After taking a statin drug for just a few months I was stricken with the most horrific cramps. They seemed to lock up my entire body, leaving me almost screaming in pain. In comparison, ordinary muscle cramps were a walk in the park. The first thing my doctor said was to stop taking the statin drug. My cramps stopped immediately, and I thought that was the end of it.
I was wrong!
Over subsequent months I began to tremble and then to shake, so badly I could no longer write or sign my name. Typing was just barely possible. Walking became increasingly difficult and painful. I was losing my hair and my muscles felt like mush; I had lost much of the strength in my hands and arms. I was so short of breath that just bending over left me gasping for air. Exhausted and, seemingly overnight, I had become incredibly old and frail. With recurring thoughts of "I won't live to see ....." my mental outlook was grim, my thoughts prophetic.
My doctor said he found nothing in the test results to account for the problems I was having. Because of the stress I'd been under I believed it might be anxiety disorder, and he prescribed an anti-depressant. Mentally, I began to feel more hopeful, but, as my physical decline continued, I came to realize that I was in the process of dying. As far as I knew there was no cause, no reason for it, nothing I could do about it. Just in time I received an alternative medicine newsletter in the mail that detailed exactly what was happening to me: statin poisoning - the life-threatening side effects of the statin drug I had taken. And more importantly, what I could do about it!
How could I have known what the pharmaceutical company's innocuous warning "muscle pain and weakness" really meant?
Below you will find links to four helpful websites, then three relevant books: two written by a doctor who details his own devastating experience with statin drugs and lastly, one exploding the cholesterol myth. And, finally, why is this happening?
Amazon review: Not once, but twice, in ten years, I was talked into taking a statin. Each time, I had side effects; unfortunately the side effects from the second drug appear to be permanent, and are debilitating. Following the second episode, I discovered Dr. Graveline's website, [...], and found his books, as well as some other excellent related books written by other physicians. Informative and easy to understand, Dr. Graveline's books, including this one, Statin Drugs Side Effects and the Misguided War on Cholesterol opened my eyes to the effects of statins on the mevalonate pathway, a critical reaction necessary for such processes as the production of energy in the body. Reading this, and the other books he has written, I have learned enough to understand that most of the physicians I have talked with about this have no idea about the dark side of these drugs.
Many of the side effects, such as memory loss, pain, weakness, and fatigue are often chalked up to "getting older." This book, and the others, provide reasons for the side effects. This his been helpful for me in understanding what has happened to me. I highly recommend it not only for statin victims, but for anyone with "high cholesterol" who is being told to take these drugs, as well as any health care provider who routinely prescribes statins. As we come to understand that cholesterol is not the enemy, this is critical reading.
Amazon review: I purchased this book because I had an episode of amnesia for about an hour - even drove my car, during which time my brain was in a dark space. I have been taking only 10 mg of simvastatin for seven years. After reading this book, I have decided to gradually wean off of statins and go with COQ10, like the book suggests. My doctor does not want to recognize the statin drug as my problem.
Amazon review: This book by Dr. Duane Graveline defines the truth about one of the greatest lies in the history of mankind. He provides excellent and accurate references. Highly recommend for anyone who is considering going on a Cholesterol drug.
The Statin Damage Crisis paperback, and for the
all happened so subtly at first that it reminds me of the old story of the frog who doesn't hop out of the gradually heating water until it is too late! The beginning of June all of the above got so much worse so quickly that it scared me deeply. I realized something was VERY wrong! I began to worry about how I would support my family if I could no longer work. Could I keep the house? Will I have to sleep on the same floor as the bathroom? If I become a cripple, will I be a burden to my family?
.... Some people may find the idea of widespread statin damage hard to believe. Once you read about how statins work, you will understand why likely EVERYONE who is on a statin is sustaining damage to their body, they just don't know it. I believe what is coming out today is just the tip of the iceburg. Just with a bit of checking with relatives and friends in the last few weeks here are a few experiences. A brother in law who had to stop his statin because he felt extremely old, experienced pain where he couldn't even turn a screwdriver. (in his 50's) Another brother in law who has such pain in his shoulder he has trouble raising it enough to put his shirt on. When he temporarily stops his statin the shoulder gets better. (50's) A woman who had to stop because of the crippling pain. An older man who lost all his strength. Now with dementia setting in he repeats himself a lot. And what he always says is "Don't take statins!" His neighbor came off because of the extreme pain. Another friend can hardly walk in the morning. (has always worked to stay in shape, early 60's) Another friend who drives a cab for a living came off because of the leg pain. But interestingly one day, while still on the statins, he picked up his wife and he COULD NOT FIND THE WAY HOME from a mile away! This scared them so much he went to the hospital. Two days of tests revealed no cause. "Statins don't do this" many say, but thousands of victims say otherwise.
Amazon review: A must-read book, The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won't Prevent Heart Disease-and the Statin-Free Plan That Will, written by a cardiologist who formerly worked for/with Big Pharma and a PhD in Nutrition and Biochemistry co-authored this book which exposes the statin scam being perpetuated on America which would have ALL of us, including children on these dangerous and unnecessary drugs. Written in easy-to-understand laymen's terms but full of scientific information to back up their premise, it also details what REALLY puts the American public at risk for heart disease and stroke and offers suggestions for preventing this. I am recommending this to EVERYONE!
