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STATIN DRUGS

Tuesday, June 24, 2008



STATINS can KILL you! My cousin nearly died from taking Lipator. The only thing that saved him was that his wife (an ex-nurse) knew that it HAD to be the STATIN drugs. She argued vehemently with the doctors until they began to treat him for the STATIN side affects…it took 7 days to stabilize him. That was just over a year ago; Just this Sunday, a friend (shirt tail relative) died from the exact same symptoms. The doctors weren’t convinced that the STATINS “rare” side affects were killing him. Listen, those makers of the STATIN drugs aren’t going to come right out and tell you that it could kill you…READ the fine print! QUIT taking them if you Notice any unexplained muscle pain…because that’s just the beginning….

Here's what they tell you....
Treating High Cholesterol
Types of Medications
Sometimes diet and exercise are not enough to control cholesterol. In that case, your doctor may prescribe a cholesterol-lowering drug. The important thing to remember is that you must continue to take the medication as directed by your doctor. If you stop taking the medicine, or stop eating a healthy diet and exercising, your cholesterol levels may increase.
The drugs most commonly used to lower cholesterol are:
Fibrates and Fenofibrates
Fibrates lower triglycerides and increase HDL cholesterol levels. Fibrates are effective in lowering blood triglyceride levels to prevent heart disease. By reducing the production of triglycerides and increasing HDL cholesterol, they can also reduce levels of LDL “bad” cholesterol. Fibrates are made up of two categories, fenofibrates and gemfibrozil.
Statins
Statins work in the liver to block production of cholesterol. Statins are very effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels. Statins are generally safe for most people when used with proper medical monitoring.
Bile Acid Sequestrants
Bile acid sequestrants combine with bile acids in the intestine, which makes less cholesterol available to go into the bloodstream. These drugs are rarely prescribed by themselves to lower cholesterol. Your doctor may prescribe a bile acid sequestrant along with a statin.
Nicotinic Acid
Nicotinic acid lowers LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, and raises HDL cholesterol.
Other
New medications, like cholesterol absorption inhibitors, lower cholesterol by absorbing excess cholesterol in the intestine, which blocks its entry into the blood. For instance, ezetimibe is prescribed with a statin to help reduce the cholesterol that is absorbed from the digestive tract.


Good Cholesterol vs. Bad Cholesterol
Understanding the two types of cholesterol, which have different purposes and are broken down in different ways, can be confusing. These explanations will give you a better picture of what they are and how they work in your body:
What is HDL-C?
High-density lipoprotein cholesterol — HDL-C — is the “good” cholesterol. It is good because this cholesterol is being carried from the blood vessels to the liver, where the body can break it down. That is why you need a high level of HDL-C. If it’s too low, it can’t carry cholesterol away. A high level of HDL-C may decrease your risk of having a heart attack or stroke, while a low level may increase your risk.
What is LDL-C?
Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol — LDL-C — is the “bad” cholesterol in your body. LDL carries the majority (65%-75%) of the cholesterol in the bloodstream. Too much LDL-C can cause cholesterol to build up on the artery walls, which is called atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis increases a person’s risk for having a heart attack.
What is Apolipoprotein B (apo B)?
Apolipoprotein B (apo B) is a protein that is found in low-density lipoprotein (LDL). People who have high cholesterol that is caused by a difference in their genetic makeup often have high levels of apo B.
What are triglycerides?
Triglycerides, the most common form of fat in the body, are stored in fat cells and used as energy. They too are made by the body and found in many foods. Elevated levels of triglycerides also are linked to developing heart disease.

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NO THIS: ALL OF THE STATIN DRUGS CONTAIN THE SAME DANGEROUS INGREDIENT, WHICH IS RED YEAST RICE!

