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He died on September 5, at the age of Duane Graveline. 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. I had returned from my usual morning walk in the woods when my wife noticed me walking aimlessly in our driveway as if I were lost. I did not recognize her and refused to enter our home.
I reluctantly accepted cookies and milk and somehow she got me into the car to see my family doctor and neurologist.
One year later, I was urged to resume taking Lipitor by my doctor, who refused to believe that a statin had caused the first amnesia episode. This time, during the 12 hour episode, I regressed all the way back to my teen years with precise recall for all my high school friends and events. Gone were all memories of my college years, medical school, my marriage and four children. And my exciting 10 years in the USAF as flight surgeon and research scientist. I had no recall of being a family doctor for 23 years, a NASA astronaut, or the author of nine books.
All of these memories were completely lost from my mind, just as if they never happened. Cohen: The image we see of amnesia in the movies is humorous, not serious or dangerous.
Interview: Duane Graveline
What is the reality? Graveline: Experiencing total global amnesia is nothing like you see it presented in the movies. Imagine yourself with an abrupt and complete loss of ability to formulate new memory — a conversation with a loved one, a beautiful scene, a major event in your life, all gone like a whisp of smoke. And in the retrograde form, add the loss of major memories of the life lived — marriages, deaths, children, careers. Cohen: You practiced medicine, right? Graveline: I practiced medicine as a solo family doctor for 23 years until Since I am board certified in preventive medicine as well as family practice, I applied preventive medicine concepts liberally in my practice and, yes, these concepts included cholesterol control through the use of medicines.
I used these earlier drugs liberally and encountered no major problems. Graveline: Initially, when I seemed to be the only case, my evidence was purely intuitive. Lipitor was the only medication I was taking when, six weeks later, I had my first attack of amnesia. A year later, at the time of my next astronaut physical, I was rechallenged with Lipitor and after six weeks an even worse bout involving both anterograde and retrograde amnesia occurred. Even though I was now convinced that both of my experiences stemmed from the Lipitor, no one else was. Only when I discovered the statin study at the University of California, San Diego, did the truth finally begin to emerge.
I learned that there were several other cases just like mine. We now have thousands of case reports including many who are rechallenge cases like mine.
Why are we still in the middle of a ‘statins war’?
And just recently, the journal Pharmacotherapy published a review article of 60 patients having statin-associated memory problems Wagstaff, LR, et al. In my judgment, the evidence for statins causal role is overwhelming. Graveline: Yes. Showing Rating details. Sort order. Oct 21, Julie Laporte rated it really liked it. This book was a perfect balance for me of readability and scientific terminology.
Who should be prescribed a statin?
I did find some of the statistical analyses to leave a bit too many details out, but then again, they all were referenced, and I could look them up if I wished. I'd say this is an extremely important book to read for anyone on statins, considering statins, or with a loved one on statins. I already knew a bit about statins' evils, but this was a great refresher, and also made clear the benefits of statins Remember, don't go off your statins cold-turkey!!! Good info included on what supplementation to take, including suggested dosages.
Cholesterol | Eva Marsh
Most of the information is in the first few chapters There is a lot of repetition--probably because many people will not read it cover-to-cover. However, the repetition did help to engrave the info in my memory!
If this is your first book on this topic, be ready to have your mind blown. You probably won't believe a lot of it, but I've read this information from many different sources, and attended talks given by MDs who wholeheartedly believe this content, and I'm pretty darn convinced. Sep 20, Letty Chihoro rated it really liked it. I loved this book about a doctor the author who suffered very serious side-effects from statin drugs. I am glad that he had the courage to speak out. In addition to describing the effect of statin drugs on on our biochemistry and metabolism he discusses the known side-effects and those that he experienced.
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