Operation Transformation; reduce your cholesterol without statins.

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Operation Transformation is an Irish TV show which has been on our screens for the last 6 years. It’s great TV and highly entertaining; probably not quite as good as it was when Gerry Ryan was the main man, but a great show all the same. It’s about people losing weight and changing their lives for a happier and healthier existence.

I thought part of last night’s show was (in part) quite ironic. One of the five leaders is Gavin from Tallaght. His description on the website states “Recently separated, Gavin (35) is starting over but his weight is preventing him from moving on. Originally from Tallaght, he now lives in Kill, Co. Kildare. He has four children, who he sees regularly and are a major source of motivation to him.” Gavin seems like a really nice fella and I was particularly interested to see that he works at Pfizer. Even his friends, the Pfizer staff, seemed lovely. Meh! (Now I feel like I can’t write about Pfizer’s wrongdoings but you can always Google it yourself). I must be going soft! Now Pfizer, you may be aware make Lipitor, a statin which lowers cholesterol. Wiki: “The best selling drug in pharmaceutical history, sales of Lipitor since it was approved in 1996 exceed US$125 billion, and the drug has topped the list of best-selling branded pharmaceuticals in the world for nearly a decade.”

Statins are the drug of the moment and doctors have effectively pushed this family of drugs on a huge percentage of our population. Huge pharmaceutical marketing campaigns have led the majority of us to believe that these drugs are a wonder drug for all. Side effects rarely get a mention. I had never heard of the book ‘Lipitor, Thief of memory‘, until today when I read this post on the ‘Hayden Institute’. Here’s a quote from this site:

“The most common side effect associated with statin drugs is muscle pain and weakness. The symptoms are most likely due to the depletion of CoQ10, a nutrient that supports muscle function. One study found that 98 percent of patients taking Lipitor and one-third of the patients taking Mevachor (a lower-dose statin) suffered from muscle problems. A Denmark study that evaluated 500,000 patients found that taking statins for one year raised the risk of nerve damage by about 15 percent—about one case for every 2,200 patients. For those who took statins for two or more years, the additional risk rose to 26 percent.”

Another quote from an article in ‘Time’ magazine from Prof Healy:

“If you [look at] statins to lower cholesterol or drugs for osteoporosis, there’s no obvious benefit like there is from wearing a parachute when you jump out of a plane. You often just don’t feel good and you may feel a good deal worse. There isn’t even a proven benefit at the end. What you’ve got is proof in the sense of demonstrating that over a six-week period, you can show a marginal change that we have agreed to call a change for the ‘better.’ [The point is that the measure doesn’t necessarily mean your health will improve, but rather is just a marker linked with a reduction in risk.]”

So my point? Doctors are increasingly pushing statins on the general population, including the healthy. Now that’s ingenious marketing! Ignoring the pharma industry’s billions spent on marketing and doing our own research may be a better idea. Again, informed consent. These drugs may possibly cause muscle damage, memory loss, energy loss, diabetes, and depression, for very little gain. Check the side-effects (of any drug) on RxISK. Again, seriously, were we all born with inherent defects which only the billion dollar pharma industry can fix? C’mon, wake up and smell the coffee/bull.

Doctor Ava raises a good point. Gavin reduced his cholesterol in less than 4 weeks, from 6.8 to 4.3 with diet and exercise. Are the possible side-effects of taking statins worth the risk, when it’s entirely possible to lower cholesterol unaided as Gavin has shown?

Operation Transformation.

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5 thoughts on “Operation Transformation; reduce your cholesterol without statins.

  1. Today’s Greatest Mental Health Need: Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal Programs

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-peter-breggin/psychiatric-drug-withdrawal_b_1962680.html

    The pharmaceutical industry and organized psychiatry act as if the greatest challenge today is to identify new psychiatric disorders, to promote the supposedly high prevalence of existing disorders, and to find new blockbuster drugs, all the while heavily promoting current moneymakers. Even the United Nations is involved in “World Mental Health Day,” announcing that depression is a “global health crisis”:

    10 October 2012 — Terming depression, which afflicts 350 million people worldwide, an “under-appreciated global health crisis,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for an international effort to increase access to a wide variety of effective and affordable treatments and remove the social stigma attached to the illness.

    This current barrage of “educational” propaganda on behalf of pharmaceutic interests is even supported by the State Department, which heavily endorses the industry’s astroturf lobbying group, called the National Alliance on Mental Illness:

    In the United States, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) observes a week of awareness in the first full week of October by the direction of a congressional order passed in 1990. NAMI reports that one in four U.S. adults experiences a mental health problem in any given year. One in 17 lives with serious, chronic illness.

    A key player is the World Federation for Mental Health, whose multi-color brochure declares Oct. 10, 2012 as “World Mental Health Day,” again targeting depression in its booklet title: “Depression: A Global Crisis.” Perhaps because markets for psychiatric medications in the industrialized world are getting saturated and because drug companies and their products have been coming under heavy criticism, the “World Mental Health Day” is mostly aimed at poorer nations. The World Federation for Mental Health booklet advocates the use of antidepressant drugs. This colorful document was “made possible” by… guess whom? The only three sponsors are companies that make psychiatric drugs: Eli Lilly, Otsuka and Lundbeck.

