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Before you submit to a statin prescription, listen to this book (or any of the many others like it). It isn't an alarmist, tin-foil hat book, but one that presents the research, including the results that the drug companies may have played down or omitted in their desire to push their pills into the multi-billion-dollar market. The information presented here is especially relevant to women, since we women react differently to statins than men do and also have different CVD risks. I thought the author was very fair in presenting the facts. There are some situations in which statins are appropriate; however, to hand them out like candy to a wide variety of patients is dangerous, and the author clearly explains why this is so and how serious the side effects can be. She also explains how the baselines for cholesterol levels were established and what factors need to be considered in your decision to go on statins or not. Excellent book that everyone should read in this day and age of pill pushing.
This book needs to be read and or heard by all! My Dr wants to put me on a statin. I don't usually arbitrarily do what my Dr tells me with out researching side effects etc. It would for me being a lay type person hard to follow with reading and interpreting much of the numbers, staitics and medical jargon in this book, but did get alot out of the Audio version. Dr Roberts expains the many adversed side affects vs the relative small percentage of helping a patient She also mentions how the big drug companies are pushing their products and what that culture has seem to become with medical insittuions etc BOTTOM LINE! Do what ever you can not to get on Statins!