All about cholesterol and statins – a collection.

Dr. Weeks Comment:   knowledge serves better if titrated out in bite sized servings so here following are a collection of informative articles for you to read and copy and share with your doctor.

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A Review of the Scientific Literature regarding Cholesterol and Statin drugs.

These articles are posted at www.weeksmd.com and by clicking the highlighted, blue underlined titles, you will we able to read the entire article referenced.

 

 

 

WHAT IS DANGEROUS ABOUT CHOLESTEROL ANYWAYS?

 

Who sets the safe level of Cholesterol anyways?

Posted by Brad Weeks, MD on June 7, 2008

Cholesterol Guidelines Fraught With Massive Conflict of Interest The government received new cholesterol guidelines from an influential medical group of doctors. However, it was discovered that eight of these nine doctors have been making money from the companies of the cholesterol-lowering drugs they have been pushing upon millions of Americans. Ironically enough it was revealed […]

The International Cholesterol Skeptics see www.thincs.org

Posted by Brad Weeks, MD on January 24, 2008

DR. WEEKS’ COMMENT: THANKS TO CHARLES MCGEE, M.D. (WWW.CHEEENERGY.COM) FOR INTRODUCING ME TO THIS GREAT GROUP OF SCIENTISTS WWW.THINCS.ORG – ENJOY THE LIVELY DISCUSSION! CHOLESTEROL SKEPTICS AND THE BAD NEWS ABOUT STATIN DRUGS By Maryann Napoli (June 2003) The cholesterol skeptics were there. So were the physicians who challenge the safety and necessity of cholesterol-lowering […]

High cholesterol is good for you????

Posted by Brad Weeks, MD on September 23, 2010 | Edit

High levels of cholesterol said better for longevity ` September 16, 2010 By Masanori Tonegawa ` The Japan Society for Lipid Nutrition has drawn up new guidelines stating that high cholesterol levels are better for living longer, defying conventional wisdom. There are two kinds of cholesterol — low-density lipoprotein (LDL) that is considered “bad,” and […]

Cholesterol – Good? Bad? Not simplistic.

Posted by Brad Weeks, MD on January 18, 2010 | Edit

Dr.  Weeks’ Comment:   Cholesterol is not a simple matter.  The bad stuff is called “bad” simply because it shuttles from liver to the veins/arteries  and the good stuff is called “good” simply because it shuttles things from arteries/veins to the liver.  Such simple reasoning is irresponsible but contributes to a multi-billion dollar business – cholesterol […]

What happens to plaque when I lower cholesterol?

Posted by Brad Weeks, MD on December 13, 2007

Lowering Cholesterol May Not Reduce Arterial Plaque   Lowering your “bad” (LDL) cholesterol with statin drugs may not reduce the rate at which plaque builds up in the arteries surrounding the heart, according to a study. Researchers concluded that the commonly held belief that lower cholesterol is better does not extend to the reversal […]

 

 

ARE STATIN DRUGS HELPFUL?

Statins – are they worth it?

Posted by Brad Weeks, MD on December 11, 2007

Crestor and Other Statins: Are They Really Worth the Risk? By Dr. Joseph Mercola with Rachael Droege With at least 12 million Americans taking cholesterol-lowering drugs, mostly statins, and experts’ recommendations that another 23 million should be taking them, it’s no wonder that the drug companies are scrambling to get their piece of the pie […]

The truth about cholesterol lowering drugs

Posted by Brad Weeks, MD on June 7, 2008

The Truth About Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs (Statins), Cholesterol, and Health Other than Baycol, the “statins” that are currently available in the US are: Lipitor (atorvastatin) – Pfizer Zocor (simvastatin) – Merck Pravachol (pravastatin) – Bristol-Myers Squibb Lescol (fluvastatin) – Novartis Mevacor (lovastatin) – Merck Click on the individual drug names above to view their prescribing information, […]

