Raising the Bar by Lowering the Target – Dr. Carolyn Dean MD ND

Raising the Bar by Lowering the Target

December 30, 2018
My blog topic is the title of an American Journal of Cardiology paper that’s an outright educational promotion for a new line of cholesterol drugs. I guess the publicity against statin drugs has hit a high point and drug companies are scrambling to keep the cholesterol myth going with non-statin PCSK9 Inhibitors that supposedly treat LDL cholesterol.
The Cleveland Clinic has declared that the target “normal” for cholesterol is 100-199 mg/dL for those over age 21. Doctors want you to reach this level by taking medication. When I was in med school in the mid 70s, the “normal” was 240. It wasn’t until 1987 that the first statin drug was introduced. These drugs do lower cholesterol, but they don’t increase lifespan, so what’s the point? Also, the serious side effects of statins can no longer be denied. The ongoing myth is that cholesterol causes heart disease and if you lower cholesterol then you lower the incidence of heart disease. You can read about this myth in Dr. Malcolm Kendrick’s book The Great Cholesterol Con
The Cleveland Clinic’s cholesterol level of 100 is horrifyingly low. Low enough to cause brain damage including global amnesia because there is not enough cholesterol to ensure brain cells have enough lipids to make brain cell membranes. And it’s not enough cholesterol to make hormones, which is “cured” by Viagra in men on statins who are impotent. What are these doctors thinking?
How does medicine respond? Even though the myth of cholesterol as a cause of heart disease is being rejected, medicine is promoting fractionated cholesterol tests to further dupe the public into fearing cholesterol.
One test is Lipoprotein a – Lp(a), which is a LDL (low density lipoprotein) attached to a protein called apo(a). Like LDL medicine says you don’t want too much of it. Another test is apolipoprotein a – Apo A1, which is the major protein of HDL and like HDL medicine says you want lots of it. A third test is an LDL-associated PLA2 (PLAC).This blood test measures the level of lipoprotein associated-phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2), an enzyme linked to inflammation, stroke and heart attack risk. What naturally blocks phospholipase A2 you ask? Magnesium!
After you are told to get these new tests and find out you have too much or too little of these cholesterol fractions you may be told you can safely take a new non-statin drug, a PCSK9 Inhibitor. 
These drugs are very new so there hasn’t been a long enough “Post Surveillance” period to find out all their side effects. In clinical trials it’s not the most complex or sickest patients that receive drugs so the side effects are not as frequent as in the general public.
When the FDA first approved PCSK9 inhibitors in 2015, they were only supposed to be prescribed for familial hypercholesterolemia when statins weren’t working. However, this apparently was just the first stage of the drug companies getting their foot in the door. 
 By Dec 2017 the petitioning and lobbying paid off and PCSK9 inhibitors were approved for the prevention of heart attacks, strokes, and coronary revascularizations in adults with established cardiovascular disease! This is quite a leap for a new drug to be approved for the most serious cases to being a long-term preventive treatment! 
And all this occurred in spite of the fact that adverse events were reported in 69% of people taking the first PCSK9 Inhibitor, evolocumab, in clinical trials! 
I’m too shocked to even mildly joke about this by saying Lord Sufferin Cats! Instead I just shake my head and weep because the average patient knows nothing about the business of medicine and the promotion of life-long drugs.  
However, I’ll keep informing you and trying to stir up your commonsense to get you to focus on taking care of your own health so you can stay well enough and stay well away from doctors and hospitals!
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Carolyn Dean MD ND

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