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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Statins - the honey in the poison-flower
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The Fat Controllers of BigPharma want us to take more statins. So do the agents of the Western allopathic matrix: people called doctors and physicians.

But what are the facts? What are statins? What do they do? What are their side effects? And how do statins poison you to death so slowly that you won't even notice?

Statins are drugs which are used to lower cholesterol levels in patients who have heart disease, or are deemed to be at risk from heart disease. They have been described as cholesterol-busting wonder-drugs. This is true. Statins do inhibit the production of cholesterol very effectively. But there is a problem: cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease.

And cholesterol is good for you. For many people, feeling good is a symptom of high cholesterol levels. We need cholesterol for our cell membranes, our sex hormones, our bile salts, and for the production of our Vitamin D. We need cholesterol for proper neurological function. We need cholesterol to protect us against cancer and premature aging.

But despite all this, we have allowed perceived raised cholesterol levels - hypercholesterolemia - to become the number one health issue of the 21st century.

Hypercholesterolemia is actually an invented disease: a 'problem' that emerged when health professionals learned how to measure cholesterol levels in the blood. High cholesterol levels exhibit no outward signs. This is unlike other conditions of the blood, such as diabetes or anaemia, which manifest telltale symptoms like thirst or weakness.

And hypercholesterolemia requires the services of a doctor to detect its presence. It's a health issue which makes you dependent on doctors. And doctors are dependent on drugs. And drugs make money for the invisible men at the top of the pharmaceuticals foodchain. Money is good for their health.

In addition to the problem that cholesterol does not cause heart disease and we need not use statins to artificially reduce cholesterol for that reason, there is another problem. Statins have serious side-effects in many people: memory lapses, muscle pain and muscle weakness (due to statin-initiated depletion of coenzyme Q10), neuropathy, polyneuropathy (weakness, tingling and pain in the hands and feet, walking difficulties), weakening of the sex-drive, heart failure (the heart is a muscle and it cannot work when deprived of coenzyme Q10), dizziness, cognitive impairment, cancer, suppression of the immune system, pancreatic rot, and depression, sometimes of suicidal potency. Statins are powerful drugs.

Dr Duane Graveline, a former NASA astronaut and flight surgeon, was put on a statin drug called Lipitor in 1999 for moderately elevated cholesterol. Just six weeks later his wife found him wandering around the house unable to recognize her or his surroundings. His memory lapse lasted a few hours. Duane Graveline was in excellent health. The lapse lasted only a few hours but there was simply nothing to cause it .... except one possibility. He suspected Lipitor was the culprit and since it was the only medication he was on, he discontinued its use. His mental health returned.
Two years later his doctor insisted he continue taking Lipitor. He returned to using Lipitor and within a short time experienced another memory lapse episode that lasted more than 12 hours. Convinced that Lipitor was causing his episodes, he discontinued its use.

Another case is that of Mike Hope. There is an awkward silence when you ask Mike Hope his age. He doesn’t change the subject or stammer, or make a silly joke about how he stopped counting at 21. He simply doesn’t remember. Ten seconds pass. Then 20. Finally an answer comes to him. ‘I’m 56,’ he says. Close, but not quite. ‘I will be 56 this year.’ Later, if you happen to ask him about the book he’s reading, you’ll hit another roadblock. He can’t recall the title, the author or the plot. Statin use since 1998 has caused his speech and memory to fade. He was forced to close his business and went on Social Security ten years early. Things improved when he discontinued Lipitor in 2002, but his was a far from complete recovery. He still cannot sustain a conversation. What Lipitor did was turn Mike Hope into an old man when he was in the prime of life.

Because statins are expensive drugs, they are also profitable drugs. They are sold under a number of fancy names: Lipitor (atorvastatin), Zocor (simvastatin), Mevacor (lovastatin) and Pravachol (pravastatin). And there are others. Go private and you can be provided with a fancy name of your choice. It must be better because it costs more. Unfortunately, it won't just cost you more money.

Statins are good for doctors but bad for patients. They are good for doctors because they cause a wide range of serious side effects in many patients. These side effects require further treatment. Further treatment demands more drugs.

For doctors and drug companies, statins are a meal ticket for life. Sweet work if you can get it: patients are the meal.


Bad news about statin drugs 
Chris Gupta on - many respondents' case histories

Statin drugs & coenzyme Q10 depletion
Chris Gupta on - many respondents' case histories

Statin drugs - side effects and the misguided war on cholesterol

Duane Graveline on

Have we been conned about cholesterol? 
Malcolm Kendrick in the Daily Mail (London, UK)

Statin drugs are killers 
Peter Langsjoen on statin-induced cardiomyopathy 

USA backs statin use for children
Leading US doctors at the American Academy of Pediatrics push for the aggressive treatment of eight-year-old children with cholesterol-lowering drugs 

Cardiologists overlook lifesaving discovery
120 mg a day of Coenzyme Q10 reduces secondary cardiac events by 45% and significantly lowers the number of cardiac deaths 


Drug-induced diseases
How extensive is the problem of specific adverse drug reactions?

The most astonishing health disaster of the 20th century
The American medical system is the number one killer in the USA (a five-minute presentation on YouTube)


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