Friday, November 28, 2008

Crestor, Jupiter, CRP and Heart Attack Prevention

A quote from Dr Dach's news letter.

Only 4 short years ago, November 18, 2004, FDA Director of Drug Safety David Graham shook the pharmaceutical word with testimony to the senate finance committee in which he named Crestor as a "bad drug" that should be banned. Here is one of many news reports about Dr. Graham and Crestor:
Concern about drug safety doesn't stop with Vioxx by Rita Rubin, USA TODAY 11/22/2004 "Crestor. This cholesterol drug has drawn regulators' attention in Europe and Canada. At the Senate hearing, Graham said Crestor is the only statin drug that causes kidney failure. And, he said, it carries a higher risk of rhabdomyolysis than any other statin. Rhabdomyolysis is a potentially fatal muscle complication that benched another statin, Baycol, in 2001."
Please check out his well documented newsletter here and be sure to also check the links within the quote above!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Linus Pauling and heart disease

In an article titled "Heart Disease, Ascorbate, Lysine and Linus Pauling" by Jeffrey Dach MD he states:

"Linus Pauling was unquestionably the greatest scientist of the twentieth century. All of modern biochemistry and molecular biology chemistry is based on Linus Pauling's work, especially his discovery and elucidation of the chemical bond. Pauling is the only scientist to be awarded two unshared Nobel prizes.
Pauling's later years were devoted to heart disease, and in 1989 he published "A Unified Theory of Human Cardiovascular Disease," in which he states that atherosclerotic plaques in heart disease are actually part of a repair process, to repair the arterial damage caused by chronic vitamin C deficiency."
A very interesting article. Please read it here.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Bush wins (51%) - country divided. Obama wins (52%) - Country united. ...HUH?

As a follow-up to my last post "You gotta be kidding! Statins for 8-year olds" here is some other reactions to this whole mess.

An article titled "Is it for real? Cholesterol screening in toddlers and statins from elementary school age?" found at Junkfood Science.

TARA PARKER-POPE writes in the New York Times about this health issue in an article titled "8-Year-Olds on Statins? A New Plan Quickly Bites Back" and another titled "Palpitations Over a New Pill for Kids"

Sandy Szwarc also has a critical look at the JUPITER which if you have followed the press releases on it may get the idea it's "... dramatic, huge, spectacular and unprecedented and statins are the wonder drug of hope." Read her insite here.

And you've gotta read Michael Eades, M.D. titled Truth versus hype in the Jupiter study which makes a clear point by beginning with the following cartoon.

Now this cartoon has nothing to do with the Jupiter study - or does it? It's about how things are reported. Any similarity between the actual data and what is reported is purely accidental or more accurately non-existent.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

You gotta be kidding! Statins for 8-year olds

Yup! That's right.

"American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that children as young as eight be treated with cholesterol-lowering statin drugs." according to an article in NaturalNews.com

"But critics have questioned this logic, saying that there is not enough data to know if statins are safe or effective in children."

Drug Em!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

A Critical Look at Jupiter (Not the planet)

The following from Dr Dach's Blog:

' The Jupiter Study and associated editorial was published in the New England Journal of Medicine on November 9, 2008. Press releases and media hype followed.

The media reports suggested "that even healthy people would benefit from statin drugs." One CNN TV announcer even suggested that statins should be put into the water supply. '

Please go here and read the full article!

Or read Nutrition Data's blog on the same topic titled "Statins for Everyone!"