Do We Really All Need That Medication?

Dr. Mercola had a post recently about results of a recent study published in the Lancet that essentially recommends even people without increased risk of heart disease should take statin drugs.  In fact, the study concluded that the most “cost effective” way to go would be to just prescribe these drugs to everyone 50 or older – whether they need them or not.  You can read the entire article here if you wish to.

So, my first question is – this is most cost effective for whom?  Consumers or pharmaceutical companies?  My second is – who funded this report?

There is abundant research and information that cholesterol is the least predictive factor for cardiovascular disease.  In fact, many people who suffer heart attacks have perfectly normal cholesterol levels.

Statins are known to damage muscles, deplete Co-Q 10 which can lead to heart failure and to lower cholesterol too much leading to increased incidence of cancer, Alzheimer’s, depression, diabetes and hormonal problems.

So before we blow out the 50 candles and run to the pharmacy to fill that statin prescription, maybe we need to pay more attention to the factors we can control that really impact overall and cardiovascular health instead of just popping a pill that has documented negative side effects and questionable efficacy.

What do you think about this “one size fits all” mentality when it comes to drugs?

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14 Responses to Do We Really All Need That Medication?

  1. Matt Musico says:

    I think it’s a dumb idea..you’re right in your assessment as well. This solution benefits the drug industry more than anything else.

  2. Ann,

    I definitely don’t think people should take drugs just because they have reached a certain age. I don’t like the fact that people take drugs without researching other options. You made a good point about WHO sponsored this study. Knowing the source of the information is very important in determining its trustworthiness.

    Have a Victorious Day!
    Marianne

    • amusico says:

      Most people just tend to “trust” whatever the doctor or the newest study says without questioning the source, which can make all the difference.

  3. fatherofonewebsite says:

    Ridiculous. Period. Not sure I can say more than that!! One good thing about gov’t health care – if it ever gets as big as some intend it – I doubt they’d pay for it.. 🙂

  4. Michael Good says:

    Ann,

    SOunds like a terrible approach! The one size fits all usually doesn’t work and I’d never use that with pharmaceuticals!

  5. Terrible;;;;; Terrible, Terrible idea! — Looks like everyone commenting here agrees as well. But there-in lies a difference between us and the average consumer and the reason why they are reading your blog and commenting; they desire to actually be educated… The average consumer is too busy for education I guess…

    • amusico says:

      I think the average consumer just doesn’t want to think for themselves and would rather have someone just tell them what to do. Taking the easy way out is seldom best.

  6. Claudia Good says:

    NOOOOO! I very much dislike the one size fits all! hahah, I know you know that already 😉

    I don’t think people think and they are lazy, they just want a quick fix to their health problems and if the doc says a pill will take care of it than they will take a pill forever.

    Glad you are a clear, encouraging voice in the crazy food world Ann – I love it! 🙂

  7. Cam says:

    Too often, I think people want a simple way to prevent issues from coming into their lives, but prevention can never really be short-cutted.

    Logically, and rationally, people would have to agree that diet and exercise would prevent issues when getting older, but people are lazy and stuck in bad habits. This opens the door for the magic, one-size-fits-all pill, but in reality, since we are all uniquely wired, a one-sized approach will never work.

    Those long list of side effects weren’t experienced by everyone who has taken whatever medication is in question, but by different individuals and segments of people who were studied. If different people react differently to the same medication, then how can we even begin to imagine that one-size could fit all?

    Rational thinking and logic out the window. Thanks for keeping us thinking. 🙂

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