Statin’s Effects And Answer to Cholesterol Hypothesis

The positive aspects of statins include their ability to lower LDL cholesterol, to combat inflammation, to improve the function of the inner lining of arteries, to combat oxidation (the oxidized form of LDL cholesterol injures arteries, initiating the buildup of plaque), and to decrease the tendency of clots
to form. Some scientists believe that the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of statins are at least as important as their ability to lower LDL cholesterol. The end result of statin therapy is that plaque formation is inhibited (but not stopped), and any plaque that does form is less likely to rupture. (It is
plaque rupture, with resultant clot formation, that causes most heart attacks.)

A January 2009 study that was published in the American Heart Journal. It examined the cholesterol levels of 136,905 patients admitted to the hospital for a cardiovascular event between 2000 and 2006. It found that nearly 75 percent of them had LDL within the “healthy” range, and close to half of them had “optimal” levels below 100 mg/dL. Additionally, over half the patients also had low levels of HDL cholesterol (the so-called “good cholesterol”), which is considered a bad sign.

All the leading health groups are telling us that heart health depends on getting LDL levels lower and lower, and yet the heart attack patients in this study had what is considered healthy levels.

“The financial success of the statin drugs to reduce cholesterol deeply embedded this notion of lowering cholesterol levels as a primary means of treating heart disease. Unfortunately, 98 percent of my fellow cardiologists have jumped on this bandwagon. It’s enormously profitable and it’s paid for many glorious vacations in Orlando and a lot of nice dinners. It’s paid for many things for those who promote statins. We’re talking about a $29 billion annual industry, so this has fueled a very successful campaign to treat cholesterol. It also took us down this dead end where it has made us stupid about how heart disease was caused.”  – Dr. William Davis

“The cholesterol myths continue because of the money involved. The statin industry is such a big, big moneymaker that they don’t want to burst that bubble. I think there must be plenty of people in those industries who know that statins are bad but they’re keeping it under wraps. I cannot believe that they wouldn’t know because it just seems so obvious to me. The cholesterol story is a very
easy story for people to understand. It’s dead wrong, but it’s easy for people to understand and believe that high cholesterol clogs the arteries and causes the heart to have problems. This is how statins have been marketed, as a means for improving your cholesterol numbers. It’s such a simple story. And yet it’s wrong on so many accounts.”  – Dr. Dwight Lundell

“Taking a statin drug is easy and it kind of pushes the problem away. Also, it does lower something and people like seeing things they can measure go down. And when it does drop, you can be congratulated for a job well done.”  – Dr. Malcolm Kendrick

Here’s a reality check for people who are taking a statin drug: These drugs will artificially lower your cholesterol levels, but they will not prevent a heart attack, stroke, or cardiovascular disease. Statins can also cause a fairly long list of risky side effects.

In fact, some doctors recommend everyone take a statin drug and have even pushed for it to put it in our water supply! If changes in diet and lifestyle are even mentioned by your doctor, they will almost invariably be suggested in conjunction with a statin.

“I don’t think cholesterol theory will suddenly disappear, because while there’s money to be made, I think there’s always going to be stout support for it. However, questions are at least being asked, and the Internet is now a rich source of opinion and science, which counters the cholesterol hypothesis. The whole area has opened up and it has allowed much more healthy skepticism
about the information we have been given. Overall, I’m optimistic that we’re slowly but surely getting to the truth, and that people are benefiting as a result.”  – Dr. John Briffa

“My impression is that most medical practitioners just don’t get it; they’ve been buffaloed by representatives from the pharmaceutical companies, who pass their literature off as scientific education. This makes it very, very difficult for them to make a reasonable assessment of what’s really going on with their patients.”  – Dr. Philip Blair

“Treating cholesterol with statins is like waving the smoke away from the fire and thinking that you’ve put it out.”   – Dr. Dwight Lundell

“A paradigm shift away from the cholesterol hypothesis will not likely occur until the current professors have died or retired.”  – Dr. Uffe Ravnskov




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