The Problem with Statins

Statins: Report back by popular demand

I reported on Statins back in February of last year. So many came to me and wanted me to reprint this that I decided now would be a good time to revisit the world of this pervasive and unhealthful drug.
CBS News reported last month that English researchers have put out a new study bringing to light questions concerning a previous study that pronounced the virtues and benefits of statins like Lipitor and Crestor in, Statins: Bad Idea for People with Good Hearts? An exceptionally timed piece since the pharmaceutical companies, in their recent PR campaign, are attempting to convince the public that “statins are so good they should be in the drinking water.”
Pills Statins: Report back by popular demandScientists looked at 14 studies that involved over 34,000 patients where some took the statins and some took placebos. In these tests the death rate was 9 per 1000 for non-statin takers and 8 per 1000 for those taking statin drugs. Translated, statins may have prevented one death and that was a taxpayer cost of about $1,000,000. Whereas, all but one of the test trials over a 12 year time period that help Big Pharma present a justification for wide use of statins was paid for by the pharmaceutical industry.
But contra-indications suggest that any decision to prescribe statins to those with histories of heart disease should be carefully considered. Supporting this recommendation are researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. They concluded that statins, rather than prevent cardio vascular disease [CVD] did in fact increased the risk of brain hemorrhage stroke when given to those with a previous history. And yet, it is this common form of stroke for which statins are most often prescribed. There is still much more to understand about the relationship between cholesterol and brain function, but there is enough evidence for health practitioners to prudently err on the side of caution when prescribing statins. Statistically speaking, approximately two-thirds to three-fourths of the statins sold today may do more harm than provide any useful purpose.
The American Journal of Public Health published a study on pharmaceutical companies done by the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston where they found that pharmaceutical companies abuse the system and patients by…

  • Marketing drugs aggressively to physicians and patients that more and more frequently offer less in benefits while creating more harm.
  • Manipulating facts.
  • Breaking laws in order to sell patented drugs with large profits to individuals who don’t need them or shouldn’t take them.
  • Fraudulently bilking Medicare and Medicaid.
  • Reducing thresholds for diagnosing a disease.
  • Exaggerating safety claims.
  • Exaggerating efficacy claims.
  • Creating new diseases.
  • Encouraging unapproved uses.

If we were to think that Big Pharma and Big Medicine have our best health in mind then we need to step back and look at how 90% of the sales of expensive patented drugs such as statins and the top-selling anti-psychotic medications are being paid for by higher and higher health care costs.
Another study from Stanford University School of Medicine and University of Chicago has determined that evidence that the drugs will actually help is lacking. Instead, the side effects can have life long consequences of compromised health while costing Americans billions of dollars.
The bottom-line is this. The marketing of hugely expensive patent-protected drugs have become the focus of health care ahead of the patient. Today, as we all know but may not be admitting to ourselves, American society maintains and supports a drug centered health care system rather than a patient-centered health care system. But with the revelation of these studies from some of the top institutions in America, it’s likely that we are at the forefront of a revolution in wellness where the patient’s wellbeing will be put ahead of corporate profits.

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LouAnn Savage is publisher and editor of The Weekly Healthline, an online health and lifestyle publication. Subscribe free at: Follow her on twitter @louannsavage and join her at She is an Asea distributor.

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