Statin Drugs - A Critical Review of the Risk/Benefit Clinical Research
Joel M. Kauffman, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry Emeritus
USP
Philadelphia, PA, USA
Source: DrugIntel

Abbreviations: CVD - Coronary Heart Disease; FH - Familial Hypercholesteremia; HDL - High Density Lipoprotein; HPS - Heart Protection Study; LDL - Low Density Lipoprotein; NO - Nitric Oxide; RR - Relative Risk; TC - Total Cholesterol

The statin drugs are essentially the HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors: atorvastatin (Lipitor™), cerivastatin (Baycol™, withdrawn 8/01), fluvastatin (Lescol™), lovastatin (Mevacor™), pravastatin (Pravachol™), simvastatin (Zocor™), pitavastatin and rosuvastatin (Crestor™), which were introduced to lower total cholesterol (TC) levels, and especially LDL-cholesterol (LDL) levels, ostensibly to prevent coronary heart disease (CVD).

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Study Advises Against Drugs for Children in Depression
By GARDINER HARRIS

Published: April 9, 2004
Original Source: New York Times

Pediatricians and family physicians should not prescribe antidepressants for depressed children and adolescents because the drugs barely work and their side effects are often significant, Australian researchers have concluded.

The researchers analyzed data from five published trials of three antidepressants, Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil, in depressed patients under age 18. They found that the drugs offered only a "very modest" benefit over placebos.

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SUDDEN CARDIAC DEATH AND ASPARTAME

By Betty Martini
- Mission Possible International
- Telephone: 770-242-2599

The CDC reports that Sudden Cardiac Death, the nation's #1 killer ended the lives of 460,000 Americans in 1999. SCD is a catastrophe in which the heart stops abruptly without warning. It kills its victims within minutes. It is estimated that 95% of victims die before reaching the hospital. Often SCD happens to outwardly healthy people with no known heart problems; high school, college and professional athletes and thousands of children.

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Aspartame lawsuits accuse many companies of poisoning the public

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ASPARTAME LAWSUITS ACCUSE MANY COMPANIES OF POISONING THE PUBLIC
Source: http://www.unobserver.com/layout5.php?id=1563&blz=1

2004-04-07 | SACRAMENTO, California: Lawsuits were filed in three separate California courts against twelve companies who either produce or use the artificial sweetener aspartame as a sugar substitute in their products. The suits were filed in Shasta, Sonoma and Butte County, California, yesterday.

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Let them eat cake, butter, cream ...
For decades the advice has been to cut cholesterol and protect your heart. Now some doctors think it makes no difference

Jerome Burne
Tuesday April 6, 2004
The Guardian

There is almost no connection between the amount of cholesterol in your blood and your risk of a heart attack. Not only that, if you don't already have heart disease, you probably won't live any longer if you bring your cholesterol level down. Finally, statins, the cholesterol-reducing drugs we are all being urged to take, are of little use to women.

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Zinc 'helps hyperactive children'

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Zinc 'helps hyperactive children'
Source: NEWS BBC
Last Updated: Thursday, 8 April, 2004, 07:10 GMT 08:10 UK

Doctors have found evidence to suggest that hyperactive children may benefit from taking zinc supplements.

Many parents whose children have attention deficit hyperactivity (ADHD)disorder give them extra zinc.

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Watch Out, Monsanto's Patenting the chapati ! (unleavened bread)
Source: The East African
Monday, April 5, 2004 

India is being swept by an epidemic of biopiracy ˆ the patenting of indigenous biodiversity and traditional knowledge by global corporations. First it was the neem plant, then basmati rice. Now our wheat, our atta (whole wheat flour), our chapatis (flat unleavened bread) have been patented.

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White House Minimized the Risks of Mercury in Proposed Rules, Scientists Say
By JENNIFER 8. LEE

Published: April 7, 2004
Source: New York Times

WASHINGTON, April 5 — While working with Environmental Protection Agency officials to write regulations for coal-fired power plants over several recent months, White House staff members played down the toxic effects of mercury, hundreds of pages of documents and e-mail messages show.

The staff members deleted or modified information on mercury that employees of the environmental agency say was drawn largely from a 2000 report by the National Academy of Sciences that Congress had commissioned to settle the scientific debate about the risks of mercury.

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FDA kept suicide findings secret

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WASHINGTON -- Ten months ago, when concerns arose about a possible link between children taking antidepressant drugs and suicide attempts, senior officials at the Food and Drug Administration ordered their leading expert to head up an examination of the evidence.

When the government scientist filed his report last winter, however, his bosses decided to keep it secret — even though it found that children who took the drugs were twice as likely to be involved in serious suicide-related behavior as those who did not.

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The Altered Human Is Already Here
By JAMES GORMAN
Published: April 6, 2004
Source: New York Time

In the popular imagination, the technologically altered human being is a cross between RoboCop and the Borg.

The hardware that would make such a mating of humans, silicon chips and assorted weaponry a reality is, unfortunately, still on back order.

Many people, however, have already made a different kind of leap into the posthuman future.

Their jump is biochemical, mediated by proton-pump inhibitors, serotonin boosters and other drugs that have become permanent additives to many human bloodstreams.

Over the past half century, health-conscious, well-insured, educated people in the United States and in other wealthy countries have come to take being medicated for granted.

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