UPDATE September 27, 2015 – FDA Adverse Events Reporting System from the United States Federal Drug Administration statistics as reported.

Warning from STATIN DRUGS Side Effects and the Misguided War on Cholesterol©2004-2008 by Duane Graveline MD SHOCKING UPDATE! Statin drugs that lower cholesterol levels interfere with brain function and can induce symptoms interpreted as MS, ALS and Parkinson’s Disease. It is also being shown that cholesterol levels have nothing to do with heart disease!!

Conflict of interest http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2003/06/14/conflict-interest-part-two.aspx

Conflict of interest: Readers need to be aware of the influence of financial support, sponsorship, advertising on drug research … some articles state possible conflict of interest. Is science served by authors who design studies to support a position that has already been decided according to financial gain? 

An eye opener from Dr Mercola’s newsletter re doctors and drug industry

STATIN USE HAS JUMPED 150% Found on http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/07/17/statin-use-has-jumped-150-percent.aspx?source=nl

Use of the cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins rose by 156 percent between 2000 and 2005, rising from 15.8 million people to 29.7 million people. Spending on the drugs jumped from $7.7 billion to $19.7 billion annually over the same period. The total number of outpatient prescriptions for statins rose from about 90 million in 2000 to nearly 174 million in 2005. Each individual spent $484 a year on average on statins in 2000; this rose to $661 by 2005. Statins include atorvastatin, sold by Pfizer under the brand name Lipitor; pravastatin or Pravachol, sold by Bristol Myers Squibb; fluvastatin, sold by Novartis under the brand name Lescol, and several others. Sources: Reuters June 25, 2008

Other links Dr Mercola http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2005/05/28/cholesterol-heart.aspx