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  1. Drug lowers LDL, but doesn’t show cut in heart risk

    Bonkers new study ignores critical effects on cardiovascular health

    It’s official: The medical mainstream has finally lost whatever was left of its collective mind.

    It’s pushing a new cholesterol drug through the approvals process as fast as it can, vowing that THIS ONE is going to be BETTER than all the rest.

    And sure, some of the numbers look impressive... if you believe in the tired old myth that lower cholesterol is always better. (Spoiler alert: It’s not.)

    This new drug is a mix of bempedoic acid and the old cholesterol med Zetia -- and in a new study, the combo cut LDL levels by a whopping 35 percent in supposedly “high-risk” patients.

    That’s far better than either drug alone… and more than 10 times the effect of a placebo.

    The results are so “stunning” that stock shares in the company that makes it jumped as experts claimed that this med could submitted for FDA approval in just a few months.

    Notice what’s missing in the rush to bring this drug to the market as quickly as possible?

    Not a peep about actual clinical outcomes.

    No word on who had or avoided cardiovascular disease. Nothing on whether this new drug and its super low cholesterol levels cut the risk of heart attack or stroke.

    And of course, no mention of whether the drug saved, extended, or even improved lives.

    Why? Because researchers DIDN’T study it!

    Yes, that’s right. The main clinical outcomes that patients care about – and the only standards by which a drug like this should be approved – weren’t part of the study.

    There’s a major study out next year that many believe will be the ultimate difference-maker when it comes to approval.

    Think that one will have those elusive outcomes?

    Think again!

    It’s a safety study, since there are concerns over liver issues. In fact, we won’t get data on outcomes until a study that’s due out in 2022.

    The FDA could approve the drug “conditionally” right now, as it often does. That’s its way of saying, “Hey, let’s approve it and get it out there and look again later.”

    “Later,” as in AFTER that new study is published in 2022.

    Until then, the drug would go on the market and be pushed on patients across the country… and no one will know for sure if it’s actually helping anyone.

    Yes, approve first. Check the results later.

    How insane is that?

    So, watch out for this one… and while you’re at it, watch out for any doc who obsesses over LDL numbers alone.

    Other factors including particle size and oxidation are far more important -- and both can be treated with natural antioxidant therapies instead of questionable meds.

  2. Strawberries can slash LDL levels

    A berry good way to control cholesterol

    If you want proof of God, look no further than the humble strawberry.

    Plucked right out of the garden, it's pretty much perfect -- far tastier than anything the junk industry's mad scientists can cook up. And while junk foods are loaded with life-ruining chemicals, strawberries are overflowing with life-giving, disease-fighting antioxidants.

    It's a sure sign that the man upstairs not only wants us to be healthy, but to enjoy every minute of it.

    Now, new research confirms just one of the many ways strawberries can improve your health: eat them regularly, and you could see your levels of LDL cholesterol (bad)l fall by as much as 13 percent and your triglycerides plunge by a whopping 20 percent in just one month.

    If a new pharmaceutical could cut triglycerides by 20 percent, you can bet it would be marketed as the next great "wonder drug" no matter what kind of awful side effects it came with.

    Strawberries, on the other hand, can do it naturally and with no side effects at all other than maybe a fight for the last one in the bowl.

    The one downside to the study is that the patients who took part ate a lot of strawberries. They were given more than a pound a day, and that's a habit that could get expensive fast, especially if you prefer organic strawberries.

    But you don't have to buy a berry farm or eat the things until you turn red to get the benefits of strawberries, because other studies have found that strawberries can help in much more reasonable amounts.

    More importantly, these other studies show that strawberries don't simply reduce LDL cholesterol (which, despite what you've heard, is actually essential in certain amounts) -- they can actually cut the most damaging form of cholesterol, oxidized LDL.

    One study found that a daily dose of strawberries can cut spikes in oxidized LDL cholesterol by 115 percent, and all you need is two-thirds of a cup a day.

    Strawberries of course are just one example of a basic food plucked right from nature that can help control cholesterol. Apples, too, can also do the trick -- and you can get the details on that in this free report from my House Calls archives.

    Forget the statins. Make some fruit salad instead.

  3. New push to drug children

    Statins for kids? The very idea is insane, yet millions of children are already taking these "adult" meds -- and a new set of guidelines aims to give these drugs to millions more, including kids still in elementary school.
  4. Big Pharma’s statin monster looking to grow

    A new study, called JUPITER, shows that statins can help lower levels of C-Reactive Protein, or CRP, in people with normal LDL cholesterol.

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