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Lipitor: Thief of Memory - Statin Drugs and the Misguided War on Cholesterol [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Duane Graveline
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Jan 2004
When Dr. Duane Graveline, former astronaut, aerospace medical research scientist, flight surgeon, and family doctor is given Lipitor to lower his cholesterol, he temporarily loses his short-term memory. Urged a year later to resume the drug at half dose, he lost both short-term and retrograde memory and was finally diagnosed in a hospital ER as having transient global amnesia (TGA). This is the "scary, appealingly written" account of his search for answers that his medical community didn't have -- the how and why of his traumatic experience, and what needs to be done to prevent the devastating side effects to body and mind from the escalating use of the statin drugs.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Product details

  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Six Star Publishing; illustrated edition edition (Jan 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0741418819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0741418814
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.2 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,586,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars life-saving book 7 Oct 2008
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After taking statins for several years, my mother-in-law suddenly became very forgetful - repeating the same question four times in less than 15 minutes, forgetting that she had gone shopping or to the doctor that morning, unable to remember how she had arrived there, etc. It was quite frightening for all of us.

I suspected the prescription drug she was taking but repeated internet searches did not indicate that memory loss is a major side effect of statins. Confusion is mentioned, but not even as one of the major side effects. Because I am aware of the toxicity of all drugs, however, I begged her to take a rest from the statins - just for a week, say.

The battle to persuade my parents-in-law that she needed to stop the statins went on for months until, with the help of this book and "The Great Cholesterol Con" by Dr Malcolm Kendrick (don't get the other book by the same name: it's good but boring), they finally agreed that she should stop - just for a few days, mind you - this so-called "medication" (it's clearly just a poison by another name). Within 10 days of coming off simvastatin (aka Zocor), she was noticeably better, but we're still not sure she will recover completely.

I believe these two books helped to save her life - and certainly the quality of her life. Graveline covers statin alternatives and the little-known disadvantages of lowering cholesterol but the book is mainly about the memory-loss effects of statins. It is frightening: the author, a medical scientist, family doctor, and former astronaut, suffered several events of total memory loss, which led him to investigate the horrors of statins.

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5.0 out of 5 stars About time patients are taken seriously. 2 Aug 2004
My husband has been on various statins for many years, and was often switched from one to another to try either for better results or to attempt to avoid side affects. He was put on Lipitor by a hospital consultant in about May/June 2002 and had very bad side affects which included severe confusion, irritability, aggression and a general change in his personality, which was apparent to all. His tongue also became tender and was covered with a yellow coating. (Which lasted for the following two years). He also started having abdominal pains. He stopped his Lipitor and told the consultant so on his next visit explaining why. As is so often the case in the field of medicine, the doctor responded with arrogance and a total lack of concern re the side affects mentioned, saying that if my husband could not follow instructions he needs to think of being treated elsewhere. He came across as being more concerned with his stats than with how a human life was being affected!!! We only found out two years later that statins suppress one's immune system. This was after he had suffered severe debilitating weakness, very high acidity and abdominal pain (for those two years) which turned out to be partly caused by a yeast infection as well as Helicobacter Pylori, which his body had been unable to fight. Even after courses of antibiotics these both continued to different degrees and it is only now after taking himself off statins (Crestor this time!!) again and this time FOREVER, that he is starting to respond to treatment, turn the symmptons around and find the active, motivated person that we lost years ago. Hopefully the damage done can be reversed in full. Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lipitor: Thief Of Memory 9 Sep 2009
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A very interesting read and relevant subject matter for anyone with concerns about Statin medication. A bit too medical in some parts for those not working in the profession, but nevertheless a worthwhile purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Information that could save your life! 24 Sep 2011
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An excellent book written by someone who is not only well qualified (in the medical sense) but also from personal practical experience of the nasty side effects statin drugs can produce.
Although other books make mention of a lot of the same subject matter, this book contains deeper explanations for a better understanding, especially important if you happen to be afflicted with any of the conditions under discussion.
It also details the serious and sometimes lethal side effects of statins and the fact that the drugs industry knowingly accepts them. Profit before health?
He details the extra dangers of being prescribed statins if you are diabetic and also points out that, far from being heart protective (as the industry and medical profession would have you believe) statins may even be the cause of problems in this area!
This is back to the generally accepted myth that cholesterol blocks arteries and therefore causes heart attacks and strokes and that by reducing cholesterol levels (with a statin drug, of course) such events can be avoided. There is another and more plausible explanation that has nothing to do with cholesterol. Very absorbing material!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Statin Con 1 Sep 2009
This is an easy to read book containing much valuable information not just about Lipitor but all of the other dangerous statin drugs currently being disseminated by irresponsible GPs up and down the country.
It is a 'must' for anyone prescribed these drugs.
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