Sunday, April 21, 2013

TV Ads for Statins Drive Overdiagnosis and Overtreatment

 Ninety-Nine Out of 100 People Do Not Need Statin Drugs

 Continued From Last Post.

    That these drugs have proliferated the market the way they have is a
testimony to the effectiveness of direct-to-consumer marketing, corruption
and corporate greed, because the odds are very high — greater than 1000 to 1
— that if you're taking a statin, you don't really need it. From my review,
the ONLY subgroup that might benefit are those born with a genetic defect
called familial hypercholesterolemia, as this makes them resistant to
traditional measures of normalizing cholesterol.

    Even more importantly, cholesterol is NOT the cause of heart disease. If
your physician is urging you to check your total cholesterol, then you should
know that this test will tell you virtually nothing about your risk of heart
disease, unless it is 330 or higher. HDL percentage is a far more potent
indicator for heart disease risk. Here are the two ratios you should pay
attention to:

        HDL/Total Cholesterol Ratio: Should ideally be above 24 percent. If
below 10 percent, you have a significantly elevated risk for heart disease.
        Triglyceride/HDL Ratio: Should be below 2.

    I have seen a number of people with total cholesterol levels over 250 who
were actually at low risk for heart disease due to their elevated HDL levels.
Conversely, I have seen many people with cholesterol levels under 200 who had
a very high risk of heart disease, based on their low HDL. NMR testing is
another important new lipid assessment you can now take to determine your
risk for heart disease.

    Remember, your body NEEDS cholesterol — it is important in the production
of cell membranes, hormones, vitamin D and bile acids that help you to digest
fat. Cholesterol also helps your brain form memories and is vital to your
neurological function. There is also strong evidence that having too little
cholesterol INCREASES your risk for cancer, memory loss, Parkinson's disease,
hormonal imbalances, stroke, depression, suicide, and violent behavior.

Turn Off the Tube and Tune in to Your Body’s Innate Wisdom


    These ads are now on your TV, in magazines and on the Internet, so it’s
difficult to eliminate your exposure. What you can do, however, is keep a
healthy air of skepticism about you whenever you do see a drug commercial.

Really listen to the side effects and ask yourself if cancer is an acceptable
risk for a drug to treat an embarrassing skin condition, for example.

    If you think you might need the drug, first seek out an unbiased source
of information to see if you truly do. The internet can frequently be a
helpful tool here.

    Also check for the truth about side effects. The average drug comes with
a list of 70 potential reactions, according to researchers who used a
computer program to analyze 5,600 drug labels. If you take one of the more
commonly prescribed drugs, the potential drug reactions rise to about 100 --
and some drugs even carry over 500. Given that, it’s not so surprising that
more than 700,000 people visit U.S. emergency rooms each year as a result of
adverse drug reactions. Not only that, but according to the U.S. Food and

Drug Administration (FDA), adverse drug reactions from drugs that are
properly prescribed and properly administered cause about 106,000 deaths per
year, making prescription drugs the fourth-leading cause of death in the US.


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God Bless Everyone & God Bless The United States of America.
Larry Nelson

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