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Statins and cholesterol

Statins and cholesterol

A friend of mine a while back became quite concerned about cholesterol and began to research the whole problem. She said that most of the information that was being promoted about the matter she had found to be incorrect and that statins, she believed could at some time in the future prove to be a health hazard.

Since that time a couple of years have lapsed - this is what has currently been made available:

The following attachment is a short film that explains a little about why it might not be worth considering the use of statins. Plus a link which explains some of the health hazards linked to statins.

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I was put on statins a year ago. After a few weeks I noticed that my memory had declined badly. I would say to my wife we needed to go to the shop for x then on the way would ask where we were going? Went off them straight away.


How very frightening, Roscoe. It is worrying to think of millions of people who may have all kinds of reactions and simply not realise that they are connected to what has been hailed as a safe drug!


Here's link to British Heart Foundation and their posts re statins. also an article published last week in The Daily Express and a Daily Mail article from August, putting forward the argument of 'statins for everyone over 50'.


A couple more of the British links are here. It looks as though we may possibly here quite a lot more about Statins and Cholesterol over the coming months and years but as a friend always used to say to me " knowledge is power!" I think that this especially applies to us all here for we have so many health issues to take into account on our long and winding roads of trying our utmost to stay healthy.

**If others have any other information or links that they may wish to add then please do to keep us all informed.

I meant to add the following of Saga's take on statins and cholesterol in my original blog post.

The Saga link for statins:

An article in the Telegraph:

Just as an added point of interest, I recently was told about a very young man who never ate out at any of the burger/chicken/kebab/fish and chips, etc establishments. He had fresh salad, low fat, healthy foods every day and as luck would have it has developed high cholesterol which on the face of it simply doesn't add up. There have been several theories that have been floated about for quite a while now which imply that low fat diets that are followed over a period of years could pose problems with inflammation of the blood vessels and that cholesterol then attaches itself to the blood vessel walls. Cholesterol it is claimed by some will move through the blood vessels freely when a person is eating a normal diet and problems only occur when low fat food items are added into the diet. If this is so, then let us hope that more research is carried out and quite swiftly so that current health recommendations may be ammended.

For those interested in the low fat - cholesterol problem, please see links below:


Hi Lyncat

High cholesterol doesn't necessarily have anything to do with diet. People with inherited or familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH) have a lack of low-density lipoprotein receptors that remove cholesterol from the blood.

One of my fittest, leanest friends discovered his accidentally in a routine medical examination.


Hi Lynxcat

Here's a link to Dr Briffa's blog. Other adverse effects associated with statins are an increased risk of diabetes and cataracts.

This summary of research in Scientific American also suggests that it is carbohydrate which adversely affect the levels of cholesterol in the body and not fat.


Thanks for these links Penel - I found them really interesting - I wonder if on further information they may eventually find out that the carbohydrates are wheat, barley and rye? Can you imagine if that were so? ;)




You may be right about the carbohydrate. This link is about wheat, described as a poison by this doctor, not just because of gluten

He talks about huge improvements in health through giving up eating wheat, even if you aren't coeliac.


Who knows, all though we curse the fact that our bodies cannot cope with grains - it could (HOPEFULLY ..... and I mean this with optimism) be something positive on our side.

Thank you for this find - it is both interesting and quite fascinating. Did you see the video by Radhia Gleis? She mentions towards the end about the diseases of the Ancient Egyptians after they began to farm grains. I thought it was quite interesting.


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