Statin Nation – The Documentary

Film Synopsis:

We are told that cholesterol is a major cause of heart disease. At least 40 million people are currently taking cholesterol-lowering medications, known as statins, and millions more people are avoiding foods that contain saturated fat and cholesterol.

The basic idea is that dietary saturated fat raises cholesterol levels, and these two substances somehow clog-up our arteries, causing a heart attack. This idea is often referred to as the diet-heart hypothesis.

However, a numbers of doctors and researchers have been challenging this hypothesis for decades, and the latest heart disease statistics reveal some alarming facts. Such as:

● People with high cholesterol tend to live longer
● People with heart disease tend to have low levels of cholesterol
● Cholesterol-lowering of a population does not reduce the rate of heart disease

In addition, despite their widespread use, and description as “wonder drugs” statin medications do not extend life for the majority of people who take them.

Cholesterol-lowering has become a huge global industry, generating at least $29 billion each year. Have the facts about heart disease, cholesterol and cholesterol medications been distorted by pharmaceutical companies  and food manufacturers keen to increase their profits?

If the focus on cholesterol has been a mistake, then the greatest cost is associated with the lost opportunity to tackle heart disease.

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8 thoughts on “Statin Nation – The Documentary

  1. maigrir sans effort ventre

    Good post. I learn something totally new and challenging on sites I stumbleupon on a daily basis.
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  2. John Collis

    It isn’t only the pharmaceutical companies that are making money out of statins but insurance companies are as well; although their logic eludes me.
    As someone with Type 2 Diabetes I am prescribed statins as standard. Because I am on statins then I am considered a higher risk than someone not taking statins hence I have to pay more for travel insurance; however if statins do the job they are supposed to do and raised cholesterol is a risk factor in heart disease/stroke as presumed then surely my risk should be reduced not increased as I am on preventative medication (not treatment).
    If NICE get their way then everyone over the age of 50 will also pay more for their insurance premia as they will also be on statins and hence be considered to have a higher risk of heart disease/stroke, despite the fact that this year those same people are considered to be normal risk.
    Have SIGN (Scottish Inter-collegiate Guidance Network) made any equivalent recommendation for statins for 50+?

    1. gardengnome

      As someone who takes medication for high blood pressure exactly the same ‘logic’ applies. When it comes to a Qrisk assessment you are apparently more likely in % terms to die of heart disease/stroke than if you don’t take the pills! Drs have to offer statins if you have a Qrisk over 10%, lowered from 20%. I refused them and at 74 my Qrisk is 18%: each birthday it rises !!

  3. Robert Carter

    Is there any “good”reason that most articles on the internet lack a date? If it was not for the fact that all the reader’s comments were dated, no one would know when this artickle was written. I find that quite irritating.

  4. Eric Blennerhassett

    I have done in vestigations on the effects statins on human physiology as a social scientist when they were patented in the mid 80’s.

    Post facto research by a Danish medical scientist on thousands of patients who had taken statins prior to death their showed their deleterious effects on human physiology.

    I have incidentally knowledge of the interpretation and use of statistics and the effect of diet, drugs, environment etc. on human physiology, phyical and mental health etc.

    The said scientist was duly awarded a Doctor of `Science for his ground breaking research by a well known University with which I am familiar. I tried to contact the same University but the said scientist has been deleted from their Honorary Degrees List. I leave it to you to draw your own conclusion.
    My hypothesis is that much university Medical research is beholden to the finances of big drug companies etc.

  5. Augustine

    I was sent to see a Consultant here in North Wale because my cholesterol was 8.2( I have Mediterranean grandma so this may effect it). Having read Dr Kendrick and also Prof Uffe Ravstau? I asked her if she knew about the trial in Paris university done over several years on 3-4,000 women aged 55-74 which is the category I fall into. They discovered to their amazement that the women with highest cholesterol survived acute heart attacks but those with lower levels of cholesterol didn’t survive. She agreed it was interesting and that the science behind it was good . But when I pointed out I was a woman in that age group so would it be wise to lower my cholesterol with drugs, she looked as if she’d swallowed a wasp and told her assistant not to give me another appointment because I was impossible and then flounced out of the room! I wonder why?


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