Cholesterol - And Another Fine Mess!
Virginia commented on the Too Pooped to Participate blog: "My husband takes Levothyroxin 100mcg (Mylan brand), to be taken in the morning. However, after reading an article about this drug, he is taking it when he goes to bed.
My husband suffers leg cramps, back aches, tiredness, low energy, his bones ache, his mind is not sharp. Then he takes Pravastatin Sodium tablets, 40mg, in the morning.
My husband's doctor told him multivitamins are good enough for him to take. That taking Natural Vitamin D3, 5000IU, is not necessary and neither is Iodoral, high potency Iodine/Iodide supplement-that iodine will actually hurt him or not help him.
Then I read on Dr. Oz's website that it was okay to take, but when do you take D3 and Iodoral? With your medication or in place of your medication (since our doctor won't work with my husband).
Artichoke Leaf for cholesterol
Dr. Oz also recommended Artichoke Leaf for cholesterol in place of statins.
Can you give my husband any advice on when to take Vitamin D3, Iodine/Iodide and Artichoke leaf."
I tell you true, Virginia, while you and your husband are in a very typical situation, you shouldn't have to go through this. Let's break it down and see what's possible.
First, your husband's symptoms are all well-known side effects of statin drugs. ALL of them. Statin drugs are a really bad idea, and patients end up in terrible health because of them.
A healthy cholesterol level is between 200 and 300. That's what your body needs.
For instance, our brains are mostly cholesterol. Taking statins starves your brain. As does eating a low-fat diet.
And we make our endocrine hormones-thyroid, adrenals, pancreas, etc.-from cholesterol. Low cholesterol whacks the endo system something fierce.
Since the endocrine system is the key to good health, preventing it from producing enough hormones to keep the beat is a really bad idea. Right up there with starving the brain.
In fact, using statin drugs to force your cholesterol level below 180 puts you on the path to disease. Cholesterol forced below 150 sends engraved invitations to cancer and other undesirables.
Below 120 guarantees disaster.
As to artichoke leaf: Maybe yes, maybe no. Cholesterol doesn't cause heart attacks; inflammation does. And while artichoke leaf is said to reduce inflammation, it's more for digestive problems than heart. The fact is, basic nutrition does a whole lot better job at fighting inflammation, but unless you're allergic to it, artichoke leaf shouldn't do any harm.
Your doctor's right that a quality multivitamin/mineral is primo. Notice the word "quality," which most multis aren't.
You got some really important stuff right-D3 and Iodoral. Pretty much everybody is deficient in both.
But they should be part of a solid vitamin/mineral program. For instance, vitamin D and vitamin A need to be balanced, and Iodoral can be too much for a nutritionally deficient body to handle. Get the nutritional synergy going, though, and Iodoral is a rock star.
Get off statin drugs
You might look for a doctor willing to help your husband get off statin drugs. That will make a huge difference.
Hopefully, a doc who understands that Levothyroxin doesn't work and prescribes Armour Thyroid or Naturethroid, which do. This will be hard; doctors are taught T4, and they may not be able to leave that reservation.
Then get a vitamin D3 blood test. Most people run below 30, but we want to be around 80 or so. The recommended D3 level may go higher as we learn more, but for now, 80 is good.
It's hard to get an iodine test, especially since med schools teach that iodine is dangerous. There's no science behind that claim, but there you are.
So iodine is a do-it-yourself kind of deal. And, as usual, knowledge is power.
The good news is we can-step by step-get our body parts working together, all moving in the right direction. It takes patience and attention to detail, and while we'd all just as soon take a pass on patience (especially) and attention to detail, it's not hard.
But you have to have faith in the process. Faith that tending to one problem will help solve another. Faith to keep going if progress comes slowly. Faith that our bodies want to be well and will work like tigers when we give them the support they need. And faith that, given adequate knowledge, we're smart enough to figure out what we need to do.
With knowledge, we can have better health-a lot better. If we make the effort.
God is good,
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P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She's a patient who's been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, "Moving to Health" about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don't, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.