There are many wonderful resources available on the internet that will guide you through the maze of information being published (by pharmaceutical interests) about Statin Medications. A good place to start is the website of British Health Practitioner and Author JUSTIN SMITH
. Statins are not the only topic you will find there, but it is a good place to start your journey.
Justin is a health Care professional from the UK, and has information written, in plain English, explaining just what these drugs are, what names they are known under, and what side effects they threaten you body with.For instance he tells us:
Tens of millions of people around the world are currently taking statin drugs to lower their cholesterol. These medications make more money for the pharmaceutical industry than any other medications in history.
There are a number of different statins, with different brand names, for example:
Atorvastatin (Lipitor, Torvast)
Simvastatin (Zocor, Lipex).
Statins are also found in combination drugs such as Vytorin (which is comprised of ezetimibe and simvastatin).
The companies that make these drugs include: Merck, AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer.
Most people who take statins do not have cardiovascular disease – they are taking statins in the hope of preventing future disease. However, when statins are taken in these circumstances, the adverse effects associated with the drugs may considerably outweigh any benefits.
The benefits of statins have been grossly exaggerated and the adverse effects have been ignored or played down.
Drug companies control the vast majority of medical research, and have a huge influence over what is published in medical journals. Therefore, what we think about medicines is largely determined by what drug companies want us to think about them.
The pharmaceutical industry is probably the most powerful industry in the world. The regulatory bodies (such as the FDA in America, the MHRA and NICE in the UK) are supposed to protect us from the immense power that large pharmaceutical companies now posses. But our regulatory authorities have failed us terribly, and in recent years they seem to have been more concerned with keeping drug companies happy rather than protecting public health.
For an introduction to the issues surrounding statins, please read this article:
Might be a good place for you to visit, to gain a better insight of this ‘so called’ war on cholesterol.