Doctors Finally Admit Statins Do More Harm Than Good

| January 20, 2011

I can see the white coats at Big Pharma running around in a panic over the latest research findings…

Up until recently, cholesterol-lowering statins have been hailed as a ‘wonder drug’ and have been credited with having reduced the death rate from heart disease, in the UK, from around 155 men per 100,000 in 2004 to just 110 by 2009.

This led some experts, like Professor Roger Boyle, the UK’s National Director for Heart Disease, to suggest a blanket approach to the prescription of statins to all men over the age of 50 and all women over 60, regardless of their heart disease risk profile, to stop potential heart attack patients slipping through the net.

Now, a review of previous studies, published in the journal The Cochrane Library, has burst the ‘statin-bubble’. The results of this comprehensive study suggest that statins are ineffective in many cases and could be doing more harm than good.

The report urges “caution” among doctors who prescribe them and concludes that there is no “strong evidence” to suggest that statins reduce coronary heart disease deaths among those who have not suffered a heart attack or other cardiovascular events in the past.

Yes, you read that right! We’ve been saying this for years and finally it looks as if some sense has seeped through to the medical mainstream… The report even goes so far as to point out that in some cases, the side-effects of taking statins could outweigh the benefits… Right on the money!

The best yet, is the part where the researchers accuse pharmaceutical companies of cherry-picking studies on statins that showed a positive impact for the sake of profit… it almost sounds to good to be true!

In fact, one of the researchers, Fiona Taylor, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said: “We know that industry-sponsored trials are more likely to report favourable results for drugs versus placebos.”

Prof. Shah Ebrahim, also from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and co-author of the report, called on doctors to stop giving patients the drugs unnecessarily. She added: “Their [pharmaceutical companies] aim is to get the maximum number of people on the drugs. It’s an old game.”

Yes, Prof. Ebrahim, it’s a very old game that has negatively affected millions of people across the globe… burdening them with horrendous side effects… it’s just a pity it took the medical mainstream 16 years to open their eyes to this travesty! Something we have been trying to expose since statins were first introduced on the market…

Unfortunately, there are some die-hard believers in the benefits of statins…

Prof Colin Baigent, of the Clinical Trial Service Unit at Oxford University, said the latest study findings are out of date and called statins one of the great medical success stories of the last two decades, which have prevented many thousands of deaths.

He dismissed Prof Ebrahim’s concerns over pharmaceutical firms’ control of statin trials as a “conspiracy theory” and said that testing for every potential harm was practically impossible.

Hmmm… I wonder if he is taking high dosage statins?

Perhaps if he did, he would sing a completely different tune…

Keep  your eyes peeled for Dr. Briffa’s next alert, where he will be commenting on the same subject a bit more in-depth

Here’s to keeping your heart strong and healthy

Francois Lubbe
Managing Editor
for The Cholesterol Truth

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Sources:

Millions taking statins ‘needlessly’, published online 19.01.11, telegraph.co.uk

Why the ‘Worried Well’ should not take statins, published online 19.01.11, express.co.uk

Statins for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease, published The Cochrane Collaboration and published in The Cochrane Library, 2011, Issue 1


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  1. r underwood says:

    Statins block the mevalonate pathway – and high up in the pathway.

    The mevalonate pathway is the biochemical pathway for cell cycles – cell growth and replication.

    Thus statins have an adverse effect on cell health – without mevalonate cells die.

    Thus statins cause cell death (or mutation).

    This was known before statins were released to market by the drug companies.

    And since statins kill cells, it is little wonder so many have suffered such debilitating “side” effects. And still the medical establishment, doctors, pharmacists, mainstream media, and others involved in this heinous crime against humanity, are trying to claim that statins are a “wonder drug” responsible for saving many lives. Everyone who has been duped into taking the drugs has been harmed.

    But the truth is out now – and a matter of public record.

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