I'm Gene Millen a Heart Health Coach and the co-owner of this website with my wife Bernie.
It was nearly 10 years ago that I first discovered Policosanol. I've found it to be the best alternative for Lipitor, as it lowers ldl cholesterol and increases the good hdl cholesterol...and without the side effects caused by statin drugs.
If you are taking one of cholesterol lowering statin drugs, such as Lipitor or Crestor have you noticed any of the following side effects?
If you answered "Yes" to any or all of the above we want you to know that there is a natural alternative for Lipitor that is backed up by solid double blind clinical studies that most physicians are not aware of...or don't want to know about.
Statin 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.
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.
Recently the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology issued the first new guidelines in a decade for preventing heart attacks and strokes - guidelines which called for one-third of all adults to consider taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.
Doctors claim the new guidelines will limit how many people with low heart risks are put on statins just because of a cholesterol number. However, under the new advice, one-third of U.S. adults would meet the threshold to consider taking a statin, more than twice the 15 percent of adults who are recommended statins under current guidelines.
NaturalNews.com has reported that half of the doctors on the panel that recommended a whopping increase in statin drug use have ties to Big Pharma. Learn more from Natural News:
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 the side effects of Lipitor and other statin drugs. Here's what the researches discovered:
- Changes in liver function.
- Muscle pain and/or myopathy.
- Memory loss and poor concentration
- Depression and Irritability.
- Higher rates of death from suicide and accidents.
- Headaches, Joint and Abdominal Pain.
- Peripheral Neuropathy...(pain and loss of muscle function.)
- Sleep Problems.
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
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."
"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
How safe is policosanol?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.
What are the side effects of 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!
How long does it take to get results?
Detailed clinical trials have shown that Policosanol produces beneficial effects on cholesterol control within the first 6-8 weeks of use.
What is the recommended dosage?
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.
An Important Benefit of Policosanol
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!
Summary of Policosanol Benefits.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.
Reviews from our customers.
- "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
Janelle's story of how policosanol
improved cholesterol and triglycerides."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 combination 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, IllinoisClick here to try Policosanol absolutely risk free. Buy 2 get 1 FREE and Free Priority Mail shipping in the USA.
"Put God in charge of your work, then what you've planned will take place." Psalm 35:27Thanks joining us on the journey to
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Clinical Studies - References
- Arruzazabala M. L., Valdes S., Mas R., et al. (1995): Effect of policosanol succesive dose increase in platelet aggregation healthy volunteers. Pharmacol. Res. 34:181-185.
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