(VI) (DM) The Grave Dangers of Statin Drugs and the Surprising Benefits of Cholesterol / US Government Scientists Admit Cholesterol Does Not Cause Heart Disease / Dr. Dwight Lundell, MD: Artery Disease (The Great Cholesterol Lie)
Clicking on the links in this first article will take you to actual studies that back up the statements. With the lengthy list of detrimental effects listed in this article, it is easy to see that you are just financing a slow death sentence on yourself by taking statin drugs. We are already seeing a silent epidemic of Alzheimerâ€™s disease and dementia. With 33 million Americans now on statin drugs, this epidemic is going to go off the charts. Cures have been found for Alzheimerâ€™s but they will not arrive until the dark cabal is removed from power which I believe is close. Donâ€™t miss the letter from the heart surgeon below. Also, you are probably getting statins in your tap water. â€“MrT.
The Grave Dangers of Statin Drugs and the Surprising Benefits of Cholesterol
Once again the medical establishment gets it completely backward.
By July 21, 2015
NPR recently that suggests terminally ill patients can safely stop taking cholesterol-reducing statin drugs. The final quote of the article is illuminating: â€œMost of the studies focus on when to start a medication; thereâ€™s been very little focus on when do you stop it.â€ No surprise there: whether youâ€™re very young or very old, Big Pharma would love you to continue buying statins for a very long time indeed. (Actually, for the rest of your life. â€“MrT.)
Heart disease, as many of us know, is one of the in the US, killing about 610,000 people each year. Big Pharma, in the belief that cholesterol is the primary factor in heart disease, developed statin drugs that would lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. The drugs, which have been accompanied by massive marketing campaigns, are huge moneymakers for the drug industry, to the tune of about . Thatâ€™s the kind of outrageous money you make when you convince
Over the years weâ€™ve reported on a wide range of negative health effects that have been linked to these drugs. Here is a survey of some of these findings:
the production of , which supports the bodyâ€™s immune and nervous systems, boosts heart and other muscle health, maintains normal blood pressure, and much more.
Statins , make it difficult to fight off bacterial infections, and increase the production of cytokines, which trigger and sustain inflammation.
They make some patients unable to concentrate or remember words, and are linked to muscle and neurological problems, including
Statins inhibit the beneficial effects of omega-3 fatty acids by promoting the metabolism of omega-6 fatty acids, which
that statin use blocks the benefits of exercise. Exercise increases the activity and numbers of mitochondria, cellsâ€™ â€œpower plantsâ€ that process sugars and fat. The study found that with statin use, mitochondrial activity actually decreases with exercise.
Statins work by reducing the bodyâ€™s ability to produce cholesterol, which is , the brain is 2% of the bodyâ€™s weight, but contains 25% of the entire bodyâ€™s cholesterol.
Statin users have a higher incidence of , ,Â , , and a higher risk of ALS and Parkinsonâ€™s, according to Dr. David Williams in his July 2014 . Statins also decrease carotenoid levels. Carotenoids, which are found in fresh fruits and vegetables and act as antioxidants, have aÂ , including protecting against cell damage, aging, and chronic diseases.
Statin drugs may also be driving Americans to overeat: published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that statin users increased their calorie intake by 9%, and fat consumption by 14.4%, over the study period, whereas those who didnâ€™t take statins didnâ€™t significantly change in either measure.
linked statin use to muscle damage. Animals that exercised on statins had 226% more muscle damage than those not given statins.
They affect the
Statins increase the risk of and
Statins are known to by increasing the liverâ€™s production of digestive enzymes.
Statins have been linked to in women.
Despite these widely documented risks, the of any adverse side effects is typically followed by the reassurance that the benefits of statins outweigh the risks.
Even when it comes to heart disease prevention, conventional thinking gets it wrong. The American Heart Association, for instance, based on the outdated, simplistic notion that there are two kinds of cholesterol: â€œbadâ€ (LDL) and â€œgoodâ€ (HDL). The AHAâ€™s dietary guidelines are also centered on the debunked notion that â€œbadâ€ cholesterol causes heart disease, and that since saturated fat may raise â€œbadâ€ cholesterol levels, itâ€™s the ultimate dietary evildoer. And hereâ€™s the kicker: the AHAâ€™s guidelines could lead to taking statins.
What the AHA does not seem to understand is that cholesterol is vital to human health. that cholesterol isnâ€™t the ticking time bomb most people have been led to think. In fact, the real danger is that our cholesterol levels can get too low as we age! Even â€œbadâ€ cholesterol is essential.
Harlan Krumholz of Yaleâ€™s Department of Cardiovascular Medicine found that .
