Dr. Russell Blaylock is a now retired neurosurgeon who miraculously opened his sharp eyes to information and scientific data that was and is not a part of the main stream dogma.  His health letter, The Blaylock Wellness Report, is always a treasure trove of info and insight!

A  Q & A from his recent letter is presented below:

"Q: I am a healthy 61 year old man. I do not have high cholesterol or blood pressure, but a scan found a small amount of plaque in my aorta.  My doctor recommends taking a statin drug as a preventative measure.  What is your recommendation? PD, CO

A: I am surprised that doctors are still pushing statin drugs now that the patent has expired and a leading cardiologist admitted that the effectiveness of the drugs was mostly hype.  It would be ludicrous to take a statin "for preveventive purposes."  the benefits are miniscule even under the best of conditions, and studies have shown that there is nmo benefit for people older than 65.

A small amount of plaque is no risk at all. Curcumin, quercetin, ellagic acid, and pterostilbene all are much more effective  in preventimng atherosclerosis than any statin and much safer.  They also prevent cancer while statins increase the risk of cancer."

Back to real time, nine years ago, January 17, 2008, the cover story for Businessweek:

Do Cholesterol Drugs Do Any Good?

Dr. James M. Wright, a professor at U of British Columbia and director of the government funded Therapeutics Initiative, researched the statins.

In patients without heart disease:

no benefit in anyone over age 65

no benefit in women of any age

There was a small reduction in the number of heart attacks for middle-aged men, but there was no overall reduction in total deaths or illnesses requiring hospitalization.

Back again –> so, it appears that atherosclerosis / heart blood vessel blocklage is due to a combination of factors: chronic scurvey (insufficient levels / intake of Vitamin C) +/- sugar intake.  The statin deficiency syndrome may be a little shakey!

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