The CDC  now states that only 13 percent of U.S. adults have high total cholesterol.  Hooray!  Unfortunately,  two-thirds of adults in the USA are overweight.  Wait, what? The truth is that so many Americans take cholesterol-lowering drugs that no one thinks it is important to eat right or exercise.    On the flip side, Big Pharma is happy.  Hooray!

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  3 comments for “Cholesterolmania

  1. big picture doc
    April 26, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Well hey now, lets give the statins their due! After all, they do cause lots of muscle pain and they do increase the risk of diabetes and maybe they even cause memory loss, and that keeps the big fat docs getting paid for sitting on their big fat butts writing out more big fat prescriptions.
    While I do think they have a place in select patients with CV disease, they are way overprescribed, and there are much less dangerous remedies for patients with a little high cholesterol, but it’s easier for the sheep to just keep doing what they’ve been doing and making a buck and getting out of that hellhole of an office.

  2. J. R. Johnson
    April 25, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    I doubt the association between obesity and controlled cholesterol levels are causal as you imply. Do you really think that if patients stopped taking cholesterol rx that they would improve their eating and exercise habits? I find that unlikely. Also Big Brand Pharma is no longer the big winner here, especially with generic atorvastatin now available. Generic pharma, patients and physicians should be happy that only 13 percent of U.S. adults have high total cholesterol. Hooray! Getting rid of the beer bellies is a different and more difficult issue.

    • Doug Farrago
      April 25, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      I don’t think taking a statin makes you obese. I do think that we are so fixated on the numbers that we forget the bigger picture.

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