Statins: The Grand Fraud!

Statin wars: have we been misled about the evidence?

Asks Dr. Maryanne Demasi in her latest publication in the British Medical Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM). (As the article appears to no longer be open access but Dr. Demasi permitted the sharing of it, please find the article attached Statin wars- have we been misled about the) Her review of the years of research, all paid for by the pharmaceutical companies, and the many scientists conducting biased research, is hardly new. We all have read or heard about the “Heart Health Hypothesis” that damaged the health of several generations.

However, what most of us didn’t know is that the scientists, who conducted the original research about statins, made a deal with the pharmaceutical companies to never reveal their data!

“Much has been made about the fact that the raw data from statin trials are only available to a single group of researchers—the CTT Collaboration—and they have agreed to keep the data in confidence and will not share anonymised data with independent researchers. This is one of the most contemptible breaches in transparency”

writes Dr. Demasi but I think it is much more than breach of transparency; it is against all scientific publishing responsibilities. There is not a journal that doesn’t require the data of all research to be available to be downloaded and further analyzed. In my view this is criminal.

Dr. Demasi continues:

“When asked in 2013, the CTT [Cholesterol Treatment Trialists by Oxford University] confirmed that it would not allow other scientists to access the raw statin data to conduct an independent analysis. They wrote: ‘The CTT secretariat has agreement with the principal investigators of the trials and, in those instances where trial data were provided directly by the drug manufacturers, with the companies themselves, that individual trial data will not be released to third parties. Such an agreement was necessary in order that analyses of the totality of the available trial data could be conducted by the CTT Collaboration: without such an agreement the trial data could not have been brought together for systematic analysis… Not even the Cochrane Collaboration had access to the patient-level data when conducting its review of statins in low-risk people, and its conclusions ultimately influenced the prescribing guidelines’”. (emphasis mine)

How is it possible that research of such significance affecting millions of people each day, often causing major damage to their health, is not verifiable or replicable by independent researchers and yet it is publishable? And how did the world end up following the guidelines of such hidden data results put forth by obvious financial interest?

Do we have any data at all that is not funded by the pharmaceutical companies? We do, though minimal (here, here as a couple of examples). Who wants to fund a fight against big pharma?

Britain’s Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, wrote to the Academy of Medical Sciences:

“Only one major non-industry-funded study on statins has been done (Antihypertensive and Lipid-Lowering Treatment to Prevent Heart Attack Trial (ALLHAT)), which showed pravastatin had no significant benefit in reducing either all-cause mortality or coronary heart disease in primary prevention.(emphasis mine)

Furthermore, Dr. Demasi continues,

“If the public demands that scientists declare their conflicts of interest in order to restore confidence, then so should medical journals. Former Editor in Chief of The New England Journal of Medicine, Dr Marcia Angell, famously said, ‘It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.’”

Damn right! If it is impossible for an academician to publish any findings without ethical board approval (even for a survey) that may take over a year and making all data available free of charge for all who wish to analyze that data, then so must those who were funded by pharmaceuticals. Either that, or they should not be able to advocate the use of statins for anything. After all, they say that there is evidence but where is the data proving that? Given the lack of any evidence of statins benefits confirmed by an independent research authority of the now hidden data, nothing can be said about statins.

It is a quite simple logical statement:

Hidden data ==> Hidden result ==> Cannot recommend drugs in the blind

I highly recommend you read the whole article written by Dr. Demasi—it is a total eye opener. The article can be downloaded if you have subscription here. If you have no subscription, with the permission of Dr. Demasi, the link to the article is in the introduction above. You may want to reconsider taking any statins; particularly if you are a woman!

Comments are always welcome,

Angela

About Angela A Stanton, Ph.D.

Angela A Stanton, PhD, is a Neuroeconomist focusing on chronic pain--migraine in particular--, electrolyte homeostasis, nutrition, and genetics. She lives in Southern California. Her current research is focused on migraine cause, prevention and treatment without the use of medicines. As a forever migraineur from childhood, her discovery was helped by experimenting on herself. She found the cause of migraine to be at the ionic level, associated with disruption of the electrolyte homeostasis, resulting from genetic variations of all voltage gated channels that modulate electrolytes and voltage in the brain, insulin and glucose transporters, and several other related variants, such as the MTHFR variants of the B vitamin methylation process and many others. Migraineurs are glucose sensitive and should avoid eating carbs as much as possible. She is working on the hypothesis that migraine is a metabolic disease. As a result of the success of the first edition of her book and her research and findings after treating over 4000 migraineurs successfully world wide, all ages and both genders, she published the 2nd (extended) edition of her migraine book "Fighting The Migraine Epidemic: Complete Guide: How To Treat & Prevent Migraines Without Medications". The 2nd edition is the “holy grail” of migraine cause, development, treatment and prevention, incorporating all there is to know. It includes a long section with for medical and research professionals. The book is full of academic citations (over 800) to authenticate the statements she makes to be followed up by those interested and to spark further research interest. It is a "Complete Guide", published on September 29, 2017. Dr. Stanton received her BSc at UCLA in Mathematics, MBA at UCR, MS in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University, PhD in NeuroEconomics at Claremont Graduate University, and fMRI certification at Harvard University Medical School at the Martinos Center for Neuroimaging for experimenting with neurotransmitters on human volunteers, and is currently studying Functional Medicine. Dr. Stanton is an avid sports fan, currently enamored by resistance training and weight lifting, which she does three times a week with a private trainer. For relaxation (yeah.. about a half minute each day) Dr. Stanton paints and photographs. Follow her on Twitter at: @MigraineBook
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2 Responses to Statins: The Grand Fraud!

  1. Hi Angela, I tried to read the article you reccomended but all I could access was the abstract…Why in particular do you state that women should avoid statins especially after what this lady wrote in her article that I can’t read. Clarification would be appreciated

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    • Hi Barblovesroses,

      I noticed just now that I read your comment that the article was moved to “for fee” but the author has permitted the sharing of the article so I now included it in my original post. In short though, independent research found that for women, statins increased cancer. There are several publications on this–the one I linked to discusses breast cancer. There are other problems that Dr. Demasi didn’t mention but which you can find on my blog here. I wrote in great detail about cholesterol there.

      Hope this helps! ❤

      Angela

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