So, my Mom went on statins a three or so years ago due to a supposedly high cholesterol. She eventually went off of them due to (I think) really bad heart burn. Over the course of taking statins she managed to acquire lactose intolerance (which is now just plain intolerance to all dairy), and she still has pretty bad heart burn. She also has low grade discomfort almost all the time, and she can't eat meals that large, so she just snacks throughout the day.
I've gotten her to give up most grains, although I still see her eat cakes and such when she's out with friends/family. I've been trying to get her to go paleo, in particular a high-fat, low-carb variant, but she doesn't really want to give up eating "normally" at restaurants, etc. She's been going to GI-docs recently, had a screen for upper-GI problems (came back negative), and is going to make an appointment for lower GI soon.
Essentially, she thinks that all of her digestive problems stem from her statin use (which makes sense), and I was wondering if there would be a way to 'reverse' the damage that was done.
Has anyone else experienced these kind of problems? Were there specific fixes that she could do, short of going full paleo?
My first thought is CoQ10. There have been a lot of people suggesting it's practically mandatory when taking statins to relieve some of the side effects.
I don't have much handy to back this up (be kind about my lack of references, it's almost bedtime) but a quick google brought up this abstract that might be handy.
We evolved to run around half naked in the sunshine hunting tasty little animals. Not hidden from the sun grazing on grains. Natural sun exposure will result in the creation of 20 to 50 k units of cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) nature 20k vs Govnt RDA 400. Big difference. Really scary then to realize D3 not a vitamin but a 'seco-steroid hormone' that affects genetic transcription, immunity, and apoptosis (anti-cancer).
..."A paper by Dr. David Grimes in the July 1st edition of Lancet raised the question that statins may work, not by lowering cholesterol, but by acting as vitamin D analogues. He presented no chemical evidence, only the epidemiological observations that statins and vitamin D seem to have a beneficial effect on the same spectrum of diseases. The most interesting thing about the paper was that it was published in Lancet." ...