I was speaking to a very well-known neurologist yesterday and the subject of Statins came up. He is in his late 30s early 40s. To my utter astonishment (though not total surprise) he said that he takes Statins… for no reason other than disease prevention!
This really hit home to me just how different my own belief system is to doctors. I totally get his point and his reasoning for taking statins for no reason. He believes that this is an advancement in medicine and that they will keep his arteries healthier and promote longevity. He may very well be right in fact.
However, I can’t help but to think 2 things. One, that every drug comes with some sort of side effect even if yet unknown. Yes the side effect may well outweigh the benefit. Two, the body is designed to heal itself if given the right nutrition, exercise and other things such as stress reduction and positive environment.
So on the one hand, you have him, taking a pill to be healthier (or several) and on the other, you have me, working on my feet and hands if there is an issue within my body. Of course, he is right, I do not know the state of my arteries and maybe a Statin can be an insurance against problems later. However, if you have this sort of belief, where do you stop? Do you then take something for blood pressure? Maybe an aspirin a day too? How about some joint pills?
I don’t know. I just think it is best to see doctors and take pills when there is something seriously wrong with you. To be honest, some of the sickest people I know are the ones who go to the doctor the most! Is it the chicken or the egg thing?