Hypertension and other Heart and Circulation Disorders Regimen
Use FutureBiotics Pressur-Lo, The Water Cure, and The Zone Diet strictly. For faster results, additionally use a Pauling/Rath formula such as Source Naturals L-Proline L-Lysine. If there are any specific heart problems, add CoQ10 in high dose. Add the EFA omega 3 (EPA) if there are still problems keeping it under control.
Use heart supplements and other nutrients only with permission of your MD. Some supplements can cause immediate and dangerous blood pressure drop when combined with prescription meds and in even more danger are those on blood thinners. These parameters must be carefully monitored!
The General Maintenance Regimen can be used to ensure adequate essential fatty acids, especially omega 3 and EPA, but the Pressur-Lo is already a pretty good combination multimineral and multivitamin for the purpose. If there are serious problems or price is not an object, an excellent supplement for most heart and circulation disorders is CoQ10. A good amount of CoQ10 to take daily is 200 - 400mg or more but this is expensive. Taking small amounts like 30 or 60mg per day is still very helpful. However, don't spend money on CoQ10 at the expense of other supplements until the basics are covered, such as consuming adequate magnesium, EFAs, mixed tocopherols. selenium, and other essential vitamins and minerals.
FutureBiotics Pressur-Lo, with its excellent formulation of minerals plus heart herbs, beta-sitosterol, taurine, vitamins, and other nutrients is an excellent general heart supplement and besides controlling blood pressure whether it is too high or too low, will also immediately stop most problems with angina, heart pain, palpitations, and other heart and circulation disorders.
The FutureBiotics Pressur-Lo has a good deal of magnesium, almost 100% RDA, and magnesium is the most important part of the regimen. Whether this supplement is used or not, it is important to ensure 100% RDA or more magnesium consumption from this or a multimineral supplement long term every day if possible. The Pressur-Lo, with its excellent formulation of minerals plus heart herbs, beta-sitosterol, taurine, vitamins, and other nutrients will also immediately stop most problems with angina, heart pain, palpitations, and other heart and circulation disorders. Source Naturals L-Proline L-Lysine will speed the process by providing medium dose vitamin C therapy along with large amounts of plaque-removing lysine and proline.
Pressur-Lo and the Source Naturals product (described further below) provide a potent combination to address most heart and circulation disorders if a low cost regimen was needed for even the most serious problems. From this basis, start adding supplements in this order:
If angina symptoms do not stop within 48 hours of using sufficient magnesium, water, and other necessary nutrients, the cause could be bacteria, usually staph, infecting the heart. These typically come from tooth infections. Dental problems must be addressed if they are causing trouble.
1. An omega 3 supplement like Jarrow Omega Balance or Enzymatic Therapy Eskimo-3. The Omega Balance is good if the diet is poor and not enough undamaged omega 6 oils are consumed, but pure omega 3 fish oil as is in the Mega EFA or Eskimo-3 will provide the most benefit for the money since people are usually more deficient in omega 3 than omega 6 oils. If an omega 3 supplement will not be used, some good ones can be had by eating raw walnuts or pumpkin seeds on a regular basis. Cooked fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna, etc, are not really that good a source of EPA and DHA omega 3 oils (the most important ones) since the oils are delicate and damaged by heat. When nothing seems to work to bring blood pressure down, most people have the best results by boosting EPA/DHA fish oil consumption to large amounts, as much as 6g or more per day until it is under control, then backing down to 2 or 3g per day.
2. A multivitamin
If some cases it may be necessary to perform the Kidney Cleanse, although long term use of the above regimen should be sufficient for most problems. The kidneys filter the blood and when they are compromised with mineral deposits, this can put a strain on circulation as well as affect the heart directly.
A good formula for general heart and circulation health, as well as an instant remedy for some heart problems like angina, is Source Naturals L-Proline L-Lysine. It is a Linus Pauling Mathias Rath based formula which provides a large amount of vitamin C in the form of calcium and magnesium ascorbates plus proline and lysine. Electroherbalism once recommended Jarrow Formulas TLC 3.0, an effervescent proline lysine minerals ascorbates powder product, but for reasons unknown, this excellent formula has been discontinued. Since the Source Naturals product provides mineral ascorbates, especially magnesium, and not just ascorbic acid it is better for most cases. However, the Source Naturals Proline Lysine does not really provide enough magnesium by itself unless large amounts are taken (3 tablets three times per day), but since the Pressur-Lo contains a good bit, the combination is sufficient.
