Medication Side Effects
One person in a hundred is helped to avoid a cardiac event by taking a statin drug. (1%) One person is five is harmed by the same drug, many permanently so. (20%)
My cholesterol skyrocketed over span of two years. My OBGYN thought it might be because I went off my hormones and put me on low dose plant based hormones Anyhow, the MD told me to get on statins and my ND told me not worry about it because it could just be family genetics. I researched and read Cholesterol Down and simply followed the steps and my cholesterol is back to the low side of the normal range.
1: Eat oatmeal daily I get gluten-free oats.
2: Cut back on eating nuts, eat it in moderation
3: Take Psyllium Fiber or buy them in capsules
4: Eat flaxseeds I sprinkle some on my oats, it's really softened my skin
5: Eat beans
6: Eat apples
7: Take Plant Sterols with your largest meal of the day I take Cholestoff Plus which has been clinically proven to lower cholesterol.
8. Add garlic to your food
10: Exercise we take a quick 30 minute walk daily
Wishing everyone good health.
Per advice on EC, I have reduced my added sugar to practically nil. I don't eat food other than what I prepare, so that base is covered. I have started taking green tea extract + lemon oil + lysine in addition to my Apple Cider Vinegar and lecithin twice daily. I eat mainly vegetables w/ no added fats. Fats I do eat are coconut oil and maybe some olive oil (infrequently). I have been waiting to start the niacin till the weekend, in case I have unexpected side effects of these things. Will start w/ 50 mg for several days and work my way up (it lowers my bp too much and I faint if it's too high a dose). I lift weights several times/week, do qi gong daily and walk 2 mi/day. Anything else I should do? I want to get my cholesterol and triglyceride numbers in a good range by my next test mid-January. I don't have far to go, but want to do all I can (esp w/ holidays coming up, will be eating foods I don't usually eat, prepared by others so out of my control somewhat). Thanks.
G: I always take a flush-free form (Niacinamide or Inositolhexaniacinate) of Niacin along w/ the regular Niacin to minimize flushing and maximize effect.
Pantethine and Red Yeast Rice also lowers LDL.
Most important for high LDL is Omega 3 Fatty Acids like Fish, Krill, Chia, and Flax Oils. Selenium and Vit-E work together w/ the Omega 3's to protect the cardiovascular system.
I'd like to share that in my research I found this:
Link. I have other links that say pretty much the same thing but I am upgrading my server so I can't look it up right now.
Taking L-lysine, l-proline, Ca, Mg, Na, and K ascorbates dropped my Mother's cholesterol 30 points, and she never did build up to the levels proposed in that article. Her Doctor was impressed! Too many ascorbates at once can cause diarrhea, She is supposed to take 3 doses a day but rarely gets more than one dose/day, and still it lowered her cholesterol more than 10%.
The article is dated 2006, and a lot changed since. The cause of heart disease is inflammation, not cholesterol. Cholesterol is like firefighters, inflammation is a fire. Possibly the supplements regime the article proposes reduced inflammation and as a consequence the liver sends less firefighters to fight diminished fire.
I was able to get my cholesterol down from 7.6 to 5.7 (still working on it!! ) by having porridge with oatbran added in the monrings, and taking niacin, a B vitamin that helps the liver from absorbing too much cholesterol. (Also a supplement - all natural - called Zero Chol) .. and ACV as well - and I also avoided surgery for nasal polyps by using colloidal silver, and acv. Brilliant!
Hello. I am trying to reduce my bad cholesterol. I am taking CoQ10, vit E, niacin, vit D3, glutathione and the occasional red rice yeast. The rry dose says 1 gelcap 3X/day. I take 1 and get a cramp in my calf. If I take 1/d, the cramp lingers and I get a cramp in both feet. So, I take 1 only every several days. I eat mainly vegetables, but do not have 100% control over my diet--my retired spouse does the cooking and starts off by putting oil into a frying pan, only then figureing out what will be cooked. I leave the house at 5 am and get home at 7 pm, so not much time to prepare food myself or even shop for fresh items. I do the best I can, eating oats every day, an apple a day, raw carrots with my lunch, etc. Should I be doing anything else? I was on statins years ago and still feel like I have foot pain caused by statins, That's why the glutathione. Please tell me what else to do.
