If your doctor has prescribed you a statin drug — especially after a heart attack — there’s some very important information you need to hear right now.
It has to do with the reason these dangerous drugs are given out in the first place — you know, to prolong your life.
But what if that was a great big hoax?
What if you’re risking all the side effects of these meds, such as diabetes, disabling muscle pain, and even heart disease, for no good reason at all?
Statin static louder than ever
Would you take a statin drug dutifully for five straight years after suffering a heart attack if you were told that the very best it could do for you is extend your life by four days?
Of course, that’s if you manage to navigate the adverse-reaction maze of new-onset diabetes, cataracts, extreme muscle pain, fatigue, brain fog, and hardening of the arteries — all well-known consequences of taking these meds.
That four-day benefit is what a group of international researchers are reporting they found in a study appearing in the just-out issue of the Pharmaceutical Journal.
After a comprehensive analysis of dozens of statin studies done over the past 20 years, Dr. Aseem Malhotra summarized the findings by saying that his team couldn’t find any evidence that statin drugs such as Lipitor and Crestor were actually saving people from dying of heart disease.
And that’s in both low- and high-risk patients.
Big Pharma, in fact, is “pulling the wool over our eyes,” said the senior researcher on this study. The group also went so far as to say that statins simply provide an “illusion” of heart protection.
And wait until you hear this! In their paper, the team wrote that “stopping statins may paradoxically save more lives and improve quality of life in those taking them.”
You heard that right — not taking these drugs can do more to keep your ticker ticking than popping them every day!
But don’t expect the mainstream to take this news lying down. Because meanwhile, at the renowned Cleveland Clinic, it sounds as if Dr. Steven Nissen is having a full-blown hissy fit.
Dr. Nissen, head heart doc at the clinic, just published an editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine saying that those who speak out against statins are in some kind of “cult” that sends out “bizarre and unscientific” information about these drugs!
But hold the phone! It was just a year ago when Dr. Nissen himself, while head cook of a pharma-paid study for a new kind of pricy, injectable cholesterol-lowering med called Repatha, finally admitted that muscle pain from statin drugs is “confirmed” and “it’s real.”
Nissen went on to say that “statin intolerance has been one of the most vexing problems” doctors face.
Now, however, Dr. Nissen is back on the statin bandwagon, declaring that most side effects are “minor” and can be fixed by switching to another type of statin. He also stated that this anti-statin “cult” denies the benefits of the drugs and “whips up fears of side effects.”
I know, you can’t make this stuff up!
Really, Dr. Nissen, you don’t have to do very much to get to the bottom of all of the dangers that come along with these meds.
And now, with this recent research finding that even those most at risk for heart disease aren’t being saved — or even helped — by them, I think it’s quite clear that the myth statins are saving lives is nothing more than smoke and mirrors.
But as an eAlert reader, you already know that high cholesterol is one of pharma’s all-time favorite over-treated conditions. If you’re currently taking any cholesterol-lowering meds, you need to have a sit-down with your doctor about quitting them as soon as possible.
Because the longer you’re on them, the bigger the risk you run of becoming another statin statistic.
“Statins have ‘no consistent evidence’ of improving heart attack patients’ survival” Alexandra Thompson, July 14, 2017, Daily Mail, dailymail.co.uk