The Truth About Statins
It really gets to me when the mainstream does its best to pull the wool over our eyes, especially when it concerns the KNOWN damaging effects of a drug. A case in point, cholesterol-lowering statins.
Yesterday, I briefly told you about research that found MILLIONS of patients are at risk because of the widespread confusion over the prescribing of side effect ridden cholesterol-lowering drugs.
I did some more reading about these research findings and came across this line in a newspaper article: “Others [medical experts] say the pills, which cost as little as 4p a day and are taken by eight million Britons to reduce cholesterol and protect against heart attacks, heart disease and stroke, should be prescribed with caution because not enough is known about their side-effects.”
Not enough is known about their side effects?!
That’s a pack of lies.
The truth is, we know an awful lot about the harm statin drugs do, which is a fast growing list of horrendous and sometimes life-threatening side effects.
Someone’s in trouble
In fact, we’ve been reporting on the dangers of statins for the past 7 years… So in case these mainstreamers think they can hide their heads in the sand, here’s a quick refresher of some (just a few) things we know about statin drugs… and it’s NOT good:
* Weakness (asthenia), lack of energy, muscle cramps, muscle aches, shortness of breath, tiredness, depression and difficulty breathing are all well-known side effects of statin drugs.
* Canadian researchers studied more than two million statin users and found that they were at a 34 per cent greater risk of being hospitalised with acute kidney problems within 120 days of starting treatment with high-dose statins.
* The so-called benefits of statin drugs are based on the results of the JUPITER trial. In 2010, a group of doctors and researchers, led by Dr Michel de Lorgeril from France, stepped forward and accused JUPITER researchers of producing “flawed” trial results and of having commercial interests in the drug tested. It turned out that all these claims were true and, as a result, the JUPITER researchers admitted that the benefits of statins may have been exaggerated.
* In June 2012, a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that patients who take generic and brand name statin drugs like Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor and others are much more likely to experience fatigue while at rest and during exertion.
* Research into 171 individuals who complained of statin-related brain symptoms found that 90 per cent of people who stopped statins experienced an improvement in their symptoms… In October 2012, the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) noted in a Consumer Update that memory loss, forgetfulness, and confusion “span all statin products and all age groups.” As a result, the FDA changed the safety information on statin labels to warn patients that these drugs can cause memory loss and cognitive decline.
* In November 2012, the UK’s medicines regulator, The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), expressed concerns about the safety of cholesterol-lowering statins. As a result, they lowered the recommended upper limit prescription dosage from 80mg to 40mg…
…and the list goes on and on… and the evidence is piling up… and from what I can see, Big Pharma now wants to cover their tracks by telling us ‘We did not know.’
Well not on my watch.
For the past 30 years, Big Pharma and their cronies have been telling us about the benefits of this so-called ‘wonder drug’. Now it seems that the wheels are slowly coming off and the statin marketing frenzy will soon be exposed for what it really is: A despicable con!
I’m not the only one thinking this. One of our regular readers and a follower on our blog The Cholesterol Truth, recently posted this comment: “I truly believe statins will prove to be one of the biggest drug scandals of our time!”
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“Discontinuation of Statins in Routine Care Settings: A Cohort Study” Annals of Internal Medicine, Vol. 158, No. 7, 4/2/13, annals.org
“FDA Expands Advice on Statin Risks” FDA Consumer Update, fda.gov
Statins side effects warning when combined with other drugs: regulator, telegraph.co.uk
Exercise could repair heart damage, published 31.10.12, telegraph.co.uk
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