Statins: A billion dollar industry costing millions of lives

Statins are one of Big Pharma’s biggest cash-cows: In 2013, the pharmaceutical raked in a staggering $29 billion just from statin sales. Estimates suggest that nearly one out of every four Americans over the age of 45 takes a statin drug. Most believe that these drugs are life-savers, healing their high cholesterol while keeping heart attacks at bay — but the savior-status of statins is nothing more than a myth being pushed by Big Pharma. Further, evidence shows that these drugs are more harmful than they are helpful — par for the course when it comes to the pharmaceutical industry, no doubt. One top cardiologist says that this misinformation is costing millions of lives.

In a recent video documentary, Mike Adams discussed the plight of cardiac care in the U.S. with Dr. Jack Wolfson, a board-certified cardiologist who’s been working in the field of medicine for 16 years. Dr. Wolfson notes that conventional cardiology gets things wrong right out of the gate, noting that the average heart doctor is not trained to prevent heart disease. “We’re not trained in prevention,” he stated. He continued by noting that typical treatments like statin drugs are “putting a band-aid on” the problem, rather than fixing it. Dr. Wolfson added further that when it comes to preventing disease, good nutrition, avoiding toxins and getting enough exercise, sleep and sunshine are critical.

“Conventional cardiology is killing millions of people because they’re giving people the wrong information, and to me, that’s leading to their early death. That’s what I’m here to expose,” Wolfson states. He added that he’s seen how “ineffective” this band-aid approach to health care has been.

The inefficacy of statins has been well-documented and in 2015, two renowned scientists authored a paper discussing how the purported benefits of these drugs have been grossly exaggerated. Ultimately, the duo determined that “statistical deception” was being used to inflate the apparent efficacy of statins and that in truth, these “miracle drugs” were not so miraculous, after all. But it’s not just their lack of effectiveness that makes statins so concerning; there are numerous side effects associated with the use of these drugs, including weakening the immune system and contributing to neurological problems.

Some research has also suggested that statin use can speed up the entire aging process. Even the FDA is aware of the many health risks associated with statin use, including increased risk of cognitive impairment and type 2 diabetes.

In spite of these obvious concerns about the safety and efficacy of statins, many doctors are quick to push pills on their patients. According to Wolfson, these “pill-pushers” feel that virtually everyone over a certain age ought to be prescribed a statin. In fact, he says many cardiologists don’t even think traditional testing protocols, like checking cholesterol levels, are even all that necessary. But, Wolfson believes this approach is failing patients, rather than helping. He notes that moving into a more holistic approach to medicine yields “amazing results where people feel great.”

As Adams contends, “The conventional view is that drugs are the only thing that works, and that all holistic medicine is hogwash, according to, you know, the status quo.” The Health Ranger notes further that it’s interesting how in Dr. Wolfson’s own practice, he’s observed the opposite: Patients on a holistic path are truly feeling better, instead of worse. Wolfson asserted that problems with blood pressure are not caused by a lack of blood pressure medication — these issues are caused by a deficiency in something your body actually needs. Even a simple bowl of porridge can be more beneficial than a statin.

While many have suspected that statins are not the cure-all they’ve been purported to be, it’s clear that they are far more dangerous than the pharma and medical industries have let on. Learn more about keeping your heart healthy at

Watch Adams’ entire interview with Dr. Wolfson, below.

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