The Real Scoop about Cholesterol Lowering Drugs

Posted by Brad Weeks, MD on December 13, 2007

The Truth About Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs (Statins), Cholesterol and Health With at least 12 million Americans taking cholesterol-lowering drugs, mostly statins, and experts’ recommendations that another 23 million should be taking them, it’s important to remain educated on this issue, the primary one being that they’re linked to many, many dangerous side effects. Statins currently available […]

Cholesterol Drug Has No Benefit in Trial, Makers Say

Posted by Brad Weeks, MD on January 14, 2008

By ALEX BERENSON Published: January 14, 2008   in the New York Times A clinical trial of Zetia, a cholesterol-lowering drug prescribed to about 1 million people a week, failed to show that the drug has any medical benefits, Merck and Schering-Plough said on Monday. The results will add to the growing concern over Zetia and […]

Lipitor – no better than other drugs

Posted by Brad Weeks, MD on June 7, 2008

Lipitor No Better Than Other Cholesterol Drugs According to a German study, Lipitor, Pfizer’s cholesterol-lowering statin drug and the best-selling drug in the world, is no more effective than similar cholesterol drugs, and in some cases may have worse side effects. Controversy Follows New Price Guidelines The study demonstrating this stems from a controversy in Germany […]

 

Lipitor in the doghouse- BusinessWeek is not impressed

Posted by Brad Weeks, MD on January 24, 2008

DR. WEEKS’  COMMENTS: THE STATIN DRUG HOUSE OF CARDS IS TUMBLING DOWN. EVEN BUSINESSWEEK MAGAZINE IS UPSET WITH THE DIS-INFORMATION. January 17, 2008, 10:00AM EST Do Cholesterol Drugs Do Any Good? Research suggests that, except among high-risk heart patients, the benefits of statins such as Lipitor are overstated   By John Carey January 28, 2008 […]

Lipitor Ads do the R/B assessment

Posted by Brad Weeks, MD on December 12, 2007

The R/B assessment is the “risk/benefit” assessment and the cardiologists tell me that approximately 30 people need to take a statin in order for one heart attack to be prevented…. Otherwise stated: you have to give a statin to 30 people to get one of then to benefit. The other 29 would not benefit. Read […]

WHAT ARE THE  DANGERS OF STATIN DRUGS?

Statin drugs and memory loss

Posted by Brad Weeks, MD on June 12, 2008

Duane Graveline MD MPH Former USAF Flight Surgeon Former NASA Astronaut Retired Family Doctor Lipitor® Thief of Memory My personal introduction to the incredible world of transient global amnesia (TGA) occurred six weeks after Lipitor was started during my annual astronaut physical at Johnson Space Center. My cholesterol had been trending upwards for several years. […]

Wall Street Journal – memory loss and statin drugs

Posted by Brad Weeks, MD on February 13, 2008

Can a Drug That Helps Hearts Be Harmful to the Brain? February 12, 2008; Page D1 Cognitive side effects like memory loss and fuzzy thinking aren’t listed on the patient information sheet for Lipitor, the popular cholesterol-lowering drug. But some doctors are voicing concerns that in a small portion of patients, statins like Lipitor may be helping […]

The Dangers of Statin Drugs – Fallon

Posted by Brad Weeks, MD on December 12, 2007

Dangers of Statin Drugs: What You Haven’t Been Told About Popular Cholesterol-Lowering Medicines By Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig, PhD Hypercholesterolemia is the health issue of the 21st century. It is actually an invented disease, a “problem” that emerged when health professionals learned how to measure cholesterol levels in the blood. High cholesterol exhibits […]

The Truth about Crestor

Posted by Brad Weeks, MD on December 12, 2007

The Truth About Crestor: Is Crestor Dangerous And, if so, Why? By Jay S. Cohen, M.D. From the MedicationSense E-Newsletter What is Crestor and What is the Problem? Crestor is the newest statin and the strongest statin yet. Statins are the highly touted drugs for reducing cholesterol. Studies clearly show that statins improve cholesterol numbers […]

