Statin Drugs are Bad for You and Why You Need Cholesterol
Interview with Andreas Moritz
Interviewed by Raena Morgan
June 10, 2009
Raena Morgan: What about the role of statins in controlling heart disease and cholesterol? What are the ill effects? Are there some ill effects?
Andreas Moritz: This is probably the most controversial field of medicine,-
RM: I think so.
AM: -particularly since statin drugs are the biggest money makers of all time.
RM: Of all time.
AM: So they’re pushing them and now into developing countries as well. Over they years they have measured cholesterol levels, they considered them normal, like two hundred was considered normal, they’re trying to push it down. Every couple of years they adjust the cholesterol levels to lower levels, so that means overnight you suddenly have millions of more patients that require- that were healthy people then suddenly the next day they’re not healthy anymore because their level of cholesterol is higher than they’re supposed to have.
AM: And there is no science behind what is a normal cholesterol level. Every day almost I get people that- and there are studies to show that all the people age 60 or older to have two hundred and thirty cholesterol is absolutely normal, and if you lower it you put them at risk for producing certain hormones in the body, and cardiovascular problems develop from lowering cholesterol. There are new studies to show that lowering the cholesterol is actually extremely damaging and can put you into a category of developing cancer. So you are- and heart disease, by the way, because the cholesterol is used as a stress hormone foremost of all. LDL, VLDL, very low density lipoproteins are basically stress hormones that go to an area of inflammation. When you have a- if you cut your finger, one of the first hormones that go there is cholesterol. It helps with the sealing off, stopping the bleeding, stopping to heal the wound developing scar tissue.
RM: That’s amazing.
AM: So it is a survival mechanism when cholesterol goes to some areas. And if you lower the cholesterol, you put your risk of not being able to heal yourself when there is damage, internal or external.
RM: So we need our cholesterol?
AM: We absolutely need it. Now there’s another factor to the cholesterol, and that is the liver. If the liver- the liver is the cholesterol producing organ number one. You can eat a pound of butter and raise your cholesterol by .1 percent. But if you’re not eating the pound of butter, you body can increase your cholesterol by four hundred percent.
RM: If you’re not eating butter?
AM: If you don’t eat enough fat, your body will make more cholesterol.
AM: If you eat too much fat, your body will lower its production of cholesterol. So it works together with your diet; it’s a very perfect mechanism. But always make sure that you have the right amount of cholesterol, given your unique requirements. If you’re more prone to damage of blood vessels, your body will raise cholesterol; not because the cholesterol is responsible for causing the problems to the blood vessel. It is in response to the damage of the blood vessel that your body makes cholesterol.
RM: That’s totally the opposite picture.
AM: Yes. That’s why they never ever proved that cholesterol causes heart disease, you can never show. You can show a correlation that if you have heart disease and they find high cholesterol, they say well the two things, you know, this is causing this, but that correlation in science, if you do medical research, is never showing that it is a cause of relationship. Cholesterol doesn’t cause heart disease, cholesterol protects against heart disease. We go the other way around. So when you lower cholesterol with statins, what you’re doing is you are impairing the body’s healing mechanism; you’re setting yourself up for more trouble. You are causing problems to the liver. The liver uses cholesterol to manufacture bile, bile is needed to digest your food. You interfere with the digestive process, which is responsible for nourishing every cell in your body. You can cause harm to every part of the body by taking statins because you interfere with the body’s digestive ability, and that’s why statins are known to cause liver damage. Many doctors are saying you have to first find out whether you have a liver problem, but how do you diagnose liver problems? The liver can function perfectly normally at thirty-eight percent of its capacity, which really means the liver is dysfunctional.
AM: But you don’t notice that. Your ALS and AST, our enzyme values, may perfectly be normal, they say no problem, we give you statins and you take the statins. You can develop liver failure, liver damage, severe irreparable liver damage when you take those statins because you don’t know at what capacity your liver is.
AM: You may be at forty percent and it’s perfectly normal, it seems to be perfectly normal, but in reality it’s totally abnormal. Your liver is supposed to function one hundred percent well. And what causes a lot of the stones in the liver are actually the statins or other medications, they all product what is known as intrahepatic gallstones as Johns Hopkins University terms it. Doctors should study at Johns Hopkins; they should learn what intrahepatic gallstones are, because nobody ever talks about them.
RM: Well you know they give you the blood tests and they show that your cholesterol is high so they just automatically prescribe statins.
AM: Yes. As if the cholesterol is the culprit.
AM: And if you look at the Lipitor website, it says very clearly if you take Lipitor, this does not prevent or reduce your risk of heart disease. So why do you take a potentially dangerous drug for something that it cannot promise it’s going to do for you? That means reducing your risk of heart disease, because there’s no evidence that high cholesterol increases your risk. High cholesterol may be there to deal with the damage. That’s why you have both. You already have a heart problem, and the cholesterol is helping to minimize the damage from the heart problem. But to say high cholesterol causes the heart problem, that is so far fetched. That’s how science can manipulate things simply by seeing it the way they want to see it, not that way it really is.
RM: And statins are extremely profitable.
AM: They are the biggest money maker of all time.
AM: And they’re expensive. They cost a couple of cents to make them and they sell certain statins for hundreds of dollars a month.