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Crippled by Statins, Now a Competitive Weightlifter


David Purkiss became depressed, desperate and ended up in a wheelchair from taking statins – but doctors insisted he keep taking them. After deciding to stop he’s now a competitive weightlifter.

Dailymail: Crippled by statins: Cholesterol-busting drugs left David in a wheelchair – but doctors insisted he keep taking them

This is an excellent illustration of a basic fact. The positive effect of statins is often quite small and it’s not always worth suffering side effects for it. At the very least people deserve to know the truth about the effect – not propaganda – so that they can make an informed decision.

The truth? Statins every day for five years can lower the risk of a heart attack by about 1 percent and can on average make you live 3 or 4 days longer. These are results from studies done by the pharmaceutical industry, who sell the drugs, and so probably represent the best-case scenarios.

Is that kind of an effect worth suffering side effects? Only the person taking the drug can decide. David Purkiss decided it was not.

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How Too Much Medicine Can Kill You – and How to Stop It


Side effects of prescription drugs is the third leading cause of death, after heart disease and cancer.

Obviously many drugs, like antibiotics, are also saving tons of lives every day. But the pharmaceutical industry is not just interested in saving lives, they are primarily concerned with increasing shareholder value. And that is done by selling as much as possible, using any means available.

This new article from Dr. Aseem Malhotra is well worth reading:

The Guardian: How too much medicine can kill you

The problem can only be solved through legislation. As long as massive fines for research fraud and marketing useless drugs are seen as the cost of doing business, nothing will change. Not when it’s this profitable. Not when it helps the responsible people get their bonuses.

They don’t even pay the fines – their company does – so it’s all profit for them. The system is only encouraging them to keep cheating.

How about putting the responsible people behind research fraud (that kills innocent people) in prison instead? On a murder charge?

That could discourage a few CEOs out there.

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Too Much Medicine: How a Relentless Pursuit of Good Health Can Make People Sick

Here’s an interesting new Australian documentary from Dr. Maryanne Demasi – can too much medicine make people sick? The answer is definitely yes, and often the right medical treatment is no treatment. Unfortunately there are many reasons why doctors can instead prescribe a treatment that’s likely to make the patient sicker.

Read more about the documentary here, or watch it above: Too much medicine: Is our obsession with prevention doing us more harm than good?

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Vegetables Proven to Cause Cancer

Cancer-causing vegetables

Cancer-causing vegetables

Vegetables have been proven to cause cancer. In fact vegetable consumption causes more cancer than any other lifestyle factor in the world.

I’m not kidding. It’s a simple fact.

And it’s not just cancer, it’s heart disease too – in fact vegetables cause 1 in 5 deaths in the US, according to the American Cancer Society, or 480,000 early deaths per year.

Consuming vegetables causes orders of magnitude more deaths than consuming processed meat. This despite yesterday’s breathless headlines, after the WHO declared that eating processed meats (e.g. smoked meats) can increase the risk of colon cancer by a comparatively tiny 20%.

How vegetables can cause cancer

However – and this is crucial – vegetables will only kill you if you prepare them in a dangerous way. In its raw form the tobacco plant is completely benign, possibly even healthy to eat. But if you burn the tobacco vegetable and inhale the smoke… as with cigarettes… it’s VERY bad for you.

Back to the meat

This gives a much needed perspective to yesterday’s cancer alarm. Because it’s not all meat that potentially may contain dangerous substances. It’s processed meat, smoked meat, and possibly even red meat – meat that’s often prepared at high temperatures.

These really high temperatures can produce cancer-causing substances in both vegetables and meat. But of the two, the vegetables (smoking) is by far the worst. The risk increase from eating bacon every day is tiny in comparison:

The Guardian: Meat and tobacco: the difference between risk and strength of evidence

A lot of people in the low-carb community go so far as to completely disregard the processed-meat alarm:

ZoeHarcombe: World Health Organisation, meat & cancer

I don’t think we should ignore this alarm, even if the risk increase is small. It’s still likely true, it makes perfect sense.

