More “Healthcare” Industry Tunnel Vision
See the link here regarding Statins.
I’m getting tired of medicos blindly worshipping their “Scientific Method” and “Evidence based Medicine” like some faultless, omnipotent deity, and smugly saying, like a broken record “but is there a double-blinded randomised controlled trial on it? Where’s the EVIDENCE?”
And then of course we see ridiculous and illogical things based on the “scientific method” happening like the war on fat, and allowing drugs with serious side effects to become widespread (and marketed as totally safe) like certain NSAIDS, and now statins.
The healthcare industry needs to escape it’s tunnel vision, bloated, gigantic egos, political bickering and power grabbing, and get a lot smarter, a lot quicker, if it is to be of any real benefit to the advancement of humanity beyond acute/emergency care. Because clearly there are massive holes in their knowledge and self-awareness, especially in the areas of preventive health and chronic disease management.
STATINS – CHOLESTEROL LOWERING DRUGS AND A PARADIGM SHIFT
Wow, even those doctors are starting to wake up to a generation of misinformation from the “healthcare” and pharmaceutical industries. It appears that cholesterol is not the enemy, nor saturated fat. This brings into question the wisdom of the widespread propagation of statin use.
“Just lowering cholesterol with drugs without sorting out the dietary and lifestyle factors that actually cause heart disease is nonsensical. Besides, there are plenty of other, more reliable indicators of heart-disease risk.”
“Many experts now believe that sugar is emerging as a true villain in the heart-disease story; while after decades of demonisation, saturated fat has been acquitted of causing heart disease by a recent “meta” analysis of 70 studies by Cambridge University.”
“For men, high cholesterol was associated with heart disease and death from other causes. But so, too, was low cholesterol — below 5mmol/l. Again, this is only an association, not a causal link. A range of between 5mmol/l and 7mmol/l was the optimum level. Guess what? This is already the national average. In addition, numerous studies have linked high cholesterol levels with increased longevity in the elderly.”