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The Queen’s former doctor says ‘We are very worried’, demands statins inquiry
Monday, July 25, 2016 7:01 am Email this article
Sir Richard Thompson, the former president of the Royal College of Physicians and the Queen of England’s doctor for 21 years, was quoted in The Daily Express as saying,
“The statin data needs to be urgently scrutinised.
“We are very worried about it and particularly side-effect data which seems to have been swept under the carpet.
“We have to be very wary of the doubts about statins produced by this new research and if we are wrong about widespread prescribing of this drug we have to stand up and say sorry.”
His quote was in response to the review paper by Michel de Lorgeril, MD, a cardiologist at the University of Grenoble in France, and Mikael Rabaeus, MD, a Swiss cardiologist, of statin studies done since 2005-2006, when rules changed making the results more credible.
Findings from their review paper are posted here.
Their report concluded “statins are not effective for cardiovascular prevention”.
Dr. De Lorgeril, was quoted as saying, “We cannot trust these trials. I would warn people not to take statins.”
About Michel de Lorgeril, MD
Researchgate.net notes that:
“Michel de Lorgeril is a cardiologist and nutritionist at the French National Centre for Scientific Research and the School of Medicine at Grenoble University, France.
“In the 1990s he proposed a theory to explain the French paradox (low mortality rate from cardiac disease in France compared with UK and USA despite similar risk profiles), and his research group demonstrated that the plant omega-3 fatty acid (alpha-linolenic acid) is cardioprotective.
“Michel de Lorgeril was the principal investigator on the landmark Lyon Diet Heart Study, the first clinical trial to demonstrate the beneficial effects of the Mediterranean diet in the prevention of ischemic heart disease.”
Johnston L. ‘We are very worried’ Former Royal doctor demands statins inquiry. The Daily Express, 2016 Mar 13.
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