    Is this what we really need? More diagnoses, more patients, more psychiatric drugs spreading like a chemical plague throughout the world? We are now learning that the longer-term use of some of these psychiatric drugs can cause chronic mental disability. Several of my books (for example and for example), recently bolstered by Robert Whitaker’s, leave no doubt that the evidence for longer-term efficacy (months or years) is insufficient, while the evidence for longer-term harm is escalating. Studies are showing that this chronicity actually reflects physical damage to the brain. Studies — included in my books and revealing changes to the brain from antidepressants, from the so-called antipsychotic drugs (the neuroleptics), from stimulants and from benzodiazepines and prescription sleep medications — are piling up, documenting patient risks. In my professional experience, psychiatric drug-induced chronic brain impairment is now a much greater threat to society than the emotional problems that the drugs are supposed to treat.

    With so much objective misery oppressing people in poor countries, everything from war to famine, it is bizarre and misleading to talk about 350 million worldwide with depression. Most of all, the poor countries need increased liberty, opportunity, and economic growth. As Ethan Watters documents in his book Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche, the last thing these countries need is to import our biological psychiatric diagnoses and drugs into their societies.

    When people are not overwhelmed by oppressive life circumstances, which must be rectified, in my opinion the best forms of help for depressed people are supportive and encouraging human relationships. When professional help is needed or desired, depression is best approached through psychotherapy, counseling and other human services. Studies have documented that this works and doesn’t have the adverse effects of drugs. We agree with Dr. Norman B. Anderson, the CEO of the American Psychological Association, who has called for therapy to be made the first choice of treatment for depression.

    Tragically, despite the harm being done by psychiatric drugs, trying to withdraw from these chemicals can be very distressing and even life-threatening. Psychiatric drug withdrawal needs to be done responsibly and thoughtfully. But the alternative of continuing to take psychiatric drugs indefinitely increases the risk of damage, and even shortened lifespan in some patient populations. Instead of persisting in pushing psychiatric drugs, health professionals and organizations around the world would do far more good by developing and supporting programs for psychiatric drug withdrawal. My new book Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal provides the guidelines for withdrawing from psychiatric drugs as safely as possible.

    But who’s going to sponsor these reform efforts? Not the UN. Not the State Department. Not the drug companies. Not organized medicine and psychiatry. It will take a grassroots demand led by professionals with conscience, concerned patients, and responsible citizens.

    Peter R. Breggin, MD is a psychiatrist in Ithaca, New York, and the author of the newly available book, Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal: A Guide for Prescribers, Therapists, Patients and Their Families. His professional webpage is http://www.breggin.com. He and his wife Ginger are founders of the nonprofit Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy, Education, and Living (www.empathictherapy.org) with an upcoming international conference for professionals and laypersons in April 2013.

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    1. Thanks for the comment David,

      Yep, a pharma sponsored depression awareness campaign, no surprise there. I’m well aware of Peter Breggin’s website, it’s a great source of information and he has done wonders raising awareness of the dangers of SSRIs. I absolutely agree with him that today’s greatest Mental Health need is for psychiatric drug withdrawal programs. These drugs are causing untold damage to increasing numbers of unsuspecting people, who go to their (maybe pharma propped) doctor or psychiatrist, and come out with dangerous pills.

      Sadly, it seems even the supposedly educated doctors know very little about the adverse-effects of these drugs. I spoke to a doc in an addiction center near where I live. I was looking for help for a person who is totally addicted to prescription drugs. He said ‘but sure SSRIs aren’t addictive’. I didn’t bother to argue but was just saddened that this idiot worked in an addiction center and yet knew so little. No doubt families are spending a fortune, some remortgaging their homes, to get their loved-ones help in ‘specialist’ centers like this one.

      The argument that ‘experts’ use ‘that a person doesn’t crave the next antidepressant’ is a moot point. The fact is, that a large number of users will suffer terrible withdrawal when trying to come off these drugs. If that’s not addiction, well then, what is?

      Leonie

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  2. Is there not an ‘Association Against Quakedoctory’ in the republic of Ireland?
    It’s a freehand translation, A.A.Q, of the organisation existing here. Operation Trans. runs here as well, in BE and in DE too (I think it’s a franchise like Big Brother was back in the late 90s?). Are they product-placing there, in-person, as opposed to on-screen?
    That’s kinda pushing-it, no?

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      1. Oh, sry: totally obscure?; yeah, I got it backwards I think: Gavin ‘works’ for Phizer, but he didn’t use their treatments to loose weight; and that wasn’t what was being presented to the public audience? A miss-reading on my part. Thanks for the video too, interesting to see one of the ….panel speaks with a foreign intonation : seems to be part of the franchise model in all the countries the show is playing.
        When I first read your post yesterday, I thought it suggested that Gavin had used Phizer cures to loose weight. So yeah: whoops, that was the intention with the statement of ‘using product-people, instead of product-placement’. ie. presenting a human being on-screen who is testifying to the effectiveness of a given cure, and doing so using their own (semi-naked) human form on-screen as a proof for the effectiveness of that cure. Whereas, product-placement has more to do with the cloths presenters don, or glimpses of products in the on-screen background that viewers see unconsciously while following their ‘favourite’ (exciting &c.) sit-down tv-presentation.

        so yes; hope that’s a little clear now. BTW a more accurate translation of ‘Vereniging tegen de Kwakzalverij’ [VtdK], is thé ‘Society against Quackery’
        http://www.kwakzalverij.nl/
        Since I arrived here in this country in 1998, we’ve always had folders in the chemists that ask the public to relay side-effects, for instance, of anything they purchase (as a consumer &c);
        In much a similar way that the organisation RxISK does in the English-speaking EU-countries today via the internet; that facility has always been present here and present in the same premises that folk purchase goods & services labelled & intended to be of any specific service in a specific way identified on that labelling.

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