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Statin Side Effects and Ways to Keep Heart Healthy



My cholesterol had been in the high 200’s for at least three years.  I had tried walking, lost 20 pounds, cleaned up my diet, used everything heart related that Shaklee made, etc. Although my HDL and triglycerides were great, my total cholesterol when checked (once again) was at 279. 

My doctor insisted on medication.  With heart disease and stroke rampant in my family history, I fearfully agreed.  My cholesterol dropped 100 points in three weeks.  My doctor was thrilled, but I could not get away from the thought of the side effects which would come.  Other than leg cramps, I noticed nothing significant.

In March of 2011, I received a phone call that the husband of my friend was in total kidney failure and had lost all muscle tone and function in his body.  The doctors attributed this to a rare reaction to his cholesterol medication.  At that time I decided to give Shaklee’s Cholesterol Reduction Complex at try.  I took the Shaklee literature to my doctor, and she said to try it for three months.  I was so excited!!!

Well, April and May are probably not the best two months for a teacher to try something new!!!  I needed to take the Complex 15-30 minutes before two meals.  I struggled making this a part of my routine but persisted the best I could!!!.  June was much better, but I felt that I had not given the product an honest chance.  However, the blood test date arrived on schedule at the end of June.

I was thrilled when my cholesterol was 219…a 60 point drop from the 279 I had managed on my own!  I have another test in 6 months and can’t wait to see the outcome now that the Reduction Complex is a part of my routine.  I will keep you posted!!! 

Linda Ommart

Statin Side Effects and Ways to Keep Heart Healthy

Cholesterol Drug Use Raises Questions About Side Effects

Some of the most popular drugs in the country lower cholesterol and dramatically reduce heart-attack risk. But what else do they do?

As new government cholesterol standards could triple the number of people taking the drugs to 36 million, doctors and patients want more-solid information on the side effects. The class of drugs known as statins includes blockbuster brands Lipitor, Zocor and Pravachol, among others.

Like all powerful drugs, statins have side effects. The problem is that some of the alleged side effects, such as muscle aches and memory loss, also are common complaints.

“Most people taking these drugs are older people,” says New York physician Paul J. Rosch, professor of medicine and psychiatry at New York Medical College, whose wife developed weakness and temporary memory loss after taking a statin. “They think, ‘Gee, I’m just having a senior moment,’ and it’s something doctors don’t ask about.”

Confusing the issue is the fact that most of the memory-loss evidence is anecdotal. Little independent research has been done on the topic. And most physicians believe the benefits of statins far outweigh any risks or side effects.
Drug makers flatly dispute the notion that statins contribute to memory problems and some, ironically, are even studying the use of statins to treat Alzheimer’s.

“There’s a lot of evidence that statins improve memory function and no good evidence that it affects memory function” in a negative way, says Rob Scott, vice president of the cardiovascular and metabolic group at Pfizer, maker of Lipitor.

A spokesman for Merck, maker of Zocor, said the drug “has a proven safety and tolerability record” and prevents coronary deaths.

The University of California at San Diego is in the midst of an independent study assessing statin side effects, good and bad. The study, funded by $4.4 million from the National Institutes of Health, ultimately will follow 1,000 patients taking either Zocor, Pravachol or a placebo. All the results are blinded, so doctors don’t know whether a complaining patient is taking a drug or a placebo. Some patients have quit the study because of irritability, clouded thinking or pain.

Beatrice A. Golomb, the UCSD assistant professor of medicine leading the study, says common complaints from patients taking statins include being unable to remember the name of a grandchild, walking into a room and forgetting why you are there, or starting a sentence and being unable to finish. Some complain of personality changes or irritability.

“Because these are the most widely prescribed class of drugs in the United States, we need to be sure we understand the full spectrum of effects,” says Dr. Golomb. What is known about statins is that they can dramatically lower cholesterol, and that may be the problem when it comes to side effects.

Although cholesterol has been vilified as a culprit in heart disease, it is also the most common organic molecule in the brain. Some researchers theorize that blocking cholesterol production, as statins do, interferes with the brain’s performance and causes muddled thinking and memory loss. Drug makers say the real risk factors of memory problems are heart disease and stroke.

Muscle pain is an undisputed side effect of statins, although estimates on the incidence range from 5% to 30%. One statin, Baycol, was pulled from the market last year after being linked to 100 deaths from a rare muscle-wasting condition called rhabdomyolysis.

However, the type of aching muscle pain most patients report isn’t believed to be life-threatening. Paul S. Phillips, director of interventional cardiology at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, says his research shows that some of the muscle problems associated with statin therapy aren’t detected by the typical enzyme screening method doctors use, and therefore are dismissed as signs of aging.

In his study, neither doctors nor the patients involved knew whether a statin or placebo was given, but the majority began feeling pain when they started back on the real drug. “They could tell every time within three weeks of being on the statin therapy,” says Dr. Phillips, who presented the findings at an international cholesterol drug meeting in New York last September and is seeking NIH funding for further study. “These drugs unquestionably save lives, but these muscle toxicities are poorly studied.”

Nobody recommends that patients with muscle pain or memory problems stop taking statins on their own. They should, however, discuss their concerns with their doctor. Some patients experience fewer side effects if the dose is lowered or the brand is changed.

Other doctors recommend taking the supplement coenzyme Q10 as a way to counteract memory problems. “You take these fragile elderly people, knock their cholesterol in half and deplete them of this essential nutrient and it makes sense they’re going to have trouble,” says Peter Langsjoen, a Tyler, Texas, cardiologist. “I think we’re going to see some real trouble if we’re not careful.”

Source: The Wall Street Journal


There is a good book out called Lipitor- Thief of Memory.  It is written by Duane Graveline, M.D. he is an M.D. and a former astronaut, and an aerospace medical research scientist.  This man has the credentials.

He has written a book about his experience with taking Lipitor, because he was an astronaut and his cholesterol was elevated the NASA doctors prescribed him Lipitor.  He is a medical doctor, he wants to do what is best and so he took it.  But then  he had amnesia, standing in his front yard and didn’t know where he was.

It is called transient amnesia.  My father experienced it a couple of times as well after being put on Lipitor.
That’s how I got interested in it.

He describes the method of action of Lipitor, it blocks an enzyme that keeps our body from producing cholesterol.  That sounds good in theory but our brain is mostly cholesterol and when the enzyme is blocked for the glial cells in the brain to make cholesterol,  we can have problems. 

There are probably more people suffering with dementia related to Lipitor than we realize.  If someone is 50 a doctor is going to probably tell someone a little memory loss is normal and won’t connect it to the medication. If you are 70  I don’t feel there is any way most doctors  would connect Lipitor to memory loss.  They think you are aging and that is just the way you are aging.

WE know about the muscle aches that can come with Lipitor use and that is a very good reason to stop the medication.  Doctors know to warn the patients of that side effect.  A prudent doctor prescribing lipitor will  have the patient’s liver enzymes checked every 6 months to make sure their liver isn’t dying from the medication.

WE know we can reverse high cholesterol with other lifestyle measures.  Increase fiber to absorb cholesterol, that doesn’t block the production of good cholesterol in your brain.  Increase intake of vegetables so you are getting more plant sterols and stanols.  But the easiest way to get those is to take Shaklee’s Cholesterol Reduction Complex. Then exercise.   A person has to decide for themselves what their good health is worth.

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