During the last 23 years I have worked with hundreds of people who are looking for ways to lower their cholesterol without the use of statin drugs.
I've invested untold hours studying the research to discover the best ways to keep my heart and (and yours) healthy.
I'm Gene Millen, a Heart Health Coach and the co-owner of this website with my wife Bernie. A 2012 photo of us is shown above.
- Have you noticed that your memory
is not as sharp as it used to be?
- Do you have pain or numbness in your legs?
- Has your sexual vitality gone south?
If you answered yes to one or more of the above questions you are in some good company; and I would quess that you are taking a cholesterol lowering statin drug such as Lipitor or Crestor.
These drugs do a great job of lowering cholesterol but the price their users pay is not just worth enduring the negative side effects for many people...including me.
In spite the slick adds sponsored by the pharmaceutical giants, the statin family of drugs are responsible for some serious problems. And sadly too many people (including physicians) have lapped up their hype like thirsty puppies on a hot day.
At a recent conference of cardiologists held in San Francisco, CA the opinion was that many heart drugs (including statin drugs) are being over prescribed. As Gomer Pyle used to say, "Surprise, surprise, surprise!
Well respected physicians also indicated that some of these commonly prescribed prescription drugs are ineffective. In other words they don't work.
So what are your options? A few years ago I came across a natural product called policosanol (pronounced poly-cos-a-nol) that is backed up by a ton of research.
The following study was put together by a group of scientists, doctors and students at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. It pulls no punches in analyzing Lipitor side effects and those of other statin drugs.
- Changes in liver function.
- Muscle pain and/or myopathy.
- Memory and Concentration loss.
- Depression and Irritability.
- Higher rates of death from suicide and accidents.
- Headaches, Joint and Abdominal Pain.
- Peripheral Neuropathy.
- Sleep Problems.
Dr. Michael Murray, author of Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, one of the most renowned doctors of natural medicine provides us with a second opinion about policosanol.
"In a 1997 head-to-head study policosanol was compared with statin drugs lovastatin (Mevacor), simvastatin (Zocor) and pravastatin (Pravachol) Policosanol and ZOCOR were found to be equally effective in lowering cholesterol during an eight week study...but policosanol also significantly increased HDL-cholesterol levels and Zocor did not."
Dr. Duane Graveline, MD, a former NASA astronaut who was one of the scientists selected for the Apollo space program, relates his story of how Lipitor was the source of his transient global amnesia (TGA)Duane Graveline, MD Space Doc.Com
"I soon realized the adverse reactions involved far more than impaired cognition, including personality change, myopathy, neuropathy and a chronic neuromuscular degeneration similar to ALS, and all statins were contributing to these adverse reactions, not just Lipitor." Duane Graveline, MD Space Doc.Com
"I was afraid policosanol might just be 'snake oil' but I went ahead and ordered it from Gene because I hated the thought of being on Lipitor."
"My cholesterol was 397 and my doctor wanted to put me on Lipitor but I was afraid of the side effects.
Gene gave me the research information on policosanol for my doctor to review and although he was somewhat skeptical he gave me the go ahead to give it a try.
When I got my first follow up test eight weeks later total cholesterol had dropped to 240. But the best news is that my HDL cholesterol was up which improved my ratio from 7 to 4.3 which is very good.
I am elated and my doctor was pleased and I think a little bit surprised. He said "Keep on doing what you're doing." Edith McGregor
Policosanol is one of the most widely tested natural products. In clinical trials of nearly 30,000 persons policosanol derived from sugar cane has been proven to be safe.
In long-term clinical studies, it has been simultaneously used nearly all of the common prescription drugs and they have shown no evidence of clinically relevant adverse interactions with policosanol.
The side effects of policosanol are rare and minimal.
In studies of 27,879 patients (17,225 patients for two years and 10,654 patients for four years), only 86 patients (0.31%) reported adverse effects, the most frequent of which was weight loss. Take time to read a recent unsolicited testimony from a very satisfied user!
Detailed clinical trials have shown that Policosanol produces beneficial effects on cholesterol control within the first 6-8 weeks of use.
Dosage used in the clinical studies was from 10 mg to 20 mg per day. It was shown that increasing the dose to 40 mg had little additional benefit. The majority of persons take 20 mg per day.
Policosanol is not only virtually side effect free it also has a number of health benefits, but the most powerful is its ability to increase your good HDL cholesterol, which is more important than lowering your so called "bad" cholesterol.
Studies show that those with the highest hdl cholesterol actually live longer!
Most statin drugs do NOT improve HDLs. HDL cholesterol levels typically increase by 15 to 25% after only two months of policosanol use.
The benefits of policosanol are well documented by numerous studies and come with recommendations from recognized authorities such as Dr. Michael T. Murray, ND.
- "I wanted to send you an update on how the policosanol is working for me: after a few days of an upset stomach I started taking it after meals and it worked fine, no problems.
- But the amazing thing is, and why I'm so glad I stuck with it....I've not only lost 33 pounds but have lowered my cholesterol by 40 points...in 3 1/2 months!
- I tried everything...now finally something that works! And I feel great too!
- I feel like a new woman! Thank you so much Gene! <
Betz - Virginia Beach
"When the results of my lipid panel came back in the spring of 2001, my triglycerides were sky high (1723) and my HDL cholesterol so low (8) that I was frightened enough to try any solution the doctor suggested.
"A combination of a low-fat, low-carbohydrate diet, exercise and the use of high doses of niacin, brought the triglycerides down to a reasonable level; however, nothing seemed to budge the low HDL level to much above 18.
"When we moved out of state, my new doctor insisted that I try a combination of niacin and a statin drug to address what he thought were "unacceptable" numbers.
In 2010 I finally caved and agreed to the statin combonation of niacin and a statin drug. Within a year I was unable to walk up and down stairs and couldn't lift myself from a sitting position without holding on to something.
"I immediately stopped the statin/niacin (against the doctor's advice), and I began in earnest scouring the internet for alternative solutions to what for me had been harmful pharmaceutical drugs.
"How fortunate for me that I found the Millen's Vital Heart Health for Life site. I ordered policosanol and within six months my HDL began improving.
My last test, three months ago showed my HDL at 36, not ideal I realize, but for me the best it has ever been. Triglycerides and LDL were also within normal range, and my total cholesterol was 180.
"I am so very thankful that Gene and Bernie Millen continue to offer what I consider life-saving advice, and products such as policosanol, for those of us who are desperately searching for alternatives to the "traditional" drugs prescribed by most physicians today.
Janelle Carey, Savoy, Illinois
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