Share The Wealth by Chris Gupta
July 12, 2004


This great article form many on Owen's site is an appropriate follow up to the recent articles in Vitamin C.

See also:

Orthomolecular Solutions to Heart Disease

Researchers: Vitamin C Deficiency Widespread - Link to Heart Disease, Infections, Cancer

Bad News About Statin Drugs


Chris Gupta


Copyright 2004 by Owen Richard Fonorow

Vitamin C is the original HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor

I've not only read Alice in Wonderland, I've been there...

The hot selling statins, such as Lipitor® and Zocor®, lower cholesterol by blocking the coenzyme HMG-CoA reductase. The first statin drugs were released to the U.S. in 1987, and the manufacturing and promotion of these drugs has grown into a huge business; statins are the most widely prescribed class of drugs in history.

In the 1960s, research began of the mechanisms on which animals and humans rely for the synthesis of cholesterol, the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase. After years of study, in 1985, scientists made the important discovery that ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) is the human body's natural HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor.[*]  When vitamin C levels are low, the body compensates and manufactures more cholesterol; when vitamin levels are high, vitamin C inhibits HMG-CoA reductase, lowering cholesterol -- naturally.

The problem with the artificial statin drugs has been identified. These drugs concurrently reduce circulating levels of ubiquinone, aka coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) [*] and raise levels of the lipid Lp(a) [*] . A decline in CoQ10 -- attributed to artificial statins -- has been linked to muscle pain, muscle myopathy and congestive heart failure; [*] elevated Lp(a) is linked to the 70 percent higher probability of heart attack or stroke [*].

Vitamin C at the proper dosage (6000 mg or higher), lowers Lp(a) and promotes the natural production of CoQ10.

Vitamin C is Nature's Perfect Statin.

Supplement Facts

Linus Pauling informed the world that vitamin C deficiency is the root cause of cardiovascular disease (CVD), and that taking more of the vitamin lowers cholesterol, and that when combined with lysine, effects the cure for CVD.

Yet, rather than promote vitamin C, drug companies invented statin drugs. While it's true that vitamin C is the top selling nutritional supplement, earning its makers roughly $180 million per year, the statin drugs are sold to 25 million people worldwide, earning more than $20,000 million dollars (20 billion) annually.

One wonders, what did the drug companies know, and when did they know it? Was vitamin C used as the model for the statin drugs, and they simply forgot to mention it?

It just gets curiouser and curiouser...

Foundation Issues Statin Drug Alert

Owen Fonorow, Naturopath, Ph.D.
Vitamin C Foundation
PO Box 3097, Lisle IL 60532
630-416-1438 , Fax: 630-416-1309  
Major Web Sites


posted by Chris Gupta on Monday July 12 2004
updated on Saturday September 24 2005

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Readers' Comments

992694376, On Vytorin, have noticed I cannot stretch one leg w/o discomfort in calf muscle. It is affecting my walking with a limp, does this sound familiar? Pat

Posted by: on April 7, 2005 04:53 AM


I am suffering from night time leg cramps I am taking the ststin type medication for hdl and ldl reduction

Posted by: walter prince on January 16, 2008 02:12 AM


I have developed a swollen tongue recently. I take simvastatin and I think this medication is causing the problem.

Posted by: Judy in Raleigh on August 19, 2009 10:02 AM


My Doctor prescribed Lipitor for reducing my cholestrol at least 10 years ago. I would get nosebleeds frequently without even touching or blowing my nose. I will never take it again. My Dr. could not explain it.

Posted by: B. Hirkala on June 25, 2010 09:46 PM


Iwas taking lipitor and in Sept./2012 I started having problems with my right leg(quad muscle).By Aug./2013 I was almost a cripple when someone told me about lipitor problems his wife had.I immediately stopped taking lipitor.It is now Mar./2014 and I think my leg is very slowly healing with a lot of excercise.What would be a good dose of CoQ10 to be taking and do you think it will help?


About 400mg/day with a little coconut oil or organic dairy butter should help. See also:

Management Of Statin Damage


Posted by: Paul Enston on March 5, 2014 01:51 PM


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