Getting Off Statin Drug Stories by Jeffrey Dach MD

Getting Off Statin Drug StoriesGetting Off Statin Drug Stories

by Jeffrey Dach MD

Case Number One, Martha

Martha is 55 years old, healthy and no history of heart disease.  Nonetheless, Martha has been taking a statin drug for “high cholesterol” under the care of “the top cardiologist” in South Florida for the past five years.  Martha has also been under my care taking a bioidentical hormone program for menopausal symptoms, and doing very well.  Every six months, we run a lab panel which always shows  low cholesterol of 170, courtesy of her statin anti-cholesterol drug. Header image courtesy of wikimedia commons.

Left Image: courtFat and Cholesterol Are Good For You by Uffe Ravnskovesy of Uffe Ravnskov, MD Fat and Cholesterol are Good for You.Book Cover

Just Ask Judith Walsh MD in JAMA

And, every time Martha comes into the office to review her lab results, I print out a 2004 JAMA article by Judith Walsh, MD who reviewed thirteen statin drug clinical trials from 1966 to 2003.(1)  Dr. Judth Walsh concludes that cholesterol lowering drugs provide no health benefit for women.  I give her this article and, at the same time, explain to her that no woman should be on a statin drug.  Lowering cholesterol with a statin drug has no health benefit for women, that’s a fact, and public information readily available.

Playing Games With Statins

Every six months I recommend to Martha stopping the statin drug, and every six month, her cardiologist puts her back on the statin drug.  This has been going on for three years now.

Finally Success At Convincing Martha to Stop the Statin Drug

Finally this last time, Martha seems more receptive to idea that the statin drug is harming her and not helping her.  She is sitting in my office recounting multiple health problems for which she sees numerous doctors: back pain, asthma, sinus infections, skin problems, and allergies.  I suggested to Martha the possibility that many of her health problems are  caused by the low cholesterol from the statin drug.  Martha finally sees the light, goes home and tosses the bottle of pills into the garbage can.

Feeling Better

About a week later, Martha called me and reported, “I feel so much better off that statin drug, thank you so much! “.  Apparently, the statin drug was causing adverse health effects, and Martha was now feeling much better.

Believing in the Propaganda

This case illustrates the difficulty in convincing patients to stop their statin drug.  It is difficult to counter the drug company propaganda, and convince these patients they are harming their health with the statin drugs. Many continue to believe in the myth that cholesterol causes heart disease, and they go on to become statin drug medical victims.  I see them every day.  When we have a success like Martha who finally gets off her statin drug, this is a cause for celebration.

Ignore the AwkwardLeft Image: Ignore the Awkward.: How the Cholesterol Myths Are Kept Aliveby Uffe Ravnskov MD

Case Number Two – Roger

Roger is a seventy one year old retired executive, and an avid tennis player.  He has no history of coronary artery disease and has always been healthy. Two years ago, his cardiologist said his cholesterol of 210 was “too high”, and prescribed a statin anti-cholesterol drug.  A year later, Roger’s tennis game deteriorated, he found his timing and balance was off, and he lost every game to players who could never beat him before.

Adverse Effects of the Statin Drug

I suggested to Roger that the decline in his tennis game was most likely an adverse effect of the statin drug on his muscle and nerve function.  He was losing his balance and coordination.  I recommended stopping the statin anti-cholesterol drug.  At first, Roger resisted and said his wife wanted him to take the statin drug because she thought it was “good medical care”, and she (mistakenly) believed that a lower cholesterol was somehow preventive of heart disease.

How to Counter the Propaganda: A Book For You

In order to counter the drug company cholesterol propaganda, I gave Roger a copy of the book, Fat and Cholesterol are Good for YouFat and Cholesterol Are Good For You , by Uffe Ravnskov MD PhD. This book reviews the medical studies which supposedly show that cholesterol is the cause of heart disease, and reveals that they do no such thing. This is a medical myth.  Neither cholesterol consumption nor cholesterol blood levels cause heart disease.  Similarly, many medical studies demonstrate that anti-cholesterol drugs work very well to reduce blood cholesterol levels, however, this treatment does not prolong life and makes most people sick with adverse side effects.

