The truth about statins

Part 5: Statins or sunshine?

Despite what I have written previously, there do seem to be some unexpected benefits to taking statins:

These supposed benefits fit a curious pattern: Except for heart attacks, none of the supposed benefits of statins has much to do with lowering cholesterol. And in most cases, low cholesterol is a risk factor for the diseases. So what is going on? Why should a drug that lowers cholesterol have any benefit when low levels of cholesterol increases the risk? If you look at the various conditions, the answer is clear:

Statins are nothing more than analogues of vitamin D.

This means that going out regularly into the sun and sunbathing without a sunscreen gives you the same benefits as statins — but without statins' adverse side effects. That is not only a lot healthier for you, it is also a very great deal less expensive for the economy.

Statins are extremely poor substitutes for the real thing — vitamin D from sunlight. Go out in the sun more, and give up statins.

Part 1: What are statins? | Part 2: How statins work | Part 3: Statins' side effects |
Part 4: Statins, women and the elderly | Part 5: Statins or sunshine? | Part 6: Conclusion
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Last updated: December 9, 2011