This really is a competition for you isn't it? My feelings on the data collection process for MONICA are well know as I am published on the topic. I simply post papers and articles I find interesting in the scope of the topic for others to read. Some will read, some will overreact.
Those that read the link can put the WHO's comments in the proper text, never stated my opinion.
To your point, you must agree with this statement as you are on record as supporting MONICA?
Again, don't really get too concerned over what you or anyone else on an Internet website thinks. I am only posting a new article that popped up on the World Health Org's site this week, never stated an opinion or personal position, you assume much.
Also, don't recall ever discussing the WHO with you but I may have. Things change my friend, if not there would be no need for researchers, we could all be bartenders.View Thread
A great paper from WHO concerning the MONICA trial findings after the fact;
Systematic reviews and large RCTs have also found that lowering cholesterol in people at high risk of ischemic coronary events substantially reduces the risk of CVD mortality and morbidity. One systematic review of primary and secondary prevention trials has reported that statins constitute the single most effective type of treatment for reducing fatal and non fatal myocardial infarctions and cardiovascular deaths.
The findings of this meta-analysis indicate that statins may be beneficial in preventing the occurrence of stroke in general. In particular, it may potentially reduce the incidence of fatal stroke and hemorrhagic stroke. However, caution must be exercised when using statins in patients with a history of renal transplantation, regular hemodialysis, TIA, or stroke. Further analyses based on data collected in multicentre, double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trials and stratified by primary diseases and dose—effect relationship are warranted to substantiate the findings of this meta-analysis.
Even your graph shows a sharp downturn beginning in the late 90's. No one is misleading anyone, just another conspiracy claim.
Denialism trait #1;
Conspiracy theories When the overwhelming body of scientific opinion believes something is true, the denialist won't admit scientists have independently studied the evidence to reach the same conclusion. Instead, they claim scientists are engaged in a complex and secretive conspiracy. The South African government of Thabo Mbeki was heavily influenced by conspiracy theorists claiming that HIV was not the cause of AIDS. When such fringe groups gain the ear of policy makers who cease to base their decisions on science-based evidence, the human impact can be disastrous.View Thread
Big change in the number of deaths from heart disease starting in 1997, lower cholesterol due to statin use included in list of reasons;
The American diet is better for the heart than it used to be, at least in some respects. But lower cholesterol levels also belong on the list of positive influences and along with them, statins. It's hard to beat a statin if the goal is lowering your LDL. If you take the pills as prescribed, LDL levels typically decrease by about 30%.