Roger was amazed and his eyes practically popped out out of his head when he “saw the light”.  The statin drugs were turning him another medical victim.  Once Roger learned the truth about the “cholesterol causes heart disease” myth,  he took his statin drug bottle and threw it into the garbage can.  Two weeks later, off the statin drug,  Roger was back to his old self, prancing about the tennis court like a gazelle, and winning every game with ease.

The Cholesterol MythsAre You Still a Believer in Anti-Cholesterol Drugs?

If you are still a believer in Statin Drugs, take a look at this primary prevention study published July 2010 in the Archives of Internal Medicine by Dr. Ray.(3)  He reviewed 11 statin drug clinical trials with 65,229 participants followed for approximately 244,000 person-years.  The astounding results showed the statin drug group all-cause mortality was THE SAME as the placebo group ! (3)  There was no benefit from the statin drugs !!!  This article was published in the mainstream medical literature !!  Left Image : The Cholesterol Myths: Exposing the Fallacy that Saturated Fat and Cholesterol Cause Heart Disease by Uffe Ravnskov MDBook Cover

Heart Attack Victims Have Low Cholesterol

If cholesterol was truly the cause of heart attacks, then one would expect heart attack victims to reveal the high cholesterol causing their heart attack.  They found the opposite.  Heart attack victims have low cholesterol.  A study  analyzed 137,000 heart attack patients from 541 US hospitals and found mean cholesterol was only 174.  This is low, not high. (4)

Henry Ford Hospital

In addition, if high cholesterol was truly the cause of heart attacks, one would expect heart attack victims with the highest cholesterol to have the worst prognosis, and lowest cholesterol to have the best prognosis.  They don’t.  A study from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit showed that three years after a heart attack, the patients with lowest cholesterol had the highest mortality (14% vs. 7 %) (5).

Falsifying the Cholesterol Theory of Heart Disease

Cholesterol_01Current accepted dogma proposes cholesterol as the cause of atherosclerotic plaque, and therefore, reduction of serum cholesterol with a statin drug should prevent coronary artery disease. Quite to the contrary, the cholesterol theory has been falsified. According to Dr. William R Ware, there is no correlation between serum cholesterol and the amount of atherosclerotic plaque when reviewing either autopsy studies or coronary calcium score studies.(6-8)  Left image: Chemical Structure of Cholesterol courtesy of wikimedia commons.

The lack of relationship between serum cholesterol and calcium score was reported by Dr. Hecht:

”There were no significant differences in the calcium scores throughout the entire range of all lipid parameters; calcium percentiles were virtually identical within lipid value subgroups.”(6-8) 

A dozen studies show low cholesterol in the elderly is a marker for increased mortality, not improved survival. Also, in selected medical conditions such as congestive heart failure, haemodialysis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), as in the elderly, higher cholesterol is associated with improved survival, and lower cholesterol with increased mortality.(6-8)


The cholesterol theory of heart disease is a myth maintained by drug company propaganda to support massive profits from cholesterol lowering drugs.  These drugs provide no health benefit in terms of prolonging life, and at the same time produce harm from adverse side effects.  Avoid becoming a victim of the statin drug propaganda machine.

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Links and References

JAMA. 2004;291(18):2243-2252. Drug Treatment of Hyperlipidemia in Women
Judith M. E. Walsh, MD, MPH; Michael Pignone, MD, MPH

(2) Fat and Cholesterol are Good for You, Uffe Ravnskov GB Publishing (January 26, 2009)

Statins and All-Cause Mortality in High-Risk Primary Prevention A Meta-analysis of 11 Randomized Controlled Trials Involving 65 229 Participants. Kausik K. Ray, MD, MPhil, FACC, FESC; Sreenivasa Rao Kondapally Seshasai, MD, MPhil; Sebhat Erqou, MD, MPhil, PhD; Peter Sever, PhD, FRCP, FESC; J. Wouter Jukema, MD, PhD; Ian Ford, PhD; Naveed Sattar, FRCPath. Arch Intern Med. 2010;170(12):1024-1031.

Background  Statins have been shown to reduce the risk of all-cause mortality among individuals with clinical history of coronary heart disease. However, it remains uncertain whether statins have similar mortality benefit in a high-risk primary prevention setting. Notably, all systematic reviews to date included trials that in part incorporated participants with prior cardiovascular disease (CVD) at baseline. Our objective was to reliably determine if statin therapy reduces all-cause mortality among intermediate to high-risk individuals without a history of CVD.

