I must warn you up front that I have a strong opinion about statins because of the havoc it caused in my body in 3 short weeks of talking it. This is one of the longest chapters in the book because of how important I felt this information was. I suggest after reading this you do your own research. There are many natural alternatives to help regulate cholesterol levels.
From my book, Resilient Heart Chapter “My Statin Nightmare”
“I wasn’t thinking when I agreed to take Statins after the first heart attack. I was a vulnerable patient at that time, with little knowledge about the drug. After you have a heart attack the doctor doesn’t come in and talk to you about medication, the nursing staff just brings it to you as part of the routine. You are sent home with a bag of pills and are too sick to ask questions…
There is a lot of exaggeration and deception about the effectiveness of statins. Statins came on the scene with FDA approval in 1987 and are now the most widely-prescribe and most profitable medicine on the market. Lipitor, which I was on, was the world’s best-selling drug until its patent expired recently.
Most of the clinical trials done to prove that statins are effective in preventing cardiac events and death were done by companies with a vested interest in positive outcomes. This is where the deception comes in. For example, if 100 people were in a trail and 3 percent were taking a placebo and had a heart attack compared to 2 percent having a heart attack on a Statin, one person would have benefited from taking a Statin. One person having benefits doesn’t sound that great. To compensate for that the numbers were manipulated to read 33% of people benefited from the Statin. This is a highly quoted study about the benefits of Statins. 33% sounds a lot better than one out of 100. Drug companies are using relative risk reduction rather than absolute risk reduction to make it look like a drug is working better than it really is. “
Did you know that one in four Americans aged 45 and over are taking cholesterol-lowering Statin drugs, despite the fact that the risks are very high.
Did you know that Statins were developed for middle aged white males and don’t even work for women?
Did you know that doctors are required to prescribe Statins because it is standard protocol for heart attacks and heart disease. If they don’t follow protocol, which is set up by insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies, they could get into trouble.
I go into more depth about what I found, in my book, Resilient Heart: A Holistic Approach to a Healthy Heart for Women. Available on Amazon or from me at Mystickcreekpublishing