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4 Responses to “Alzheimer’s Updates”

  1. 1 Trisha Torrey October 7, 2007 at 5:10 pm

    This reply came from Sharon Musgrave’s husband:

    I have seen it too. I dont have any family member with ALZ but my ex wife worked at a retirement home in Akron, Ohio. She reported to me and has shown me a few cases where these people “wake up” from this terrible darkness in their mind and for short bursts of time they know who they are and converse perfectly normal.

  2. 2 Jacqueline L. Jones October 10, 2007 at 1:26 pm

    My mom, who also has Alzheimer’s, periodically has moments when she remembers better than my father and I do and can understand the line of thought in a normal conversation. Those moments are getting fewer and farther between as her illness progresses.

  3. 3 Fran December 11, 2007 at 12:31 am

    From correspondence with many people taking statin (cholesterol lowering) drugs, there are numerous reports of short term & long term memory loss and TGA (transient global amnesia). Statins use the same mevalonate pathway as CoQ10, an essential enzyme required by every cell in our body, especially the brain and heart. Most doctors deny the statin/cognitive connection exists, but in 1989 and 1990 Merck actually patented the use of CoQ10 in combination with statin drugs (according to Dr Julian Whitaker) because they knew in clinical trials that statins caused CoQ10 depletion. Canada and other countries have a ‘black box’ warning in their DPI’s (drug package inserts) to supplement with CoQ10, but the FDA refuses to add this warning to statins distributed in the USA.
    My husband was misdiagnosed with Alzheimer’s type dementia following 8 years on statins. His memory improved considerably once statins were stopped and high doses of CoQ10 taken, but his cognitive abilities never returned to pre-statin days. Both brain MRI and PET scans were completely normal (no amyloid plaques); only Neuro-psychological testing was the ‘reason’ for AD diagnosis.
    I encourage anyone that is taking a statin drug and experiencing any cognitive decline to do their research. Dr Duane Graveline, who experienced TGA from Lipitor, penned two books; Lipitor – Thief of Memory and Statin Drugs – Side Effects and the Misguided War on Cholesterol. My website contains three years of my research to date on statins and their adverse effects.

  1. 1 New Resource: Alzheimer’s Patient “Wakes Up” « Every Patient’s Advocate Trackback on September 24, 2007 at 9:11 am
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