Drugs are developed and they have to be sold, to make money. In the case of Lipitor and its similars, that means a market has to be created.
A market that was created on bad science, for a problem that did not exist.
Yes, there was high cholesterol, but that was not the problem. Cholesterol was a marker, a symptom of something else. Is it good science to fight the symptoms and leave the real cause unchecked??
Cholesterol, a beneficial substance in the human body, is targetted as a bad sign of impending heart disease. Drugs are promoted to "lower cholesterol". Mind you, not to prevent heart disease but to turn off the blinking warning lights. Billions are made, a huge empire of multinational corporations is built to "take care of our health" - by selling us drugs. National economies are all but bankrupted by the costs of health care, most of it to pay for drugs. What's more, national and personal economies are also bearing the cost - sometimes vastly greater than the mere cost of a prescription - of these drugs' side effects, the cost of drug induced illness and disability.
Who is responsible? The drug cartels? The medical researchers? The media which never told us?
In the past, your doctor would tell you that statins did not have serious side effects. But read the very fine print about possible adverse reactions, and you'll discover over 130 side effects reported by the manufacturer.(!!) Statins and most other drugs have side effects, there is a risk in taking any medication.
The manufacturers report that 2 percent or less of statin patients develop most of the known side effects, while other researchers are reporting problems in up to 15 percent of patients. We do not know what the total figure will eventually prove to be, and it may be far greater than what we initially suspected. If you are one of the people who are harmed, then the percentage probably doesn't matter to you!
Anybody interested in more information on statin drugs and their possible side effects check this website:
Lipitor Warning !!!!!!
Adverse Side Effects of Statin Cholesterol Lowering Drugs little-known side effects of the artificial statin drugs, some of which are required to be reported in Canadian statin drug ads, but not the U.S. versions.
Statin Cholesterol Lowering Drugs have the following characteristics:
1. They deplete Coenzyme Q10 causing risk of cardiomyopathy and heart failure.
2. They change, weaken, damage, or destroy muscle (depending on dose and concomitant use of other drugs).
3. They do not slow atherosclerosis.
4. They induce sudden total memory loss.
5. They increase eye cataract risk.
6. They suppress immune function.
7. They are linked to cancer.
8. They have been linked for ten years with Rhabdomyolysis and Myoglobinuria.
9. They have been linked with elevated transaminase (indicator of liver and kidney damage).
10. They are linked to nerve damage.
11. They induce muscle pain.
12. They do not extend life.
13. They increase serum Lp(a) concentrations (increasing odds of heart attack or stroke up to 70%).
14. They reduce left ventricular function.
15. They elevate the lactate to pyruvate ratio. (lactic acid is the normal endpoint of the anaerobic breakdown of glucose in the tissues. The lactate exits the cells and is transported to the liver, where it is oxidized back to glucose)
16. They enhance LDL cholesterol oxidation.
17. They would be expected to interfere with any function (e.g., sex hormone production, hair growth, sleep, or proper brain and nerve function) hat depends on cholesterol or CoQ10.
18. They are prescribed to 13 million (in the U.S., 25 million worldwide) creating a $20 billion market.
19. They are MORTAL (or else will cause 65,000 predicted myopathies. Source: Merck Patent) NOTE: A biopsy is the only reliable test for statin-induced myopathy.
James Wright, MD, and colleagues at the University of British Columbia conducted a 2003 review of all five statin primary prevention trials and found that the serious adverse events* went unreported in three of these published trials (See www.ti.ubc.ca letter #48). When Dr. Wright was asked for an update, he explained by e-mail that the serious adverse events were collected in all 12 major statin trials. However, ten of these trials have failed to report these important results (i.e., make them publicly available). Worse, the authors of these trials refused the UBC reviewers’ repeated requests for the harms data.
A Note of Interest
Coenzyme Q10 -- also called ubiquinone, which means "occurring everywhere" -- plays an important role in the manufacture of ATP, the fuel that runs cellular processes. Though it is present in every cell in your body, it is especially concentrated in the very active cells of your heart. Depriving the heart of CoQ10 is like removing a spark plug from your engine -- it just won't work. Low levels of CoQ10 are implicated in virtually all cardiovascular diseases, including angina, hypertension, cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure.
Anyone taking these statin drugs should also take a vitamin supplement called CoQ10. A dose of at least 100mg. Even if your not taking statin drugs, you should take CoQ10 because of so many health benefits. They say that it helps with the treatment of congestive heart failure, protects against strokes, prevents some cancers, improves high blood pressure, Parkinson’s disease, effective for migraine prevention, youthful looking skin, also helps diabetics control blood sugars, etc.