Petition Tag - cholesterol

1. Open Theranos Center in Washington DC

This is a petition for a Theranos blood testing center to be opened in the Washington DC area.

This groundbreaking blood test allows for an incredible number of important preventative screenings to be achieved with only a small pin prick of blood.

2. Compulsory free reminders for a free cholesterol test for men 35+

Cholesterol tests save lives, but the problem is not enough men ask for a test off their own back and even when they do some doctors leave them waiting.

It is proved that high cholesterol leads to severe heart disease and hardening of the arteries, this is called Atherosclerosis. You will be completely unaware you have it and it is fatal, but having a cholesterol test at the age of 35 can save your live. this will tell you if you are on the wrong track and are at risk of this deadly disease, if you are you will be given advice and medication that will literally save your life.

My brother died at the age of 42 from a sudden heart attack caused by Athersclerosis. He didn't bother going the doctors and never imagined he would need to. now hes not here with his wife and three children, while if he was told that he was unhealthy and leading towards death at 35 he would still be with us today.

3. Investigate Statins

Statin therapies are prescribed to people around the globe. Evidence has emerged that statins can be hazardous to health. The prime rationale for their use is the notion that raised cholesterol is harmful. Much evidence suggests that a low serum cholesterol is associated with depression, suicide, muscle damage, memory loss, serious progressive neurological disorders and general ill-health.

The first report created from the accounts of petition signatories has now been completed. It was sent to various global authorities with a brief for drug safety and pharmacovigilance and to each person who signed the petition.

The report was written for a mixed audience of medical and non-medical people. It is 23 pages long and in PDF format. The World Health Organisation has received a copy of the report which was also published by the Journal of Independent Medical Research at the following URL:

http://www.joimr.org/JOIMR_Vol7_No1_Dec2009.pdf

The URL following this section is for clinicians and it details a letter to Therapeutics Initiative. The conclusions are clear:

Conclusions
• Systematic reviews and meta-analyses are challenging
and require much more than locating RCTs and
plugging in the numbers.
• The claimed mortality benefit of statins for primary
prevention is more likely a measure of bias than a real
effect.
• The reduction in major CHD serious adverse events
with statins as compared to placebo is not reflected in a
reduction in total serious adverse events.
• Statins do not have a proven net health benefit in
primary prevention populations and thus when used in
that setting do not represent good use of scarce health
care resources.

http://ti.ubc.ca/letter77

You may add a 500 word comment in support of your signature. You are encouraged to use that space to tell the WHO and various drug safety agencies around the world, exactly what has happened to you.

Please be assured that any information which you supply will never be misused. All data extracted from this petition will be presented in an anonymous form.

The petition must be presented with signatures that are unique and in that case your name will be known but you do not have to supply any other details if you wish them to remain private. If you choose to write a comment, please consider listing the statin name, dosage and the duration of treatment. It would be helpful to know if you are male or female and your age and if you are still taking a statin.

Please list the symptoms that have caused you to suffer and try to make an assessment of your quality of life (QOL) on a scale of 1 to 100. All of the information will help to produce a greater impact when the information is analysed.

Finally, please tell other people whom you know, who are being treated for high cholesterol. Thank you for your signature and your time. Where you are having difficulty in convincing your personal medical practitioner that statins are causing you problems, please feel free to make a copy of the report and give it to your medical practitioner.

Thank you. Jeff Cable

4. Boycott Krispy Kreme in Australia

Krispy Kreme is another US junk food disease that has entered Australia. No fanfare. No advertising, just sneaky freebies for fetes and fundraisers. Krispy Kreme is HIGH in saturated animal fats,HIGH in refined sugars, HIGH in sodium, HIGH in carbohydrate, some contain colourings which are carcinogenic and banned in many countries overseas.

Krispy Kreme IS NOT healthy. Boycott Krispy Kreme. This Junk Food has NO nutritional value. except HIGH cholesterol, HIGH in Obesity, HIGH in Heart and Stroke problemns.

5. Legalization of Melatonin to be Sold as a Vitamin in Canada

Recent studies suggest that supplementing melatonin may bolster our immune systems, keep our cells from disintegrating, slow the growth of tumors and cataracts, and ward off heart disease, all the while helping us sleep better. (Newsweek, August 1995)

"Studies suggest that low-dose supplements of melatonin can hasten sleep and ease jet lag, without the hazards or side effects of prescription sleeping pills." Melatonin may have many other uses and has been reported to make people feel better, strengthen the immune system, and reduce free radicals in the body. Current research is underway to determine melatonin's effect as an anti-oxidant, immno-modulator in cancer, delayed sleep-phase disorders, and jet lag. Tests are still under way so there is much to still be learned about melatonin and its effects on the human body." (Newsweek, November 6, 1995, p. 60-63).

Melatonin secretion is involved in physiologic sleep onset, and melatonin may be useful in treating insomnia. (Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, May 1995, Harvard, Cambridge, & MIT) Low melatonin levels correlate with low sleep quality. Seven days treatment with melatonin at a level of 2 mg. daily can improve sleep patterns in elderly patients with insomnia. (Dr. Haimov, British Medical Journal, 1994) Young adult subjects assess their sleep as "deeper" after melatonin treatment. (Dr. Nave, European Journal of Pharmacology, 1995)

We produce melatonin abundantly until puberty, and then it declines steadily into old age. (Dr. Russell Reiter, University of Texas) Melatonin is produced in the pineal gland, which is a small gland in the center of the brain. As darkness fall, the pineal gland produces a surge of melatonin that goes to all parts of the body. When light hits the retina of the eye, neural impulses signal the pineal gland to slow melatonin production.

Melatonin has been found to inhibit LDL [low density lipids or "bad cholesterol"] and the synthesis of cholesterol. (Dr. Muller, Biochemical and Biophysical Research, 1994)

Melatonin selectively and efficiently detoxifies highly reactive oxidants [free radicals] by donating an electron to electrophilic compounds. (Dr. Poeggeler, Annals of New York Academy of Sciences, 1995) This may explain why breast cancer and prostate cancer patients taking melatonin had greater survival rates. (Dr. Massion, University of Massachusetts, Medical Hypotheses, 1995) Mice treated with melatonin showed a 50 percent reduction in tumor weight when compared to control mice. (Dr. Berkowitz, Journal of Urology, 1988)

Melatonin helps alleviate the symptoms associated with "Winter Depression". (Dr. Tukholmankatu, Medical Hypothesis, 1994)

Blood pressure normalization is enhanced with melatonin, and it also modulates the release of heart killing stress hormones.

According to many, one of the more effective means of taking a supplement such as melatonin is the sublingual (under the tongue) method. A high quality sublingual melatonin supplement will usually contain 2.5 mg. of melatonin (often in a base of sorbitol and a natural flavor such as peppermint). One tablet can be dissolved under the tongue before retiring. Since this tablet can be dissolved under the tongue, it is excellent for children with sleep disorders and hyperactivity.