The Contrarian

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Overnight About 30 Million Americans Suffer From Hypertension

The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology decided to lower the definition of “high blood pressure” to 130/80 from the previous trigger of 140/90.

The change means that nearly 50% of American adults, or about 100 million people, now suffer from high blood pressure.

At the new cutoff, around 46 percent, or more than 103 million, of American adults are considered to have high blood pressure, compared with an estimated 72 million under the previous guidelines in place since 2003.

What brought about this sudden decision? The chart of the pharmaceutical ETF we have a clue. While the rest of the stock market had a great year, the big pharma stocks are seriously lagging.

Obviously declaring that over 30 million people suddenly sufferer from hypertension, giving doctors another excuse to write a prescription, would boost sales and profits.

Furthermore, many people will be convinced to take one of cholesterol drugs called statins although there is no proof that cholesterol causes high blood pressure.  In fact, cholesterol is a necessity   of the body t carry out necessary functions. The highest concentration of cholesterol in the body is in the brain.

The body uses it as a defense mechanism against inflation in the arteries. Therefore, statins actually fight the body’s defenses. According to Nobel Laureate Dr. Linus Pauling, “most of the plaque is lysil, not cholesterol.” So, why do doctors prescribe statins with  all the dangerous side effects? Watch the money!

It’s about a $20 BILLION per year business.

Healthline reports on the “business” aspects of the industry:

Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School reviewed the records of about 1.6 million prescriptions for statins covered by Medicare Part D in Massachusetts in 2011.

Of the 2,444 doctors in the Medicare prescribing database, almost 37 percent received industry payments.

Now there is an agenda to have, even school children take it. The industry has planted many scary stories in the media not to stop taking statins as it could be “dangerous”.

We recently had a good friend who got a light stroke. One of the drugs the doctors wanted to give him was LIPITOR, a very strong statin. When he asked why, because his cholesterol was not very high, the doctor said that it was also a mild anti-inflammatory which would be advisable after a stroke. When my friend answered that there were many natural supplements that were better anti-inflammatories without all the bad side-effects, there was no response.

If you want to know more about why the prescription pads are so busy maybe you can just look at the huge incentives doctors get for prescribing drugs. I advise you all to do your own research as well, the evidence is insurmountable.

The vaccine scam is another topic we may touch on in the future. We would never get a flu shot. A number of studies show they are ineffective. In fact, a large Canadian study showed that those getting the vaccine had a higher rate of flu afterwards than those who got a placebo.