Last week I told you about stunning new evidence showing that statins may dramatically increase risk of type 2 diabetes.
We’ve seen enough of these studies now to know the statin/diabetes threat is real. Sadly, it’s played down by drug companies and health authorities who cling to the dying myth that statins are life savers.
The common refrain they sing again and again: “Statin benefits outweigh the risks.”
That’s utter nonsense. And I believe most of them know the truth: Statin risks far outweigh the benefits.
The Benefit Myth: Cooking the numbers
Two years ago, a few researchers published a study which should be required reading for every patient who’s considering statin use, and every doctor who insists that the drug is doing their patients the least bit of good.
In fact, “the least bit of good” would be a perfect way to describe the sham revealed in this study.
The two authors — Dr. David M. Diamond of the University of South Florida and Dr. Uffe Ravnskov, an independent researcher in Lund, Sweden — dismantle the statin benefit myth with the greatest of ease, showing how it’s all based on statistical deception.
The trick relies on two terms: “absolute risk” and “relative risk.”
Diamond and Ravnskov explain that “absolute risk” is authentic risk. It tells you how much the risk of something happening (such as a heart attack) decreases if a certain intervention (like statins) is used. On average, statin use benefits about one person in every 100. So, rounded off and calculating with absolute risk, statins provide a 1 percent benefit in heart attack reduction.
Not very impressive! You can’t sell boatloads of pills with a pitch like that.
“Relative risk,” on the other hand, compares the likelihood of an event occurring in a group receiving a particular intervention compared to the likelihood of the event occurring in a group that doesn’t get the intervention. To illustrate, let’s say you’ve got a study with 100 volunteers. Fifty take statins and one has a heart attack. The other 50 take a placebo and two have heart attacks. Again — not very impressive — until you convert it to relative risk, and then you can say that statins cut heart attack risk by 50 percent!
To show how that works in real-world terms, Diamond and Ravnskov use the example of a large double-blind, placebo controlled statin study known as the JUPITER Trial. They write, “In the JUPITER trial, the public and healthcare workers were informed of a 54 percent reduction in heart attacks, when the actual effect in reduction of coronary events was less than 1 percentage point.”
That’s just one of three examples they offer — all from large “gold standard” clinical trials of statins.
Keep in mind that relative risk is not some obscure slight-of-hand that will come as a shock to health professionals. Open any issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, the New England Journal of Medicine, the British Medical Journal, or any of the thousands of other medical journals, and you’ll find the abbreviation “RR” for relative risk used frequently.
Your doctor knows what RR means. Every researcher on earth knows what it means. And they all know (or they certainly should) that it’s the crooked little secret that makes statin drugs one of the biggest scams in medical history.
The Risk Reality: Harm upon harm
In the context of relative risk, the argument that “benefits outweigh the risks” suddenly looks pretty ridiculous. But now let’s put it to rest once and for all with a look at the ugly reality of statins.
In Dr. Marc Micozzi’s Heart Attack Prevention & Repair Protocol, he takes no prisoners when it comes to statin drugs. As he sums it up, they stop your body from making cholesterol by “poisoning your metabolism.”
Dr. Micozzi starts off with the No.1 statin side effect: muscle pain, which is actually caused by damage to the muscle. He says, “Your heart — the organ statins are supposed to protect — is a muscle, too. So while you’re taking statins with the hope of keeping your arteries healthy to help prevent heart disease, the drugs may be bypassing that whole process and damaging your heart muscle directly!
“This side effect from statins is most likely to manifest as muscle pain, fatigue, and weakness. In severe cases, it can result in a condition known as rhabdomyolysis — actual destruction of muscle tissue. And if the byproducts of muscle destruction reach a dangerous level in the blood, they can actually cause kidney failure and harm the brain.”
Dr. Micozzi explains that statins create this “toxic mess” by poisoning cell mitochondria, which are known as the powerhouse of the cell. Mitochondria generate the water that cells require to stay hydrated. Muscles are vulnerable to this kind of damage, as are the liver, kidneys, pancreas, and the heart itself.
And then there’s the brain
“After the muscles,” Dr. Micozzi says, “the part of the body most affected by statins is the brain, which also has a high metabolic need for oxygen and energy. The brain is only about 3 percent of average body weight, but it uses 20 percent of the oxygen and 50 percent of the glucose in the blood circulation. So it too suffers from the metabolic poisoning caused by statins.
“In fact, mitochondrial damage plays a role in a wide array of common diseases, including chronic fatigue, dementia, diabetes, liver disease, Parkinson’s, and heart disease — many of which have been linked to statins.”
And we have yet another detail that reveals the “heart protective” lie of statins: They inhibit the synthesis of vitamin K2, which Dr. Micozzi describes as “a key nutrient that protects arteries from calcification.”
There’s one more insult to add to all this injury. Dr. Micozzi notes that, “Statins speed up the aging process by interfering with stem cell metabolism. They prevent stem cells from performing their main function, which is to reproduce and replicate other cells to carry out repairs in the body. They also prevent stem cells from generating new tissues, including bone and cartilage.
“These effects all add up to faster aging — not to mention a general disaster for your health.”
And that’s the reality of statins.
“Benefits” and “statins” should never be used in the same sentence. The statistics are misleading and the risk vastly outweighs the reward. It’s all a matter of time before the façade vanishes and mainstream medicine is exposed for running a greed-driven numbers game.
Believe it or not, you can learn about even more statin dangers as well as sensible, drug-free strategies to improve your cardiovascular health in Dr. Micozzi’s Heart Attack Prevention & Repair Protocol. You can find out more about it or enroll today by clicking here.
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University of South Florida (USF Health)
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