You’ll find below many of the lies told by Big Pharma, as well as some very interesting and amazing facts quoted from the book Health Myths Exposed (How Western Medicine Undermines Your Health) by the well-known writer Shane Ellison.Realizing that the more we spend on drugs, the sicker we get, Health Myths Exposed sets out to discover the truth behind FDA-approved drugs and their impact on health.
Prepare to be shocked, and get ready to be angry! Most importantly, be ready to learn some amazing facts about yourself and how you can live a healthy life despite pharmaceutical drugs and modern physicians.
The U.S. spends 200 billion dollars annually on doctors’ prescriptions, and millions have been hypnotized into worshiping prescription drugs.
The Food and Drug Administration (the FDA) is responsible for regulating all pharmaceuticals, but many prescription drugs continue to be approved despite having known dangers. These include Lipitor, Prozac, Phen-Fen, and many more. Research shows that one individual dies about every five minutes from a so-called “approved” drug. Illicit drugs, directly and indirectly, kill an estimated 19,000 people annually. Paradoxically, the U.S. Government spends nearly $12 billion every year fighting a “war” against illicit drugs, yet the problems with FDA-approved drugs that kill hundreds of thousands continue to be ignored. In addition, an estimated two million people suffer from illnesses induced by prescription drugs, including obesity, diabetes, cancer, kidney disease, autism, depression, and heart failure. This trend is ignored by the complacent and shortsighted medical profession, which simply explains the symptoms as worsening health.
Western medicine was founded on deception, and it is motivated by an unquenchable thirst for wealth rather than health…
This thirst for profit has led to numerous health myths perpetuated on a daily basis by the media, with the goal being to sell more drugs to unsuspecting victims, lots more.
So, what are these myths?
Myth: FDA-Approved Drugs Are Safe and Effective
In the early 1900s, deaths and illnesses from drug poisoning reached a serious level. To address the problem, The Pure Food and Drug Act was passed in 1906. This new law heralded the birth of a brand-new watchdog agency: The Food and Drug Administration. This is their mission statement: “The FDA’s mission is to promote and protect public health by helping safe and effective products to reach the market in a timely way and monitoring products for continued safety after they are in use. Our work is a blend of law and science aimed at protecting consumers.”
To protect consumers from dangerous products in other markets, the FDA expanded its reach. To do this, the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 was enhanced by the 1938 Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. This act brought cosmetics and medical devices under the direct control of the FDA. It also required pharmaceutical drugs to be labeled with adequate directions for safe use. More importantly, it required premarket approval of new synthetic drugs.
Now that the FDA approves all pharmaceuticals, every one of us takes something or another!
Posicor was approved in 1997 for the treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension). Prior to its approval, the Posicor data showed more patients who were treated with the drug died than those taking a placebo, but this didn’t stop its approval by the FDA. After its release, 200 Americans died from using Posicor as directed. It was finally removed from the market in 1998.
The use of Vioxx led to heart attacks and strokes, but this didn’t prevent FDA approval. Studies found a nearly seven-fold increase in heart-attack risk with low doses of Vioxx, but this was ignored at approval. In 2000, a Merck study named VIGOR found a five-fold increase in heart attack risk with high doses of Vioxx. Two years later, another large-scale epidemiologic study reported a two-fold increase in heart attack risk with high doses of Vioxx, but doctors continued to prescribe it. Vioxx, sold in eighty countries, generated $2.5 billion in sales during 2003. In 2004, FDA scientist David Graham estimated that Vioxx had injured 88,000 to 139,000 Americans, with 30–40% probably dead.
Wellbutrin was withdrawn from the market in 1986 because of an unacceptable incidence of seizures. For unknown reasons, the FDA permitted it back on the market later that year. Between May 1998 and May 28, 2001, Health Canada and GlaxoSmithKline received 1,127 reports of adverse reactions to Wellbutrin. These dangers didn’t prevent prescriptions to children, with the number of prescriptions to children increasing by 195% between 1995 and 1999.
While millions of people take medication to treat heart problems, it seems that antiarrhythmic drugs, which treat irregular heart rhythms, are more dangerous than the failing heart. Two FDA-approved antiarrhythmic drugs known as flecainide and encainide clearly suppress arrhythmias. Unfortunately, studies reveal that they also suppress the heartbeat in general, because 2.5 times more patients taking these drugs die than those who do not!
