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Beware the New Year’s statins push

Happy New Year!

I hope 2016 is already off to a terrific start — after all, this is the time to dig our heels in and make some positive changes.

And if you’re still looking for a New Year’s resolution — one that can make a real and lasting difference to your health and your life — I have a suggestion to make.

This year, I want you to take charge of your health and be more involved in every decision your doctor makes.

When he says, “swallow this,” don’t just say yes. Ask him what it is, what it does, and why you need it.

And if you don’t like his answers — or if he doesn’t give you any — don’t be afraid to say “no.”

At the very least, you can always ask for other options.

Expect this resolution to get put to the test early, because the powers-that-be didn’t take any time off during this holiday season. No, in fact, they used the time to cook up a NEW plan to push dangerous drugs on millions of Americans who don’t even need them.

Just days before Christmas, while you were hopefully kicking back with another cup of eggnog, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued new guidelines urging doctors to give cholesterol-lowering statin drugs to ANYONE over the age of 40 with at least one risk factor for heart disease and a 1 in 10 chance of a heart attack over the next decade.

That pretty much covers…EVERYONE over the age of 40.

Going by what they consider the “risk factors,” we’re all heart attacks waiting to happen. Heck, by mainstream standards, we all should’ve been dead years ago!

In reality, “high” cholesterol isn’t the killer risk factor it’s been made out to be. In fact, you actually NEED the stuff…even the so-called “bad” cholesterol targeted by statins.

That’s why these drugs are far more likely to hurt than help. If you’re lucky, you’ll get away with only getting some of the immediate, short-term side effects like crippling muscle pain. But if you’re on statins, you’re also likely to lose some memory…develop sex problems…and succumb to other long-term problems.

Even the FDA has warned that these drugs will CAUSE diabetes!

When your cholesterol levels are really that high (or what some might consider “too” high), you don’t want a drug to cut those levels. You want a doc savvy enough to figure out why it happened and how to fix it.

You won’t get that from a pill-pushing mainstream hack, but you WILL get that kind of quality care from a dedicated naturopathic physician who wants to be a true partner in your health.

I suggest working closely with an experienced member of the American College for Advancement in Medicine.

Now, THAT’S a promise you can keep (without going dry for January).

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