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I recently quit taking statins. My decision was motivated by reading two books:

"Why We Get Fat" by Gary Taubes



"The Big Fat Surprise" by Nina Teicholz


Finding that statins would lengthen my lifespan by at most ~30 days or less really chapped my ass (i.e.,irritated me), given that so much time and effort went into prescribing/ordering/buying/taking/monitoring statins on a regular schedule, along with their attendant blood tests (Total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, triglycerides et al) and time spent listening to my fear-mongering physician:


When I faced my doctor down about this he fell back to saying that "you increase your probability of a heart attack by 17%". He neglected to say how significant it was that, in the last year alone, I had lost 15 pounds, increased my exercise level, now slept better and had improved my diet significantly. He went through the motions but I stood firm. In desperation he threw out "But high blood pressure is strongly correlated with increasing age and you can't turn the clock back!" I countered that my blood pressure is better than it's ever been and that I intend to reduce it further. Then I told him that the cholesterol hypothesis is dead [ed. the cholesterol hypothesis is the idea that cardiovascular disease is caused by high levels of cholesterol in the blood stream]:


With that, he seemed dumbfounded and finally stopped selling me statins.

We've fallen back to a previous era where physicians in the USA are useless except for trauma intervention and as gatekeepers for antibiotics (and other newer drugs). If the USA would allow pharmacists to prescribe (as is done in Europe) we could save trillions of dollars. But physicians' prestige and power would be reduced to a shadow of what they are today. Time to put them back in their proper place.

Covid-19's revelations of the flawed advice of "experts" has been enlightening. Every expert source has failed in big ways: epidemiology is a laughing stock, the FDA, WHO and CDC have dropped the ball repeatedly, given flawed advice, reversed guidelines and in general, established a baseline of SNAFU FUBAR:


But my physician is no better: he's been selling me bullshit for decades.

And now this article. Grrr! Good thing my blood pressure is under control!

In the past year my diastolic BP declined from 90 to 60, which seems miraculous. I can't credit exercise or diet; all I can think of is that, commuting less, I sleep more.

Lately we have learned that both dietary saturated fat and cholesterol are absolutely harmless, and that all the harm blamed on them turns out to be caused by trans fats and sugar; and that all this was already known even 50 years ago.

You can't buy a bag of dextrose/glucose at the supermarket; the closest you get is corn syrup, so I have to order it online. I have discovered that hot cocoa made with dextrose tastes not quite right until you add just a pinch of cane sugar. It drives home how how sucrose is more a drug than a food.

Your comment simultaneously infuriated and gladdened me.

Infuriating that a physician was so behind the times as to actively try to brain damage you, ok, I exaggerate but not by too much. My physician tried to push statins on me when I went on Keto but I found a cardiologist who does keto himself and he gave me a clean bill of health. Not that I would have taken statins if he had not.

Glad that you took health into your own hands and did the necessary research. It is insane how much can be discovered in a few hours of research and studying on the Internet. There is no going back!

I agree with your sentiment but it's funny that you mention doctors being "gatekeepers for antibiotics." They're still not good at that.

Most doctors have not updated their theory on gut microbiomes and still overprescribe antibiotics for unnecessary use.

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