The RX Drugs Dr. Mercola Doesn’t Want You to Take
Statins are cholesterol-lowering drugs taken by 1 in 4 Americans. Dr. Mercola believes cholesterol is not necessarily as dangerous as it’s been made out to be. He feels too many people are taking statins based on the guidelines that have been reestablished in the interest of big pharma companies. According to Dr. Mercola, statins have serious side effects such as causing muscle damage and diabetes and should also never be prescribed during pregnancy. If you do take them, Dr. Mercola recommends the supplements coEnzyme Q10 or ubiquinol.
Dr. Mercola supports natural ways to lower cholesterol, such as avoiding non-vegetable carbs and sugars (bread, sugar, soda, etc.) and eating – rather than avoiding – healthy fats such as olive oil and avocados. Also, he supports the idea of niacin supplements to help lower cholesterol.
Dr. Oz’s Bottom Line:
- Too many people use statins as an excuse not to make the healthy lifestyle changes necessary to prevent high cholesterol.
- If you have heart disease, there’s no question statins are a very important part of your health-care regimen. If you don’t have heart disease, there could be other options for you to explore with your doctor.
- If you’re cholesterol numbers are high, request more detailed tests to determine if you need a statin drug.
2. Blood Pressure-lowering Drugs
Approximately 25% of the US adult population is taking drugs for high blood pressure. Dr. Mercola believes that most Americans who are taking hypertension drugs are pre-hypertensive, and it’s not necessary for them to take full-blown high blood pressure meds. He also proposes that about 1 in 4 people have “white-coat hypertension,” which means they become fearful or anxious when their blood pressure is being taken, and that’s what elevates it.