(Here is one brand of Cholesterol lower drug…I put the “side affects” in bold so you would notice them.) Who shouldn’t take ANTARA capsules?
You should not take ANTARA capsules if you are allergic or sensitive to fenofibrate, have gallbladder disease, or have liver or severe kidney disease, or if you are pregnant or nursing.
Are there other risks associated with ANTARA?
Fenofibrate has been associated with increases of liver enzyme levels to greater than 3 times the normal limit. These levels usually returned to normal with continued treatment or upon discontinuation of treatment. However, REPEATED HIGH LEVELS OF LIVER ENZYMES MAY HARM YOUR LIVER. Regular periodic monitoring of liver function should be performed and ANTARA should be discontinued if enzyme levels remain higher than 3 times the normal limit. Fenofibrate MAY LEAD TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF GALLSTONES. If you feel pain in the abdominal area while taking ANTARA, you should contact your doctor immediately. This can be a sign of gallstones or inflammation of the pancreas. If gallstones are found, ANTARA should be discontinued. The use of fibrates including ANTARA MAY OCCASIONALLY BE ASSOCIATED WITH UNEXPLAINED MUSCLE PAIN OR WEAKNESS.Unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness, especially if you have a fever or feel more tired than usual, could be A SIGN OF A SERIOUS SIDE EFFECT and should be reported to your doctor immediately. (this is what my cousin experienced, his major organs were beginning to shut down because it causes the muscles to seize up, the heart is a pretty important muscle. Tom was hospitalized for 6 or 7 days and he still has problems relating from that incident he almost died and was in a lot of pain; he was taking Lipator)
Will ANTARA interfere with my other medication?
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines while taking ANTARA capsules. ANTARA may increase the effect of anticoagulant or blood thinning medications such as Coumadin® (warfarin sodium). Your doctor may want to monitor your anticoagulant therapy more often and may need to reduce the dose of the anticoagulant to maintain the desired level of effectiveness. The use of ANTARA with other cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins should be avoided unless recommended by your doctor, and the benefits are likely to outweigh the risks. The combined use of fenofibrates with statins has been associated with MUSCLE INJURY AND KIDNEY DAMAGE LEADING TO KIDNEY FAILURE. Because ANTARA is eliminated through the kidneys, there is a risk that an interaction with immunosuppressant drugs such as cyclosporine could cause kidney damage. You should talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of using ANTARA if you are on immunosuppressant therapy or on other drugs that may be harmful to the kidneys.
What were the most frequently reported side effects during ANTARA therapy?
In clinical trials, the most FREQUENTLY OBSERVED SIDE EFFECTS WERE ABNORMAL LIVER FUNCTION, RESPIRATORY DISORDERS, ABDOMINAL PAIN, BACK PAIN, AND HEADACHE. (like those aren’t worth mentioning!) Thing is, your doctor will tell you that those symptoms are "rare", and he/she won't put two and two together until it's too late to recover. Not everyone will suffer from taking statins. But why take the chance? All it amounts to is pharmaceutical roulette.



  
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ONESPOTLEFT 1/25/2011 8:44PM

    my husband is on a stalin called zetia and pravastatin and has muscle spasms

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APLANCK 9/25/2009 2:00PM

    Thanks for the information.

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APRILMAY1956 6/27/2008 12:55AM

    Hi Dusty - I take Lipitor -but a very small dose 10 mg. Most people take 40 mg or so. I haven't had any muscle cramps yet and I've been taking it for 3 years. The only but I have is the kidney condition, I have a transplanted kidney and the kidney surgeons put me on it as a preventative measure. I will ask my primary doctor about it though. Thanks. -Leyla


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HAD_ENUFF 6/25/2008 10:15AM

    Statins cause muscle damage... THE HUMAN HEART IS A MUSCLE!!!

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DELHSI 6/24/2008 3:25PM

    Wow, good to know. My dh has high chol and is on that (or supposed to be). He has a physical tomorrow so we are going to thoroughly discuss his meds.

Thanks!
Della

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MARLA7 6/24/2008 8:39AM

    His muscle spasms didn't start until a couple of months ago...when he started taking Lipator.

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MARLA7 6/24/2008 8:39AM

    Dusty - Oh My Gosh! You may have just saved my husband Kevin's life! He is on Lipator. Just started taking it a couple of months ago. He has been experiencing horrible muscle spasms in his back, side & stomach that keeps him up at night. He's been to Physical Therapy, our family doctor... nothing is helping. I'm calling his doctor today with this article.... I am so glad you posted this. You are a Godsend. Thank you so much. When Kevin wakes up I'm showing him this & I'm taking the Lipator out of his pill box for the week.
(((((((((((((Love you))))))))))))) Marla
Thank you soooooo very much!

