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Statins INCREASE the risk of dying by 1% over 10 years
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An analysis of many studies found that cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins INCREASED THE RISK OF DYING by one percent over 10 years.
This according to an excellent Letter to the Editor by Joel Kauffman, PhD, Professor of Chemistry Emeritus from the University of the Sciences of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that was published in the Wall Street Journal on May 25, 2003.
One study found 15 times more breast cancer in women given a statin Dr. Kauffman noted.
It seems to me that statins should NEVER be given to women.
Two studies—the EXCEL trial and the AFCAPS trial—found that Mevacor (lovastatin) INCREASED the total risk of death according to Dr. Kauffman.
The PROSPER trial of Pravachol (pravastatin) found that the drug reduced the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, but increased the risk of dying from cancer and stroke so that the overall risk of death was unchanged according to Dr. Kauffman.
The ALLHAT trial of Pravachol (pravastatin) found that the drug did NOT reduce the risk of dying or heart disease after 5 years Dr. Kauffman also noted.
The MIRACL trial found that 80 mg of Lipitor (atorvastatin) did not reduce the risk of death or of a heart attack according to Dr. Kauffman.
Dr. Kauffman notes that the side effects of statins include…
... congestive heart failure (where the heart muscle is too weak to keep up with the demands of the body)
... rhabdomyolysis (rapid breakdown of muscle due to muscle damage which can cause kidney damage or kidney failure)
... polyneuropathy (simultaneous malfunction of many peripheral nerves throughout the body which can cause problems with sensation or strength
... amnesia (loss of memory).
Furthermore, Dr. Kauffman notes that it has been known for a long time that high cholesterol levels are NOT the cause of atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease.
And it is NOT advisable to lower cholesterol levels by any direct means, that is with the use of drugs such as statins according to Dr. Kauffman.
What if you had a car that was 10 or 15 years old and your mechanic found some oil deposits in the engine…
… and he suggested that the cause of these deposits was too much oil?
What if he suggested reducing the amount of oil…
… from 5 quarts…
… to 4 quarts…
… or 3 quarts…
… or 2 quarts?
Would you say…
“Yea, that sounds like a great idea!”
Or would you say…
“Are you crazy?”
“Don’t you realize all the problems this will cause?”
Statins interfere with cholesterol production in the body.
How can this be a good thing?
How can it be a good thing to interfere with natural processes in the body?
I think this is a problem with a lot of drugs that is, that they interfere with natural processes in the body.
I will post other videos about this.
As far as I know…
Niacin is the ONLY cholesterol-modifying agent EVER found to reduce the total risk of death.
A 1975 study of 8,341 men who had suffered a heart attack, found that…
Niacin reduced the risk of a second heart attack by 26%…
Niacin reduced the risk of stroke by 27%…
… and niacin reduce the dying by 11% over the next 15 years.
Again, as far as I know, niacin is the ONLY cholesterol-modifying agent EVER shown to
reduce the risk of death.
It should also noted that…
Niacin does NOT increase risk of cancer, which may be the case with statins.
Niacin does NOT increase the risk of suicide, which may be the case with statins.
Niacin does NOT increase the risk of accidental death, which may be the case with statins.
The only reason that doctors and patients have not been told this is that nobody is making
tens of billions of dollars from selling niacin as is the case with statins.
Niacin is the only cholesterol-modifying agent I would take…
… and perhaps a fiber supplement if necessary.
Kauffman, J. Statin Sales Slow—Letter to the Editor. Wall St. Journal, 2003, May 25.
Joel M. Kauffman, PhD
Professor of Chemistry Emeritus
University of the Sciences of Philadelphia
65 Meadowbrook Rd
Wayne, PA 19087-2510 USA
(215) 596-8839 phone
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