Monthly Archives: September 2018

Negative Effects of Statin Drugs, Strokes, and My Father

I still haven’t completed my post on my experiences with doctors and their bad advice and prescription drugs/side effects that was mainly from about 1999 to 2008. But I am sure that will be finished at some point soon.

But for now I wanted to mention that my father who is 86 is now in a memory care facility. He has Alzheimer’s among other problems. My mother had been caring for him at home where they have lived since 1957, but she could no longer handle it, and didn’t want to have a live-in aid, which is what would have been required. He has a huge difficulty walking and his coordination in sitting himself down in a chair was very difficult.

They both had been taking good care of themselves since at least the 1990s, which is what he told me. Way reducing or eliminating red meat, as well as processed foods and having a goodly amount of fruits and vegetables each day. During the 2000s he told me that he was taking lipitor, a statin drug, supposedly for cholesterol. I don’t really believe that at that time he actually had such high cholesterol that the statin drug was necessary. It was my conclusion that his cholesterol maybe was “a little high,” and that the establishment doctor wanted to give him the drug to prevent the cholesterol level from getting higher. If the doctor were informed and experienced on the importance of nutrition, he would have instead told my father to increase foods that were of an anti-inflammatory nature, such as fish which is high in omega 3, as well as the extra virgin olive oil that my mother told me they have been having.

Prior to all this, my father had two strokes in 2013, a “mild” one and then a week later a “major” stroke. Also at that time they discovered that he had an arterial blockage, that was located in a difficult part of his neck, so they decided that surgery would be too risky and to just leave it alone and hope for the best. He recovered quite quickly and was back home with my mother a month or so later. The only major issue was that he was walking more slowly and his memory was not as good, and he had some confusion at times. But it wasn’t too bad.

But I really believe that he wouldn’t have had those strokes and the arterial blockage had he not been given that lipitor statin drug. It is my belief that such a drug that consists of synthetic chemicals has some kind of effect on the circulatory system, making changes to it in some way. (These articles, this, this, and this, assist me to reach that conclusion even if they don’t state that explicitly. But I tend to read between the lines on these kinds of things.)

So, in my view, a drug that was theoretically intended to lower cholesterol levels and thus would lower the risk of strokes or heart attacks, was probably a main contributor to my father’s strokes. What else could have caused that? For years, he had been eating healthy foods and not having bad foods, processed foods, etc. He certainly wasn’t under too much stress because he retired about 12 or 13 years prior to the strokes.

And my father had been doing very well all these 5 years since those strokes, but in the past year his walking and ability to sit down in a chair, shower, etc. was more difficult. My mother had an aide come in to help him with morning showering, but the rest of each day was too difficult for her to help him.

So, she moved him to a “memory care” facility just a few weeks ago. After beginning there, the practitioners there took him off one of the two drugs he had been taking for his memory (aricept and memantine, but I’m not sure which one has been stopped), supposedly because one of its side effects may be what’s causing him to have such difficulty walking. But now, my mother tells me his memory and condition is worse, and that he “hardly talks,” and still walking with great difficulty and needs the wheelchair. She said that now he doesn’t even recognize her, which wasn’t the case a day or two ago.

I’ll bet the practitioners at the memory care facility didn’t gradually stop the drug or otherwise stop it in some controlled way.  Those drugs are very strong. They are synthetic chemicals that our bodies probably don’t want to have in them.

It’s just another case that reinforces my views against pharmaceutical drugs, and that they cause worse problems, or worsen conditions in the long run. Or, if someone is used to taking something like that, removing it suddenly could also worsen the condition.

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Further Update on Magnesium Supplements

I probably have mentioned this before, but in the past few weeks I have been experiencing apparent problems with the magnesium supplement again. I’ve been taking the Bluebonnet magnesium citrate 200 mg twice per day. But I have noticed that it seemed to be getting less effective and my arm issue I have had was returning. And now this morning I’m waking up with lower leg cramps, which I rarely get, a good sign of magnesium deficiency. But that particular brand of magnesium seemed to be the best so far, that I had been taking since about January or February (and reviews online as well as Labdoor testing report seem to agree with me).

And then I checked out whether the extreme hot and humid weather we have been having could affect the supplements, which it turns out that could have an effect. I live in the northeast U.S. and we had many more 90+ degree (F) days than usual for three months, all Summer long. And the humidity has been extremely oppressive. It’s even affecting my front door, which has been sticking way too much.

So I added a 133 mg caplet* of the other form of magnesium I had been taking prior to switching to Bluebonnet magnesium citrate, magnesium glycinate, in addition to my two 200 tablets (or caplets) per day, until I buy new pills at the store.

To reiterate, I have to take magnesium supplements along with zinc and other vitamins and minerals because of my ulcerative colitis digestive condition. I can’t have those particular vegetables that most people can have, that are the sources of those nutrients.

*I assume they are 133 mg caplets/tablets because the nutritional information states that one serving is 3 pills that adds up to 400 mg.

Life Insurance Companies to Track Private Health Data

According to Nicholas West of Natural Blaze health news, life insurance companies now want to add fitness tracking data to all policies. That includes John Hancock, that will track your “fitness and health data through wearable devices and smartphones.”

