The Leviathan called ‘modern medicine can generally be counted upon to turn common sense on its dizzy head. And it does so with predictable regularity. This sobering reality is nourished every day of the week by our intellectually lazy news media, who wouldn’t recognize logic if it bit them on the iPhone. If ‘healthcare journalists’ simply lived up to their career titles – if indeed, they merely did their jobs – they would step beyond their typical role of medical stenographers long enough to lift an inquiring eyebrow at these undeniable, seriously ugly truths:
Heart disease is of course, one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. – it strikes down more than 12,000 citizens every week. So the legal drug cartels and medical practitioners have known for years, that a terrific way to gain wealth is by selling a mentally sluggish public on the errant medical notion that cholesterol is the culprit.
Many, many outcomes in life are entirely predictable. And one of them was the creation of statin drugs, advertised to lower cholesterol and therefore make the citizenry less susceptible to the boogeyman called heart disease. These drugs – foisted on the public by gargantuan TV and print media campaigns, are jaw-dropping wealth builders for those who make them and push them – they raked in $29 billion worth of sales in 2013. That’s the kind of cash you make when you convince one in four Americans over the age of 45 to take statins.
For more than a decade, we have been warning patients about the seriously negative side effects linked to these drugs. For the benefit of those readers unaware of what we have been saying, here is a summary of exactly what you need to know for your own safety, as well as the safety of your family members:
- Statins function by reducing your natural ability to produce cholesterol, which is essential to brain health. There are excellent biological reasons the human brain contains 25% of the body’s cholesterol.
- Statins weaken the immune system. This makes it much harder to fight bacterial infections and increases the production of cytokines, which cause inflammation.
- Statins interfere with the production of coenzyme Q10 – a key body’s immune and nervous systems, boosts heart and other muscle health, maintains normal blood pressure, and much more.
- Statins reduce the positive effects of omega-3 fatty acids by speeding up the metabolism of omega-6 fatty acids. This increases insulin resistance and the risk of developing diabetes.
- There is evidence that statin blocks the benefits of exercise. Exercise increases the activity and numbers of mitochondria, cells’ “power plants” that process sugars and fat. The study found that with statin use, mitochondrial activity actually decreases with exercise.
- Statin users have a higher incidence of nerve degeneration and pain, memory loss, confusion, depression, and a higher risk of ALS and Parkinson’s, according to Doctor David Williams in his July 2014 Alternatives newsletter. Statins also decrease carotenoid levels. Carotenoids, which are found in fresh fruits and vegetables and act as antioxidants, have a number of benefits, including protecting against cell damage, aging, and chronic diseases.
- Statin drugs may also be driving Americans to overeat: a twelve-year study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that statin users increased their calorie intake by 9%, and fat consumption by 14.4%, over the study period, whereas those who didn’t take statins didn’t significantly change in either measure.
- An animal study linked statin use to muscle damage. Animals that exercised on statins had 226% more muscle damage than those not given statins.
- They affect the quality of sleep.
- Statins increase the risk of prostate and breast cancer.
- Statins are known to cause liver damage by increasing the liver’s production of digestive enzymes.
- Statins also speed aging and lower sex drive.
- Statins have been linked to aggressive and violent behavior in women.
Modern medicine insists on interpreting reality to its own benefit – not always for the benefit of patients. When it comes to preventing heart disease, they have it completely backwards. Consider the American Heart Association. They actually published a study based on the outdated, simplistic idea that there exists 2 kinds of cholesterol: “bad” – Low Density – and “good” – High Density. Their guidelines for a healthy diet are founded on the long-since, known to be untrue opinion, that “bad” cholesterol causes heart disease, and that because saturated fat can raise “bad” cholesterol levels, that is the ultimate dietary culprit. Of course the result of this false notion is that the American Heart Association’s guidelines lead to 33 million healthy Americans taking statin drugs for absolutely no good reason.
Well, there’s one good reason: the statin fad is making the drug-pushers richer.
What the AHA does not want to comprehend is that cholesterol is vital to human health. We’ve noted in the past that cholesterol is not the ticking time-bomb most people have been led to believe. To the contrary. The real danger is that cholesterol levels can get too low as we age. Science has proven that so-called “bad” cholesterol is = surprise, surprise – a key ingredient to good health.
Of course, there’s not much money to be made off a healthy public. So you need to believe you’re sick.
Instead of swallowing drug ads and drug garbage, digest this:
- Harlan Krumholz of Yale’s Department of Cardiovascular Medicine found that old people with low cholesterol died twice as often from a heart attack as did old people with high cholesterol.
- A review of 19 studies of more than 68,000 deaths by the Division of Epidemiology at the University of Minnesota found that low cholesterol predicted an increased risk of dying from gastrointestinal and respiratory diseases.
- Another study of 15,000 patients found that those with higher LDL levels and total cholesterol had a lower risk of developing atrial fibrillation, an irregular heartbeat that causes poor blood flow.
- A review article published in 2005 by a Japanese scientist found that “high total cholesterol is not positively associated with heart disease mortality rates among general populations older than 50 years of age.” He concluded there is almost no benefit to lowering cholesterol levels if you’re older.
- A 2005 study by Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons revealed that people with the lowest cholesterol were twice as likely to die within 3 years, compared to those with the highest levels.
And finally, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which sets U.S. government recommendations for a healthy diet, is preparing to withdraw its longstanding guidelines of avoiding high cholesterol foods.
So, if and when YOUR doctor recommends statins, that would be a very good time to refer him to this Medical Miscreants web page. Because your MD may be dangerously uninformed about statin reality. And that ain’t healthy.
But you’re well-informed, because you come here.