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Statin Drugs: An Unhealthy Money Making Con Based on the Cholesterol Hoax

by Paul Fassa
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(The Best Years in Life) Not long ago a few doctors were promoting that statin drugs should be issued with with fast food meals. But who would be paying for them? Statin drugs are huge money makers for Big Pharma. Would they have been free of charge with five “happy meals”, or would they have been extra, or even worse, opened and sprinkled onto junk food.

The issue of cholesterol as a precursor to heart disease is a myth that just won't go away. And it's not only with mainstream media and medical practitioners, the promotional phrasing for even supplements often include “lowers cholesterol”, and many alternative health writers still write about that. Maybe it works for marketing within those convinced of the cholesterol hoax, but unfortunately it also reinforces the myth.

Recently, a Time magazine article featured a report on a Finnish study that concluded men on statin drugs for six years had a 46% increased risk for developing diabetes.

It’s a good news-bad news scenario,” Dr. Robert Eckel, past president of the American Heart Association and professor of medicine at University of Colorado School of Medicine told Time.

Although there is convincing evidence that patients on statins are at increased risk of new-onset diabetes,” Eckel continued, “the benefit accrued [from statins] in reducing risks of heart attack, stroke and fatal heart disease trumps the effects of being new onset diabetics.”

Well, Dr. Eckel authority guy, statins are based on the bogus theory that high cholesterol readings lead to heart attacks. More and more health experts, even cardiologists, are recognizing this faulty theory that has put many in danger of dementia and death. Despite decades of low fat foods and diets to lower cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular problems have been on a rapid rise for decades.

Instead, high added sugar and fructose (HFCS) added to sodas and processed foods are viewed as the major sources of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease along with all those hydrogenated trans-fatty acid oils that were and still are considered wise substitutes for saturated fats like real butter and coconut oil. Old lies believed by most don't die easily.


Here's an excerpt from Health Impact:

The biggest study to date examining the scientific literature on saturated fats was the meta analysis published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2010: “Meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies evaluating the association of saturated fat with cardiovascular disease”.

This analysis looked at 347,747 patients from clinical studies during a 23 year period and found that there was no link between saturated fat and heart disease.

Now, in May of 2013, we have another excellent study analyzing the existing medical literature regarding dietary fats and heart disease just published in Advances in Nutrition by Glen D. Lawrence, PhD, from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY: Dietary Fats and Health: Dietary Recommendations in the Context of Scientific Evidence

(…) the science actually points to only Omega 3 fatty acids, such as those found in fish oils, as being heart healthy, and not Omega 6 fatty acids, such as those found in corn and soybean oil, which comprise more than 90% of the dietary oil market in the U.S.

The study also correctly vindicates the negative bias against saturated fat found in coconut oil and dairy products: Several recent analyses indicate that SFAs [saturated fatty acids], particularly in dairy products and coconut oil, can improve health. (Emphasis added)

This includes butter over margarine, a trans-fatty chemical creation that's synthetically died and flavored with additives to create texture incidentally. The low and no fat processed food creators have made a bundle off this hoax that is harmful to the health of those who bought into it.

Statins Create Conditions that Are Very Unhealthy With Little If Any Heart Protection

A little earlier I had mentioned dementia as a result of using statins. Statins do reduce cholesterol, which is not really a good thing. We need cholesterol as building blocks for our cell walls and myelin sheathing on nerve conduits, brain cells, and epidermal. Over the past few decades, we have seen a significant rise in brain and neurological diseases that include Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

These increased neurological diseases coincide with the cultural dedication to reducing fat from our diets, and taking statin drugs. MIT researcher Dr. Stephanie Seneff, has published research looking at the effects of a low-fat diet and statin drugs in relation to Alzheimer’s Disease.

She noticed a strong correlation between insulin resistance in the brain and early Alzheimer’s Disease, suggesting that Alzheimer’s might be considered a neuroendocrine disorder of the brain or so-called “type 3 diabetes”. Interestingly, this corresponds to the recent Finnish study regarding statin use and onset diabetes.

Dr. Seneff's study offered the following conclusions: The brain represents only 2% of the body’s total mass, but contains 25% of the total cholesterol. Cholesterol is required everywhere in the brain … as a structural scaffold for the neural network, and a functional component of all membranes. Cholesterol also …. plays an important role in the formation and functioning of synapses in the brain.

Isn't that great, Dr. Robert Eckel heart health authority guy. One can be a drooling stumbling idiot with no memory, and that's merely a worthwhile side effect of statins. But here's the kicker, lowering cholesterol doesn't do squat for longevity or lowering heart attack risks.

It's been observed that people with high cholesterol readings live longer than those with lower cholesterol. And their minds and brains are more intact as well. A 2011 VA (Veterans Administration) study concluded: “… after adjusting for other factors associated with longevity, higher HDL cholesterol levels were significantly associated with survival to 85 years of age.”

Here's more on how lowering cholesterol messes up your health. Vitamin D from the sun is considered the best way to benefit for vitamin D. Epidermal cholesterol conducts the first phase of transforming UVB (ultraviolet B) rays from the sun into vitamin D in the liver.

So statin drugs also contribute to vitamin D deficiency, which has been associated with several adverse health conditions, especially those that take advantage of lowered immunity. That's a lot of diseases, including cancer. Oh, and statins also diminish CoQ10 absorption, a vital heart nutrient.

There may be a small segment of statin users, estimated at around five percent, who MAY benefit from statins. But for sure, all the rest are harming themselves while feeding Big Pharma's annual multi-billion dollar revenues from statins alone. Ca-ching, ca-ching – keep that cholesterol myth going!

A couple of cardiologists who have written books deconstructing the cholesterol myth are Dr. Dwight Lundell and Dr. Stephen Sinatra. Google them to look into their books and read about the deconstructed mythology for yourself.

Here's an interesting short video on the topic of statins:

See also:

A Renowned Heart Surgeon Debunks Cholesterol and Saturated Fat Fears

Red meat studies flaws lead to potentially unhealthy advice

The Best Years in Life Natural Heart and Cardiovascular Resources Page

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About the Author:

Paul Fassa started looking into natural health to overcome his unhealthy lifestyle. Then he developed more interest as he researched his articles for Natural News and Align Life.

He is amazed at the ignorance of natural medicine and how beneficial foods and herbs are constantly ignored or vilified in order to promote toxic foods and meds by Big Pharma, the FDA, USDA, and the AMA, what he likes to call the "Medical Mafia".

His blog is - "Healthmaven: Escape from the Medical Mafia Matrix." His Natural News articles can be reviewed here:



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