Before his recent passing, Duane Graveline, M.D. had competed his last book, The Dark Side of Statins. Here’s some of what Dr. Graveline has written:
And now I know why many of the statin side effects are permanent and why weakness and fatigue are such common complaints. Many statin victims say that abruptly, almost in the blink of an eye, they have become old people.
* * *It seems that our brains are so dependent upon cholesterol for the formation and function of memory synapses that special cells in the brain, our glial cells, synthesize cholesterol as it is needed. Naturally this glial cell process was inhibited by statin drugs. We had an obvious culprit. * * *The full range of statin side effects goes far beyond cognitive dysfunction to include behavioral and emotional disorders, chronic nerve and muscle damage and an ALS-like neuromuscular degenerative process as major categories of damage. Thousands of statin users have been afflicted with peripheral neuropathies with a tendency to be resistant to all traditional medical treatment.
Duane Graveline was more than a family doctor. He was a USAF Flight Surgeon and NASA Astronaut. His views on statins should be respected and it behooves the medical profession to reconsider use of statins. Since that is not going to happen any time soon, it’s up to patients to educate themselves and make their own decisions about the use, need and safety of statin drugs.
Yes, the book is a bit technical, but the message is clear enough for those with an inquiring and open mind.