An IMPORTANT quote from the article:
Esperion is also conducting a 14,000-patient study to see whether the drug not only lowers cholesterol, but also leads to reduced risk of heart disease and strokes in patients who aren’t taking statins.
Interpretation: This drug was NOT approved because it reduces heart disease-related ailments. It was approved based on the assumption that lowering LDL improves your health. Is that a risk you are willing to take?
Here is a quote from Harvard Medical School:
"cholesterol is essential for human health. It is the building block of steroid hormones, including the stress hormone cortisol and the male and female sex hormones, including testosterone and the estrogens. Cholesterol is also an essential component of the membranes that surround all human cells. More than simply holding cells together, these membranes have a crucial role in regulating cell function and allowing chemicals to pass into and out of cells."
Here is a quote from Mark Twain:
"It’s Easier to Fool People Than to Convince Them That They Have Been Fooled"
Here is a chart of cholesterol levels versus disease in a 160 country study:
Notice the significant increase in all-case mortality below a total cholesterol of 210 - blue curve. What is your cholesterol?
I honestly feel badly for of fellow citizens and doctors who have been fooled by an industry focused on quarterly earnings and profits.