Friday, January 4, 2013

How To Increase Your Risk of Dying? Take a Statin Drug


If you are elderly, how can you increase your risk of dying?  The answer is simple:  Take a statin drug.   

Statin drugs are the most profitable drugs for the Big Pharma Cartel.  Lipitor, Baycol, Zocor, and Crestor are examples of statin medications.  These drugs are prescribed by doctors to lower cholesterol levels.  Do statin drugs lower cholesterol levels?  Yes, they are very efficient at it.  They work by poisoning an enzyme, HMG-CoA Reductase.   

Conventional medicine has succeeded in convincing doctors and patients that we all need to lower our cholesterol levels in order to reduce our risk of developing heart disease.  However, this is no long-term data that shows that lowering your cholesterol level by taking a medication reduces your mortality rate. In fact, the best studies of statin medications show they can lower the risk of developing a non-fatal heart attack by about 1% after two or three years of use.  That is the benefit of taking a medication that poisons a crucial enzyme in the body and has been associated with an increased in cancer, ALS, muscle aches and pains, as well as a decline in mental function. 

What prompted this post?  An article in Clinical Nutrition revealed that compared to elderly patients with cholesterol levels of 200mg/dl, those with cholesterol levels of 183mg/dl had a significantly higher death rate. (1)  The authors found that for every 1mg/dl increase in serum cholesterol, the death rate was reduced by 0.4%.  You read that correctly—elevated cholesterol levels protect the elderly from death.  The Honolulu Heart Program found that men aged 71-93 years in the lowest total cholesterol group had a 64% increase risk in death as compared to men with the highest cholesterol levels.(2)  The Honolulu study was reported in 2001.  It is too bad the media does not trumpet these results.

There are numerous studies showing that there is an inverse correlation between cholesterol levels and the death rate in people over 59 years old.    That means an elevated cholesterol level protects the elderly.  However, it is not just the elderly that are protected.  Cholesterol is a vital substance for all the cells in the body.  Adequate cholesterol levels are needed to promote the health of the cell.  Furthermore, cholesterol is needed to produce all the adrenal and sex hormones in the body. 

I have written extensively about this topic in my book, Drugs That Don’t Work and NaturalTherapies That Do.  Cholesterol-lowering medications should be pulled from the market place.  You can simply look at the biochemical pathway where cholesterol is produced and see the dangers that can occur when that pathway is poisoned.  I predict that within five to ten years, we will have learned our lessons about the statin drugs and they will fall out of favor.  It is not the first time conventional medicine has been wrong—just look at the disastrous story of DES which was prescribed to millions of women in the 1950’s. 

(1) Clinical Nutrition.  Nov. 7, 2012.  Doi.org/10.1016/j.cinu.2012.11.012

2 Comments:

  • At January 13, 2013 at 3:19 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I enjoy reading your blog. I do have a question regarding this post. Is it possible that the reason for the inverse relationship is not that elevated cholesterol is protective but rather that the increase death rate is a result of side effects of pharmaceuticals that keep cholesterol levels artificially low

     
  • At January 18, 2013 at 4:07 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I agree with both of your arguments. I think the statins are harmful and I think elevated cholesterol levels are protective for the elderly.

     

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