Thursday, January 17, 2013





TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 26.5 kg/58.5 lbs

Welcome to all readers. 

I am 73 years old and working at being in nutritional ketosis รก la Jimmy Moore of Livin La Vida fame.

It's never too late to change your life for better.


Recently I read a Blog where the lady had been prescribed the drug Niaspan to lower her cholesterol. As far as I can tell this lady is a reasonably fit person around 60 years old. She took the medication as directed with no ill effect after the first tablet but had an anaphylactic attack within a short time of taking the second dose a day later. Fortunately her family called the emergency service who gave her an antihistamine, (allergy medicine), and took her to hospital for an overnight stay. This lady could well have died.

It's not unusual for some people to have a totally unexpected reaction to a new prescription or even a small change to one they have used for years. What did shock me was the many comments following her post about her experience.

Comments included remarks such as this.... I am on Crestor and I take and allergy pill at the same time.
                                                                     Not sleeping well since I began cholesterol medication. Going off it and watching my diet.
                                                                     Family member accidentally took one of my pills and reacted with skin pain and nausea. If I had not expected that reaction I would have taken her to Emergency. It gives me a tingly forehead and hot flashes followed by blotchiness that goes down all of my body. I know my particular reaction is normal. (bold italics are mine)
                                                                      My spouses reaction was not immediately diagnosed and meant we had to delay doing some of the things we wanted to do.

As I read these comments I grew more and more angry. How dare a bunch of pill pushers con so many people into taking something that is patently bad for them. I was in tears for my friend but bewildered by the ignorance of an unsuspecting public. These symptoms are well documented and yet doctors who should know better think they are good for us and we like silly sheep follow the flock without questioning.

I am so thankful that I wrote into my blog the day my doctor prescribed a statin for me after I got Bell's Palsy which she initially diagnosed as a stroke. Lynda wrote me a comment suggesting I might like to check out the side effects of statins. I had already taken my first tablet when I read her comment. It did not take very much research for me to decide that was the first and last I would take of that medication. My decision was more than justified when I had an ultrasound on my carotid arteries which were found to be totally perfect with no sign of plaque.

John has a damaged femoral artery in one leg. We believe this to be the result of two separate industrial accidents many years ago. The vascular specialist prescribed a statin and when I questioned the purpose said it would help the plaque, which was narrowing this artery, to disolve. I cannot find any evidence to suggest this is truth. If you find it leave me a comment.

John faithfully took this medication for two months until finally admitting he didn't feel well, his leg ached more than previously and in fact he ached all over. Can it be good medicine if it makes you sick?

Of course sick is relative. If you believe the medication is life saving or has special benefits you will take it and tolerate the side effects.

As the year progressed I have seen an increasing number of articles and testimonies about the side effects of statins and the way we have been brainwashed into believing they are necessary. Maybe you are old enough to remember the thalidomide debacle. Many are now saying statins are going to prove to be a far greater disaster.

It's hard to go against conventional medical wisdom but history tells us this so-called wisdom can be terribly wrong.

Cholesterol is one thing our bodies manufacture. If that is so then we must need it. Our brain depends on cholesterol.  There is far too much to write about here but be assured you need to do some research and study and become open minded and courageous if your doctor wants to put yu onto a cholesterol lowering drug. This just might be the last thing your body needs.

I intend to write more next Thursday.

An excellent read on this subject is The Great Cholesterol Myth by Jonny Bowden, Ph,D., C.N.S. and Stephen Sinatra, M.D., F.A.C.C. Subtitled Why Lowering your Cholesterol Won't Prevent Heart Disease - And The Statin-Free Plan That Will.


1150 Calories 
95. 5 gm fat (75%) = 858 cal.
57 gm protein (20%) = 228 cal.
14.5 gm carbohydrates (5%) = 58 cal.

I don't plan to be perfect. If I am close 5 out of 7 days I will be happy.


THOUGHTS .......

I think I'm trying to do too many things at once. Here's the list of I want to doo-s . OK I know that's not a real word but it should be.

1, Listen to my audio Bible..... done
2, Listen to Oral Health poscasts
3.Listen to Jimmy Moore 's podcast...done but I see there is another one right behind this with Mark Sisson.
4. Check out Jonathan Bailor at The Smarter Science of Slim
5. Garden .... the weeds are growing too fast UPDATE the rain beat me.
6. Breakfast ..., I'm not hungry and it's already after 11 am so today it will be brunch   Brunch .... done
7. 15 minutes cross-trainer ... immediately I get finished here. Done
8. Write my take on statins for this week ... plan is to continue with a weekly comment because daily would get boring for me and probably you too, my dear readers. .... done
9. Think about what I'm taking when we visit my cousin and elderly uncle tomorrow. Uncle Malcolm is Mum's only surviving sibling and is about 94. I makes a long day but what the heck! We need to visit with him. Will be good to see them all.
10 and 11 I have done. Booking next lot of budget flights to Christchurch in June and booking 2 night's in a Motel when we go to Hamilton for John to have the angioplasty on his leg on 29th Jan.
12. Check out and read Blogs

DAILY READ  ....24 hours at a time goals.

