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Statin Nation

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Watch this trailer to a new, eye-opening documentary:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdHQQpcXjf4&
feature=youtu.be


Thank God we have alternatives to statins.

  
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ERIN1957 9/11/2012 3:38PM

    OH MY GOSH I just watched this from JM's site....I can not convince my father or sister to stop taking them and she is even a nurse. I am going to e mail her the site.
It is nice to know others are looking into all of this as well.
Thanks for sharing the info here!

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MARYELLEN301 9/11/2012 3:07PM

    I've already told my Primary Care Dr. that I will NOT go on statins. My neighbor practically died in my arms after a 4 month long downward spiral that I am convinced came from her use of statins. I had my yearly physical yesterday and I reiterated the "no statins" stand. My cholesterol is at 107, now considered HIGH! I mentioned that it seemed like the numbers of "normal" kept getting lower. She agreed that it was "harder to be in a healthy range than before". She was very pleased that I have kept my weight loss stable since last year. I am exactly the weight I was last year at this time. With my daily exercise and weight maintenance, she agreed that there would be no reason to even consider statins, even if they continue to lower the "normal" numbers. All the more reason to keep the weight off. But the lowering of those normal numbers has got to be some sort of drug company manipulation to increase sales. Well, I'm not buying it! Literally!

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-LINDA_S 9/11/2012 1:53PM

    I think statins are the biggest medical fraud ever. I know what they did to my dad. Yet there keep being studies saying the risk of diabetes, etc. is worth the protection the heart supposedly gets. Just because they lower cholesterol doesn't mean they're protecting anything!

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HOUNDLOVER1 9/11/2012 12:00PM

    This issue makes me angry! We are not talking about what is the right diet here (as we know we all disagree on that emoticon )
We are talking about a drug that has needlessly robbed millions of people of their health and quality of life. I hope to write another blog about a personal experience in family with this soon.

Birgit

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EGALITAIRE 9/11/2012 8:53AM

    Thanks for posting Birgit - as always, you're a great source of info

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SWEETLIPS 9/11/2012 7:48AM

    Thank you so much. I am also looking at the book - put your heart in your mouth. I have a cardiology appt today and we are going to talk out loud in there!!

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HONDABLONDE 9/11/2012 4:44AM

    It's all so confusing.... as a female with a family history of very high cholesterol (not sure which of the 3 readings was high on my folks, but their total numbers were way high), and a heart patient as well (aortic valve replaced, due to diet meds I took in the mid-90's -- Phen Fen, Anyone? ACK!), I don't know what to do. My doc, and apparently all docs over here in the UK, put heart patients on statins, as a matter of course.

Yet I have read that studies involve men only. SIGH What to do?

With health care over here being free, I am hesitant to "defy" the docs, wondering if they would be less likely/willing to work with me... SIGH again, What to do? Time to discuss with my GP, whom I totally trust.

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Debb
(a transplanted American)

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PHEBESS 9/11/2012 12:21AM

    If anyone takes statins, they really need to take coenzyme CQ10 - the makers of Lipitor actually hold patents to add CQ10 to Lipitor, but haven't done so yet. Plus they tell Canadians on their website to take CQ10 while on Lipitor, but don't do so for US citizens, nor do they include this info in their medical info sheet in with the meds.

My DH was on Lipitor for 3 months (cholesterol high as a side effect from another med) - developed congestive heart failure.

Statins are dangerous - you can lower cholesterol by taking fish oil capsules.

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 9/11/2012 12:16AM

    The cholesterol level issue is way overblown, and I'll choose high cholesterol over taking statins.
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Peter Attia and Gary Taubes launching NuSI (Nutrition Science Initiative)

Monday, September 10, 2012

I believe NuSI will have a huge role in shaping the knowledge and understanding of preventative medicine worldwide and will have a dramatic impact on the health of the American people through research and education of the public ranging from individuals to the highest levels of government and business. We can turn this country around at least on the health care front.
edited 9/10/12 , 11:58:
I was informed that according to Spark policy I can not post links that include fundraisers even for non-profit/good causes so I removed the link.
Birgit

  
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JSTETSER 9/12/2012 6:15AM

    Can you mail the link to me? They won't object to answering a request!

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ERIN1957 9/11/2012 5:14PM

    really...what about folks that want help when they do a relay for life race....unless I am wrong isn't that fall into that same category? I do not know the "rules" here. Heck what about folks trying to use the site for their own business' or profit? (not counting ads, but members). Oh well what do I know...not much I guess LOL
Well you have said enough, I am going to go find it any how! Thanks!

