Why Statin Drugs Are an Epic Fail and on The List of Top 10 Most Dangerous Drugs
Cholesterol has been demonized and statin drugs (Zocor, Crestor, Lipitor, Baycol, Mevacor or Altocor, Pravachol, Lescol, Livalo) have been touted as miracle drugs for lowering cholesterol, yet as we’ve seen use of statins increase we’ve seen heart disease as well as diabetes increase. Obviously, something’s wrong with the theory that statins are beneficial.
Unfortunately, entrenched interests, pharmaceutical companies who hold the patents and manufacture statin drugs and doctors who profit from dispensing these drugs won’t let it go without a fight. There’s simply too much money riding on this false hypothesis that cholesterol is BAD and conversely statin drugs are good. Statin drugs are a multi-billion dollar business with the US accounting for about $20 billion of that profit per year.
We’ve been misled for so long about cholesterol. We’ve all heard the terms “good” and “bad” cholesterol but the truth is that there is one, and only one, type of cholesterol, but because it is insoluble it must have a carrier, thus high and low density lipoproteins. (HDL & LDL).
Cholesterol, a sterol, is actually critically important for survival. I remember almost 30 years ago, a cardiologist telling me that cholesterol that is too low is actually much more dangerous than one that is too high. Imagine that! He went on to explain that in order for our bodies to make cholesterol there had to be carbs in the picture for the chemical process. So, while both eggs and butter have been blamed for high cholesterol, it’s actually carbohydrates like bread that contribute to the problem. Since I am not only a nurse but majored in chemistry, and am a firm believer in a low carb lifestyle that made perfect sense.
Cholesterol is an essential structural component of cell membranes and serves as a precursor in the biosynthesis of steroid hormones, bile acids, and Vitamin D3. So, let’s take a leap here since Vitamin D3 deficiency seems to be in the news a lot and ask ourselves, “What if having cholesterol levels that are too low from being on a statin drug, actually cause that deficiency?”
Cholesterol is vitally important in brain and nerve function. Without it, you can’t form memories, so it’s no wonder that statins, which interfere with cholesterol formation, can harm memory. Cholesterol is required to form corticosteroid, testosterone, and estrogen. We need cholesterol, and interfering with it results in devastating health effects especially in older adults. Coincidentally as we’ve seen the use of statin drugs increase, we’ve also seen the incidence of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease increase.
If you value your health, you will ignore the warnings about high cholesterol levels. Unless you suffer from hypercholesterolemia, a congenital defect, the chances of having excess cholesterol are slim. In addition, in 2004, the American Heart Association (AHA) changed the threshold defining ‘high cholesterol’ although there was no evidence that doing so would change the incidence of heart disease. The updated guidelines, however, recommended levels of less than 100, or even less than 70 for patients at very high risk -- levels that often require multiple cholesterol-lowering drugs to achieve.
In 2006, a review in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that there is insufficient evidence to support the target numbers outlined by the panel. The authors of the review were unable to find research providing evidence that achieving a specific LDL target level was important in and of itself, and found that the studies attempting to do so suffered from major flaws. 
If you look at the MRFIT study [Multiple Risk Factor Intervention Trial] where they looked at 180,000 men over a period of 13 years (1973-80); men with cholesterol of 330 had less hemorrhagic stroke than men with cholesterol less than 180. If you look at cholesterol numbers, the higher cholesterol number would give you protection from hemorrhagic stroke. 
If you have a problem with lipoproteins, reducing cholesterol isn’t going to help, and taking statins, could do terrible things to your health. Just remember that cholesterol isn’t measured by blood tests. Lipoproteins (HDL and LDL) are, and they aren’t cholesterol; nor are triglycerides.
Did you know cholesterol lowering medications increase your risk for diabetes by 50%?
Probably not. Medications to control high cholesterol are BIG business. So, there are about 25 billion reasons you’re not being told the true risks.
That is why despite evidence determined by researchers at Harvard University that statin drugs increase the risk of diabetes in women over 45 by 50% they continues to be promoted and sold. The risk of diabetes is so profound that Eric Topol, a top cardiologist and professor of Genomics at Scripps Research Institute writes: “We’re overdosing on cholesterol-lowering statins and the result could be a sharp increase in the incidence of Type 2 diabetes.”
An increased risk of diabetes is only the tip of the iceberg. Statins have a long list of side effects: 
• Muscle aches, tenderness, or weakness (myalgia)
• Memory loss
• Difficulty sleeping
• Loss of appetite
• Weight gain
• Abdominal pain or cramping
• Bloating or gas
• Nausea or vomiting
• Liver failure
• Acute kidney failure
• In rare cases a potentially fatal condition called rhabdomyolysis, where muscles break down and cause kidney failure. One cholesterol lowering drug, Baycol, was linked to 50 deaths.
• Flushing of the skin
Statin drugs also diminish essential stores of Coenzyme Q10, a compound which is necessary for heart function. Statins inhibit the enzyme HMG CoA which is required for the production of Coenzyme Q10. The depletion of this enzyme leads to side effects such as fatigue and muscle pain. The irony is that we are giving people a drug to reduce cholesterol, which probably doesn’t even have that much to do with heart disease and, in fact, is necessary for brain function, and inhibiting formation of CoQ10 which is most necessary for a healthy heart.
Does administration of a cholesterol lowering drug that has so many negative side effects, actually increases diabetes, may lead to dementia, Alzheimer’s, liver and kidney failure, and depletes molecules essential for heart function really make sense?