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Statins May Increase Risk of Incurable Motor Neuron Disease


A study published in the journal Drug Safety examined the side effects of statins and found users are nine to 100 times more likely to suffer from motor neuron disease (MND) symptoms. The risk varies with the particular type of statin taken. According to the researchers, some people are more susceptible to the effects than others.

MND is rare, usually striking people in their 60s and 70s; nonetheless, it can affect an adult of any age. In the disorder, cells in the brain and nerves called motor neurons gradually stop functioning. MND has no cure, but therapy can reduce the impact on everyday activities.

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Live in the Now consulted Dr. Michael Wald, host of Ask the Blood Detective radio show and Supervisor of Nutrition at Integrated Nutrition of Mount Kisco Westchester County, New York. He explained how the actions of statins can lead to MND and other maladies.

LITN: Why May Statins Increase the Risk of MND?           

Wald: “Statin medications are used almost exclusively for the reduction of total cholesterol and bad cholesterol — and they work! However, I have suspected for many years that statins may have adverse effects. The study points out that MND is increased with the use of statins. One of the suspected reasons for this is the fact that the nervous system is composed largely of cholesterol. Therefore, any drug that decreases cholesterol concentrations in the body, including the nervous system, runs the risk of increasing several neurological diseases even beyond MND. These include, but are not limited to, Alzheimer’s dementia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and cerebral atrophy.

“Cholesterol is essential for producing hormones such as progesterone, estrogen, testosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone — all of which have neuroprotective effects. Thus, statins lower cholesterol and have the potential for reducing the production of these sex hormones that are required for brain repair and integrity, immunity and prevention of lean body mass atrophy, as well as many other health functions. Cholesterol is also an antioxidant, which protects us from the destructive effects of oxidants involved in human aging and disease such as cancer and neurological disorders like MND.”

LITN: What Other Problems Are Associated with Statins?

Wald: “Statins also can cause serious non-reversible cardiac and generalized muscle problems because they lower the production of an important healthful compound called ubiquinone, better known as CoQ10. Moreover, statins reduce the body’s balance of an antioxidant known as beta-carotene. Just these adverse effects of statins alone should motivate health care providers to pay serious attention to teaching their patients how to eat properly to reduce cardiovascular risk factors such as bad cholesterol, known as LDL, and total cholesterol. In addition, doctors should provide more instruction on proper exercise and the use of nutritional supplements.”


Mary West is a natural health enthusiast, as she believes this area can profoundly enhance wellness. She is the creator of a natural healing website where she focuses on solutions to health problems that work without side effects. You can visit her site and learn more at Ms. West is also the author of Fight Cancer Through Powerful Natural Strategies.

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