Rick: Eating cooked regular food and taking supplements is what I did. The solution is eating the best foods the right way. I take the concentrated powders because they are easier and less costly. They can be purchased on the internet. I take raw honey, whole dried cane, date, and palm sugars, and activated barley for carbs. I take 20g coconut oil, 30g black chia seeds, and 1tsp sesame oil for fats. I take hawaiin spirulina, chlorella, nondefatted dessicated liver, raw cocoa powder, and nondenatured whey isolate for protein. I take absorbable colostrum, skate liver oil, 90, 000hu cayenne, cold processed maca, yucca powder, high mountain hand harvested cold water extracted shilajit, 17 mushroom extract blend from Washington, thai fish sauce that has been fermented for 2 years, organic tomato paste, home brewed water kefir, and vanilla bean for special goodies.
I started out taking a multi vitamin, then added 2000 mg of C, then L-Lysine, then Glucosamine/Chondroiin. I was up to 9 pills a day. I was spending a ridiculous amount of money... and I didn't feel really any different.
Try using ONLY extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil!! Take a moment and look up all the wonderful health benefits of coconut oil, as this will help you determine the best way to use it for you (really quite amazing stuff) It is wonderful to cook with, so your wife can start with coconut oil in the pan. you can also use a tsp. in your coffee every day! It will lower your bad cholesterol and raise your good. It is also wonderful for keeping your body hydrated from the inside out (or from the outside in as it makes for a wonderful skin moisturizer). Sometimes its good to wipe the slate clean and start with one thing at a time (unless it's prescribed by your doctor) Try it for at least 3 weeks. see if you notice a change (other than the extra change in your pocket! ) Please check with your doctor. Banana's are also sometimes good for leg cramps (potassium)
Rick: If all these good things you're doing isn't working, you may want to try a gallbladder cleanse as gallstones will not allow the liver to properly metabolize cholesterol. If you do remove a bunch of gallstones (which are mostly ldl cholesterol accumulated), you can expect a significant drop in ldl. After this, take triple strength lecithin to prevent any more cholesterol gallstone formation.
Many people come to earth clinic after they realize the side effects from Statin drugs. Still the lies about cholesterol and heart disease are still lodged deeply in their minds. If they take the time to research heart disease, they will realize that addressing the cholesterol does not address heart disease. They will also realize that they wasted their time and neglected more important things regarding heart disease and health. They will also realize that you can eat as much cholesterol as you want and still have a healthy heart.
I brought down my cholesterol from 298 to 178 within a month by: taking 2T of metamucil and 2T of granular lethicin 2-3 times a day, also a few good multi vits/minerals-- my doc was amazed but she only focused on the metamucil and not the lethicin. Hope this is a help to you.
Why is taking down your cholesterol important? Studies have shown that cholesterol level does not make one more or less prone to heart attacks. People with low cholesterol get heart attacks as much as people that have high cholesterol.
Why trying to get my cholesterol levels down? Because I want to, that's why. Why do you bother to ask? You don't see any problem with cholesterol, so you don't want to lower it. I do want to lower mine. I don't owe you a reason why. If you don't have anything to offer, why bother posting?
(Up The Creek In Wv, Usa)
Prioris from Fl: You are correct. The clinical trial that is used to falsely assert that high cholesterol is connected to heart problems actually proves that there is no such correlation. Anyone can read the study and see this fact for themselves. The cholesterol mania was just a fear campaign. A conspiracy to defraud the public. A treason against the citizens.
You are entirely correct to point this out to anyone who is worried about their cholesterol numbers.... Even if they do not appreciate it now, they hopefully will later, when they are able to see more clearly what kind of mental prison the conspirators have put them in. Carry on.
Happy and Prioris: You are right. A good liver makes good cholestrol that stays in suspension. A bad liver makes bad cholestrol that oxidizes and solidifies.
(Pomona, New York)
Carrot Juice! My cholesterol is now in the normal range, it went from 294 to 184 within a few months! My cholesterol is "not" food related! I posted this in the remedy section a couple of years ago. Not all pills work for everybody but I know Carrot Juice will! Carrot Juice worked for me and I know it will work for you. Take at least an 8 oz glass a day and if 8 oz. doesn't do it take a little bit more than that but it will definitley work! Make your own or buy it in the grocery store!
I know this, I just wish more doctors did. I feel like I'm always fighting against the Dr. to take statins which I am NOT going to take.
