I've written plenty about how dangerous statins are. Incredibly, many in the medical community continue to push these risky "treatments" on their patients. They're even going so far to recommend them as a protective agent during cancer treatment, particularly for people with lung cancer. Fortunately, a large new study has debunked this idea. Here's what they found — and what you should do instead if you're undergoing chemotherapy.
It's true that there is a connection between cholesterol and cell growth. And because cancer is essentially unchecked cell growth, researchers thought that lowering cholesterol could help limit the proliferation of cancer cells. They also thought using statins might be a good way to do this.
It's not. Researchers from Imperial College London and University College London have clearly shown this in a large randomized study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The researchers investigated the leading statin, pravastatin, and its effects on people with an aggressive form of cancer called small cell lung cancer.
Over 800 people with this cancer participated in the trial. Over the course of two years, patients took either a statin or a placebo to take in addition to their standard chemotherapy. After two years, the researchers couldn't tell a difference between the two groups. In fact, they were so underwhelmed by the results that they recommend all research into the use of statins for cancer treatment stop. They believe this study shows conclusively that statins won't help.
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I'm relieved this was the conclusion. I don't want people taking statins and putting their health further at risk when they're already fighting cancer. Of course, I understand that undergoing chemotherapy is difficult and that people are always on the lookout for ways to make it more effective. The good news is, there are much better options than statins to support your health when you're receiving chemotherapy.
According to a study published in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, resveratrol has been proven to have chemosensitizing effects, making tumor cells more vulnerable to the chemotherapy. So far, research has found that it works in lung carcinoma, acute myeloid leukemia, promyelocytic leukemia, multiple myeloma, prostate cancer, oral epidermoid carcinoma, and pancreatic cancer. It seems to work by affecting the signaling molecules that help cells communicate.
Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant and has been shown to have numerous health benefits in addition to making chemo more effective. Even if you've never had cancer, I think it's worth taking. Other studies have indicated that it can help prevent cancer in the first place. That's a whole lot more than statins can say! I recommend Advanced Resveratrol Formula. Give it a try. Its anti-inflammatory and cardiovascular-protective effects may even benefit your cholesterol levels too.
Yours for better health,
Frank Shallenberger, MD