Independence Day and an apple a day: rebellion against statins spreading
The Fourth of July my hometown paper had an article on the fact that the Declaration of Independence was poorly reported at the time. All the attention it received was from a small newspaper in 1776 that ran one small paragraph on it after the classified ads. The reason why seems obvious: the Loyalists with all the money and ownership of the media did not take the Rebels in Philadelphia seriously.
This sort of shady media management is sadly still very present in our modern world, especially when it comes to reporting on pharmaceuticals. You may recall the media (who are beholden to Big Pharma) gushing over the virtues of statin drugs recently.
A study had just shown that statins prevent about 9,000 deaths in five years. News outlets conveniently left out the title of the article, “A statin a day keeps the doctor away: comparative proverb assessment modeling study.” They also left out the main point of the article: an apple a day is as effective as statins drugs for preventing deaths. But guess what? Apples have no side effects and are much cheaper.
And, the mechanism of action of both apples and statins is not so much in lowering cholesterol, but in the anti-inflammatory antioxidant properties they share. Remember that statin drugs are extracted from fermented red rice, a “natural product.”
So why not recommend an apple a day instead of throwing statin drugs at patients with high cholesterol? Well, then Big Pharma wouldn’t make as much money, of course.
Below you will find a link to a blog by Dr. Mandrola, who, like a growing number of physicians (most likely the ones who choose to read widely and do not get their information exclusively from expensive dinners sponsored by Big Pharma) is reconsidering the aggressive use of statin drugs.
Click here to read Dr. Mandrola’s decision to move away from prescribing statin drugs.