Another statin “benefit” turned on its head

This next little tidbit literally hit my email inbox two hours after I read an article by some delusional public health “experts” calling for statins to be added to drinking water so that everyone can “benefit” from them. As you might imagine, I was more than a little annoyed by such a ridiculous suggestion.

Statins are on my list of most-loathed drugs for good reason. These drugs are a total sham. The problem they’re supposedly fixing — cholesterol — isn’t the health threat it’s made out to be. Meanwhile, they set you up for diabetesblindness, brain fog, weight gain, and more.

So this follow up email came at the perfect time, and did wonders to turn my mood around. Or, at the very least, confirmed that I’m on the right side of this issue.

It highlighted a recent study that turns a supposed statin “benefit” on its head: that they protect against Parkinson’s disease.

The fact is, statins don’t protect against Parkinson’s, despite what the medical establishment has been telling us for years. In fact, they do the exact opposite, according to findings from this new study presented at the American Neurological Association 2016 Annual Meeting.

The study looked at an enormous database of information. It included data from more than 30 million people between the ages of 40 and 65. That number bears repeating — 30 million. It’s almost unheard of to see studies that take so many people into account.

From that massive group, the researchers were able to identify more than 20,000 people with Parkinson’s disease. Looking at data about statin use, the researchers surmised that people using statins have a higher risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.

The authors of this study also conducted previous research that showed increased Parkinson’s risk with statin use. But since that finding went against conventional wisdom, the researchers decided to do this study so they could test their findings in a much larger group.

And not surprisingly, it held true.

This finding should make perfect sense to anyone who truly understands cholesterol. Cholesterol has a positive effect in general on nerve and brain cells, which are made mostly of fat. Which is why, time and again, research has shown high cholesterol protects against Parkinson’s disease.

So it stands to reason that drugs that lower cholesterol would increase Parkinson’s risk.

Cholesterol’s benefits in the body are why the role of statin use has been the subject of debate in the scientific community.

And why wouldn’t it be debated? Again, it makes perfect sense that if higher cholesterol is protective in the brain, a medication that lowers cholesterol could do more harm than good.

I don’t know how many times I have to say it or write it or shout it from the rooftops: Statins are not the answer to our healthcare problems. Better yet, let me shout something else even louder: cholesterol simply isn’t a health concern. Cholesterol saves lives.

I know I’ve written about this over and over again and you might be tired of reading it. But until the message is being received, you’ll have to excuse me for repeating myself.

For today, at least, I take encouragement from the fact that I’m not the only one shouting it for the world to hear.