Category: ‘Bad’ Science

A critical view of the “Mediterranean Diet”

| June 29, 2013
A critical view of the “Mediterranean Diet”




MONDAY, Feb. 25  (Health Day News) —- the headline read:  Score another heart-health win for the Mediterranean diet The New York Times reported the results of the February 2012 “Mediterranean Diet” study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (and funded by olive oil-producing Spain). “About 30 percent of heart attacks, strokes and deaths […]






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West of Scotland Coronary Prevention Study – how study statistics are manipulated

| March 18, 2013 | 6 Replies
West of Scotland Coronary Prevention Study – how study statistics are manipulated




In 1995, the results of the West of Scotland Coronary Prevention Study (WOSCPS) were presented in a press release: “People with high cholesterol can rapidly reduce … their risk of death 22 percent by taking a widely prescribed drug called pravastatin. This is the conclusion of a landmark study presented today at the annual meeting […]






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Should Women take Statin Drugs – ever?

| November 27, 2012 | 2 Replies
Should Women take Statin Drugs – ever?




A true story… In 1987, Mevacor, the first statin cholesterol-lowering drug, was introduced in record short time. Within a decade, Zocor, Pravachol, Lescol, Lipitor and Baycol were added. In August 2001, after 31 deaths from a muscle-destroying side effect, Bayer of Germany withdrew Baycol. While clinical studies have demonstrated a small benefit among people with […]






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The controversial study that started the War on Cholesterol…

| June 14, 2012 | Reply
The controversial study that started the War on Cholesterol…




Revisiting the Coronary Primary Prevention Trial (CPPT) – 1973 to 1984 Launched in 1973 by the National Institutes of Health, the Coronary Primary Prevention Trial (CPPT) set out to prove that lowering blood cholesterol with a drug and a low cholesterol, low saturated fat diet would reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and extend […]






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Should You Take a Daily Aspirin?

| April 22, 2012 | Reply
Should You Take a Daily Aspirin?




Behind the headlines – the Aspirin Component of the Physicians’ Health Study Led by Dr. Charles Hennekens, the Steering Committee of the Physicians’ Health Study was charged with investigating the effect of aspirin on the risk of a person suffering a first cardiovascular event.  Beginning in 1982, extensive preliminary screening eliminated individuals who had any […]






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Low Cholesterol Associated With 75 Percent Of All Heart Attacks!

| February 6, 2012 | 8 Replies
Low Cholesterol Associated With 75 Percent Of All Heart Attacks!




  “I have come to realize that there is, literally, no evidence that can dent the cholesterol hypothesis… The effect of this study on the cardiovascular research community was….as you would expect…nothing at all, a deafening silence…” Dr. Malcolm Kendrick, UK cardiologist A nationwide study conducted by UCLA School of Medicine found that 75 percent […]






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The Crestor Study: It’s all about relative risk statistics!

| January 31, 2012 | Reply
The Crestor Study: It’s all about relative risk statistics!




Released with much fanfare in April 2009, a new study on the cholesterol-lowering statin drug Crestor made the front page of the New York Times with the headline:  “Taking the statin Crestor, also known as rosuvastatin, slashed the risk of heart attack by more than half.” The buzz:  Crestor lowered the risk for heart disease by […]






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