The purpose of proline lysine combinations with vitamin C is to bind or neutralize lipoprotein(a) (or Lp(s)) which is a cause of plaque in arteries and veins. Long term use is found by many people to be very helpful to control circulation disorders. Another amino acid, arginine, is similar to lysine in that it binds to many of the same sites in the body as lysine. Arginine works directly to relax blood vessels and generally has a quicker effect to reduce blood pressure than lysine but it is not known if arginine functions in the same manner as lysine, removing arterial plaque.
Arginine and a similar amino acid, ornithine, are both human growth hormone stimulators and also raise blood concentrations of nitric oxide (the same effect as viagra), which causes the relaxation effect. The best arginine ornithine supplement for this purpose is Controlled Labs White Blood. It contains ethyl esters of arginine and ornithine plus taurine, CoQ10, folic acid, and other heart and circulation supplements. The main problem with using arginine HCL or free form arginine for this purpose is that large amounts are required (as much as 5g or more at a time). Ethyl esters of arginine (and ornithine) as contained in White Blood are much better absorbed than other types, so less is required for the same effect. If blood pressure must be dropped quickly, this is the most effective product when taken in sufficient amounts.
There was speculation that arginine and lysine should not be taken at the same time since they compete for binding sites in the body. However, as of late 2006, it is now thought that taking lysine and arginine (including arginine ethyl ester) is fine, and perhaps even synergistic.
Resveratrol is a chemical found in red wine and certain herbs such as polygonum, also known as knotweed, which provides a strong antioxidant action, protects the liver, and is cardioprotective. It is a very popular supplement to fight heart and circulation disorders, but like CoQ10, should only be considered when the basics are covered such as sufficient magnesium and essential fatty acids. Its main claim to fame is that studies have shown that obese mice fed high fat diets with resveratrol live just as long as those on strict diets. Another reason it is such as popular supplement is that it would take 100 glasses or more of wine to equal the resveratrol in one capsule of Longevatrol, the most popular discount supplement of this type. Longevinex is a similar product to Longevatrol but is much less potent, much more expensive, and does not even offer a guaranteed potency of resveratrol.
A typical allopathic (hiding the symptoms but not addressing the cause) approach for heart problems is not to prescribe inexpensive minerals like magnesium, which has only good "side effects," but to use calcium channel blockers. Since magnesium and calcium compete for absorption, preventing calcium absorption will often increase the effects of the usual paltry amounts of magnesium in the diet. Calcium is still essential for circulation and heart health and, of course, for bones, teeth, joints, nerves and brain function, and many other body systems. In some studies, using calcium alone _reduced_ blood pressure, although magnesium and potassium are more effective. Some of this has to do with kidney function. See Hulda Clark's work on how insufficient kidney function can cause hypertension. Common symptoms of calcium (and magnesium and potassium) deficiency include leg cramping, insomnia, and of course, osteoporosis. If there is any understanding of physiology and nutrition at all, calcium blockers appear to be a particularly dumb recommendation.
Following is an article regarding Calcium Channel Blockers from Dr. Mercola's website which agrees with this assessment.
Calcium Channel Blockers Found Ineffective
and May INCREASE Death Rate
Is it the end of the line for this popular class of drugs?
In findings that may well sound the "death knell" for the popular class of drugs known as calcium channel blockers (CCBs), the longer-acting versions of the drugs failed to reduce the risk of heart disease, despite the fact that they were effective in reducing blood pressure.
But lowering blood pressure alone means little if the drugs don't decrease the risk of cardiac problems associated with having high blood pressure.
Dr. Alderman feels that other drugs given to lower blood pressure may reduce atherosclerosis, thereby lowering blood pressure and simultaneously reduces the incidence of cardiac events such as heart attack.
Although CCBs were introduced within the past decade and are longer lasting than other antihypertensive medications, they are also significantly more expensive, costing up to 15 times more than some diuretics, leading Dr. Alderman to make the observation that "The other drugs are cheaper but vastly superior."
As a result of his findings, Dr. Alderman believes that CCBs may be "a drug of rather last resort," and he recommends that people currently taking CCBs should consult their physicians.
