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Posted by: Lloyd, Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 5:43pm

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Patients who stop taking cholesterol-lowering drugs may open the door to Parkinson's Disease.

Brand new research just published in the journal Neurology finds a link between certain statins and this chronic nervous system disorder.

The researchers followed nearly 44,000 people in Taiwan who were taking statins, but did not have Parkinson's at the start of the study.

Taiwan's national health insurance program forces physicians to stop prescribing statins once the patient's cholesterol reaches the treatment goal. The policy allowed researchers to track what happens when people stop taking the medication, compared to those who stay on them.

The results showed participants who stopped taking fat-soluble statins, like Zocor and Lipitor, were 58% more likely to develop Parkinson's disease than those who kept taking the drugs.

There was no such association with water-soluble statins like Crestor. Long-term studies are now needed to determine whether taking statins for life have benefit.
Posted by: Chloe, Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 5:54pm; Reply: 1
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Rather horrifying.  My daughter in law's mother is 80 and on statins for years. Her cholesterol is normal now....she wasn't taken off it...but developed Alzheimers while on Lipitor.
Her doctor said there was absolutely no connection. G-d bless pharmaceutical companies....drugs
with benefits and hideous side effects!

Posted by: Averno, Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 8:01pm; Reply: 2

Didn't the statin makers once lobby to have their product added to certain foods as a prophylactic against high cholesterol? And haven't they gamed the patent sunset laws and paid off generic drugmakers to prevent them from entering the market with these formulas? Something's fishy.
Posted by: Amazone I., Thursday, August 1, 2013, 2:25pm; Reply: 3
I'm wondering when all those poor guies come up with claiming their rights of being dammaged by pharma and their phallanges called docs....(eek)(scared)(ondrugs)(gangsta).............. :X
Posted by: cajun, Thursday, August 1, 2013, 7:31pm; Reply: 4
My Dad has been health conscious his whole life. He is 83 and has Parkinsons; diagnosed over 7 years ago but most likely has had it longer. His cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight have always been ideal for his size..5'10" and 150- 160 lbs. He was the quarterback on his high school football team and a lifelong (to this day!)follower of Jack LaLanne's exercise methods. I believe he is a hunter or explorer...leaning towards explorer..long torso shorter legs and O- bloodtype. His diet(fresh fish, beef, veggies, fruits, good  ;D red wine)  has been pretty much the same since his youth. He was an avid golfer and fisherman until this disease took hold. :-/
From the research our family has done and in conversing with his doctors we  decided his toxic work environment probably played a major role in him developing Parkinson's.
He has never taken any meds other than whatever pain med was given to him when he had his knee operation a few years ago!.
Posted by: Goldie, Thursday, August 1, 2013, 7:47pm; Reply: 5
Cajun... Sorry for your dad... yet I guess there are many reasons of why one can get this or that... at least it’s not because of drugs deemed to be safe... all the best...

Lloyd... I shared the post with my doctor... He knows I will not take meds... but he is willing to discuss them... This was a surprise to him...

Thanks so much.. for sharing.

I now wonder if Diabetics have 50% chance  of getting Altzheimers..(I don't trust Metformin). could the above (other) med add to the probability to double the adds..  ??? staggering facts..  many questions...

Yet given the info I can decide which way to shape my life and longevity.. most of all I can adjust my food so easy.. just have to add the bad number items to Swami.. and see what changes.  
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