Commit Daily.
(i.e. Each day commit to taking the measures necessary to reach those 3 goals for 24 hours only –
Recommit each morning. Every morning. Wake up. Go pee. Then hunker down with your winning, achieving self and recommit to your daily goals for this new 24 hour period. Now achieve them. You can do it. We can do it.)

SPIRITUAL listened to audio Bible
HEALTH Doing it Thanks Loretta for my new title. Test Pilot

HOW DID I DO? .......

All those crazy lists but I achieved so much more today with a clearer head than before I began sucking on lozenges for my sore throat. I think there might be a ketone benefit from lower carbs  kicking in. Blood ketones make good brain food.

15 minutes cross-trainer
Fats = 62.3 %
Proteins = 23 %
Carbs = 8 %
Alcohol = 6.7 %
Total calories for day = 1114
 + glass red wine 106

Breakfast:- Coffee and cream

Lunch: Chicken. Turkish salad

Dinner:- More left-over roast chicken with red cabbage 20 gm chocolate fat bomb

Snacks:- Diet jelly and cream. The bowl is now empty.

Drinks:- Water x 3
Flavoured Tea Infusions x 1
Cream coffee x 2

Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt or 5 - 6 cups large *yes*

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *yes*

15.5 min =  3.5 km Improving slowly but man it takes discipline not to keep going beyond my chosen minutes. I know I must or my knees will blow up and I can feel the pain around my scapula where I did some damage a few years ago. That is the last thing I want to set off again. It was an excruciating sudden stabbing like having broken glass instead of angel wings.

January Total = 12/140 km

BP:- 11th May 2012, 147/75
23rd May 2012, 135/75
15th June 2012, 135/85
17th July 2012, 137/75
3rd September 2012, 125/75 ... Meds changed officially. Accuretic becomes Accupril.
12th January, 2013 ..... another med change by self. I only take Accupril occasionally if at all. Still on Plendil 2.5mg until BP checked

Start weight:- 114 kg/251 lbs

Weigh In approximately 7.30 am

1st December:- 86 kg/189 lb
1st January:- 87.5/192.5 lbs

2013 Weight Loss History Starting at 87.5 kg/195.5 lbs

2012 Weight Loss History
January:- 10.5 kg/23 lbs
February:- 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
March:- 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
April:- 3 kg/6 lbs
May:- 1.5 kg/3 lbs
June:- 2.5 kg/5.5 lbs
July:- 1 kg/2 lbs
August:- 4 kg/8.5 lbs
September:- 1 kg/2 lbs
October:- 2 kg/4.5 lbs
November:- NC
December:- + 1.5 kg/3 lbs


  1. I am amazed at how many people have viewed by blogs on my recent experience. I will NEVER take such med again. Many people have talked about the benefit of good old oatmeal. That is now my meds for high choresterol. I really though I was going to die.

    How right you are, Margie Anne, we really need to question just WHY our doctors push so many pills.

    1. Thanks for your comment Phyllis. I appreciate that you stopped by and if anyone wants they can go direct to your record of your scary experience.


  2. I have a list of things to do each day, but it really is to much so I need to revamp it. I have heard a lot of things about statins and not good things either. Have a fantastic weekend :)

  3. Margie Anne, thank you for sharing this. I think you are courageous in your stance on this, and believe that more people should be cautious before they just do what the doctor tells them to do. We have found in our own experience that medical specialists come in all flavors, and we need to be aware of what we're dealing with. Sometimes, I think some doctors are making a lot of money from the drug companies by pushing their "products". If we could only "follow the money", we would be able to see and understand so much more about so many things.

  4. I took statins--3 different statins, one right after the other--and had a reaction to each. I had that muscle pain/weakness thing that the med warnings say is serious and indicates the need to stop the meds.

    With the first scrip, The pain started a few days after meds began, became increasingly worse and before a month had passed, I could barely walk. By that time, I quit ignoring it (and decided it wasn't the flu), so I stopped and thought about when the pain started. Aha. A few days after I started the statin.

    I got on the net and, sure enough, there it was. Severe muscle pain--stop taking drug.

    I had muscle pain begin with the other two brands, too, only I was on teh lookout so stopped them when teh pain got to moderate.

    Do you know that even tho I reacted THREE times, my MD wanted to give me a fourth scrip? He said this one worked differently. No, thank you. Really, no!

    Turns out--when I went to low carb, the cholesterol became normal all on it's own. :)

    By the way, that china cupboard is beautiful! Love it! And your list would choke a horse.


  5. Have a lovely weekend. Is that your home at the beach? I don't recognise the pretty wall unit.