Heart disease is one of the most common causes of death in the USA, with over 610 000 deaths annually. The main cause of the condition are high cholesterol levels, which is why many people are put on cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins) to reduce their risk of cardiovascular diseases.

However, statins are not very effective, and may actually do more harm than good, having been linked to cancer and adverse side-effects. The popular cholesterol-lowering drugs work by lowering the levels of cholesterol in the blood, but according to latest studies, they are not as effective as advertised.

One of these studies published in the Journal for Vascular Health and Risk Management found that statins are ineffective at lowering cholesterol levels in patients suffering from heart disease. They lowered the cholesterol levels in only 18% of the patients, and failed to provide positive results in 80% of the cases. They also caused adverse side-effects such as diarrhea, memory loss, rashes, drowsiness, constipation as well as increased risk of type 2 diabetes and elevated blood sugar levels.

Statins are also responsible for myositis and rhabdomyolysis, conditions that lead to muscle inflammation and damage, and can also cause kidney damage and subsequent failure.

Other studies have shown that the cholesterol-lowering drugs also cause cancer. A study published in the Journal of Current Oncology found links between statins and breast and prostate cancer in older people, and they were also responsible for tumor growth in patients with bladder cancer. This occurs due to the effect the drugs have on our immune system.

Scientists say that statins increase the body’s production of T-cells but weaken other functions in the body, which eventually results in cancer. These medications became quite popular due to the belief that cholesterol affects the human body negatively and contributes towards clogged arteries, eventually leading to heart disease. However, Dr. Beverly Teter, a lipid biochemist from the University of Maryland, says that this was a mistake made by scientists over 50 years ago. She says that their claim was based on high cholesterol damaging the blood vessels, although the main cause of the problem was inflammation. “It’s the inflammation in the vessels that start the lesion. The body then sends the cholesterol like a scab to cover over it to protect the blood system and the vessel wall from further damage,” Dr. Teter states.

In order to avoid heart disease, she suggests avoiding high-fat foods and eating a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods. These foods contain natural saturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for your cardiovascular system.

Here’s a list of foods rich in anti-inflammatory compounds:

Wild salmon;


Hickory nuts;



Flaxseed oil;


Here’s a list of foods which you should avoid:


Cake frosting;

Pie crust;


Deep fried foods such as fries.

You should avoid eating salty and processed foods, as well as food rich in trans-fats. Besides causing inflammation in the body, these foods increase your cholesterol levels and create ideal conditions for heart disease.