The American Heart Association recommends that everyone with diabetes and virtually all older people should take such drugs. The statin enthusiasts insist statins save lives and that anyone who questions their value is undermining public health. They consider the side effects to be inconsequential. We have come under direct fire ourselves for even daring to ask questions about statin effectiveness.

On the other side are physicians who question the cholesterol hypothesis. A recent analysis of data from a controlled diet study (1968-1973) run by Ancel Keys and his colleagues revealed that lowering cholesterol through diet did not reduce the risk of dying from heart disease.

DISCLAIMER: If your doctor has prescribed a statin medication for the purpose of lowering your cholesterol, do NOT stop taking it without consulting with your doctor or other qualified health care professional.

Other researchers have written that “high cholesterol ‘does not cause heart disease,’ so treating with statins is a ‘waste of time’.” Of even more relevance to diabetics, taking statin drugs increases your risk of diabetes 48%. Some of our group members are convinced that taking drugs like Lipitor (a statin) was a causative factor in developing type 2 diabetes. Some have also reported statins to cause leg cramps and RLS (Restless Leg Syndrome).

References

Graedon, Joe. “Doctors Deeply Divided Over the Value of Statins,” The People’s Pharmacy (December 30, 2016). https://www.peoplespharmacy.com/articles/doctors-deeply-divided-over-the-value-of-statins (accessed on 8/3/2020).

Bodkin, Henry. “High cholesterol ‘does not cause heart disease’ new research finds, so treating with statins a ‘waste of time’,” The Telegraph (June 13, 2016). https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/06/12/high-cholesterol-does-not-cause-heart-disease-new-research-finds/ (accessed on 8/3/2020).

Perlmutter, Dr. David. “Statin Drugs and Diabetes,” DavidPermutterMD (September 28, 2014). https://www.drperlmutter.com/statin-drugs-diabetes/ (accessed on 8/3/2020). Article includes 2-minute video.

36,605 Reports of Brain Dysfunction from Cholesterol-lowering Statin Drugs
https://healthimpactnews.com/2014/36605-reports-of-brain-dysfunction-from-cholesterol-lowering-statin-drugs/

Cholesterol confusion and statin controversy
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4513492/

Cholesterol wars: We may be fighting the wrong enemy
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2120376-cholesterol-wars-we-may-be-fighting-the-wrong-enemy/

Citrus Bergamot: the all Natural Statin?
Bergamot juice has long been used in the Calabrian region (the toe of the boot) of Italy as a means to reduce blood lipids.
https://www.mygenefood.com/citrus-bergamot-natural-statin/

Japanese Research Exposes Statin Scam: People with High Cholesterol Live Longer
https://healthimpactnews.com/2015/japanese-research-exposes-statin-scam-people-with-high-cholesterol-live-longer/

Parkinson’s link to statins: Calls to end widespread use of the drug
https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/562600/Parkinsons-link-statins-mass-use-drug-risk-thousands-developing-nerve-disease

Red Yeast Rice, Sold as Statin Alternative, Has Similar Risks
https://www.medpagetoday.com/Cardiology/Atherosclerosis/62614

Re-evaluation of the traditional diet-heart hypothesis: analysis of recovered data from Minnesota Coronary Experiment (1968-73)
https://www.bmj.com/content/353/bmj.i1246

Statin Drugs Increase the Risk for Cataracts
https://www.drperlmutter.com/statin-drugs-increase-risk-cataracts/#more-3391

Statin scam exposed: Cholesterol drugs cause rapid aging, brain damage and diabetes
https://www.naturalnews.com/051636_statins_drug_scam_premature_aging.html

Statin Scam: People with Higher Cholesterol Live Longer than People with Low Cholesterol
https://healthimpactnews.com/2014/statin-scam-people-with-higher-cholesterol-live-longer-than-people-with-low-cholesterol/

Statin side effects linked to off-target reaction in muscle mitochondria
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/09/150901134944.htm

Statins: Heart disease drug speeds up ageing process, warns new research
https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/608210/statins-age-you-faster-new-research-suggests-long-term-use-warning

Statins increase the risk of developing diabetes in at-risk people
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319832.php

Statins stimulate atherosclerosis and heart failure: pharmacological mechanisms.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/25655639/

Study Links Statins to 300+ Adverse Health Effects
A new study finds the chemical war against cholesterol using statin drugs was justified through statistical deception and the cover up of over 300 adverse health effects documented in the biomedical literature.
https://kellybroganmd.com/cracking-cholesterol-myth-statins-harm-body-mind/

Study shows cholesterol drugs cause memory loss; MSM reports the exact opposite
https://www.naturalnews.com/050035_statin_drugs_memory_loss_pharmaceutical_propaganda.html#ixzz3cs9CZtb6

The Diet-Heart Myth: Statins Don’t Save Lives in People Without Heart Disease
https://chriskresser.com/the-diet-heart-myth-statins-dont-save-lives-in-people-without-heart-disease/

Warning: Taking One of These Medications Can Cause Permanent Memory Loss
July 2, 2016
http://www.healthyfoodadvice.net/warning-taking-one-of-these-medications-can-cause-permanent-memory-loss/

Why I’ve ditched statins for good
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/10717431/Why-Ive-ditched-statins-for-good.html