“Take Statin Drugs Or Die…?”

| October 15, 2015

“Having read many of your articles on statin drugs I have stopped taking mine and I can definitely say it’s the best thing I have done after I have been taken them for years. It’s only been a week and I have no kidney pain and my tremors a lot less!” That comment was recently posted on our Facebook page.

On the same day I also received this email from a concerned reader: “I am 70 years old and my cholesterol is 6.7. My doctor says this is dangerously high and is threatening that if I don’t take statin drugs, I will die.”

A gun against your head

In the past I’ve been accused of being ‘obsessed’ with statin drugs when, in fact, quite the opposite is true: The mainstream is obsessed with statin drugs — for goodness sake it seems that some doctors are even threatening their patients with a certain death if they don’t take these side effect-ridden drugs.

Here’s an indication of how widely prescribed this drug is: In the UK 9 million people are taking statins, in the US it is estimated to be 25 million and in Canada 4 million. That’s 38 million people in just three countries who are currently taking statins drugs.

However, under new prescription guidelines, which have lowered the prescription threshold, these drugs will now also be given to patients who are at a low risk of developing cardiovascular disease, meaning an estimated 40 per cent of the adult population will be recommended (read ‘threatened’) to take these drugs.

And yet, there are serious doubts now surfacing about the so-called benefits of taking these drugs… if, indeed, there are any at all.

Just recently, a report compiled by the UK government drug watchdog, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), revealed that statin drugs have been associated with a huge dossier of reported side-effects including irreversible muscle breakdown, muscle pain, blood disorders, diabetes, skin disorders, nervous system disorders and stomach problems over the last twenty years.

In total there have been 18,928 separate reports filed to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) where side-effects were connected to statins detailing 21,440 adverse reactions. These included 187 cases of blood disorders (4 of which were linked to deaths), 252 cases of eye disorders, 2,922 cases of stomach problems (19 of which resulted in death), 3,470 patients suffered nervous system disorders (16 of these died), and 880 cases of breathing problems (of which 16 patients died)… And these reports are from the UK only.

Can you imagine what is happening worldwide to the millions of patients taking these drugs?

A case in point: Another recent US study showed statins have been linked to 3039 cases of rhabdomyolysis — where the body can be poisoned by muscles breaking down leading to acute kidney failure. Two hundred and forty of these patients died.

Earlier this year, two medical experts were ridiculed by their peers when they published a study that showed the benefits of taking statins had been hugely exaggerated.

Dr David Diamond, a professor in molecular pharmacology, and Dr Uffe Ravnskov, an expert in cardiovascular disease, published their study, based on statin trials, in the Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology.

They concluded: “The adverse effects suffered by people taking statins are more common than reported in the media and at medical conferences.

Increased rates of cancer, cataracts, diabetes, cognitive impairments and musculoskeletal disorders more than offset the modest cardiovascular benefits of statin treatment.”

They added: “There is a great appeal to the public to take a pill that offers the ‘promise’ of a longer life and to live heart attack free. The reality, however, is that statins actually produce only small beneficial effects on cardiovascular outcomes, and their adverse effects are far more substantial than is generally known.”

You have to ask yourself: What’s going on here? What is really the driving-force behind millions of people being told to ‘take these drugs… or else’.

Is it patient concern or is it Big Pharma’s greed?

If you look at the facts, and these are the facts, then it seems to me that what patients should actually hear is: “Don’t take statin drugs and you’ll live.”

Here's to keeping your heart strong and healthy

Francois Lubbe
Editor
for The Cholesterol Truth



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Sources:

EXCLUSIVE: Statins linked to 20,000 side effects and 227 deaths, published online 05.07.2015, express.co.uk

Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs raise risk of cataracts, new study suggests, published online 28.01.15, nationalpost.com

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