CHOLESTEROL, STATINS AND HEART DISEASE

For a quick overview of this saga, screen the video STATIN NATION. (healthimpactnews.com/2013/statinnation-the-great-cholesterol-cover-up)

Why you should be very careful about what and whom you should believe regarding these issues:

1.When I was a final year medical student in 1973, I was taught by my peers that a good and healthy cholesterol level would be 7 mg/dl and below. That was what I aimed for  and advised in my Family Practice in rural South Africa. But 10 years later the guidelines recommended less than 6 mg/dl and another 10 years later it was less than 5 mg/dl and now it is even as low as possible. This absurd low levels mean that most people on earth would need a statin to reduce their cholesterol level. Even children will fall under this medication net.

This sounds to me like a great cholesterol CON. Read the book THE GREAT CHOLESTEROL CON by Dr Malcolm Kendrick.

2.Who are the experts who decide what your cholesterol levels should be to prevent disease??

Not surprisingly, eight of the nine doctors who were on the approval panel for these absurdly low guidelines had been making money from the companies of the cholesterol-lowering drugs they were suddenly pushing onto a much larger (oftentimes healthy) segment of the population.

3.There is no connection whatsoever between cholesterol in food and cholesterol in blood. And we’ve known that all along. Cholesterol in the diet doesn’t matter at all unless you happen to be a chicken or a rabbit.

                  Ancel Keys, PhD. Professor Emeritus at University of Minnesota 1997

Therefore cholesterol in the diet does not raise cholesterol levels.

4.The gold standard study The Framingham Study running from 1948 found:

 In Framingham, Massachusetts, the more saturated fat one ate, the more cholesterol one ate, the more calories one ate, the lower people’s serum cholesterol(he means LDL).

Dr. William Castelli, Director of the Framingham Study, 1992

When I show this quote to other doctors it made them choke in their tea. But it shouldn’t. How can eating saturated fat raise LDL levels. It is biologically impossible..

5.The key finding from the Framingham Study was:

There is a direct association between falling cholesterol levels over the first 14 years of the study and mortality over the following 18 years (11% overall mortality increase and 14% CVD death rate increase per 1mg/dl per year drop in cholesterol levels) This will drop many a doctor’s yaw!!

6. This finding was confirmed in the Honolulu Study published in Lancet 2001.that in people over 50 low serum cholesterol levels increased risk of death. Read and this will again let you choke in your tea.

Lancet 2001.

Our data accord with previous findings of increased mortality in elderly people with low serum cholesterol, and show that long term persistence of low cholesterol concentrations actually increased the risk of death. Thus the earlier that patients start to have lower cholesterol concentrations the greater the risk of death.

7.Another study The Hunt 2 study running 10 years showed the same results.

Conclusion

Our study provides an updated epidemiological indication of possible errors in the CVD risk algorithms of many clinical guidelines. If our findings are generalizable, clinical and public health recommendations regarding the ‘dangers’ of cholesterol should be revised. This is especially true for women, for whom moderately elevated cholesterol (by current standards) may prove to be not only harmless but even beneficial.

8.Statins Increase Prevalence of Coronary Calcification by More than 50 Percent!

A new study in the journal Atherosclerosis (August 24 2012) shows that statin use is associated with a 52 percent increased prevalence and extent of calcified coronary plaque compared to non-users. None of the participants in the study – 6,673 in all – had any known coronary artery disease at the time of undergoing coronary CT angiography (CCTA) – a non-invasive method that allows you to see coronary atherosclerotic features, including plaque composition.

Arterial plaque is a hallmark of cardiovascular disease and increases your risk of all-cause mortality, so clearly, anything that increases calcification and stiffening of your arteries is wisely avoided. And statins seem to fall into this category.

9.These disturbing findings come right on the heels of another study published in the journal Diabetes Care(August 8 2012}which discovered that type 2 diabetics with advanced atherosclerosis who are frequent statin users have significantly higher amounts of coronary artery calcification compared to less frequent users of the drug.

Furthermore, in a subgroup of participants who initially were not receiving statins, progression of both coronary artery calcification as well as abdominal aortic artery calcification was significantly increased when they began frequent statin use.

The authors concluded that:

“More frequent statin use is associated with accelerated coronary artery calcification in T2DM patients with advanced atherosclerosis.”