“Ask your doctor about Lipitor” Sound familiar? It should. Total sales of that drug since introduction is expected to top $1 Trillion (that’s TRILLION with a T) by the end of 2020. It is the most profitable drug in the entire history of medicine. But what do we really know about that drug? How effective is it? Is high cholesterol really the cause of heart disease? Does high fat / saturated fat diets cause high cholesterol? What are the real side effects of statins? Why does every doctor on the planet put you on statins the first chance they get? Get ready for a long trip down the rabbit hole with this one.
The story begins in 1956 with a guy named Ansel Benjamin Keys who received a yearly research grant of $200,000 (an astronomical amount in those days) to carry out dietary research that culminated in the publication of The Seven Countries Study which “clearly” showed a high correlation between high fat/saturated fat intake, level of cholesterol in the blood, and heart disease. This research finding started the whole “low fat” craze and officially launched the war against cholesterol. The only problem? It was all a big fat steaming pile of BS. His famous chart that shows correlation between high fat intake and heart disease literally threw out any data that did not fit into his curve. Here’s a pic of his original chart with the correct chart to the right that plots ALL data from his studies. https://thescienceofnutrition.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/keys.jpg
Just even glancing at the REAL chart, you can see that it’s all over the map. But our guy Ansel just drew a line and said, look, here it is! This isn’t even half of what he was and what he did but this video will explain it FAR better than I could in a post. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5S6-v37nOtY Definitely worth a watch and I highly recommend that you do it right now before proceeding.
Moving on, the war on cholesterol had started and it became the #1 public enemy of the medical industry. All the doctors were taught that high cholesterol = death and that pharmaceutical companies had the answer: Statins! Never mind that the brain relies on cholesterol to function. Never mind that there was no evidence that high cholesterol directly causes heart disease. Never mind that cholesterol’s real function is to repair inflammation in your arteries which results in plaque buildup which in turn, leads to heart disease. Yes, the reason you have high cholesterol is because you have high inflammation in your arteries which your body is trying to fix.
The real enemy of the people is the American Heart Association. If you think this group has your best interest at heart (no pun intended), think again. They are nothing more than a propaganda machine for the pharmaceutical industry. Despite the harm that statins do, they, along with influential doctors world wide, want to do the following:
- Prescribe statin to EVERY individual over 50. Even those with normal cholesterol.
- Make grape flavored statin to give to kids.
- Make statin a condiment at fast food restaurants to counter fast food effects on body.
- Add statins to public supply of water.
Do all of the above sound far fetched? Well, it isn’t. It’s all real. Watch this video by Dr. Mayanne Demasi concerning the propaganda marketing of statins. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzTjPuikhQE
How effective are statins? Well, no one really knows because all the research funded by pharmaceutical companies were never released. One thing we do know is that they claim 36%+ effectiveness. But is it really? Guess what, in the clinical trial we do know about, which is rare because they keep the data secret, statins prevented death in just over 3% of patients. Patients given a placebo had 2% survival rate. Guess what? Going from 3% to 2% is about a 33% increase. Is this a joke? Nope. No one would take this poison if it were marketed as preventing 3% of deaths in heart diseased patients. But 36%? Wow! This stuff must work! That’s how they operate.
Finally, you know what one of the side effects of statins are? Lower testosterone. Lower testosterone means inevitable erectile dysfunction. Do you know what the #2 best selling drug is for Pfizer, the maker of Lipitor? Drum roll please…. Viagra.