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  •  Red Yeast rice contains several statins - and (1+ / 0-)
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    Red Yeast Rice sold OTC in the US must now have the statins removed.

    It's a public health issue of marketing an unapproved drug if the Red Yeast Rice still has statins in it.

    As far as I know you can still grow your own, it's basically rice fermented with red yeast.

    •  not true (5+ / 0-)

      it is sold and does contain natural statins, They were not required to remove the natural statin ( used in Mevacor but Merck shouldnot have been allowed to patent a natural ingrediet ). Most red yeast rice still has the effective ingredient. any sold by a respectable pharmacy should be ok. RRY was ruled a food by the courts, so there is no restriction on it being sold. I used it, my doctor takes it, it works. it does become less effective over time for some people ( it took my cholesterol from 280 down to 180, now its about 221 with a good ratio) and anyway, there are plenty of doctors, including my own, who think the whole cholesterol thing is way overblown, when you look at the studies many of them are not so conclusive, or were conducted by drug companies themselves. Finally, no one can explain why people on these meds have a higher mortality rate, but there is some theory that the statins so knacker you brain you have more accidents. the statins in RRY are way lower than the drug Mevacor which uses the same ingredient. There actually is no debate about the efficacy of RRY in the medical community; the debate is that you don't know for sure if you are getting the good stuff or not, because it is classed a food and not a drug. A generic mevacor might be better for some people; but the side effects of statins are not to be taken lightly, and more is coming out about them everday. And there is no evidence they extend lives, especially in women.

      •  Thanks, link? Vendor? How recent is your (1+ / 0-)
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        info?  Mine is from my doctor, and teh google, in the past year.

        Agree that the statin marketplace has made a lot of money off of captive patients.

        Sending you an email with the rest of my comment.

        •  I have discussed this with my doc extensively (2+ / 0-)
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          Occam was an optimist, weck

          there are charlatans out there who make RRY and don't put the statins in; that's the problem, you don't know what you're getting. With the drugs, you know whats in it. BUt Solgar and other compnaies make a good product; i buy a brand from my odc that he uses as well, but frankly I am not getting the success I want; my cholesterol is down to 221, from 280, but ti used to be down to 180. I tried Crestor and it caused serious neurological issues; i told my cardiologist I never heard of these side effects from statins, and he said it doesn'tmatter, no one knew about the cognitive effects for years either until they started asking patients about it. Now the4y are looking at blood sugar issues.

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