The FDA-approved cholesterol-lowering drugs deserve the most attention. While many Americans have developed a love affair with these drugs, very few are aware of their negative side effects. Unknown to the public and many doctors, cholesterol-lowering drugs can be life threatening. In a letter to the Archives of Internal Medicine, Uffe Ravnskov, M.D., Ph.D. and his colleagues showed that in two of the three clinical trials that included healthy people, the chance of survival was better without the use of cholesterol-lowering drugs
In 1990, Prozac appeared on the cover of Newsweek magazine with the headline “Prozac: A Breakthrough Drug for Depression.” It was believed this drug could selectively inhibit the reuptake of serotonin (a brain neurotransmitter that is known to alter mood and behavior), so it could be used to treat depression. The first trials of Prozac were performed on dogs and cats. Every trial showed Prozac promoting aggression among these normally calm and friendly animals, as could be seen by increased hissing and growling. When the animals were taken off the drug, they returned to their usual friendly behavior. These trials concluded that Prozac causes aggressive behavior.
By mid-1978, Prozac testing progressed to humans in controlled clinical trials involving more than 4,000 patients. In an attempt to obtain positive evidence for its safety and effectiveness, the study allowed those who experienced the most severe side effects to drop out.
Despite the lack of a thorough scientific methodology, the study concluded that Prozac worked well to a “statistically significant” degree in a population of depressed patients.
These animal and human studies raised red flags about a potential causal relationship between Prozac and violence and suicides. Physicians have no way of knowing why Prozac elevates the mood of some individuals while lowering it among others, nor can they predict how any individual will respond emotionally or physically to the drug.
Despite these alarming truths, Eli Lilly obtained FDA approval in 1987 and launched the drug in early 1988, labeling Prozac as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). Since its approval, the potential for Prozac-induced suicide has become frighteningly clear to both professionals and the public. Under the FDA’s own analysis, there have been more than 20,000 Prozac-related suicides since 1987. Clinical studies of Prozac show 191 negative side effects for every 100 people. The greed behind the creators of Prozac knows no end. Despite its many adverse side effects, the FDA approved Prozac for child use in 2003. The name of the drug was later changed from Prozac to Sarafem.
Dangerous FDA-Approved Drugs Given to Our Children: Vaccines
On October 22, 1999, U.S. government officials decided that Rotashield, a vaccine for infant diarrhea, should no longer be recommended. Within the first year of approval, more than a hundred babies suffered from obstructed bowels as a direct result of the vaccine. This painful condition is known as intussusception, and treatment usually involves surgery. The public was led to believe that this effect was only recently discovered. On the contrary, on June 15, 2000, the Committee on Government Reform reported that it was well known during the drug’s clinical trials.
Of those participating in the meeting that determined the approval of Rotashield , more than half of the voters had financial ties to the vaccine. These included paid consultants, lobbyists, stockowners, patent holders, and employees of institutions and companies that would benefit from the vaccine’s approval.
Other commonly administered FDA-approved vaccines also have dangers associated with them. The New England Journal of Medicine reported that the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine is responsible for 35% of the cases of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
On May 3, 1985, the United States Senate Committee stated, “Every year, 35,000 children suffer neurological damage because of the DTaP vaccine.”
To support the profit from vaccines, parents are made to incorrectly believe that their children are required to have them to attend public schools. This fallacy is steeped in motives for profit. All state laws assert that your child is exempt from receiving vaccinations, and this applies whether you have a religious conviction or a personal belief against vaccinations.
Protecting our children from disease does not have to be a gamble.
Myth: Drug Approval Is Based on Science
Drug safety is a simple matter of majority rule, with 51% telling the other 49% that deadly drugs are safe and necessary. Science and personal choice no longer prevail in medicine. Instead, health tyranny, motivated by profit and asserted by scientists with gross conflicts of interest, dominates. Rent-a-quote physicians simply follow orders by mandating prescription drug addiction.
According to USA Today, more than half of the experts hired by the FDA to advise the government on the safety and effectiveness of medicines have direct financial relationships with pharmaceutical companies who will be helped, or hindered, by an approval decision. These conflicts include helping a pharmaceutical company invent a medicine before serving on the FDA advisory committee that decides whether the drug will be approved for human consumption. Most conflicts come in the form of stock ownership or relying on consulting fees or research grants from the drug industry.
