Statin Use and Muscle Inflammation  - Dr. Carolyn Dean MD ND

Statin Use and Muscle Inflammation 

August 29, 2018

The title of a recent Medscape article “Statin Use Linked to Idiopathic Inflammatory Myositis” caught my eagle eye. First of all, let me give you the definition of Idiopathic. It means – relating to or denoting any disease or condition that arises spontaneously or for which the cause is unknown.

Lord Sufferin Cats! Spontaneously? Unknown Cause? Bring out the smelling salts, I’m about ready to take a faint! The Statin Pushers have known about the many muscle effects of their drugs since the beginning of time! Researchers even admit that the musculoskeletal adverse effects associated with statin use are well known and include myalgia. The estimates of people affected have a wide range from 7% to 29%, because some studies just look at debilitating rhabdomyolysis (severe muscle damage) and some look at muscle pain and weakness.

In a new study, not just of older adults, but adults 40 years and over on statins were twice as likely to suffer Inflammatory Myositis. Even as they admit this association they say it’s rare and only occurs in 0.1-1 per 100,000 people per year. So, why talk about it at all? I think it’s a distraction from the 1 in 3 people who have just plain old statin muscle pain. With this study doctors will now say, “Oh muscle pain only occurs in 0.1-1 per 100,000, so that can’t be what’s wrong with you. Here take some Ibuprofen, which will increase your risk of heart disease by 30%.”

Of course, this is all beside the point because cholesterol is no longer regarded as the cause of heart disease! Please read The Great Cholesterol Con by Dr. Malcolm Kendrick and follow his blogs to learn that – while statins may crush the enzyme that makes cholesterol and thereby lower cholesterol values, statins do not extend your life! So, what’s the point of taking them if they don’t let you live longer? But they will give you muscle side effects and deleterious effects of not having enough cholesterol to make your brain work or your hormones work. Enter global amnesia and impotence – and the drugs to treat those conditions.

What’s the real cause of heart disease? I think one major cause is magnesium deficiency and the physical manifestation is coronary artery calcification. I’ve written about this many times and a 2015 study “Magnesium Intake Is Inversely Associated With Coronary Artery Calcification” confirms this association.

I’ve written many blogs denouncing statins and will continue to write about them because most of our new customers are on these drugs in a mistaken attempt to prevent heart disease! Nothing could be further from the truth since all the drugs for cholesterol, BP, heart disease, and diabetes can all cause magnesium depletion, especially the ones that contain fluoride molecules in their chemical structure.

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Carolyn Dean MD ND

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