The following is a comment/letter to the editor to the online article, “Some catalysts for debate on statins“, published in Medical Observer. This article covered two somewhat opposing perspectives by Prof Kerryn Phelps, and Prof James Tatoulis to the controversial ABC Catalyst program on the role of lipids and statins on health. The shorter online response was published on 20 November 2013, and an expanded version was published in the final volume of Medical Observer in 2013.
Empirical evidence, not eminence, and certainly not dogma.
What we know about empirical evidence is that conjectures and suppositions extrapolated from cherry-picked data points, pathophysiological rationale, or anecdote, are often misleading and not “useful” – insofar as being able to make correct predictions of the future.