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Statin Drugs Side Effects and the Misguided War on Cholesterol Paperback

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Duane Graveline MD MPH; 1 edition (May 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970081790
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970081797
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #503,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a must read for anyone taking statin drugs.
This book is well written, authoritative, professional and comprehensive.
The best I have ever read about the side effects of Statin Drugs.
Desmond H. Greene lll

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120 of 123 people found the following review helpful By Joel M. Kauffman on August 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book focuses on the side-effects of statin drugs used "to lower cholesterol" or LDL-cholesterol. Its author has been an astronaut, aerospace medical research scientist, flight surgeon, family physician for at least 10 years, writer (including novels), and holder of a Masters degree in Public Health (MPH). Still, he enjoys being known as "Spacedoc". But what makes him super-qualified as author of Statin Drug Side Effects (SDSE) is that he has experienced two episodes of transient global amnesia himself after taking Lipitor(tm).

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mental impairments due to Lipitor, and the equally dangerous statin drugs Zocor, Mevacor, Crestor and Baycol (now withdrawn).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.
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If you have a typical headache, you can count on aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen to bring relief. If you have a stuffed nose and can't breathe, Nyquil or another decongestant will provide easier breathing for sleep. On the true preventive side of things, having a pregnant woman take folic acid and other supplements absolutely prevents neural tube defects. And making sure that growing children consume calcium and get sun exposure (or take Vitamin D) absolutely prevents rickets and other bone problems.
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.
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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Paul J. Rosch, MD on August 18, 2008
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This concise but comprehensive compendium not only lists the cornucopia of statin side effects, but also clearly explains the mechanisms of action responsible for their insidious side effects. Many of these dangerous complications, including cancer and neurodegenerative disorders that have been skillfully concealed or denied by statin manufacturers are just now beginning to surface. As Dr. Graveline emphasizes, in blocking cholesterol, which is essential for neuronal communication in the brain, statins also interfere with the synthesis of Coenzyme Q10, dolichols and NF-kB (nuclear factor kappa B), vital nutrients crucial for energy production, neuropeptide synthesis and proper immune system function. He also discusses the important role of homocysteine in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and the fallacies of current dogma that perpetuates the high fat diet' high cholesterol' heart attack myths. Equally valuable is a chapter devoted to statin alternatives that are certainly much safer and can be more effective for many, especially senior citizens and women of any age. The author, who is a physician with impressive credentials, became interested in this subject after suffering two episodes of global amnesia. His previous book, Lipitor, Thief of Memory, details this and similar memory problems experienced by many others. Since then, he has established a web site [...] that now includes reports of over 7,000 patients who have experienced documented statin side effect. As also emphasized, statins have been the best selling drugs ever for several years. This meaty book should be required reading for the many millions of patients that take them and the hundreds of thousands of physicians who prescribe them.

Paul J. Rosch, MD, FACP
President, The American Institute of Stress

Clinical Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry
New York Medical College

Honorary Vice-President
International Stress Management Association
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