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WOUBBIE 9/11/2012 9:00AM

    So weird. The fundraising link is not even related to their site. Ah well.

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LADYJAKE1 9/10/2012 8:37PM

    Good deal

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WOUBBIE 9/10/2012 1:46PM

    Can't wait!

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SAINTBETH 9/10/2012 1:38PM

    sounds good

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I'm not a Republican or a Democrat, but this is about politics

Thursday, September 06, 2012

The issue is national health care and along with it medicare and medicaid. I was reminded of it when I heard short parts of political speeches in the last few weeks.
The United States, one of the richest countries in the world, is running out of money to pay for it. There are plenty of political discussions about it and I think they all miss the point.
We need true preventative health care.
What we need is a government that supports growing of healthy foods, not big agribusiness. We need to be able to afford food that is healthy: vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds grown without pesticides; meats, eggs and dairy that are pasture-fed and local (and I don't just mean grown in the US).
We also need to act as individuals by refusing to eat fake foods which includes processed foods, especially all sugars and sugar-substitutes and genetically modified foods. We need to do our best to avoid foods that are hybridized for increased starch and sugar content which includes most common grains, especially modern wheat, and, unfortunately more and more fruits and even some vegetables.
Instead of pop, we need to drink water, that most life-giving of all drinks and do our best to make sure that future generations will have a clean supply of it.
All this, together with moderate exercise, will ensure that most people will lead longer lives and avoid most diseases of modern civilization like heart disease, stroke, metabolic syndrome/diabetes, cancer, many autoimmune diseases, mental health problems and even arthritis. Our food provides the replacement parts for our body's cells. We can't survive without it, no matter how well our health care system is financed. With healthy food for everyone there will be enough money for health care for those people who can not be well with healthy food alone.
I don't know if this country would save 10%, 50% or 90% of the current total cost of health care, but I would sure like to find out. I think it's our only chance as a country to survive the healthcare crisis. God save us from ourselves!

  
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EJOY-EVELYN 9/9/2012 3:23AM

    Several great points! Thanks!

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HOUNDLOVER1 9/8/2012 9:24PM

    DONEGIRL,
I guess I see nothing wrong with people making money in a way that helps others. I believe this to be true for many of the low-carb writers and bloggers including Jimmy Moore and Dr. William Davis. The fact that Dr. Davis has made much of the content of his book available by linking the video series of the Jimmy Moore cruise to his blog shows that his primary motive is not financial gain but to spread the message about the dangers of wheat. Of course you are entitled to your own opinion and eat wheat as long as you please. Many people on the wheatbelly team have found huge benefits to giving it up and in many cases giving up all grains.
People who have experienced these benefits in their own lives will not be convinced by so-called research because they have seen with their own eyes and felt in their own body what is happening without wheat. emoticon

Comment edited on: 9/8/2012 9:26:43 PM

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LADYIRISH317 9/8/2012 2:48PM

    Keep right on preaching this! You're totally right. But I think this is less about politics and more about saving lives and the quality of lives.

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DONEGIRL 9/8/2012 12:52PM

    Houndlover, there may be different OPINIONS about GMOs but the FACTS are that they are completely safe and people who say otherwise are scaremongering. Where is the ton of evidence that Round-up is harmful? It does not exist and I have looked for it. I am not an apologist for bigagri and I buy locally and eat only non-processed foods (excecpt wine emoticon ) but I truly believe having studied the evidence that wheat is not a problem for the vast majority of people.
PS I didn't mean to imply that you were selling anything just wheatbelly , jimmy etc

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HOUNDLOVER1 9/8/2012 11:53AM

    DONEGIRL,
there are obviously many opinions about whether there is anything wrong with GMO food among scientists and it would clearly depend on what genes have been modified and in which way. Grains that have been modified to withstand herbicides like Roundup and 2-4 D are therefore sprayed with large volumes of herbicedes which is still present when these grains are harvested. There is a ton of evidence that these things are harmful.
In my opinion, if there is any doubt whether something is safe it should not be put on the market or at the very least consumers should have it labeled so they can avoid it.
I am promoting wheat-free and I'm not selling anything, neither are all the other people who are promoting wheatbelly and other low-carb lifestyles. They have rather seen huge improvements in their health since giving up wheat and other grains.
It would be quite possible for artisan bakeries to bake things without grains using nut flour and other grain-free products, especially as the grain-free market will grow. It is also possible for farmers to grow things other than grain. emoticon
Birgit


