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

Monday, July 12, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: cholesterol levels, lower cholesterol, statin drugs

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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 to achieve this new level? They're all supposed to take statin drugs of course!

This is one of the most blatant public health scams in recent memory. It's not a stretch to call it a marketing conspiracy involving pharmaceutical companies, the FDA, and health organizations like the American Heart Association (which, of course, receives millions of dollars in annual funding from drug companies). Here's how the scam works:

The AHA or other organizations announce new "guidelines" for cholesterol, but instead of recommending that people exercise and change their diets to achieve these lower levels, they recommend that everybody take statin drugs. Physicians follow along dutifully, helped by under-the-table bribes and kickbacks from drug companies. Consumers and their health insurance companies foot the bill, pouring literally billions of dollars into the coffers of statin manufacturers. Later, a portion of that money will be donated back to the AHA and other national health organizations as part of the drug company's "public service" efforts.

It's a blatant con, but it works. Tens of millions of people fall for it, and physicians are tripping over each other trying to be the latest to announce that they, too, are going to take statin drugs for life!

Of course, it's all bunk. Statins are extremely dangerous drugs with serious side effects including sudden death and the massive disruption of hormones (like sex hormones). Some statins have already been pulled from the market, and more will undoubtedly follow as the statistics start to pour in from widespread use. These drugs interfere with the normal healthy functioning of the human body, and they have no place in the life of a person attempting to achieve lasting health.

Yet pharmaceutical companies, western doctors and even the press talk about these drugs as if they were miracle pills. It sounds a lot like quackery to me: some organizations like the American Diabetes Association even recommend statin drugs without a shred of evidence that they help diabetics at all! Statins are the medical equivalent of the dot-com boom, and the statin bubble is going to burst someday after their side effects become public knowledge.

What else is amazing about all this is the unwillingness of the press to even mention nutrition and exercise as a way to lower cholesterol. It's like lifestyle changes aren't even in the picture. This NY Times article mentions nothing but drugs, drugs, drugs. Could that be because the article shares the web page with a giant tower banner for Crestor (see right), a statin drug? These statin drug manufacturers pour hundreds of millions of dollars into advertising, and there's little doubt that publishers are, in many ways, slaves to the editorial interests of the advertisers.

You can't honestly say this is a balanced piece of reporting. What is it really? Marketing propaganda for prescription drugs parading as news.

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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.

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