I was recently looking through a presentation compiled by Dr. Paul J. Rosch, that he gave at a conference in Saudi Arabia in 2010. One of Dr. Rosch's presentation slides displays an image of The Atlantic front cover from September 1989.
This image reminded me how long the fight against cholesterol misinformation has been going on for. Thomas Moore, MD makes the statement on the front cover:
“Lowering your cholesterol is next to impossible with diet, and often dangerous with drugs – and it won't make you live any longer.”
In my mind, it is astonishing that we knew this at least 23 years ago, and around 5 years before the mass prescription of statins really took off. Yet we still had to go through (and are still going through) many years of unnecessary statin damage to millions of people. Not to mention the other costs to society and the incredible waste of resources that have been directed at cholesterol-lowering.
Here we are in 2013, with mountains of data available to us. Within all of this data, there is still no evidence whatsoever that cholesterol-lowering has benefited anyone's health. We now know that the situation is even worse, in that not only will we not live any longer as a result of cholesterol-lowering, but in fact, we are likely to die sooner with lower cholesterol levels.
Dr Moore's article had a decent amount of exposure. At the time that the article was printed The Atlantic had a circulation of around 450,000. But this of course, was still no match for the immense resources of the pharmaceutical industry. During more recent years these companies have spent hundreds of millions each year promoting the cholesterol myth.
These sad facts, unfortunately, say quite a lot about the current state of our society. Much of what we believe is simply what powerful corporations would like us to believe. This of course does not only apply to medicine and health, but also climate change, the monetary system, energy production, poverty, food supply, and many other aspects of our daily lives.
To see a video excerpt featuring Dr Rosch in STATIN NATION please click here
To see Dr Rosch's full presentation, "STRESS MORE IMPORTANT THAN LDL", and for more information about how stress can affect the heart click here