My Thoughts About Statins Prescribed to Prevent Heart Attacks – by Gary Smolker

Struggle

I’ve struggled for more that three years trying to decide whether I should take the “recommended” dosage of a statin medicine to prevent having a heart attack.

Various of my friends have struggled with the same question.

Below is a copy of a string of emails between me (Gary Smolker) and my good friend Paul Cook about whether he or I should take a statin prescribed by our physicians.

I have struggled with that questions for years because I never received a satisfactory answer to my question why should I take a statin, even though I’ve asked many physicians for their answer and have read more than ten books on diet, exercise, life style/healthy living in terms of what to do to prevent heart attacks/heart disease/diabetes, etc. etc.

The Unanswered Questions

I would like to know how much longer I would live if I took the recommended dosage.

I would also like to know what harmful/distasteful side effects would I experience if I took the recommended dosage.

What would be my quality of life over time if I took the recommended dosage vs. if I don’t take the recommended dosage?

My Personal Belief About Longevity

The principle which I used to make my decision about what dosage of statin, if any, to take was based on the following personal belief and principle.

“Its not the years in your life that counts its the life in your years.”  – Abraham Lincoln

My Personal Belief About Diet

Your diet consists of more than the food you eat.  It’s also the books you read, the shows you watch, the people you associate with, the people you are surrounded by, the people you meet, the places you see, the things you do, what you think about, your total environment.  Your “diet” also consists of what you drink and the air you breathe (i.e. second hand smoke from tobacco products, etc.), and especially including the water you drink.

My people believe the water they drink is poisoned (Flint, Michigan), the air they breathe is poisoned (Beijing) and food we all eat causes medical problems, including deformed babies, drug addicted babies, and miscarriages.

According to a recently published WHO (World Health Organization) Report, exposure to polluted environments is associated with more than one in four deaths among children under the age of five.  Research finds that some 1.7 million children’s death across the globe are attributable to environmental hazards such as exposure to contaminated water, air pollution, and other unsanitary conditions.

Exposure to hazardous chemicals through air, food and products used in every day life is also associated with hindered brain development in children.

Wellness

In my opinion:

  • The poorest man is not the man without a penny.  It’s the man without a dream, a man without a purpose.
  • Work without passion is slavery.
  • There are seven days a week and “someday” isn’t one of them.
  • An ambitious person working  9 to 5 their entire life is like a lion choosing to be caged at the zoo.
  • HEALTHY LIVING is a giant multidimensional topic.

Drinking And Wellbeing

I’ve read that there are thirteen minerals that are essential for human life and all of them can be found in wine.  Coincidence?  I think not.  Is that true?  I don’t know. I would like to think so.

Hard driving stressed-out men, imagine this situation: It’s overcast today,  You chill by the fire with a pair of cocktails for yourself and your lady.  You each each have the following drink in your hand:  Anejo tequila, washed in browned butter, in a cup of coffee, garnished with Netflix and a warm blanket.

Recipe:

  • 1 oz browned butter washed Gran Centenario Anejo
  • .75 oz Borghetti coffee liqueur
  • .25 oz Cynar 70
  • Barspoon 2:1 demerara – 3 oz hot coffee
  • Top with hand-whipped cinnamon cream

Don’t Just Exist.  Glow.

Does the woman in the picture below look like she is having a good time?

She is totally focused on her work.

Does the woman in the photo below look like she is going to have a good time?

Have A Good Time.

Make sure you have a good time.

Laugh a lot.

Laughter is good medicine.

My Personal Belief About Mistakes

Creative people don’t make mistakes.  They make discoveries.

Creativity is contagious.  Pass it along.

Personal Correspondence

Below is a copy of recent personal correspondence between myself (Gary Smolker) and one of my friends (Paul Cook) about taking stains to prevent heart attacks/heart disease.

The last [most recent] piece of correspondence is at the top, the first piece of correspondence is at the bottom of the string of email correspondence below.

Neither Paul Cook not I are/is a physician.

Neither one of us has any medical training.

Both of us have declined to take a dosage of a statin drug that we have been told/advised that we should take in order to prevent having a heart attack.

Thoughts for the Day

Consider the following before reading the correspondence below between Paul and me.

  • Science is not decided by vote.  There is no consensus, there is only our best current understanding.
  • If the “experts” had it right we would be living on a “flat Earth” around which the Universe revolves praying to Zeus for our lives.
  • The practice of medicine today is better than it was fifty years ago and in fifty years from now the practice of medicine will be better than it is today.
  • TODAY: More people commit suicide than are killed by soldiers, terrorists and criminals combined.
  • TODAY: The average human is far more likely to die from binging at McDonald’s than from drought, Ebola, or an aL-Qaeda attack.
  • With respect to taking steps to have a high quality life, prevent heart attacks, etc we are dealing with (a) lots of uncertainty, (b) incomplete information, (c) a very complex situation, and (d) lack of significant and/or meaningful understanding of physical, biological, biochemical, and physiological processes and in particular we have an almost complete lack understanding of brain function brain health brain chemistry and cognitive processes.
  • Risk changes as we get older.
  • Much to my astonishment I read that taking statins can lower testosterone (in effect eliminate/lower sex drive and sex function), destroy cognitive function (make it more difficult to process information and to think, destroy short term memory, destroy long term memory), increase the chance of having Alzheimer’s disease, increase the chance of having diabetes, and speed up the aging process.  I don’t know if any of that is true (i.e., if there is any correlation between taking a statin and losing sex drive, or getting Alzheimer’s disease or if any of those dreadful potential side effects would happen to me if I took the recommended dosage of statin, now or when I became older (later)).

