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Two Videos Expose the Criminality of the Cholesterol Theory
by Barbara Minton
(The Best Years in Life) The first part of a two part documentary that completely exploded the cholesterol theory was produced by ABC Australia two years ago. Its message was so intense that the pharmaceutical industry got stressed about its bottom line, threw a tantrum and demanded the second part not be aired. ABC aired it anyway, but the pressure continued until they finally backed down and withdrew both episodes. Last week these videos re-surfaced, spotlighting for the whole world the criminal damage being done to millions of people who take statin drugs based on a fraudulent theory of cholesterol.
Data from 2010 shows that 25 percent of Americans over the age of 45 were using a statin drug such as Crestor or Lipitor to lower their cholesterol levels, making statins the most widely prescribed group of drugs ever, and the biggest cash cow for Big Pharma in history.
One or more of the statin drugs was prescribed based on a theory that said cholesterol was at the root of rising levels of cardiovascular disease and should be stamped out. This was best done by taking statins and making sure your diet didn’t include anything containing cholesterol, like eggs, bacon and butter (ironically foods that had been eaten by our ancestors for centuries without producing cardiovascular disease). Monitoring cholesterol numbers became an obsession, and food technologists rushed to create a flurry of new ‘cholesterol free’ products to sell to the cholesterol conscious. And of course the bar kept being raised as to how low the numbers should go.
In 2013, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology came out with guidelines, saying the cholesterol numbers on a chart should take a backseat to just getting more people on cholesterol lowering drugs. They targeted those who have already had a stroke or heart attack, diabetes or ‘unhealthy’ levels of cholesterol, along with anyone over age 45. This push sought to raise the number of Americans taking statins to 33 percent.
These new guidelines came just at the time ABC Australia was airing its investigative report on the cholesterol theory and statins. With so many sales at stake, it’s no wonder these videos had to be stopped!
At the same time, many in the natural health community were seeing the repercussions of the cholesterol theory, and they didn’t like what they saw. Evidence was mounting that instead of preventing cardiovascular disease, taking statin drugs actually causes it.
One of the pillars of the natural health movement, Dr. Joseph Mercola, drew attention to a study published in 2012 that found statin use was associated with a whopping 52 percent increase in calcified coronary plaque when compared with people not using statins. “Arterial plaque is a hallmark of cardiovascular disease and increases risk of all-cause mortality”, he said.
In addition, he pointed out another study that found that type 2 diabetics with advanced atherosclerosis who were also taking statins had significantly more coronary artery calcification than those who did not take the drugs. When those who had not originally taken statins got on them, their coronary artery calcification increased, and so did their abdominal aortic artery calcification.
Diabetes is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, according to Mercola, and this is the reason why diabetics are routinely put on statins. But the fact is that statins speed the progression of diabetes. “If you don’t have diabetes already, taking statins will significantly increase your risk”, according to him. One study he reviewed revealed a 48 percent increase in the risk of type 2 diabetes from statin use.
One of President Clinton’s doctors, Mark Hyman MD, says lowering cholesterol with statins increases insulin levels, but lowering cholesterol with diet actually lowers insulin levels. Elevated insulin levels are the beginning of the cascade into diabetes, promoting weight gain, hypertension and inflammation, all conditions that contribute to cardiovascular disease and heart attack.
In the face of such evidence, medical establishment physicians continue to push statins onto their unwitting patients. Get the full story about statins by watching these two videos, before you visit your doctor again.
About the Author:
Barbara is a school psychologist and the author of Dividend Capture, a book on personal finance. She is a breast cancer survivor using bioidentical hormone therapy, and a passionate advocate of natural health with hundreds of articles on many aspects of health and wellness. She is the editor and publisher of AlignLife's Health Secrets Newsletter.
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