A review of nineteen large studies of more than 68,000 deaths by the Division of Epidemiology at the University of Minnesota found that
of almost 15,000 patients over 18 years found that those with higher LDL levels and total cholesterol had a lower risk of developing , an irregular heart rate that causes poor blood flow to the body.
by a Japanese scientist found that â€œhigh total cholesterol is not positively associated with coronary heart disease mortality rates among general populations more than 40â€“50 years of age,â€ and therefore there is little benefit to lowering cholesterol levels if youâ€™re older.
from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons found that people with the lowest cholesterol and LDL levels were twice as likely to die within three years compared to those with the highest levels.
Even government agencies are realizing that cholesterol isnâ€™t the dietary bogeyman it has been made out to be. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, a project of the FDA and USDA that sets government recommendations for a healthy diet, is about to that recommend avoiding high cholesterol foods. (They arlready did. See below. â€“MrT.)
While it is now clear from the science that cholesterol is not the demon behind heart disease, itâ€™s equally clear that poor eating habits, lack of exercise, and obesity are direct causes. The good news is that heart disease can be entirely reversed through diet! In a recent article, Dr. Joseph Mercola stated [and is] more effective, actually, than any statin drug. In addition, Dr. Mercola recommends a , which actually increases fat intake, albeit using healthy fats.
These kinds of integrative approaches to health and prevention, however, stand in the way of one of Big Pharmaâ€™s largest cash cows, so itâ€™s no wonder we donâ€™t see them (or the scientific studies that show how dangerous statin drugs are) more widely publicized. Watch these pages over the next couple of weeks for our follow-up article on alternatives to statins.
So far, 33 million Americans have bought the lie. â€“MrT.
US Government Scientists Admit Cholesterol Does Not Cause Heart Disease
By in March 11, 2015
Up until recently US government policy for the past 40 years has maintained that dietary cholesterol may cause heart disease. (The lie! â€“MrT.)
This has now been reversed with the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee deciding to ditch their warning that claimed there was a link.
Even five years ago, the committee was still promoting the warning first popularized by the American Heart Association in 1961. But the new position has been a long time coming.
â€œThereâ€™s been a shift of thinking,â€ said Walter Willett, chair of the nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health. He called the committeeâ€™s decision to drop the cholesterol warning a â€œreasonable move.â€ (How can there be a shift in thinking if the former was based on solid science. Obviously it wasn’t. So, it was either bad science or they just made it up or combination of both. â€“MrT.)
New scientific consensus
The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee provides science-based recommendations to the federal government, in the form of a publication called â€œDietary Guidelines.â€ The government uses that publication to make decisions about everything including dietary advice (such as the food pyramid), school lunch content and food labeling policy.
In its new recommendations, the committee has embraced the emerging scientific consensus that consuming cholesterol in foods such as eggs, shrimp or lobster does not significantly increase blood levels of cholesterol in healthy adults, and does not increase the risk of heart disease. Thatâ€™s because the body actually produces its own cholesterol, in levels much higher than those that can realistically come from food. (Yes, and it does so for a reason because your body, and especially your brain, need cholesterol. â€“MrT.)
The new consensus warns instead against a diet too high in saturated fat, the nutrient the body uses to make cholesterol. High levels of LDL (â€œbadâ€) cholesterol in the blood are still considered a risk factor for heart disease. (This is bad info also. Saturated fats are not the problem. It is the trans-fats. â€“MrT.)
The change in policy is a classic example of the way that nutrition guidelines continue to change as scientific understanding evolves, often greatly confusing consumers along the way. (Or a lie is created to scare the people so that big pharma can step in and say they have a solution. â€“MrT.) Although the cholesterol debate may soon be settled, nutrition researchers continue to debate the relative merits and risks of other foods and nutrients such as saturated fat, salt, red meat, sugar and omega-3s. (Now that the government has changed its policy, supposedly due to better science, why doesnâ€™t it make an official announcement to all doctors that are prescribing statin drugs that the old understanding was false, since many doctors still believe the lie? I guess we know whyâ€¦ malpractice lawsuits and possible class action lawsuits when doctors have to admit to their patients that they were wrong. â€“MrT.)
â€œAlmost every single nutrient imaginable has peer reviewed publications associating it with almost any outcome,â€ nutrition science critic and Stanford University professor John P.A. Ioannidis wrote. (Well, we now know that many of these peer reviewed studies are falsified. â€“MrT) â€œIn this literature of epidemic proportions, how many results are correct?â€
Based on faulty science
The idea that cholesterol causes heart disease is pervasive in U.S. culture. Indeed, the adoption of cholesterol warnings directly led to a drop in per capita egg consumption of about 30 percent. But the scientific case for such a warning was never strong. (Right, so they just made it up! â€“MrT.)
The experiment that started it all was conducted in 1913 by Niokolai Anitschkov and colleagues at the Czarâ€™s Military Medicine Institute in St. Petersburg. The researchers fed rabbits cholesterol and saw that the animals developed cardiovascular disease.
