A Momentary Lapse of Reason

Learning to Fly

As narrated in Icarus Flyby and the Rock from Mars I became deeply mentally ill after I began to take Lipitor@Pfizer as prescribed in January 2006. 

After my prescription was changed in 2014 I began to recover but as far as I can tell this change was just dumb luck.  In 2016,  I began to realize that the people that I had trusted and relied on …

…were in fact ignorant,

  • And had :
    • misinformed me regarding the benefits;
    • failed to provide any warning as to the risks;
    • failed to discern my condition, and
  • were refusing to provide any remedy.

These are issues of life and death.   

This is of grave concern.

The most liberal interpretation I can come up with is that the Pfizer pharmaceutical corporation misinformed a generation of physicians as to the benefits of this remedy, while at the same time discrediting any voice speaking about the risks, in order to enjoy net profit margins that exceeded 40% for over 14 years.

But this interpretation fails every test of moral theology with regards to ignorance.

In the Information Age, Ignorance is a Choice

Ignorance is distinguished from nescience. Ignorance is a lack of knowledge that a person has a duty or obligation to know, whereas nescience refers to a lack of knowledge about things one is not bound to know.

Vincible ignorance is ignorance that a person could remove by applying reasonable diligence in the given set of circumstances. This contrasts with invincible ignorance, which a person is entirely incapable of removing.

As long as I continued to take Lipitor@Pfizer my ignorance was invincible.

Mentally I could not touch the tip of my nose

If insufficient diligence is shown in dispelling ignorance, it is termed merely vincible. When little or no effort is made to remove ignorance, the ignorance is termed crass or supine.

Deliberately fostered ignorance is affected or studied.

Vincible and invincible ignorance only can be applied to matters that a person has a duty to know about. For example, if a doctor did not know the name of a certain artery in the body, he would be ignorant of that information, but the rest of the population who has no duty to know that information would be nescient of it.

It would be generous to conclude that the healthcare providers that I relied on for over a decade simply failed to apply reasonable diligence and that their ignorance is therefore crass or supine; however when those same healthcare providers fail to discern or acknowledge the reason for a condition and then refuse to provide critical services in response to efforts to dispel ignorance then one must conclude that their ignorance has become affected or studied.

Disputations of the Benefits of Lipitor@Pfizer

Statin Toxicity : A Failure to Warn

Moral theology forms the foundation of secular law.

There are four elements to tort law: duty, breach of duty, causation, and injury. In order to claim damages, there must be a breach in the duty of the defendant towards the plaintiff, which results in an injury. The three main types of torts are negligence, strict liability (product liability), and intentional torts.

A failure to warn may give rise to liability in tort (negligence). At common law, a manufacturer has a duty to warn consumers of dangers inherent in the use of its product of which it has knowledge or ought to have knowledge. … The duty to warn is a continuing duty. Manufacturers, distributors, and sellers may be held liable when they fail to give appropriate warnings, and a consumer suffers an injury.

In Canada the learned intermediary rule applies where an intermediate inspection of the product is anticipated because the product is highly technical in nature or where a consumer is placing primary reliance on the judgement of a learned intermediary and not the manufacturer. In these cases, the manufacturer may satisfy its duty to warn the ultimate consumer by warning the learned intermediary.

There were warnings by Health Canada; the FDA; patents for statin induced myopathy, research warnings and articles in professional publications.

Despite information that is easy to find once I was able to do so; I was literally tortured for over a decade by the treatment that I received, convinced that some personal flaw, failure or past trauma was the reason for my emotional, cognitive and physical decline.

Despite every effort I made, to maintain and improve my health I came to believe that I was not going to survive; and so did my wife. Neither of us are ever going to be the same.

All I had to do to begin to recover was to stop taking the medication I was prescribed for six weeks.

It’s been like recovering from a stroke.

Unassisted

We need to come up with better solutions and while I do not have the answers, I have stood upon the mountain of my experiences and at one point, during a manic episode I came up with Plan B and as crazy as Plan B may sound : Who are you going to call? GhostBusters?

Icarus Flyby – tongue-tied and twisted
just a earth bound misfit

www.theTotalPane.ca @ 2018

Unheeded warnings
I thought I thought of everything
no navigator to find my way home

Disputations of the Benefits of Lipitor@Pfizer

MSP of British Columbia

These are the facts, in 2017:

  • 11.5% of Canada’s GDP was spent on Healthcare
    • totalling $242 billion
    • averaging $6,640 per Canadian
  • 28.3% was spent on Hospitals
    • averaging $1,871 per Canadian
  • 16.4% was spent on Drugs
    • averaging $1,086 per Canadian
  • 15.4% Physician costs round out the top three spending drivers, at 15.4 per cent per Canadian, or $1,014 per person.
  • Lipitor@Pfizer is the most successful and commonly prescribed medication in the world earning over $125 billion for the Pfizer corporation over the last 14 years
  • Lipitor@Pfizer (Atorvastatin) is a member of the drug class known as statins.
  • Lipitor@Pfizer inhibits (HMG-CoA) reducing the production of over 30,000 biomolecules such as cholesterol, vitamin K, coenzyme Q10, and all steroid hormones by up to 60%. This effect is biochemically unavoidable.
  • Due to toxicity the maximum allowable dose of Lipitor@Pfizer is 80 mg per day.

