Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Statin drugs are over prescribed in healthy people who have

Statin drugs are over prescribed in healthy people who have no evidence of heart disease

Mainstream medicine has been calling for more and more people to be placed on "miracle" drugs known as statins that lower cholesterol. There have even been suggestions that statins should be sold over the counter or given out free when people buy junk, fat-loaded fast food (http://www.dreddyclinic.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=24408&view=next, http://www.dreddyclinic.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=109&t=3183&p=40672). After all, the rationale goes, by lowering cholesterol, arteries won't clog and heart attacks and strokes can be prevented.

However, there have long been two obvious flaws in that theory. For starters, high cholesterol along with most other cardiovascular risk factors can be lowered in most people naturally by lifestyle changes such as exercise, a healthy diet and keeping weight under control. Secondly, statins come with a host of dangerous and even deadly side effects, including liver damage, impaired brain function (http://www.dreddyclinic.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=65&t=13755&view=previous), sometimes irreversible muscle damage and eye disorders (http://www.dreddyclinic.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=105&t=2753).

And now there's a third reason not to jump on Big Pharma's money making band wagon known as statin therapy. Johns Hopkins research just presented November 16th at the American Heart Association's (AHA) annual Scientific Sessions in Chicago, gives clear evidence these drugs are over-prescribed. In fact, pushing these drugs as "preventive therapy" for future heart attacks in healthy men and women who don't already have artery clogging calcium deposits is just plain bad medicine. Read more...

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