Last year as part of my continuing education I attended a series of classes on the Liver Detox Pathways. A significant portion of the class was dedicated to statin drug and their effects on the body based on a book written by James and Hannah Yoseph called How Statin Drugs Really Lower Cholesterol: and Kill You One Cell at a Time. Here's a sample of what I've learned.
In order for a cell to thrive, grow and replicate itself it requires food. Cellular food is in the form of a protein called “reductase”. Reductase activates something called the mevalonate pathway that produces cholesterol and other molecules called isoprenoids to cause the cell to grow large, replicate its DNA and then divide into two daughter cells. This is the cellular cycle and the basis for all life. Without the cholesterol and isoprenoids, cells will age and die without being replaced.
Statin drugs block reductase and the mevalonate pathway in order to reduce the production of cholesterol in the body and pull cholesterol out of the blood. Every single cell in the human body is affected by statin drugs but since cellular renewal happens at various rates it takes a long time before we notice its effects.
Cells lining the gut renew themselves every 10 hours up to every 5 days.
Skin cells regenerate every two weeks.
Liver cells are replaced every 300-500 days.
Bone cells last a decade.
If you are trying to heal your body and improve your health but you are taking a statin drug you won't get very far. If cells cannot replicate, they will die.
There is nothing you can take as a supplement in order to reduce the effects of a statin drug on the mevalonate pathway. Taking CoQ10 is often recommended if you are on a statin drug because CoQ10 is an isoprenoid that is vital for cell energy and its production is also blocked by statin drugs. But taking CoQ10 will not keep your cells from dying. Even taking cholesterol would not keep your cells from dying. The only way to keep your cells from dying is to stop blocking the mevalonate pathway.
There are better ways to reduce your risk and prevent heart disease like:
Reduce alcohol consumption
Reduce coffee consumption
Remove processed foods from the diet
Avoid partially hydrogenated vegetable oils
Avoid vegetables oils that have been heated
Reduce refined carbohydrate consumption
Reduce or eliminate sugar consumption
Reduce your exposure to pesticides in your food and environment
Eat more fresh vegetables
Everything on this list will improve your health and help your body to heal while reducing your risk of all chronic diseases instead of contributing to death one cell at a time.
To Your Health!
Kathryn Doran-Fisher is a Traditional Naturopath, Certified GAPS Practitioner and owner of Elder & Sage.