Should You Really Be Taking That Super-Strong Statin?

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Six million people in the UK take a cholesterol-lowering statin drug. Guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), issued 3 years ago, recommended prescribing more potent statin drugs at higher dosages to millions more patients.

That’s despite the fact that the side effects associated with statin drugs are ignored by the mainstream… I’m talking about an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, memory loss, muscle pain, fatigue and cataracts to mention but a few.

Force-feeding the masses

Now, a new study that investigated the medical records of 184,000 found that in one group of patients – all suffering with heart disease and who are supposedly most at risk – only 6 per cent were on the recommended kind of statin drug (the very potent kind) at the recommended dose. About 21 per cent were not taking statin drugs at all.

In a second group of patients also at risk of heart disease, only 15 per cent were on the recommended statin, with 38 per cent not taking a statin. The researchers said that this means an estimated six million people (three million for each group) need to adjust their dose or start taking statins.

Based on these findings, it is estimated that in total 680,000 people currently with heart disease are not taking statin drugs. The researchers added that this was unacceptably high and that if these patients had reported side-effects, about 90 per cent could be helped to stay on the medicines.

Needless to say, the results of this latest study published the journal BMJ Open, caused an outrage in the pro-statin camp, with Dylan Steen of the University of Cincinnati and lead researcher of the study, saying: “Given the benefits of moving to intensive statin therapy, this should be a public health priority. In most cases the issue [of side effects] is simply addressed by switching one pill for an equally safe one.”

Okay, let’s stop for a moment.

Numerous studies have firmly established the detrimental effects of too low cholesterol – which will be the result of taking a super strong statin at a very high dose. These negative effects could include muscle wasting (that cannot be reversed), depression, suicide and memory loss.

The side effects of these drugs is a fact that the pro-statin camp refuses to acknowledge and denying this borders on clinical indifference and deliberate ignorance, because according to one eminent U.S. cardiologist, 20 per cent of healthy men on statin drugs say they suffer significant side-effects.

And remember there is absolutely no scientific proof that high cholesterol is directly linked to cardiovascular disease (including heart disease).

In addition, if patients willingly choose not to take statin drugs because they don’t want to further damage their health with their side effects or because they have already suffered with some of the side effects, then it is their choice. And no doctor has the right to force them to continue taking a drug that they don’t want to.

While the researchers of this latest study claim that “clinical inertia” is the reason why doctors don’t prescribe the correct statins at the right dose, I beg to differ.

Recently, the deputy chairman of the British Medical Association, Dr Kailash Chand, came forward and said that he had stopped taking statin drugs because the side effects were too debilitating – in particular muscle weakness, muscle pain and fatigue.

And when the medical magazine Pulse interviewed GPs back in 2014, after the new statin prescription guidelines by NICE were published, more than half of those interviewed said that they wouldn’t follow the guidelines themselves or apply it to their family and friends.

So, if a respected senior member of the medical establishment as well as ordinary GPs refuse to take or prescribe these drugs, why should we?

It seems to me that the statin debate will eventually end in controversy… and it’s a controversy that won’t fall in favour of the pro-statin zealots.


Disclaimer: Bear in mind the material contained in this article is provided for information purposes only. We are not addressing anyone’s personal situation. Please consult with your own physician before acting on any recommendations contained herein.

Sources:

Millions of healthy Britons are set to be prescribed them, but why do many GPs say they won’t take statins? Published online dailymail.co.uk

Heart attack danger as six million given wrong dose of statins, published online thetimes.co.uk

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  • I don’t like these drugs. They give me such terrible pains in my legs that keeps me awake at night and I think they also affect my memory. Another thing I’ve noticed is that since I started taking them, my gum has gone from pink to almost white. The worst thing is, my cholesterol is not even that high. It’s 5.5 and I am very healthy otherwise. Or at least, I was until I started taking statins.

  • If these drugs were really so dangerous, they would’ve been taken off the market a long time ago.

    Oh wait, 30 pence per tablet times 30 equals £9 per month, per patient… minus 60% profit (a low estimate) brings you to £5.40 profit per patient. Times that by 6 million (rough estimate of people taking these drugs in the UK alone) and you come to £32,400,000 per year profit in the UK alone!

    Well, there’s your answer!!!

  • I just wanted to add my voice regarding statins:

    I had a heart attack in 2007, and a stent fitted, I was put on high dosage of statins as well as other medication. I took these tablets practically everyday for the next 10 years, the pain I suffered in my legs was indescribable I couldn’t sleep for the pain I was in day and night, my mind was getting foggier and foggier. I thought I had the on set of one of these dementia illnesses, I could think straight I’d forget things, I’d turn up for appointment to find out it was either the wrong day or week or I hadn’t got one, I missed countless appointment because I couldn’t remember even writing things down didn’t really help as I’d write them in the wrong day or wrong month, I really was a mess.

    Then I read one of your articles regarding statins and their side effects, all the side affects listed were things that I had, so I took myself of statins, told my doctor I’d done so, and gradually I’ve returned to normal. No dreadful pain in my legs, other than age related, no living in a permanent fog. I don’t know what my cholesterol is doing at the moment, but even if it’s gone back up, I’m still not taking statins.

    Thanks for your article because without it I could still be on the wretched things for another ten years.

    • I’ve had a similar experience. But when I told my doctor I was going to stop taking statins he nearly blew a gasket. He told me that I will be responsible for my own death. I’m nearly 67, I don’t care much about dying. I had a full and beautiful life so far and I’m sure if I eventually die because I took these horrible drugs, my doctor will probably say that I had to take them at a stronger more potent dose if I wanted to be “saved”.

      Modern medicine is so full of BS.

  • “20 per cent of healthy men on statin drugs say they suffer significant side-effects”

    – or perhaps to put it another way – 80% of healthy men on statin drugs did not suffer significant side-effects –

    but why were “healthy men” on statin drugs in the first place ?

    • The point is exactly that… and 20% of people taking a drug – any drug- who suffer with side effects is a huge number. Yes, we all know that all drugs have side effects, but that is an argument that doesn’t take (or talk) the problem away.

      Statin drugs are poison and the fact that they are being prescribed to millions of people around the world only shows one thing: they are money-spinners. Nothing more. Nothing less.

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