UK’s former NHS chief David Nicholson stopped taking statins because of debilitating side effects
Monday, July 25, 2016 7:51 am Email this article
Sir David Nicholson, the former chief executive of NHS England (National Health Service England), stopped taking his statin because of “debilitating” side effects according to an article in the UK newspaper The Sunday Times.
Nicholson was quoted as saying, “I was getting muscle and joint pain. It was getting worse and worse. It was mild to begin with and I kind of thought it was because I was getting old. I stopped taking them for a week and I got better.”
“The muscle pain probably started in May or June 2013. It got really bad towards the last two or three months. I was struggling with sleep.”
Doctors are too ready to give drugs
The article also said that Nicholson was concerned that doctors are to ready to give drugs rather than try to change a person’s lifestyle.
More money needs to be spent giving advice on lifestyle changes
He said that more money needed to be spent on specialty nurses to provide advice to patients on a healthier diet and exercise.
Why take a drug before trying lifestyle changes?
Nicholson was also quoted as saying, “If a lifestyle change works then why would you take the statin? The trouble is that they give you a statin straightaway, so you don’t know what is working.”
Comment from Larry Hobbs
The research strongly suggests to me that no one should take statins and that there are much better ways to reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke and death.
See the articles listed below.
Ungoed-Thomas J. Why I’ve stopped taking statins, by former NHS chief. The Sunday Times, 2016 Jul 24.
The article is posted here.
Other articles about statins
A full list of articles about statins can be found here.
Here are some select articles about statins and cholesterol (and related topics) as to why I would NOT take statins.
Evidence that statins increase the risk of cancer, Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD and Kilmer McCully, MD
Breast cancer 12 times more common in women given a statin in the CARE trial
‘I cannot find any evidence to support people taking statins,’ says Prof. Harumi Okuyama
Statins ‘should never have been approved for use,’ says cardiologist, Peter Langsjoen, MD
Statins are likely a major contributing factor to the one million heart failures in US each year
Statins can cause congestive heart failure
Statins are NOT effective, but instead can cause hardening of the arteries, heart failure, diabetes
Statin-induced impairment in heart muscle function appears to be permanent
Statins provide no beneficial effect on coronary heart disease in trials since 2004-2005
Statins can cause coronary artery calcification by inhibiting synthesis of vitamin K2
Statins are mitochondrial toxins
Statins can increase irritability, aggression, hemorrhagic stroke, cause ALS says Beatrice Golomb MD
Men with cholesterol of less than 160 mg/dL 60% MORE likely to die vs 160-199 mg/dL over 5-13 years
Men with total cholesterol of 200-239 mg/dL 18% LESS likely to die vs 160-199 mg/dL over 5-13 years
Men with cholesterol of 240 mg/dL or greater 24% LESS likely to die vs 160-199 mg/dL over 5-13 years
Women with cholesterol of less than 160 mg/dL 41% MORE likely to die over 5-13 years
Women with total cholesterol of 200-239 mg/dL NO MORE likely to die vs 160-199 mg/dL over 5-13 years
Women with total cholesterol of 240 mg/dL or greater were NO MORE likely to die vs 160-199 mg/dL
‘Much of the scientific literature… may simply be untrue’ says Lancet’s Editor-in-Chief
Men who drank 3-4 glasses of water per day were 35% less likely to have a fatal heart attack
Men who drank 5 or more glasses of water per day were 54% less likely to have a fatal heart attack
Women who drank 3-4 glasses of water per day were 46% less likely to have a fatal heart attack
Women who drank 5 or more glasses of water per day were 41% less likely to have a fatal heart attack
The 2013 cardiovascular risk calculator overestimates the risk of a heart attack or stroke 5-6 fold!
1,000 mg of krill oil per day lowered LDL by 32%, triglycerides by 11%, raised HDL by 44%
1,500 mg of krill oil per day lowered LDL by 36%, triglycerides by 12%, raised HDL by 43%
2,000 mg of krill oil per day lowered LDL by 37%, triglycerides by 28%, raised HDL by 55%
3,000 mg of krill oil per day lowered LDL by 39%, triglycerides by 27%, raised HDL by 60%
‘This review strongly suggests that statins are not effective’ says two cardiologists
No statin is more effective than any other says two cardiologists; (all are equally ineffective!)
Intense cholesterol-lowering with statins is not better than less-intense says two cardiologists
It is worrisome that it took 30 years to realize statins increase diabetes says two cardiologists
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