I have been hearing negative things about statins for a long time. I gave up taking them about five years ago. I also gave up taking blood pressure tablets a year or so later. I not going to say that my rationale for going off medication was based on research or any deep knowledge of hypertension or high cholesterol but I believe that lifestyle choices can have a more profound effect on health than medication which, I also believe, have harmful effects that doctors try to counter with more medication. While I have not made the lifestyle choices that I should have made I think that my decision to go off the medication was still the right one.
An article on Waking Times cites what looks like a major report on a number of studies on the effects of statins. The report says that:
“The statin industry, with all of its spin-off(s), is a 20-billion-a-year industry. We are observing the revealing of the utmost medical tragedy of all times. It is unprecedented that the healthcare industry has inadvertently induced life-threatening nutrient deficiency in millions of otherwise healthy people.”
The article is well worth reading. Because the medical profession is perceived as competent and as generally good a great deal of good its pronouncements and recommendations are accepted uncritically by most of us even when we are presented with strong evidence that those pronouncements and recommendations are wrong.
I’ve uploaded the cited article here: The Ugly Side of Statins. Systemic Appraisal of the Contemporary Un-Known Unknowns*