Sunday, January 27, 2008

The Mysteries of Heart Disease

"In clinical trials, researchers have been unable to generate compelling evidence that saturated fat in the diet causes heart disease."

This is but one of the startling sentences in an op-ed piece in this morning's N Times that questions entirely the role of Cholesterol on heart attacks, plaque build-up and blockages of the arteries.

This is of particular interest to me because I am one of millions who daily takes a statin drug to lower cholesterol. Many physicians today take statins simply as a preventative measure.

This article raises important questions without giving ready answers, but it is an excellent piece, well worth the read.


anonamoose said...

This is off the topic, but I have recently had an adverse reaction to my toothpastes which may be the Fluoride in them. It caused a burning mouth, extremely sore tongue, swelling in the gums and pain when I bite down on my teeth.
My toothbrush felt like a wire brush and eating fruit felt like liquid drano on my tongue.
Switching to a non fluoride toothpaste seems to have cured the problem.
I have always considered myself as the canary in the coalmine. Who knows what the long term effects of fluoride do to humans?

Anonymous said...

"But the logic is specious because most drugs have multiple actions."

I continue to question how much of our so called "health care" is driven by the pharmaceutical companies and their bottom line and competition with other drug manufacturers to get "new" drugs out there. My philosophy is - take the least amount of pharmaceutical drugs possible. I have refused to take drugs, much to the chagrin of my physician, only to find months later - the drug I refused has been taken off the market - due to various reasons - heart attack risk, etc. I swear many of these prescribed drugs do more harm than good.