The Great Cholesterol Caper

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n 2010 constitutional lawyer Jonathan Emord published the book “Global Censorship of Health Information”. In the Sentinel Press publication Emord wrote about the intellectual origins of freedom of speech from the Age of Enlightenment to the founding of the American republic. Today government censorship of health information worldwide relies on the same mechanisms of prior restraint that were used in Europe from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries. In his book Emord shows how censorship is a by-product of government efforts to protect state-sponsored drug monopolies from competition. The protectionism locks out of the market information indispensable to human health to fill the coffers of drug companies and to establish drugs to be the only lawful means to prevent and treat disease when an enormous body of science reveals dietary ingredients to have disease prevention and treatment effects. Convinced that speech freedom and health are lost due to government censorship, Emord explains how litigation and legislation can be used to bring down the barriers and give the public access to information that can save lives. (Source)

Beyond using good food and quality supplements I believe you have a right to choice of health care options. To choose the option best for you it is important to understand that education is the foundation of being able to make informed decisions. I hope that in reading my work you gain a broader understanding of what’s at stake for your health.

The action, once you have more information, is up to you. And as I always told my students, you are paying the bill whether it is through insurance or cash out-of-pocket, and this puts you in the driver’s seat. You are employing any health care provider and because of this you have a voice in the process.

While there are many examples of how Big PhRMA and Big Insurance rule health care providers today, one that always irritates me is the cholesterol scam.

First remember that there was at one time a rule in medical decision making. Medical students were taught, “Listen carefully to what the patient is telling you, Doctor, for he is telling you the diagnosis.” The patient too was always described as the “best historian”.

The drug Lipitor is made from the natural substance known as Red Rice Yeast, also a ‘statin’. In the pharmaceutical process this yeast is processed in to a drug with a allegedly standardized dose. The drug is available for prescription in Tablets for oral administration contain 10, 20, 40, or 80 mg atorvastatin and the following inactive ingredients: calcium carbonate, USP; candelilla wax, FCC; croscarmellose sodium, NF; hydroxypropyl cellulose, NF; lactose monohydrate, NF; magnesium stearate, NF; microcrystalline cellulose, NF; Opadry White YS-1-7040 (hypromellose, polyethylene glycol, talc, titanium dioxide); polysorbate 80, NF; simethicone emulsion. Chemically, Liptor (Atorvastatin) calcium is [R-(R*,

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