Some News for Your Doctor – and YOU TOO


What would your doctor say to you, if you showed them a peer reviewed, scientific paper (supposedly the crème de la crème in the scientific world)  from the prestigious British Medical Journal, of 1990, that documented (twenty plus years ago) there is no evidence that lowering cholesterol by any means what so ever, increased life expectancy?

It matters not if you do it by dietary means – following the low fat mantra, or by pharmaceutical means, swallowing cholesterol lowering drugs. Neither have any overall effect on whether you will live longer. YES you read that correctly. Twenty odd years ago they knew that attempting to bring your cholesterol numbers lower and into a government mandated ‘acceptable’ (so called healthy and life saving)  range, would have zilch – nada – nil – NO effect whatever on preventing your death.

This sound so outrageous that I feel you may not want to believe what I am passing along today – this information cannot be correct! Your doctor will no doubt feel the same way, and yet here is the proof. This is cited from the following :

Muldoon MF, et al. Lowering cholesterol concentrations and mortality: a quantitative review of primary prevention trials. BMJ 1990;301(6747):309-14.

See also:

Where the conclusion states: 

The association between reduction of cholesterol concentrations and deaths not related to illness warrants further investigation. Additionally, the failure of cholesterol lowering to affect overall survival justifies a more cautious appraisal of the probable benefits of reducing cholesterol concentrations in the general population.

Dr. John Briffa, writing today tells us:

(the study)  assessed the impact of dietary and drug interventions to reduce cholesterol on the overall risk of death, as well as death from specific causes, in men. Average treatment time was about 5 years.

Here’s a summary of the results of this review:

Studies of dietary interventions for cholesterol reduction found:

• No reduction in overall risk of death

• No reduction in the risk of death from heart disease

• A 62 per cent increased risk of death from cancer

Studies of drug interventions for cholesterol reduction found:

• No reduction in overall risk of death

• No reduction in the risk of death from heart disease

• A 75 per cent increased risk of death due to ‘non-illness’ causes such as accidents and suicide

When the results of all studies were pooled together, the evidence showed:

• No reduction in overall risk of death

• No reduction in the risk of death from heart disease

• A 43 per cent increased risk of death from cancer

• A 76 per cent increased risk of death due to ‘non-illness’ causes such as accidents and suicide

However we try and spin these results, they’re pretty dire, I think. Of particular note is the link between cholesterol reduction and non-disease-related death. Why is it that cholesterol reduction seems to make people more prone to death due to accidents, suicide and violence? Well, cholesterol is a natural and important brain constituent, and depleting cholesterol in the body may affect brain functioning and behavior. It may make people more depressed, for instance, or more aggressive and impulsive.

So people, it is up to you and I to educate our doctors to the fact that is has been known and shown, for over twenty years that lowering cholesterol by any means, does not prolong human life, and can actually increase the risk of death due to ‘other causes, by up to 76%.’

I remember a visit I had with a cardiologist a year or so past now. I told him I did not subscribe to the Cholesterol Theory of Heart Disease and would not take the prescribed Statin Drugs (which had previously made me very ill cognitively and muscularly). He leaned back in his chair, crossed his arms, smirked and pointedly asked me what I did subscribe to then.

When I brought up the inflammatory theory – he did not disagree with me. When I took the conversation to another level, asking him what he considered may be the underlying cause of the inflammation – he smiled benignly then said:  “That is the $64,000 question. Come back in ten years and we may have an answer.”

Then he told me to go home and get ready to die because as I had refused his prescribed Statin Medication and I would be dead in six months!

I think I will send him a copy of this blog to read.

Till next time folks, be your own advocate, learn all you can, and try (nicely) to share your information with your medical provider. They detest Dr. Google, but may read a Peer Reviewed BMJ article if it was given to them.

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About JustMEinT Musings

I like writing, reading and expressing my opinions. I prefer natural health and healing to pharmaceutical drugs. Jesus Christ is my Lord and Saviour.
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