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MY FAVORITE OATMEAL COOKIES

Sunday, June 22, 2008

My favorite Oatmeal Cookies

1 cup shortening
1 ½ cups flour
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
2 eggs
3 cups old fashioned oats
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup raisins
1 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F
2. Beat together margarine and sugars until creamy.
3. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.
4. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well.
5. Stir in oats, walnuts and raisins; mix well.
6. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet.
7. Bake 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
8. Cool 1 minute before removing to wire rack.
Makes about 3 to 4 dozen.





  
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TREAZURE 6/27/2008 10:19AM

    Dusty these sound delicious! Any idea about the calories per cookie? emoticon

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STEPPINSTAMPER 6/23/2008 12:53PM

    Get thee behind me!!! AND I'm totally out of holy water!!!! emoticon

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CRAVING SOMETHING GOOD?

Thursday, June 19, 2008

So was I...until this:

I can keep silent no longer! Go to your favorite search engine (sparkpeople, google or whatever)

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AND there is always:

Type in: MELALEUCA, THE WELLNESS COMPANY
Once at that site:
click on: PRODUCT STORE
On the left side of the screen, click on: HEALTH
On the bottom right side of that screen, click on: ATTAIN WITH CRAVE BLOCKER
click on: WATCH THE ATTAIN WITH CRAVEBLOCKER VIDEO
Then if you are interested and they ask who referred you, please tell them, you were referred by DUSTY TETERS (with a T not a P) write my name down so you won't forget. It doesn't cost anything to look! Just check it out! You don't have to enroll or join anything to look! This is amazing and I just can't keep it to myself! This stuff works and it's HEALTHY! IT'S GOOD FOR YOU! Watch the video!

This stuff is so delicious! I love the chocolate caramel nut bar!
You get 6 bars in a box!
The bars are 160 calories
total fat is 7
protein is 10
carbs are 23

The shakes are 120 calories (1 cup) each pouch makes 10 cups
total fat is 3
protein is 10 with water or 13 with milk
carbs are 14 or 27 with milk

  


TIPS ON STORING AND COOKING GRAINS

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

You can store white and wild rice in an airtight container indefinitely. Brown rice has an oily bran layer that can turn rancid at room temperature. Store it in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.

Always rinse wild rice before cooking. It is not necessary to rinse other grains.

When cooking rice, do not stir or lift the cover unless instructed in the recipe.

Wild rice and barley may become tender without absorbing all the cooking liquid. If necessary, drain before serving or combining with other recipe ingredients.

For fluffier rice, remove the saucepan from the heat after the cooking time is complete and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes. Fluff iwth a fork and serve.

Leftover cooked white or brown rice, wild rice and barley freeze well; defrost and re-heat in the microwave oven for use in recipes calling for cooked rice or for a quick side dish.

Allow 1/2 to 3/4 cup cooked rice, wild rice, or barley for each side-dish serving.

  
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MILDOLLARSMILE 6/17/2008 9:58AM

    WOW, I didn't know that about brown rice, I will definately be putting that in the fridge so it wont go bad. LOL!!!

Thanks,
Mel

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A PICTURE OF THE FINISHED OMELETTE

Saturday, June 14, 2008


This is a picture of what the finished omelette should look like after being cooked in the bag.

I'm sorry I couldn't find this picture sooner to attach to the recipe! Somehow I always manage to scatter my pictures all over my computer. I always think I'm saving them to "my pictures" but that's not always where they go.

Enjoy!

  
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REBECCAK72 6/15/2008 6:54AM

    Thank you for the picture! I added it to the email I sent my family about the recipe.
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MARLA7 6/15/2008 6:08AM

    MMMM yum! Now I have to search for the recipe! LOL
((((((((((((Hugs)))))))))))) Marla

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BVJANEY 6/14/2008 4:58PM

    Thanks for the picture HoneyBee, it looks great. emoticon

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