LiveingWell Health News Letter

1.Cholesterol-Lowering "Statin"   2. HERBAL

3. HEALTH SITES    4. RECIPE   5. FACTS & TIPS   6. THOUGHT OF THE DAY

1. Cholesterol-Lowering "Statin"

What you can do.

There is no medical reason for you to be taking rosuvastatin when there are three safer and more effective

statins, in terms of reducing cardiovascular events, on the market today.  Doctors should pause before

prescribing this drug.  Physicians must tell their patients the truth about rosuvastatin--that, compared with its

competitors, rosuvastatin has inferior evidence base supporting its safe use.  Sweden's regional governments

were unanimous in their decision not to use the drug as they did not meet the criteria of documented safety and

cost effectiveness.  Ask your doctor for the safer ones.  Below are recent updates.

Information about serious post-marketing adverse reactions--rhabdomyolysis and kidney failure--caused by the

recently-approved cholesterol-lowering"statin" drug rosuvastatin (Crestor-AstraZeneca) have also become

aware of decisions by major U.S. health insurers and by the Swedish government not to reimburse for it.  This

information coupled with a blistering attack on the drug by the Editor of the medical journal.  The basis for

which was strongly urged that the FDA not approve it last year and subsequently urged readers not to use the

drug once it was approved. 

Since the drug has gained approval there were two cases of kidney failure and one case of kidney insufficiency

in which patients had also experienced both protein and blood in the urine, an early sign of kidney toxicity.

 There were also a large number of patients who had blood and/or protein in their urine but had not suffered

from kidney failure.   In addition to this kidney toxicity, unique among all of the statin drugs,  in which any

cases of the life-threatening muscle destruction known as rhabdomyolysis was found to occur prior to approval.

Even cerivastatin (BAYCOL), which was ultimately banned after at least 31 cases of fatal rhabdomyolysis, had

not caused a single case of this adverse reaction prior to approval.  In contrast, there were seven cases of fatal

rhabdomyolysis, in patients receiving rosuvastatin before its approval.  All were receiving a dose(80

milligrams)  that is now no longer recommended, this would mean a small patient getting even the 40 milligram

dose latter recommended might be receiving the dame amount of drug per pound of body weight.  

The total number of new cases in Canada and the U.K. combined after the drug went on the market in those

countries includes three patients with kidney failure, all of whom were taking a much low dose of 10 milligrams;

two additional patients with kidney damage, one taking the 10 milligram dose and the other, taking 20

milligrams; three patients with blood in their urine, two of whom were using either the 10 or 20 milligram dose,

an three cases of rhabdomyolysis, two of whom were using either 20 milligrams or 40 milligrams.

Since there are no reliable data about efficacy (that  it is, actually decreasing heart attacks and strokes, not

merely lowering cholesterol levels) and safety--in time this drug will, like BAYCOL, have to be removed from

the market.  Unfortunately, this will be too late for the many people who will have suffered life-threatening

muscle or kidney damage before it is banned in the United States like it has been banned in other countries. 

By Lillian Waugh                               

2. HERBAL:

Herbal  Aspirin...VERVAIN

Vervain has traditionally been used in treating headaches, toohaches and wounds.  Chemically, Vervain and

aspirin are quite different, but German and Japanese studies suggest Vervain has similar effects to aspirin,

combining mild pain relief with some ability to reduce inflammation.

CAUTION:

Should not be used during pregnancy until birth is imminent, or in the presence of chronic disease.

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4. RECIPE :

Your time in the kitchen 15 minutes, ready to serve in 3 hours.

Guilt free Gourmet

Lemon Raspberry Bars

This crumbly crust and sweet filling makes these easy bars a diet wise party favorite!

Crust  

3/4 cup Splenda sweetener                                                             

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

pinch of salt

1/4 cup lite butter

 Filling

1  & 1/4 cups Splenda

2 Tbs. all-purpose flour

1/2 cup egg subsititute

1/2 cup half-and haft

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

1 Tbs.grated fresh lemon peel

1/4 cup reduced sugar raspberry preserves

Crust:

Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Spray 8 " X 8" baking pan generously with butt-flavored non stick spray.  Set

aside.  In medium bowl mix Splenda, flour and salt.  Cut in lite butter until mixture is crumbly, like a streusel

topping.  Do not overmix.  Press dough into baking pan.  Bake 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned.

Filling:

Place Splenda and flour in medium mixing bowl.  Stir well.  Add egg substitute and haft and haft.  Stir until well

blended.  Stirring constantly slowly add lemon juice.  Add lemon peel.   Stir raspberry preserves in a small bowl

until they loosen up.  Spread evenly over warm crust.  Gently pour lemon mixture over preserves.  Bake 20 to

25 minutes or until set.  Remove from oven and allow to cool before placing in refigerator.  Chill for 2 hours

before serving.

Makes 16 servings Per serving: 70 cals. 2g. protein, 12 g. carbs. 3g. fat, 10 mg. cholesterol, 45 mg. sodium, 0g.

fiber, 3 g. sugar.

5. FACTS AND TIPS:

Drinking three cups of coffee daily could reduce the risk of dying from cirrhosis of the liver, suggests a recent

study.  A team from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health followed up on 51,306 adults who underwent screening

for cardiovacular disease.  The relative risk of liver cirrhosis--adjusted for sex, age, alcohol use and other

major factors--was reduced by 40 percent for those drinking three cups of coffee a day.  The results were

identical for alcoholic cirrhosis, reported the researchers in the July 2003 issue of the Annals of Epidemiology.

The study couldn't determine which coffee component produces the liver-protective effect.  The beneficial

ingredient is unlikely to be caffine, however.  Coffee has been related to a reduced risk of diabetes as well.  

However, some studies suggest that heavy coffee drinkers can increase their chances of developing heart

disease.

6. Thought of the Day:

Focus on long-term goals. Short-term thinking depletes us of energy.

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By Lillian Waugh.

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