 


 

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Paul,

Thank you for the vote of approval and confidence in my point of view.

According to David B. Augus, M.D., a pioneering cancer doctor and researcher  [he is a professor of medicine and engineering at the University of Southern California and heads USC’s Westside Cancer Center and the Center for Applied Molecular Medicine), the top ten causes of death in the United States for the 2010 calendar year according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expressed as deaths in the United States for the 2010 calendar year were:

  1. Heart disease: 597,689 deaths
  2. Cancer: 574,4743
  3. Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 138,080
  4. Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 129,476 deaths
  5. Accidents (unintentional injuries): 120,859 deaths
  6. Alzheimer’s disease: 83,494 deaths
  7. Diabetes: 69,071 deaths
  8. Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 50,476 deaths
  9. Influenza and pneumonia: 50,097 deaths
  10. Intentional self-harm (suicide): 38,364 deaths

Assuming you are going to eventually die, if you had a choice of cause of death which cause of death would/do you prefer?

For example: Do you prefer to die of heart disease or cancer?

In general, chances are if you don’t die from heart disease, you most likely will die from (1) cancer, or (2) chronic lower respiratory disease, or (3) stroke or (4) an accident/unintentional injury, or (5) Alzheimer’s disease, or (6) diabetes, or something else listed above.

Do you have any idea what it would be like to die from a heart attack or from cancer?

By the way, statistics are valuable  for understanding a population as a whole, but much less valuable for predicting an individual.

Gary

—–Original Message—–
From: Paul Cook
To: Gary Smoker <gsmolker@aol.com>
Cc: Many
Sent: Sat, Mar 4, 2017 6:18 am
Subject: Re: Context: The Missing Ingredient

Gary,
You are Exactly right!
Paul
Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
——– Original message ——–
From: Gary Smoker <gsmolker@aol.com>
Date: 3/4/17 2:51 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: Paul Cook
Cc: Many
Subject: Re: Context: The Missing Ingredient
Paul
What meaningless garbage.
What is the “risk?”  How does (percentage) risk change over time?
What is the probability you personally would lower the “risk”?
How much longer can you personally expect to live without having a heart attack or strike if you take one dosage vs another dose or none whatsoever?
The problem with living longer is that you live longer at the end of your life at a time you might be in a dreadful physical and/or mental state.
You might be extending your life while you are an immobile deaf and blind person who can barely breath, and at a time on your life when you pee and shit in your pants all the time and are on dialysis and your body is in constant pain
It would be much better to extend your life when you are young, fully functional and at the top of your physical and mental game.

Gary

Sent from my iPhone

Gary S. Smolker
On Mar 3, 2017, at 4:09 PM, Paul Cook  wrote:

Thanks Gary,

I appreciate your input! I was told that if I took x mg of Statin I would lower the risk of stroke and or heart attack some exact %…. not necessarily so. But that’s what his computer said!

Paul

On March 3, 2017 at 3:50 PM Gary Smolker <gsmolker@aol.com> wrote:

FYI—–Original Message—–
From: Gary Smolker <gsmolker@aol.com>
To: Mayer
Cc: Many
Sent: Fri, Mar 3, 2017 3:48 pm
Subject: Context: The Missing Ingredient

Mayer,My criticism of advice regarding what to eat and do to accomplish the goal of preventing heart attacks and other physical, mental and medical disasters is that RAW DATA is only useful when we put it in context.

The advice given is usually too general or too wrong headed or on mere speculation.

ALWAYS medical advice given to me regarding taking statins has never been a full disclosure of what is known of practical significance.

Compounding the problem the public on the whole would be like swine being fed pearls if anyone would attempt to provide HONEST FULL DISCLOSURE of the plus and minus and percent chance of achieving various results.

Too little is known for any MD to be able to say with a high degree of certainty if you take a statin of any particular dose you will live a specific amount of time longer.

Best regards,

Gary

—–Original Message—–
From: Mayer
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Sent: Mon, Feb 20, 2017 6:19 pm
Subject: Fwd: Home Remedies That Work (and Some That Don’t)

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: WebMD <health@messages.webmd.com>
Date: Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 8:38 AM
Subject: Home Remedies That Work (and Some That Don’t)
To: Mayerblah blah

Copyright © 2017 by Gary Smolker, All Rights Reserved

About Gary S. Smolker

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  1. Gary, you asked which way I want to die when that time in life comes. Answer: I want a quick death and have an active/full life up until then.

    Your list of the cause of deaths in the USA omits the number one killer!

