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5 days ago · Should I consider ablation? in Heart Rhythm Conditions

If you google The Nature of Things 'Cholesterol', the documentary bottom line is, "only a man in his forties who has had a heart attack should be on statins." https://www.cbc.ca/natureofthings/episodes/the-cholesterol-question
Very few of us were considered to have high cholesterol 15 years ago. But Big Pharma lowered 'normal' twice so that most people over 60 are according to them, statin candidates…and doctors toe the line. They have no choice. How can that be that ?… However, now cholesterol no longer seems to be the big deal Big Pharma would have you believe it is. It's CRP (c reactive protein) which is a marker of inflammation in the body. My husband who has had very high cholesterol since his twenties, (and refuses to take statins after watching the documentary) has normal CRP. He is a big walker, a good weight, doesn't smoke or drink and he eats plenty of vegetables.
Big Pharma declared that nearly all men over 60 and women over 75 are eligible for statins.
My elderly sister in law who at age 76 was a vibrant, big personality, younger than her years was put on statins for high cholesterol, lost weight from 140 down to 110 pounds, developed diabetes as a result of statin use, lost so much muscle mass and became very weak, fell and broke both hips and died last month…at age 80. Damned statins! And damned Big Pharma!

5 days ago · Should I consider ablation? in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Hi Cat Mom, I cured my Afib with exercise 6 days out of 7 for months.,.. so there's hope that you can at least control it better on lower doses of meds and feel better. It's those damned meds that make us feel lousy.
You say you are pre-diabetic. I am wondering if you are on statins for high cholesterol…which cause diabetes.
To my thinking, Afib is constant. At least for me it was. 24 hours a day my heart was wonky…not just rare episodes.
I wouldn't worry about your sodium level dropping. It's normal to happen especially in runners who drink too much water…or in your case drinking like crazy. Live and learn.
Are you no longer drinking coffee, tea, stimulants of any kind, chocolate, sugar, alcohol, smoking etc…? If I touch any of these things I will start to feel skipped beats and thumps and there is NO WAY I ever want to go back to Afib and beta blockers. Believe it or not, I have a friend with Afib and he would rather take drugs to control it than give up his wine and coffee…

Mon, May 6 12:52am · Weaning off Metoprolol in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Quote: 'The next time you go in for a medical checkup, your doctor will probably make a mistake that could endanger your life, contends cardiologist Allan Sniderman of McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Most physicians order what he considers the wrong test to gauge heart disease risk: a standard cholesterol readout, which may indicate levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or non-high density lipoprotein (non-HDL) cholesterol. What they should request instead, Sniderman argues, is an inexpensive assay for a blood protein known as apolipoprotein B (apoB).
ApoB indicates the number of cholesterol-laden particles circulating in the blood—a truer indicator of the threat to our arteries than absolute cholesterol levels, some researchers believe.'.
My husband had high cholesterol levels even in his twenties. After watching the documentary on The Nature of Things on Cholesterol which you can see on line, he decided not to take statins because he is not in the ultimate risk category; 'a man in his forties who has had a heart attack.'. I will ask him to have the apoB test. He has had his c-reactive protein test and it is normal. He eats very well (lots of veggies) and he's a big walker so maybe that's why his CRP was good.
35 million Americans are on statins. Is it possible that so many Americans are 'sick' and need to be medicated?

Sun, May 5 3:10pm · Weaning off Metoprolol in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I'm sorry to hear about your troubles, AlwaysHope. If I can give you one word of advice it is to be PROACTIVE. Don't leave your health in the hands of someone else…such as your doctor. Can you see a good naturopath; preferably one who has his or her doctorate of naturopathy who can help you get your health back on track.
Write down your history in point form and take any medicine and supplements to show him or her. And most important of all, take questions to ask. Never mind the cost. This is your health at stake. The naturopath will create a healthy diet for you, probably encourage you to take probiotics (50 billion Garden of Life) to boost your immune system and to get plenty of sleep and exercise.
Our plates should be very colourful. You don't want to be looking at a plate of beige food. I think your naturopath can work with your doctor to get you off any meds that are giving you problems. There are more natural ways to cope with anxiety such as exercise and some natural supplements. Avoiding coffee and tea is a start. Aiming for at least 7 servings of fruit and vegetables is also a good start. I wish you all the best.

Sun, May 5 11:38am · Weaning off Metoprolol in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Exactly…hopefully based on credible sources.

Sun, May 5 11:37am · Weaning off Metoprolol in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Yes, we will have to agree to disagree. I question and doubt any study that promotes a statin or drug because it is undoubtedly backed by Big Pharma. I prefer to believe the Canadian researchers (in the documentary) who have no stake in the game; nothing to gain.

Sun, May 5 11:31am · Weaning off Metoprolol in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Do you know why the French have so few strokes and heart attacks compared to other countries such as the US? They drink wine with their meals. The wine especially red wine contains resveratrol which keeps the blood thin. I would go for wine before injecting myself with some chemical. You need to drink 4 ounces daily to keep the blood thin since the effects last 24 hours. Red wine gives me a headache so I take a resveratrol pill…when I think of it.

Sun, May 5 11:27am · Weaning off Metoprolol in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Watch the documentary: https://www.cbc.ca/natureofthings/episodes/the-cholesterol-question Cholesterol is no longer the big deal it used to be.,…or what Big Pharma would have you believe it is. $$$ It's c reactive protein and inflammation in the body.