“The people in charge [the FDA officials] don’t say, ‘Should we approve this drug?’ They say, ‘Hey, how can we get this drug approved?’” ─ Michael Elashoff, ex-FDA biostatistician
“The agency [the FDA] neglects drug safety in its rush to speed the drug-approval process because current laws and policies let the drug industry influence FDA decisions.” ─ Paul Stolley, MD, MPH, former senior consultant to the FDA
“The people who approve a drug when they see that there is a safety problem with it are very reluctant to do anything about it because it will reflect badly on them. They continue to let the damage occur…As currently configured, the FDA is not able to adequately protect the American people.” ─ Dr. David Graham, speaking to Crusader Magazine in 2005, FDA insider for over 20 years
The conflict of interest among the FDA has become so apparent that it has caught the attention of researchers at major universities. A team of Harvard University professors publicly advised physicians not to prescribe new drugs to their patients because their safety is not established despite FDA approval.
As the pharmaceutical industry grew, the FDA changed from an institution trying to protect public health from bad food to a rubber stamp organization that only considers public health when it is forced to by some gross public error.
Myth: Drug Advertising Promotes Health Awareness
America consumes more prescription drugs than any other country in the world. This addiction to prescription drugs is the result of direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising. As DTC advertising increases, so do drug sales.
Product claims in advertisements must meet the following criteria:
- Claims cannot be false or misleading
- Ads must present a fair balance between the risks and benefits of a drug
- Ads must convey the consequences of using the drug as advertised
- Ads must disclose all of the risks listed in the drug’s labeling
Despite guidelines set by the FDA, pharmaceutical companies often violate them. They overstate the benefits, broaden the use of a drug beyond the indicated patient population, and play down risks by camouflaging them with deceptive pictures. They do not include data of the therapeutic benefits, do not show results from clinical trials, and give a biased view of the benefits and risks of the drug.
Pfizer showed blatant disregard for FDA regulations when marketing Lipitor. The company advertised that rhabdomyolysis (a muscle deterioration exhibited by muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness) and myopathy (muscular wasting and weakness) only occurred when using drugs in the statin class other than Lipitor. (See the ads in Time, Reader’s Digest, Good Housekeeping, Woman’s Day, and Health for example.) Consequently, millions of doctors regurgitated this claim to their patients in an effort to ensure their use of Lipitor.
The violation: The Lipitor advertisements “fail to disclose that Lipitor has the same potential risk of rhabdomyolysis and myopathy as other lipid-lowering statin drugs.” Despite Pfizer’s noncompliance with the law, the FDA did not press charges, and the misleading advertising by the drug giant continued.
Our children are most at risk from false DTC advertising. Growing up with advertisements for prescription drugs ensures that these children become prescription drug worshipers at adulthood. Being unable to distinguish between the indoctrination in advertising and the truth, adults who grow up exposed to drug advertising will inevitably abandon healthy lifestyles and nutritional habits and instead reach for prescription drugs, and adverse drug events will become more frequent.
Myth: Pharmaceuticals Improve People’s Quality of Life
As is well documented in scientific journals and reported by media outlets nationwide, FDA-approved drugs kill an estimated 106,000 people every year. That equates to one individual dying every five minutes from “approved” drugs.
Three hundred people die every day from these approved drugs. This does not include deaths from medical errors, which add another 98,000 deaths per year to the atrocity.
In addition, an estimated two million people are victims of drug-induced illnesses. These can include drug-induced obesity, cancer, kidney disease, autism, depression, and heart failure.
People are hypnotized by DTC advertising to be oblivious to the adverse effects of prescription drugs. This is demonstrated in their willingness to swallow whatever their doctor prescribes them.
Where is the logic in western medicine? Millions of highly educated men and women spend decades learning how to become physicians, and the only solution for the sick is dangerous drugs? How about healthy lifestyle habits and nutrition? Unfortunately there is little profit in these. Nutritional supplements are not used by most medical doctors, and they are so enthralled by the drug propaganda that they demand even more drugs. Despite the documented dangers of prescription drugs, if drug approval slows and there is a subsequent lack of new approved drugs available, medical doctors consider it a crisis.
