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Cholesterol – Into the Future

The future of cholesterol knowledge is uncertain at this time, since there are still only a few voices saying that we have gotten the whole concept of cholesterol all wrong and must rethink all of what we believe to be true. The main block of medical professionals still seem to believe the conventional wisdom, sticking to the published literature and quoting levels and numbers while prescribing statin drugs with gay abandon. The profits made from statin drugs would indicate that the future will hold ever more frightening “facts” about high cholesterol levels, necessitating ever higher doses of statin drugs for a greater number of people. The burgeoning awareness among the general public of the blatant corruption of the large pharmaceutical companies, coupled with the fact that the average person’s income is shrinking year over year, while expenses rise, indicates that the use of statin drugs may not increase, and a new understanding of cholesterol may have a chance to emerge.
If the most recent research on cholesterol and its treatments is indicative of the direction we are going, then the future holds a whole new understanding of why the human body manufactures cholesterol, what our cholesterol levels really mean, and whether statin drugs are beneficial or harmful. In 2011, shortly after the patent expired on Lipitor, the American Food and Drug Administration issued warnings regarding the side effects of statins. These warnings are now widespread, and will hopefully lead to increased research regarding the safety of statins. Ongoing research into the actions of cholesterol in the human body appears at this time to be indicating that the previously held beliefs regarding cholesterol levels are not only not true, but positively backwards. It only makes sense, though. If the human body manufactures cholesterol, then there is probably a logical reason for it. We need to find out what that is.