I know that a lot of people will go along with this, because they don’t understand where exactly this could lead, especially with government involvement in health care. The article mentions the Affordable Care Act, which encourages employers to offer wellness incentives. And the article concludes with a reference to China’s “social credit score.”

Frankly, there’s too much intrusiveness by both government and the corporate sector in a country that supposedly prides itself on “greatness,” what was at first the greatness of freedom, particularly the right to be secure in one’s person, houses, papers and effects. How will things be 25 years from now, in America?

Colin Kaepernick Protesting “Oppression”

I wanted to write something about the football player Colin Kaepernick who doesn’t want to stand for the National Anthem. I’m not big on flags or anthems. But he really is a goofball.

I don’t want to get into all the race stuff here. America in general is not a “racist” country, especially given that Americans elected a black President in 2008 and reelected him in 2012. Obama couldn’t have gotten elected without the majority of white voters.

And I don’t want to get into the police stuff here. I think there would be fewer incidents of police harassing innocent black people if we ended the drug war. That’s the main cause of many of America’s social and criminal justice issues now. You’ll never stop people from getting their drugs if they want them. America was not meant to be a police state, or a nanny state.

Kaepernick was also shown wearing a shirt with pictures of Fidel Castro, while protesting America’s “oppression” of black people. Fidel Castro killed thousands of people while administering over a totalitarian regime of communist … “oppression.”

Meanwhile, back in capitalist America, Colin Kaepernick is making millions of dollars as a football player, and now as a Nike advertiser. Cognitive dissonance here?

Anyway, I just think Kaepernick is a goofball, with wild and crazy hair. He actually has more hair than Linc on “The Mod Squad.” So, he cracks me up.

And if he is so against “oppression,” then why is he a football player? They keep bashing each other’s heads and getting concussions. The whole thing is nuts.

Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Nomination

When I started doing this blog, besides writing about health and nutrition issues, I also wanted to include commentary on the issues of the day. But while I did post some items during the first year or so of this blog, it’s mainly been about my health and experiences with medical issues and dietary supplements. So, I will try to get some more commentary on other issues here.

For instance, President Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. I would vote “Nay” on Kavanaugh if I were in the Senate.

Kavanaugh has shown that he doesn’t understand the Constitution, which includes the Fourth and Fifth Amendments. In past cases as a judge, he has written that if the government has a “special need” to search someone’s person, houses, papers or effects without a warrant as required and demanded by the Fourth Amendment, then that’s okay with him. He cites drugs and drunk driving as examples to excuse the police to search without a warrant.

However, I guess Kavanaugh hasn’t actually read the Fourth Amendment or he doesn’t understand that the Fourth Amendment doesn’t give exceptions. It doesn’t say, “except in cases involving drugs or people accused of drunk driving.” It doesn’t say anything about “special need,” or “exigent circumstances.”

Kavanaugh has also ruled on cases involving Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. He blindly accepts the government’s anti-terrorism strategy as a given. If he didn’t throw any case involving Guantanamo detainees out of court in which the government had no evidence against the accused and hadn’t charged a detainee with any actual crime, then he shows that he doesn’t understand due process. Everyone has a right to due process, regardless of where that individual was captured or what he is accused of.

The second aspect of this is that the U.S. Constitution doesn’t authorize the U.S. government to have a prison on any territory that is not a U.S. territory. Therefore the entire existence of this prison is unconstitutional.

And also, I thought that Donald Trump promised to “drain the swamp”? With Kavanaugh’s apparent love of bureaucracy and his unwillingness or inability to recognize that all those three-letter bureaucracies in Washington are just not authorized by the U.S. Constitution and that therefore any case involving any of those unauthorized bureaucracies should be thrown out of court and the bureaucracy’s victims (usually innocent property owners and business owners, or victims of the illicit drug war) be compensated immediately, then he just isn’t qualified to be on the highest court in America. If he is just another part of the bureaucracy, then he is a part of the “swamp.”

Libertarian Murray Sabrin Running for Senate from New Jersey

If you live in New Jersey, and you don’t like the two major party candidates for U.S. Senate, the incumbent Democrat warmonger Bob Menendez or the Republican challenger Big Pharma Bob (the other Bob),you might want to consider voting for Murray Sabrin the Libertarian Party candidate. Dr. Sabrin is a professor of economics and wants to dismantle the military empire overseas and supports due process rights and civil liberties, and at the same time believes in economic liberty and doesn’t support the current structure of taxation because it is involuntary and involves coercion.

Brief Summary of Experiences with Colitis

I wanted to write just a brief summary of my experiences with the ulcerative colitis (UC) here, before I do the post on my experiences with the “doctors” and their bad advice.

The UC started in July 1999 with seeing blood with BMs. By September 1999 a “flexible sigmoidoscopy” indicated that the cause of the problems was UC. In September-October 1999 I was having maybe 10-15 BMs per day, mainly stimulated by the bleeding that was caused by inflammation. I also had a low blood count and low protein level, and weight being in the 117-125 lbs range. After being given a mesalamine based prescription anti-inflammatory, it was better by maybe late November and things were more normal by mid-December 1999.

