The death rate from heart disease roller coaster experienced its steepest decline in the mid 70's. Back when total cholesterol of 240 was perfectly normal, and LDL had yet to be popularized as "bad" cholesterol.View Thread
"There is now ample evidence that air pollution is associated with cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. It not only makes existing heart conditions worse but also contributes to development of the disease."
My comments: I have been saying it for years. Inhalation of by-products of combustion from either air pollution or cigarettes is the primary risk factor for death from heart disease. Slowly the world is waking up to this.
This what I believe caused the decline in death from heart disease in the United States after 1970. Both incidence and death rates continued its steady decline from 1970 to today, and although statins have taken the credit for the decline after their debut in 1987, the decline rate was just as good before statins hit the market.
One of the worst things we can do for our cardiovascular health, in my opinion, is to jog along side a busy freeway. The other is smoking cigarettes.
Have we been barking up the wrong tree? For the most part I think the answer is yes. Those with a financial interest in the cholesterol lowering market will most certainly disagree.View Thread
The wild claims on this forum mimic the amazing claims made by traveling medicine men selling their health tonics back in the 1800's. Their potions cured or helped just about everything under the sun.
According to multiple posts in this forum, statins are credited with helping save lives no matter what the illness is. Benefits are greatly exaggerated and risks are downplayed or denied. However most people are of sound mind and know when something is too good to be true.
When scare tactics are used to sell a product, frightening people to buy a product or risk their lives, then it crosses a line I personally view to be despicable.
The medical community deserves better than grocery store style tabloid claims concerning pharmaceuticals.