For every loser there is always a winner. Whether openly admitted to or not, the massive profit from negative side effects is the primary reason for why so little is done to curb the death toll from FDA-approved drugs. In addition to profits from the upfront sales of FDA-approved drugs, pharmaceutical companies and their client, the FDA (via the Prescription Drug User Fee Act), make billions from the negative side effects they elicit among users
Here’s an ironic story for you. A patient dies because of drugs. You cannot sue Big Pharma, because the doctors report it as a heart attack. Relatives of the deceased go into a deep depression and have painful headaches, so their doctors give them antidepressants. Big Pharma wins again!
Myth: Doctors are Wise to the Dangers of Prescription Drugs
Following your doctor’s orders has become synonymous with danger.
Doctors rely on peer-reviewed medical journals to learn about prescription drugs. These include the Lancet, the British Medical Journal, the New England Journal of Medicine, and the Journal of the American Medical Association. We assume these professional journals offer the hard science behind any given drug, but this assumption is wrong. Thanks to medical ghostwriting, medical journals cannot be trusted.
Medical ghostwriting is the practice of hiring researchers to crank out drug reports that hype the benefits while playing down the negative side effects. The drug companies then recruit doctors to put their names on the reports as authors. These reports are then published in the above-mentioned medical journals.
The editor of the British Journal of Medicine acknowledged how medical ghostwriting has become a serious problem for his publication: “We are being hoodwinked by the drug companies. The articles come in with doctors’ names on them, and we often find some of them have little or no idea about what they have written.”
Susanna Rees, a former medical ghostwriter, states, “Medical writing agencies go to great lengths to disguise the fact that the papers they ghostwrite and submit to journals and conferences are ghostwritten on behalf of pharmaceutical companies and not by the named authors.”
Ghostwriter 1: “I agreed to do two reviews for a supplement to appear under the names of respected ‘authors.’ I was given an outline, references, and a list of drug-company approved phrases. I was asked to sign an agreement stating that I would not disclose anything about the project. I was pressured to rework my drafts to position the product more favorably.”
Ghostwriter 2: “I was told exactly what the drug company expected and given explicit instructions about what to play up and what to play down.”
Another weapon of mass deception exists: checkbook science. As defined by Diana Zuckerman, Ph.D., checkbook science is research intended not to expand knowledge or benefit humanity but rather to sell products. It has stolen the very soul of academic research, the scientific method, and the patients who serve as human subjects.
Checkbook science explains the approval of deadly drugs. Leveraging their financial power, drug companies structure the protocol designed to study whether or not a drug is safe. They choose the investigators from academic and government institutions, and, in many cases, they are involved in the collation, interpretation, and reporting of data. Akin to medical ghostwriting, this practice allows drug companies to conceal the dangers associated with drugs while highlighting the benefits.
Myth: Nutritional Supplements are Dangerous and Ineffective
Mother Nature has traditionally been the guide for the design and synthesis of new drugs. Therefore, most drugs have a natural alternative, a much safer one! Let’s look at some examples.
Ritalin and many other stimulants are knockoffs of the active ingredients found in ma huang (ephedra). Ma huang is a safe and effective stimulant that increases mental focus without damaging brain cells.
Cholesterol-lowering drugs, known as statins, are copies of the natural ingredient found in red yeast rice. Like with the drugs, red yeast rice can dangerously lower cholesterol levels, and it is not advisable to use red yeast rice to lower cholesterol.
Aspirin, the drug that your doctor tells you to take daily, is a knockoff of the active ingredient found in white willow bark. The side effects of Aspirin are so severe that they can cause a higher death rate relative to the populations who do not take it, but white willow bark tea remains a safe and effective pain reliever.
Baicalein, an anticancer drug used for those suffering from leukemia, is a knockoff of the active ingredient found in the roots of Chinese skullcap (Scuterllaria baicalensis). Chinese skullcap is a safe and effective natural cancer fighter that induces cell suicide (apoptosis) among leukemia-derived cancer cells.
There are two important distinctions between the drugs and the plant-based predecessors. Prescription drugs are single isolates, whereas nutritional supplements contain multitudes of active substances. Because of the “synergy” obtained from the multitude of active ingredients, the nutritional supplement is typically safer and more effective than its drug counterpart.