My reason for visiting this web site right now is for getting information on lowering cholesterol. I am currently using just ACV with grape juice and apple juice. I started out with a lot of ACV, but now have reduced the amount. I will try the 2 cups grape juice, 1 cup apple juice, and 1/4 cup ACV. I will try to dilute it into water, and drink it over two days. I will try this formula for two to three more months before rechecking my cholesterol.
My cholesterol increased from 200 to 212, but my doctor wasn't concerned because my HDL went from 40 to 55, while my LDL reduced from 152 to 149. My triglycerides level is always very low.
I started my regular exercise program using my treadmil, while eating oatmeal in the morning, taking fish oil and flaxseed oil. I also eat salmon and very healthy diet. I will see what will happen in two to three months using ACV remedy. I am hoping for a nice result.
45 yr old female- In January 2015 my numbers were- 128/84 Blood Pressure (BP), 358 triglycerides and 238 cholesterol. Tested three months later in April, my numbers were 108/72 BP, 150 triglycerides and 170 cholesterol. My activity and weight remained the same (180), and I cut out a few servings of red meat and junk food per week. My nutritional supplements were: 1000 mg fish oil 3xday, 500 mg krill oil 1xday, 500 mg garlic pill 1xday, ACV pill 250 mg 1xday, 2000 iu D3 1xday, Now sunflower lecithin 1200 mg 2xday, and 200 mg COQ10 1xday and a multivitamin 1xday.
My doctor could not believe the results! High BP and AS run in my family. I am now at low risk for and heart or stroke issues.
(St George Island, Fla.)
HI U ELLE, good for you. Suggest you read the new book out .......PEO SOLUTIONS. Fish oil is bad news Charlie, not an opinion, fact. The supplement industry is almost as bad as the Pharmaceutical folks. Before you respond, read the book. This book is just out and should receive the Pulitzer prize for medicine. This revelation is even more better than when the New Zealand doctors said that ulcers were caused by e-coli and were ridiculed for 10 years by their peers.
That is until they received the Pulitzer prize for medicine.
As the book says, medicine is not science, it is an opinion of folks who do the study and they all have a self serving agenda. It's a money thing.
Ciplaton ( Multivitamin )
Lecithin 1200mg (Choline & Inositol)
Vitamin E 400iu
Vitamin C 300mg
Salmon oil (Omega 3)
Garlic (Omega 3)
This combination of supplements brought my cholesterol within acceptable levels.
I am happy to report that 1000-1500 milligrams of niacin daily drastically reduced my high triglycerides in just under four months. I am a 41 year old male who was diagnosed with high triglycerides back at end of October 2015. My blood test revealed my triglyceride level was 449 mg/dl (optimal reference range is below 150 mg/dl) which was due in part to being to being overweight, which was a result of poor dietary habits and too much alcohol. Fast forward to February 2016, along with a healthy diet and exercise and the crucial inclusion of daily niacin intake, my triglycerides dropped 80% to 87 mg/dl. I lost about 40lbs in that time but I know that the rapid lowering of my triglyceride level was not only due to weight loss but the niacin which is well-documented for its effect on high triglycerides and cholesterol. Simply stated niacin works.
My cholesterol was inching upward, so I decided to try niacin to bring it down. I got the flush kind because everything I read said that 'no flush, no action on cholesterol'. The first dose (500 mg) I had a reaction--flushing, itching, red all over. Took about 2 hours and I was okay. The next day, I took another dose and had the same reaction only it was gone in 1/2hr or so. Then I missed several days. This morning, I took a dose at 6 a.m. Soon I had the flushing, itching, redness. Got in the shower figuring it would cool me and sooth the itch. Didn't. In fact, I started seeing spots so quickly got out and sat down. It got so bad that I moved from sitting on the toilet to sitting on the floor so I wouldn't fall. I must have passed out, because I don't recall laying all the way down. I then crawled to my bed and laid there for almost 45 minutes. Finished getting ready for work and stretched out on the couch until time to leave. I'm fine now, just some residual itch. Should I not take it anymore? Reduce the dose? Besides being uncomfortable, that was kind of scary. I am thankful that I wanted to try it when I had plenty of time and that DH was there in case I needed more help. Comments? Thanks.
(Ten Mile Tn.)
