Medical Mythology in the 21st Century

Medicine got off to a bad start. The body is so astounding complex, no one could begin to comprehend how things worked, why one got sick, and why one recovered. This was fertile ground for a mythology. However, more and more has become known (though far more remains to be discovered), but somehow, many myths remain mainstream.

Statins: The Zombie Drug That Will Not Die


The resiliency of this drug is remarkable. Study after study has found statins useless if not detrimental for almost every cohort. Yet the drug lumbers on, relentlessly pushed by the drug industry, and duly prescribed by a change-resistant medical profession.

New Study finds LDL-Cholesterol Beneficial

HDL-LDLLDL-Cholesterol, Often Called “Bad” Cholesterol Has Been the Heart Disease Boogey Man for Three Quarters of a Century. It Is the Basis for the Multi-Billion Dollar Statin Industry. A New Study in the Prestigious British Medical Journal Not Only Calls This into Question, But Completely Turns the Tables, Asserting that High LDL Cholesterol Is Protective, and That the Lipid Hypothesis Is Bunk.

Statins Suppress the Immune System, This Is Bad and Dangerous

Though it is widely assumed that statins work by lowering cholesterol, other pills that also lower it, ezetimibe, for instance, show no benefit. SostatinsWarning what is the extra ingredient that purportedly causes statins to reduce heart events?

Statins alone decrease heart “events” in some groups of people. There has been no overall benefit shown on any group though. They do reduce heart attacks, though increasing cancer and adult onset diabetes. As far as mortality goes, it’s about a tradeoff. Less cardio deaths, but an offsetting amount of other deaths. But why, exactly, do statins reduce heart attacks? Interestingly, the answer isn’t really known. It was assumed that they worked by reducing cholesterol. But this doesn’t seem to be the case.