This is another guest post by my friend Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Huffington Post is an online site that attracts millions of viewers. But nobody took much interest in an article titled “PCSK9 Inhibitors: New Class Of Cholesterol Drugs Shows Promise In Trials.” Since it published Nov 5, 2012 only 9 people shared it on Facebook.
I think this lack of interest in yet another cholesterol drug shows the public’s distrust and disdain for drug-solutions. After all, we’ve been medicating ourselves with statins for decades and heart disease is still our number one killer which means that statins are not working! The public also knows that statin drugs are causing serious side effects. But is the answer a new cholesterol drug?
Cholesterol is a red herring and NOT the bad guy in heart disease. Dr. Stephen Sinatra’s new book, The Great Cholesterol Myth labels inflammation as the true cause of heart disease and sugar the real demon in the diet.
It’s true that inflammation is a major cause of heart disease. But sugar isn’t the main cause of inflammation. Calcium is. Calcium is pro-inflammatory and magnesium is anti-inflammatory. Magnesium is a natural calcium channel blocker, a natural statin, and balances blood sugar and eliminates metabolic syndrome.
Along with magnesium, a nutrient that helps balance cholesterol is niacin, Vitamin B3. A recent study using a dangerous time-release form of niacin and a cholesterol drug together somehow concluded that niacin is ineffective in reducing cholesterol levels. Did I mention that the study used a dangerous form of niacin?
I’m on the Advisory Board of OMNS (Orthomolecular Medicine News Service). We recently put out a Press release to counter the flaws in this erroneous study. It’s called Niacin is the Safest and Most Effective Way to Control Cholesterol. March 21, 2013.
Journalist, Lisa Collier Cool cited our report in an article on Yahoo Health! called The Safest (and Cheapest) Cholesterol Treatment.
Compared to the 9 Facebook forwards on the newest cholesterol drug, when she interviewed me about magnesium, Lisa told me her niacin article received millions of hits and was the most well-received article she has ever written. It now has 7,600 Facebook forwards.
This week, my new best friend, Lisa is doing another article on heart disease, this time with a focus on magnesium. Let’s see how many Facebook forwards this article generates and how many people can be educated about magnesium.
I can assure you, if you don’t start looking at safe supplements like magnesium and niacin (NOT Time-Release niacin) for cholesterol, you will be subject to the following Canadian Diabetic Association Guidelines. “All patients with diabetes should start taking statins when they turn 40 and blood pressure drugs when they turn 55.” This is preventive medicine at its worst!
Best of Heart Health,