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1st Edition - features Homocysteine

New Merck Cholesterol Drug Could Threaten Pfizer:
"We caution against overreaction; this is not a done deal," said the analyst. Safety data isn't yet in, the "Food and Drug Administration could still require a large cardiovascular outcomes trial, delaying launch to the 2010-2011 period," and "it is very difficult to compare the clinical profiles of these products at this early stage of development," he cautioned.

Novartis Abandons Development of Cholesterol Drug (Update4) Dec. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Novartis AG stopped development of an experimental
cholesterol drug after studies showed the medication wasn't more effective than existing treatments, the second setback for the Swiss company this week.

Homocysteine Unveiled (written by Tessa Jupp - from the book "The H Factor") "Homocysteine reflects the health of your genes."  say Patrick Holford and Dr James Braly MD in their 2003 publication "The H Factor".  "Your H score is more important than your weight, your blood pressure or your cholesterol level.  It is your most vital, preventable and reversible health statistic."  and "Your Homocysteine level is a more accurate predictor than cholesterol of our risk of heart attack or stroke."

Homocysteine: A Cardiovascular Risk Factor Worth Considering

Homocysteine: from Life Extension
People taking vitamin supplements think they are being protected against the lethal effects of homocysteine when, in reality, even supplement users can have homocysteine levels far above the safe level of 6.3 to 7.0.

Links & Comments composed by Clare

2nd Edition ~ features Atherosclerosis & Cholesterol

Intro & Comments by Clare...
As this web site is devoted to people who have - or are about to stop consuming Doctor prescribed anti cholesterol medications (STATINS) I am endeavouring to only list here articles relating to why this is a good idea - however from time to time I will also post other articles about cholesterol medications (of the lowering variety) from the 'natural' or alternative perspective. I know there are many folks who still feel it is necessary to lower cholesterol without the UGLY and CRUEL side effects of Dr Prescribed stuff. I personally do not believe there is a need to lower cholesterol (per se), but there are many interesting alternatives 'out there' worth reading about.

You Must Unlearn What You Have Learned
Linus Pauling on Heart Disease

Atherosclerotic plaques deposit in response to injury.   This major finding led to the 1985 Brown-Goldstein Nobel prize in medicine.   The confusion in the media is cause and effect.   The fallacy is that cholesterol causes heart disease, but plaque build-ups are the effect of heart disease.   G. C. Willis, MD, made the crucial observation in the early 1950s.   A Canadian doctor, he noticed that atherosclerotic plaques in his patients kept forming in the same places.   Usually near the heart where the blood vessels are stretched and bent.

Heart drug to join PBS (News in Australia) ~ Article no longer available, due to copyright restrictions

I am now gritting my teeth reading that this drug is 'approved here in Australia!

From February 1, cardiovascular disease drug Vytorin will be added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), at an annual cost of more than $1600 per patient.
SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects of Vytorin are , headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea,  muscle pain, and abnormal liver tests. The most serious potential side effects are liver damage and muscle inflammation or breakdown.  
And excuse me BUT when was the last time - or even the first time a doctor warned you of this????
All patients starting therapy with ezetimibe/simvastatin or whose dose of ezetimibe/simvastatin is being increased should be advised of the risk of myopathy and told to report promptly any unexplained muscle pain, tenderness or weakness because they could be signs of serious side effects.
An interesting webpage that will lead the reader to many different aspects of the cause and treatment of artherosclerosis
In point of fact, the liver is responsible for over 80% of your cholesterol level.
Diet accounts for less than 20%.
Chelation & Heart Disease ~ Dr Duane Graveline ~ Artherosclerosis - hardening of the arteries - is caused by the arterial walls hardening and thickening from deposits of plaque, which causes a narrowing of the arteries. Oxydized cholesterol (LDL cholesterol that has combined with unstable oxygen molecules) coats the damaged arteries, increasing the condition and bringing risk of heart attack and stroke. Heart attacks alone, are responsible for over 550,000 deaths in the United States every year!      

There is a natural approach that offers a way to deal with and help to prevent these and other conditions safely, effectively, and at an incredibly reduced cost in both dollars and human suffering - Chelation.

The answer: Animals produce their own vitamin C in amounts between 1 gram and 20 grams each day, compared to the human body weight. These amounts of ascorbate are obviously sufficient to optimize the stability of their vascular walls without any necessity for Statins.
The interest in HDL is a big shift in attention for the field of heart disease prevention. Ever since the arrival of statins, its main preoccupation has been reducing LDL, which carries in the cholesterol that clogs the arteries.


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