Source: GulfNews.com – By Mahmood Saberi, Senior Reporter – March 13, 2011
Scientist challenges cholesterol treatment – Alleges pharmaceutical industry has lowered safe levels
Dubai: A German medical scientist has alleged that pharmaceutical companies are striking fear into people about safe cholesterol levels and making money at the cost of the health of people.
Dr George Birkmayer, a professor of medical chemistry, says that long-term use of cholesterol reducing drugs (statins) causes cancer and also affects a person’s sex life. “Nobody tells you that. It’s confidential [about the cancer effect],” he said.
The scientist claims he has succeeded in stabilising a substance found naturally in the human body and using it to boost energy levels. The co-enzyme is called NADH and is a biological form of hydrogen. It reacts with the oxygen in every living cell and produces energy, he says.
He warned that when cholesterol levels are lowered with the aid of drugs, the cell membrane becomes unstable and, over a period of time, causes cancer. It also tends to lower the level of sex hormones, he said. Men who find that they are impotent often become depressed and then have to take anti-depressants. (Read More )