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DONEGIRL 9/8/2012 7:19AM

    Yes we should eat healthy food but there is nothing wrong with genetically modified food. Everything we eat is pretty much genetically modified and there is not a shred of evidence that it does us any harm notwithstanding wheatbelly's unproven hypothesis.
All of the people who promote wheat-free eating are selling something just like the big agribusinesses you criticise. And rants about carbohydrates may put small artisanal bakeries who use local ingredients out of business. Look at Brewmaster Bill's link today - a pretty comprehensive debunking of the carbs causing diabetes theory and in The Lancet no less.

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HEATHHILL 9/7/2012 7:52AM

    Excellent points and well said!!!

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DESERTJULZ 9/6/2012 10:21PM

    You make an excellent point (points). We need prevention, not medication; healthy food, not sugary fake crap.

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GRACEMCDOG 9/6/2012 5:31PM

    In Canada, one of the alternative special interest parties is the Green Party whose main focus is, of course, environmental and sustainable energy issues. Many people, including me, don't vote for them because of the perception that their members have too narrow a focus and not enough interest or expertise in other area such as the economy, international diplomacy, etc. However, if they would diversify and make the issues you've just mentioned a top priority on their platform they would have my vote. I agree with what you said 100%. It's why I live the way I do. It's why I eat the way I do. Birgit, have you considered getting into politics yourself? I think you'd be amazing at it.

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TINAJANE76 9/6/2012 5:12PM

    I totally agree with you and I don't think it's just a political issue--it's a human one. Preventative care and access to a range of healthy and responsibly produced food would most certainly prolong people's lives and keep health care costs down in general.

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KELLY122581 9/6/2012 10:30AM

    Preach it! I so totally agree!!!!! There are some other things I could add for the healthcare debate, but I try to keep my hardcore politics off SP. I get in enough trouble on FB ;-)

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PYNETREE 9/6/2012 10:21AM

    ..oh what a wonderful emoticon world it would be....

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CHRISTINASP 9/6/2012 9:50AM

    Good points.

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HEALTHY4ME 9/6/2012 8:55AM

    I agree, I am not American but Canadians are not far behind you guys. I find it intersting that Mrs Obama has her white house garden and was hoping with her influence more gardens would crop up and also more people would start making better fresher choices. But as you say going to take a lot of work and positive people to make this change. So many just don't seem to see it this way. I was watching someone at costco and the entire family was large and the son about 12 looked just like dad, the belly and such. the younger daughter was on her way too.... sad when it can be reversed.
I feel so much better not eating wheat, even with the extreme sciatic pain this past while, I can only imagine how much more suffering I would have had, if I had my arthrtis all over my body and the belly bloat too.
I think govt is to blame for the health care but also it is personal choice and even with being told such and such is unhealthy you have to want to change. how many people smoke yet here in Canada they have put warning and ugly pics on cig. packs. Dad still smokes and eats whateveer he wants, gets quite upset with me when I won't eat wheat, thinks I am going to die and am so dammmmm stubborn and stupid. yet he is lucky, he was told in 1990 he had 5 -8 years to live depending on what he did after his triple by pass. He didn't drink as much but other than that didnt' change a thing. here he is at 86 and other than bad legs ( mainly cos he smokes the spec. says ( if he was to quit 3/4 of his pain would leave)) and yet he smokes.
ME I hate the meds I am on and do anything to get off them. I also am eating so much better. Last eve had fish in oven in tin foil with butternut squash the same way. A year ago I wouldn't have eaten either that way, I have really done well and am proud of it!
HUGS and love your blogs.

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-LINDA_S 9/6/2012 8:54AM

    It's such an uphill battle when you consider that greed motivates so much of what has happened to our food supply and our current disease-care system, 'cause it sure ain't health care! We spend more money than any other country and we don't get decent care, let alone excellent. This is such a complicated subject where it really should be simple. And we subsidize the growth of the "foods" that are most harmful, or pay farmers not to grow them! This system is so seriously flawed that it's ridiculous.

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SHAYREBORN 9/6/2012 7:52AM

    I just said the same thing the other day. If people started feeding their kids healthy meals and making them go outside and play several times a week then we wouldn't have as many issues as we currently do just with our youth. Personally, it is not always easy to purchase the healthy options due to our limited budget but it is very important to us that even if DH and I go without something we "want/need" we provide our son with lots of fruits and veggies and healthy options.

