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Millions of Britons should ditch their medication and instead eat their way back to good heart health, experts have controversially claimed.

Cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra and Professor Dame Sue Bailey, chairwoman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, are behind the move.

They demanded scores of GPs should be confronted about their willingness to dish out drugs, such as statins – and called for the public to ignore official nutritional advice.

The pair warned ‘good health rarely comes out of a medicine bottle’ as they called for Britons to drastically change their diets to include less potatoes, rice and bread.

Dr Malhota and Dame Sue even claimed the move would end the country’s reliance on pills, save millions of lives from heart disease and diabetes and the cash-strapped NHS billions of pounds.



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‘Half of adults regularly take prescription drugs including antidepressants, statins, and high blood pressure pills, a major report has found.

A record 1.1 million prescriptions were handed out last year, a rise of almost 50 per cent in the last decade.

One in seven adults are on statins, a tenth are taking antidepressants and one in seven are on pills to control their blood pressure.

The NHS’s Health Survey for England also uncovered alarming rates of inactivity, heavy drinking, dieting and poor mental health.

The survey involved 8,011 adults and is carried out every year to represent a snapshot of the population’s health and wellbeing.

Experts said the findings were a ‘wake-up call’ and blamed our high-pressured routines for making us unhealthy and miserable.

Doctors’ leaders were particularly worried about the high numbers of adults on prescription drugs, warning that many were ‘unnecessary.”

Read more: A nation of pill poppers: HALF of all adults in England are on prescription drugs for depression and heart disease, damning report reveals

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‘Statins, the cholesterol-lowering drug, has once again been given much publicity. Various mainstream media outlets all over the UK have been doing their utmost to tell the public about the claims made from a new study on statins.

Published in the Lancet medical journal, the study claims that the benefits of taking statins; lowered incidences of heart attacks and strokes have been underrated, while the harmful side-effects were not as bad as previously thought.

According to the BBC currently 7 million people are on statins in the UK. Around 2 million of these take the drug because of a history of cardiovascular incidence including heart attacks and strokes. The remaining roughly 5 million take the drug because they are ‘at risk’ for diabetes, blood pressure and age-related factors. These figures proportionally reflect the rest of the Western world.’

Read more: The Great Cholesterol Deception And Statins

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‘New science reveals that statin drugs DOUBLE the risk of diabetes. This is in addition to the extreme harm they cause to the body in other ways, including:

• Accelerating aging.
• Causing chronic muscle fatigue.
• Compromising cognitive function.
• Causing early dementia and possibly Alzheimer’s.

Yet, despite all these toxic side effects, drug-pushing doctors wanted to drip statin drugs into the public water supply! (Alongside fluoride, of course, which is another toxic chemical that harms children and damages health…) Now we know they were all just pushing POISON and calling it “medicine.”‘

Read more: Statins found to double the risk of diabetes… are you still taking these poison pills?

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You’ve likely heard about the importance of cholesterol and how you should get your cholesterol levels checked every year as part of your annual check-up. Blood cholesterol has been used as an indicator of health risk now for a number of decades. Ever since the link between LDL cholesterol and coronary artery disease was made, the role of cholesterol in the diet has also been highly publicized.

Remember the egg controversy? The prevailing wisdom was that you shouldn’t eat eggs because they contain cholesterol. The thought was that you should also avoid all foods high in cholesterol or saturated fat, which raises cholesterol levels.

In the meantime, scientists working for major drug companies really understood the secret to all of this. They found that most of the cholesterol measured in the blood was actually made in the liver and not directly associated to food intake.

They found an enzyme inside the liver that was necessary in the process of making LDL cholesterol and developed a drug to block this enzyme. They called this drug a statin drug, of which there are now several being used by millions of Americans to lower cholesterol.

But hold on now…is this really necessary?

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Are statins and hypertensive medications useful for the elderly? I have written extensively about this subject in my books, newsletters and blog posts.  Many older subjects—greater than 75% in one study—are taking statin medications in order to prevent getting a heart attack. (1)  A recent article in Evidenced Based  Medicine (2014.  Feb. 26, 2014) found that both statin and hypertensive medications are overprescribed and unhelpful to the elderly.  

In fact, the Framingham study found that for those over 80 years, a lowered systolic and diastolic blood pressure was associated with a significantly higher risk of mortality.(2)  Furthermore, there is little or no evidence that elevated cholesterol levels are related to stroke risk.  In fact, the risk for heart disease-related death for any given level of cholesterol fell with age.  Furthermore, in subjects over 70 years old–and particularly those with systolic blood pressure over 145mmHg– total cholesterol was negatively related to stroke mortality.  In other words, a higher cholesterol level and blood pressure was associated with a lower stroke mortality rate.

Conventional physicians believe that, for any age,  blood pressure should be less than 120/80mmg and cholesterol levels should be <200mg/dl.  I say this is nonsense.  It is normal for both blood pressure and cholesterol levels to increase as one ages.   It is ridiculous to assume that an 80-year-old should have the same cholesterol level and blood pressure as someone at age 20.  There are zero studies showing that statin medications result in a longer lifespan in anyone over the age of 65.  Furthermore, there are no studies showing any longevity benefit in statin use in women of any age.

What can you do?  Don’t get caught taking too many medications, particularly if you are elderly.  We spend too much money on ineffective medications that not only have too many adverse effects, they also do not change the lifespan of the elderly.  For many, a better course is to eat healthy foods, maintain hydration, and correct nutritional imbalances.

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