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MARCH OF THE QUACKS

By Pete Moore On May 17th, 2012

Re$earchers at Oxford University say that everyone over the age of 50 should be taking statins, and that everyone over the age of 50 should be prescribed statins.

If I were a conspiracy theorist, I’d wonder if this was the latest attempt at population control. No-one should take statins unless they want diabetes, dementia, brain degeneration, memory loss, liver failure, nerve damage, kidney failure, muscle weakness beside many other things.

These quacks are still peddling the hoax that cholesterol and high fat diets are bad for us and lead to heart disease when the opposite is in fact true. We need cholesterol. Our bodies make it. We’re made of it and cannot function when cholesterol levels fall too low. It’s the same hoax which has obesity, diabetes and heart disease increasing as more people are duped into following the state-approved diet. If you want to live longer and stay healthy, for goodness sake keep away from government and the medical establishment.

If you want to make sense of it all and take some good advice, I’d recommend this interview with Gary Taubes.

13 Responses to “MARCH OF THE QUACKS”

  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_E3p56Ugm4

    There is no doubt that statins reduce cholesterol levels, they also cause serious detrimental effects which would normally lead to withdrawal of those drugs on the basis on ineffectiveness (heart disease doesn’t fall with use) and side-effects. However, statins are huge money-earners for the pharmaceutical sector and a moment’s checking will show that the pharmaeutial sector is one of the great sources of bribery lobbying for the politicians and especially for the medical institutions such as the BMA in the UK.

    Paraphrasing what Pete rightly says: Statins – follow the money. I’ll do exactly that later once the usual suspects start with their ‘conspiracy theory’ nonsense. In fact, it is a conspiracy, and very profitable too.

  2. Pete,
    The bosswife and I often discuss why we struggle with weight loss and why there appears to be so many fatter people around.
    I have wondered if it was to do with the antibiotics etc they pump into cattle nowadays,
    (Have you seen the size of some Americans nowadays? -and I don’t mean Troll :))
    but this Gary Taubes makes some good points.

  3. We need lots of things, including salt, and blood pressure, but too much salt and too much blood pressure and too much of many things are not helpful. The fact that cholesterol is a necessary thing doesn’t really prove anything.

    The beef, dairy and fast food industries are very profitable, too, so the ” follow the money ” argument here can easily be flipped around on you.

    I’m not an expert on statins, so won’t comment on them, but I think that a vegetable centered diet complemented by fish and with with a relatively low consumption of meat is the way to go.

  4. .. I think that a vegetable centered diet complemented by fish and with with a relatively low consumption of meat is the way to go.

    That would be my preference too.

  5. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/Vegetarian-Diets_UCM_306032_Article.jsp

    The veggie diet won’t do your heart any harm. Or maybe the evidence for it is a ” conspiracy ” by the carrot and broccoli farmers.

  6. I had open heart surgery twelve years ago in America. On recovery it was suggested that I take a statin, – on the basis that a ‘statin a day keeps the stroke away’. The usual side effects soon appeared and I have refused to take them since that time.

    The shotgun approach to prescribing as currently practiced by the NHS is doing far more harm than good to the mostly older folk who take statins. That old guy who cannot remember your name, maybe a victinm of this practice, as that is just one of the more frequent symptoms of any of the large number of types of statins around.

    All drugs have side effects, and it is a case of balancing any good they may do against the alternative of going without. What is the point of extending a life if the quality of that life is reduced to virtual zombie levels?

    For advisors to suggest that they be given to all over a certain age irrespective of their health, and to spend some 240 million pound on the way, is just plain irresponsible.

    I have yet to meet a ‘medical person’ who even when prescribed a course of statins, actually takes them for anything more than a short trial. Contrarily, I have met many retirees reduced to a virtual ‘care home’ status by the regular use of any of this group of so-called ‘wonder drug’.

    From the thalidomide ‘morning sickness’ pill in the ’70’s, thru’ the MMR/autism fiasco, and now this one, – just how many such errors can the NHS make before the public completely lose faith in the medical profession?