Data Sources  Trials were identified through computerized literature searches of MEDLINE and Cochrane databases (January 1970-May 2009) using terms related to statins, clinical trials, and cardiovascular end points and through bibliographies of retrieved studies.

Study Selection  Prospective, randomized controlled trials of statin therapy performed in individuals free from CVD at baseline and that reported details, or could supply data, on all-cause mortality.

Data Extraction  Relevant data including the number of patients randomized, mean duration of follow-up, and the number of incident deaths were obtained from the principal publication or by correspondence with the investigators.

Data Synthesis  Data were combined from 11 studies and effect estimates were pooled using a random-effects model meta-analysis, with heterogeneity assessed with the I2 statistic. Data were available on 65 229 participants followed for approximately 244 000 person-years, during which 2793 deaths occurred.

The use of statins in this high-risk primary prevention setting was not associated with a statistically significant reduction (risk ratio, 0.91; 95% confidence interval, 0.83-1.01) in the risk of all-cause mortality. There was no statistical evidence of heterogeneity among studies (I2 = 23%; 95% confidence interval, 0%-61% [P = .23]).

Conclusion  This literature-based meta-analysis did not find evidence for the benefit of statin therapy on all-cause mortality in a high-risk primary prevention set-up.

AHJ Volume 157, Issue 1, Pages 111-117.e2 (January 2009)
Lipid levels in patients hospitalized with coronary artery disease: An analysis of 136,905 hospitalizations in Get With The Guidelines. Amit Sachdeva, MDa, Christopher P. Cannon, MDb, Prakash C. Deedwania, MDc, Kenneth A. LaBresh, MDd, Sidney C. Smith Jr, MDe, David Dai, MSf, Adrian Hernandez, MDf, Gregg C. Fonarow, MDa, on behalf of the GWTG Steering Committee and Hospitals

Cardiol J. 2009;16(3):227-33. Low admission LDL-cholesterol is associated with increased 3-year all-cause mortality in patients with non ST segment elevation myocardial infarction. Al-Mallah MH, Hatahet H, Cavalcante JL, Khanal S.

BACKGROUND: The relationship between admission low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels and long-term outcomes has not been established in patients with acute coronary syndrome. We tested the hypothesis that patients who develop non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) despite low LDL have a worse cardiovascular outcome in the long term.

METHODS: Patients admitted with NSTEMI between 1 January 1997 and 31 December 2000 and with fasting lipid profiles measured within 24 hours of admission were selected for analysis. Baseline characteristics and 3-year all-cause mortality were compared between the patients with LDL above and below the median. Multivariate analysis was used to determine the predictors of all-cause mortality, and adjusted survival was analyzed using the Cox proportional hazard model.

RESULTS: Of the total of 517 patients, 264 had LDL <or= 105  and 253 had LDL > 105 mg/dL. There was no difference in age, gender, severity of coronary artery disease, and left ventricular ejection fraction between the 2 groups. Thirty-six percent of patients with LDL <or= 105=”” and =”” 24%=”” of=”” patients=”” with=”” ldl=””> 105 mg/dL were on lipid-lowering therapy on admission.

After 3 years, patients with admission LDL <or= 105 mg/dL had higher all-cause mortality rate compared to patients with LDL > 105 mg/dL (14.8% vs. 7.1%, p = 0.005). The higher all-cause mortality persisted (OR 1.8, 95% CI 1.0-3.5, p = 0.05) even after adjustment for confounding variables.

CONCLUSIONS: In our cohort, lower LDL-cholesterol at admission was associated with decreased 3-year survival in patients with NSTEMI.

6) Ware WR. The mainstream hypothesis that LDL cholesterol drives atherosclerosis may have been falsified by non-invasive imaging of coronary artery plaque burden and progression. Med Hypotheses. 2009;73(4):596-600. cholesterol atherosclerosis falsified coronary artery plaque Ware Medical Hypotheses 2009

7) Hecht HS, Superko HR, Smith LK, McColgan BP. Relation of coronary artery calcium identified by electron beam tomography to serum lipoprotein levels and implications for treatment. Am J Cardiol. 2001;87(4):406-12.

8) Sandek A., Utchill S, Rauchhaus M. The endotoxin-lipoprotein hypothesis-an update. Arch Med Sci. 2007;3(4A):S81. The endotoxin lipoprotein hypothesis Anja Sandek 2007

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