Volume 5, Issue 9
March 1, 2012

The easy cure for high cholesterol
most doctors never consider

Last week, I told you about Chris. He’s an NFL coach who ran into some bad advice from his team doctor. The team doctor found out that Chris’s cholesterol was high, so he put him on a statin to lower his cholesterol. The doctor meant well, but putting Chris on a statin caused the health of the otherwise very healthy man to spiral downward rapidly!

That’s when Chris called me and asked what was going on. His strength and stamina were gone. He was in pain. And his sex drive was dwindling fast.

I tested Chris using Bio-Energy Testing and found that his thyroid was underperforming. That was more than likely the cause of his high cholesterol. It usually is. So fixing his problem was about as easy as anything I do in my clinic. Here’s what I did.

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I simply started Chris on 90 mg of dessicated thyroid, and had him stop the statin drug. Dessicated thyroid is a form of thyroid hormone that most conventional doctors do not use. That’s unfortunate because it has several advantages over levothyroxine, the more commonly used form of thyroid.

For one, dessicated thyroid consists of both thyroid hormones, T4 and T3.  Levothyroxine has only T4. And frequently T4 is just not enough. Secondly, dessicated thyroid is a lot less expensive and it’s widely available at most pharmacies.

Sometimes it’s just way too simple.

Seven months later, Chris was back to feeling young again. But that’s not all. His LDL cholesterol which had been 137 before he was started on the statin drug was now 81. Why did it get so low? The reason it was elevated in the first place was the undiagnosed underactive thyroid. In an ideal world, doctors would look for the biological cause of a problem before they start giving drugs for it. Unfortunately, many docs don’t live in that world.

Most doctors would rather prescribe an expensive drug and send the patient on their way. But I’m hoping a new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine will put an end to this prescribing madness. According to this study, when it comes to statin drug use, greed trumps science.

The authors of the study decided to take a second look at a recently reported experimental trial on statin drug use. The trial was called the Justification for the Use of Statins in Primary Prevention — nicknamed the JUPITER trial.

That trial reported a substantial decrease in the risk of coronary heart disease in those who took statins. Its decrease came even in patients who had no history of heart disease and who had normal or even low cholesterol levels. This is the study that paved the way for doctors to prescribe statin drugs to everybody no matter what their risks were or what their cholesterol levels were. It is a Big Pharma dream come true — a drug that everybody needs. And it’s precisely this study that Chris’s doctor used to justify what he had done. But were the results of the study reported accurately?

No, they were not! The authors of the new paper carefully reviewed both the methods used in the JUPITER trial and the results. Their conclusion was, “The trial was flawed.” There were absolutely no differences in heart disease rates between the people who took statins and the lucky ones who took the placebo. But it gets worse.

You might well wonder how a medical team of scientists and clinicians can get things as wrong as the JUPITER authors did. These are all experts in their field. It doesn’t make sense. That is unless greed trumped science. And in this case, that’s exactly what the Archives authors concluded. In their own words, “The possibility that bias entered the trial is particularly concerning because of the strong commercial interest in the study. The results of the trial do not support the use of statin treatment for primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases and raise troubling questions concerning the role of commercial sponsors.” Do drug companies sometimes value profits over truth? I think you know the answer.

If your cholesterol is high, all of this should tell you the best way to treat it. Fix your low thyroid function and avoid statins. It really is that easy. If you’d like additional help in lowering your cholesterol, use a supplement that helps your body rather than hurts it. I recommend Advanced Cholesterol Formula. If your doctor pushes the statins, ask him to read this new Archives of Internal Medicine study.

Finding your Real Cures,

Frank Shallenberger, MD

REF: de Lorgeril M, Salen P, Abramson J, Dodin S, et al. Cholesterol lowering, cardiovascular diseases, and the rosuvastatin-JUPITER controversy: a critical reappraisal. Arch Intern Med. 2010 Jun 28;170(12):1032-6.

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