‘The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) have released new guidelines to address escalating rates of heart attack and stroke among adult populations. But rather than encourage people to stop eating refined sugars and processed flours, two of the biggest culprits responsible for high cholesterol and atherosclerosis, these Big Pharma-backed groups are pushing to more than double the number of people currently taking statin drugs.
The new plan aims to add some 35 million more people to the ranks of patients taking cholesterol-lowering drugs, which would bring the overall number to about 70 million. The way it will do this is by broadening the scope of who is considered “at-risk” to include healthy people that do not even currently have any markers of heart disease. The thought is that these people could develop heart problems later on down the road, so loading them up with drugs now might help lower that risk.’
‘Half of the doctors on the panel that recommended a whopping increase in statin drug use have ties to Big Pharma. This past Tuesday, the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology issued the first new guidelines in a decade for preventing heart attacks and strokes – guidelines which called for one-third of all adults to consider taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.
Doctors claim the new guidelines will limit how many people with low heart risks are put on statins simply because of a cholesterol number. However, under the new advice, one-third of U.S. adults would meet the threshold to consider taking a statin, more than twice the 15 percent of adults who are recommended statins under current guidelines.
The justification for the panel having half its members with ties to Big Pharma: Ties between heart doctors and Big Pharma are so extensive that it is almost impossible to find a large group of doctors who have no industry ties. How reassuring!’
‘Millions more Britons could be given statins to cut their risk of heart attacks and strokes after US guidelines recommended a third of adults should take them.
The new advice tells doctors to consider a patient’s lifetime risk and may result in a doubling of prescriptions.
It will be closely monitored by British experts who are preparing two updated sets of guidelines on statin use.
But the number of people taking the drugs in the UK is unlikely to increase by as much as in the States.’
‘A leading vascular surgeon, whose research review concluded cholesterol-lowering medicines may do more harm than good for many otherwise healthy people, has been gagged by the Health Service Executive.
Sherif Sultan, a senior medic at University College Hospital, Galway, reviewed a range of studies of statins and found a lack of evidence to show they should be given as a means of prevention to healthy people with high cholesterol but no heart disease.
Mr Sultan and his surgeon colleague Niamh Hynes said lifestyle changes to reduce cholesterol were better because this allowed people to avoid the risk of statins’ side effects.’
‘Statins are one of the most dangerous drugs prescribed by doctors. The risks from them were obvious before they were ever marketed. Nonetheless, they are among the best selling drugs of all time. Finally, genuine science has been looking at their adverse effects and lack of benefit to document the truth that was obvious from the beginning:
Statins are the greatest medical fraud ever perpetrated.
A new review of the science reports:
The statin industry, with all of its spin-off(s), is a 20-billion-a-year industry. We are observing the revealing of the utmost medical tragedy of all times. It is unprecedented that the healthcare industry has inadvertently induced life-threatening nutrient deficiency in millions of otherwise healthy people.’
‘You can forget about all those legitimate disease prevention methods like avoiding hydrogenated oils, refined sugars, genetically-modified organisms and excess grains; exercising daily; and supplementing with omega-3s and other important heart nutrients. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has come up with a new, government-approved way for you to avoid dying from heart disease — just take more statin drugs and blood pressure medications!’
‘People taking statins to protect against a heart attack or stroke are far more likely to be diagnosed with cataracts, claim scientists.
The condition causes cloudy patches on the lens at the front of one or both eyes, making vision blurred or misty.
It is a leading cause of blindness and at least 200,000 people in the UK are treated each year.’