Statins block synthesis of Co Q 10

Posted by Brad Weeks, MD on August 12, 2009

Dr Weeks Comment: if you take statins, take Co Q 10 FDA Public Health Advisory on the Statin Drug Crestor (rosuvastatin) The following information was published by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, (FDA) on March 2, 2005 Astra-Zeneca Pharmaceuticals today released a revised package insert for Crestor (rosuvastatin). The changes to the label include […]

The Patent for Statin drugs INCLUDED Co Q 10 (so take CoQ 10 with your statin)

Posted by Brad Weeks, MD on August 12, 2009

Side Effects of Lipitor®, Zocor® and Other Statin Drugs [Statin Drug Overview | CoQ10 Use in Conjunction with Statin Drugs] [Drug Patents Explain CoQ10 Supplementation | Recommendation] [Other Side Effects of Statin Drugs | Label Warnings for Select Statin Drugs] [Possible Interactions With Other Medicines | References]Side Effects of Lipitor®, Zocor® and Other Statin Drugs […]

Warning about statin use without using Co Q 10.

Posted by Brad Weeks, MD on August 12, 2009

Public Must Be Warned of Statin Drug Dangers Julian Whitaker, MD For years I’ve been voicing my concerns about the dangers of the popular cholesterol-lowering drugs Lipitor, Mevacor, Zocor, Pravachol, Lescol, and Baycol (which was recently taken off the market). These drugs block the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase in the liver, which shuts down the liver’s […]

Side Effects of Lipitor®, Zocor® and Other Statin Drugs

Posted by Brad Weeks, MD on August 12, 2009

Side Effects of Lipitor®, Zocor® and Other Statin Drugs   [Statin Drug Overview | CoQ10 Use in Conjunction with Statin Drugs] [Drug Patents Explain CoQ10 Supplementation | Recommendation] [Other Side Effects of Statin Drugs | Label Warnings for Select Statin Drugs] [Possible Interactions With Other Medicines | References]Side Effects of Lipitor®, Zocor® […]

Are cholesterol-Lowering Drugs hurting Your Heart?

Posted by Brad Weeks, MD on August 12, 2009

Are cholesterol-Lowering Drugs hurting Your Heart? High cholesterol is a health challenge facing many Americans. Statistically, as many as 99.5 million people in America have high cholesterol (hypercholes­terolemia). This condition is a major risk factor for the development and progression of cardiovascular disease- As such, high cholesterol levels in the body can lead to arterial […]

 

More bad news for Statin drugs

Posted by Brad Weeks, MD on July 19, 2010

New Study Implicates Statins in Heart Failure. Anthony Colpo, November 30, 2004. Since the early nineties–several years after statin drugs were introduced in 1987–the incidence of congestive heart failure (CHF) has risen sharply. CHF, in fact, is the fastest growing cardiovascular disorder in the United States(1). Each year, around 400,000 new cases of CHF are […]

Vytorin being criticized

Posted by Brad Weeks, MD on January 28, 2008

What That Cholesterol Trial Didn’t Show  By TARA PARKER-POPE function getSharePasskey() { return ‘ex=1358744400&en=0df58020c325b2e5&ei=5124′;} function getShareURL() { return encodeURIComponent(‘http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/22/health/22well.html’); } function getShareHeadline() { return encodeURIComponent(‘What That Cholesterol Trial Didn’t Show’); } function getShareDescription() { return encodeURIComponent(‘The cholesterol drug Vytorin is now getting attention that is anything but funny.’); } function getShareKeywords() { return encodeURIComponent(‘Zetia (Drug),Cholesterol,Medicine […]

Statins no benefit with Alzheimers

Posted by Brad Weeks, MD on January 25, 2008

From Times wire reports January 21, 2008 Statins fail to affect Alzheimer’s Cholesterol drugs, such as Pfizer’s Lipitor, don’t prevent Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study of 929 Catholic clergy. Using the cholesterol pills at any time during the 12-year study didn’t have any effect on changes in memory or cognitive function associated with the [..]

