1. New warning over cholesterol meds

    Statins could cause kidney damage

    Today's Daily Dose is tomorrow's news -- even if "tomorrow" is sometimes years away.

    The latest example: An urgent "new" warning that finds common cholesterol meds may cause serious kidney damage.

    Well, it's new to the mainstream.

    But if you've been with me a while, it's certainly not new to you -- because I've been warning you about this very risk for years now.

    Statins may increase your risk of acute kidney injury by more than a third. According to "new" research in the BMJ those who were on "higher" doses of statins were hospitalized 34% more for acute kidney injury in the first 120 days they were on medication compared to those who took lower doses of statins. And that risk remains higher for as much as two years after you start taking the drugs.

    The risk kicks in at 10 milligrams of rosuvastatin (Crestor), 20 mg of atorvastatin (Lipitor) and 40 mg of and simvastatin (Zocor), or what the researchers refer to as "high" doses.

    Sounds to me like these researchers aren't just behind the times. They're out of touch -- because those aren't high doses at all. They're the doses millions of Americans take each day, and many take even more.

    The study doesn't get into the hows and whys of the link between statins and kidney damage, but I spelled out that dangerous drug secret for you nearly five years ago.(Click here to read all the dirty details.)

    Statins block the production of coenzyme Q10, which is critical to muscle energy and function. When you don't have enough CoQ10, you get muscle pain -- another statin side effect.

    The more you take, the lower your CoQ10 levels -- and eventually, your muscle may start to dissolve like butter in a hot pan. The disintegrated tissue then goes into your bloodstream and heads for your kidneys.

    If you're lucky, you may suffer from a kidney "injury." If you're not, well, the risks start at kidney failure which can lead to death.

    Bad news? You bet it is -- and believe it or not, this isn't even close to the biggest risk of statins. These meds have been linked to memory loss, sex problems, liver damage, cancer, and more.

    So forget the statins. As I've told you before, you've been lied to by the mainstream maniacs. You don't need these meds in the first place because "high" cholesterol isn't the villain it's been made out to be.

    Up next I crack yet another mainstream myth and serve it up to you for breakfast.

  2. Statins can cause fatigue, especially in women

    'New' statin side effect can knock you out

    Think it's exhausting trying to keep up with all the warnings on cholesterol drugs? You should see what happens when you actually take the darned things -- because the latest study finds statins can sap you of your energy faster than a weekend with the in-laws.

    This isn't some minor "maybe" side effect and it's certainly not a rare one. New numbers show that up to 40 percent of women who take statins battle fatigue -- and 10 percent of them feel like they've been hit by a truck.

    In a new study of more than 1,000 people, that 10 percent described their post-statin energy levels as "much worse" than they were before they started taking the meds.

    The study in the Archives of Internal Medicine looked at two statins -- simvastatin (Zocor) and pravastatin (Pravachol) -- and a placebo, and found fatigue hitting women who took either drug. But overall, the researchers say the effect was stronger in women who took simvastatin and that it was much less noticeable in men.

    But if you're a guy, I've got an even better reason for you to lay off these drugs: Statins could shut down your internal testosterone factory and kill your erections.

    If you ask me, that's the worst kind of "fatigue" a man could have.

    And for men and women alike, the drugs have also been linked to serious and debilitating muscle pain, memory loss, cataracts, and diabetes -- and that's the short list of risks.

    Forget these meds, and forget worrying about cholesterol in the first place -- you've got enough on your mind as it is. As long as your total cholesterol is between 200 and 300, you're doing just fine.

    The real problems begin when your cholesterol is TOO LOW -- and the best cure for that is the most delicious class of "drugs" on the planet: steak, bacon, sausage, and eggs.

    All that protein will also boost your energy, leaving you feeling like you could lift a truck -- not like you've been hit by one.

    I have more on fatigue -- specifically cancer-caused fatigue, and how to avoid it -- coming up next.

    Keep reading!

  3. The two-in-one med that's double the trouble

    Diabetics, you know the score: The more pills you take... the sicker you get. Well, now Merck wants to "help." They're cutting back on the number of pills -- but don't get too excited: They're not actually reducing the number of drugs.
  4. Feds issue warning on Zocor

    The FDA says a common statin drug that's been used by millions to lower their cholesterol levels is actually even more dangerous than they thought.
  5. New book exposes Big Pharma's twisted statistics

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    You've probably heard the old Mark Twain saying that there are lies, damned lies and statistics. Well, according to a new book, there's plenty of lying going on when Big Pharma presents its statistics.
  6. Are you paying too much for your generic drugs?

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    The fact that anyone would go to Mexico to get something like medicine should speak to the frustrations we're all feeling with the cost of medications. It's part and parcel of America's ongoing argument about the increasing cost of health care.

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