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Who, if anyone, should take statins?

6/10/2013 - Recently, Dr. John McDougall wrote an incredible article regarding statin drugs entitled, Who Should Take Cholesterol-lowering Statins? Everyone or No One? It is an article that anyone with any type of heart problems or anyone taking statin drugs should read. His website is www.drmcdougall,com and to...

New study: Statin TV commercials have serious side effects (no joke!)

3/10/2013 - Watching television commercials funded by Big Pharma to promote statin drugs could injure your health. Sound crazy? Read on. A new study by Dr. Jeff Niederdeppe from Cornell University and colleagues concludes that TV ads appear to drive over-diagnosis of high cholesterol and over-treatment with...

Another nail in the coffin for statin drugs - New research finds statins increase artery calcification

8/31/2012 - In yet another blow to the claimed benefits of statin drugs, newly published research has found that statin drug use leads to accelerated coronary artery and aortic artery calcification, both of which greatly contribute to cardiovascular disease and mortality. The new study comes on top of findings...

Big pharma 'research' suggests all people over 50 should take statins every day for life

5/20/2012 - Big pharma propaganda has reached a new height in the UK this week, with the release of a new study that appears to show the benefits of taking statins. The report goes on to claim that everyone over 50 years of age should be taking the drug on a daily basis, for the rest of their lives. According...

Prominent heart doctor exposes the myths about cholesterol, statins and low fat diets

4/10/2012 - Renowned heart surgeon Dr. Dwight Lundell recently stepped forward to expose how embracing the high cholesterol myth has been wrong and the harm that has resulted, stating that the recommendations to lower cholesterol and severely restrict fat intake "are no longer scientifically or morally defensible." Dr....

Statins can cause muscle damage without necessarily exhibiting pain symptoms

3/14/2012 - If you take statin drugs to lower your cholesterol levels, these medications could be damaging your muscles without you even knowing it. Several studies not typically mentioned by the pro-statin drug lobby reveal that HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors can cause skeletal muscle damage that may not always...

FDA mandates new safety warnings for statin drugs due to risks of memory loss, diabetes and muscle pain

3/3/2012 - On February 28, federal health officials added new safety alerts to the prescribing information for statin drugs, citing increased risks of memory loss, diabetes and muscle pain. It is the first time the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has officially linked statins to cognitive problems...

Statins increase diabetes in postmenopausal women by seventy percent

2/1/2012 - The result of a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine finds that statin use in postmenopausal women significantly increases the risk of developing diabetes. In spite of this damning evidence, researchers do not recommend that the American Diabetes Association guidelines for primary and...

Study - statin drugs linked to higher diabetes risk

1/12/2012 - A new study confirms a dangerous statin drug side effect: diabetes. Researchers at Harvard Medical School report women over the age of 45 are much more likely to develop diabetes if they're taking a statin drug. The study followed more than 153,000 postmenopausal women who enrolled in the Women's...

Study: Statins cause memory loss, depression

4/19/2011 - The growing list of serious negative side effects caused by statin drugs now includes memory loss and depression, according to a new study published in the Cochrane Library. Researchers discovered that the vast majority of drug trials allegedly showing statins to be safe have been conducted by drug...

Statins prove useless, ineffective in children with lupus

11/13/2010 - The push to expand the market for statin drugs has hit a major roadblock. A recent study presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology has revealed that the "preventive" administration of statin drugs does nothing to prevent children with lupus from developing atherosclerosis,...

Statins Cause Serious Structural Muscle Damage

8/27/2009 - If there is a super star in Big Pharma's list of money making drugs, it may well be the group of medications known as statins. The New York Times reported last year that statins are, in fact, the biggest selling drugs in the world. Their names, like Lipitor and Crestor, are familiar from countless television...

Statins Given to Prevent Pneumonia in Elderly Actually Increase Pneumonia Risk by 61 Percent

7/14/2009 - Published reports say that between 11 million to 30 million Americans are taking the supposedly wonder drugs called statins. These cholesterol lowering medications brought in over $34 billion in sales last year and have raked in a quarter of a trillion dollars since they were introduced two decades...

Statins Cause Heart Attacks in Some Users

3/30/2009 - Over 38 million people in the U.S. are currently taking statin drugs to lower high cholesterol levels. However, German scientists at the Martin Luther-University in Halle-Wittenberg have just published research in the Journal of Lipid Research that shows, for some people, taking statins actually increases...

Another Blow to Magic Bullet Drugs: Statins Impair Brains

2/24/2009 - Statin drugs can reduce soaring cholesterol levels, according to countless ads touting these supposed "wonder" drugs, that means they are brimming with health benefits because they lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. The problem is a host of side effects from eye problems and muscle pain to heart...

