Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you can’t not have seen all the commercials for Lipitor, which is a brand name for a high cholesterol drug. If you’ve seen these commercials, then you know what the possible side effects and dangers are, since they are now required by law to make them public in all commercials. However, if you haven’t seen the ads, then this article will fill you in on the potential dangers of taking the prescription drug Lipitor for your high cholesterol.
The first thing you need to know, before getting into the subject of Lipitor itself, is what high cholesterol is and why it needs to be controlled.
Cholesterol is a fat like substance that builds up in our arteries. We do need a certain amount of cholesterol in order to survive. As a matter of fact, there is good cholesterol and bad cholesterol. When the bad cholesterol levels start to build, that translates into more fat in our arteries. Eventually, what happens is that this fat hardens and clogs up the arteries. Imagine that fat that you drain off the turkey on Thanksgiving and drop into a cup. Check back in a day or so and it has hardened considerably. This is what happens inside our bodies. When that happens, we are prone to heart attack or stroke. What Lipitor does is reduce the level of cholesterol in our bodies. On the surface, this would seem to be something without consequences. However, as with most drugs, there are complications.
Without getting overly technical, what happens to people who take Lipitor is that, over time, usually no more than a couple of years, patients begin to exhibit symptoms similar to Lou Gherig’s disease, or ALS. This is a muscular degeneration that takes place. Studies have proven conclusively that this degeneration is a common theme in patients who are taking Lipitor for their high cholesterol.
The alarming part of this is that this is a common side effect and not something that just happens to a few patients. When a common side effect of a drug like this is so serious, questions need to be asked as to whether or not the benefits outweigh the risks. Considering that nobody has proven conclusively that cholesterol is as dangerous as modern medicine says, the risks would seem to be unwarranted.
If you’re concerned about what Lipitor might be doing to you, there is a simple alternative to lowering your bad cholesterol level. By simply taking 2,000 to 3,000 units of vitamin C each day, you greatly reduce your risk of having high cholesterol. That in combination with lowering your beef intake should be more than enough to keep your cholesterol level normal.
The dangers of Lipitor are quite real. Consult with your doctor and get the facts.