Skip to comments.Vitamin B3 beats Big Pharma's Zetia cholesterol drug
Posted on 03/30/2010 8:24:19 AM PDT by Scythian
(NaturalNews) The utter worthlessness of Big Pharma's cholesterol drugs was demonstrated recently by a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine which showed that niacin (a low-cost B vitamin) out-performs Merck's drug Zetia for preventing the build-up of arterial plaque, a symptom of cardiovascular disease.
As the study reveals, Zetia failed miserably. Patients taking niacin showed a "significant shrinkage" in artery wall thickness, while those on Zetia showed no such improvement. At the same time, the rate of "cardiovascular events" in the niacin group was only one-fifth that in the Zetia group, demonstrating that niacin is far more effective at preventing heart attacks and other similar events than Zetia.
But curiously, as soon as niacin started to show a real benefit over Zetia, researchers cancelled the study. The premature ending of the clinical trial stopped the process by which even more useful information about the benefits of niacin might have been learned.
now you know why McCain wants to regulate Vitamins and supplements.
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but but but BIG GOVT wants to regulate and shut down the natural foods markets and create an exclusive market for the FDA controlled drug companies.
I thought these commercials were on TV in the early hours of the morning or on weekends?
MCCain the filthy liar who gave us McCain Feingold and wants to give us amnesty - hates vitamin supplements.
I guess he wants us to drink more beer - so his wife and daughter canpromote gay marriage and sodomy.
All true. I wouldn’t give statins to my worst enemy.
Make sure you take B3 as actual NIACIN and not the “non-flush” types as they are worthless.
And also avoid “hydrogenated” anything along with oxidized vegetable oils. Animal fats have a far higher threshhold for “oxygenation”.
John McCain is leading the charge.
This post is B.S. opinion wrapped in a news headline. Pharmaceuticals are responsible for me being able to lead a healthy, active life, and I'll fight anyone who wants to tear down the industry right down to my eyeteeth.
BTW, weren't you the one posting about being on your deathbed from "Morgellons"?
Have tried various niacins down through the years, flush and non-flush, OTC and prescription. Worthless to me. Great for when it works.
“This post is B.S. opinion wrapped in a news headline. Pharmaceuticals are responsible for me being able to lead a healthy, active life, and I’ll fight anyone who wants to tear down the industry right down to my eyeteeth.”
Some truly are Godsends, others, ie statins are, the opposite.
I take 500mg morning and evening and am thrilled with the results.
Private message me, I’ll explain.
This is true of way too much stuff posted around here.
I’ve been taking Niacin for a few months thanks to comments from a kind FReeper on one of these posts...possibly you. Thanks.
How much Niacin do you take a day. I took it for a few years when I had PADs. I helped a lot. I think they were 500mg.
Oh now there an unbiased source. For your information I have been taking high B natural multivitamins for many years and still have high cholesterol levels. So I call BS on this “report”.
Big Pharma is a pet peeve of mine.
Yeah, I know “wonder drugs”, etc. No doubt some of them are.
But by and large these companies are in bed with the doctors to scam the public. I’ve had several instances of doctors changing my prescription to some new, vastly mroe expensive drug when the old one went off patent. Only to find out it’s simply a combination of two older drugs which, when combined, earns them a new patent.
And the price?
I used to use 2 spearate psoriasis ointments, which had been around for a while and costed about $80 / tube. The new stuff (those 2 mixed)? $1,200. Yeah, you read that right.
I asked the doctor “why not stay with the cheaper stuff?”
Her answer (no doubt right out of a drug company brochure) “Oh, they work better when mixed”.
For the record, at least in my case, No, they don’t.
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In a lot of cases, I argue on your side. But in this case, you're incorrect. I don't have the references here, but the evidence was overwhelming in a CE conference I did two years ago that high dose niacin is the ONLY medication to actually reduce plaque in the arteries. I'll try to find the references.
I had my cholesterol measured at 240 and started taking fish oil, plant sterols, and 500-1000 mg of niacin daily. All available over the counter for maybe $30/month total.
Lowered my cholesterol to 170 in 3 months.
Love the flush!
I do not want to get into the argument about statins: poison or not poisons. However, this study looked at something we should expect with an FDA process for approval in the future (maybe). Why do I say maybe? The FDA looks at classes of drugs. Now if every antihypertensive required proof of extending life in hypertensive patients, the approval process would stretch out to years, perhaps even decades. If every anti cholesterol medication relied on artery thickness the same would occur. Therefore they use “surrogate markers.” The surrogate marker for antihypertensives is lowering the BP, the surrogate marker for anti cholesterol drugs is the cholesterol level. For those who believe statins are evil and that all medications are evil, I have no response and don’t want to argue about it. Accusations are easy to make but it is impossible to prove a negative so it is almost impossible to defend against an accusation. The burden of proof rests on the person making the accusations. They have their opinions and they must be respected but unless proven, they must be taken with a grain of salt. I do not know this literature as I was an Oncologist but all of you can go to Pub Med which is the library of the NIH (I think). Whoever runs it, NIH or some other Government entity) allows anyone to type in a drug name and references pop up. If you are one who believes all medical research is “fixed” your position must be respected. For others, Pub Med is a good point to start if you want to understand diseases and drugs. In addition Goodman and Gilman is an excellent pharmacology reference. Although retired, I buy it for my Kindle. I am sure you can go to any hospital library and they will help you. You do not need to be on-staff.
