I have arrived at my personal modus operendi for any GP that even suggests a statin drug -- they are outta my life -- forever. Instead, I now only deal with specialists and do as much homework prior to each meeting as I am aware I should. I got this way because: 1) the medical community killed my closest friend with totally unnecessary estrogen replacement therapy, resulting in a very aggressive breast cancer that killed her in about 6 months, 2) my current SO got 3 years of her life badly messed up with breast cancer (caught really early), emotional devastation from cancer diagnosis, operation, chemo and radiation therapy, and 3) now my own, equally unnecessary victimization by Lipitor. NO MORE SLACK for MDs, especially GPs!!
My answer to all statins is "NO!!!", ditto for any "cholesterol lowering drug". To any other prescribed drug it is "I will check this out myself and decide if I concur." As I relate my above mentioned exeriences to more and more friends and colleages, I find I am far from alone in this attitude and practice. Happily, about 1/2 of these folks have refused to even fill a single prescription for a statin drug. Wish I had been equally smart!!
Thanks to lots of searching on Internet and reading tens and tens and tens of medical journal articles, I now understand just how drug tests can be and are rigged, especially those designed to get approval of a new drug. And, yes, statistics do distort, even lie, especially as used by drug companies. NIH has now lost a huge fraction of my respect for them.
Fortunately, the decisions and policies of other countries equivalent institutions are generally equally accessable to me, so I can get "second opinions". This Internet Site and Dr. Uffe Ravenskov's Thincs.org group have been wonderful aids, as has Dr. Beatrice Golumb's San Diego Statin Effects Study. The writings of Duane Graveline, Uffe himself, Malcom Kendricks, Kilmer McCully, etc., etc. have been really educational. Thanks to all of this, I feel very well prepared to discuss recommendations by an medical doctor, as well as to approve or refuse any recommendations.
As I have personally gone through more and more of medical reports that lead to "cholesterol causes arteoslerosis nonsense" I see all the many familar signs of "conviction-based, data-be-damned science". The cholesterol skeptics have it right!!
SO, where I going now? Learning all I can about what causes damage to lining of blood vescles, leading to body "bandaiding" these damaged areas with protective coating (plaque), that is artosclerosis, even to unstable areas of plaque (that rupture, leading to blood clots and subsequent heart attacks). Of course, the only treatments I am currently interested in, re cardiovascular health, are those that keep my blood vescles linings healthy and free from plaque.
I am also getting a very personal education in reducing my Lipitor side effects, with lots of room left for improvements.
Yes, this is an ongoing process, in part because the cholesterol-fixation has diverted much needed attention from the real causes of arterosclerosis and the nasty side effects of all statin drugs.