Researchers Detail Statin Drug Dangers

2/9/2009 - With familiar and widely-advertised names like Levacor, Zocor, Pravachol, Lipitor, and Crestor, statin drugs have become some of the most widely prescribed drugs in the world. In fact, the medications (technically a class of drugs called HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors) have been so hyped as a pill-popping...

Statins Raise Prostate Cancer Risk of Obese Men

1/3/2009 - A study conducted earlier this year at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research in Seattle found that the use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, especially when used long-term, seems to raise the risk of prostate cancer among obese men. Background Statin drugs inhibits the enzyme which controls...

Despite the Hype, Statin Drugs Found Medically Useless in Preventing Alzheimer's

9/8/2008 - Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs do not provide any protection against Alzheimer's disease, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and published in Neurology, the journal of the American Academy of Neurology. "This study adds to the growing...

The Statin Scam Marches On

12/12/2007 - Considering that tens of millions of Americans now take statins to lower cholesterol, the following headline was conspicuously absent from the major media this month: "Statins Found To Turn On Gene That Causes Muscle Damage." It's now a fact of science; a new study shows that taking statins destroys...

Public Comment Date Announced for Sale of Behind the Counter Drugs

10/18/2007 - FDA announces public comment date for Behind the Counter (BTC) sales of prescription medications   On October 3, 2007 the FDA posted FDA Docket number 2007N-0356 announcing that it is open to public comment on November 14, 2007. According to the FDA this docket "regards the behind-the-counter (BTC)...

Statin drugs expose patients to dangerous, debilitating side effects

1/8/2007 - Millions of Americans take statin drugs to help lower their cholesterol, making it one of the most popular classes of prescription drugs on the market today, but like most prescription medications, these drugs are often unnecessary, as most Americans could lower their LDL (bad) cholesterol levels simply...

High Doses of Statins Carry Dangers, Swedish Report Says (press release)

7/14/2006 - A Swedish warning on the potential risks of using statins in high doses has triggered strong criticism from some of the top U.S. cardiologists. The timing of the debate is apt: Recently revised recommendations in the United States call for lowering cholesterol more than ever before as a way of reducing...

Despite the claims of the mainstream media, Lesco and other statins are not magic bullets for cholesterol

6/20/2006 - We all want a "quick fix" for disorders like high cholesterol, it seems. We want to be able to eat all the pizza and cheeseburgers we want and then take a magic pill so all the LDL cholesterol running through our bloodstream just disappears. No matter what the statin drug commercials tell you, there...

Corruption exposed: drug companies gave grants, consulting fees to panelists who issued new cholesterol guidelines that are driving demand for statins

7/15/2004 - The new cholesterol lowering guidelines are proving to be a windfall for statin drug manufacturers like Pfizer and Merck: most news articles and medical advice concerning the new guidelines recommend drugs -- and drugs only -- to reduce cholesterol level. As a result, the guidelines are perhaps better...

Statin drug side effects list

7/15/2004 - Here's a quick list of known side effects caused by taking statin drugs. People who take statins have suffered ravaging health consequences, including permanent damage to their liver, muscles and nervous system. Statins frequently cause people to lose their memories or feel confused. Here's the full...

If prescription drugs are so good, where are all the healthy drug takers?

7/15/2004 - When observing the state of modern medicine and the unprecedented influence of pharmaceuticals, an interesting paradox arises. The drug companies claim that pharmaceuticals can do wonders for people: lower their cholesterol, end clinical depression, reverse osteoporosis, eliminate allergies, calm your...

Health officials launch the great statin marketing con by announcing that tens of millions of people suddenly need lower cholesterol

7/12/2004 - It's the pharmaceutical industry's marketing hype machine in full action: a new announcement that all of a sudden everybody should pursue drastically lower cholesterol levels. Previously, the recommended level was 130. Now it's suddenly 100, and can you guess what people are being urged to do in order...

Medical fraud alert: cholesterol lowering statin drugs save zero lives, says comprehensive research published in JAMA

7/6/2004 - The hype about statin drugs is relentless these days. Physicians are urging patients to take statins even when they don't have high cholesterol. The American Diabetes Association, for its part, ridiculously suggests that all diabetic patients should be on statins just in case scientists one day discover...

Mass media hypes up statins, calling them wonder drugs while ignoring their dangerous side effects

7/1/2004 - The mass media hype about statins has reached stratospheric proportions. USA Today, in this article, calls statins a "wonder drug" and poses the ridiculous question, "Should statins be in every medicine cabinet?" Statins are extremely potent prescription drugs with dangerous side effects that include...

Viagra use causes infertility, says study; statins interfere with sex hormones

5/18/2004 5:05:25 PM - The irony is hard to miss: men who take Viagra may be shooting blanks according to new research conducted at Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Viagra, it seems, causes sperm cells to premature release digestive enzymes that normally break down the wall of the egg. As a result,...

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