The raison d'etre of this website is to provide you with hard scientific information which may help you make informed decisions in your quest for health (so far I have blogged concise summaries of over 1,500 scientific studies and have had three books published).

My research is mainly focused on the effects of cholesterol, saturated fat and statin drugs on health. If you know anyone who is worried about their cholesterol levels and heart disease, or has been told to take statin drugs you could send them a link to this website, and to my statin or cholesterol or heart disease books.

David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Statins could increase cancer risk

This post includes a summary of a paper published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology 2007; 50:409-418 and a recipe for easy chicken dinner with green beans.

Study title and authors:
Effect of the Magnitude of Lipid Lowering on Risk of Elevated Liver Enzymes, Rhabdomyolysis, and Cancer
Insights From Large Randomized Statin Trials
Alawi A. Alsheikh-Ali, MD, Prasad V. Maddukuri, MD, Hui Han, MD and Richard H. Karas, MD, PhD1,*
The Cholesterol Myths: Exposing the Fallacy that Saturated Fat and Cholesterol Cause Heart Disease
Molecular Cardiology Research Institute and Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Tufts-New England Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts.

This paper can be accessed at:

The study found:
(a) Elevated liver enzymes were significantly associated with high dose statins.
(b) Rhabdomyolysis risk was increased seven-fold with high dose statins.
(c) The risk of cancer is significantly associated with statin induced lower achieved low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels. (The lower the level of LDL, the higher the risk of cancer).

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Recipe of the day

Easy chicken dinner with green beans

5 strips thick cut bacon cut into 1 inch pieces - Glatt Kosher Organic Chicken Breasts Top 1/4's (6 Pack)
Food Mall: Chicken Breasts
4 chicken breasts
bag of frozen pearl onions, thawed and drained
salt and pepper to taste
bag of frozen french cut green beans
1 small basket of cherry tomatoes cut in half
3 cloves garlic, minced

1. Heat skillet over medium high heat.

2. Add bacon and fry until crispy.

3. While bacon is cooking, cut chicken breasts in half thickness, leaving attached at one side (this is called butterflying). Salt and pepper the breasts. (Use less salt than you would think since the bacon is salty)

4. Remove bacon from the pan and pour off all but 2-3 tbs of fat into a jar.

5. Add chicken to the pan and cook for 5-7 minutes each side (turning only once).

6. Add onions to pan and brown. Pour on chicken and sprinkle with bacon bits.

7. Add back in more bacon fat to the pan.

8. Sautee beans, tomatoes and garlic with a little salt and pepper until soft. Serve with chicken.