The benefits of the statin were so striking that a monitoring board stopped the trial in midcourse so that the placebo group could get the medicine, too. Those who got the statin had 54 percent fewer heart attacks, 48 percent fewer strokes and 20 percent fewer deaths from all causes. The participants included men 50 and older and women 60 and older with no history of heart disease or high cholesterol. But they all had high levels of CRP, and many had such other risk factors as high blood pressure, obesity and smoking. Whether the statin helped because it reduced normal cholesterol to even lower levels or because it reduced CRP levels is not clear.
The rah-rah blind cheerleading of this New York Times Editorial(!) is very disturbing.
It ignores the accounts of many people whose lives have been devastated by the side-effects of statin drugs.
I was on my way to being one of those people.
The human body is the most complex system we have ever encountered. Apparently some people are able to escape the worst possible side-effects of these drugs. Others, like me, cannot.
It's vital to know what these possible side-effects are and to be extremely vigilant in determining if they are creeping up on you. For that's how they happen: in very, very small steps that are invisible until they impact in a very, very big way.
See my prior posts here for how Simvastatin nearly ate my mind. I'm still not convinced that I've been able to reverse all of its effects. We don't have the scientific tools to measure that. And in my own case, I lack the pre-statin brain scans, etc, that could show any Before & After differences.
There is one thing I'm thoroughly convinced of: All cases of Alzheimer's disease should first be treated by removing statins from a victim's daily routine. Re-cholesterolize the brain and see if that makes a difference. I think we'd see many cases of Alzheimer's disappear -- or at least dramatically improve -- when statins are withdrawn.
Iron Lady Thatcher: Dementia
Writer Terry Pratchett Has Alzheimer’s
Statin Drugs: Brain Changes?
Statin Drugs: What You Must Know
Was My Brain Screaming To Itself?
Statin Drugs And Ersatz Alzheimer’s
Statin Drugs: More Fraud
James Kendrick Describes His Stroke
Statin Drugs: Two Notes
Statin Drugs: No Blood
Statin Drugs: Does V.P. Dick Cheney Take One?
Statin Drugs: Jarvik Ads Withdrawn
Statin Drugs: More Better!
Statin Drugs: Pain For Nothing
Statin Drugs: Survey
Simvastatin Made Me Insane
Simvastatin: This Happened To Me Too!
Simvastatin Vs. My Mind
Stopping My Statin
Give Me Back My Mind!