Life Extension Magazine May 2007
As We See It
A Lethal Misconception of Epidemic Proportion
By William Faloon
Protect Your Arteries Against Today’s Lethal Misconceptions
If you rely on mainstream doctors to be your sole health advisor, your longevity could be in serious jeopardy. Based on their consistent bias against dietary supplements, the media appears to function as a mouthpiece for the pharmaceutical industry, whose profits are threatened when people choose low-cost supplements like folic acid.
Conventional doctors routinely prescribe statin drugs that reduce cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) while sometimes boosting beneficial high-density lipoprotein (HDL). Although more people take cardiac drugs than ever before, hundreds of thousands of Americans still perish each year from heart failure while under a doctor’s care.
Many cardiac patients do require medications to stay alive. The obvious limitation of these drugs is that they address only a few of the many underlying causes of heart attack and stroke.
Since the early 1980s, Life Extension has advised its members to have annual blood tests to identify disease risk factors that can be reversed before serious illness develops. The value of these blood tests in preventing future disease and premature death is incalculable.
The problem people still encounter is that their doctors refuse to prescribe blood tests for important vascular markers such as fibrinogen, homocysteine, and C-reactive protein. The cost of these tests is also expensive at commercial labs. Eleven years ago, Life Extension resolved this problem by offering blood tests at discounted prices directly to its members.
Once a year, we reduce our everyday low prices. Until May 31, 2007, we are discounting all blood tests so that members can obtain comprehensive blood evaluations at a fraction of the price charged by commercial laboratories.
Whether you use your own doctor, a commercial laboratory, or our blood testing service, I continue to encourage members to have their blood tested at least once a year.
For longer life,
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