Get off statins

Get off statins by changing your diet rather.

Taking any drugs long term should invite questions. Could or should I be doing something different? All medication has side effects, especially if taken for an extended period.

Remember that 200,000 people die every year in the USA alone from the side effects of medical drugs. Sometimes you have no option, but usually that's not the case.

Here's an interesting anecdote; it has no scientific value, but hopefully it arouses your interest. Yesterday, a returning patient, whom I had not seen for over ten years consulted me with severe lower back pain; he told me that recently he had vomited blood, and had a black stool.

Medical examination established that indeed he had a bleeding ulcer, but his doctor did not think to ask if he had been taking anti inflammatory drugs.

Previously, I had pleaded with him to lose weight and stop smoking. He is now suffering from gout and suffers regularly with knee and big toe pain and swelling. So he is taking NSAIDs daily, even since the gastric bleed.

14,000 Americans die every year from a gastric bleed directly caused by taking anti inflammatory drugs.

But, back to statins. Do they have side-effects. Yes, sir, and some nasty ones, including an increase in haemorrhagic stroke, impotence and important for the chiropractor, ache and tingling in feet and legs ...

But research does show that if your total cholesterol is above 8 (320), and only if it's above 8, then statins do indeed decrease the overall risk of stroke by some 31%.  Drug companies colluded with a group of doctors who did not declare the funding (kick-back?) they were getting for their research. Their (discredited) opinion: you should be taking statins, even if your cholesterol was lower than 5.

Get off statins

Get off statins because they have nasty side effects including impotence.

But say your cholesterol is 7, you have no family history of heart disease and stroke, your blood pressure is good, and your doctor wants you to take statins... what do you do? You don't want to take drugs long term, but you also don't to be devious, or ignore your doctor's advice.

Or perhaps you've been taking statins and have started getting some of the nasty side effects.

My advice

Ask your doctor for three months to change your lifestyle, and then have another test.  Your goal, can you get your cholesterol down to around 5.1 with exercise and diet. Yes, you can!

Chiropractic Help Get off statins safely programme

These are all things you should be doing anyway. Every one of these recommendations will improve your general health, you'll experience less pain in your joints and muscles, lower blood pressure, better memory, weight loss... and really, not one of them is painfully difficult.



Lignans are estrogen like compounds found particularly in oats, flax and sesame seeds, but many other foods too; they are potent phytosterols that lower cholesterol and help you get you statins naturally.

  • Oats

There's strong research showing that a cup of oats a day will reduce your cholesterol by 17%. That's a massive amount. But a cup of rolled oats is a lot of oats! Try half a cup. Or an oats-rich muesli. Oats are rich in lignans that also give protection against breast cancer and heart disease.  Quaker oats recipes ...

Soak the oats and a dozen raisins in boiling water, add a touch of salt, leave it to stand for ten minutes. Nuke it for 60s perhaps, and then...

  • Slice in half an apple

Add any other fruit that's in season. Strawberries? Pawpaw? Blueberries? The berries are rich in substances called phenols that not only lower cholesterol, but also reduce cancer and arthritis. Win-win.

Two to three apples a day (and probably the equivalent of most fruits) will reduce your cholesterol by 10%. Apple diet ...

Prunes too are loaded with soluble fibre, the good stuff to lower cholesterol, and other benefits. Quick constipation relief ...

  • Freshly ground flaxseed

Sprinkle a tablespoon of flaxseed on your cereal.  It's rich in lignans and omega-3, both known for their cholesterol lowering properties, and reduction of heart disease.

  • Freshly cracked nuts

Walnuts are best, but three pecans would be excellent too. Whatever you can lay your hands on. Pecans nutrition ...

Is it really so difficult to get off statins safely? Why are
anti inflammatory drugs so dangerous?

  • Eggs

An egg on a bed of onions and spinach is a very good way to finish your breakfast. Don't be anxious about the egg; it's the best source of B12, a vital ingredient in the body's mechanism of lower homocysteine, far more toxic than cholesterol. Eggs Florentine on half a slice of toasted low GI bread is a winner at breakfast.

Finish it off with a tablespoon of plain yoghurt and a little raw honey if it's not sweet enough for you. Don't mix prunes with your cereal, or you may break a tooth.

Now what was difficult about that? Do you really want to get off statins?

