Do Stents Work: Part 4: Mayo Clinic: Ford Brewer


These are the videos in the series: Stents: Do They Work?

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In 2008, the Mayo Clinic Proceedings published a large editorial and science literature review on whether stents were overdone. It was a year after the COURAGE TRIAL was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. They summarized the science, the debate and the response of the medical community.

Plenty of other studies, like AVERT, RITA 2, TIME, and other studies showed that we are under-utilizing conservative medication and lifestyle therapy.

The following study showed that it usually take a decade for disproven medical procedures to fall out of standard medical practice. After the COURAGE TRIAL, there was a momentary dip in stents for stable coronary disease. Then soon, it was back up to pre COURAGE utilization – way too many.

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  1. now as many as much wrong that is injurious. usa doctors do not have the worlds best results. the tnf inhibitor is wrong for many people. the stent seems like that. lets make a list of the worst things that are very likely to happen to the next guy who sees a doctor in our country. not killed because you did not see a doctor. i have my chance to do what i want to next. help me make this as important as it can be.

  2. Another great Video DOC. Forget the haters mate. You are helping and your opinion on the research helps. Most of the frivolous standing is done for money! much like a lot of procedures, makes money! not necessarily for the patient's benefit!

  3. Hi Dr Brewer
    I am 51 live in Ireland and have been running marathons and doing Iron Man for the past 12 years , recently last Oct 2017 my sister had a heart problem and so we all had to get checked and I want for an angiogram and it showed that I had some plaque build up where it was recommended that I have a stent put in…who was I to argue !. my cholesterol was 6.1 at this time . From Dec 2017 until Feb 2018 before I went for the procedure I was taking a mixture of garlic ginger apple cider vinegar and lemon juice and honey and I got my levels down to 3.6 (no statins) . Since February after I had the procedure I had to go on 75 mg Plavix and 10 mg of statins reluctantly and after a recent blood test my levels are up to 4.2 today !! I unfortunately can’t take the garlic ginger drink anymore since February because it has a terrible reaction to the plavix (I’m told)?? and I really feel awful when I mix them…(What are your thoughts on this)?? Also I can’t drink my green tea any more or take Omega 3 because I am told it has n effect on how the Plavix works ?? I don’t know ?. I really think that I’d be better off with my natural remedies and exercise and my porridge in the morning…. .


  4. Dr. Brewer,
    Sorry for this lengthy post but I hope you can give me an answer to a question below. I am a 62-year-old female Type 1 diabetic with a 5.4 A1C which has been pretty consistent for over 50 years. Because of the length of time I've had diabetes, I was told that calcification of arteries was not unusual regardless of the pretty healthy diet and exercise routine I've maintained. I had a cardiac stress test about a month ago and there was an indication that I might have a problem. I had no angina or any heart problems prior to this and despite many regular blood tests over the years my cholesterol was normal.

    So, I had 2 drug-eluting stents put into one of my arteries 10 days ago as a result of a 95% blockage discovered during the cardiac catheter procedure. There was no real discussion about it because the doctor said he could fix a problem if he saw one. I had to make a decision during the procedure when I was given the option of stents or cardiac bypass surgery. After he placed the 2 stents, he showed me the repaired artery and then showed me another much smaller artery that was almost 100% calcified- it looked as if it was twisted. Now, I am not a cardiologist and don't know what I was looking at in my half-drugged state while I was also in pretty serious pain. So, I agreed to a second stent procedure on May 31st to repair that artery too. Needless to say, I am in no hurry to go through that pain again unless it is absolutely necessary. I realize that you can't make any recommendations without seeing a scan yourself but I have a question for you. Can you tell me if I have any choice in this or should I just trust my cardiologist? I was surprised to learn that my team of 3 cardiologists at our hospital do 6 of these a day, 2 days a week and there are other doctors who work the other days. That's a lot of tests and stents if they are not necessary.

    As no doctor has ever talked to me about diet or vitamins or anything but medicines (apparently I must take Lisinopril, Metroprolol, Clopidogrel, and Atorvastatin for the rest of my life), I just found this channel and having read the entire Courage report I feel that maybe I have some choices now. I certainly had no time to consider any options before this and I just finished watching at least 20 videos of plaque reduction recipes and I would prefer to try some of them if there is a 50/50 chance of a heart attack or death with or without stents.

    I want to tell you how appreciative I am for the information you have provided. Thank you very much.

  5. Hi Dr Brewer, I really appreciate your videos. I’ve found more answers from your videos then many of the medical professionals I’ve meet. I have a question about your stent videos. You mention that “stents may only helpful in certain types of heart attacks”. I believe that statement is true! I would like to find more information on this subject. Do you have a video about this? Where can I find more information? What type of heart attacks are stents helpful? Can you do a video on what types of heart attacks are good cause for a stent? What types of heart attacks are not appropriate for a stent to be placed?

  6. Yeah, I know of several people who are slated to have stents put in. My sense, there is an acceleration in their use as the medical establishment realizes they are going to be phased out in the near future because they don't work; don't address underlying problem. The motive: money, of course.


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