We are hearing more and more from health experts about harmful side effects of medications – certain painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs, statins. This article is being re-issued for a second time because there is more and more evidence that, among other serious side effects, statin-type cholersterol-lowering drugs, are associated with increased risk for type 2 diabetes and memory problems. Statins are one of the biggest swindles that pharmaceutical companies have created. They are being used widely in secondary prevention and even their effectiveness in primary prevention is being questioned.
UPDATE (7 July 2012):
An article published on 25 June 2012 in the Archives of Internal Medicine
concludes: Statin therapy is an effective intervention in the secondary prevention of cardiovascular events in both sexes, meaning, those who have already had a heart attack, but there is no benefit on stroke and all-cause mortality in women. Click here for full article
UPDATE (18 May 2012): On 16 May 2012, the Television Suisse Romande (RTS) showed a documentary on statins as part of its health program "36.9". Worldwide, pharmaceutical companies earn $30 billion per year from the sale of statins. AstraZeneca, producer of Crestor, is the 5th largest pharmaceutical company in the world, representing total net sales of $33 billion per year, 17% of which is earned from statins. Originally developed for a specific cholesterol problem, diagnosed family hypercholesterolemia, these drugs are prescribed to millions more persons in the world: 20% of Americans take statins and 10% of Swiss. Insurance companies in Switzerland are paying out some $160,000 million per year for statin prescriptions without questioning their effectiveness or serious side effects.