Your goal if you want to get off statins and reduce your risk of cancer is to eat a minimum of five coloured foods per day.

I aim for ten because research shows that those enjoying on average a rainbow of seven to ten coloured foods per day have a 35 percent lower all cause of death; that's massive.

Already you have strawberries and an apple, and raisins, prunes and spinach. The nuts should count too.


Fibre is the word here. And a few more coloured foods. Your favourite salad, and now add a tablespoon of hummus. Garbanzo beans are number two (after oats) in the cholesterol stakes.  Make your own authentic hummus recipe; I make it twice a week, it takes only four minutes to make your own hummus once you have the ingredients at hand. Chickpeas, olive oil, sesame paste and parsley.

You may want to start with a soup, and there's none better than this Irish potato and leek soup. The active ingredient in the onion family is a phytochemical called allicin.

Hummus is rich in vegetable protein, but perhaps you want to add some chicken, or cheese, or tuna.

Every man wants to have a tomato and/or an avocado every day for his prostate, preferably both. Avocado benefits ...

Do you really want to get off statins? Then make it fun and enjoy the ride. This is food to titivate your tongue. The flavours are delicious.

  • My favourite curcbit recipe is about is how to cook cauliflower and make it interesting.
  • How to grow peas is best done on a fence in full sun.  Sugarsnaps are our favourite; you can eat them pod and all.
  • A certain amount of sweet foods like this plum jelly is fine, just make sure you lower the glycemic index by having it with protein such as fish or cheese and fat like olive oil or butter which lower the GI. 
  • Glycemic index and carbohydrate count chart are the secret to easier weight loss.

These salads give you the added advantage of reducing any toxic homocysteine in your blood, whilst supplying the vitamins like folate that are necessary for the break down of this toxic byproduct of protein metabolism; it's the villain of many conditions like Alzheimer's disease, stroke and heart disease.

I was to choose one change to make, then it would be to make your hummus; it's so easy and will make any dull green salad. The other is a pesto with either sweet basil or parsley; it's simply divine and will enable you to start enjoying that salad which let's face it can be dull.


Lots more strong research that the omega-3 in fatty fish like salmon or mackerel, or fresh tuna, has a powerful cholesterol lowering affect. Perhaps this smoked salmon dip recipe on crackers after dinner, or a fish soup.

Vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, leeks, butternut... enjoy at least three of your favourite veg, the more colourful the better.

  • Broccoli

Broccoli is the queen of the anti-cancer vegetables, and is particularly rich in vitamin B9 (folate), that substance that helps children perform better in school, amongst many other things. Benefits of folate ....

  • Cauliflower

Cauli is simply the easiest vegetable to cook, though to my mind it needs to be spiced up. Perhaps this cauliflower soup recipe with a dash of curry...

  • Sweet potato

This delic veg has a surprisingly low Glycemic Index for such a sweet food, provided you don't roast it. My favourite is a sweet potato and broccoli soup. Prepare the vegetables, pressure cook it for five minutes, and hey presto you have a delicious cholesterol lowering meal.

  • You just choose three of your favourites. The brighter the colours the better. 

Have we reached ten coloured foods? I should think so, you can too.


More strong research showing that moderate exercise gives you a double benefit, lowering the bad cholesterol, and raising the good HDL cholesterol that returns the cholesterol in the blood stream to your liver for degradation. Exercise and cholesterol ...

Perhaps a brisk twenty minute walk at lunchtime, apple in hand? Escape the stress of the office for a round-the-block. Or twenty lengths of the pool before breakfast? Cycle to the shops? Use the stairs instead of the lift? Be creative. It's all about your determination to get off statins.

Foods that lower cholesterol

Foods that lower cholesterol are such an easy way to enable you to get off statins; be creative. Add plenty of garlic to your cooking, change to olive oil to reduce the omega-6 in your diet (too much is inflammatory), eggplant, apples, vegetables, grow your own pole beans in the summer, an occasional glass of red wine, red grapes in season. Growing green beans ... really, pole beans are like weeds in the summer, so easy.

You can do it, really you can. Get off statins.

Follow this routine, really not so painful, and I can give you a reasonable assurance that in two to three months time your doctor will not be able to give you sound reasons why you shouldn't get off statins.

