Posted: May 26, 2010 9:44 pm
by Shrunk
generalsemanticist wrote:
GenesForLife wrote:What pathogenic diseases are statins prescribed for? <facepalm>

Statins also treat one of the causes of atherosclerosis, in the sense they block an enzyme called HMG-CoA reductase , which reduces blood cholesterol, therefore lowering the risk of plaque buildup in the coronary artery, now, what symptom do statins treat? they treat a cause.

You do not know the cause of atherosclerosis. This is the logic;

1. your chloresterol readings are high
2. this drug has been proven to lower it
3. take this drug

But doctor, why is my chloresterol reading high?
Don't ask questions, just take the drug.

I have high cholesterol. I worked with my doctor for over a year trying various interventions such as exercise and diet (under direction of a dietician) to lower it, to no avail. We already knew I was genetically predisposed, which my MD discerned by taking a detailed family history, so it seems this was overwhelming any of the other interventions we were trying. It was only after this that I've finally been started on statin drugs. If it is effective, it will statistically lower my chances of dying of a cardiac event in the next ten years.

My perception of advocates of alternative medicine is that they ignore reality and prefer to live in a fantasy world where a long and healthy life is easily guaranteed, and is only prevented by powerful evil organizations conspiring to profit from illness. Your doing a great job of confirming this.