Pfizer’s net profit margin from 2006 to 2017 was 41.29%

  • Pfizer has a fiduciary duty to it’s stockholders.
  • Pfizer stocks are primarily held by institutional and mutual funds.
  • Pfizer has no legal duty to provide the best solution to its customers.
  • Pfizer controls regulatory bodies, influential practitioners, medical universities, ongoing physician training and customer information via stock participation, grants, funded research, mass marketing, direct marketing, kickbacks and benefits to physicians.
  • Corporate data used to secure regulatory approval is not available to the public.

This is refered to as regulatory capture.

The FDA conducted a 6-week inspection of Pfizer’s New York headquarters in July and August of 2009, where agency inspectors found system-wide lapses at the world’s largest drug manufacturer and in a 12-page warning letter to Pfizer Chief Executive Jeffrey Kindler, the FDA cited numerous examples of failing to report a growing number of serious side effects involving the company’s top selling cholesterol medication Lipitor@Pfizer dating back as far as 2004.

The most common adverse side effect of Lipitor@Pfizer is muscle pain referred to as Statin Induced Myphothy and Exercise Intolerance.

Myopathy is a disease of the muscle in which the muscle fibers do not function properly.

In 1989 Merck was issued patent (4,933,165) combining a statin and Coenzyme Q10 that was described as a pharmaceutical composition and method of counteracting HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor-associated myopathy.

Since 2000 Health Canada has issued five ADR advisories related to statins:

  • 2002 – Rhabdomyolysis and Myopathy
  • 2004 – Crestor and Rhabdomyolysis
  • 2005 – Existing conditions increase muscle problems
  • 2005 – Statins and memory loss
  • 2010 – Statins and interstitial lung disease

Between 2006 and 2013; 69,054 muscle-related, dose dependent adverse events from muscle pain to muscle cell damage and severe rhabdomyolysis were reported to Medwatch .

  • The 2005 Health Canada statement in the Canadian Adverse Reaction Newsletter suggested a possible association between statins and memory loss. The onset of these adverse events described in the case reports varied, but most occurred within 1 year of statin initiation. Most of the cases reported an improvement in cognitive symptoms once the statin was stopped or the dose reduced.
  • On February 28, 2012, the US FDA revised statin labels, warning of the potential for “generally non-serious and reversible cognitive side effects (memory loss, confusion, etc.) and reports of increased blood sugar and glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) levels”.

Between 2006 and 2013 there were 38,508 cognitive and emotional adverse effects related to statins reported in the MedWatch database.


In 2017 an accredited BC psychiatrist refused to report an averse effect, because he could not “prove it”.

Medical Trial run-ins screen out patients who experience intolerance and adverse reactions to the medication.

Treating to New Targets Study (TNT)

Intensive lipid lowering with atorvastatin in patients with stable coronary disease funded by Pfizer, the TNT medical trial reported in 2005 studied 10,000 patients with stable Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) for 5 years. Patients were prescribed either 10 or 80 mg of Lipitor@Pfizer

  • 131 patients with myalgia (muscle pain) or abnormal liver tests were dropped during run in
  • A major cardiovascular event occurred in 548 (10.9 percent) of patients receiving 10 mg of atorvastatin
  • A major cardiovascular event occurred in 434 (8.7 percent) of patients receiving 80 mg of atorvastatin
  • 982 patients with stable CDC experienced a major cardiovascular event while taking Lipitor@Pfizer
  • There was no reduction in overall mortality between the two groups.
  • Patients prescribed 80 mg of Lipitor@Pfizer experienced a significant rate of adverse events compared to patients prescribed 10 mg.

There is NO reduction in mortality (Death) in CHD patients who are prescribed Lipitor@Pfizer.

Study of Coronary Atheroma by Travascular Ultrasound: Effect of Rosuvastatin Versus AtorvastatiN (SATURN Trial)

Evaluated CRESTOR rosuvastatin 40 mg daily versus LIPITOR atorvastatin 80 mg daily in patients with coronary disease over 18 months.