The exception is people suffering from hypercholesterolemia, a rare, serious disease caused by a deficiency of an enzyme, putting your cholesterol levels into orbit. It's hereditary. Did your non-smoking father have a heart attack at thirty-five?

A health nut? Yes, perhaps, but it's better than going impotent! Or suffering from those aching legs that we see in chiropractor clinics on a regular basis.

Foods to avoid high cholesterol

Foods to avoid high cholesterol is one other arrow in your quiver, though I have to say, for the majority if you are enjoying healthy choice foods, you can have your eggs, and eat them. They are excellent food and the best source of vitamin B12.

Well, I'm sure you don't need to be told, it's in the press daily. Limit your eggs, cream and red meat. In the context of the delicious foods expounded above, for most folk foods to avoid high cholesterol is simply not necessary. I enjoy all three and have rock bottom cholesterol. No one was happier than I when researchers proclaimed after examining more than 80 studies that there is no scientific reason to change to margarine; butter is back.

Anecdote: Yesterday I had lunch with an old friend whom I hadn't seen for over ten years. Surprising me, he related that he was Type II diabetic, and couldn't enjoy the dessert. He had always been extremely active, a very good sportsman who didn't carry an extra ounce of fat.

So he told me, some fifteen years previously he had been prescribed beta blockers for some complaint. Three years later the pharmacist told him the medicine had been withdrawn because it had a serious side effect: a large number of patients were becoming diabetic. Too late,  the damage was done. Within a few months he too became diabetic.

It's known as an iatrogenic illness or doctor-caused disease. According to Wiki it's the third most important cause of death after heart disease and cancer; 225,000 persons per year. Dead. Do your best not only to get off statins but all drugs.

Omega 3

Omega 3 is found in fatty fish and freshly ground flaxseed, in the main; walnuts too.

If you really can't get fresh cold water fish then taking omega 3 capsules is a second best. Getting the omega 6's down and the 3's up for lowering the omega 6/3 ratio is a vital part of the anti inflammatory program.

It's that inflammation of the inner lining of blood vessels that is killer; get omega 3 one way or another, enjoy your salads and lignans and get off statins.

Real free range eggs, if you can find them, have three times the omega-3, from plants like legumes and a common weed, the purslane plant

Statins actually cause atherosclerosis

In a 2015 research printed in Expert Revue Clinical Pharmacology, scientists declare that contrary to popular belief, statins actually cause calcification in the coronary arteries, and impair heart muscle strength by inhibiting ATP production.

Statins do this, they declare, by inhibiting the synthesis of vitamin K2 and selenium containing proteins, known to cause congestive heart failure.

Get off statins.

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Interesting challenges of the day

1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I've left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he's happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.

2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He's doing well.

3. Severe lower back pain is scary; just ask Mrs P. Just watching her get out of the car I she was in trouble; she had a slipped disc at L4 making her lean towards the opposite side; luckily she had no pain in the leg. Despite family pressure that this was far too severe for a chiropractor, she persevered. Within five days she was standing upright, and after two weeks almost painfree. 

Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.

4. Mr S has had lower back, groin and back of thigh and calf pain for fourth months.

He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the stabs in the groin, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he's well pleased; sixty five percent better after three treatments.

5. Mr T is a wise man; he's taken a warning TIA seriously and has lost 15 pounds, and has at least as much again to lose. A change to a low starch diet and half hour daily walk has made the difference; but the walking is making his foot and back miserable. The expensive orthotic is hopeless; luckily his hips and back are fine, but he needs a simple heel lift.

6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.

7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. Xrays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.

8. This 65 year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.

9. This 88 year old lady is an inspiration; every day she is busy in the community. With a nasty scoliosis she manages very well with a chiropractic adjustment every six weeks and exercises faithfully done.  

10. Mr X is a 71 year old retired man who wants to continue with maintenance care every six to eight weeks; he had suffered from two years of lower back pain when he first came a year ago. He has no discomfort now after 8 chiropractic treatments, but is aware that danger lurks.

11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It's a non complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she's doing well.

12. Mr D is a 38 old year man with chronic shoulder pain after a rotator cuff tear playing cricket. It responded well to treatment, but he knows he must do his exercises every day; for two years he couldn't sleep on that shoulder.

13. Mr D, a 71 year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?

And so the day goes; chiropractors shouldn't be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that's so much bunkum.

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