Instead of putting research funds to work by treating patients who have elevated cholesterol with magnesium, more money was just wasted trying to blame the media for preventing patients from taking toxic statin drugs.
Medscape in their article, ‘Bad Press’ May Make Patients Stop Statins, Raise MI Risk, reports on a European Heart Journal study. Researchers suggested that “When the media was dominated by negative news stories about statins, patients who were newly prescribed these drugs were 9% more likely to not refill their initial prescriptions (instead of refilling them), in a Danish national study.”
In research analysis, a factor of 5-10% is usually given as the “margin of error” in a study. So, I’m really not impressed with a figure of 9%. That “iffy” number of people was then stretched into a statistic that said this group may have a higher rate of heart attack – because they listened to negative media about statins.
How on earth can they “prove” that the media cause people to stop their statins? All the study did was compare the number of people stopping statins with the number of negative stories about statin use in a given time frame. It’s really fake “science” and essentially meaningless. There is no possibility of proving this assumption. Also, I noted that the Medscape article describing this study had three times the number of words, numbers and data compared to most Medscape articles, as they tried to hammer home their point. Makes me think of the Shakespeare misquote – “Methinks thou dost protest too much!”
Here are some of their assumptions. “Statins represent a success story in modern medicine and [are] currently the most effective way to prevent cardiovascular disease.” And “There is a tremendous amount of evidence from randomized controlled trials involving hundreds of thousands of patients.” And “…when they begin taking a statin, patients may experience uncomfortable sore muscles, and negative news stories about statins may convince them to stop this medication.” Assumption after assumption, after assumption.
But don’t be surprised that using this 9% non compliance figure, researchers will begin lobbying that the media, including the internet, be censured if they say bad things about statins. Also doctors will use this study as ammunition to scare their patients into complying with statin intake. Yes, Big Brother is alive and well in Modern Medicine.
Oh, and by the way, here is the mandatory financial disclosure of the 16 and 15 drug companies (respectively) that paid fees to the two researchers, Drs. Nordestgaard and Nissen. May I just say, Lord Sufferin Cats! “Nordestgaard has received consultancy fees and/or lecture honoraria from AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Merck, Amgen, Sanofi, Regeneron, Omthera, Dezima, ISIS Pharmaceuticals, Aegerion, Fresenius, B Braun, Kaneka, Lilly, Kowa, and Denka Seiden. Nissen consults for many pharmaceutical companies, which donate the honoraria/consulting fees directly to charity. Through the Cleveland Clinical Coordinating Center for Clinical Research, he has received research support but no personal remuneration from Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Roche, Daiichi Sankyo, Karo Bio AB, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Sanofi, Resverlogix, Oregixen, Eli Lilly, Amgen, Vivus, and Omthera.”
Of course, much more impressive would be allopathetic medicine taking note of the increasing number of stories from former statin drug users who make lifestyle changes and take magnesium to improve their cholesterol levels. Magnesium is a necessary cofactor for the enzyme that breaks down cholesterol. I’m happy to say that the best clinical results for all magnesium deficiency symptoms and diseases are achieved by using my 100% absorbed, non laxative ReMag. If you add ReMyte, ReAline and RnA Drops to your regimen, you may just find yourself living a miracle! Google for a dozen blogs that I’ve written on statins and cholesterol and listen to my Dr. Carolyn Dean Live radio show every Monday at 4pm PST for even more proof!
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