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Statins a Joke, Less than Beneficial, According to Swedish Study

Christina Sarich
May 30th, 2013
Updated 05/07/2014 at 11:00 pm
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pill ingestion 263x164 Statins a Joke, Less than Beneficial, According to Swedish StudyA recent population-based study in Sweden evidenced that the massive utilization of statins has provided no benefit to Swedish people. In fact, three times as many statins were being taken by Swedes in the year 2000 than in 1998, yet the number of people dying from heart attacks were unchanged by the increase!

Statins have been used in the U.S. since 1987, when they were approved by the FDA as a pharmaceutical means to lower cholesterol through inhibiting an enzyme in the liver and other organs. Statins are one of the most widely prescribed medicines in the industrialized world, and are extremely profitable.

Statins account for billions in dollars a year in profits to companies like Merck and Pfizer. In recent years, Lipitor was one of the top-selling pharmaceutical drugs in the country, bringing in a whopping $7.5 billion to Pfizer, even as they crowded out generic drugs also classified as statins. Pfizer’s patent has run out on Lipitor, but millions of people are still taking statins despite their ineffectiveness. And worse, statins have been shown to cause Diabetes Type II, and memory loss along with other cognitive disorders.

The Lack of Necessity and Danger of Statins

Many doctors are finding that their patients are suffering from side effects ranging from mild to debilitating, and growing evidence even links statins to Lou Gehrig’s, a debilitating neuromuscular disease.

Big Pharma has definitely convinced both doctors and their patients, however, that statins are the Holy Grail, and many patients that start on them are afraid to stop. They assume they’ll have an immediate heart attack. The truth of the matter is that high cholesterol is less likely to cause a heart attack than factors like a smoking habit, excessive alcohol consumption, and diabetes.

Furthermore, many healthy people are put on statins as a precautionary measure. While most of the studies conducted on statins were done on people who took them for short periods, and often were very elderly or already had failing livers, few were conducted on healthy people, nor people who stayed on statins for life, essentially. Those studies were never done because they would result in a disparaging story for statins.

Lastly, there are numerous healthy natural alternatives to statins which don’t cause any side effects at all. Olive oil, rich in polyphenols and antioxidants, is able to reduce morbidity in the Mediterranean drastically, specifically by reducing cardiovascular disease. Since this lifestyle is high in plant-based foods, as well as olive oil, seafood (full of Omega 3s and 6s) and very little meat, heart health soars.

Curcumin found in turmeric is also wonderful for lowering cholesterol and benefiting heart health, along with removing plaque’s from the brain as well. Additionally, if you juice beets and their roots, you feed the body betaine, which helps to lower homocysteine levels.

Statins may be great for the pockets of Pfizer, but they probably aren’t helping your heart. At the end of the day, it’s best to re-evaluate statins’ place in your life.

Additional Sources:

Journal Circulation

The Lancet

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  • cfbcfb

    Looking into the actual efficacy of drugs is a good first step, and statins have an extremely lousy track record of showing much benefit. Next, look into whether reducing cholesterol is even beneficial to most people. Quite a few recent studies suggest that cholesterol levels not only aren’t much of a health problem, that we may need MORE cholesterol as we age. Some studies suggest that its not fat and cholesterol that are ‘artery clogging’, but that its inflammation caused by too many carbohydrates in our diet combined with excessive omega 6 bearing vegetable oils. Yes, the diet your doctor is recommending to save you is killing you.

  • John

    I stopped my statins due to severe muscle problems, post 5 cardiac stents, and have gotten along fine without them. Stopped in Nov. 2012, and it is now June 2013.

  • Barrie Briggs

    I was told the same thing. Stop the statins and you die. Well four weeks ago I started cutting the statins down from everyday to 6 a week to 5 a week and substituting a natural statin called Red Yeast Rice. I feel fine actually maybe even better. next week down to 4 and so on. I was told never to cut them off all of a sudden. Barrie

    • Mary

      Switched to red rice yeast and after a year (didn't check sooner) reduced total cholesterol 80 points. side effects.

  • Pascal

    Hi Alex I have the same problem …. look for toxins in your food supply as well as in your tap water … your cabbages could be coated with sodium fluoride plastic ; your fresh salades could be covered with per chlotate ; avoid commercial meats as they are full of nasty chemicals sodium nitrate ; growth hormones ,given unecessary antibiotics , and are fed soybeans , corn lased with neotame all of which are GMO ! Cheap restaurants are the 1° source of bad foods ….careful what you drink : tap water can have residual alumlinium sulfites ( used to make water clear of suspended particles ) sodium fluoride ; excess chlorine
    As you mentioned "Mediteranean diet" most cheap wines have synthetic sulfites in them (as opposed to natural) or too much tannin

  • Alex

    sounds great, I'll recommend to my parents that suffers from high blood presure, but I wonder why my mother suspends the statins in about few days she have been with a headache and the blood presure is high.
    What will be the best transition to them ? they know and practice the Mediterranean diet.