I’ve been writing since 2003 on the negative effects of statin drugs. An article in today’s New York Times confirms everything I’ve written—it begins:
“For decades, the theory that lowering cholesterol is always beneficial has been a core principle of cardiology. It has been accepted by doctors and used by drug makers to win quick approval for new medicines to reduce cholesterol. But now some prominent cardiologists say the results of two recent clinical trials have raised serious questions about that theory — and the value of two widely used cholesterol-lowering medicines, Zetia and its sister drug, Vytorin.”
The article goes on to highlight how in both of those studies the drugs killed more people than using no drugs. This is not surprising, since this has been a theme in most published studies on statins, the papers usually go like this:
This is a study on our new drug—we gave our drug to 100 suckers, and followed a similar population of 100 who did not take the drug. In the drug group 7 people died, in the none-drug group 3 people died. The increases in death in the drug group were due to suicide, sudden cardiac death, and cancer. All of these disorders have been linked to statins in the literature, but we don’t think our drug caused these things.
Conclusion: Our drug did lower LDL cholesterol—we think that LDL cholesterol alone is related to heart disease even though the literature does not support this hypothesis. Since our drug lowered LDL cholesterol and we think this reduces heart disease risk, we will spend 4 billion dollars in the next year educating doctors as to what a smashing success this trial has been.
The disgusting truth is that that is not an exaggeration—do a search on my site for “statins” and read more of the research yourself. The other disgusting truth is that the doctors buy the hype—without carefully reading the studies.
While the Times article only highlights the two drugs mentioned—I think we will see the truth coming out on all statin drugs soon.
Read my Cholesterol Article here—it shows how to read your numbers, what they really mean, and what to do about it naturally.
Read the New York Times article here.