HI U GERTG, , , , , , , , , , , most MD's don't have a clue as to how to use flushing Niacin and as a result turn the patient off. They had rather you be on a statin drug anyway. First people flush at a different dosages. I always buy my supplement in 100 mg capsules so I can slowly build up to the dosage that just causes me to flush. I suspect that at 500 mg you were way high on your tolerance. I find that flushing near bedtime affects my sleep. The Naturopath who introduced me to this detox, said to start a short walk after taking the supplement as exercise aids in starting the flush.
I encourage you to start at 200 mg and take a morning walk. If you do not flush then go to 300mg the next day. You will soon find what works for you without a lot of hassle.
Hope this has been of some help.
=======OLE ROBERT HENRY======
(San Fernando, Philippines)
Some more information on Niacin. it's true that people will have differing flush reactions when taking higher dose niacin, but there are several other options open to you.
First, you can just try taking higher dose niacin at mealtimes.Taking it with food greatly lessens the flush effect because of slower absorption into the body with the food.
Secondly, you can take an aspirin 20 mins before you take the niacin. You will have very little, if any, flushing effects using this method.
Thirdly, you can supplement the no-flush niacin or inositol hexanicotinate which is the slow release niacin form that has no flushing effects at all. With this method you can take up to 1500 mgs twice a day with no side-effects.
I didn't mind the flush, even tho it was uncomfortable. What got me was the lowered blood pressure that caused me to black out. I'd like to take the niacin for the cholesterol, but I can't be passing out every day. I felt weak all day after that yesterday. I can get some lower dose niacin and start on that, but wow, I wasn't expecting to faint.
I've started niacin + vit C. Per Dr Saul, you do equal parts of each but my niacin flush occurs with such a small dose that I'm doing the vit c much higher. I'm taking maybe 70 mg niacin 3x/d and a total of 1000 mg of c. Very low, but I can tolerate it easily enough. My question is this: for niacin to work for cholesterol, you must feel the flush? I get a pretty good flush w/ this dose and hope for it to become more moderate by the time the long weekend is over--don't want to explain at work why I'm so red. Thanks all.
My husband's doctor told him to start out with 100 mg everyday for the first two weeks then up the dose, to another 100 mg in another two weeks til you get up to the 500 mg dose level, then leave it at the 500 mg dose every day once a day, any more than that would affect your kidneys.
Take with baby aspirin or Vitamin C to reduce the flushing.
Go slowly. Start with 100 mg a day and then work up. High dose too quickly can make you faint but isn't dangerous, just uncomfortable.
(TEN MILE, TN)
DONNA,,,,,,,, ORH here and good advice. Md's prescribe flushing Niacin Rx and that is 500 mg, far too high to start. So people forget that program. To get 100mg, you must get a supplement. Increase dosage as you stop flushing. The 9-11 first responders ended up taking thousands of mg and in a sauna to get rid of their toxins. Their towels were dark from what was excreted during the flush. Tom Cruise installed and paid for that protocol because the medical folks had no clue.
Gene DeCode has a detox for the jab that will soon be on his new site..... blessed for service.org. One brilliant man. ====ORH====
My doc has me on niacinamide 1000mg in am, then 3 250mg doses separated thru out the day. It lowers cholesterol and is a liver/body detox. Flushing happens but not all the time anymore. Research Dr. Hoffer, he wrote some very informative papers on niacin and vit C.
(TEN MILE , TN)
BETTY, ORH here and I love you, but you do not understand niacin. There are many forms. Niacianamide will take care of Alzheimer's and flushing niacin will take care of your heart. Most of EC's posts are good, but some will cause you grief. I am a Redneck, which means that I am an opinionated person. All know this after 20 + years of my postings.
Betty, your problem is that you are half smart like me and need to read more. ===ORH===
(TEN MILE, TN)
High Total Cholesterol, High LDL, High triglycerides, High Lipitor expense, Low bank account balance
All my numbers were greatly improved within 6 months after my visit to www.cholesterolscore.com . This website focuses primarily on the therapeutic use of niacin. The therapeutic use of niacin is nothing less than miraculous. Even my HDL, which had been my only acceptable lipid number, shot from 65 to 92.
All my other cholesterol numbers are now at healthy levels. I had been spending nearly $100 a month in insurance co-payments for Lipitor before switching to niacin. The little bit of niacin flush is nothing much at all. Especially when a year's supply of niacin costs me only $70.
