What you deserve to know about statins

In 2012-2013 there were 221 million statin drug prescriptions[1] written in the U.S., at a cost of $16.9 Billion. If you were among those given a statin prescription, I’ll bet you weren’t told what they can do to harm you. Unfortunately, few doctors take the time to learn this. It’s about time to get this information to your doctor.

Why statins (Lipitor, Crestor, Zocor, etc.) are routinely prescribed by doctors

The cholesterol-lowering drugs atorvastatin (Lipitor), rosuvastatin (Crestor), pravastatin (Pravachol), simvastatin (Zocor), lovastatin (Altoprev), and pitavastatin (Livalo) are known to lower your LDL-Cholesterol levels and have an “anti-inflammatory” effect on coronary artery endothelium (inside lining). This is all that pharmaceutical companies want you to know and remember—and all most doctors remember, so they liberally prescribe them.

Moreover, doctors feel secure in prescribing any medicine that has been shown by randomized placebo-controlled clinical studies to be effective. The statin drug manufacturers know this and successfully established their studies showing benefits of statins to lower LDL-cholesterol and reducing cardiovascular disease risk.

Beatrice Golomb, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine and director of UC San Diego’s Statin Study group[2] has looked deeply into these studies. In fact, she tells us that essentially all the studies in favor of statins were indeed funded by these