I have a question. Why is this happening? Why is CoQ10 not prescribed together with statins in this country as it is in other parts of the world? Is there some vast conspiracy in this country to maim and kill us older folk with a poison that masquerades as normal aging and ends with kidney failure, heart attack and death? our memory loss attributed to Alzheimer's disease? our muscle deterioration to ALS? Is this some kind of population control measure aimed at seniors? At what point does "death by statin poisoning" become genocide on a massive scale?
In an article titled "THE ELDERLY HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO DIE" (SENATOR TOM DASCHLE) COALITION FORMED TO KILL OBAMACARE
In an article titled "THE HIDDEN ORIGIN OF STATIN DRUGS" by Shane Ellison, NewsWithViews.com, in 2005, he says:
Did you get that? According to this article the US government is censoring (officially suppressing) the truth about statins! WHY? To protect the massive license fees their investment generates?
Prohibiting doctors from telling the truth about statins is a huge governmental benefit. Not only are they relieved of the responsibility to tell their patients the risks inherent in taking them, the prohibition makes it possible for them to use silence, obfuscation and claims of ignorance to appear innocent of the damage that follows. The prohibition does not, in itself, require that doctors pressure their unsuspecting patients into taking statins. And they are doing exactly that!
Even to the point of ignoring and/or denying clear scientific evidence to the contrary, doctors are, almost en masse, relentlessly pushing statin drugs on their patients. Since statins have been on the market for 26 years, since 1987, it is impossible to believe the same doctors that prescribe the drugs are ignorant of their side and after-effects. So are they telling patients the downside of taking them? No, they are not. And, when those life-threatening after-effects do appear, are they telling their patients the truth about the cause of their problems and how to reverse the symptoms if there is, in fact, still time enough to do it? Almost certainly not! My doctor didn't.
Nobody knocks themselves out to buy statins on the street! They don't make anybody feel good! Some unwilling patients are persuaded by their doctor that a statin drug will protect them from heart attack and stroke. Other patients are persuaded by magazine and TV ads, but, either way, it's the prescription their doctor willingly writes that puts the drugs into their hands. (That patients "demand" it (like a child "demands" to play in traffic) simply doesn't wash!)
And it's not just ANY doctor writing the prescription, it's THEIR doctor! The doctor who knows them personally, whose competence is beyond question, whose sympathy and compassion they've experienced. The doctor who has helped them through times of crisis and pain. The one who would never deliberately harm them, would never deceive them into becoming the instrument of their own suffering and death.
Without question, patient trust is the asset doctors bring to the equation that has made the statin fiasco so successful. Without their active participation, statins would be a non-starter. So why are they betraying that trust?
In light of their Hippocratic Oath to "do no harm", why would doctors do that?
Is it all about the money? In order to recoup their licensing fees, are the pharmaceutical companies kicking back huge amounts of money to health care providers to push their pills, claiming that, by and large, they are beneficial and only a few of us will sicken and die? How would that work? Massive campaigns of dis-information, sales reps, pressure and perks to persuade doctors to cooperate? Research grants? Clinical trials? Data compilation? Direct payments? Travel? Reimbursements? Gifts? Or all the above? See Pfizer's Disclosure of Payments to HCPs frequently asked questions.
Is money enough, or is there more to it than that?
Today, there are two significant types of doctors. Those who are "tolerant" and those who are not. Regardless of how it's defined otherwise, in the medical profession the word "tolerant" indicates a doctor's willingness to accept a patient's input into their own care. Doctors who are not "tolerant" will not deviate from "the party line", the approved medical guidelines, whatever they are at the moment, no matter how right or wrong they have been shown to be.
It is not possible for this writer to know who wrote the "approved cholesterol guidelines" at the NIH (National Institute of Health) but it's a fair guess that many of the doctors and scientists involved had financial ties to Big Pharma. It has been reported that "not everyone's on the take. Dozens of honest doctors and scientists wrote a letter to the NIH to warn against the new guidelines and protest the conflict of interest". Clearly, with Big Pharma largely writing the official guidelines and then rewarding doctors who follow them or, as in the treatment of Lyme Disease, punishing those doctors who don't, it has become truly deadly for patients.
Caught between doctors' greed and/or fear, patients are on their own. Saving their own lives may depend upon finding a doctor who will allow them to take an active part in their own health care. Used as a benchmark, the doctor a patient has, or finds, who is "tolerant" and willing to vary from the official guidelines may be one whose good will and benevolence they can begin to trust. One who takes their Hippocratic Oath to "do no harm" seriously. At least until shown to be otherwise.
Faced with corruption in the NIH, dereliction of duty in the FDA, avaricious drug companies and irresponsibility of some doctors, every patient would be well advised to keep their own written, detailed account of their health care including the drugs prescribed, the following changes in their minds and bodies, what they reported to their doctors and his/her response to it. As statin poisoning, masquerading as normal aging, Alzheimer's or ALS, may be the actual cause of heart and kidney failure, muscle deterioration and memory loss, the patient's documentary record may be the only proof their families have should they not survive.
Update: New York Times, Nov 13/2013 New guidelines for cholesterol appears flawed
Update: November 2013. New guidelines for statins expected to double the number of patients already prescribed them, or roughly an additional 33,000.000 patients. More.
In June, 2011, the US Supreme Court in Pliva v. Mensing, No. 09-993, ruled that the makers of generic drugs may not be sued under state law for failing to warn customers about the risks associated with their products.
Update: Jan, 2012. New York Times article reports "U.S. to Force Drug Firms to Report Money Paid to Doctors." (If you have to copy and paste the URL into your browser, it is http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/17/health/policy/us-to-tell-drug-makers-to-disclose-payments-to-doctors.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&emc=eta1 )
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