) to become oxidized. This in turn sets off a cascade of events provoking LDL cholesterol to drill holes in the arterial wall and causing major inflammation. This inflammation sets an individual up for an increased risk of getting a heart attack or stroke.
And that is a major reason as to why taking statins drugs is no guarantee that you will not die of a heart attack.
I have to admit I am at a total loss as to why any doctor would prescribe a statin medication without adding the life-saving CoQ10. This may be a hard pill to swallow (excuse the pun) but it should be illegal to prescribe a statin without also prescribing CoQ10.
The following list of health challenges should be a wake up call for people who believe that they are safe taking statins without CoQ10. CoQ10 deficiency can cause:
-congestive heart failure (which usually carries a death sentence of 5 years)
-depression that is resistant to antidepressants
-high blood pressure
-sudden and/or complete memory loss or amnesia
-folic acid deficiency
-damaged cell membranes
-and much more.
In fact, it not only puts you at risk of getting a variety of diseases but low CoQ10 levels predict that you can die within 6 months.
So you can see that any doctor who prescribes a statin medication then turns you loose without also prescribing CoQ10 shows lack of scientific knowledge of the very drug he is authorized to prescribe. Take a look at the wealth of scientific references listed below if still in doubt.
Now if you think I am being bold about what I have just shared with you, please understand that this is serious and it is fair that you as a patient, are armed with the necessary information to make an informed decision of whether you are willing to risk the side effects of such drug, or seek alternative solutions to the problem.
Here is something that will shock many of you. Back in the 1990s, the pharmaceutical giant, Merck, decided to add CoQ10 to a statin medication. They even went so far as to get a patent. The patent number is 4,933,165. Go ahead and download the patent document:
So you may ask why in the world would they produce a statin with CoQ10 and the answer is quite obvious. They knew the seriousness of selling the world on statins without CoQ10 and its risks to patients.
Now you may be thinking whatever happened to this drug. Well, it never made it to the marketplace. Not sure why, but again they wouldn't have created this combination statin-CoQ10 drug if they were not warned of the serious consequences of promoting a statin without CoQ10.
Hmmm...makes me very suspicious...what about you?
If you are on a statin medication, I urge you to insist that your doctor check your CoQ10 levels. You can easily have this done by getting an CardioION test which includes a direct test for CoQ10 and a more sensitive test called hydroxymethylglutarate. This is an organic acid assay which will show you if a particular dose is high enough for your body.
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