We are led to believe that statins are the greatest drugs the pharmaceutical industry has ever developed. It is true that they are the most profitable drugs ever developed, but they only reduce cardiovascular mortality by about 20 percent compared to a placebo. This means that about 80 percent of the people taking statins to reduce elevated cholesterol will see no impact on their mortality from heart disease. Furthermore, nearly 50 percent of individuals who have heart attacks also have normal cholesterol levels. So much for the major marketing message sent to Americans that cholesterol causes heart disease.