Justin Smith will be releasing a documentary on statins called $tatin Nation – the Great Cholesterol Cover-Up. The trailer for the film is below. In the film, he asks whether the link between saturated fat, high cholesterol and coronary heart disease is as simple as we are led to believe. Justin Smith used to be a personal trainer at the BBC and is now a film director.
In the film, he questions why it is that, if high cholesterol causes heart disease, cholesterol levels for men in Britain are the 15th lowest among 45 countries in Europe – despite Britain still having one of the highest levels of heart attacks.
Another interesting question is why both men and women in the lowest social economic group die of heart disease at far higher rates than their richer peers, but do not have higher cholesterol levels.
The doctors in the documentary put the case forward that it is wrong to give cholesterol or saturated fats a bad reputation and cholesterol is essential in the body to help repair damage.
Justin Smith reveals the latest heart disease statistics:
- People with high cholesterol tend to live longer
- People with heart disease tend to have low levels of cholesterol
- Cholesterol-lowering of a population does not reduce the rate of heart disease
According to the film, a US study in 2009 showed that patients with heart disease had lower levels of LDL cholesterol than the general population, which was also the case in Austria and Hawaii. This raises the question that if high cholesterol was the cause of heart disease, why are there patients with low cholesterol with heart disease? The statin industry is worth billions, generating at least $29 billion each year. The statin Lipitor made $13 billion in 2010.
The documentary is now available for streaming and will be available soon on DVD.