If you want to be live a healthy life preferably don’t eat blackened meat, and go easy on the bacon. And don’t smoke vegetables.

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Can Processed Meat Increase the Risk of Colon Cancer, as WHO Will Claim?

Not the best for your colon?

Not the best for your colon?

The WHO will soon declare that processed meat can increase the risk of colon cancer, according to many papers:

So are they right that there is a connection between processed meat and colon cancer? Yes, probably. I wrote about this in detail seven months ago:

Why Do Meat Eaters Get Colon Cancer More Often?

However, the media frenzy with comparisons to smoking is misguided. Eating plenty of processed meat is associated with about a 20% increased risk of colon cancer. Smoking is associated with a 1,000%+ increased risk of lung cancer, as well as an increased risk of many other cancers. 20% is not 1,000%.

There’s a reason why it took about fifteen minutes to prove the correlation between smoking and lung cancer way back in the 1950s, while the correlation between processed meat and colon cancer is arguably still controversial. The risk increase is just tiny in comparison.

More details and advice in the earlier post: Why Do Meat Eaters Get Colon Cancer More Often?


Losing 73 Pounds in 10 Months with LCHF

Before and after

Before and after

Kadi had battled obesity for a long time and tried to “eat less and run more,” but was never able to maintain her weight loss in the long run. When hunger and sugar addiction took over, the weight piled back on – until she found LCHF:

The Email

Hi Andreas,

I want to thank you and share my LCHF-success story.

I am a 38-year old woman from Estonia who has lost 73 lbs (33 kg) with LCHF.

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How to Maximize Micronutrient Density + 2 Interviews with Dr. Terry Wahls

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Dr. Terry Wahls got her MS under control using a total diet change, to a micronutrient-rich Paleo diet. Obviously it does not necessarily work for everyone – there are no scientific studies yet – but it’s an intriguing possibility.

On the member site – free trial one month – we now have three videos with Dr. Wahls, including a talk she gave at the Paleo f(x) conference earlier this year. We also have two videos from an interview I made with her, first about her personal story and then about the protocol she uses in treating patients with autoimmune disorders, and the results she sees.


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You can sign up for a free trial in less than a minute – including immediate access to video courses, more interviews, Q&A with experts, movies, etc.
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Big Headlines about Statins

Sunday Express

Big headlines about statins in the UK yesterday. It may not be worth taking statins if you suffer annoying side effects, unless you think a few days of extra life is worth it. Statins add a mere three days to life

I wrote about the study earlier last week:

The Terrifyingly Tiny Effect of Statin Drugs


Women, Hormones and Nutrition (New Member Presentation)

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Here’s the presentation by physician and fertility expert Dr. Michael Fox from the recent low-carb cruise. It’s about nutrition as a treatment for infertility, PCOS, menopause… and why coffee could be bad for you.

Watch the presentation on the membership pages


You can sign up for a free trial in less than a minute – this also gives you immediate access to tons of video courses, more interviews, Q&A with experts, movies, etc.

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The Terrifyingly Tiny Effect of Statin Drugs

If you have heart disease and take a statin drug to lower your cholesterol, how much longer will you live – a few more years? A couple of extra months? Or can you count the difference in days?

We already know that statin manufacturers use imaginative statistical tricks to make a 1% reduction in heart attack risk seem impressive, but this is a new angle.

For the first time a recent study looked at all the scientific trials of statin drugs to see how long extra, on average, people lived by taking the drug.

The result? If people did not have heart disease they lived only 3 days longer on a statin drug – during drug trials that were on average five years long. If they did already have heart disease and took the drug daily for about five years they lived… 4 days longer.

The cost of these 4 extra days include the risk of side effects like feeling tired, lack of energy, slightly lowered IQ, muscle pain etc. – every day.

I think potential users of these drugs should be informed of these facts first.

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