Over prescribing & Statin therapy
The chief medical officer for England has called for an independent review of the safety and efficacy of medicines. Dame Sally Davies is worried that recent controversies over the use of medicines have damaged faith in the way research is carried out and presented.
The CMO told the Academy of Medical Sciences she was very concerned" about a view that doctors and scientists are "untrustworthy".
She set out her concerns in a letter, sent in February, to the president of the Academy, Prof Sir John Tooke. In this, she cited recent debates over the use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs for people at low risk of developing heart disease, and the anti-viral treatment Tamiflu. taken from BBC
The truth about Cholesterol
The Many Vital Roles of Cholesterol and the Myths & Truths
“Its like blaming the ambulance for blocking the road not the car crash”
Through a complex system of hormonal checks and balances, our bodies know when to make more cholesterol, and when to back off as dietary supply meets daily needs.
Forming the backbone for numerous steroid hormones manufactured in the ovaries, testicles and adrenal glands, cholesterol plays a critical role in controlling the body’s stress response, defence system, sexual development, and numerous other metabolic functions. It’s also a major component of cholecalciferol (also known as Vitamin D3, made in skin exposed to sunlight), which assures proper absorption of calcium and phosphorus, maintains normal muscle tone and takes part in several immune and reproductive processes. read more