(11-15-2013 05:43 PM)zonk Wrote: Recently 2 parts television program (Catalyst) about cholestrol lowering drugs which challenges the convention that saturated fat is linked to heart disease and the possibility benefits of the drugs has been exaggerated. It caused quite a stir and some specialist and heart foundation gone to war with the TV station and demanded the show to be stopped
Heart of the Matter Part 1 - Dietary Villains
Heart of the Matter Part 2 - Cholesterol Drug War
ABC TV program Catalyst accused of encouraging people to go off cholestrol medication
The cholesterol in your bloodstream is mostly the cholesterol your liver feels it need to make, not what you eat. If your liver has a need to make excessive cholesterol you should look at why rather than take a liver toxin.
The war on dietary animal fats has been a dismal failure in terms of reducing heart disease.
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"Adding ZETIA to a statin is proven to help reduce cholesterol more than a statin alone. Unlike some statins, ZETIA has not been shown to prevent heart disease or heart attacks."
I'll bet it hurts them to be forced to disclose that lowering cholesterol in itself does nothing to reduce the risk of heart problems! Zetia is a non-statin cholesterol lowering drug.
The American Heart Association is funded almost entirely by pharmaceutical giants. It is a lobbyist organization.
Can it really be a coincidence that as the patent on Lipitor ran out, there was all of a sudden a push to get a huge percentage of the child population on statins?
The dangers and bad side effects of statins are hardly as rare as the big pharma companies would like you to believe. I know of several dramatic and even life-threatening examples among my peers.
Sad to say, doctors have a lot of bias. Ask your doctor(s) where they receive their mandatory annual continuing education. My wife asked hers -- bear in mind she is picky about her doctors and probably picks doctors much more open-minded than average -- and they all conceded that their "continuing education" was essentially a paid vacation where pharma companies talked up their latest products.
Thoughtful heart doctors report that they have plenty of heart attack patients with low cholesterol levels. The party line answer to this is that standards for cholesterol level have to be made even lower and met by even more massive and widespread doses of statins, but the thoughtful answer, is "Hmmm maybe this whole thing need to be reconsidered."
The famous frequently quoted Framington study does not actually support the lipid theory of heart disease causation: http://blog.sethroberts.net/2007/10/09/w...ham-study/
I will continue to no longer drink sodas, greatly limit consumption of any high-glycemic index food, stay away from trans fats and keep riding my bicycle 100 miles/week and going to the gym twice a week. Guess what? No statins, no blood pressure meds and my triglycerides are way down, HDL is through the roof. My H1abc and C-Reactive protein numbers way down. All these indicators are far better now without help of meds at age 67 than they were 5 years ago before I started eating better and exercising seriously. My definition of eating better does NOT exclude steak and butter.
Something that is NOT good for my blood pressure: The TV ad for statins that says "When diet and exercise or not enough..." Essentially this is encouragement to abandon responsibility for your lifestyle and your health and take a pill instead. NO THANKS!!!
Statins may have anti-inflammatory properties that reduce the chance of a second heart attack somewhat. When something messes with your system as profoundly as statins do, it is to be expected that there could be some specific benefit under some circumstances, but the overall picture is pretty negative IMHO.
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