Meeting of the European Society of Cardiology in Amsterdam, the Netherlands August, 2000
DR. MERCOLA'S COMMENTS: Drugs are occasionally required to lower high blood pressure. Clearly they are rarely the long-term solution, but frequently they serve as an important intermediary solution. Once the systolic blood pressure gets much above 180 the risk for stroke far outweighs the negative side effects of most high blood pressure drugs. Even if medication is needed, calcium channel blockers clearly should not be the first choice for high blood pressure control. There are far better options. The first one of course is the diet , but exercise is also useful.
Previous posts in this newsletter have associated CCBs with actually increasing heart attacks, increased risk of breast cancer, increased suicide risk, and increase GI bleeding.
One calcium channel blocker, Posicor (mibefradil) was actually taken off the market two years ago because it caused life-threatening arrhythmias. In addition, FDA data from a study using the drug for congestive heart failure, showed that more patients treated with Posicor died than those taking a placebo.
Considering the fact that the shorter-acting versions have previously been shown to be dangerous and now the longer-acting versions are being shown to be ineffective and possibly dangerous as well, the future does not look very promising for these expensive drugs.
It is important to remember that the 'end goal' is not really reducing blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose levels, or any other parameter in and of itself. The true goal is a longer, healthier, and happier life. As this report shows, simply lowering blood pressure didn't reduce the death rate and may have actually increased the risk of certain complications, such as heart attacks and heart failure.
In case you are unsure if one of the drugs that you or a loved one is taking is in this class of drugs, here is a list:
Adapted from Healthy blood pressure can be maintained with natural regimen.
"Since prescription drugs that lower blood pressure do have side effects - some of them risky and unpleasant - it is important to always begin with natural methods. If you are taking drugs for high blood pressure, your health care provider should be monitoring you regularly and should have a goal of getting you off the medication if possible. If you are already taking drugs to lower blood pressure, it is important not to take herbs that directly lower blood pressure such as hawthorn, without checking with your health care provider. Your blood pressure should be monitored while making the necessary reduction in your medication."
* Maintain a healthy weight.
MAGNESIUM DEFICIENCY & SUDDEN DEATH
An athletic 20 year man is playing basketball and suddenly collapses on the court and dies.
On a hot July day, a young and vibrant college football player suddenly makes a great tackle and never gets up.. only to be pronounced dead 5 minutes later.
High School track runner dies after finishing second in a race.
The sad truth is 1 out of 50,000 young adults will fall victim to Sudden Death.
Most sudden deaths have been linked to a thickened, enlarged heart called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), or by a condition that disturbs the rhythm of the heart called an arrhythmia.
When one sweats, a significant amount of magnesium is lost. Magnesium is the most under-recognized electrolyte disorder in the U.S. Dr. Mildred Seelig, one of the country's leading authorities on magnesium suggests that 80%-90% of the population is deficient is magnesium.
It is beyond the extent of this article why the public is being denied the truth of the seriousness of magnesium deficiency and sudden death. The amount of medical research could fill a book, but it is unfortunately being ignored.
According to Micheal A. Brodsky M.D., associate professor of medicine at the University of Medicine and the director of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Service at the University of California.. mineral imbalances interfere with the heart's normal nerve function.
While most athletes have been conditioned to drink a potassium rich drink after sweating.. very few have been educated on the dangers of a magnesium deficiency. Dr. Brodsky states that arrhythmia therapy should focus on replenishing two key minerals: potassium and magnesium.
Almost all physicians have known for some time just how vital potassium is for normal heartbeat. Magnesium is an entirely different story, however.
Magnesium deficiency can be induced by the very drugs meant to help heart problems. Some types of diuretics (water pills) cause the body to excrete both magnesium and potassium, as does digitalis. And magnesium deficiency is often at the bottom of what's called refractory potassium deficiency. The amount of magnesium in the body determines the amount of a particular enzyme that determines the amount of potassium in the body," he explains. So if you are magnesium-deficient, you may in turn be potassium-deficient, and no amount of potassium is going to correct this unless you are also getting enough magnesium.
The Best Test To Determine Your Level of Magnesium
Although most physicians rarely check this important mineral, the few that do usually rely on test called Serum Magnesium. Unfortunately, this test only measures approximately 1% of the magnesium in your body.. a poor test at best.
