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Cholesterol and Statin Drugs

There is no mistaking the fact that statin drugs such as Crestor and Lipitor lower cholesterol levels in the human body. The question is, is that a good thing? Since the discovery of cholesterol in the blood, doctors have been telling the general public that high cholesterol levels are deadly and therefore cholesterol levels need to be lowered. Statin drugs were developed in the 1970s, and have gradually increased in popularity until today, statistics indicate that one in four adults over the age of 45 is taking a statin drug. One would think, however, that if statin drugs were so incredibly effective, the incidence of heart disease should have dropped dramatically since the advent of statins. Unfortunately for big pharma, statistics show that this is not the case. Instead, more recent research is beginning to indicate that statins are linked to increased levels of diabetes, liver injury, memory loss, and muscle damage, and not to a reduction in heart disease at all.
Since the patent on Lipitor expired in 2011, America’s Food and Drug Administration has issued warnings against statin drugs, stating that they are linked to increased levels of diabetes, liver injury, memory loss (and possibly Alzheimer’s disease) and muscle damage. In recent years, there have been thousands of lawsuits filed against the drug companies that produce statins, although this is not widely publicized.
It is becoming nearly impossible to trust scientific research when it is becoming increasingly obvious that huge percentages of that research is sponsored by those who stand to gain from manipulating what the research says. For this reason, it is important to know who paid for a study that may be used to change something about your lifestyle. One must ask whether the current push for Investor State Dispute Settlement clauses in all global trade agreements might be partly the result of the public’s unwillingness to let themselves be harmed without protest.