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    Statins condemned by British Medical Association topman
    engineerguy responded:
    Hi Josvin,

    Thanks for an interesting post. The point of the article is that the recent revised guidelines for prescribing statins, which includes many more people now, is more for the benefit of drub companies than the patients. And indeed, it's true. If benefit for the patients were the driving factor, lifestyle improvements, such as we follow here, would be heavily advertised, so we can make informed choices as to our lifestyle. Instead, ads say to eat a healthy diet, and when that fails, take OUR PILL, as your path to glowing health.

    Instead, the actual situation today is that commercial TV and magazines must avoid publicizing truly effective changes in lifestyle that do reverse heart disease, diabetes, etc, because the TV and magazines depend on drug commercials.

    On the other hand, persons at high risk for heart disease do benefit from statins. Dr. Esselstyn used statins in addition to his diet, for his patients.

    In one randomized controlled study, statins reduce heart attacks and strokes 27%. If your doctor has prescribed statins, I recommend you take them, and search around, if you have muscle pains, like many patients, for a statin or dose that you tolerate OK. BUT, also work like heck, with diet and exercise and sleep and stress reduction, to improve your health. The healthiest situation is to have good risk factors without statins.

    Best regards, EngineerGuy (Stacy)
    engineerguy replied to engineerguy's response:
    Hi Josvin,

    I read the full article. Very interesting!!

    Deputy Chairman of British Medical Association Condemns Statins


    "Statins might alter what is written on your death certificate but they are extremely unlikely to change the date."
    - Dr Kendrick

    Dr Malhotra pointed to the "huge discrepancy" between reports of side effects from drug company-sponsored trials and from independent research.

    Company-funded studies show side effects in less than one per cent of patients. Independent studies show them in at least 20 per cent.

    They [Drs Kendrick and Malhotra> will ask the watchdog not to rely on evidence from drug company sponsored trials, which have been shown to play down the risk of side effects including diabetes, impotence, cataracts, muscle pains, mental impairment, fatigue and liver dysfunction.

    "I do not undermine the role of statins in those people who have heart disease but for healthy people this is nothing but a commercialisation device." -Dr. Kendrick

    Entire article

    Best regards, EngineerGuy (Stacy)

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