I was put on simvastatin, 40mg, by my cardiologist for a total cholestrol level of 220. My side effects included muscle aches, severe neck and elbow pain, and alopecia areata in two large patches on my head.
I read the article called "Lipitor" in Business Week and subsequently purchased your book, "Overdo$ed America". After reading the magazine article, I decided to stop taking the drug (I took it for only 3.5 months). After reading the book, I decided not to see the cardiologist again since my cholestrol level was the only reason I was seeing him. I realize that this man is completely influenced by the drug companies, and is probably unable to have an intelligent discussion about other cholestrol reducing options. I walk between 8 and 12 miles per week and do some resistance training. My weight is 225 lbs. and I am 6' 4" tall. I lost 30 lbs slowly since retiring about 6 years ago, and I am still trying to reduce even more. I eat oatmeal 4-5 times per week. I am 62 years old.
Facts in your book are particular disturbing to me. The fact that the FDA is in bed with the drug companies indicates the depth of the health care crisis in America. When you combine this with the political arena where corporations are literally buying congressmen, senators and the executive, as well as a supreme court that has time and again voted to limit liability from lawsuits for corporations, one wonders if there is any hope for the people.
The only power we have is to vote. However, it seems that one party is almost as bad as the other. Couple this fact with the fact that the vast majority of Americans are in-curious, it seems to me that it will take a total collapse of the economy to wake enough people up.
I just don't see enough resolve on the part of people or politicians to make the necessary changes. I hope I'm wrong, but I can only see more of the same. Money talks!
God help us all!
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