Is Cholesterol-Lowering Medication REALLY a Quick Fix?

It was reported yesterday that cholesterol-lowering drugs offer a “quick fix for the heart, for a price.” They certainly come at a price, but do they offer a quick fix? Or has the truth been concealed for years?

Did you know, the government subsidises cholesterol medication? We, as tax payers, pay over ONE BILLION dollars every year for these drugs. Australia in particular has an extremely high use of cholesterol-lowering drugs compared to other developed nations. The National Prescribing Service says that for those over 45, prescriptions for cholesterol-lowering medication has increased from 4.8 % in 1995 to a whopping 30%. In fact, cholesterol-lowering medication is THE most common drug used in Australia, with over 22 million prescriptions filled per year!

A professor of cardiology from the university of Sydney accurately reports that cardiovascular disease “will take the lives of about half the people who die.” But, he also states that cholesterol-lowering drugs “have been shown to be very effective in reducing recurrent events in people with known vascular disease, and preventing events in people when risk is high.”

If this is the case, why are the rates of heart disease still so incredibly high. Here is why. An independent, objective review of the scientific studies was completed this year, focusing on the large scale randomised controlled trials to evaluate the effects of cholesterol-lowering medication. The result?

These drugs do indeed lower cholesterol, but do they prevent heart disease? The literature shows that cholesterol-lowering medication TRIPLES the risk of coronary artery and aortic calcification! Not only did the results show that the medication DID NOT PREVENT heart disease, it showed that it increased risk for heart disease for women, Diabetics and younger people.

Not only DO THEY INCREASE RISK FOR HEART DISEASE, the review also found that cholesterol-lowering medication increases risk for diabetes, cataract formation, erectile dysfunction, cancer, infectious diseases and neurodegenerative disorders.

In conclusion, the authors state that “These findings on MAJOR adverse effects have been under-reported, and the way in which they are withheld from the public, and even concealed, is a scientific farce.”


Cholesterol is not a deadly, alien substance that has invaded our body. Our liver makes it because it is vital to the healthy function of every single cell in the body.


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2 Responses to Is Cholesterol-Lowering Medication REALLY a Quick Fix?

  1. Carol Sayer says:

    I’ve just typed a long paragraph, and lost it, I just wanted to say that I had a heart attack whilst being slim on a low fat diet and on stronger statins after previously having had a stent procedure, and had very low cholesterol. I have since stopped the statins myself since june last year when I found out about HFLC via Zoe Harcome.
    My cholesterol is naturaly raised now because I’m off the stains, but I am having to suffer the wrath of the Medics and on my head be it!!
    I am not fazed, and now don’t fear high cholesterol as I know it has been deemed as the villain. I had to ask for a breakdown printout of my cholesterol no’s as I was just given the total no of 7.1 and told because it is (sky high) I have obviously inherated the gene FH
    So to get back to the point, yes I suffered not a stroke but a heart attack on a Low Fat diet, on stronger statins, and with low cholesterol, all the things that are supposed to protect you, could have been fatal for me x

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