Statins: The Most Profitable Drugs Ever Developed

Dr. Sears' Blog: Statins For Everyone?

We are led to believe that statins are the greatest drugs the pharmaceutical industry has ever developed. It is true that they are the most profitable drugs ever developed, but they only reduce cardiovascular mortality by about 20 percent compared to a placebo. This means that about 80 percent of the people taking statins to reduce elevated cholesterol will see no impact on their mortality from heart disease. Furthermore, nearly 50 percent of individuals who have heart attacks also have normal cholesterol levels. So much for the major marketing message sent to Americans that cholesterol causes heart disease.

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About Dr. Barry Sears

Dr. Barry Sears is a leading authority on the impact of the diet on hormonal response, genetic expression, and inflammation. A former research scientist at the Boston University School of Medicine and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Sears has dedicated his research efforts over the past 45 years to the study of lipids. He has published 40 scientific articles and holds 14 U.S. patents in the areas of intravenous drug delivery systems and hormonal regulation for the treatment of cardiovascular disease. He has also written 14 books, including the New York Times #1 best-seller, The Zone, which have sold more than 6 million copies in the U.S. and have been translated into 22 different languages.

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