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American Diabetes Association promotes statin drugs to diabetic patients without a shred of proof that they help; the pharmaceutical industry gives millions each year to the ADA

Thursday, June 03, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
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Tags: bad medicine, prescription drugs, diabetes


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In a widely publicized announcement by the American Diabetes Association that can only be called extremely dangerous health politics, the group has advised all diabetic patients to start taking statins regardless of whether they have high cholesterol. The justification? Because statin drugs, the Association insists, "...may have some other qualities that have not been tested."

You read it right: the American Diabetes Association wants everyone with diabetes to take an expensive prescription drug -- for life, presumably -- on the off chance that it might someday turn out to be helpful in some unknown way that has never been tested or scientifically supported. Folks, this is medical madness, and if the FDA weren't working so hard to protect the pharmaceutical industry, they would step in and issue a statement challenging this precarious advice by the ADA.

Red yeast rice, a natural food supplement, lowers cholesterol far more effectively than statins. Can you imagine the outcry from the FDA if the American Diabetes Association suddenly announced that all diabetics should be taking red yeast rice based on the hope that it might help them in some unknown way? The FDA would immediately take to the airwaves, screaming, "It's not proven! It's dangerous advice!" But when it's a drug that's being recommended to patients, against all scientific merit, the FDA stands back and says nothing. This is nothing more than blatant medical dogma in action.

So what's the real reason the American Diabetes Association is pushing these statin drugs so hard without a shred of scientific evidence that they are helpful to diabetics? Let's take a closer look: it turns out that the ADA receives millions of dollars each year in money from drug companies! Some of the association's top sponsors, giving at least $500,000, are some of the wealthiest pharmaceutical companies on the planet: Novartis, Merck, Parke-Davis, Pfizer, SmithKline Beecham, Takeda, Bayer, Aventis and Eli Lilly. And that money, it turns out, buys a lot of influence. The ADA has become a propaganda machine for the pharmaceutical industry, just like the FDA. Now they're hawking drugs to diabetics with absolutely no justification. They're not even pretending that statins are helpful to diabetics: they're saying that maybe, someday, they might be discovered to be helpful. In the mean time, they're saying, all diabetics should be chemical guinea pigs.

On top of all this, it turns out that statins are highly dangerous drugs: they interfere with normal liver function and block the production of sex hormones, among dozens of other documented side effects. When will our country learn that prescription drugs are not the answer?


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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

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