Mainstream Finally Acknowledges That Statins Can Cause Memory Loss

Dear Reader,

Recently I told you about the American Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) consumer update on the risks associated with cholesterol-lowering statins.

If you ask me, they could have gone with “FDA Warns Consumers About Statin Risks,” or “FDA Finally Comes Clean about Significant Statin Risks”… but no, all these hypocrites want to do is to “expand” their advice”, because in their view there is still no major cause for concern.

The FDA’s recent Consumer Update poses this question: “What should patients do if they fear that statin use could be clouding their thinking?”

And here’s the answer from an FDA safety official: “Don’t stop taking the medication; the consequences to your heart could be far greater.”

Cloudy thinking

Excuse me for being candid, but perhaps that particular FDA official is not taking statins, or he or she has not paid any attention to the mounting evidence that shows a strong link between statins and memory loss.

For instance, a 2009 study found that among 171 patients who complained about statin-related brain symptoms, 90 per cent of those who stopped taking statins experienced an improvement in their symptoms. Sometimes, improvement was seen within days of stopping the treatment. The average time it took for improvement to be seen was about 2 and a half weeks. The fact that symptoms improved after stopping statins strongly suggests that statins were directly responsible for the problems experienced.

See, FDA officials are well aware that we’re talking about more than just a few passing clouds here. It’s more likely to be “total global amnesia”!

On our dedicated blog, The Cholesterol Truth, we’ve told you about Dr. Duane Graveline — a former NASA astronaut. Soon after starting on Lipitor, Dr. Graveline experienced two bouts of total global amnesia (TGA, a state in which memory is completely wiped out for several minutes to several hours).

When Dr. Graveline launched his own investigation of statin-related TGA, he found hundreds of people who shared their experiences of memory loss while taking statins.

According to Dr. Graveline, TGA is only the tip of the iceberg of the many other forms of statin-associated memory lapses reported from distraught people. Far more common are symptoms of disorientation, confusion and unusual forgetfulness. These lesser forms of memory impairment can be easily missed in many individuals.

Ten years later, in a very half-hearted attempt the FDA tried to come clean in their Consumer Update by saying that memory loss, forgetfulness, and confusion “span all statin products and all age groups.” And, of course, the agency refers to these cases as “rare,” but let’s face it, if they were truly rare, the agency wouldn’t be addressing this issue at all.

FDA officials recently announced that additional safety warnings will be added to statin drug labels. One of these warnings includes an increased risk of high blood sugar and type 2 diabetes among statin users.

Will we see Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, myopathy and liver failure added to those warning labels in the near future? Perhaps in another ten years’ time? Let’s not hold our breaths…

In the meantime, if you want to know how to improve your heart health without taking side effect-ridden statin drugs, visit The Cholesterol Truth.