Last week I cringed as I watched the evening news report on a new study for statin drugs, in which they reported that this study suggests that you should now use their drug as a preventative measure against heart attack and stroke.
Statin drugs are typically used for people with high cholesterol and is already one of the top selling pharmaceuticals on the market and raking in billions of dollars, but this new study now opens the door for them to market their product to millions more people and enhance their pocketbooks even more, which is the motivation behind this study.
What is most absurd about this study is that they are now marketing this drug to people who don’t even have a cholesterol problem, convincing them that somehow by ingesting toxic drugs it will enhance their health in the long run. Completely neglecting the fact that there are simple changes in diet and lifestyle that will prevent high cholesterol, heart attacks and stroke, like reducing unhealthy fats, eating more veggies, increasing healthy fats, eating organic, taking garlic, correcting nutritional deficiencies, eliminating sugar and other refined foods from the diet, reducing exposure to environmental toxins and getting regular exercise. Bottom line is that there are many alternative and healthy preventative steps one can take that will be just as effective, if not more so, than statin drugs without any of the risks associated with this drug. Taking statin drugs is a ridiculous and unnecessary suggestion.
Even more appalling is the fact that the media, doctors and the whole medical society have hopped on this bandwagon with the pharmaceutical company and not only bought their crap — hook, line and sinker, but are encouraging others to buy it as well. If we put aside the fact that there are safer ways of lowering cholesterol, even when you have high cholesterol, marketing to people with high cholesterol is one thing, but to people who don’t even need it is really beyond unethical and irresponsible.
Before the news report I was watching even ended, I was thinking to myself, “hmmm something beginning to smell kind of foul here” and low and behold at the end of the news report they stated that this amazing new study was funded by the manufacturers of the statin drugs themselves. Oh, surprise, surprise. Seems to me we have a serious conflict of in tersest and bias here.
Then in a nonchalant attitude, as if it didn’t matter, they said “oh by the way, taking statin drugs does increase your risk of developing cancer. They neglected to mention the fact that it also greatly increases the incidence of diabetes and has a variety of other serious side effects like kidney damage, muscle injury, liver and nervous system damage, memory loss and confusion and many more.
The main point to take away from this discussion is that the manufacturers of statin drugs are running a sham on the unaware and vulnerable. First they make you afraid and then hand you the magic “poison” bullet. So it’s important that consumers educate themselves on the facts and pass it along to friends and loved ones who may not be informed as well.