The Natural Way

Wednesday, August 15, 2001

The headline screams "40 deaths prompt Bayer to pull drug-cholesterol fighter BaycolĘ linked to side effect of muscle destruction." This story by Lauran Neergaard of the Associated Press was recently published and caught my eye. BaycolĘ or (cerivastatin) is a patented prescribed drug which relies upon "statins" to lower cholesterol levels. Natural statins can be found in Red Yeast, but this product has been taken off the market, too. Red Yeast contains most all of the statins and is packaged by mother nature.

A drug company that holds a patent on one statin (there are many) sued in federal court for patent infringement, and was successful in having the natural product removed from the shelf. The natural product was based upon red yeast.

The FDA has no current intention to take action against the other prescribed drugs which use statins, such as Mevacor, Pravachol, Zocor, Lescol and Lipitor, just Baycol. Many people in the know suggest daily and regular use of CoQ10 for folks who have to use prescribed cholesterol medicines.

CoQ10 is a strong antioxidant which helps with energy levels, healing wounds, improving heart function, healing gums and heart valves. The drugs listed above may deplete your body of its natural store of CoQ10.

Having high cholesterol isn't just about diet but about a whole life. Surely having so much cholesterol in your blood that when you have blood work done the results come back 10W-30 can't be good for you. Just lowering fat in your diet isn't the whole story.

We all know vegetarians with high cholesterol and folks who eat lard with normal values. Besides, people with normal cholesterol levels have heart attacks, too. To protect my heart I take natural vitamin E every day and try to laugh and dance. If my cholesterol was high I'd look at niacin, grapefruit pectin, garlic, CLA, HGH, Moducare sterinols, lysine, chitosan - and yes I'd find someone to help me sort all of this out so I could take the minimal number of pills. I'd also have to adjust my desire for immediate gratification.

Balance does take effort and isn't as easy as taking one prescribed pill each day. But you know what? The payoff is a lot better.

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