Later research showed that rabbits are one of the few animals on the planet that react to dietary cholesterol in this way. But the idea had seized hold of the scientific establishment, and further studies at first seemed to support a link between cholesterol and heart disease. (So thereâ€™s the heart of the deception. â€“MrT.)
But there were always those who considered the evidence against dietary cholesterol to be weak. In 2013, a task force convened by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association concluded that there was insufficient evidence to support a warning against the nutrient. Many of the studies done were too broad in scope to be useful, it said. (After millions have died over the past 40 years, I would say it is a little late. â€“MrT.)
â€œLooking back at the literature, we just couldnâ€™t see the kind of science that would support dietary restrictions,â€ said task-force co-chair Robert Eckel, of the University of Colorado.
Indeed, all other countries on Earth have long since stopped warning against dietary cholesterol.
â€œThe U.S. is the last country in the world to set a specific limit on dietary cholesterol,â€ said nutrition scientist David Klurfeld, of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. â€œSome of it is scientific inertia.â€ (Figures)
Artery Disease (The Great Cholesterol Lie)
Surgeon admits huge mistake regarding cause of artery disease
By Dwight Lundell, MD
February 6, 2009
We physicians with all our training, knowledge and authority often acquire a rather large ego that tends to make it difficult to admit we are wrong. So, here it is I freely admit to being wrong. As a heart surgeon with 25 years of experience, having performed over 5,000 open-heart surgeries, today is my day to right the wrong with medical and scientific facts.
I trained for many years with other prominent physicians labeled “opinion makers.” Bombarded with scientific literature, continually attending education seminars, we opinion makers insisted heart disease resulted from the simple fact of elevated blood cholesterol.
The only accepted therapy was prescribing medications to lower cholesterol and a diet that severely restricted fat intake.
The latter of course we insisted would lower cholesterol and heart disease. Deviations from these recommendations were considered heresy and could quite possibly result in malpractice.
It Didn’t Work!
These recommendations are no longer scientifically or morally defensible. The discovery a few years ago that â€œinflammationâ€ in the artery wall is the real cause of heart disease is slowly leading to a paradigm shift in how heart disease and other chronic ailments will be treated.
The long-established dietary recommendations have created epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the consequences of which dwarf any historical plague in terms of mortality, human suffering and dire economic consequences.
Despite the fact that 25% of the population takes expensive statin medications and despite the fact we have reduced the fat content of our diets, more Americans will die this year of heart disease than ever before.
Statistics from the American Heart Association show that 75 million Americans currently suffer from heart disease, 20 million have diabetes and 57 million have pre-diabetes. These disorders are affecting younger and younger people in greater numbers every year.
Simply stated, without inflammation being present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol would accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel and cause heart disease and strokes. Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended. It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped.
Inflammation is not complicated. It is quite simply your body’s natural defense to a foreign invader such as a bacteria, toxin or virus. The cycle of inflammation is perfect in how it protects your body from these bacterial and viral invaders.
However, if we chronically expose the body to injury by toxins or foods the human body was never designed to process, a condition called chronic inflammation occurs. Chronic inflammation is just as harmful as acute inflammation is beneficial. (And we are we exposed to toxins today like never before. â€“MrT.)
What thoughtful person would willfully expose himself repeatedly to foods or other substances that are known to cause injury to the body? Well, smokers perhaps, but at least they made that choice willfully.
The rest of us have simply followed the recommended mainstream diet that is low in fat and high in polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates, not knowing we were causing repeated injury to our blood vessels. This repeated injury creates chronic inflammation leading to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity.
Let me repeat that. The injury and inflammation in our blood vessels is caused by the low fat diet that has been recommended for years by mainstream medicine.
What are the biggest culprits of chronic inflammation? Quite simply, they are the overuse of simple, highly processed carbohydrates (sugar, flour and all the products made from them) and the excess consumption of omega-6 vegetable oils like soybean, corn and sunflower that are found in many processed foods.
Now, I’ll discuss which foods cause inflammation, how those foods trigger the inflammatory process and the foods to eat that will cure inflammation.
Take a moment to visualize rubbing a stiff brush repeatedly over soft skin until it becomes quite red and nearly bleeding. Let’s say you kept this up several times a day, every day for five years. If you could tolerate this painful brushing, you would have a bleeding, swollen infected area that became worse with each repeated injury. This is a good way to visualize the inflammatory process that could be going on inside your body right now.
Regardless of where the inflammatory process occurs, externally or internally, it is the same. I have peered inside thousands upon thousands of arteries. A diseased artery looks as if someone took a brush and scrubbed repeatedly against its wall. The foods we eat several times a day create small injuries compounding into more injuries, causing the body to respond continuously and appropriately with inflammation.
