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FMTV - Statin Nation

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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Yvonne | 3 weeks, 1 day ago
What movie was airing right before this Statin Nation?
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Andrew Thomas | 1 month, 1 week ago
If your on statins watch this film. I’m, and have been for at least 5 years, maybe a couple more. Many of the effects of statins as laid out in this film run alongside my fibromyalgia symptoms. So my concern were about cholesterol levels and not their negative side affects.
I found this film thought provoking and I am going to rethink taking them, as well as watching the film again.
So please watch it, it’s well worth it and the penny might drop.
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Joyce Ann Solomon | FMTV | 1 month, 1 week ago
Thank you for sharing us your thoughts, Andrew. It is greatly appreciated :) ~ Joyce
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Cynthia Clark | 3 months ago
I was on Statins for less than 30 days because when it was time to call-in for a refill, my body was aching. I knew it was from the Statins, therefore, I didn't call the doctor, I wrote a nice letter and never refilled the prescription. When I went back to see my doctor, the discussion of Statins never came up. This film was excellent, but I'm going to watch again. Thank you.
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Joyce Ann Solomon | FMTV | 3 months ago
Enjoy the film for the second time, Cynthia :) ~ Joyce
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Ranghild Desrosiers | 1 year, 11 months 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, 11 months 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 | 2 years, 6 months ago
Excellent, truly shocking, I wish my doctor would watch this. More documentaries like this please.
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Iris Aguanta | FMTV | 2 years, 6 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, 11 months 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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