11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on August 10, 2009
If you or someone you care about is presently taking statins and has begun to have unusual pains, weakness, or memory loss that the family doc can't find a cause for, you need to read the literature that is beginning to accumulate concerning the hitherto unpublished side effects of statin drugs.
"The Statin Damage Crisis" may not be an especially easy read for the layperson, and it also suffers greatly from lack of good copy editing (a common failing of self-published books); but in spite of these hurdles, it's worth the effort. This book is an important addition to the literature coming to light about the sometimes-irreversible havoc that statins can wreak in the human body.
Perhaps it might be worth suffering the side effects of statins if reducing cholesterol actually saved us from dying of heart disease, but it appears that the hype around cholesterol reduction has been the result of statistical spin-doctoring - on huge advertising budgets - by the manufacturers of these statin cash cows. Why am I not surprised....
If you are on any one of the numerous statin drugs, you owe it to yourself to read such books as "The Cholesterol Myths," by Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD, or "The Great Cholesterol Con," by Malcolm Kendrick, (MBChB, MRCGP) MD - and this one.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2014
Here one statin injured MD speaks out. His truth is based on his own negativepersonal experiences with taking statins.
Given his unfortunate case history little wonder that more than 30% of cardio patients stop taking their prescribed meds within a year. The fault however, lies no longer in medical doctors being too busy, nor necessarily with the pharmaceutical industries need to achieve billions in profit from annual sales. This time the greed is good principle is not the cause behind Dr. Graveline's having to suffer severe statin damage!
The fly in the ointment of needing but not having more accurate and focused cardiovascular pill taking is due our current medical ignorance. The failure is insufficient pharmacogenetic testing and analysis before prescribing the usual highly potent and inherently dangerous standard cardiovascular and other related medicines.
Dr. Graveline would not have had to suffer his losses of memories, nor would there be so many unnecessary out patients as "bleeders" at home and on operating tables, nor would there exist so much "unexplainable" gynecomastia, rhabdomyolysis and suddenly emerging diabetes type 2 if modern Western medicine's current drug prescriptions were pharmacogenetically based and much less hit or miss based.
We have the needed tool already being developed within clinical genomics and its practical application to adult patient care. What is delaying the field of medicine from properly using it?
Cromosome typing (Karyotyping) was developed way back in the 1950's; genotyping today is increasingly simple and inexpensive for determining individual genetic makeup at the single gene level. Not rolling out pharmacogenetics ASAP is becoming an increasing waste of patients lives, medical doctor's and pharma-manufacturing industry livelihoods. Creating more suffering rather then less suffering is like employing more intrusive procedures when less intrusive ones are available.