A really smart thing to do would be to review the actual study and critique the design for it’s flaws before you blast the study as BS.
Niacin has its own side effects, so it should be monitored with blood tests like other cholesterol drugs.
Zetia does work as a lipids improver but it does not reduce calcium buildup which is what they first hoped
that is what started all this Zetia bashing
Niacin does not work as good as Statins btw...I know this because I tried.
Pravachol is very good to me,...and cheap..20/month
By the way, I bought a great fish oil to, with the highest DHA ratio, all tested for heavy metals, loving it ...
View the label, also, Magnesium will reduce plaque buildup along with L-Arginine, but don’t take L-Arginine if you have had a heart attack or stroke ...
Mine's never been above borderline bad (maybe 212 to 220), but three years ago the doc suggested I take a prescription; instead I just started taking an underdosage - only one tab a day, versus the 4 to 6 recommened - and at the next annual I was about 202......he told me "just continue what you're doing".
my psoriasis is cured....no messy creams, oiontments or jels....the answer is UVB narrow band...have your doc write you a script, and buy a light box ( from 800 to 4000, depending on the type you get ) 6 weeks, every other day, 4 weeks at twice a week, and it will be gone...maintenance of about 1 time a week and eventurally you will not even need it much
What’s the Government recommended Cholesterol level suppose to be this week? They keep changing it...pretty soon most everyone will be requested (Healthscare mandated?) to take a statin.
That's odd, because I took Whole Foods Non-flush Niacin 500mg, and credit it for lowering my Cholestrol from 220 to 180.
ARE you saying they cured or stopped PADS?
I believe I’ve got PADS myself.
This study is not an indictment of other cholesterol lowering drugs like Lipitor and Crestor that stop cholesterol production in the liver. These two drugs have a long and solid track record of saving lives.
The lead investigator of the study said the study was concluded early because the results were clear and there was no need continue subjecting the Zetia patients to something that wasn't working. Mindlessly bashing the pharmaceutical industry should be left to the mindless.
If you are on a niacin therapy, you better be getting your liver enzymes checked regularly.
I take 2000 mg CVS flush free niacin daily. I have been for about a year. At first my cholesterol went down, now I am not so sure.
Fish oil is better than niacin in my opinion, but you need to get a good, heavy metal tested fish oil.
I used to do that, and it did help. But it never completely went away.
It does get much better in the summer though.
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In all, pharmaceuticals do not save lives. They destroy lives while making huge profits for drug companies
This is sheer idiocy offered by the worst kind of idiots. Tell someone who survived drug resistant staph, thanks to Vancomycin, that drug companies destroy lives. I have a relative who is alive today thanks to Gleevec. Vaccinations have done nothing to save lives? Do you idiots remember polio and what it did to a healthy body? Have you ever seen a child suffering from Pertussis? How many thousands are spared from death by malaria each year because they have access to drugs like Fansidar, Lariam and Malarone?
I read this crap and wonder what kind of moron would post such stupidity here and who would agree with it. It's absolutely mind-boggling. Where do you think the new drugs to treat bacterial infections that don't respond to current classes of drugs will come from...the health food and supplement industry? Who will save us from drug resistant TB......practitioners of homeopathy? Thank goodness our fate isn't in the hands of the clueless.....yet.
Have you tried coconut oil?
In a recent study “Oregano Oil” out performed Vancomycin in a real study, when Vancomycin failed, “Oregano Oil” worked. And for $35 you can purchase Allimax or Allimed and it KILLS MRSA where all other drugs fail, and it’s been proven, it’s made from Garlic and has a very high Allicin content.
And by the way, there are almost no side effects to Oregano Oil, which is probably, pound for pound one of the strongest antibiotics on the planet, proven in studies to surpass Vancomycin.
Don’t ask me to prove it unless when I do you are willing to admit you were wrong and that the Drug Companies are covering up cheap, safe, and effective cures ...
Coconut Oil is in large part what helped me become Morgellons free at the very end, that and OptiMSM (MSM) not MMS ...
Love Coconut Oil ... Had it in my oatmeal in the morning just today (like aways)
If you are ever curious about the efficiency of the FDA, just 30 minutes worth of research will show you that they are a 99.99% worthless agency who supports corporations not science.
OMG, they expect me to take anything they say seriously after I read some stupid crap like this?
Mammograms increase cancer in women ..
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