But it got worse again in January 2000. I’ll get into much more specifics in my post about experiences with “doctors” and their bad advice. But it was much better again and more normal by April 2000. I had relapses between August 2001 and April 2005. If there’s bleeding with BMs I call that a “relapse.” But the number of BMs during those relapses were no more than 6 per day, not exactly 10-15 like during 1999-2000.

The situation was under control from 2005-2012, when starting in November 2012 there was the first relapse in 7 years. At that time I was under a lot of stress and there were some issues with my supplements, including the acidophilus “pearls” that I had been taking since December 2005 not being as good as they used to be, which I confirmed by seeing that other people were experiencing the same issue of that supplement not being as good as it used to be, as I saw on Amazon reviews at that time (which was good enough of a confirmation for me). So, the 2012-13 relapse ended by March 2013, and I switched to a different brand of acidophilus starting June 2013. I haven’t had a UC issue since then, except for occasional spasming and other non-bleeding digestive reactions.

So that’s my summary of those UC experiences since 1999. And I will be much more specific in my post on the experiences with “doctors” and their bad advice. I don’t know when I will do that, though.

Anti-Inflammatory Foods and Supplements, and More on Vitamins

First, this isn’t “advice,” because I am not a licensed nutritionist or otherwise medical professional. I am just giving my own personal experiences with things as well as what I have learned over the years, and readers can take it for what it’s worth.

But I really wanted to write a blog or article on my experiences with “doctors” and their bad advice that made things worse and caused new problems. But before I do that (and I don’t know when that might be), I wanted to write a little more on my experiences with the ulcerative colitis (UC), a.k.a. inflammatory bowel disease, as well as my experiences with supplements.

The UC began mainly in 1999. While I was given anti-inflammatory prescription drugs from then until the late 2000s, by about 2009 I was then relying on nutritional medicine including foods of an anti-inflammatory nature, supplements that could have anti-inflammatory effects, and other vitamins and supplements to make up for whatever nutrition might be lost because of not having the vegetables that are important for anti-oxidants and minerals such as magnesium, zinc and vitamin K and K2.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have learned that one can have too much of the vitamins and supplements, which could interfere with the body’s natural anti-inflammatory functioning and could actually compromise the immune system. Since May, for instance, I have reduced the vitamin D, from a total of over 4000 i.u. per day to now approx. 2400 per day. I wasn’t counting the added vitamin D in the milk I drink, and I wasn’t counting the 1000 i.u. vitamin D that my multi-vitamin has.

And that’s another thing that I didn’t mention in my previous post, it was possible the the iron was also interfering with my magnesium. My main source of iron was the multi-vitamin, that I was taking twice of per day. So I only take one multi-vitamin per day now. I have learned that it’s not a good idea to take too much iron, because it can build up in the blood and cause more problems. And I think that’s whether one is getting it from a supplement or from food such as red meat that contains a lot of iron.

As far as foods that contain properties of an anti-inflammatory nature (at least for the purpose of keeping UC in check), that includes whole milk, because milk fat has anti-inflammatory properties, as well as butter which is mainly milk fat. Butter is healthier anyway, than margarine, because of containing natural nutrients including omega 3 and vitamins. Margarine is a processed food containing chemicals and is not good.

And extra virgin olive oil is an important factor in preventing inflammation, not only if someone has UC or inflammatory bowel but it’s good to prevent inflammation of the heart and arteries.

Also concord grape juice is good, as far as foods are concerned.

Although not related to the subject of UC, I mentioned the arteries. A common scapegoat of problems with the arteries is cholesterol, when oftentimes the real culprit is inflammation. But another cause of issues in the arteries is calcifications, a calcium buildup in the arteries. That would be because of not getting enough vitamin K2, the main sources of which are vegetables (which I can’t have because of having UC). The vitamin K2’s main function is calcium distribution, in which K2 efficiently distributes the calcium to the bones that need the calcium, and prevents maldistribution of calcium to other areas that don’t want it, such as the arteries and the heart. So I also take vitamin K2, as well as vitamin D, C, natural E, and B complex. And magnesium and zinc too.

Just one final note about the B complex. I have learned from my experiences over all these years now and from what I read on the Internet that it’s not a good idea to take too much vitamin B6. Some B-complex vitamins contain too much B6. It should be a low amount. You really have to do your own research in all these things as I have had to do. And the actual learning experiences with all these things doesn’t seem to stop.

But regarding the ulcerative colitis, I will have to save more info on that regarding my experiences in the next post.

But the post or article I really want to write is about the bad advice and prescriptions from “doctors” as well as their withholding information about nutrition. Maybe that will be some time soon.

Further Commentary on Magnesium

Regarding my previous post, and the concern that my magnesium supplement was being interfered with by other supplements, I have learned since then that the magnesium could interact negatively with vitamin D supplements, and that separating them by an hour or two is helpful. Also, if I had been taking too high a dose per day of magnesium, that could cause dehydrating and would explain the headache side-effect, and increasing water throughout the day is helpful.