    National Right to Life now estimates, based on these data from the Guttmacher Institute and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), that the total number of abortions since 1973 has reached 58,586,256. That’s 58 MILLION!

    The true number one cause of death is abortions!

    A total of 699,202 abortions were reported to CDC for 2012 and that is just the abortions that were reported!

    That’s over 100,000 MORE deaths than the number one cause you listed which was heart disease.

    If you think that was bad … A total of 1,300,760 legal abortions were reported to CDC for 1981 from 50 states and the District of Columbia. As in previous years, women obtaining abortions in 1981 tended to be young, white, and unmarried and to have had no live births (Table 2). Sixty-three percent were under 25 years of age; approximately 70% were white; and 78% were unmarried at the time of abortion. Fifty-eight percent of the abortions were obtained by women who had had no live births.

    In 1991, 1,388,937 abortions were reported — a 2.8% decrease from 1990.

    TABLE 3. Reported number, * ratio, + and rate & of legal abortions and percentage of
    abortions obtained by out-of-state residents, @ by state of occurrence — United States, 1991
    ======================================================================================================
    Total no. Percentage of legal
    of legal abortions obtained by
    State abortions Ratio Rate out-of-state residents
    ——————————————————————————————————
    Alabama 14,097 224 15 8.3
    Alaska 1,718 ** 147 12 —
    Arizona 15,491 228 18 2.7
    Arkansas 6,211 175 12 3.2
    California 350,983 ++ 576 49 —
    Colorado 11,402 212 14 8.2
    Connecticut 18,534 382 && 24 —
    Delaware 5,547 496 34 —
    District of Columbia 18,899 — @@ — *** 50.5
    Florida 71,254 368 25 —
    Georgia 38,407 348 23 8.2
    Hawaii 5,714 286 22 0.3
    Idaho 1,647 98 7 10.3
    Illinois 46,502 239 && 17 —
    Indiana 13,493 158 10 3.6
    Iowa 7,029 ** 181 11 —
    Kansas 7,318 194 13 45.6
    Kentucky 9,590 179 11 28.7
    Louisiana 12,190 169 12 —
    Maine 3,827 228 13 7.9
    Maryland 18,994 240 && 16 4.7
    Massachusetts 37,071 420 25 3.7
    Michigan 34,556 231 16 4.2
    Minnesota 16,177 241 16 10.5
    Mississippi 8,184 190 14 25.0
    Missouri 15,473 197 13 10.3
    Montana 3,226 281 18 26.3
    Nebraska 6,194 259 17 19.4
    Nevada 7,484 337 25 11.1
    New Hampshire 3,842 ** 235 14 —
    New Jersey 37,541 309 && 21 3.0
    New Mexico 5,745 207 16 4.3
    New York 158,761 553 37 3.3
    City 105,195 +++ 819 — 2.9
    State 53,566 337 — 4.0
    North Carolina 36,420 356 23 8.4
    North Dakota 1,602 180 12 38.4
    Ohio 41,705 257 16 16.6
    Oklahoma 10,533 ** 220 && 15 —
    Oregon 14,310 337 21 10.0
    Pennsylvania 50,988 304 19 6.4
    Rhode Island 7,412 503 && 31 20.7
    South Carolina 12,538 218 15 6.1
    South Dakota 984 90 7 21.3
    Tennessee 19,779 266 17 16.6
    Texas 91,947 289 22 4.6
    Utah 4,213 117 10 13.4
    Vermont 3,015 379 22 30.8
    Virginia 31,943 330 21 5.9
    Washington 30,243 380 26 4.1
    West Virginia 1,598 71 4 9.1
    Wisconsin 16,237 225 14 5.2
    Wyoming 369 55 3 11.7

    Total 1,388,937 339 24 8.4
    ——————————————————————————————————
    * Abortion data from central health agency unless otherwise noted.
    + Abortions per 1,000 live births (live-birth data from central health agency unless otherwise
    specified).
    & Abortions per 1,000 women 15-44 years of age (number of women in this age group
    obtained from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Current
    Population Survey, March 1991, tape technical documentation, Washington, DC).
    @ Based on number of abortions for which residence status of women was known.
    ** Reported from hospitals and/or other medical facilities in state.
    ++ CDC estimate.
    && Live births reported from CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, Advance Report of
    Final Natality Statistics, 1991, vol. 42, no. 3, supplement, September 9, 1993.
    @@ >1,000 abortions per 1,000 live births.
    *** >1,000 abortions per 1,000 women 15-44 years of age.
    +++ Reported by New York City Department of Health.
    — Not reported.

    The trend over the last decade has be less and less abortions and the mindset in our youth is began to agree that abortions in most cases should not be preformed.

    Someday we will all come to our senses and stop killing our young health babies. Yes, there are some, but might few cases where an abortion is necessary….

    Remember the 10 commandments:

    The Ten Commandments are:

    1 You shall have no other gods before Me.
    2 You shall not make idols.
    3 You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
    4 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
    5 Honor your father and your mother.
    6 You shall not murder.
    7 You shall not commit adultery.
    8 You shall not steal.
    9 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
    10 You shall not covet.

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