Here is a doctor’s perspective on the pharmaceutical industry’s marketing of statin drugs.
Big Pharma’s money making scam with cholesterol drugs has conned hundreds of millions of people the world over, asserts Ron Rosedale, MD. The marketing success behind statin drugs is phenomenal.
Dr. Rosedale is an internationally renowned expert in nutrition and metabolic medicine and an anti-aging specialist.
I asked Dr. Rosedale, co-founder of the Colorado Center for Metabolic Medicine and an expert in diabetes, what high cholesterol really means, and why millions of people, including doctors, have been tricked by drug companies into taking (and prescribing) these potentially dangerous medications.
In fact, one statin drug, Baycol (recalled in 2001) is linked to over 30 deaths. And then there are the relentless side effects caused by statin drugs, not to mention their expense to people without medical insurance.
How did Big Pharma con the world into buying statin drugs to lower cholesterol?
Big Pharma is making tens of billions of dollars off of statin drugs and is making obscene profits under the guise that it is necessary for “research and development.”
However, the real research that they spend billions of dollars on is market research on how to make people believe that health equates with cholesterol levels, and this could not be further from the truth.
The truth is that lowering cholesterol into the range that is being recommended, which is essentially as low as possible, increases mortality and causes more harm than good.
Why do doctors go along with this money making scam?
I don’t believe that most doctors are unscrupulous; they just blindly do what they’re told.
Most don’t have the time to research, or care to think for themselves. Medical education is also, for the most part, financed by the pharmaceutical industry.
Almost three-quarters of all studies published in medical journals are financed by the pharmaceutical industry, and they are not required to publish negative results.
They undertake studies, not to uncover some ultimate truth, but really as part of their marketing effort.
They can do as many studies as necessary until finally, if for no other reason than chance, one will help the marketing effort (to physicians and the public alike); the others get trashed.
What does high cholesterol mean?
All life is made up of other tiny lives called cells. All cells require a cell membrane to distinguish them from their environment. You cannot make a cell membrane without cholesterol.
Your liver manufactures cholesterol so that it will be available to make new cells to replace damaged or old worn-out cells (and as the precursor to all steroid hormones, including the sex hormones testosterone, estrogen, cortisol, and many others).
Cholesterol is a fatty waxy substance that does not mix with the watery environment of blood, and therefore it must be shuttled to and from tissues that require it by water-soluble transport vesicles called LDL and HDL.
These are really proteins (lipoproteins) that shuttle cholesterol and other fats. They are necessary for life; they are not trying to kill you.
If your LDL is elevated, it means your liver is transporting that elevated cholesterol to the tissues that require it. The question then becomes why are tissues requiring lots of cholesterol.
Certainly one answer is that many cells need to be replaced, likely from considerable damage that is occurring.
That damage could be from “glycation” from sugar molecules combining with the lining of arteries, from high ferritin that stores iron, causing excessive ”rusting“ of tissues including arteries, elevated homocysteine, oxidation of omega-6 fatty acids found in vegetable oils, and many other factors that can cause damage.
Doesn’t LDL cholesterol build up and cause clogged arteries?
As indicated earlier, LDL is there to save your life. However, the size of the LDL particles are variable and are affected by a number of factors.
Perhaps the most important of these factors are insulin and leptin levels that determine the size of LDL particles. If LDL particles are small, they can get stuck in the so-called “gap junctions” between the cells that line the arteries.
There, they can turn rancid and increase inflammation, causing damage that ultimately we call plaque.
What one really has to do is make sure LDL particles are the proper large size, and this is largely determined by the previously mentioned hormones, which are controlled by diet. No drugs or surgery involved, and therefore, no marketing to tell people this.
Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer.