Statin Drugs Side Effects Paperback – May 1 2008
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This side-effect, shocking in its implications for drivers, pilots, etc., was temporary for Spacedoc, but not for everyone, as he reports on hundreds of cases. He also wrote that there are thousands of cases of less severe mental impairments due to Lipitor, and the equally dangerous statin drugs Zocor, Mevacor, Crestor and Baycol (now withdrawn). These and the less dangerous Pravachol and Lescol had been well-known for causing muscle pain, muscle weakness, muscle decomposition leading to kidney failure, peripheral neuropathy, digestive problems, chronic fatigue, sexual dysfunction, headache and skin rash. There are warnings that pregnant women or those are breast feeding should not take any statins. Most people accepted (or were not told) about these common side effects. And now Spacedoc exposes mental problems, heart failure and increased cancer rates! He spells out the biochemical pathways for these side effects. He gives case descriptions of many of the amnesia cases, including his own episodes.
Spacedoc's experience as a novelist helped to make his book very readable. The first 112 pages are less technical than the final 44 pages of addendum, which include more detailed biochemical pathways for the brain damage, immune system damage, and heart damage from statin drugs. A final 10 pages is a brief summary of the whole. For busy physicians, these 44 pages alone are worth the price of the book. SDSE is carefully referenced, mostly to medical journals, with numbered citations (the best way). There is no index. While I disagree with a half dozen narrow aspects of the work, Spacedoc's credentials are far better than mine, and the main messages are solid. His tone is very civil, even in lamenting the baseless demonization of cholesterol. Other authors have referred to this as a fraud, myth, conspiracy and con. Spacedoc gives example after example of how common and necessary cholesterol, including LDL-cholesterol, really is in your body.
Spacedoc has explained that the whole dogma of lowering cholesterol or LDL-cholesterol has no scientific basis, despite $billions of TV advertising and medical claims based on clinical trials. Flaws in trial design and reporting are explained very well. Spacedoc has shown that the low-fat diets promoted by the avaricious or ignorant for 50 years have failed, as you can see from the number of fat people around you. Diets that will reverse obesity and type 2 diabetes are given. Spacedoc had anticipated the more recent book on diets: "Good Calories Bad Calories" by Gary Taubes.
Is Spacedoc a zealot or nearly alone? Not a chance, since at least 30 books have appeared in the last 10 years in agreement, all solidly accurate and well-referenced. About 70 cholesterol skeptics and their publications may be found at <[...]>.
I recommend this book especially for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, as well as FDA and USDA employees. Big Pharma detail women (or men) might want to read it in secret. Many of the rest of you will find SDSE to be a personally useful revelation that will restore health in later life for you or a relative or friend. Or a window showing the dark world of over promoted prescription drugs.
So does taking a statin reliably prevent a heart attack? Absolutely not! The true statistics show that statins might lower the absolute risk of a cardiac event by just one or two percent over placebo. But the drugmakers use a statistical trick called "relative reduction in risk" to artificially boost this small difference, which is the way they've convinced their sales people and the prescribing physicians to believe in this giant scheme. If 7 percent of placebo users suffer a cardiac event over five years, while about 5 percent of statin users have one, that's an absolute reduction of just 2 percent over five years. But the drugmakers state publicly that it's a "relative reduction in risk" of almost 30 percent, which mathematically is correct. But it's not ethically correct, in my judgement.
And for that one or two percent increased chance of avoiding a cardiac event, side effects occur in far greater percentages of users, and some of these side effects are severe and dangerous. Dr. Graveline's important book points this out in truthful, objective and honest ways. In fact, numerous studies have shown that statins do not increase mortality statistics.
As Dr. Kauffman, Dr. Rosch, and the other reviewers have written, Dr. Graveline's book is a critically important one. It should be required reading for all prescribing physicians.
Paul J. Rosch, MD, FACP
President, The American Institute of Stress
Clinical Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry
New York Medical College
International Stress Management Association
The book is written so non-medical consumers can easily understand what he is talking about.
If you are taking a statin or a Doctor is trying to put you on a statin. THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ. It might just save your life or keep you from having severe debilitating side effects.
I have taken the book and put together a power-point presentation to present to the Rotary Club. Everyone needs to be made aware of the danger of statin drugs. No one presents this any better than Dr Graveline.
It is sad if not plain dangerous that probably the vast majority of the doctors who prescribe these drugs do so without the fundamental knowledge that this book and other Graveline work provides. Statins affect every system in the body and doctors and patients should be aware of these effects, some of which are certain, some rare but all are real.