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Imagine your next MacDonald’s visit. You’re eagerly anticipating a juicy burger with lashings of tangy ketchup and crisp fries…or maybe a salad on the side to make you feel less ‘guilty’! The attractive server greets you with her customary dazzling smile as she asks: “Will that be Free Statins with Your Burger Sir?” Science fiction? Maybe not if  Dr Darrel Francis and colleagues of the Imperial College London get their way. In his study described in the 12 August Imperial College News release Dr Francis proclaims that people who eat burgers and milkshakes at fast food restaurants should be given free statin drugs – like ketchup packets – to counteract the high fat and cholesterol effects of such foods and drinks: “Fast food outlets could provide statin drugs free of charge.” He complains that statin drugs shouldn’t be prescription drugs at all, but more like packets of ketchup, or even, supplements: “It makes sense to make risk-reducing supplements available just as easily as the unhealthy condiments that are provided free of charge.” Statins…a ‘Safe Supplement’? To make matters worse, he also claims that: “Statins have among the best safety profiles of any medication. A very small proportion of regular statin users experience significant side effects, with problems in the liver and kidneys reported in between 1 in 1,000 and 1 in 10,000 people.” Really? Perhaps Dr Francis needs to get his facts straight about the dangerous statin side effects like muscle pain, liver and kidney damage, nausea, cognitive/mental impairment, chronic fatigue, heart malfunctioning, CoQ10 depletion…all confirmed in the following: Statin drugs harm far more people than they help  The poor side effects of statins  Results of major  statin trial are biased and flawed   Cholesterol contrarians question cult of statins Yet despite all the evidence questioning statins’ safety, Dr Francis says it’s OK to eat toxic fast food if we ‘protect’ ourselves by taking dangerous chemical medications

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