A few weeks ago I got an email from a customer who uses CholesLo, my cholesterol-lowering, lipid-improving supplement.
Her email said:
Dr. Sam – I’m a long-time user of CholesLo. 12 years to be exact. No more harmful cholesterol lowering drugs and no more bad blood tests. I tell anyone who has cholesterol problems to try your product.
So today I was shocked when a friend of mine who I had told about CholesLo, did a search on google and then saw an FDA warning about CholesLo. What’s this all about?
Well, this was news to me. So I checked it out and there it was, a “Public Notification: CholesLo contains hidden drug ingredients”.
Immediately I thought, “oh geez… now, what” and my heart sped up.
The FDA and the pharmaceutical companies HATE supplements because they work and it takes away from their sales.
For years they’ve been trying to make supplements a prescription item. Yes, that means you’d need a prescription to get vitamin C and all supplements.
I know, totally crazy. Luckily, the law never gets passed, but they do keep trying every few years.
So, getting back to the CholesLo and “hidden drug ingredient”.
To make a long story short, the FDA site states:
FDA laboratory analysis confirmed that CholesLo contains undeclared lovastatin. Lovastatin is the active ingredient in Mevacor® and its generic counterparts, which are FDA-approved drugs used to treat patients with primary hypercholesterolemia. This undeclared drug ingredient may cause serious side effects when combined with other medications.
Red Yeast Rice Contains Lovastatin
So, what does this mean and what’s the real story behind this.
Well, one of CholesLo’s ingredients is Red Yeast Rice extract. And as stated at the Mayo Clinic website:
Red yeast rice is the product of yeast (Monascus purpureus) grown on white rice. The powdered yeast-rice mixture is a dietary staple in Asia and has been used in traditional Chinese medicine.
Red yeast rice is also available as an oral supplement.
Red yeast rice might contain compounds that appear to lower cholesterol levels. One of the compounds is monacolin K, the same ingredient that is in the prescription cholesterol-lowering drug lovastatin (Altoprev, Mevacor).
As an oral supplement, people take red yeast rice for high cholesterol and heart disease.
This means that Red Yeast Rice contains a NATURAL form of Lovastatin.
In fact, this is HOW the drug, Mevacor (Altoprev) was originally made – BECAUSE of all the research and results based on Red Yeast Rice and thousands of years of use in Asia.
The makers of Mevacor patented the Lovastatin as a drug, increased the dose to much higher levels and sold it as one of the original statin drugs.
Later to be taken over by more popular statin cholesterol-lowering drugs such as Lipitor (Atorvastatin), Zocor (Simvastatin) and Crestor (Rosuvastatin).
So the simple fact is that any product containing Red Yeast Rice extract, will by default, contain natural amounts of Lovastatin.
NOT just CholesLo – and I’ll talk more about this in a minute.
50% Of Drugs Are Made From Natural Plants
What most people don’t know is that up to 50% of the approved drugs during the past 30 years are directly or indirectly from natural ingredients (plants, herbs, etc.).
In the 19th and 20th centuries, it was reported to be around 80%.
For example, one of the most popular drugs in the world, aspirin, is found naturally in White Willow Bark Extract – that’s where it was first discovered well over 100+ years ago.
You can buy White Willow Bark as a supplement, just as you can with Red Yeast Rice.
CholesLo & The FDA
So getting back to CholesLo and the FDA.
I was confused about all of this. CholesLo has been around for over 20+ years, I made it for my parents. Why is this happening now?
Why hasn’t anyone from the FDA contacted me about it?
So I called the FDA to see what’s going on and get some clarity.
After a bunch of phone calls, I finally spoke to someone and they were very nice and helpful.
They basically said that this is simply a “Public Notification”, that’s it. No recall or anything illegal.
And that Red Yeast Rice is natural and legal.
I then asked, “why aren’t other Red Yeast Rice containing products listed at the FDA website?… why just mine?”
They said, “actually, there are a couple of other products. We were notified of CholesLo due to its popularity. When we found out it contained Red Yeast Rice, we tested for Lovastatin and it showed positive. And we just wanted to alert the public about it. That’s our job.”
And that was the end of the conversation.
The REAL Problem
Unfortunately, as soon as CholesLo got listed at the FDA website, within a few days Google, Facebook, and other places we advertise shut us down. Then, Amazon removed CholesLo as well.
They asked no questions. They just removed it and did an account suspension.
This is really unfortunate because CholesLo has helped thousands of people improve their cholesterol and lipid levels for over 20 years now.
As stated, I formulated it originally for my parents, and to this day, they still use it. They have healthy lipid levels and take NO medications.
CholesLo does much more than just “lower cholesterol”. It helps:
- optimize and balance HDL/LDL ratios
- lower fatty triglycerides
- decrease homocysteine levels
- reduce inflammation
- cleanse the liver, where 80% of your cholesterol is made
It’s like “5 products in one” and that’s why it’s been one of my best sellers for so many years.
CholesLo is so effective that it comes with a one year guarantee. Get results or get a full refund plus an additional $100.00 cashback.
Anyway, this whole situation is unfortunate. I did nothing wrong, broke no laws and yet, this is how it turned out.
But, this is life. I did want to make this article to give my users more clarity about it.
And for those of you who want to give CholesLo a try, I’ve got a special link for a discount coupon.