While we savor the tantalizing taste of a sweet roll, our bodies respond alarmingly as if a foreign invader arrived, declaring war. Foods loaded with sugars and simple carbohydrates, or processed with omega-6 oils for long shelf life have been the mainstay of the American diet for six decades. These foods have been poisoning everyone.
How does eating a simple sweet roll create a cascade of inflammation to make you sick?
Imagine spilling syrup on your keyboard; then you have a visual of what occurs inside the cell. When we consume simple carbohydrates such as sugar, blood sugar rises rapidly. In response, your pancreas secretes insulin whose primary purpose is to drive sugar into each cell where it is stored for energy. If the cell is full and does not need glucose, it is rejected to avoid extra sugar gumming up the works.
When your full cells reject the extra glucose, blood sugar rises producing more insulin and the glucose converts to stored fat.
What does all this have to do with inflammation?
Blood sugar is controlled in a very narrow range. Extra sugar molecules attach to a variety of proteins that in turn injure the blood vessel wall. This repeated injury to the blood vessel wall sets off inflammation. When you spike your blood sugar level several times a day, every day, it is exactly like taking sandpaper to the inside of your delicate blood vessels.
While you may not be able to see it, rest assured it is there. I saw it in over 5,000 surgical patients spanning 25 years who all shared one common denominator, inflammation in their arteries.
Let’s get back to the sweet roll. That innocent looking â€œgoodyâ€ not only contains sugars, it is baked in one of many omega-6 oils such as soybean. Chips and fries are soaked in soybean oil; processed foods are manufactured with omega-6 oils for longer shelf life. While omega-6’s are essential, they are part of every cell membrane controlling what goes in and out of the cell. They must be in the correct balance with omega-3’s.
If the balance shifts by consuming excessive omega-6, the cell membrane produces chemicals called cytokines that directly cause inflammation. Today’s mainstream American diet has produced an extreme imbalance of these two fats. The ratio of imbalance ranges from 15:1 to as high as 30:1 in favor of omega-6. That’s a tremendous amount of cytokines causing inflammation. In today’s food environment, a 3:1 ratio would be optimal and healthy.
To make matters worse, the excess weight you are carrying from eating these foods creates overloaded fat cells that pour out large quantities of pro-inflammatory chemicals that add to the injury caused by having high blood sugar. The process that began with a sweet roll turns into a vicious cycle over time that creates heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and finally Alzheimer’s disease, as the inflammatory process continues unabated.
There is no escaping the fact that the more we consume prepared and processed foods, the more we trip the inflammation switch little by little each day. The human body cannot process, nor was it designed to consume, foods packed with sugars and soaked in omega-6 oils.
There is but one answer to quieting inflammation, and that is returning to foods closer to their natural state. To build muscle, eat more protein. Choose carbohydrates that are very complex such as colorful fruits and vegetables. Cut down on or eliminate inflammation-causing omega-6 fats like corn and soybean oil and the processed foods that are made from them. One tablespoon of corn oil contains 7,280 mg of omega-6; soybean contains 6,940 mg. Instead, use olive oil or butter from grass-fed beef.
Animal fats contain less than 20% omega-6 and are much less likely to cause inflammation than the supposedly healthy oils labeled polyunsaturated. Forget the “science” that has been drummed into your head for decades. The science that saturated fat alone causes heart disease is non-existent.
The science that saturated fat raises blood cholesterol is also very weak. Since we now know that cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease, the concern about saturated fat is even more absurd today.
The cholesterol theory led to the no-fat, low-fat recommendations that in turn created the very foods now causing an epidemic of inflammation. Mainstream medicine made a terrible mistake when it advised people to avoid saturated fat in favor of foods high in omega-6 fats. We now have an epidemic of arterial inflammation leading to heart disease and other silent killers.
What you can do is choose whole foods your grandmother served and not those your mum turned to as grocery store aisles filled with manufactured foods. By eliminating inflammatory foods and adding essential nutrients from fresh unprocessed food, you will reverse years of damage in your arteries and throughout your body from consuming the typical American diet.
Dwight Lundell is the past Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery at Banner Heart Hospital, Mesa, AZ. His private practice, Cardiac Care Center was in Mesa, AZ. Dr. Lundell has since left surgery to focus on the nutritional treatment of heart disease.
He is the founder of Healthy Humans Foundation that promotes human health with a focus on helping large corporations promote wellness. He is the author of and
I did a search on Dr. Dwight Lundell and found that the medical mafia put him on the after writing his book, The Great Cholesterol Lie and promoting it on . LOL
Now I believe Dr. Lundell more than ever! Dr. Barrettâ€™s write-up against Dr. Lundell on quackwatch is ludicrous. It was obviously done before the government admitted that cholesterol is not the problem. I would like to ask Dr. Barrett how well that low cholesterol diet is working out for us? After 30 years, heart disease is still one of the top killers. It is all the trans-fats and the toxins and processed garbage that is the problem.Â
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