A few years ago a British physician commented that statin drugs were so useful in preventing heart disease that they maybe should be put in the drinking water. I’m going to start an annual award named after the physician who made this preposterous statement, Dr. John Reckless, and award it to the person who should know better yet makes the most outrageous recommendations for statin drug use.
Here is Dr. John Reckless, chairman of Heart UK and a consultant endocrinologist at Bath University, making his vacuous statement to the BBC.
The whole point of the debate is to bring out the fact that we are under-treating and the fact that a lot more people could benefit.
The whole population should be following diet, lifestyle and weight loss measures. We shouldn’t have our high- fat meals and we shouldn’t lounge around, we should all be taking exercise and so on.
Of course we all need that. But on the other hand, rather more people do need statins than are currently getting them.
So maybe people should be able to have their statin, perhaps if not in their drinking water, with their drinking water.
The issue is how far we should be encouraging wider use. [my italics]
The first nominee for the Reckless Award is
Before I get to Dr. Stuttaford’s lunacy, I’ve got to lay a bit of groundwork.
Dr. Malcolm Kendrick is a GP in the UK who writes extensively about health and diet and is a cholesterol-causes-heart disease skeptic, to say the least. He has recently published a book in the UK, soon to be available in the US, called The Great Cholesterol Con (not to be confused with Anthony Colpo’s book of the same title). To get the flavor of Dr. Kendrick’s thinking, here is an interview with him from a couple of weeks ago. (The Lancet article he refers to is the one I posted on a couple of days ago.)
Dr. Stuttaford is apoplectic over Dr. Kendrick’s book. Dr. Stuttaford is a statin worshiper, and he minces no words in letting us know how he feels.
As this is the season for strokes and heart attacks, as well as frosty mornings, all those who know they are at risk should consider, then reject, the opinions expressed recently by Dr Malcolm Kendrick on statins. If extracts from his book fairly reflect his beliefs, then he seeks to persuade people to abandon statins and have a high-fat diet. If followed, this advice could cause a public health disaster to make the damage done by the MMR vaccinations debate seem as nothing. Dr Kendrick’s book apparently rebuts internationally accepted teaching — and the sheaves of scientific papers to support it — that statins have revolutionised the life expectancy of people in danger of a coronary thrombosis or an ischaemic stroke. [My italics]
“…and the sheaves of scientific papers to support it.”? Where are those sheaves of supporting papers, Dr. Stuttaford? We would all like to see them.
There you have it. The first foaming at the mouth statin lunatic to get the honor. I’m sure many more will follow because, unfortunately, they are not in short supply.