Doctor Death’s Capsules

There was no question as to my physical fitness; an hour’s stroll was a walk in the park. Then the inexplicable happened. Within a couple of hundred metres of a routine walk I suffered extremes of muscle fatigue similar to the effect of climbing a steep hill. I let it go; maybe it was last night’s wine.

I rarely drink, so when a week later the same happened I was concerned. The slightest exertion completely exhausted me. During an excursion to a nearby city I nearly passed out after running up a short flight of about ten steps. At the top I was obliged to hold a wall for support.

The crunch came when I took a 2 kilometre walk. The first paltry kilometre was doable but soon afterwards I was obliged to take 10-minutes recovery in a store.

I was frightened. If you cannot walk such a short distance without feeling nauseous, light-headed and unable to go further, you are in effect disabled. It was one of the bleakest moments of my life. Too proud to call a friend for a lift I set out on the last few hundred metres. I finally made it through my door and I collapsed in a chair exhausted.

There was one ray of hope. On this last drained leg of my short walk I recalled similar symptoms of fatigue and light-headedness had occurred on earlier occasions. These all occurred during the periods I had been medically prescribed statins.



The ‘magic pills’ known as statins are routinely handed out to patients. Their purpose allegedly is to reduce cholesterol. However, whenever I stopped taking the statins my physical fitness returned.

Then, a doctor friend gave me a good dressing down. I was told the advantages of taking statins outweighed the disadvantages. Pensively, but trusting him, I resumed taking statins and what was now happening was devastating. Was there a connection?

Let’s then do a search for statins. I did so and what I discovered horrified me. Of many negative symptoms of this killer drug: ‘Some people experience memory loss, report an inability to concentrate as well.’ This was me to a tee.

My suspicions were confirmed. There are now encyclopaedic volumes of fully qualified uneasiness about the side effects of statin drugs. In extreme circumstances these can be lethal. The early warning signs are muscle fibre breakdown accompanied by acute fatigue and neuropathy. These and lack of concentration were precisely the symptoms I was experiencing.

This failing of statins is universally accepted and recognised by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Since I binned these horrendous drugs my part recovery has been undeniable and acknowledged by my doctor.

Recently, I had occasion to visit my cardiologist; naturally, we discussed my statin-free prescription. This eminent heart specialist conceded that the benefits of statins had been grossly exaggerated and the negative side effects dismissed. In his view 40 per cent who take statins are negatively affected. The other question is, are statins beneficial to anyone? The jury is out on that one but one thing for sure, big pharma is making a killing.

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