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High Cholesterol and Statin Drugs

I recently had a blood test and found my cholesterol level was 272, HDL 44 and LDL 183.  Should I be on medication? How serious is this?

What you have brought up is a major issue that is widely misunderstood.

There is no scientific correlation between total cholesterol level and heart disease. Total cholesterol levels in the 300s and above still have no correlation with heart disease. A good study done on elderly women demonstrated that levels of 272 (how coincidental is that?) imparted the longest longevity, inferring those levels were the most healthy.

Statin medications do reduce cholesterol levels, and (in a very minimal way) reduce heart disease, but not because of the reduction in cholesterol levels. It is because statins are antioxidants, albeit expensive antioxidants.

The statin medications also interfere with the production of energy in the body, which is why people on statins typically become fatigued after a few months on the medication. The muscle pain is related to the production of insufficient energy production, and the deaths associated with statins are related to muscle breakdown leading to kidney failure when the muscle proteins are excreted out the urine. You should not be on statin medications.  Talk with your physician or get one who understands how our body energy, cholesterol, statins, and inflammation are interconnected.

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Fibromyalgia

I would like more information in dealing with fibromyalgia.  I have dealt with this problem for over 15 years.  Celebrex seems to help with pain, but I also frequently feel so tired and drained.  I am used to being very active and busy, but not now.  How can I get off Celebrex and have more energy?

Fibromyalgia is an energy deficiency problem, which has many, many possible causes. The inflammation that Celebrex may seem to help is only a small part of the issue. Adding the toxic effects of any medication to an already compromised body is just adding insult to injury.  Try MSM, curcumen, Boswelia, ginger root as alternatives to Celebrex.

  • Your diet needs to be good—not sugar or processed foods.
  • A potent multi-vitamin and essential fatty acids are important.

Other supplements include-

  • magnesium (as almost everyone with fibromyalgia is deficient in this mineral),
  • energy builders (CoQ10, L-Carnitine, D-ribose),
  • melatonin and/or calming herbs for sleep, sauna for detoxification (if needed),
  • and the list goes on.

I did a lecture on this topic which was recorded and is presently on DVD, but it is not yet available for general sale.  If you are interested, let me know (send an email to support@stangardnermd.com with your contact information) and we will make a copy available to you for $75.00.

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Is This Idea Crazy? Maybe…Maybe Not, We’ll See…

It happened again just a couple of days ago.  One of our friends posted a message that she had awakened with a huge headache, and after taking several painkillers she was still feeling terrible.  Had my friend known what I am about to tell you, she would have applied some Continue reading Is This Idea Crazy? Maybe…Maybe Not, We’ll See…

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How Safe is Your Laptop? Should You Take Precautions?

December 16, 2008

The Tucson Citizen reports about the ergonomic use of a laptop:

Laptop computers are not designed to keep your body in a good postural position—if placed on a table, the keyboard is too high, and the monitor is too low. This puts a strain on the wrist and fingers and places the head in a forward position straining the neck. This leads to pain and stiffness in the neck and shoulders, along with wrists and arms. Eventually carpal tunnel syndrome, cervical strain with temperomandibular joint (TMJ) problems, and headaches may Continue reading How Safe is Your Laptop? Should You Take Precautions?

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What Happens to You When You Get Off the Sugar

An 84 year-old gentleman presented with difficulty sleeping, tired, mental acuity diminished; all over the past few months.  He was a long-time advocate of good eating and supplement intake.

Let me show you what happened when we took him off of the sugar.  You can Continue reading What Happens to You When You Get Off the Sugar