British MDs rebel against statin advice

BritishMDsRebelDoctors in Britain are in rebellion against their own national health leaders, who want them to issue statins to millions of healthy Britons, reports the UK Express.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is pondering a law that would require physicians to prescribe statins such as Zocor, Lipitor and Lescol to all men over 55 and women over 65 who are believed to have a 10 percent or more risk of cardiovascular disease. By the Institute’s reckoning, ‘preventive’ statins will reduce the risk of crippling and expensive  heart problems.

But what about the well-documented “crippling” side effects of statins, which plague many people who take them, retort the doctors . Statin side effects can and do include dizziness, headaches, extreme fatigue, memory loss, depression, liver toxicity, muscle weakness, swollen ankles and artery calcification.

(But on the bright side, what a smoking deal for Big Pharma–a rebirth of statins, which have been getting a black eye lately!)

An angry Dr. Malcolm Kendrick, a cholesterol specialist, told the Express that the guidelines were like a decree from N. Korea despot Kim Jong-un. “You just don’t go against them.”

The physcians presented their objections to the blanket prescriptions in the form of an open letter to health officials and the public. The British Medical Association’s general practitioners committee voted unanimously to delay or reject the ‘guidance’ until “complete disclosure of all clinical trials data.”

Many doctors protested that the best way to prevent cardiovascular problems is to quit smoking, don’t get overweight and exercise regularly. (Now why didn’t the government health gurus think of that!?)

According to the UK Guardian, Britons have packed on the pounds in recent years. Obesity has almost quadrupled in the last 25 years, with two-thirds of British adults overweight. And 24 percent of men, 26 percent of women and 9.5 percent of children are downright obese.

In 2011-2012, there were 11,736 hospital admissions due to obesity–11 times more than in 2001-2002!

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