Talk about drawing the wrong conclusion! This ridiculous study, already widely touted, and it was just published TODAY, examined memory loss in statin and non-statin drug users.
Here are the conclusions from the abstract:
Both statin and nonstatin LLDs were strongly associated with acute memory loss in the first 30 days following exposure in users compared with nonusers but not when compared with each other. Thus, either all LLDs cause acute memory loss regardless of drug class or the association is the result of detection bias rather than a causal association.
Here is a quote from the lead author, Brian Strom:
“Either it means that anything that lowers cholesterol has the same effect on short-term memory, which is not scientifically credible because you’re dealing with drugs with completely different structures,” Strom said.” Or, he said, “detection bias” is more likely the reason, meaning patients taking a new drug visit their doctors more frequently and are highly attuned to their health.
Please take a moment to process this…
He admits that all cholesterol-lowering drugs induce memory loss, but that MUST be an artifact, since he tried the experiment with dissimilar drugs.
Oh, and results contrary to the mainstream gospel are always caused by detection bias, because people are just so stupid, right?
25% of the cholesterol in your body is found in your brain, where it plays important roles in such things as membrane function, acts as an antioxidant, and serves as the raw material from which we are able to make things like progesterone, estrogen, cortisol, testosterone and even vitamin D.
In fact, in a recent study available on the NIH Public Access site, researchers showed that in the elderly, the best memory function was observed in those with the highest levels of cholesterol. Low cholesterol is associated with an increased risk for depression and even death. (courtesy David Perlmutter, MD)
This is really the worst kind of junk science because he does the right experiment with the right controls, and DRAWS THE WRONG CONCLUSIONS.
Needless to say, this work was done in a pathetic effort to undermine claims by millions of statin users that they have memory loss. Nice try, you woeful, mercenary, Kool-Aid drinking mountebank.