Common Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency
The most common symptoms include back and neck pain, muscle spasms, anxiety, panic disorders, Raynaud's spastic vessels, arrhythmia, fatigue, eye twitches, vertigo, migraines.
Best Sources of Magnesium
The best way of insuring enough magnesium is to eat a variety of whole foods, including whole grains, nuts, seeds and vegetables, preferably food grown on naturally composted soil. The green color of green vegetables is due to chlorophyll, which is a molecule that contains magnesium. Avoid refined processed foods, especially white sugar and white flour products, as most magnesium is removed from them.
Dr. Grisanti's Comments:
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By Dr. James Howenstine, MD.
There is a lot of experimental and clinical evidence that high blood pressure originates in the kidney.. Animals experiments have shown that narrowing an artery to a kidney can produce high blood pressure and correction of this artery blockage permits the blood pressure to return to normal.. Humans born with or developing a narrowing of an artery to a kidney often develop high blood pressure and correcting this artery narrowing surgically frequently returns the blood pressure to normal.
Conventional therapy for hypertension involves the use of pharmaceutical drugs all of which have side effects which may occasionally be incapacitating. A recent admission by Dr. Allen Roses, vice-president of genetics for Glaxo Smith Kline, that "The vast majority of drugs - more than 90 % - only work in 30 to 50 % of the people." confirms what patients and physicians have learned about hypertension. Treating hypertension with drugs is a hit or mass proposition with frequent drug changes being a prerequisite for proper blood pressure control. Dr. Roses is currently working to develop methods to screen patients with genetic tests that will discover which drug is most likely to work in an individual patient.
Are There Natural Treatments That Work In Hypertension?
Fortunately there are many worthwhile substances that work, are safe, and are often less expensive than pharmaceutical drugs. One of the cornerstones of natural therapy for hypertension is magnesium, which can be given as oxide, aspartate, or a mixture of both. Magnesium relaxes the musculature in the walls of the arteries, permitting the artery to widen and the blood within the artery then exerts less pressure against the wall of the artery (Vasodilatation). This results in lower blood pressure until the effect of the magnesium wears off.
Because the action of magnesium is a physiologic effect of the magnesium ion on arterioles it will work for all persons. Some pharmaceutical drugs used in treatment of hypertension vary in effectiveness depending on age, sex, Afro-American, Oriental, and other subgroups ie. Afro-Americans often respond better to diuretic therapy than Caucasians.
The magnesium ion also acts as a stimulant to the gastrointestinal tract, which means that high magnesium doses may be associated with frequent bowel movements.
This action of magnesium in the body as a vasodilator has long been successfully used in obstetrics to lower the blood pressure in eclampsia.
Intravenous magnesium given during a heart attack improves the survival rate, probably by preventing extra ventricular heartbeats, which can lead to dangerous heart rhythms.
The maintenance dose for blood pressure control needs to be 1000 mg. or more daily. Most individuals in the United States have a dietary deficiency of magnesium so this therapy is a rational approach .Magnesium oxide and aspartate can be found in health food stores.
CoQ 10 For Hypertension
CoQ 10 is a essential nutrient which promotes longevity that is found in every cell of the body. This nutrient increases the energy output by the mitochondria of the cell so it is easy to understand why this substance could benefit many diverse medical conditions. Interest in the use of CoQ 10 for a wide variety of medical disorders was stimulated by the brilliant biochemist Dr. Karl Folkers. He first persuaded cardiologist Dr. Langsjoen at the Medical School of the University of Texas to try CoQ 10 for heart failure. Later Dr. Langsjoen stated that "The clinical experience with CoQ 10 in heart failure is nothing short of dramatic. It is reasonable to believe that the entire field of medicine should be re-evaluated in light of this growing knowledge".
One of the benefits of CoQ 10 is significant lowering of the blood pressure.
The daily doses needed varied between 180 mg. and 360 mg daily..
Coenzyme Q10 was given to 109 cardiology patients who had hypertension for at least one year. They were given an average dose of 225 mg. daily. Blood tests were taken to insure that the blood level of Co q10 was over 2.0 mcg/ml.
