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Cholesterol-Lowering Medication Linked to 

Alzheimer's, Dementia and Amnesia


By: David Deschesne

Fort Fairfield Journal, March 6, 2013

Recent studies and testimonials have linked the use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs to amnesia, dementia, memory loss and Alzheimer's disease.

Currently, over 11 million people take statin drugs which include Lipitor, Zocor, Pravachol, and Mevacor. Advertised as some of the most promising drugs today and for the future, these drugs have a dark side to them, one of which is not being explained to patients.

Memory loss, Compromised Cognitive Function, Confusion, and Disorientation are some of the side effects reported to the FDA on these potentially devastating drugs, but they are not being explained to most patients by their doctors. These reports number into the thousands, but the medical community by-in-large has chosen to remain mute on the subject.

“Initial research studies did not find memory problems to be a side effect. The problem with clinical studies is that they only track patients for a few weeks or months under controlled circumstances. The dark side of these drugs often occur months or years later. This is why so many drugs are taken off the market several years later. This is why most medical websites do not list memory loss as a problem or its significance is downplayed,” wrote Kate Freer in a recent Yahoo news story on statin drugs. “This is where the real injustice is occurring. There are thousands of complaints involving memory and mental function problems registered from patients while taking Statin drugs. These complaints are registered with AERS (Adverse Event Reporting System), a agency of the FDA. Of these 5,000 reports collected by the beginning of 2008 on Statin drugs, memory problems were the second most-recorded complaint. Muscle pain was the first. Patients reported that their memory problems disappeared when they discontinued the drugs. These complaints are either being downplayed or ignored completely.”

Dr. Duane Graveline, M.D. was formerly a doctor at Johnson Space Center. In 1999, his doctors placed him on Lipitor to control his cholesterol. Following his experience with cholesterol drug side effects, Graveline has become a critic of the use of statins to treat high cholesterol levels. While on Lipitor, Graveline developed transient global amnesia and could not recognize his family. He slowly recovered after stopping this medication. NASA physicians then prescribed half the dose, but the amnesia returned.

“A year later, they re-started me on the same statin, Lipitor, at half the previous dose, saying that my first 6-hour episode of TGA was only a coincidence,” said Dr. Graveline. “Two months later, I again experienced TGA. For twelve hours I was a thirteen-year-old high school student who knew my subjects, teachers and every kid in my class (according to my worried wife) but with no memory for my entire adult life. I laughed when they told me I was married with children and a doctor. I could not have doctored a mouse and certainly had no children. I was thirteen! Fifty-six years of rich and fulfilled adult life had vanished from my mind as if it had never occurred.”

Dr. Graveline's first book, Lipitor®, Thief of Memory, was written after his two bouts of transient global amnesia associated with the use of Lipitor® in the years 1999 - 2000. “Predictably at that time, I was focused on cognitive dysfunction and Lipitor®. I soon realized the adverse reactions involved far more than impaired cognition, including personality change, myopathy, neuropathy and a chronic neuromuscular degeneration similar to ALS and all statins were contributing to these adverse reactions, not just Lipitor®.”
In his second book, Statin Drugs Side Effects, Dr. Graveline covers reductase inhibition. “The reductase step blocked by statins was at the very beginning of the mevalonate pathway. This pathway to cholesterol synthesis is also shared by many extremely important biochemical substances, including coenzyme Q10, inhibition of which was the cause of many of these side effects.”

Dr. Graveline explains that one cannot reduce cholesterol by the use of statins without simultaneously blocking these other biochemicals sharing the mevalonate pathway.

For exhaustive information on statin drugs and their potentially harmful side effects, vistin Dr. Graveline's website,

In his book The Great Cholesterol Con, Scottish doctor Malcolm Kendrick quotes data from trials and the World Health Organization (WHO) data to show that statins do not increase life expectancy overall, do not prevent heart disease in patients without cardiovascular symptoms. The book states that widely varying levels of cholesterol are inversely correlated with deaths from heart disease. Higher levels are also inversely correlated with cancer mortality.

Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D., a former internationally known surgeon, researcher and clinician at the Cleveland Clinic, explains in his recent book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, it can be prevented, reversed, and even abolished. Dr. Esselstyn argues that conventional cardiology has failed patients by developing treatments that focus only on the symptoms of heart disease, not the cause. Based on the groundbreaking results of his 20-year nutritional study—the longest study of its kind ever conducted—this book explains, with irrefutable scientific evidence, how we can end the heart disease epidemic in this country forever by changing what we eat. Dr. Esselstyn convincingly argues that a plant-based, oil-free diet can not only prevent and stop the progression of heart disease, but also reverse its effects. For more information, go to:

Support for Dr. Esselstyn's protocols of plant-based diets to reduce cholesterol and heart disease is currently being offered at Cary Medical Center in Caribou, Maine.



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