Dr. Reese’s Bits and Pieces
November 2015 Newsletter
Hope you are enjoying the beautiful fall colors in and around Boulder. The leaves are beautiful but they make it really hard to find my golf ball even when I manage to hit the fairway!
True or False
OK so how did you score? If you answered true to any question above, you were wrong. I know the media marketing machine has indoctrinated us to believing a lot of things that simply aren’t true. I could have made this test much much longer but I think you get the gist. Most of what you thought to be “true” was really created by companies and their paid researchers to promote an agenda that benefits their bottom line and not your health.
This is not something I thought up but has been heavily researched and written about by many medical writers who don’t have a financial interest in promoting a certain drug. Years ago, I wrote a newsletter about a book called, The Cholesterol Myths, Exposing the Fallacy that Saturated Fat and Cholesterol Cause Heart Disease, by Dr. Uffe Ravnskoff. That book was written in 2000 and he did a second book on the subject in 2010. They are eye openers if you thought that cholesterol was your mortal enemy!
Recently, I saw an interview with Dr. Mercola and a British medical doctor named Malcolm Kendrick discussing the dishonesty of medical research and how they slant the results to fit the pre-conceived outcome. He has written a book called, The Great Cholesterol Con that is available on Amazon and other sites. It is written for the lay person to understand what the cholesterol and statin research really shows (he also wrote Doctoring Data on fraud in medical research).
For instance, the research clearly shows that statins do not save women’s lives, period. In fact, the older a woman gets, the higher cholesterol levels protect her from heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s and all cause mortality. In men, statins do not reduce mortality in men who do not already have diagnosed heart disease. Overall mortality is rarely mentioned in most heart studies because the drugs rarely improve that statistic. The bottom line is that statins do not reduce overall mortality in >95% of the population. In other words, for the majority, the date on the death certificate doesn’t change, just the cause of death might.
Recently Dr. Brownstein wrote a blog on statins as a great medical failure stating:
Let’s look at statin guidelines. The new guidelines recommend nearly half of Americans over the age of 40—more than 50 million people—may qualify for taking a statin drug in order to lower their heart attack risk. I have written in my blog posts, newsletter, and in my book, The Statin Disaster, that statin drugs fail nearly 99% who take them—they neither prevent heart attacks nor have they been shown to help people live longer. http://blog.drbrownstein.com/statins-one-of-the-greatest-failures-of-modern-medicine (His book is available on his website)
Other Notable “Debunkers”
#1. Biological Mechanisms Behind Statin Side Effects: Duane Graveline, the M.D. who goes by the nickname "Spacedoc" has done everything he can to inform the public of the dangers of statin drugs. Dr. Graveline is a former NASA astronaut and Air Force flight surgeon. His reasons for taking on the challenge of debunking statins are very personal, because he developed global transient amnesia while taking Lipitor, an unnerving experience that deprives you of all memory of events in your life looking back several decades.
#2. Statins and Nerve Damage: The People's Pharmacy is a wonderful forum that allows patients to share their experience.
#3. Statins and Pregnancy: Like thalidomide, statin drugs are a class X drug with regard to pregnancy, meaning they are contraindicated and should NOT be taken by pregnant women. They can cause significant damage to the nervous system of a developing embryo.
#4. New York Times Exposes Potential for Misdiagnosis Caused by Statin Use:
#5. The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics (THINCS):
#6. The ASEPSIS Trial:
#7. Statins Increase Pneumonia Risk: Just as for sepsis, the statin industry likes to claim that statins improve your chances against pneumonia. But a double-blind placebo controlled study proved them wrong. The risk for pneumonia that required hospitalization was increased by 61 percent in the statin group compared to the controls.
#8. WebMD Article on Muscle Pain and Weakness: This relatively benign article on WebMD provoked a firestorm of responses; each comment tells the story of another tragedy unfolding.
#9. Statins and Heart Failure: Dr. Peter Langsjoen believes that statin drugs greatly increase your risk of heart failure.
We will be closed Thursday Nov 26th for Thanksgiving but will be open our usual hours on Friday morning.