The Colbert Report on Taking Statins for No Reason

A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine claims taking statins preventively can dramatically reduce the risk of heart attack in men and women with no history of heart disease, the research was funded by Crestor; PBS reports.

Then on his show, comedian Stephen Colbert ripped the study calling it, “A great breakthrough in the battle to find things to prescribe to people who don’t need them.” Although, he admits to crushing statins on his bacon chili cheese corndogs. Eek!

All joking aside, this seems pretty shameless to me. Taking pills just because! Listen, statins aren’t wonder drugs. They carry heavy side effects, like hepatitis and jaundice. Besides, the best preventative medicine for heart disease is a vegetable-based diet.

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Hanlie Blewett - November 14, 2008 1:35 AM

Oh, Happy Day for Big Pharma when doctors can now prescribe chronic medication for everybody!

I was at a family dinner party a while ago where the conversation revolved around the guests adverse reactions to various kinds of statins and their quest to find the one that works for them. Eventually I piped up and asked, "But why don't you just change your diet and then you don't have to take statins?" Derisive laughter all around... Guess what they're all getting for Christmas? Yes, Dr. Fuhrman's book!

Foodaroo - November 14, 2008 11:08 AM

I like to see the doctor(s) who recommended this advice take statin for at least 5 years. We, the public, will be conducting this "clinical trial".

Michael - November 14, 2008 12:09 PM


You may want to consider giving his DVD instead as gifts. I think his presentation of ETL would have a lot more impact and be more likely to have an effect than the book which is likely to not be read.


Monty - November 18, 2008 10:59 AM

This is a case of Neppeldik's Law of Drug Promotion: First develop the drug, then find (or create) a disease for it.

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