Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

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Monday, 01 Aug 2011 11:45 AM


Question: I am 55 and take Lipitor for a cholesterol level that was 220. I am also taking Boniva for osteopenia. I do not like taking these medications because they cause unwanted side effects. What can I do to bring down my cholesterol naturally and improve my bone density naturally?

Dr. Brownstein's Answer:

There are zero studies showing that a 55-year-old woman has fewer strokes or heart attacks or lives longer by taking a statin drug such as Lipitor. A cholesterol level of 220 may not be that high. In fact, I find most of my patients achieve their optimal health with a cholesterol level ranging between 180- 250 mg/dl.

As for Boniva, this class of medications hasn't shown a clear benefit for reducing bone fracture risk. The best way to prevent poor bone health is to eat a good diet and get regular exercise, which also helps achieve better heart health.

More information on these two drugs can be found in my book, "Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do." These two medications are examples of drugs that don’t work.




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