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DIANE7786 9/6/2012 1:27AM

    I agree that the answer is preventative care. I hope the California Prop to label GMO's passes because then it's likely all food with GMO's will be labeled. I want to know what I'm eating.

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Non-celiac gluten sensitivity

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Here is an article form Mark's Daily Apple (Mark Sisson):

www.marksdailyapple.com/how-common-i
s-gluten-sensitivity/#axzz25Y0Lwc21


What do you think?

  
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KEEPITUP05 9/7/2012 9:57AM

    Not sure that everyone is sensitive but I sure am. I was diagnosed gluten-intolerant 12 years ago after becoming very ill. I weighed 106 lbs, lost hair, had no energy, had digestives problems, felt sad and anxious and very weak. 3 days into eating gluten-free I felt like a new person. I was gluten-free way before it was "cool". For those without a diagnosis who say it makes them feel better that is great! By all means they should eat gluten-free. For those who think it's for weight loss ..please read more info on Celiac/gluten-intolerance. It's a treatment not a weight loss diet. I gained 100 pounds eating gluten-free. Just because it's gluten-free doesn't mean it's good for you or low in calories.

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HOUNDLOVER1 9/6/2012 12:24AM

    I know I'm not celiac and I know I'm affected. I may even be sensitive enough to be affected just by breathing small wheat particles in the air. I noticed a change without eating any wheat during the two days when they were harvesting the kind of wheat that Dr. Davis describes as the worst kind in "Wheatbelly", but did not notice anything when they were harvesting the other types (triticum durum) that are used for making pasta.

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BLUE42DOWN 9/6/2012 12:19AM

    Certainly was an interesting read. I was impressed that the one study went as far as double-blind testing. I may not be at all convinced that all people are gluten sensitive, but I've never doubted that some people are clearly affected though they are non-celiac.

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NDTEACHER1 9/5/2012 10:15PM

    Thanks.

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MYLADY4 9/5/2012 9:57PM

    Does not surprise me. Especially when you look around and see so many young people with bloated belly's, makes one wonder.

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DJ4HEALTH 9/5/2012 9:48PM

    Thanks for the info!

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LILY_SPARK 9/5/2012 8:51PM

    I read a piece on the subject earlier this week on Josh...erm, Hillis' blog? Personally, I sort of don't care as I am Celiac.

I'm flabbergasted at people (including my IRL friends) who say things like, "Well, it's all the people trying to be cool who's messing it up for you."

Trying. To. Be. Cool? To not eat things? To never go out? To never eat food another person prepared? I'M THE COOLEST! I just don't get it. It's not cool. It sucks.

Also, like most people with Celiac, I GAINED weight when getting off gluten. I mean, it's not a "diet" in that sense. If you have a problem, you're going to GAIN or "thrive" as it's the opposite of "failure to thrive" from malabsorption (cos your gut healed). It's a mystery to me. I suppose the chatter about it might enlighten some people to get a diagnosis and that's GOOD. I didn't because of this. Mine was found from them poking around in my lupus. Go figure.

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JAMBABY0 9/5/2012 8:07PM

    Thanks for sharing

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Dr. Vera Tarman helps people fight their addiction to carbohydrates

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

And here is another link to an interesting looking podcast. With all this good stuff on the net I don't hardly get a chance to write anything myself, LOL.
I have not listened to this yet, so don't beat me up if you don't like it. emoticon

I am hoping for discussion on the topic.

livinlavidalowcarb.com/blog/
episode 607

Birgit

  
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HOUNDLOVER1 9/4/2012 9:26PM

    Nooooooh, not that one emoticon

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NDTEACHER1 9/4/2012 9:15PM

    We'll just whip you with a wet noodle if we don't-no beatings:)

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GOPINTOS 9/4/2012 3:42PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
Wheat Belly Team

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JSTETSER 9/4/2012 3:27PM

    emoticon

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WOUBBIE 9/4/2012 2:29PM

    Another interesting interview, it looks like! I'll put the boxing gloves away for the time being! :)

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-LINDA_S 9/4/2012 1:59PM

    Thanks! Will check it out. You can be addicted to fat? Uh oh, I might be in trouble!

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JLFISH1496 9/4/2012 1:24PM

    thanks looks interesting!

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