Category: The Great Cholesterol Con

Time For Mainstream To Rethink Their Approach To Cholesterol Drugs

| August 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

Higher levels of so-called ‘good HDL-cholesterol’ is associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular issues including heart disease and stroke. This finding has led to the widespread view that raising HDL cholesterol levels has benefits for health, particularly with regard to cardiovascular risk. There are three main classes of agents that are known to boost HDL […]

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Drive To Put More People On Statins Intensifies

| February 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

Yesterday, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published draft proposals concerning the use of statins for the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Previously, NICE advised doctors to recommend treatment in those with a calculated 10-year risk of cardiovascular disease of 20 per cent or more. Now, NICE is proposing that this threshold will […]

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Low LDL Cholesterol Levels Linked To Higher Mortality Rate

| January 31, 2014 | Comments (0)

A new study has linked too low LDL cholesterol levels with an increased risk of mortality… From a purely physiological perspective, the heart is essentially a bag of muscle that pumps blood around the body. In certain circumstances, the heart can be weak and the pumping action inefficient. This situation, generally referred to as ‘heart […]

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Fibrates: Cholesterol-Modifying Drug Bites The Dust

| December 13, 2012 | Comments (0)

The medical research community seems to have an unending capacity to churn out research which appears to support the ‘cholesterol hypothesis’ and the use of cholesterol-lowering drugs. This time fibrates enjoys a bit of the limelight. A favourite tactic here is to express any benefits as a relative reduction in risk. This way of expressing […]

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Study Review Questions Aggressive Cholesterol Treatment

| August 7, 2012 | Comments (1)

The Cholesterol Treatment Trialists (CTT) is a UK-based collaboration of doctors and researchers who, on the whole, push for aggressive treatment of cholesterol to low levels. I don’t think it would misrepresent the CTT’s view to say that, as far as supposedly unhealthy ‘LDL-cholesterol’ levels are concerned, ‘the lower the better’. However, it has been […]

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Statins: British Heart Foundation Should Stick To The Facts

| July 4, 2012 | Comments (2)

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is the UK’s largest and best-known ‘heart’ charity, and is supposedly devoted to improving our cardiovascular health and helping us reduce our risk of heart attacks and strokes. On its website, the BHF includes case studies of people to, apparently, highlight pertinent issues and the importance of good medical care. […]

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Mass Medication – How The Great Statin Push Is Gaining Momentum

| May 21, 2012 | Comments (0)

Recently, there have been calls for the statin-net to be widened to include all people over the age of 50, irrespective of their degree of risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke. This idea was apparently supported by the findings of a study which was published online on 17 May in The […]

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Cardiologist Speaks Out Against Current Cholesterol Guidelines

| May 8, 2012 | Comments (4)

Most medical professionals strongly believe that cholesterol causes heart disease and that treating ‘raised’ cholesterol and bringing it down to a so-called ‘healthy’ level is beneficial for us all. However, I’ve been sceptical about both these ideas for many years now. I’m not the only one, though, as quite a few individuals have expressed similar […]

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