Since we launched The Cholesterol Truth blog, we’ve heard from countless people who have shared their experiences following the use of statins. The distressing side effects so many have suffered only serve to strengthen the case against the use of these harmful drugs.
Here’s one of our readers’ comments:
‘Modern day super-statins are exceedingly powerful. My fear is that the doses are much too high and that dosage regimens have been developed for ease of prescribing. I also find that the side effects of these drugs correlate with the dosage. For years doctors tried to get me to take 40mg of simvastatin instead of a daily mini-aspirin and I said: ‘Thanks, but no thanks.’
I can no longer take aspirin and with very great reluctance, I have agreed to start with simvastatin. I insisted on 10mg tablets which I cut in half so the effective dose is 5mg. I have been guided here by the tremendous work of Dr Duane Graveline, who is a former USAF Flight Surgeon, NASA Astronaut and Family Doctor. I strongly recommend his books Lipitor: thief of memory and The Statin Damage Crisis.
Kevin’ (via email 20.12.10)
Kevin’s email prompted us to research Dr Duane Graveline’s book, ‘Lipitor: thief of memory and The Statin Damage Crisis’ – it certainly looks like a very interesting read, especially if you are already taking statins or have been advised to start taking this cholesterol-lowering medication.
Lipitor: thief of memory and The Statin Damage Crisis, starts with a personal introduction, from the author, and introduces the reader to the incredibly challenging world sufferers of transient global amnesia (TGA) inhabit.
TGA is the sudden inability to formulate new memories (known as anterograde amnesia), combined with varying degrees of retrograde memory loss — sometimes for decades into the past.
Dr. Graveline started to experience TGA after Lipitor (the most popular statin drug) was prescribed to him to lower his cholesterol level after his annual astronaut physical at Johnson Space Centre, in the US, showed it was high.
All was well until, six weeks later, when Dr. Graveline’s wife found him walking around aimlessly in their backyard after he returned from his usual walk in the woods. He did not recognize his wife, and only reluctantly accepted biscuits & milk from her — but he refused to go into his family home… which had become completely unfamiliar to him.
Dr. Graveline “awoke” six hours later in the office of an examining Neurologist with a diagnosis of TGA… cause unknown. An MRI performed several days later, showed everything was normal.
Since Lipitor was the only new medicine he’d started to take, and being a doctor himself, Dr. Graveline suspected TGA to be a possible side effect of this drug. Despite the arguments of the examining doctors that statin drugs just did not do this, he stopped taking Lipitor… and that’s how Dr. Graveline’s research started into the effects of Lipitor (and other statins) and the incidence of TGA.
Until recently, the most common triggering events for TGA — abrupt and completely unheralded amnesia cases — have been sudden vigorous exercise, sexual intercourse, emotional crises, cold water immersion, trauma (at times quite subtle), and cerebral angiography.
In the past four years, a new trigger has been added: The use of stronger statin drugs like Lipitor, Zocor and Mevacor.
According to Dr. Graveline, TGA is but the tip of the iceberg of the many other forms of statin-associated memory lapses reported from distraught people. Far more common are symptoms of disorientation, confusion and unusual forgetfulness. These lesser forms of memory impairment can be easily missed in many individuals.
If you suffer from any of these symptoms, you can stay on top of the latest statin developments by following this blog on a regular basis, along with reading Dr. Graveline’s book — a definite must have for anyone taking statins…Here's to keeping your heart strong and healthy
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Lipitor: thief of memory and The Statin Damage Crisis – Statin drugs and the misguided war on cholesterol, by Dr Duane Graveline, published in November 2006, ISBN: 9781424301621