Cholesterol levels not highly correlated with heart disease - Recent study indicates that the two most commonly used risk algorithms (based primarily on blood cholesterol levels) correlate poorly with heart disease. Lead author Dr. Kevin M. Johnson says the risk profiles based on Framingham score or the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) Adult Treatment Panel III (ATP III) are "weak discriminator of the overall atherosclerotic plaque burden and may lead to over- or undertreatment of patients."
Johnson points out that the Framingham risk estimate is derived from epidemiologic observations. As other studies have shown, Framingham predicts the risk of a coronary event only 60% to 65% of the time. "....[T]here will be a lot of people who have a low Framingham risk who have a lot of atherosclerotic plaque, and a lot of people with high risk, by Framingham score, with no plaque,"
Get the Most from Your Statin - Everyday Health reports that when and how you take your statin can influence its effectiveness and absorption.
- Mevacor - . This almost doubles the amount of medication absorbed into bloodstream.
- Mevacor, Pravachol, Zocor, Lescol - . These statins block a one of the liver's key cholesterol-making enzymes, and that enzyme is most active at night.
- Crestor, Lipitor - , as these statins stay in the body and bloodstream long enough that you can take them any time.
- Pravachol - , try Pravachol, which is less likely to interact with other medications than other statins.
- Atherosclerotic plaques deposit in response to injury
- Mechanical stress causes heart disease in vitamin-C-starved tissues
- In 1989 it was discovered that Lp(a) binds to form plaque, not LDL
- Ordinary cholesterol cannot and does not cause heart disease
- Ten-year experience shows Pauling Therapy is effective, and safe as long as vitamin C is increased.
- Pauling's therapy is so safe, and the medical condition so grave, there is no plausible reason for any physician resisting it, especially in otherwise hopeless cases
- Vitamin C Lowers (LDL) Cholesterol More than Statin Drugs
- Artifical statin drugs increase Lp(a) and lower CoQ10 causing myopathies
- Nearly 60 million Americans are diagnosed with Cardiovascular disease
- Retinal photos confirm chronic scurvy, reversals and Pauling/Rath theory
- Pharmacology experts cite numerous errors in vitamin C RDA research
- Bizzaro World: No published clinical studies!?
Guggulsterone from Guggul Tree Sap - This is an older (2002) article on the medicinal and chemical properties of a substance found in the sap or resin of the Asian Indian Guggul tree. The compound, called guggulsterone, (where?). The FXR receptor controls bile levels (and production) in the liver. By blocking the FXR receptor, the guggulsterone compound , thus . That's my best understanding from the article. May need more research. Sounds like the guggul sap is available in health food stores, particularly in India, where it's been used for the last 40 years to treat heart disease. Another "natural" remedy.