Happy New Year to You All!

Just before Christmas, a new cholesterol lowering drug was being hailed as the savior of peoples everywhere! The Jupiter study was sending out press releases pushing the cholesterol lowering drug Crestor as a new "cure" for a strange group of patients: those with elevated rates of CRP (C-Reactive Protein) blood markers and normal LDL cholesterol.

CRP is a marker for inflammation within the body, and research has suggested that an elevated CRP is a risk factor for heart disease.

What the media and the promoters of statin drugs don't tell you is that the "amazing" risk reduction for the group taking Crestor in this study was minimal.

Out of almost 18,000 subjects, the difference was about 50 deaths between the control and test group over the entire length of the study. That's less than a 1% absolute difference.

Considering the extremely dangerous and often permanent side effects of statin drugs, and the fact that they cost each patient over $3.50 a day, the fanfare about these results is overblown, as usual, by the media and the pharmaceutical companies.

In addition, other studies have shown that a low carbohydrate diet, fish oil capsules and plain old, cheap magnesium supplements work much better to lower CRP and inflammation without the dangerous side effects of statins.

Since its release, Crestor has been associated with an increase in the number of reports of rhabdomyolysis, a condition in which dying muscle cells release substances which cause secondary kidney damage. The FDA has yet to take action to remove this dangerous drug from the market.

So don't believe the hype. The pharmaceutical companies are always trying to find a new market for their drugs, and what better way than to create a new one with a self serving "study"?

I've also added two new pages to the Healthy Eating Politics website:

I hope your 2009 brings you vibrant health and happiness!