When Are We Going To See The Back Of Statin Drugs?

| April 9, 2015

There is no doubt in my mind that the benefits of statin drugs have always been questionable. And the closer I watch the story of this supposed ‘wonder drug’ unfolding, from where I’m sitting (along with countless other statin users), it’s beginning to look more and more like a horrible nightmare.

A case in point is a previous study we told you about, which involved 155 participants who 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 years.

The group receiving Lipitor did have a significant reduction in both total cholesterol levels as well as ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol. However, the researchers noted that the Lipitor group saw no reduction in their ‘coronary intima-media thickness’ (CIMT) measurements, compared to the control group. (One way to gauge heart disease risk is to measure the thickness, or CIMT, of the walls of the coronary artery.)

The researchers also looked at the impact of high-dose Lipitor on other important factors, like reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke, and resulting mortality rates. Their findings showed no long-term benefits in the prevention of heart attacks and strokes.

It doesn’t take an expert to look at these results and wonder: If there is no reduction in the risk of heart attacks or strokes or CIMT, what are the health benefits (if any) of lowering your cholesterol with these side effect-ridden drugs?

Study results like this — and there are plenty more where this one came from — completely debunk the mainstream’s message that statin drugs are the heart disease cure-all we’ve all been waiting for.

In fact, the mainstream has got it all wrong when it comes to the link between cholesterol and heart disease. Fortunately, a divide is slowly but surely beginning to grow in the statin camp and some very vocal mainstream medical experts are beginning to object to the mass-medication of millions of healthy individuals with statins.

And rightfully so. I receive countless emails every week from people telling me about the horrendous side effects they are suffering from these drugs. Recently, a man wrote to me and told me how his doctor refused to listen to any reason when he declined a prescription for statin drugs… even though his cholesterol was a mere 3.5. That’s 0.5 lower than the already ridiculously low recommendation!

And what was his doctor’s reason for the heavy-handedness? The man was over the age of 50 and apparently ‘needed’ to take statin drugs for heart disease prevention.

The poor man ended up taking the statin and within months he was unable to climb a flight of stairs as a result of the severe muscle pain he suffered — one of the most common side effects associated with these drugs.

Stories like this are shocking and all-too-common, but fortunately, there does appear to be light at the end of the tunnel. Even the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA), who have been ignoring reports on the side effects of statin drugs for years, noted in a Consumer Update in 2012 that memory loss, forgetfulness, and confusion “span all statin products and all age groups.”

As a result, the FDA changed the safety information on statin labels to warn patients that these drugs can cause memory loss and cognitive decline. In fact, in 2012 the FDA also issued a warning about the increased risk of high blood sugar and type 2 diabetes in statin users.

Those users who have developed type 2 diabetes as a result of taking statins are now hitting back… and if they get their way, it’s going to be a hard blow for the drugs industry.

Late last year, the US law firm Bernstein Liebhard reported that there are more than 1,300 product liability lawsuits involving Lipitor and diabetes now pending in the US. Plaintiffs say that Pfizer (the makers of Lipitor) was aware that the statin could increase the risk for developing type 2 diabetes, but concealed this information from patients and doctors.

It looks like the tables are slowly (but surely) turning on Big Pharma’s so-called ‘wonder drug’.

If everybody (and there are millions) who has been affected by the terrible and debilitating side effects of these drugs took Big Pharma to court, then Big Pharma would have to cough up a large chunk of the billions of pounds they raked in from selling their poison.

Here's to keeping your heart strong and healthy

Francois Lubbe
Editor
for The Cholesterol Truth



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Sources:

As Lipitor Lawsuits Mount in U.S. Courts, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Notes that the Statin Now Ranks As Most Prescribed Drug in New Jersey, published online 15.11.14 prweb.com/releases/lipitor-lawsuit/lipitor-diabetes/prweb12329216.htm

“FDA Expands Advice on Statin Risks” FDA Consumer Update, February 2012, fda.gov 

‘Statins and risk of incident diabetes: a collaborative meta-analysis of randomised statin trials’ The Lancet, Volume 375, Issue 9716, Pages 735 – 742, 27 February 2010

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  1. Jan Butler says:

    Thankyou for all the info on cholesterol and the side effects of statins. I recently had a cholesterol test and knew it would be high, as it has been since I was in my 40’s, and I am now 70. I told my doctor i would not take any medication regardless of the outcome, and continued to take coQ 10 as well as olive leaf extract, and vit k 2. I also have psoriaric arthritis and have been waiting for a knee replacement for over a year, to go with bi lateral hips. My psoriasis became extremely inflamed due to the horrible prescription creams I was given, so I totally removed all processed food as well as most sugar from my diet, went on a probiotic for skin, had a short use of a capsule for stress and anxiety, use medi honey, alo vera, and rose hip cream, as well as paw paw ointment. Result is much lower cholesterol, reduced BP, and my skin is now almost ready for the knee replacement as well as most of my body skin being much lighter! Thankyou for the interesting info, I handed all my new suppliment list to my doctor and he is very impressed, and now knows what co Q 10 is! Jan Butler, Qld, Australia

  2. Shirley Auten says:

    I took Lipitor for 3 years and complained about my muscles hurting, and was told it was my age. This was before the side affects came out. I paid dearly for this medicine and now I’m in a power chair now. It affected my liver is why I was taken off it. Its too bad that we have to become cripple from taking these meds and the med companies go right on getting rich with nothing happening to them. It just don’t seem right. Nobody should pay to become cripple.

  3. Doris Hartley says:

    I read the same things about Crestor. does that apply also and is it with all Staton drugs?

  4. Katherine Katt says:

    I have been periodically on both zocor and crestor the last several years. I have been on all of them at various times and all of them affect me adversely. I have most recently been on zocor 3 times a week and crestor twice a week. I tolerated the zocor only as long as I took 800 mg of CoQ10 daily however once the crestor was added, the muscle cramps and intense pain began again until a month ago I totally discontinued using it. It took 3 weeks to get it out of my system and so started it again within 3 days I was back to the debilitating muscle pain. I have now discontinued it for good and will notify my doctor that I will no longer take it. I still have not gotten it totally out of my system even after 1 and a half weeks without it again. These drugs are terrible.

  5. Aileen O'Kane says:

    Thank you for yet another article. I am one of the converted years and years ago but love this stuff to pass onto my fearful and skeptical friends, those who are staying on statins because their docs have put the fear of God in them and colleagues who are still dishing out this poison. I would like a source of this study for my sceptical medical colleagues. Thanks Aileen

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