Category: Statin Controversy

It’s Time To Rethink Cholesterol

| December 19, 2014 | Comments (27)

Here at The Cholesterol Truth, we often get some stick for our stance against the use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. Of course, we welcome all constructive comments and even a bit of criticism because these form part of a very necessary conversation that needs to be had about the use of cholesterol-lowering drugs… and probably […]

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Pfizer Taken To Court For Lipitor’s Link To Diabetes

| November 21, 2014 | Comments (7)

Earlier this year, Dr. John Briffa wrote about a study that challenged the health benefits of cholesterol reduction with cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. In the study, 155 participants were divided into two groups. One half was treated with 80mg of atorvastatin (Lipitor) each day, while the other half received no treatment. The trial lasted for 3 […]

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Bias May Corrupt The Evidence Base For Statin Drugs

| August 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

The supposed ‘gold standard’ of medical research is the ‘double-blind placebo-controlled study’, in which the outcomes after taking a treatment are compared with those achieve with a placebo. In the ‘best’ trials, neither the study participants nor the investigators know who is taking what until the ‘code is cracked’ and the analyses are done. ‘Blinding’ […]

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

| June 18, 2014 | Comments (1)

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 (1)

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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The Full Story On How The BMJ Came To Retract Comments On Statin Side Effects

| May 22, 2014 | Comments (1)

A ‘fight’ has been raging over statins for some time now. I am massively simplifying here, but there are essentially two opposing camps. In one corner, there are those who hold the view that statins should be given to pretty much all adults from middle-age, and there is little to be concerned with regarding their […]

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Anti-Statin TV Documentary Causes Massive Uproar

| May 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

Last December, ABC TV in Australia broadcast a documentary entitled ‘Heart of the Matter’, which challenged the widespread use of statins. My personal opinion is that the programme was well made and balanced. It featured the opinions of several academics sceptical about the value of statins, including Drs John Abramson, Beatrice Golomb and Rita Redberg. […]

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Statin Drugs: Doctor Calls For Patients To Be More Involved In Drug Decision Making Process

| April 8, 2014 | Comments (0)

Initiatives in both the US and the UK look set to vastly increase the number of people deemed eligible for treatment with statin drugs. While some have welcomed these moves, there has been a lot of criticism too. Some believe that statin drugs already have a risk/benefit profile that is far from positive for people […]

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