Fifty one per cent of these patients were able to discontinue between one and three of their usual blood pressure medicines by four and one half months into the study. The thickness of the heart muscle in the left side of the heart was found to exhibit a beneficial decrease and the main chamber of the heart (left ventricle) showed improved function in the 9.4% of patients who had an echocardiogram before and after the study.
Be sure your blood pressure is being monitored regularly, as only 90 % of patients respond to Co Q10. If there is no benefit in two months the therapy should be changed.
Deficiency of CoQ 10 can be caused by the statin drugs used to treat high cholesterol values so all persons taking these drugs should also be taking CoQ 10 at doses of 100 to 200 g. daily...CoQ 10 is available in health food stores and can be obtained from naturalhealthteam.com and by calling 1-800-416-2806.
The Use Of Vitamin D To Correct Hypertension It has long been known that persons living near the equator have less of a problem with hypertension than persons living in other areas. Blood pressure readings tend to be higher in winter than summer when we are getting more sunlight. Ultraviolet light exposure has been shown to lower blood pressure (http://www.newswithviews.com/Howenstine/james6.htm#_ftn1) in persons with mild hypertension.
Vitamin D produces its beneficial results in hypertension by acting on a gene (http://www.newswithviews.com/Howenstine/james6.htm#_ftn2) that controls the output of a powerful substance called renin. Vitamin D slows down the activity of this gene so less renin gets produced. This decreased production of renin leads to less conversion by renin of angiotensin 1 into angiotensis 2 Angiotensin 2 causes constriction of blood vessels leading to hypertension. It also causes thickening of both heart muscle walls and blood vessel walls. The output of adrenaline rises and aldosterone production by the adrenal gland is increased. Aldosterone causes the kidneys to retain salt in the body which also contributes to high blood pressure. The decrease in renin output produced by Vitamin D slows all these undesirable effects.
The higher an individuals Vitamin D levels are the lower his blood pressure tends to be. Therapy with Vitamin D has been found to be effective in lowering plasma renin values, angiotensin 2 values and blood pressure.
Recent studies have shown that the recommended safe dosage of Vitamin D has been established at levels far below the actual safe dosage of Vitamin D. It is now believed that 10,000 units
(http://www.newswithviews.com/Howenstine/james6.htm#_ftn3) daily is the upper level of safety. Excessive doses of vitamin D produce high blood calcium values (hypercalcemia) and symptoms of nausea, vomiting, weakness, fatigue and eventually kidney damage, bone softening and calcium deposits in tissues.. Regular monitoring of the serum calcium level should enable your physician to detect this problem early so the Vitamin D dose can be reduced.
At this time the correct dosage of Vitamin D to lower blood pressure has not been established so cautious increments in Vitamin D dosage are in order.until satisfactory blood pressure control appears. One could start with 1000 I.U.of Vitamin D and increase this dosage by 500 units monthly. This new approach to blood pressure control has the potential to be safer, quite effective, and much less expensive than pharmaceutical drugs.
The use of magnesium, CoQ 10 and Vitamin D should provide effective safe blood pressure control for most patients. Always remember that sunlight without sun screens or sunglasses is the cheapest most natural way to get your Vitamin D.
Douglas Laboratory offers 1000 I.U. tablets of Vitamin D #100 for $7.00 (Product formula 83007). Their phone number is 1-800-245-4440 or 1-888-368-4522..
For the few persons whose blood pressure is not ideally controlled by the above 3 therapies there are many other safe natural treatments that lower blood pressure.
In a paper from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition vol. 44: Sept.1986 Dr. E. M. Berry reported that a 1% increase in dietary linolenic acid was associated with a healthy decrease in blood pressure. Linolenic acid is only one eighth the quantity of linoleic acid in the usual American diet but it has a disproportionately large effect on blood pressure, probably because of its beneficial influence on prostaglandin secretion by the kidney. The linolenic acid leads to the production of prostaglandins that lower blood pressure.
This linolenic acid can be obtained as 2 tablespoons of flax oil or 4 tablespoons of ground flaxseed taken daily. Fish oils capsules from deep sea fish taken 3 times daily will accomplish the same benefit.
