The Statin Drug – How It Works, And Why It Is Used?
Once again, this week we are talking about the statin drug and how it works, why it is used, and the science behind it. Dr. Maupin has always had concerns about the widespread use of statins to prevent heart attacks. She has these concerns because she thinks the science behind the use of or as she believes the overuse of this drug.
Dr. Maupin believes that if someone has already had a heart attack then it makes sense to use statins. She further believes that doctors have been marketed and trained to believe that it does so much more than it actually does. Maupin says that statin drugs go to your liver and then prevent cholesterol from going to your cells. Statins keep you from making cholesterol in your liver and then it goes to the cells of the body and prevents cholesterol from being taken into the cells by the blood flow.
The problem arises when you have not had a heart attack but are determined to have a high cholesterol level. The doctors put one and one together and get five. They believe and have been trained that cholesterol causes heart attacks. This is not medically proven. There are correlation arguments but there are not causative data to prove the connection. A well-known maxim of science is causation and correlation are not synonyms.
There are two types of cholesterol, HDL the good one which you should have a high level of HDL. LDL the bad cholesterol should not have a high count in your bloodstream. The doctors make a logical assumption that if you have a high HDL you are heart attack bound. Dr. Maupin believes that this is not true or scientifically justified. The deeper concern is whether or not you have excessive plaque buildup in your bloodstream. If you do, you are more likely to have a heart attack. You should get a CT scan, a cardiac scan that measures the amount of plaque buildup. We now know that if you do, there is something you can do about it to reduce the plaque buildup. Take a supplement called Neo40, to produce more nitrous oxide in your bloodstream. That will dissolve your plaque in your blood vessels and help prevent heart attacks.
The other strategies to prevent heart attack involve eating healthy, exercise and get a cardiac CT scan to measure your plaque. Cholesterol is something you need, particularly HDL, and you should not take statin drugs to prevent it from developing in your bloodstream.
Statins have a lot of negative side effects that you do not want. You should only be on a statin if you have already had a heart attack. Talk to your doctor about why they would consider that drug for you and if you have not had a heart attack yet, get a second opinion!
This Health cast was written and presented by Dr. Kathy Maupin, M.D., Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Expert and Author, with Brett Newcomb, MA., LPC., Family Counselor, Presenter and Author. www.BioBalanceHealth.com.