Statin Drugs...Who Needs Them Anyway?

by Doug A. Kaufmann

Who names pharmaceutical drugs? With creative names like Nicetal (should this pill make you feel nice-at-all?), Enablex (enabling your bladder to stop leaking) and Prozac (as opposed to antizac), one is left to wonder who thinks this stuff up. Who categorized, and then named, antibiotics, for example? In Biology 101 we learned that "bio" meant life and "anti" meant against. So the word antibiotic means against life! Antibiotics were the darlings of Wall Street in the 1950s and 60s and continue to be best sellers today. But a new category of drugs hit the market a few years ago and antibiotics have taken a back seat to cholesterol-lowering drugs called "statins." One expert claims that one-half of the population of America will soon be on these drugs...but why?

The word "statin" means to stop. The first drug to carry the "statin" brand was Nystatin, a drug developed specifically to stop overgrowth of intestinal yeast that accumulated after taking antibiotics. Its developers, Drs. Hazen and Brown, two female researchers from Albany, New York, discovered it in 1950. While vacationing in Virginia, Dr. Hazen isolated the soil that was rich in the organism needed to successfully make Nystatin. The name was actually derived from New York State, where the researchers finally perfected its development.

As readers of Healthy Living, I'm certain that all of this is interesting to you, but I know better than to beat the pharmaceutical drum any further. If you're like me, taking a prescriptive medicine is rarely a preference...but some of us do get high cholesterol levels. What then? Requesting that your health care provider use other than a statin drug for high cholesterol levels is appropriate, but not without being armed with the following information.

Ten years ago, American Family Physician discussed the effectiveness of two bloodstream antifungal drugs (Lamisil and Sporanox) in treating toenail fungus. Never mind the results, they were boring. The most fascinating sentence in this journal was "fully 81% of the patients on itraconazole (Sporanox) experienced a decrease in serum cholesterol levels." Can you imagine that statement? Although hugely relevant, it simply flew over the heads of our healers. If it hadn't, they would all know that systemic fungal infections actually cause high cholesterol! Are you still not convinced?

A. V. Costantini, M.D., former head of the World Health Organization's Collaborating Center for Mycotoxins (fungal metabolites) in Food, never accepted pharmaceutical funding for his cholesterol studies, and I doubt that it was ever offered, given his research results. As it turns out, today's statin drugs taken by millions of Americans are, in reality, antifungal drugs! As if you require even more confirmation of the fungal infection/blood fat elevation data, Dr. Elizabeth Moore-Landecker published in 1972 that "lipid metabolites, including sterols, are produced by fungi." STEROL is the final six letters of the word "cholesterol." Fungi also make triglycerides.

Given this data, if I had high cholesterol, I'd opt for a diet rich in protein, including grass-fed meats, eggs and nuts. I'd make vegetables (keep in mind that corn is a grain, and mushrooms are fungi) daily staples, and limit my fruit intake to green apples, grapefruit and fresh berries. I'd drink bottled water. I'd find a good, safe, natural antifungal while on the diet. In 21 days, I'd return to my doctor's office and have my blood fat levels retested. See how well that worked? And now you KNOW THE CAUSE of high cholesterol! Let the education continue!

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