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by Sally Fallon Morell
The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) have released new cardiovascular disease prevention guidelines which would greatly expand the use of statins in healthy people. The guidelines recommend them for about 44 percent of men and 22 percent of all healthy women between the ages of forty and seventy-five. According to calculations, over thirteen million healthy people for whom statins were not recommended based on the 2001 guidelines now fall into the category of requiring statin “therapy.” Although billed as a non-profit organization, the AHA received over five hundred million dollars in donations from non-government and non-membership sources in 2012. Many well-known large drug companies, including those that make statins, donate in the million dollar range.
The new recommendations come in the teeth of new findings on statin side effects. For example, the Women’s Health Initiative, a federal study of over one hundred sixty thousand healthy women, showed that a woman’s risk of developing diabetes increased 48 percent compared to women who were not on a statin; if their weight was normal, statins increased their risk of diabetes 89 percent. Other well-documented side effects include muscle pain, weakness, cataracts, cognitive dysfunction, nerve damage, liver injury and kidney failure.
The new guidelines will aim at increased “compliance.” Even at 100 percent compliance, the cost of saving one life from statin therapy is estimated at two hundred fifty thousand dollars per year; at current compliance, which ranges from 25-65 percent (depending on the study), that cost goes to one million dollars. (The industry admits that a major contributor to non-compliance is the glut of information on the Internet on the adverse effects of statins.)
In addition to serving as a mouthpiece for statins, the AHA also rakes in millions from food companies to gain the “heart check mark” recommendation from the AHA, renewable, at a price, every year. The foods that receive the mark have to be low in fat, especially saturated fat, and cholesterol, thus furthering the appalling dietary advice that is pulling Americans inexorably down into the abyss of chronic disease.
Even the most avid statin proponents admit that the drug does not prevent 60 to 80 percent of cardiac events. How can we stop this statin madness? Only by saying no ourselves and by bringing up a generation of children who understand the dangers of pharmaceutical drugs. Eventually those who choose the pharmaceutical model as a way of preventing disease will die out, leaving a wiser generation to embrace saner ways of eating and more holistic approaches to health.