An interested response to my blog posting, "A Simple Solution!" by JaaJoe (ww.jaajoe.com) suggests that simple solutions can also prevent too much cholesterol from building up in our systems. Anti-cholesterol drugs (statins) may be uneccessary, provided we follow a regime of drinking adequate water and getting plenty of exercise. The idea is to increase magnesium intake (magnesium is provided to the body by drinking water) instead of taking pills.
An excellent article by Cisco on the jaajoe web site informs us that increased cholesterol production is the direct result of dehydration (so that cholesterol production becomes a kind of drought management. While cholesterol is essential to life, cholesterol-lowering drugs are now known to increase life-threatening diseases like heart disease.
Side effects, side effects! It seems that for every medical advance, there is also a down side. The problem is that the side effects are not known for many years after the drugs are prescribed. The challenge is to weigh the good against the bad.
The jaajoe site states that the consumption of soft drinks instead of water, as well as other processed foods, contribute to heart disease because they decrease magnesium in the body. Stop imbibing soft drinks, jaajoe, warns! Drink water instead, but don't soften it (your arteries are more important than the stains on your bathtub) because hard water contains a lot of magnesium. So NO soft stuff!!! One caution, though: Magnesium supplements should not be taken without checking with your doctor. And, it goes without saying that we softies have to get off the couch and exercise (an hour's walk each day will do it!).
I'd recommend taking a look at the lengthier article on this topic on www.jaajoe.com. It's well written and worth keeping in mind. Drink water! Personally, I can't wait to swallowing a grapefruit slice instead of my statin pill.