NEJM – former editor – criticizes Big Pharma (belatedly)

Posted by Brad Weeks, MD on May 3, 2009

The Truth About the Drug Companies By Marcia Angell, M.D. 10-Page Summary Exposes a Major Health Cover-up For a two-page summary of the health cover-up, click here “The combined profits for the ten drug companies in the Fortune 500 ($35.9 billion) were more than the profits for all the other 490 businesses put together ($33.7 […]

Concern about Statin Drugs (great references)

Posted by Brad Weeks, MD on January 21, 2008

The Truth About Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs (Statins), Cholesterol, and Health Other than Baycol, the “statins” that are currently available in the US are: Lipitor (atorvastatin) – Pfizer Zocor (simvastatin) – Merck Pravachol (pravastatin) – Bristol-Myers Squibb Lescol (fluvastatin) – Novartis Mevacor (lovastatin) – Merck Click on the individual drug names above to view their prescribing information, […]

Is it OK to withhold this information?

Posted by Brad Weeks, MD on December 21, 2007

Data About Zetia Risks Was Not Fully Revealed function getSharePasskey() { return ‘ex=1355979600&en=b90081f1753e5c4e&ei=5124′;} function getShareURL() { return encodeURIComponent(‘http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/21/business/21drug.html’); } function getShareHeadline() { return encodeURIComponent(‘Data About Zetia Risks Was Not Fully Revealed’); } function getShareDescription() { return encodeURIComponent(‘New evidence shows that drug makers Merck and Schering-Plough never published several studies that raised questions about a cholesterol […]

When a new drug hits the market….

Posted by Brad Weeks, MD on December 17, 2007

When I was in medical school, wise old Dr. George Wolf told me, tongue in cheek: `”Brad, remember, when a new drug hits the market, use as much of it as you can…. while it is still available!” Of course he was referring to the alarming track recotrd of FDA approved drug being rushed to […]

 

 

ARE THERE BETTER  AND SAFER OPTIONS TO STATIN DRUGS?

Niacin beats statin drug – head to head. Cheaper and more effective and safer!

Posted by Brad Weeks, MD on November 16, 2009

Dr. Weeks’ Comment: Watch out America. The FDA is about to take away your niacin.  This vitamin B3, famous for its “flush” was  championed by Dr. Abram Hoffer, M.D. Ph.D.   1917-2009 in the treatment of people suffering with hallucinations and delusions (adrenochrome toxicity treated with niacin) and also in the treatment of vascular diseases (heart […]

An old cholesterol remedy is new again.

Posted by Brad Weeks, MD on June 3, 2008

“It’s a mystery to me. But if you’re a drug company, I guess you can’t make money on a vitamin.” By MICHAEL MASON Published: January 23, 2007     An Old Cholesterol Remedy Is New Again   Perhaps you heard it? The wail last month from the labs of heart researchers and the offices of […]

Chocolate and Niacin both raise good cholesterol!

Posted by Brad Weeks, MD on February 24, 2011 | Edit

Cacao Polyphenols Influence the Regulation of Apolipoprotein in HepG2 and Caco2 Cells ` Akiko Yasuda, Midori Natsume*, Naomi Osakabe, Keiko Kawahata, and Jinichiro Koga J. Agric. Food Chem., 2011, 59 (4), pp 1470–1476 Publication Date (Web): January 12, 2011 midori_natsume@meiji.co.jp. ` Abstract Cocoa powder is rich in polyphenols, such as catechins and procyanidins, and has […]

Prudence recommended

Posted by Brad Weeks, MD on July 12, 2009

Dr. Weeks Comment:  As my mentor  Dr.  George Wolf taught me:  “When a new drug hits the market, use as much of it as you can, while is it still available……”   meaning:  never use the new drug because the FDA approves them carelessly and I don’t recommend experimenting with my patients since too many […]

