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Newest Scam to Increase Drugs If You’re Older than 50

Newest Scam to Increase Drugs If You’re Older than 50

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  • The odds are very high – likely greater than 1000 to 1 -- that if you're taking a statin, you may not even need it, and this is true regardless of age; there are better options for lowering your heart attack risk
  • In the U.S., health regulators recently ruled that warning labels be added to statins because they can cause muscle weakness, diabetes, memory loss and depression
  • The study was littered with conflicts of interest, as most of the trials were funded by the pharmaceutical industry, and some of the researchers even received money and recognition from drug companies
  • In a related commentary, it’s stated that everyone aged 50 and over should take statin cholesterol-lowering drugs
  • A new study suggested that the benefits of statins outweigh the risks of side effects, even for healthy people with a low risk of heart attacks and stroke

By Dr. Mercola

A UK Daily Mail headline from May 2012 read: "Why EVERYONE over 50 needs to be taking statins." If you find the notion that taking medications should be construed as something for everyone, like drinking water or breathing air, as appalling as I do, then you will probably be equally taken aback by this lofty statement.

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