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    Entries in Medical Corruption (11)

    Thursday
    Sep052013

    Vascular Surgeons Write a Damming Report About Statins

    Two top vascular surgeons have published a damming report on statin medications. 

    Dr Sherif Sultan, Consultant Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon, Honorary Senior Lecturer at NUI Galway, Ireland, and Dr Niamh Hynes, Clinical Lecturer In Vascular & Endovascular Surgery at Western Vascular Institute, Ireland have conducted a critical review of the benefits and risks associated with statin medications.

     

    In summary, their paper highlights the following key points: 

    • Not only are statin medications failing to impact on our most prevalent disease, but they are causing more harm than good.
    • Cholesterol is crucial for energy, immunity, fat metabolism, leptin, thyroid hormone activity, liver related synthesis, protection from stress, adrenal function, sex hormone syntheses and brain function. 
    • Only middle aged men with coronary heart disease benefit from taking statins, but even in these cases statins may only work in the short term and should be stopped before adverse effects can take hold.
    • High cholesterol levels have been found to be protective in elderly and heart failure patients.
    • The statin industry is the utmost medical tragedy of all times. 
    • A government report in Canada found an overestimation of benefit and underestimation of harm where statins are concerned.
    • Statins are associated with triple the risk of coronary artery and aortic calcification.

    This is another scientific paper that should immediately stop the widespread prescription of statins, however, it has gone almost completely unnoticed. In fact, I only became aware of it because it was sent to me from my friend Clare Harris from the Stopped Our Statins support group.

     

    You can read the full paper here.

    Friday
    Dec282012

    More Misinformation from the British Press 

     

    Yesterday, an article was published on the front page of a national newspaper in the UK, claiming “proof that statins save millions” and “wonder pill halves heart attack deaths”. 

    The article was published in the Daily Express newspaper on 27 December 2012, written by Giles Sheldrick. I have formally complained to the editor about the gross inaccuracies the article contains.

    The article is based on data published in a recent report from the British Heart Foundation (BHF). The title of this report is Coronary Heart Disease Statistics 2012.

    The article in the Daily Express claims that the reduction in heart disease deaths / heart attacks is mostly due to cholesterol lowering statins.

    The recent BHF publication (available here) does clearly show that deaths from heart disease have continued to fall, however, nowhere in this publication is there any data to support the claim that statins have played a significant part.

     The BHF publication references only one study; a 2004 study referenced on pages 14 and 15 of the publication. This referenced study is freely available here:

    http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/109/9/1101.long 

    It is absolutely clear from this study that the vast majority of the reduction in heart disease deaths was from the reduction in the number of people smoking and improvements in emergency treatments. It had very little to do with statin medications. In fact, if you look at Table 1 of this study, we can see that statins, at best, contributed less than one percent to the reduction in deaths. 

    The first line of the Daily Express article reads “THE use of statins has halved the number of deaths from heart attacks”. There is no data to support this statement anywhere in the BHF publication or the 2004 study referenced by the BHF.

    There are a number of additional points to consider. 

    The graph below is from another publication from the British Heart Foundation (Coronary Heart Disease Statistics 2008, available here) . If we look at figure 1.4 from page 25, we can see that heart disease deaths have been reducing since the 1970s, but there is no significant change in the graph around 1995. This is important because statin medications first started to be widely prescribed in 1995. If statins were having a significant impact, we would of course expect to see a more dramatic reduction around 1995, but we do not. In fact, some age groups have seen a slowing down of the reduction since the widespread introduction of statins in 1995.

    It is important to note that even if statins do very slightly reduce the risk of suffering a heart attack (typically less than one percent reduction in risk), at the same time, these medications increase the risk of dying from other serious diseases. This is particularly the case when statins are used for 'prevention'. All of the clinical trials, where statins have been used for 'prevention' have failed to show any increase in life expectancy. The potential very slight reduction in heart attack risk has always been off-set by an increase in deaths from other causes due to the statin.

    Not to mention the fact that around 20 percent of people who take statins experience considerable adverse effects, which in many cases have ruined peoples' lives.

     

    Friday
    Oct192012

    STATINS AND CANCER

    Yesterday, a british national newspaper ran an article suggesting that statins can reduce the risk of cancer. The article refers to statins as “superpills” and reinforces all of the common myths about cholesterol. 

    The article refers to a recently published study in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention, however, the newspaper fails to mention several key points. Firstly, that the study they refer to is an observational study and not clinical trial data. And secondly, that statin clinical trials have tended to exclude cancer patients from the data analysis.

    This newspaper article is so biased, it is difficult to see it as anything more than an advertisement for the pharmaceutical companies that make statins.

    An alternative view of the link between statins and cancer can been seen in the video clip below. Dr Uffe Ravnskov and Dr Paul Rosch introduce some of the concerns regarding statins and cancer:

    Dr Ravnskov and Dr Rosch (along with Dr McCully) have also published a research paper about statins, low cholesterol and cancer in a leading medical journal. Unfortunately, this research paper. like so many others that challenge big pharmaceutical companies, do not get the media attention that they deserve.

     

    Thursday
    Aug092012

    $tatin Nation Mentioned in The Sun Newspaper

    The Sun newspaper today featured an article about statins and $TATIN NATION.

    It is great to see a national newspaper commenting on this issue and helping to expose the mass over-prescription of statin drugs.

    Please click here for the online version of the article.

    This article is also in the print edition on page 23.

     

     

    Friday
    Jul202012

    Injecting more profit for big pharma

    Taking disease mongering to the next level, several pharmaceutical companies are now trying to develop injections to lower cholesterol levels even further.
    Interesting that the medicine would be geared to patients who cannot tolerate statins. Oh, so now when it suits them, big pharma agrees that large numbers of people are being affected by statins. Not to mention the nonsensical cholesterol targets that they are working to that are not based on any scientific evidence whatsoever but were purely introduced for marketing a made-up disease.
    Source: Reuters