  7. When a statin is prescribed it usually comes with a partner – ezemitibe.

    Read what experts have to say – http://bit.ly/yCJtQV

    ‘is a drug that lowers cholesterol. It acts by decreasing cholesterol absorption in the intestine. It may be used alone (marketed as Zetia or Ezetrol), when other cholesterol-lowering medications are not tolerated, or together with statins (e.g., ezetimibe/simvastatin, marketed as Vytorin and Inegy) when statins alone do not control cholesterol.

    Even though ezetimibe decreases cholesterol levels, the results of two major, high-quality clinical trials (in 2008 and 2009) showed that it did not improve clinically significant outcomes, such as major coronary events, and actually made some outcomes, such as artery wall thickness, worse. Indeed, a panel of experts concluded in 2008 that it should “only be used as a last resort”.[1] In one of those studies, a head-to-head trial in 2009, a much less expensive medication (extended-release niacin) was found to be superior. Ezetimibe actually increased the thickness of artery walls (a measurement of atherosclerosis) and caused more major cardiovascular events.’

    And if you get anxious about all those pills, they will happily prescribe a beta blocker, to help calm your nerves…

  8. “I’d wonder if this was the latest attempt at population control….”

    Dern der dern dern, derrrrrr!
    You could be right. I have heard a lot about side effects, but evidently for some people the benefits outweigh the risks.
    Or maybe… if “they” don’t like the look of you, “they” give you the “special” statins?
    You feel absolutely great for a week and then…. you die.
    In mysterious circumstances.

    Never had heart trouble myself, but perhaps the amount of steroids I take accounts for that.

    I understand a lot of Scots people have heart problems. ;)

  9. The one pill that everyone recommends as a preventative for coronary problems is the simple aspirin. A 75 mg dose of an enteric coated aspirin will make the blood ‘more slippery’. One a day is all that is required.

    They cost is but pennies for a month’s supply and every doctor I have spoken to, (rather too many, for comfort, over the past decade), is most enthusiastic about their benefit.

  10. Ernest,
    When I managed a sheltered housing scheme back in the late ’90s, aspirin was all the rage.
    I think you just have to eat sensibly, try not to “graze”, vitamins and minerals as a supplement to – not in place of a balanced diet.
    Most of all though enjoy each day as much as you can. Appreciate those you love, do a little act of kindness whenever you can, and exercise your humour muscles.

    None of us knows how long we’ve got anyway.

  11. In the US, the total revenues of the beef and cattle industry is about $79 billion. In Europe, the total revenues of that industry would likely be immense also.

    In both regions, the revenues of the fast food slop empire of McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Kebab Houses, etc, as combined with the beef industry, will absolutely dwarf the revenues of statin products, by maybe a hundred times.

    Eat like a Frenchman or an Italian or a Japanese and you won’t need statins.

    The English and Scots and Americans don’t know how to eat. And no amount of statins will change that.

  12. I know three people who are on statins, including my wife. All were started on the cheapest statin, the one which was probably used for the financial calculations in the report. All had serious side effects, and after months of trials and suffering side effects eventually ended up on one costing many times the price of the cheapest.
    Be warned, the costs aren’t what they claim, and the side effects of some can be very serious.

  13. It’s an excellent corporate business plan, noting that the corporates are all inter-linked like a mesh. Feed corporate slop to the masses then, to ‘counter’ the damage, sell them statins which do at least as much damage to health as the slop they ate in the first place. However, having seen who go to eat the slop, it could be considered an IQ test, and the consumers of corporate slop fail. In the internet age, nobody need be ignorant.

    http://www.visiongain.com/Report/446/Statins-The-World-Market-2010-2025

    – Statins constitute one of the most important sectors of the pharmaceutical industry, with total revenues exceeding $25 billion in 2009. Our new report – Statins: The World Market 2010-2025 – provides detailed sales predictions and supporting discussions for this important pharmaceutical sector. –

    Follow all that money through the political lobbies, the medical institutions and the media.

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