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New free cholesterol health check at Sainsburys
Sun 5-Jun-11
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Danny
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 Just came across this:

Flora pro.activ have teamed up with Sainsbury's Pharmacies to offer free instore cholesterol tests to Sainsbury's shoppers from 15 June to 5 July

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wave Isn't that a brilliant idea.  Pity I am so far away from one of their stores.

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Our nearest one is 14 miles away in Bury St Edmunds. We will make the trip.

It's a coincidence because we were discussing cholesterol only a few days ago.

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Mon 6-Jun-11
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Not sure I want to know mine...

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Agree with Terrier and also slightly sceptical about how unbiased this would be as being sponsored by a compnay wanting you to buy cholesterol lowering products.

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Tue 7-Jun-11
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Oddly, the test is also free if you go to your Doctor...

I'll try that again!

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Toffeeapple said:

Oddly, the test is also free if you go to your Doctor...

doh

A fount of common sense r u, TA. I should have realised that.

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Tue 7-Jun-11
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Silly sausage!  big_laugh  I expect your surgery is closer to home too.

I'll try that again!

Tue 7-Jun-11
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I hate to see people worrying unnecessarily. The cholesterol thing is a big myth. Read Dr Kendrick's "The Great Cholesterol Con" No he is not some alternative medicine weirdo. He is a qualified, practising, English GP. The trouble is, the big pharmceuticals, and the multinational food processing companies have too much riding to allow the cat out of the bag, and the medical authorities are too scared to actually study the data. The compensation claims would be beyond what could ever be settled.

By all means get a test - if it makes you feel better. But keep in mind that the results that most Dr.s want to see now can only be achieved in normal people by taking statins. And the test is meaningless. And that brings me to statins. DON'T TAKE THEM. THEY ARE EVIL. Even if you are not one of the unlucky ones who dies of kidney failure, they cause damage to the muscles.

I took them for two years and it took five more years without them to get the strength back in my hands so that I could knit. I still (after 11 years) do not thave the strength in my muscles that I was accustomed to have. They cause peripheral neuropathy - loss of feeling in the extremities - fingers, toes etc. That one is irreversible.

They cause problems with you brain - short term memory and bouts of amnesia. Sort of like having early-onset senile dementia. Bear in mind that 5% by weight of your brain is pure cholesterol. It waterproofs the electrical circuits. Upset that balance and you are comprehensively stuffed.

Bear in mind that your kindly local GP gets a cash donation of our money for every one of his patients that he can test and prescribe for. I bet they hate me down at the surgery!

Sorry to come out on such a high horse, but I hate to see nice people worrying when they shouldn't. So here is a picture of the best medicine -wine- seriously folks, if you can handle it, it is much better for you than pills.

Tue 7-Jun-11
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Here is a link to Jean's post.  I must admit that I am less than enamoured of Statins but was fearful of stopping them, I am going to do so.  Especially in light of what recently happened to me when my doctor stopped the Diclofenac that I was taking as anti-inflammatory and changed to Naproxen.  The last bad effect it had was to make breathing difficult so I went to the Pharmacist who looked at my medication list and told me to see my doctor immediately and to stop taking Naproxen.  I got better at breathing the very next day so decided to look up side-effects and found that I had 14 of them.  The worst of which, after the breathing was that my skin became so dry that my eyelids cracked and bled, my cheeks, forehead and chin became scaly and my neck looked like the trunk of a tree.  And the mouth ulcers! I'm still not right and I can't see my own doctor until July 7th.  I'm taking ordinary Ibuprofen when I need to and I feel a lot better for it.  Blasted Pharmaceutical companies.  Thanks for the article Jean, I shall desist from Statins immediately.

I'll try that again!

Tue 7-Jun-11
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Oh, and, the reason for changing my script?  Cost! Hah! aargh

Apparently women are not helped by statins at all!  Just as well I have never stopped eating butter and ham and bacon and lamb and beef and eggs...

I'll try that again!

Tue 7-Jun-11
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And as for the red wine - well I ask you!  big_laugh

I'll try that again!

Tue 7-Jun-11
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Scary stuff, Jean and TA. Never heard of statins, but now I am aware.

I found a brief summary of the points raised in that book you mentioned in a forum post here.

BTW, TA, Fiona said that her GP would not give her a cholesterol test on the NHS unless a close family member suffered from heart disease. It came up at her last check-up for some reason.

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Tue 7-Jun-11
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Well I wish I had been told that.  I've even had to stop eating grapefruit because of them and they are my favourite citrus fruit.  I shall go have a look at that link you gave me.

OK I've done that, it is a very brief précis, I am glad that I read the whole article.  I shall start eating pink grapefruit again in a week, just to make sure the statins are out of my blood stream.  I'm going to knit Jean a big kiss and send it to her, I am that thrilled!

I'll try that again!

Tue 7-Jun-11
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I am so glad that I seem to have done a bit of good by my rant.

What really killed off the last vestiges of my trust in the medics in general was a small incident a few years ago. The practice nurse, an experienced professional, asked "So why don't you want to take a statin" and I said "Severe muscle pains"  Her response was "Are you sure it was not just a touch of arthritis?" Well actually I am quite sure it was not madam, my arths are fine, in fact I really do know my arths from my elbow.

Seriously, the  people I have met through my marathon of disease have been singularly reluctant to allow that I might know what is going on under my skin, and have been terribly prone to patronising. It is very sloppy medicine. I believe that, in medicine, if they want you to take a pill for the rest of your life, it had better not make you feel worse than the disease that it is purporting to control. If it is life threatening, and a drug will produce a cure then ok, but so much of what they peddle nowadays is "just take this, in case you are going to get old" Pharmaceuticals nowadays are just new poisons looking for a disease.

I stumbled across a website a while back, where patients could post their experiences of drugs - so much pain and misery, and so many -"My doctor says I have got to keep on taking this, or I will die".

Sez I "Get yourselves a new guinea pig, I quit"cheers

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