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Jean Broida

Jean Broida is a freelance writer with hundreds of published health articles. She also covers politics, climate, technology, finance, conspiracies, and paranormal topics. Jean is a popular guest on taboo-topic radio shows such as “Midnight in the Desert” and a regular news commentator on the Paralogian Report on Paraversal Universe Radio. Jean’s first book, UNKNOWN OBJECTS: The Top Ten U.S. UFO Cases, is available on Amazon where reader feedback is always appreciated. For a fast-paced and forward thinking presentation to your group, contact Jean@LightWork111.com.

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    After taking Atorvastatin (generic Lipitor) for several years, I suddenly had a serious toxic reaction: loss of appetite and about 10 pounds in a few weeks; jaundice, extremely high liver enzymes and high bilirubin; needed a liver biopsy while docs were trying to figure out what was causing my condition (ruled out pancreatic cancer, auto-immune, cirrhosis…). Scary. Ok now, and glad I stopped taking the statin immediately when I experienced the symptoms.

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    Colleen Phillips

    My concern is that the demonization of statins may scare away people who really need them. Before statins, no one on either side of my family lived beyond their mid 60s. Now, they are living into their 80s. Currently, I am several years older than my parents were when they suffered their first heart attacks and strokes. I am, however, healthy and enjoy hiking, kayaking, and having fun running, climbing with my grandkids at the playground. My cholesterol without statins: 360. With statins: 180-200. Statins lower my LDL from high to normal levels. I’ve been taking statins for 21 years now, with no side effects. Even when I was a thin 30-something with a very clean healthy diet, and consistent exercise program, my total cholesterol and LDL were still “very high,” and my HDL was surprisingly low. My lipid profile is much better with statins than without them. For me, the benefits far outweigh the risks. Every health decision is a risk vs. benefit ratio, and to claim that statins are just plain bad for everyone is irresponsible at best. Plus, the drug companies are not getting rich off statins anymore, as most are off patent and available in generic form. My statin costs me $10 per month. What’s not to like?

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    Steven Taylor

    Thank you MS. Broida for writing this article. Doctors at the National Institutes of Health (my two sons, my wife and myself) were patients there in a cholesterol study. The NIH doctors recommended that I and my family start taking statins. I didn’t understand why I needed the statin drugs because my total cholesterol normally was 170 to 180. I was very active and weighed 160.
    We have been taking statins since the late 80’s and have been experiencing many of the serious side effects for over 30 years. I have so many muscle and joint pains, memory issues, can’t sleep, flu like symptoms, rashes, sores in my mouth, fatigue, high blood pressure, tingling/numbness in feet and hands, borderline diabetic, and other terrible illnesses. I have been to several doctors and none of them have told me that it could be side effects of statins. My quality of life has been effected severely. I can’t exercise and participate in outdoor activities anymore. I also couldn’t perform my job of 38 years and had to take disability four years ago.

    My sons total cholesterol was outrageously high. That’s why we were in the NIH study. They were six and seven at that time, their pediatrician didn’t know how to treat cholesterol levels so high in children. My youngest son’s total cholesterol was 700 plus and my oldest son was 400 plus. They are now 37 and 38. They and my wife experience most of the same side effects that I do. As I am typing this comment my wife is lying on the sofa hurting all over her body. Statins have really changed our lives, and not for the good.


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