Prevention could not be any easier. Taking nutritional supplements in food or in a capsule requires no great expense, no doctor’s appointment, and no physical work whatsoever.
Myth: High Cholesterol Is a Major Risk Factor for Heart Disease
They say, “Lower your cholesterol and prevent heart disease!”
Medical doctors, drug manufacturers, and nutritional supplement companies make billions of dollars by browbeating us into believing this statement. Despite the exuberance with which the claim is made, this standard health myth can be debunked faster than your doctor can prescribe Lipitor.
Heart disease, the leading cause of death for those aged 35 and older, is clinically defined as the narrowing or hardening of the arteries that transport blood away from the heart to various other organs in the body. This ensures the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to all areas of the body, and the process by which arteries become narrow or hardened because of plaque is referred to as atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis greatly inhibits circulation, and heart attack or stroke is the result.
Searching for a correlation between cholesterol levels and atherosclerosis is as simple as looking at the arteries of dead people, and this search began in the early 1960s.
For 20 deceased patients, as well as 200 more cases selected from medical libraries, all cholesterol levels had been measured within 16 hours of death. No correlation was observed between these patients’ blood cholesterol levels and the amount or severity of atherosclerotic plaque within their arteries. Cholesterol levels, whether high or low, had no impact on the growth of atherosclerotic plaque, the major cause of heart disease. Among 106 cases studied, the level of cholesterol did not affect atherosclerotic changes in plaque.
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that at autopsy there was no correlation between total cholesterol levels and atherosclerosis in patients who died suddenly.
At a meeting of the Turkish Cardiology Association, Prof.Dr. Ahmet Aydın, an opponent of the use of statins, said, “It’s not the cholesterol but inflammation responsible for atherosclerotic plaque. The nutrients causing these include margarine, sunflower oil, and corn oil. Statins also decrease the amount of hormones in men and women and cause Alzheimer’s, muscle weakness, and cataracts. Anyone not knowing this is uneducated. If they know but ignore it, they are immoral and dishonest.”
Prof. Dr. Canan Karatay (Cardiologist): “I make my patients quit taking pills. It’s a known fact that none of the foods raise cholesterol. Not knowing is being closed to science. We oppose the selling of cholesterol pills like candies. Walk 20 minutes every day, eat healthy natural food, and don’t take any drugs.”
Mevlüt Durmuş (Specialized Biologist): “Akiro Endo was the first person to find statin. He was trying to make an antibiotic. Statin is a direct cell destroyer.”
Prof. Dr. Ahmet Rasim: “Decreasing cholesterol has no effect on heart attack or hemiplegia. So we should ask, ‘What’s the use of drugs?’ Cholesterol is the main building block for the cell membranes, and it’s good for it! There’s no relation between cholesterol and death. High usage of cholesterol drugs increases the amount of brain damage in old people.”
Myth: Cholesterol is Bad for You
Fact: High cholesterol increases longevity.
According to the American Heart Association, over 105 million Americans have total cholesterol levels of 200 mg/dL or higher. To the pharmaceutical industry, this equates to 105 million potential customers. In order to turn these people into patients, America has been told that cholesterol is bad, so the lower the better.
The art of turning healthy people into patients
With dollar signs in their eyes, drug companies have launched a massive fear campaign about cholesterol. They have convinced the entire world that LDL-cholesterol is bad and that total cholesterol levels should remain below 200 mg/dL to prevent heart disease. This is untrue and based on financial conflicts of interest in the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP). Of the nine members of the NCEP panel that wrote the guidelines, only one had no financial links to makers of cholesterol-lowering drugs.
While the democracy of the group has defined what forms of cholesterol are “bad” and “good” and what levels are “safe” and “unsafe,” scientific fact has exposed this ugly perversion of science for what it is: Greed.
The professional alarmists at the NCEP have successfully created a problem by providing a false solution: the cholesterol-lowering drugs known as “fibrates” and the newer class of drugs known as “statins.”
Turning healthy people into patients has proven to be a great business model for drug companies. In this model, they create the problem (cholesterol), wait for a reaction, and then offer a solution (cholesterol-lowering drugs). Statins are the most widely sold pharmaceutical drugs in history.
