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Book links Lipitor to memory problems, dementia

lipitor 435x435 Book links Lipitor to memory problems, dementiaCholesterol-lowering statin drugs, such as the widely prescribed Lipitor, may gradually degrade the brain by depriving it of cholesterol, causing memory problems, dementia and other cognitive problems, according to the book Lipitor: Thief of Memory.

The book, written by Dr.Duanne Graveline, M.D., chronicles the former astronaut and aerospace medical research scientist’s own horrific experience with statins and how he says the drugs caused him to suffer two transient global amnesia events and chronic neuropathy.

Graveline’s theory is also explained by his good friend Dr. David Brownstein, who wrote in a blog about how statins work by poisoning an enzyme known as HMG-CoA reductase, which is used to produce cholesterol, adrenal hormones, sex hormones and memory proteins. The enzyme also helps to maintain cell energy, which benefits every system in the body.

Statins are used to lower cholesterol levels to help prevent heart attacks and strokes. However, by sheer design the inhibiting of HMG-CoA reductase makes the drugs dangerous, Dr. Brownstein says. “You can’t poison a crucial enzyme or block an important receptor for the long-term and expect a good result,” he wrote in his book Drugs that Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do.

Not only have statins been linked to memory problems, they also increase blood sugar levels and increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. This side effect is particularly pronounced in older women, which has resulted in numerous lawsuits against manufacturers of statins, such as Pfizer.

“Perhaps we could live with all these adverse drug reactions if statins significantly lowered the risk for cardiovascular disease. But they don’t,” Dr. Brownstein wrote on his blog. “Statins have never been convincingly shown to prevent a first heart attack in both men and women.”

Source: Global Research