• Cholesterol Con Exposed?

    | January 2, 2010 | Comments (2)

    THE GREAT CHOLESTEROL CON! The REAL truth you’re not being told about cholesterol … and why taking cholesterol-lowering statins does your health much more harm than good… Big Pharma has made every effort to ensure that statin drugs are prescribed to everyone. Are you next? Even if you are in good health, chances are you’ll [...]

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Statins Could Affect The Benefits Of Regular Exercise

| July 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

Those keen to optimise their cardiovascular health and reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke may well, in addition to ‘eating right’, take steps to be physically fit. One way exercise (e.g. walking, jogging, cycling) increases our ‘fitness’ is by inducing the production of tiny ‘engines’ in the cells known as mitochondria (my-toe-con-dree-ah). Most [...]

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Statins: Pro-statin Doctors Go On The Offensive

| July 10, 2014 | Comments (1)

I reported recently that a group of doctors, some quite prominent, had expressed concerns about the mooted expansion of the prescription of cholesterol-lowering statins, in the UK. They wrote a letter, reported widely in the press, in which they detailed six major objections to the plan, including the mass-medicalization of millions of healthy individuals, the [...]

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ANSES Speaks Out Against Cholesterol-Lowering Foods

| July 8, 2014 | Comments (0)

Supermarket shelves offer an ever-expanding range of cholesterol-lowering ‘functional foods’ (such as margarines and yoghurt drinks). These foods often contain ‘stanols’ or ‘sterols’: substances that have a similar chemical structure to cholesterol, and help inhibit its absorption from the digestive tract into the bloodstream. These substances do indeed have some capacity to reduce cholesterol levels, [...]

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Could Statins Increase The Risk Of Heart Failure?

| June 30, 2014 | Comments (1)

Statins reduce cholesterol by inhibiting an enzyme in the liver known as ‘HMG-CoA reductase’. This enzyme ‘drives’ cholesterol production but it also facilitates the production of a substance known as ‘coenzyme Q10’ – an essential player in the production of what is known as ‘adenosine triphosphate’ (ATP) – the most basic unit of energy ‘fuel’ [...]

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Little support for calls to retract BMJ articles on statin side effects

| June 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

I have written recently about a brouhaha stoked by one Professor Sir Rory Collins. It concerns two articles published in the BMJ last year which stated that side effects from statins were around the 20 per cent mark. The claims were genuinely misleading, and Rory Collins brought this to the attention of the BMJ. The [...]

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Doctors Speak Out Against Plans To Make Statins More Widely Available

| June 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

As I’ve suggested before, doctors and researchers can have wildly different views on statins. Some maintain these drugs are ‘highly effective’ and very safe. Others (who bother to look objectively at the research) tell us that statins only help a small minority of people who take them, and have potential harms that are real but [...]

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