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New Five-in-One Pill Proposed to Reduce Heart Disease?

Nick Regush ( is right on target with his assessment of this ludicrous proposal. I couldn't agree more.

As he said, "What is this wonder pill all about? It's the idea of a combination pill that everyone over the age of 55 (or younger) would take--and "could reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease by over 80%."

The authors propose this idea based on a review of other studies, and strangely believe that the data all could add up to a huge reduction in the incidence of cardiovascular disease. This has got to be one the dumbest ideas that I have ever come across in all my years as a health reporter. That the authors actually have the support of the British Medical Journal is truly amazing--and dangerous. All these so-called health professionals actually have convinced themselves that if you put six different drugs together, they will all add up to one big cure of sorts.

This is not only junk science at its worst, but reveals the sloppy intellectual processes going on in focusing attention on such complex issues (and controversial ones, I might add) surrounding cardiovascular disease.

Furthermore, to assume that each and every one of these drugs used for different purposes in the battle against heart disease is, for one thing, the best approach in providing treatment for heart trouble, and then to assume that you can batch them, on the basis of what they appear to be doing on their own, is fool's gold. It's also nutty, and frankly, you can't get nuttier than that in medical science, particularly when you don't have a scratch of evidence that such a polypill will be safe and effective.

There is simply no evidence worth anything--and I mean anything--that this approach can work to reduce heart disease. This blatant move to incorporate a variety of theories about cardiovascular disease into one package reveals a total disregard for scientific principles and for the human condition, which is far more complex than these nutty researchers seem to think."

BMJ June 28, 2003
BMJ  2003;326:1419