...to statins for elevated cholesterol. That was my decision after mind numbing research on the internet.
In the Body Maintenance, I posted that the doctor said with my family history and my cholesterol numbers, I was a candidate for stroke. That scared me enough to start taking the presribed Zocor generic. At the time, I started taking the drug, I also knew that I would stop taking the drug in just a couple of weeks. It didn't take that long.
The routine of taking the statin and stopping had been done before. Perhaps five or six times.
There is lots of discussion on the internet about statins -- pro and con. Considering the profit motive on both sides, it is difficult to determine the truth in any of this. All seem to have biases one way or another as they market books, their health supplements or just healthy living. Hopefully, I have ignored all of those.
The best overall article about the subject of statins was found in Business Week from 2008: Do Cholesterol Drugs Do Any Good.
Some history and background about cholesterol and heart disease is contained in You Bet Your Life by Michael Eades.
Another article questions Statin Drugs. How Safe? How Effective?
Another questioner wonders: The Cholesterol Con: Where Were The Doctors
Michael Eades has several posts on the subject of research of statins, cholesterol and heart disease.
The best may be this one: http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/cardiovascular-disease/statinators-spill-the-beans/
Several articles are at SpaceDoc. How To Determine If You Really Need a Statin is most interesting. It speaks of detail about the varieties of cholesterol floating in the bloodstream. My belief is that the researchers really don't know what affects what and which of the many identifiable particles contribute to what in the body.
There were hundreds more articles and references. Really. I didn't need anymore corroboration to stop taking the drug.
The disturbing relationship between the FDA and the drug companies has been noted in many of those previous references above. To get more people taking these drugs, the FDA has approved statin use for people who don't have cholesterol problems.
What is the real risk to me for not taking a statin. Don't really know. In all the internet searches, I came across this heart attack or stroke risk assessment at Consumers Reports. The results showed that I had a 23% chance of a heart attack or stroke in the next ten years. For someone in optimal health, their risk was 11%.
To me, that difference is not worth taking the statin.
It is a mathematical fact that fifty percent of all doctors graduate in the bottom half of their class. ~Author Unknown