Health Nugget - First-Step Therapy

Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on January 21, 2011 at 6:17 PM

As a class of drugs, statin drugs are one of the most prescribed medications in the world. Even though the medical community is encouraged to offer patients a trial of healthy lifestyles as first-step therapy in decreasing elevated cholesterol levels, physicians usually give this recommendation lip service and just go ahead and write the prescription. They most likely feel that patients will not make any lifestyle changes to lower their cholesterol, or even if they do, these new lifestyles will not be clinically effective. However, in my clinic I offer all my patients a 12-week trial of healthy lifestyles before they consider taking any medication. Clinical trials using my 12-week internet wellness program have shown an average decrease in total cholesterol of 17%, an average decrease of LDL cholesterol of 20%, and a 27% decrease of triglyceride levels. Pharmaceutical companies would love to have these kinds of results

Stain drugs have been approved by the FDA as second-step therapy. When you see a statin drug like Lipitor, Zocor, or Crestor advertised on TV, note that advertisers always say that when diet and exercise have failed to lower your cholesterol enough, you should try their medications. The reason that they do this is because this is how they are approved by the FDA. My 12-Week Healthy for Life Program is definitely a first-step therapy. Check it out at When you combine a healthy diet, modest exercise, and high-quality nutritional supplementation, you give yourself the absolute best chance of avoiding medication or decreasing your dependence on medication.

Thank you to Dr Ray Strand for allowing us to publish this information. 


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