The best-selling drugs in America are based on a MYTH
When you’re in your 20s, you’re practically invincible—and the only time you even think of death is when you have to suit up to attend some distant relative’s funeral.
Once you pass middle age, those funerals start to hit closer to home and more frequently—eventually becoming memorials for your close friends and loved ones.
Every time you stare into a coffin, you can’t help but wonder if you’ll be the next one laying in that box. And that’s when you let your fear of death get the best of you—because you’ll do anything your doctor says to make sure you’re in the audience for your next funeral and not the guest of honor.
“The most important thing you can do to save your life is cut your cholesterol,” he’ll tell you. Never mind that 75 percent of heart attack victims have NORMAL cholesterol.
He’ll leave that part out and pounce on the fear factor instead.
Before long he’ll have you so terrified of dropping dead from high cholesterol that you’ll swallow just about anything he prescribes, no questions asked. And that, my friend, is how some 40 million Americans have ended up on statin drugs despite the fact that these pills do not treat or prevent any known disease or illness.
Statins are dished out under the unfounded theory that lower cholesterol means lower risk, but they have to twist and torture the numbers to come up with any “proof,” and if you don’t believe me just take a look at the latest study on an up-and-coming generation of cholesterol meds.
They’re called PCSK9 protein inhibitors. The PCSK9 protein normally stops your liver from gobbling up too much cholesterol. But these latest wonder drugs block this natural protein, forcing your liver to absorb abnormally large amounts of cholesterol from the blood. And with your liver being force-fed cholesterol, you’re virtually a foie gras duckling.
Do PCSK9 inhibitors work? Do they ever! Your liver will chow down on so much cholesterol that it’ll be practically bursting at the seams—and the analysis of 24 clinical trials shows this new generation of drug will cut your LDL nearly in half.
So how about that theory? If you cut cholesterol in half, the death risk will plunge along with it, right?
Not so fast. The lamestream media got hoodwinked into believing it, cranking out headlines that already proclaim these still-unapproved drugs to be the NEXT BIG THING.
These reports parrot a line from the study that says the drugs cut the risk of death from all causes by 55 percent.
Impressed? Don’t be—because I did the work that the media didn’t bother to do. I actually read the darned study—and I found out the real truth behind that big benefit, which is…
IT DOESN’T REALLY EXIST!
They practically pulled that number out of thin air, because of the more than 10,000 patients in those 24 clinical trials, almost no one died.
They didn’t die when they were given the drug… AND they didn’t die when they were given a placebo either. In other words, the studies appear to have been pre-loaded with aggressively healthy people who weren’t facing any real risk in the first place. And when the the healthy subjects didn’t die, the researchers were able to claim the drug “worked.”
This research con job is equivalent to playing blackjack with a loaded deck. In Vegas, you’d get arrested and your legs broken (and probably by the same guy). But in ‘medical science,’ the rewards include mainstream media headlines, and maybe even an all-important patent.
They get away with the “55 percent” claim because of a total statistical fluke in the numbers. Of the more than 10,000 people in the studies, just 40 died—a number so miniscule it may as well be zero.
On paper, it’s 0.31 percent of those on the drug versus 0.53 percent of those on the placebo. Technically, that’s a difference of 55 percent, which is what led to the big headlines.
In reality, that’s a rounding error. It’s been said that statistics are a form of wish fulfillment. This is no exception.
Dig a little deeper, and the numbers REALLY fall apart—because there was no significant difference at all in death from heart problems.
So let’s put this myth to bed for good. As I’ve been telling you for years, lower cholesterol WON’T save your life and it WON’T protect your heart.
But it WILL make you sick, because cholesterol—even so-called “bad” cholesterol—plays an essential role in the human body. I could write an entire book on all the positive things cholesterol does, but today I’m just going to focus on the biggies. I call them my…
FIVE REASONS TO LOVE CHOLESTEROL
#1) Brain Booster: Talking to someone on cholesterol meds can be like talking to a pothead. Huh? Wha? Huh? I don’t remember!
Your brain needs cholesterol the way Cheech needs Chong. A quarter of the cholesterol in your body heads to your brain, where it stimulates a process called neurogenesis. That’s how your brain makes new cells—and that’s why seniors with HIGHER levels of LDL cholesterol have BETTER memory, according to research published in The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
When you follow your doctor’s orders and cut cholesterol, your brain cells go to pot. They die off leaving cobwebs in your noggin. Is it any wonder that statins are linked to memory loss?
#2) Nutrition Helper: You eat right, take your vitamins and assume everything gets to where it needs to go.
But fat-soluble nutrients need cholesterol to travel around the body. When that LDL isn’t there to hitch a ride with, they don’t go where they’re needed. They get flushed down the toilet instead (in one end, and out the other).
As a result, low LDL can make it difficult or impossible to use vitamins A, D, K, and E and coenzyme Q10. The muscle pain that’s so common among statin users? That’s a sign of low CoQ10—and low CoQ10 doesn’t just power the muscles in your arms and legs… it also powers the muscles that keep your heart pumping.
#3) Immune System Supporter: It’s a fact that people with low cholesterol are not only more prone to infections but also more prone to hospitalization for infections such as sepsis.
High cholesterol, on the other hand, can prevent or cure everything from common respiratory infections to some of the most serious infections of all such as tuberculosis.
In one study, 80 percent of TB patients given a high-cholesterol diet along with their meds were cured in 8 weeks, compared to just 9 percent of those who had a “normal” amount of cholesterol in the diet.
Sounds to me like it’s high time we change what’s “normal.”
#4) Cancer Conqueror: If your LDL levels hit 70, your doc will probably wet himself with joy. If he gets enough of his patients to hit that level, he might even earn a “doctor of the month” plaque for his office wall.
And what do you get? CANCER!
Low LDL means high cancer risk: One study found that lowering LDL to 70 or less will raise your risk of cancer by 1,500 percent. Even worse, several studies have shown that low cholesterol will not only make you more likely to get cancer, but more likely to DIE from it, too.
#5) Longevity Aid: Yes, LDL cholesterol—“bad” cholesterol—even plays a key role in keeping you alive.
Any time it’s been objectively studied, it’s been found to be true: the lower your LDL levels, the shorter your life.
A 1997 study found that low cholesterol will more than double your risk of an early death. A 1994 study found that cutting your total cholesterol to below 180 will boost your risk of death from all causes by nearly a third (especially death from cancer and liver disease).
Should I go on? A study out of Japan found that people with LDL levels of up to 160 had a lower risk of death from all causes than those with levels below 100 (levels your doc would consider “picture perfect”).
I can do this all day. Here’s another: A major study out of Hawaii using data from the long-running Honolulu Heart Program found that a total cholesterol of more than 210 will help you live longer than keeping it below 170.
So here’s my advice on cholesterol: Forget everything you’ve heard unless you heard it from me. Stop stressing over LDL and HDL, and just look at total cholesterol.
If it’s between 200 and 300, you’ve got nothing to worry about. But if it’s any lower, it’s time to get busy—because you’ve got some catching up to do.