This morning a client sent the following NY Times article “Risk Calculator for Cholesterol Appears Flawed.” She said it was right up my alley because it was all about Big Pharma and Death by Modern Medicine. She also said her father, a heart doctor and former president of the American Heart Association thought promoting cholesterol as the cause of heart disease was “a lot of nonsensical exaggeration.”
In any disaster – you want to find the cause and eliminate the threat. In the disaster that is heart disease in the U.S., doctors want to blame something. Cholesterol became that something. Now with the newest guidelines for lowering cholesterol, they seem to be saying that everyone is at risk and should be on a statin drug!
When I read the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology guidelines a week ago I saw they gave statins “high marks” in their new cardiac prevention guidelines. But at the same time, they agreed to stop using LDL (the bad cholesterol) levels as a way to guide therapy. Why? Because they found they weren’t reliable.
OK, allow me to translate. The TOP people in heart disease say that it no longer matters if your LDL cholesterol numbers drop to a specific level. BUT you STILL need to take STATINS, even though study after study shows that statins don’t extend life (probably because of their side effects of reducing magnesium). And the side effects of statin drugs (especially the ones containing fluoride) are mounting. Fluoride binds magnesium turning it into magnesium fluoride or selliate, a brittle compound that replaces flexible magnesium in bones and cartilage. That’s probably why statins cause such muscle pain and damage.
And here I thought that cholesterol was becoming a distant memory and the medical community has given up on it and moved on to inflammation as the cause of heart disease. Just google “Cholesterol does not cause heart disease.” and you’ll find all kinds of damning information.
Many of the comments about these guidelines have been negative with talk of withdrawing them. But in the spirit of “I have a small brain and I intend to use it” the creators are not backing down. Here is the latest “The dust-up over the new cardiovascular disease prevention guidelines – already named “Calculator-gate” – prompted the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology to stage a public defense at a hastily assembled press briefing.”
You may think this doesn’t concern you, but trust me when I say, it’s the brave new world of medicine. If medicine says you need statin drugs or diabetes drugs or blood pressure drugs or vaccinations to “prevent” illness, you just may have to pay a fine if you aren’t compliant with what they prescribe. In the meantime, remember to take your magnesium to prevent heart disease and keep your cholesterol, your blood sugar, and your blood pressure under control.
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future®
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