Before Your Take Your Cholesterol Pill....

read whether or not statins (cholesterol medication like Lipitor) are safe. And what if the statins themselves could possible do more harm than good? More research is pointing in that direction.

Here’s an excerpt from the Center For Medical Consumers website, (Almost) Everything You Need to Know About Statin Drugs by Maryann Napoli

“Cholesterol was identified as one, but only one of 240 risk factors that included short stature, male baldness, creased ear lobes, and being married to a highly educated woman. Research focused on cholesterol because it is a modifiable risk factor (translation: drug industry opportunity). Though the Framingham Study found a strong association between blood levels of cholesterol and heart disease only in young and middle-aged men, the entire population was, in time, instructed to fear this particular risk factor.

Contrary to conventional medical wisdom, the Framingham study did not find that a high-fat diet doomed people to a heart attack. A subgroup of Framingham participants was assessed for their intake of saturated fats, dietary cholesterol and overall calories. None had any effect on the development of heart disease.

The idea that a low-fat diet prevents heart disease lives on, despite a 2001 review of all relevant clinical trials. The combined results showed that reducing or modifying dietary fat intake had no effect on heart disease mortality or total mortality (Hooper et al. British Medical Journal, 3/31/01).

Statins are widely regarded as safe, and perhaps the safest of all cholesterol-lowering drugs, though no one has done a study comparing them against their older counterparts. The acknowledged side effects of statins include muscle pain and weakness, suppression of the body’s formation of Co-enzyme Q10 and, rarely, a potentially fatal muscle-wasting disorder called rhabdomyolysis. One statin, Baycol, has been withdrawn because it was linked to 31 deaths from rhabdomyolysis. The other statins still pose a rare risk for this disorder, especially at doses of 80 mg/daily. Another rare side effect is peripheral neuropathy, which is nerve damage that causes numbness or tingling in the hands and feet. Chief among the unacknowledged side effects are memory loss and other cognitive problems, which have been reported anecdotally by people who were not in clinical trials.

There is a controversy among researchers over the very real possibility that the benefit of statins has less to do with cholesterol reduction than the drugs’ other biochemical effects, most notably anti-inflammatory properties. Atherosclerosis is thought to be due to an inflammatory response to arterial injury—an injury caused by high blood pressure, smoking or other risk factors.

Other articles:

Mass Media Hypes Up Statins calling Them Wonder Drugs While Ignoring Dangeruos Side Effects

Physicians Warn About Dangerous Overprescribing of Statins

Statin Drug Side Effects List

Cholesterol Drugs Have Problems

Cholesterol Drugs (Statins) Under Fire as Ineffective and Possibly Dangerous

Corruption exposed drug companies gave grants, consulting fees to panelists who issued new cholesterol guidelines that are driving demand for statins

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