I started taking 1000 mg of niacinamide, which is vitamin B3, to help me get to sleep. When I went in for my annual check up with the doctor, my cholesterol actually went too low and she told me to lower my dose to raise my cholesterol. It took about 6 months of taking it. Also, niacinamide doesn't make you flush like niacin, and it still worked to lower cholesterol. The only side effect is it makes you really sleepy, so take it before bed.
A recent human study that tested Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin Seed), an increasingly popular supplement, for its cholesterol lowering effects and had some positive results. They tested three different dosages over a 12 week period. The dosages were one gram per day, two grams per day and three grams per day. The two gram dose proved to be the most effective dose and was able to lower LDL cholesterol ( the bad one) and raise HDL cholesterol ( the good one) while lowering triglycerides! That's pretty impressive and there is a definite need for a supplement capable of doing just this with a good safety profile....... unlike the statins which can have some fairly serious side effects in some people.
Another recent human study also using Nigella Sativa, found that it is also capable of lowering high blood pressure. That's quite a combination!
Nigella Sativa (NS) is available at most on line vitamin suppliers as well as local health food stores and is reasonably priced as supplements go at the tested dosages in these two studies. NS has shown other potential health benefits and the number of studies are increasing. NS has been used in alternative medicine in other parts of the world for ages. I was able to find NS in 400mg capsules at 60 capsules per bottle for less than $4 online from a popular supplier. To reach the most effective dose in the cholesterol study would require 5 capsules per day or about 35 cents or less per day if my math is correct.
Oat Straw Tea
I had made a submission a couple weeks back inquiring if anyone else had heard about or used oat straw tea. My wife and I have been using it for about a month now for a multitude of reasons. For me, it was for cholesterol. I wasn't sure if or how much it might be working, but recent routine blood work with our doctor for both my wife and myself showed that it works quite well.
My cholesterol has never been as low as it was this time. Total cholesterol had dropped a full 20 points. LDL was down from 101 to 82 and HDL was up from 40 to 56. Triglycerides had dropped from 65 to 45.
My wife's cholesterol had also dropped substantially, but for her the best thing was a 65 point drop in her triglycerides.
We bought it in bulk online, in a 1# bag. We put 2 tblsp in a tea bag and brew it by the pot. I drink most of it, but my wife will drink at least one cup a day. We also add an herbal flavored tea, such as apricot or pomagranate for flavor. The oat straw doesn't have much flavor of its own. My wife also likes to ad a little stevia.
It is relatively cheap. After a month, we have barely put a dent in the 1# bag. There aren't any side effects and its all natural.
(Indiana, United States)
Though I have oatmeal for breakfast on most days, supplemented with coconut oil, nuts, blackstrap molasses, nuts and yogurt. My cholesterol dropped some, but not enough to make the doctors happy. Even though I don't buy into the "one size fits all" cholesterol numbers that the drug companies promote to the medical profession, I did think it would be a good idea to bring my numbers in line a little better, but naturally.
I had read somewhere about 'oat straw tea', so I thought I would give it a try. Straw in my area, goes for about $3 a bale, which would presumably make a lot of tea. I use disposable tea sacks, but a tea ball would suffice.
I have blood work done on a regular basis for my heart and thyroid. After drinking a cup or two of 'oat straw tea' every evening for several months, my blood work showed a drop of 30 points in my LDL, a 15 increase in HDL and triglycerides also dropped correspondingly.
I stopped drinking it, though I don't remember why, and the numbers returned to where they had been. Not good. So, I started drinking it again.
This time around, LDL went from 135 to 95, HDL went from 40 to 55 and triglycerides dropped from 65 to 35.
Both times, the ONLY thing that changed was the use or lack of use of the 'oat straw tea'. I was amazed. The beauty of 'oat straw tea' is that it is simple, cheap and there are NO harmful side effects.
I strongly encourage others to give this a try. If you don't have a farmer close by that grows oats, you can buy OST online in bulk and use your own strainer. I've tried other natural methods to lower cholesterol and never saw such positive results. You get the benefit of the oats without the carbs. I brew it by the pot, along with my favorite herb tea, and keep the leftovers in the fridge for my wife to drink as iced tea. Oh yeah, her numbers all dropped also.