“McStatins” with your burger and fries?

You’ve seen the antacid TV ads. People (why are they usually dorky-looking men?) stuffing overflowing forkfuls of sugary, fatty, spicy, fiery, salty, bacon-y, cheesy, food-like substances into their mouths as if they’re in training for the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog-Eating Contest on Coney Island. Luckily for these hungry guys, and thanks to the miracle of modern pharmaceuticals, the ads promise that just popping a magic pill before mealtime will let them pig out with heartburn-free impunity.

That’s what came to mind when I heard of a group of British cardiologists who proposed a radical (and, I hope, tongue-in-cheek) strategy to neutralize the risk of cardiovascular disease caused by those pesky unhealthy eating habits of ours.  We just need to pop a statin drug, they say, before scarfing down that Big Mac – the so-called McStatin protocol.  Continue reading

Take statin drugs “when diet and exercise are not enough”

Is it just me, or does this Italian cholesterol drug ad for the Novartis statin called Lescol (fluvastatina in Italian) look like it’s telling cute fat Italians that they can eat, drink, and be merry as long as they pop this statin drug every day?