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Could statin drugs actually harm you?

Despite the rosy picture painted in the ads of a miracle cure for high cholesterol and its attendant heart disease, the reality of taking statins may be far less pretty. Dr. Barbara H. Roberts, director of the Women’s Cardiac Center at the Miriam Hospital in Rhode Island, discusses both the benefits and health risks of these popular drugs in this comprehensive guide that finally reveals the questionable science behind the research studies. This honest, patient-friendly appraisal of the most widely used medications in the world may shock you, but it may also save your life.

Offering clear-cut, easy-to-understand information in an easily accessible fashion, Dr. Roberts explains how to take the best possible care of your heart, including:

  • The keys to maintaining cardiovascular well-being
  • How to interpret your cholesterol numbers
  • The frightening adverse effects of popular drugs

It is time to take charge of your heart health. Learn the facts behind the hype so that you can make informed decisions on a subject vital to your continued health. If you or someone you love either takes a statin or is considering doing so, you need to read this book.Includes recipes for a delicious and heart-healthy diet, including Wasabi-Roasted Salmon, Pasta with Avocado Sauce, and Lemon-Pineapple Breakfast Muffins.

©2012 Barbara H. Roberts, M.D. (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Semi correct

So it’s true that a high fat diet lowers your risk for heart attack. I don’t believe she’s done enough research because statements like dr. Atkins died from a heart attack heart totally untrue he died from a head injury from falling on ice.
I believe Atkins was on to something but he had the protein to high. “The art and science of Low-Carb living” is a much better book on how to reverse inflammation and heart disease

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Good book, missed opportunity.

Dr. Roberts does a phenomenal job writing about the topics she understands (statins) and a sub par job on the topics most doctors never bother to study (diet). I was really impressed by the research until she mentions Dr. Atkins death by heart attack, which is false. He died by slipping in ice and hitting his head. Look it up. It’s obvious she picks the Mediterranean diet to champion and makes very good points but during the section on the study between the low carb, Mediterranean, and low fat diets she skims over the benefits of the low carb diet and barely mentions it. She shows that the Mediterranean diet was significantly better than the low fat diet but fails to add that the low carb diet had overall better outcomes than both diets. Understandably if you’re going to take on statins and big Pharma that is a tall enough order but taking on statins and explaining the benefits of both saturated and unsaturated fats in a diet could be more than anyone’s career can handle. Also being that this book was released in 2013 it is also understandable that she did not have access to all the latest research out by 2021. So I apologize for being overly critical here. This is a very good book and aside from those few critiques I would recommend it. I believe if she were to write a follow up book with new information that is out now her diet section would be much more robust. I for one would definitely read it. As a follow up I would also recommend any book by Gary Taubes, The Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz, Why we get sick by Ben Bikman, and obesity and diabetes codes by Dr. Fung. Most likely in that order. Most of these books mention the same studies as do most books on metabolic syndrome so my suggestion would be to look up the studies themselves so you can gage what each author decides to include or leave out based on their agenda.

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Informative and Adequately in-depth

I enjoyed this book a lot for the amount of information provided. It is a good read even for layperson like myself.

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Great Information

She throws a lot of numbers around which is good, just a little difficult when only listening. Has good examples/illustrations. Sites a lot of studies by name. Great book for helping make the statin decision.

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Important to know what it is or was said about stations and all of those tests

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Truly the Truth About Statins

Great overview of what has led up to current treatment therapies with stations. She addresses the problems & benefits, where benefits are misleading, and organizational problems such as related Associations, Drug Companies, and exaggerated evidence findings in controlled trials. Her take on this subject comes from experience as a doctor and as a study coordinator. This is a good resource for patients & providers alike.
The amount of study info can be overwhelming without the book & solely listening to audio.

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Informative but dry scientific technical style

Very good information, but highly technical and dry for common reader. Fortunatly I am a scientist so no problem, but most readers would be bored to tears and quit.

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A look behind the research

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.

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WOW! Listen to what Dr. Roberts has to say!

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!