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Treating High Cholesterol

(From the FreshSkin September 2015 Newsletter: Download pdf | Subscribe)

What do we know?

Honestly, it’s hard to say. There are almost as many opinions about how and when to treat high cholesterol as there are experts on the subject. At FreshSkin / FreshEnergy we’ve reviewed the data and came to our own conclusions.

First, here are some basic facts:

  1. Experts agree, if you have high cholesterol and a high risk for developing cardiovascular disease you should take statins to reduce your cholesterol.
  2. You are considered at high risk for cardiovascular disease if you’ve had a previous heart attack, bypass surgery, a stent, a stroke, a TIA (transient ischemic attack), or a CT scan of the coronary arteries that shows a high calcium score.
  3. The side effects of statin therapy include increased liver enzymes, muscle pain and weakness, increased muscle breakdown, and a significantly higher risk for developing diabetes.
  4. Still, the use of statin drugs to treat high cholesterol is dramatically on the rise in America, and it is common practice for primary care doctors to prescribe statin therapy regardless of your risk for cardiovascular disease.

What do I believe?

Considering the likelihood and significance of statin-related side effects, if you have a lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease, I believe you should not take statins to reduce high cholesterol.

If your only risk for cardiovascular disease is high cholesterol the benefits of statin treatment can be minimal.
According to Dr. Ross Walker, a renowned cardiologist and researcher “I would have to treat 104 people for 5 years to prevent just one heart attack, or 154 people for 5 years to prevent just one stroke.”

That sounds like an awful lot of medication, with serious side effects and substantial cost, for very little benefit in return. That being said, you might still ask “but what if I were the one person saved?” Fortunately, there’s no need to jump straight to statin therapy. Instead there are natural supplements that work very well to reduce cholesterol, with a much better side-effect profile than statins. They’ve been used around the world for generations and I take them myself with great success.

If you have high cholesterol, but a lower risk for cardiovascular disease, I strongly recommend you give these a try for yourself:

  • BergaMet Pro contains polyphenol flavonoids from the Citrus Bergamot plant. Endemic to Calabria in southern Italy, the same plant has been used for years as a local remedy ‘for fatty arteries and heart problems’. When taken 20-30 minutes before each of two main meals, it improves lipid levels as well as Simvastatin does, but without the statin side effects, and with the added benefit of improving insulin resistance (a risky condition, more common as we age).
  • CM-Core contains berberine, an alkaloid derived from the Chinese herbs Phellodendron and Coptis. The mechanism that makes it effective for lipid reduction is different from that of statins, providing the added benefits of improved blood pressure, cardiac rhythm and blood sugar.

Dr. Josie L. Tenore, M.D., M.Sc.,
is a board-certified family physician who became interested in aesthetics during medical school. As a result, most of her electives focused on dermatology and plastic surgery. Dr. Josie began her practice with family medicine because she enjoyed the challenge of delivering comprehensive health and well-being to people of all ages. This unique combination of family medicine and aesthetics led her to advocate a program of eating well, exercising and aesthetics for patients who want to have the best quality of life. Read full bio.

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