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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

Monday 14 February 2011

Statins increase the risk of many cancers, neurodegenerative disorders and a myriad of infectious diseases

This post features a summary of a study published in the International Journal of Cardiology 2009 June 12;135(1):128-30

Study title and authors:                                                                                                         Books:
Hidden Truth about Cholesterol-Lowering DrugsThe double-edged sword of statin immunomodulation.
Goldstein MR, Mascitelli L, Pezzetta F.

This paper can be accessed at:

Dr Mark Goldstein reviewed the evidence concerning statins and their effects on disease.

Dr Goldstein found:
(a) Statins may be harmful in certain segments of the population.
(b) Statins have been shown to increase the concentration of regulatory T cells (Tregs). There is evidence that this increases the risk of many cancers, particularly in the elderly.
(c) Furthermore, a statin induced increase in Tregs may be detrimental in neurodegenerative disorders, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; and a myriad of infectious diseases. These include, but are not limited to, human immunodeficiency virus, hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus, and varicella zoster virus.

Dr Goldstein concludes: "These issues need our attention, and call for a heightened state of vigilance among those prescribing statins".

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