Cholesterol Drugs Flop in Major Trial

The New York Times published a story about the total failure of three leading cholesterol drugs that went mostly unnoticed. A clinical trial of Zetia, prescribed to millions of people a week, failed to show the drug had any medical benefits.

Dr. Steven Nissen, the chairman of cardiology at the famed Cleveland Clinic, said it best, “The results are shocking. Patients should not be given prescriptions for Zetia…This is as bad a result for a drug as anybody could have feared.”

I’ve been shouting from the rooftops for years about the dangers of cholesterol drugs.  Natural alternatives exist that get to the root of the problem, rather than just masking the symptoms.

Zetia Clinical Trial Shows the Drug Delivers No Benefits

A two year clinical trial of Zetia has shown that the drug has no medical benefits, adding to the growing concern over Zetia and Vytorin, a combination of Zetia and Zocor.

While Zetia did lower cholesterol by about 15%, no trial has ever shown that it can reduce heart attacks and strokes – or even that it reduces the growth of dangerous fatty plaque in arteries which causes serious heart problems. The trial was originally designed to show that Zetia could reduce plaque growth. Instead, the plaque actually grew twice as fast in patients taking Zetia with Zocor!

To make matters worse, the drug companies have “sat” on the results for two years. Which raises serious questions about both the drug’s effectiveness and also about the behavior of the pharmaceutical companies that conducted the study.

Merck and Schering stalled for two years, repeatedly missing strict deadlines for reporting the results.  Leading cardiologists around the world were left to wonder what was going on and what the study would show. At the same time, millions of patients continued taking Zetia and Vytorin and their conditions worsened while the drug companies blithely fiddled their thumbs.

Making billions of dollars at the expense of these patients. Lawsuits will obviously be filed. But what good is that to a person who trusted their doctor and the flashy television commercials and suffered a heart attack or strokes.

Mother Nature’s Solution to High Cholesterol

I’ve eliminated high cholesterol for so many people. The program I recommend is the same plant-strong diet that former President Clinton adopted in 2010 and is now in the best health of his life. (If you missed the story, read The Veggie Butcher & President Clinton.)

The program is a plant-strong diet with daily exercise and the elimination of high saturated fat foods that your body cannot process – that means no more milk, cheese, ice cream and butter, or animal protein like red meat, pork and chicken. Substitute nut milks instead, such as cashew, almond, coconut or hemp milks. Switch to Earth Balance Natural Spreads instead of butter.

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Activating your Metabolic Sparkplug

Last night we hosted a teleconference with Greg Ashby, Certified Holistic Health Counselor on our team, as he revealed his theory of how invisible stress prevents weight loss, creates nagging pain and leaves us tired and exhausted all the time.

Most importantly Greg shared his insights into how to reverse all of these conditions by “turning on” your Metabolic Sparkplug. Today’s article is written by Greg and a summary of what we discussed on the call.

If you missed the teleconference, pour yourself a cup of hot Tulsi tea, (you’ll learn more about this “Queen of Herbs” on the call) and find a comfy chair.

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Greg Ashby, Certified Holistic Health Counselor

There’s an old natural healing adage:

“Are you a body with a mind – or a mind with a body?”

There is a dramatic and powerful direct connection between our mind and body, and of our body to our mind, in fact it really should not be called a connection because it is just one total “bi-directional system.”

Hans Selye, MD, the man who coined the word “stress” and first mapped out its biological effects said, “The modern physician should know as much about emotions and thoughts as about disease symptoms and drugs.”

Dr Bach, who created the famous Bach Flower Remedies also said that all disease had an emotional foundation and until this was resolved, no true healing could occur. This approach would appear to hold more promise of a “cure” than anything medicine has given us to date.

Flick the switch and turn on your Metabolic Sparkplug
Tomorrow when you get up, turn on your Metabolic Sparkplug within you and reignite your natural fat burning capability.

During the early years of human evolution, in order to survive, humans developed a “fight or flight” response that boosted adrenaline and blood sugar absorption to rapidly deliver energy, while at the same time shutting down non-essential functions like digestion and immune response.

Scientists have named this response-substance Cortisol and while we no longer fear for our lives from lions and tigers, stress from our always-on-the-go lifestyle generates the same Cortisol-raising response.

See if you recognize any of these conditions that can occur from chronically-elevated Cortisol:

  • Memory impairment caused by Hippocampal atrophy
  • Insulin resistance, leading to full-blown Diabetes
  • Atherosclerosis (blocked arteries supplying the heart)
  • Osteoporosis and porous bones
  • Sarcopenia (degenerative loss of muscle mass and strength)
  • Mood changes
  • Sleep changes
  • Hyper-excitation
  • Peptic Ulcer Disease
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammed Bowel Disease (IBD) and Chron’s Disease (inflammation of the intestines)
  • Digestive problems and acid reflux
  • Neuromuscular complaints, cramping and Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Suppressed Immune System (always the first to catch a cold or flu)
  • Viral infections
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Sluggish metabolism

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