With the diversity of the human body being as vast as the oceans, how is it that everyone should have the same cholesterol level? Perhaps all women should have big breasts, and all men should have large penises, right? Or maybe we should all have exactly the same heart rate and breathing rate, too? This is wrong, but the idea that all people are, or should be, biologically identical is popular among drug companies. Promoting this provides them with a larger market for their drugs.
Ok, so what the hell is Cholesterol?
1. The body uses cholesterol to manufacture steroids and cortisone-like hormones, such as the sex hormones. These hormones include testosterone, estrogen, and cortisone. Combined, these hormones control a myriad of bodily functions.
2. Cholesterol helps the liver produce bile acids. These acids are essential for properly digesting fats and ridding the body of waste products.
3. Cholesterol acts to interlock “lipid molecules,” which stabilize cell membranes. As such, cholesterol is the building block for all bodily tissues.
4. Most notably, cholesterol is an essential part of the myelin sheath. The myelin sheath is similar to the plastic coating on a copper wire and ensures the brain functions properly by aiding the passage of electrical impulses. Without the myelin sheath, it is difficult to focus and we can experience memory loss. This is why those on cholesterol-lowering drugs have notoriously bad memories. Few users recognize this side effect because they forget how important having a memory is.
5. Finally, cholesterol has beneficial effects on the immune system. Men with high cholesterol have stronger immune systems than those with low cholesterol, as can be seen by the fact that they have more lymphocytes, total T cells, helper T cells, and CD8+ cells. Many strains of bacteria, which causes us to get sick, are almost totally neutralized by LDL cholesterol.
Because of its importance, cholesterol must be circulated to all parts of the body via the estimated 100,000 miles of arteries and veins within the adult human body. Its circulation is based on the fact that oil and water do not mix. Cholesterol is an oily substance, termed a lipid, and cannot blend smoothly with the water-based blood. To transport this insoluble lipid through the bloodstream, the body packages it into special “vehicles” called lipoproteins.
The main cholesterol-carrying vehicle in the body is termed low-density lipoprotein or LDL. Because this LDL carries the lipid known as cholesterol, it is referred to as LDL-cholesterol. Another form of lipoprotein, and there are numerous forms, is known as high-density lipoprotein or HDL-cholesterol. The notion that one is bad and the other is good is based simply on the fact that LDL-cholesterol has been found to be one of the many components of arterial plaque, while HDL has been shown to transport cholesterol back to the liver. The simplistic notion that one is good and the other bad is pharmaceutical sales rhetoric.
Bad cholesterol is as real as the Easter Bunny. Whether a person’s cholesterol is high or low, LDL-cholesterol will continue to be a component of plaque. There is no relationship between the amount of LDL-cholesterol and the severity of plaque. Plaque is nature’s “Band Aid” to the damaged inner layer of the artery, known medically as the endothelium. Without the packaging of LDL-cholesterol, we would not be alive. How can this be bad?
If cholesterol is not the cause, what’s the cause of heart attacks?
• Oxidized Low-Density Lipoproteins (LDL)
• High blood pressure
• High blood sugar and insulin attributed to insulin resistance or diabetes
• Increased levels of homocysteine attributed to lack of folic acid and vitamin B12
• Increased levels of cortisol (i.e., stress)
• Lack of exercise
• Lack of vitamin C
This is not an attack on western medicine. In fact, the latest technology in emergency medicine has been an asset to the longevity of human life. Endeavors made by emergency room doctors are admirable and heroic to say the least, and their dedication to saving human lives often goes unrecognized. Emergency room doctors perform miracles daily.
However, this is an attack on the ignorance and greed of certain people, including doctors, patients, and pharmaceutical companies. The reliance on drugs, surgery, and high-tech equipment to treat our unwillingness to take responsibility for our own health is killing us.
True health needs to be embraced when you have it. It is priceless! You cannot buy it, sell it, or barter it, so be aware of its value.
Love yourself, and love others. Hold unconditional love inside no matter what. Forgive yourself and others. Real love only comes when you have it in your heart.
– Health Myths Exposed, By Ellison M. Sc. Shane, Shane Ellison
– Hidden Truth about Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs: How to Avoid Heart Disease, By Shane Ellison