A drug company would NOT have funded this study

Posted by Brad Weeks, MD on November 11, 2010 | Edit

Dr. Weeks’ Comment:   High cholesterol has been the boogie man, a convenient multi-billion dollar boogie man and our war against cholesterol has lined many pockets – despite its fallacies. See http://weeksmd.com/?p=4249 and http://weeksmd.com/?p=3749 for more data  and bear the following in mind the next time someone tries to lower your cholesterol.  Also  search www.weeksmd.com and […]

BIG PHARMA:   “I am not Mother Theresa”

A Grim Day for Big Pharma

Posted by Brad Weeks, MD on December 13, 2007

2003: GlaxoSmithKline shareholders questioned GSK CEO, Jean-Pierre Garnier, about his pay package to which he responded: “I am not Mother Teresa.”     GlaxoSmithKline also ran afoul of the IRS — it is facing a demand for $7.8 billion in backdated taxes and interest. 2003: GSK signed a corporate integrity agreement and paid $88 million in […]

 

Going, going, going …. off patent.

Posted by Brad Weeks, MD on December 17, 2007

Big Pharma Faces Grim Prognosis Industry Fails to Find New Drugs to Replace Wonders Like Lipitor By BARBARA MARTINEZ and JACOB GOLDSTEIN December 6, 2007; Page A1 Over the next few years, the pharmaceutical business will hit a wall. Some of the top-selling drugs in industry history will become history as patent protections expire, allowing […]

Who defines “normal” cholesterol range?

Posted by Brad Weeks, MD on January 21, 2008

Cholesterol Guidelines:   Fraught With Massive Conflict of Interest     The government received new cholesterol guidelines from an influential medical group of doctors. However, it was discovered that eight of these nine doctors have been making money from the companies of the cholesterol-lowering drugs they have been pushing upon millions of Americans. Ironically enough it […]

Great work if you can get it…

Posted by Brad Weeks, MD on December 10, 2007

Hundreds of NIH Scientists Accept Drug Companies’ Money The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seen by many Americans as a group of neutral government experts who set out to provide the public with honest, reliable, unbiased health information. And as the group is supported by taxpayers at a cost of $28 billion a year, […]

Cholesterol Conflicts of Interest!

Posted by Brad Weeks, MD on December 10, 2007

Cholesterol Guidelines not Reality Based… The government received new cholesterol guidelines from an influential medical group of doctors. However, it was discovered that eight of these nine doctors have been making money from the companies of the cholesterol-lowering drugs they have been pushing upon millions of Americans. Ironically enough it was revealed that: Two of […]

FDA – more shame on them

Posted by Brad Weeks, MD on January 8, 2010 | Edit

Dr. Weeks’ Comment:      Wow.…  image the money trail. – FDA approves Crestor for people who have no health problem to correct – by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor – (NaturalNews) Big Pharma has been trending this direction for a long time: marketing medicines to people who don’t need them and who have nothing […]

 

 

 

YOUR REWARD FOR READING ALL THIS!~

 

Great joke and happy ending

Posted by Brad Weeks, MD on January 19, 2010

Dr. Weeks’ Comment:   First the joke: – An old fellow, gray haired, sore jointed,  hearing aids turned up, comes to get his medication at the pharmacy.  The pharmacist takes the script,  processes it  and the young pharmacist tech comes and tells the old patient:  “That will be $80. 24 cents please.” – So the old […]

 

Test and then treat.

Posted by Brad Weeks, MD on April 30, 2010 | Edit

Dr. Weeks’ Comment:    Please, please, please do not settle for the standard of care:  a good and bad cholesterol  for heart disease (ignoring the cardiac specific C-Reactive protein, the fibrinogen, the lipoprotein (a) and the homocysterine.   Or don’t allow your doctor to evaluate your thyroid function using only the TSH test (ignoring the free and […]

 

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