Man, Why Do My Muscles Ache?

Written by Dr. Dan Yachter


why do my muscles acheYou might think you have the flu or some other viral illness.  But, if you’re taking a statin drug, you may actually have myositis-myalgia.  What is that, you ask?  Simply stated, it is muscle pain, inflammation and soreness of the muscles. This is often a side-effect of taking statin drugs, i.e., Lipitor, Mevacor, pravastatin, Crestor, etc.  The body has over 630 muscles which make up almost half of its total weight. Messing with your muscles is not tolerated well.  Taking a statin drug is not natural.  If allowed to continue, statin side effects can worsen and can cause rhabdomyolysis or muscle breakdown (including the heart muscle).  Rhabomyolisis is a serious diagnosis.

Vitamin D deficiency is another common side effect in those who take statin drugs.  Supplementation with vitamin D helps, but wouldn’t it just be much healthier to treat hypercholesterolemia (a.k.a., high cholesterol) naturally?  At Elevation Health, we can show you how.

Co-enzyme Q10 is another important “nutrient” your heart needs. It too can be stripped away by taking statin drugs.

So, what’s a health-conscious person to do?  I mean, a doctor told you to take the statin.  Shouldn’t he or she know what they’re doing?  Yes, to a degree.  But, most doctors only look at the possible “good” aspects of a drug rather than treat the real cause.  They will often tell you that side effects are rare and to just stop taking the medication if you’re experiencing side effects. But is this how you want to treat your body?  Absolutely not!  And, here’s why.

You can get your lipid panel (cholesterol tests) back to normal with exercise and proper diet.  Rarely does a person need muscle-damaging medications to bring cholesterol levels back to normal.  Speaking of normal, what IS normal?  Should every man, woman and child on earth fall within the range of “200” as a normal cholesterol reading?  Again, absolutely not!  Cholesterol is an important hormone that your body needs.  Your brain especially needs cholesterol to remain healthy throughout life.  Your body actually produces cholesterol, so it can’t be all bad.

There are different numbers in a lipid panel to pay attention to.  The HDL cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein) is the good cholesterol. Exercise will raise this number – the higher, the better.  The LDL cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein) is known as the “bad” cholesterol – so, for years, the American medical community has been telling us “the lower, the better.”  They told us that LDL levels should be at 100 or less.  However, in August of 2008, the Canadian Medical Association reported that the ideal LDL cholesterol level should be 126.  The study has shown that an LDL level of 107 was associated with a 33% increased risk of cancer and death, and an LDL of 87 was associated with a 50% increased risk of cancer and death.  So, as the LDL is driven lower, meaning your cholesterol is being driven lower with a drug, the risk for developing cancer in your body keeps getting worse. One of the reasons for this is it destroys your immune system when you take a statin drug like Lipitor to lower your LDL level.

Inflammation is another important part of your blood work.  Your C-reactive protein (an inflammatory marker) should be near zero.  High inflammation is what causes heart disease and other illnesses including cancer.  When you have high inflammation levels, it’s time to change your diet.  Add lots and lots of veggies (organic if possible) and tons of fresh fruits (berries are low-glycemic and won’t make you gain weight).  Other fruits in smaller quantities are excellent including Granny Smith apples.   Remove grains from your diet as they are highly inflammatory.  Americans eat way too many grains.  That’s why there’s an obesity epidemic.  You’ll begin losing excess weight just by eliminating grains from your diet.  Try Quinoa instead of rice, millet bread instead of wheat (yes, even whole wheat is inflammatory).  There are many options available.

Lastly, burst exercising is proving to be more effective than long distance running or punishing gym workouts. You don’t have to be a triathlete to be healthy.

Watch for Elevation Health seminars every month.  The next workshop is March 18th. Watch for details.