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Statin Nation

Runtime: 63m | Release date: 2012

We are told that cholesterol is a major cause of heart disease. At least 40 million people are currently taking cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins, and millions more people are avoiding foods that contain saturated fat and cholesterol.

The basic idea is that dietary saturated fat raises cholesterol levels, and these two substances somehow clog-up our arteries, causing a heart attack. This idea is often referred to as the diet-heart hypothesis.

However, a number of doctors and researchers have been challenging this hypothesis for decades, and the latest heart disease statistics reveal some alarming facts such as:

  • People with high cholesterol tend to live longer
  • People with heart disease tend to have low levels of cholesterol
  • Cholesterol-lowering of a population does not reduce the rate of heart disease

In addition, despite their widespread use and description as “wonder drugs”, statin medications do not extend life for the majority of people who take them.

Cholesterol-lowering has become a huge global industry, generating at least $29 billion each year. Have the facts about heart disease, cholesterol and cholesterol medications been distorted by pharmaceutical companies and food manufacturers keen to increase their profits?

If the focus on cholesterol has been a mistake, then the greatest cost is associated with the lost opportunity to tackle heart disease.

Dr. Peter Langsjoen
Dr. Paul J. Rosch
Dr. Malcolm Kendrick
Dr. Uffe Ravnskov
Dr. John Abramson
Dr. Katherine Farady
Dr. Rajendra Sharma
Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride
Barry Groves
Prof. Kausik Ray
Tony Wood
Pamela Sharp


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Ranghild Desrosiers | 1 year, 1 month ago
My husband was having symptoms of dementia..... After he stopped taking the statins his memory and co- ordination has recovered and he no longer has body pains. He is not the only one who has had these symptoms ... Can' t help but wonder if the increase in Dementia has something to do with the amount of men and women who have been told to take these to prevent heart disease. PRETTY SCARY!!!!
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Iris Aguanta | FMTV | 1 year, 1 month ago
Hi Ranghild, thank you for sharing your husband's story with us! All the best to him as he continues his beautiful journey to healing! :) ~ Iris
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Les | 1 year, 9 months ago
Excellent, truly shocking, I wish my doctor would watch this. More documentaries like this please.
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Iris Aguanta | FMTV | 1 year, 8 months ago
Hi Les, we're glad to hear you loved this film! We appreciate your feedback and will pass this on to the team :) Stay tuned as we add more contents inside FMTV!
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Gina | 2 years, 1 month ago
I really enjoyed this. Thankyou. Very informative. I'm currently studying about high blood pressure in order to help get my mum off her high blood pressure tablets (amlodipine - which are statins). Doctors have told her she will have to take forever (so mad about that), but i'm now aware that high blood pressure is merely a symptom of something else that is awry, usually effecting the kidneys. This film has helped me to discover even more important reasons she needs to come off them asap. Good to get lots of factual back up as my mum isn't easily convinced. :) thankyou.
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Megan Biggs | 2 years, 2 months ago
As a cardiac nurse for 5 years now, I have always learned and taught (I am a nursing professor now) that high cholesterol = heart disease. I thought the film was very informative, and it makes me sick how drug companies they scew the numbers in their favor. It makes me sad, because this is not something I can necessarily share with my patients. They are told to go home and take their medications and eat low fat foods, and who I am to interfere? Money talks, that's for sure!
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Kearon | 2 years, 3 months ago
It sickens me to my very core how greedy and corrupt the pharmaceutical industry and politicians are, I fear for the generations to come
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Megan Biggs | 2 years, 2 months ago
Makes me sad too. I want a better world for my son, not one so easily influenced by monetary motivations.
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Melissa Galligan | 2 years, 3 months ago
Cindy Devi, I totally agree. I feel as if the movie threw healthful eating under the bus in order to prove that statins aren't saving lives. Statins aren't saving lives, and the way we eat continues to kill us. Lowering cholesterol by eliminating it from your diet and embracing a whole foods, plant-based diet is the answer, but the documentary left that unsaid. It was all about Big Pharm getting billions of dollars richer while we're still stupidly eating animals. Worth the watch, but the message was skewed...
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Karelle | FMTV | 2 years, 3 months ago
We value your feedback. Melissa. Thank you for watching. :) ~Karelle