Forget using your phone to check the weather, calculate tips, and read everyone’s Facebook updates. Big Pharma thinks it has a far better plan for your pocket computer.
Drug company execs, with a bit of help from their marketing departments, are cooking up a new plan to harass you into taking more of their meds.
This scheme starts with them using your smartphone to convince you that you need statins for cholesterol. But it doesn’t end there.
Once they have you on the hook, they use your phone to pinpoint your location and send the drugs directly to your front door before you change your mind.
Want to start popping a drug for the rest of your years that’s never been proven to extend lives? Well, you’re in luck. There’s an app for that.
Can’t wait to struggle with sickening side effects? Or develop diabetes effortlessly? No worries, the app’s got you covered for those too.
Obviously, I’m being sarcastic here, my friend. But don’t be fooled into downloading this invasive app when it’s available. Because as you’ll see in a moment, it’s worse than signing up to receive spam emails and scam phone calls.
The truth about that new statin app
Big Pharma’s got a problem on its hands. People are starting to question the need to take these drugs. And corporate bigwigs are starting to feel the pinch.
Frankly, the drug companies are tired of patients rejecting statins in the doctor’s office. And they’re unhappy with the growing number of docs, even in conventional medicine, who aren’t prescribing the meds as much as they used to.
The industry-friendly guidelines say there are still millions of Americans—including many seniors—who “should” be taking the drugs but aren’t.
So now they have a plan. They want to skip the doc and go right to the source.
They might actually pull this nonsense off, too. Because the FDA says the statin-prescribing app demonstrated in a new study could be approved if it has 90 percent accuracy compared to a regular consultation with a doctor.
And it passed with flying colors, matching an in-office recommendation based on by-the-book guidelines by 96 percent.
But here’s what the app is missing: a conversation and context.
There’s no chance to talk to your doc about the slim list of potential statin pros. And no opportunity to ask him about the extensive list of possible cons, including memory loss, muscle pain, and diabetes.
Plus, even more disturbing is there’s no discussion of other safer ways you might be able to minimize heart risk as you get older, including natural therapies such as omega-3 fatty acids, CoQ10, curcumin, and other daily essentials.
It cuts the doctor-patient relationship right out of the picture. Because if this app passes FDA approval, it could have the statins sent right to your home once it makes that recommendation.
Cholesterol can be complicated
Statins were once the bee’s knees of modern medicine. In fact, they became so popular among so-called experts at one point, some even floated the idea of dumping the drugs into our water supply because of how quickly they cut LDL levels. And no, I’m NOT kidding.
Now, we know the truth about statin drugs AND cholesterol. And it’s much more complicated than looking at LDL alone.
Particle size and density are far more important to consider than total LDL. Some LDL is made up of big and fluffy particles that are essentially harmless. While small, dense, and often oxidized LDL particles (sdLDL), on the other hand, can attach to blood vessel walls leading to hardening and blockages.
An app can’t possibly sort out any of the critical subtleties about cholesterol and heart disease risk. So speak to a HUMAN doctor instead.
Ideally, find an experienced naturopathic physician or integrative medicine doctor. He’ll take a deeper dive into your cholesterol numbers to figure out what they TRULY say. Plus, unlike an app, he can help guide you through the best drug-free options to improve your own cardiovascular health.