More Truths About Statins

The FDA is adding safety labeling to statin drugs in the US, including Lipitor, one of the top selling prescription drugs in the world.

Statins are used to reduce LDL or “bad” cholesterol, in order to reduce or prevent atherosclerosis, and in turn decrease heart attack and stroke.

The new warnings include that statin drugs can cause hyperglycemia (too much sugar in the blood) and increase the risk of developing Type II diabetes.

That’s great. Except for the fact that everyone with type 2 diabetes is already prescribed a statin drug to help manage, “heart risk”.

If you’re asking yourself why it’s standard procedure to prescribe something to every diabetic that can increase blood sugar, you’re not alone. And while that standard may change, it’s not the only confusing thing about statins.

The Truth About Statins

Beyond side-effects, here are three things you should know about statins, taken from Chris Kresser. His writing an excellent resource for laypersons wishing to understand the issue:

  1. Statin drugs do not reduce the risk of death in 95% of the population, including healthy men with no pre-existing heart disease, women of any age, and the elderly.
  2. Statin drugs do reduce mortality for young and middle-aged men with pre-existing heart disease, but the benefit is small and not without significant adverse effects, risks and costs.
  3. Aspirin works just as well as statins do for preventing heart disease, and is 20 times more cost effective.

 Source: http://chriskresser.com/the-truth-about-statin-drugs

But that, still is only part of the story. Why, even for the tiny slice of the population for which statins have a small benefit, do we use them at all, when we know that heart disease is a lifestyle problem?

Over 90% of heart disease is preventable by diet and lifestyle change. (source) Taking statins, unfortunately, is not a lifestyle change.

That high cholesterol you’re worried about is a sign that something in your body is out of balance.  Imbalanced hormones, imbalanced diet and exercise, or smoking that caused heavy metal toxicity. This is the problem to deal with. Balance your hormones, change your lifestyle, stop smoking and detox heavy metals from your body through chelation.

Lifestyle change doesn’t need much of a warning label. It just works.

Are You Eating the Spoon?

I recently read Wheat Belly by William Davis, MD, which claims that most of the obesity issue in our culture stems from the consumption of wheat. You don’t have to look far in my profession for agreement. Many of our patients at StoneTree have discovered that wheat is at the root of their most persistent health problems.

It made me wonder, though: Why do we eat so much of it?  In many ways, wheat itself isn’t really that tasty!

  •  Is it really the pasta we like? Or is it the sauce and the parmesan cheese?
  •  Do we really love wraps? Or is it just a convenient way to get other food from the plate to our mouths?
  •  Are pancakes really that delicious? Or do they just do a great job of carrying syrup?
  • Do we love cereal? Or just the sugar and milk and nuts and raisins?

The sandwich isn’t really about the bread, is it? It’s about delivering the  meat and condiments and garnishes to your mouth. The more I think about it, wheat is often just the spoon. It’s a way of carrying the stuff we really like to our mouths. And you wouldn’t eat a spoon, right?

Next time you’re eating, ask yourself, “Do I really want this wheat? Or am I eating the spoon?”

Recipe: Chick Pea, Cauliflower and Beef Curry

Thought I would share an easy recipe I made for my lunch last week. It heated up wonderfully and lasted all week in the fridge. It’s gluten free, dairy free, egg free and sugar free, but the biggest reason I share it is my daughter had a bowl and begged me to make more!

Brown the following in a pan:

  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1-1.5 lb organic, grass fed ground beef

Then add it, and everything below, to a crock-pot:

  • ½ cauliflower, diced
  • 1 can chick peas, drained
  • ¾-1 c frozen organic peas
  • 1 carton of organic vegetable stock
  • ½ cup spaghetti sauce or 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 heaping tbsp of Patak’s Madras curry paste
  • 1 heaping tbsp of Patak’s Biriani curry paste

Cook on low overnight, or all day.

Serve with diced avocado.  Add sour cream if you like. Enjoy!

-Tara