Persons with hypertension who ate 1 to 2 cups of oat meal daily for 8 weeks were able to reduce their blood pressure therapy by 50 %. They also had cholesterol decrease by 15 %, LDL decreased by 16 %, and the blood sugars and insulin levels decreased.. This benefit in blood sugar values is attributed to beta glucan which slows sugar absorbtion. Magnesium and arginine values also increased which can improve blood flow (arginine) and reduce blood pressure (magnesium).
Olive Leaf Extract
Olive leaf extract has enabled patients with hypertension to decrease or eliminate blood pressure medicines. The dose is 500 mg. three times daily.
Aroma Therapy With The Essential Oil Ylang Ylang For persons who hate taking pills aroma therapy with the essential oil ylang ylang might be just the answer. The fingers containing ylang ylang essential oil are rubbed together and the aroma is inhaled for 1 minute. This needs repeating depending on the extent and duration of the blood pressure drop.
This can be obtained from Health Horizons Clinic 800-771-0255 or 305-442-1233.
Blood Pressure Reduction Due To Dietary Changes Dr. John McDougall of the St. Helena Clinic has seen hundreds of patients with high blood pressure experience falls in their blood pressure after being started on a vegetarian diet.
This is well demonstrated by the example of Sam, who was on three drugs for hypertension when he entered the St. Helena Clinic. His blood pressure was
Steady heavy intake of alcohol raises the blood pressure, and giving up alcohol or curtailing alcohol intake may be very helpful in lowering the blood pressure.
Regular physical exertion lowers the blood pressure. The mechanism which accomplishes this may be improved oxygenation of the kidney, which could be associated with the release of blood pressure lowering prostaglandins.
Physicians have long known that weight loss lowers blood pressure. Even slight weight loss brings improvement. If a patient is able to lose 20 to 25 pounds the blood pressure often returns to normal.
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Statins and Vitamin D Deficiency
In my book, Statin Drugs Side Effects and the misguided war on cholesterol, and on this website I have discussed the vital role of cholesterol in the human body. Our most important hormones depend upon adequate reserves of cholesterol for their production and nowhere is this more important than as the precursor substance for the synthesis of Vitamin D, know also as calcitrol.
Researchers in this field are sufficiently concerned from the results of their studies to pronounce that we are in the midst of an epidemic of vitamin D deficiency of immense proportion. Study after study of nursing home populations, of nursing mothers, of healthy male and female volunteers and of various children’s groups have consistently documented how relatively rare it is to have optimal levels of Vitamin D.
Some authorities support more liberal dietary supplementation of Vitamin D in our foodstuff. Others are urging that practical new approaches for vitamin D repletion in our country are urgently needed. This high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency, even in those taking multivitamins, indicates that a critical review of vitamin D needs is a major priority.
A vitamin D precursor is synthesized in the skin from cholesterol in response to absorbing UVB rays. It then gets converted in the liver to an intermediate form. In the kidneys it joins with an important enzyme for conversion into its active hormonal form.
Many factors potentially interfere with the UVB conversion. People having darker skins are much more likely to have vitamin D deficiency. The aged skin of the elderly impairs cholesterol conversion as does the presence of obesity. Our present day emphasis on protecting our skin from the sun, using sun-screens and blockers, also cuts down on the ability of UVB to convert cholesterol to vitamin D. Last but not least, one needs UVB exposure.
Without any sun exposure you need about 4,000 units of vitamin D a day. In the absence of other supplements you would need 40 glasses of milk or ten multi-vitamins capsules daily to supply your vitamin D needs. Most of us make about 20,000 units of vitamin D after 20 minutes of summer sun due to UVB conversion of cholesterol. Numerous studies document that the majority of our society falls short of meeting either their dietary of UVB conversion needs for vitamin D.
Now consider the impact of statin drugs on a society already overburdened with an epidemic of vitamin D deficiency. Cholesterol must be available in our bodies in amounts sufficient to allow UVB conversion to vitamin D. We are all genetically blessed with a “natural level” of cholesterol. What is natural for one person may be completely inadequate for another. Into this heterogenous pool we dump statins indiscriminately in a misguided attempt to bring everyone’s natural level of cholesterol down to some artificially low level. Need I add that eight of the nine people making the 2004 cholesterol guidelines were subsidized one way or another by the statin drug manufacturer?
I cannot think of anything more likely to aggravate our already immense, vitamin D deficient state. There is little doubt that the availability of statins drugs these past two decades has made a major contribution to this problem.
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