Does cholesterol actually cause heart disease? What does the research say?

Americans take more cholesterol-lowering drugs than almost all other nations combined with lower cholesterol numbers.

Shouldn’t we be seeing the lowest rates of heart attacks and strokes if these drugs work?

RESOURCES

The Monkees’ Davy Jones dead at 66
http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/29/showbiz/obit-davy-jones/

Atlas vertebra realignment and achievement of arterial pressure goal in hypertensive patients: a pilot study
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17252032

Osteopathic manipulation as a complementary treatment for the prevention of cardiac complications: 12-Months follow-up of intima media and blood pressure on a cohort affected by hypertension.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21147421

Effects of chiropractic treatment on blood pressure and anxiety: a randomized, controlled trial
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3075649

Intensive Lifestyle Changes for Reversal of Coronary Heart Disease
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9863851

Do Cholesterol Drugs Do Any Good?
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2008-01-16/do-cholesterol-drugs-do-any-good

Statins stimulate atherosclerosis and heart failure: pharmacological mechanisms
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25655639

Health chief slams statins: Millions face terrible side effects as prescription escalates
http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/462607/Health-chief-slams-statins-Millions-face-terrible-side-effects-as-prescription-escalates

Beta Blockers Don’t Stop Heart Attacks?
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/beta-blockers-prevent-heart-attack-stroke-study-jama/story?id=17378403

Zapping Nerves Helps Control High Blood Pressure
http://www.ctvnews.ca/zapping-nerves-helps-control-high-blood-pressure-1.575629

For Coronary Artery Disease, Meds as Effective as Stents
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/coronary-artery-disease-stents-meds-show-benefits/story?id=15810590

No Extra Benefits Are Seen in Stents for Coronary Artery Disease
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/28/health/stents-show-no-extra-benefits-for-coronary-artery-disease.html

President George W. Bush Has Stent Procedure
http://healthland.time.com/2013/08/06/president-george-w-bush-has-stent-procedure/

When half a million Americans died and nobody noticed
http://www.theweek.co.uk/us/46535/when-half-million-americans-died-and-nobody-noticed