Thursday, 5 May 2011

Lunatic Advice...

There was an article on the BBC today about a study that is recommending that people over 55 are routinely prescribed statins and blood-pressure lowering tablets.

Check the link

Interestingly the study's lead researcher Professor Sir Nicholas Wald is also the director of The Wolfson Institute who's sponsors include the following:

    Barts and The London Charity
    British Heart Foundation
    BUPA Foundation
    Camden PCT
    Cancer Research UK
    City and Hackney PCT
    CSIP - Care Services Improvement Partnership
    DH - Department of Health
    EPSRC - Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
    ESRC - Economic and Social Research Council
    EU - Commission of the European Community
    Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme (NHS)
    Genomica SA Sociedad Unipersonal
    Glaxo Smith Kline
    Home Office
    HTA - Health Technology Assessment Programme (NHS)
    Institute of Child Health
    McNeil AB
    Memorial Sloan Kettering
    MHRA - Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
    MRC - Medical Research Council
    NicoNovum AB
    NIH - National Institute for Health (US)
    Princess Grace Hospital
    Royal Society of Medicine Press
    Tower Hamlets PCT
    Wellcome Trust
    Wolfson Foundation

Pharmaceutical companies highlighted

From here

So what we've got is a man 'Professor Sir' who is funded by drug manufacturers recommending that everyone over 55 takes more drugs


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Does anyone else see this? And have the BBC pointed this out?

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Why Benecol et al are complete crap!

It is quite simple really:

Pregnant women should not take statins as the lowering of cholesterol has been found to be associated (I'm not prepared to say causes - unlike some reputable people I have integrity and understand the difference between causation and association) with birth defects in babies.

Egg yolks contain a lot of cholesterol and they grow into healthy chickens thus growing animals need cholesterol.

If Benecol et al actually did anything to reduce cholesterol in a meaningful way - they'd be prescription-only; not sold to anyone who wants to spread something on their bread that is a couple of molecules away from plastic!