By Peter H. Langsjoen, MD
Dr Langsjoen has a paper on the FDA website about statins reducing serum levels of CoQ10.
This article can be accessed at: http://healthread.net/statincardiomyop.htm
In my practice of 17 years in Tyler, Texas, I have seen a frightening increase in heart failure secondary to statin usage, "statin cardiomyopathy". Over the past five years, statins have become more potent, are being prescribed in higher doses, and are being used with reckless abandon in the elderly and in patients with "normal" cholesterol levels. We are in the midst of a CHF epidemic in the US with a dramatic increase over the past decade. Are we causing this epidemic through our zealous use of statins? In large part I think the answer is yes. We are now in a position to witness the unfolding of the greatest medical tragedy of all time - never before in history has the medical establishment knowingly (Merck & Co., Inc. has two 1990 patents combining CoQ10 with statins to prevent CoQ10 depletion and attendant side effects) created a life threatening nutrient deficiency in millions of otherwise healthy people, only to then sit back with arrogance and horrific irresponsibility and watch to see what happens - as I see two to three new statin cardiomyopathies per week in my practice, I cannot help but view my once great profession with a mixture of sorrow and contempt.
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Recipe of the day
|Food Mall: Ground Lamb|
1 tsp Turmeric
1 tsp Salt and pepper
Onion and green coriander for garnishing chopped
Mix all the ingredients together, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.
Roll the mixture in to thin sausage shapes and cook under a preheated moderate grill for about 10 minutes, turning several times.
Serve garnished with green coriander and onion crushed.