As consumers, when are we going to stop listening and start doing? A recent study of Vytorin proved the drug had absolutely no effect on cholesterol levels. According to an article posted on Newsday’s web site, many leading doctors urged their peers to revert back to “older, tried-and-true treatments for high cholesterol.” Does this suggest doctors will begin telling their patients to eat right and exercise?
“People need to turn back to statins,” said Yale University cardiologist Dr. Harlan Krumholz, referring to Lipitor, Crestor and other widely used brands. “We know that statins are good drugs. We know that they reduce risks.”
Okay, I am convinced that not everyone who is diagnosed with high cholesterol is overweight. However, do these drugs benefit us more than they hurt us? When are we going to stand up and start running? When are we going to stop eating meat injected with more juice than Barry Bonds (allegedly)? This fatso is tired of the pills and the doctors who prescribe them. These drug companies start where the oil companies end. Every time they fire a drug onto the shelves at your local Walgreens without proper testing, they are in essence bellowing one of my favorite new acronyms, BOHICA (Bend Over, Here It Comes Again).
This Vytorin drug arrived on the market in 2004. It promised to lower cholesterol. Now, it sounds like snake oil. But, even snake oil couldn’t potentially cause muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness with fever or flu symptoms and dark colored urine; decreased urine or rust-colored urine; or blurred vision. Let’s not overlook some less serious side effects such as stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea; cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose; tiredness; headache; skin rash or itching; joint pain, back pain; and insomnia.
What do fruits, vegetables, and 30 minutes on the elliptical cause? I forecast no negative side effects, except maybe sore muscles and a more regular schedule.
So, after the oil companies, pharmaceutical companies, and over prescribing doctors are done with us, who is next? Wait a minute. I think Time Warner Cable just added the BOHICA channel.