Got Statins? Beware!

Reuters Health could not have put it more succinctly: People without heart disease should think twice before taking cholesterol-lowering statins. It does appear that statins lower the risk of heart attack, but how they do so remains a mystery. But now, it appears the results we were fed earlier may have been overstated.

The Cochrane Collaboration is an international organization that evaluates medical research. They look at all the studies and work done on a particular issue and then rate the results and the direction of the related literature. The Reuters article kind of glosses over Cochrane but the reader should understand that when Cochrane gives it’s endorsement (or lack thereof) you can be pretty sure whether the literature supports the proposition. In this case, it does not.

It appears in the case of statins that the medical community was in their usual unscientific and rare form. They start with a belief and they participate in studies aimed to support their belief. When things don’t support it, they marginalize or omit those results. The public suffers as a result but they do it in the name of preventive medicine rather than science. Science would suggest that we conduct experiments and wait until the results are in prior to forming conclusions. Preventive medicine seeks to quickly find a cure and therefore they pay attention to all that supports the believed cure while quietly discarding the rest.

In this case, all the studies focused on the benefits of statins whereas half provided information on side effects. Dr. Shah Ebrahim said, “There is evidence that the reports cherry-picked the best outcomes for presentation which will tend to inflate apparent benefits of treatment.”

That’s a pretty strong statement. Statins help prevent new heart attacks in people who’ve already had one, but the effects are less certain in individuals at lower risk. Despite the results of these studies, the public has still been urged to take statins for the prevention of heart attacks even though serious side effects were reported by many.

Dr. Ebrahim was careful to issue this warning:

“If you have self-prescribed a statin, buy it “over the counter” in a pharmacy, or do not know your level of risk and are taking a statin, get a check of your level of cardiovascular risk and discuss your decision with your family doctor,” he urged.

These drugs do nothing that you cannot accomplish yourself with an all-meat diet, plain and simple. Heart disease and heart attacks are caused by carbohydrates and their effect on blood sugar via insulin. The violent swings in blood sugar levels has the potential to embarrass the heart muscle and this is what causes heart attacks. When a person eats an all-meat diet, the blood sugar stays stable as it was intended to be. Lowering blood sugar is not the goal. Stabilizing blood sugar is.

The heart depends upon a steady supply of blood sugar at all periods of the day or you die. When you drive your blood sugar high with carbohydrate, insulin comes and brings it down. Like any stimulant, the result is more than is intended and you have periods of hypoglycemia (low-blood sugar). This is the point where heart attacks can happen. No amount of exercise will save you from this fate, especially if you are consuming sugary foods and beverages while you exercise as is the norm today.

Saturated fat is not the problem. It’s merely present at the scene when your heart muscle stops. It’s like blaming the firemen for starting the fire. Lose the carbohydrates and the firemen stay home.

Got statins? Beware.

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Posted on January 19, 2011 at 4:28 pm by Charles · Permalink
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