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Statin users more at risk of piling on the pounds: Scientists warn millions of users to do more exercise to counter side effect

Wednesday 24th September 2014 at 10:42 By

But of course they are not ‘side effects’ – they are effects. Big Pharma takes the response it wants to sell and calls it an ‘effect’ and all the negative consequences are called ‘side effects’ to minimise their importance when there is nothing ‘side’ about them at all.

‘People who take statins are more likely to gain weight, researchers say.

British scientists have warned that the millions who are given the cholesterol-busting drugs should also be advised to do more exercise in a bid to counter the unwanted side effect.

The discovery, made by researchers at University College London and the University of Glasgow, will add fuel to the controversy raging over the use of statins.’

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The Statin Controversy Continues…for Good Reason!

Tuesday 29th July 2014 at 07:29 By

‘You’ve likely heard about the importance of cholesterol and how you should get your cholesterol levels checked every year as part of your annual check-up. Blood cholesterol has been used as an indicator of health risk now for a number of decades. Ever since the link between LDL cholesterol and coronary artery disease was made, the role of cholesterol in the diet has also been highly publicized.’

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Forty per cent of adults advised to take statins under new NHS guidance

Saturday 19th July 2014 at 07:38 By

‘Forty per cent of adults will be advised to take statins under new NHS guidance which aims to cut 50,000 deaths a year from strokes and heart attacks.

New guidelines from health watchdogs mean that the majority of men aged over 60 and women over 65 will now be offered the drugs, even if they only have a one in 10 chance of developing cardiovascular disease within 10 years.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) has cut the “risk threshold” for cholesterol-beating statins in half, meaning than an extra 4.5 million people in England will now qualify for medication.’

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Half the experts pushing statins for millions more patients have cash links to drug firms: Call for inquiry into panel’s connections

Thursday 12th June 2014 at 09:36 By

‘Half of the experts urging the NHS to prescribe statins to millions more patients have financial ties to drugs firms making the pills.

Six of the 12-strong panel have received thousands of pounds from manufacturers – either by being paid directly to give speeches or ‘advice’, or through funding for research.

This includes the chairman, Dr Anthony Wierzbicki, who has been given funds likely to total tens of thousands of pounds from five drugs firms which make statins or similar cholesterol-lowering pills.’

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New NHS statins guidance ‘risks harming patients’

Wednesday 11th June 2014 at 09:36 By

‘Millions of people over the age of 50 risk harming their health if they follow new NHS guidance telling them to take statins, leading doctors have warned the Health Secretary.

Proposals to advise 12 million people to take the drugs could have “worrying” consequences because the plans were borne out of an “overdependence” on studies funded by the pharmaceutical industry, they say.

The group cites research, independent of the drug industry, showing that statins have been associated with a 48 per cent increase in the risk of diabetes in middle-aged women. Other potential side effects could include depression, fatigue and erectile dysfunction, they warn.’

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Why statins side effects may (literally) be killing you

Thursday 29th May 2014 at 07:14 By

‘Millions of Americans take statins to lower their cholesterol levels. While these highly prescribed drugs may seem like a magical cure-all for high cholesterol, the truth is that statins lead to a multitude of dangerous — and sometimes fatal — conditions. Read on to learn why statins’ side effects may (literally) be killing you.’

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Patients are not being told of statins risk, says expert

Sunday 16th March 2014 at 06:10 By

‘Nice wants statins used by at least one in four adults.

Professor Abramson, of the Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, highlighted a study of 62,000 patient records that showed more than 17 per cent on statins reported side- effects.

Research into 107,000 patients who took statins over eight years found half stopped the drugs at least temporarily.

One in five reported muscular pain, memory problems or nervous system problems. Other side-effects include ­diabetes, impotence, cataracts, fatigue and liver dysfunction.’

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Millions more need statins according to experts … but GPs fight plans

Tuesday 4th March 2014 at 04:58 By

‘Official guidance now recommends giving the cholesterol-busting drugs to eight in 10 men aged over 50 and half of all women older than 60.

The proposal by drug watchdog the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence could also see more than twice as many people over the age of 40 taking statins to lower their risk of a heart attack or stroke.

It would see the number of people eligible for the treatment more than double, from five million to 12 million.

At present, only those with a 20 per cent risk of developing cardiovascular disease within 10 years are offered statins.

Nice wants this threshold halved to include all people with a 10 per cent risk. Some experts oppose the change. They claim it will lead to the “statinisation” of Britain, accusing Nice of going “too far down the pharmacological route”.’

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Health chief slams statins: Millions face terrible side effects as prescription escalates

‘Leading doctors are demanding an end to the widespread prescription of statins, warning that one in four Britons will soon be at risk of terrible side effects from the controversial heart drugs.

Those sounding the alarm include Dr Kailash Chand, deputy chairman of the British Medical Association, who suffered “awful” muscle pains while taking statins and claims that plans to prescribe them to millions more adults will “only benefit drug companies”.

The drugs are currently offered to patients with a 20 per cent risk of developing heart disease to help keep their cholesterol levels in check.

Around seven million adults take the drugs. Under guidance to be published later this month by Government drug watchdog the National Institute for Care and Health Excellence (NICE), the threshold will be cut to a 10 per cent risk.’

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Health chief slams statins: Millions face terrible side effects as prescription escalates

Sunday 2nd March 2014 at 05:16 By

‘Leading doctors are demanding an end to the widespread prescription of statins, warning that one in four Britons will soon be at risk of terrible side effects from the controversial heart drugs.

Those sounding the alarm include Dr Kailash Chand, deputy chairman of the British Medical Association, who suffered “awful” muscle pains while taking statins and claims that plans to prescribe them to millions more adults will “only benefit drug companies”.’

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Cholesterol drug statins should be given to millions more, NHS guidance says

Thursday 13th February 2014 at 05:39 By

‘Statins, the cholesterol-busting drugs already taken by 7 million people in England, should be offered to millions more who have only a low risk of heart disease or stroke, new NHS guidance says.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) says in draft guidance which now goes out to consultation that the threshold for GPs to prescribe statins to their patients should be cut in half. At the moment they are given to those with a 20% risk of cardiovascular disease, but Nice says that should be reduced to 10%.

The plan is applauded by some doctors and heart disease charities but criticised by other experts, who warn that the drugs have side-effects – which can include muscle pains, memory loss and erectile dysfunction – and may not be as effective as is claimed.’

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Protect Your Health—Say No to Statins

‘Like slow-acting snake venom, this biological poison destroyed Joe’s health over the subsequent year. Poison is defined as “any substance, which introduced into an organism in relatively small amounts, acts chemically upon the tissues to produce serious injury or death.”

This precisely describes the actions of statin drugs. They block the HMG-CoA reductase pathway in all human cells. This is an essential pathway for the manufacture of cholesterol along with other vital elements. Among these is coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10).

CoQ10 is not only an antioxidant that quells the free radicals produced in the mitochondria during energy production, but also an electron carrier needed for energy extraction. If you eliminate CoQ10, life cannot exist because mitochondria cannot produce energy. Yet with statin drugs, the synthesis of both cholesterol and CoQ10 is halted.’

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MIT Scientist: ‘Statin Drugs Are Poisons That Cause Heart Disease’