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Chris Robinson
01-20-2009, 12:00 PM
My mother's doctor wants her to start taking statins. I know the consensus here is to avoid them, but I would like to give her some research/articles/etc. supporting that position. I've already sent her the link to Dr. Ravnskov's site, as well as the links to MOD's and Mark's Daily Apple's posts on their respective blogs regarding statins. Where else can I turn for more information and/or studies? I haven't talked about this with her too much yet, but she did mention that the Mayo Clinic seems to support statins and that they mentioned two large statin studies currently underway. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Craig Loizides
01-20-2009, 12:47 PM
Dr Eades has written a lot about statins.

http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/category/statins/

Mike ODonnell
01-20-2009, 03:28 PM
Weston Price
http://www.westonaprice.org/moderndiseases/statin.html
(also a load of info about cholesterol, meats, heart disease, etc)

Businessweek's article on statins
http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/08_04/b4068052092994.htm?chan=top+news_top+news+index_to p+story

So much out there....basically I would (not that I am a Dr nor does my advice replace professional medical opinions....sorry needed the FDA disclaimer there) avoid statins like the plague as they are overhyped and a marketing/money making gimick with severe side effects. Diet and lifestyle is just as effective and come with side effects like more money in your wallet, happiness, freedom from drugs and actually having more mental clarity (as my mom went on statins because her DR basically forced her...and then couldn't focus all day long...now she is off and has back her mental clarity. It's serious stuff.)

Chris Robinson
01-20-2009, 10:33 PM
So much out there....That's part of the problem. For someone with no medical background (such as myself), how am I to know which studies are accurate or which doctors to believe? You can seemingly find a study that supports almost any position, so how does one differentiate between quality and junk?

Mike ODonnell
01-21-2009, 06:12 AM
That's part of the problem. For someone with no medical background (such as myself), how am I to know which studies are accurate or which doctors to believe? You can seemingly find a study that supports almost any position, so how does one differentiate between quality and junk?

The businessweek one is pretty good, that and whatever Dr Eades has to say is usually right on.....after all he is a Dr and people listen to Drs. Most of those positions are not funded by anyone.....studies on statins are funded by drugs companies and have many Drs getting loads of kickbacks. All you can do is read everything and decide for yourself what is the right course of action.

Giving away the power of controlling your own health to some "authority" or "expert" is what has gotten us in all this mess in the first place. Time to take back full control.