  • 1578 Patients entered the Trial
  • 193 Patients dropped durning Run-In
  • 1385 Patients began the trial
  • 1039 Patients were treated for 104 weeks
  • 346 Patients left during the trial
  • 103 quit by preference of the patient
  • 101 had their first major cardiovascular event
  • 4 were dead
  • 34% of the patients that entered the trial did not finish
The JUPITER trial (Justification for the Use of Statins in Primary Prevention:

An Intervention Trial Evaluating Rosuvastatin trial) was a clinical trial aimed at evaluating whether statins reduce heart attacks and strokes in people with normal cholesterol levels. The JUPITER study studied people with cholesterol levels less than 130 mg/dL and no significant cardiovascular risk, but with elevated (hs-CRP) C-reactive protein (hs-CRP). The study demonstrated that cholesterol level appeared to have no relationship with cardiovascular disease risk…

People with low levels of cholesterol die from heart attacks all the time, even when they are taking the maximum allowable dose of 80 mg of Lipitor@Pfizer.

In 2005 Pfizer launched the The Maximum-Dose Lipitor® Campaign

The campaign began in earnest in 2005, after a study of maximum-dose Lipitor® for reducing heart attacks was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.  The study, known as the Treating New Targets (TNT) study, was funded by Pfizer, and it received glowing coverage from newspapers and news programs that described maximum-dose Lipitor® as if it was a medical breakthrough. Unfortunately, it was not. Yet the coverage made a strong impression, and so began the campaign to persuade doctors to medicate ever more patients with the most powerful, expensive dose of Lipitor® available.

As doctors prescribe more maximum-dose Lipitor® than ever, serious questions remain about maximum-dose Lipitor®. Is it effective? Is it worth the high cost? Is it safe? Statins are important drugs. Some people require strong statin treatment. Yet the great majority of people with elevated cholesterol do not need high doses of strong statins. The risk of side effects is greater with stronger doses than with milder ones. There is no scientific basis for using more medication than needed for any medical condition, and this applies particularly to the use of statin drugs. Treatment should be individualized. Safety should be emphasized. Over medication should be avoided. Side effects should be prevented. These are fundamental principles of medical science. The indiscriminate, widespread, “shotgun” use of maximum-dose Lipitor® violates all of them.

What happened to me was not a medical error

Icarus Flyby

My wife and I have contributed to healthcare budgets and costs since 1970 by payments to the Medical Services Plan of British Columbia via our employment, personal, business and property taxes. The year my wife retired, medical coverage under her pension plan was discontinued by the Province of British Columbia

In 2006 I had a heart attack and was prescribed 80 mg of Lipitor@Pfizer per day in order to lower my high cholesterol.

The lipid hypothesis is a medical theory postulating a link between blood cholesterol levels and the development, occurrence and prevention of heart disease and cardiovascular events.  Avoidable Medical Errors are the third leading cause of death and

Adverse Effects from medications are the leading medical error

Whatever the validity of lipid hypothesis, there are clear and substantial risks associated with taking Lipitor @ Pfizer which I took as prescribed for eight years, and I was not warned. 
As a result my life was transformed.  Icarus Flyby and the Rock from Mars is the story of this transformation.

theTotalPane @ 2018

It is no longer possible to trust much of the clinical research that is published or to rely on the judgement of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines.

Dr. Marcia Angell, 20 year Editor of the New England Journal of Medicine

the art of war

In 2005 Pfizer began the “Maximum Allowable Dose” marketing campaign.

2005 Information System Manager

Age 55, 200 lbs – swim 8 km / week;
$250k+ RRSP + 5 week holiday in Europe
MI January 2006

In January 2006 I was prescribed the maximum allowable dose of Lipitor@Pfizer.

  • Six months later I was making decisions that I would not make today due to emotional and cognitive distress.
August 2007
August 2007 with Michael and Carrie

I quit my job in October 2007

The last thing I remember was being unable to figure out how to fill out a online unemployment form.

Life. We don’t want you to miss it., Saving moments.

© 2018 Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. All rights reserved. Charitable Registration No. 106846942 RR0001. 

October 2009 – Thrombosis while hiking

Between 2008 and 2017 — I had seven surgical interventions

I experienced
chronic leg cramps
repeated thrombosis in my legs.
numbness in my hands and feet
I gained over 70 pounds
I passed out from pain while walking off a cramp and hit the floor face first where my wife found me.  I remember thinking “Oh! I just died! right before the black out.

Reading with Cedar

September 2010

Extended Family Vacation in Costa Rica 

Guitar Lesson with Cedar

February 2011

In February 2011 after being depressed for 4 years I became manic and for the first time in my life I began to paint.

6 months later I had 30 paintings and Plan B

By November 2011 my retirement savings were exhausted.  I applied for CPP at Age 60.

January 2012

In 2012 my physical health collapsed.  A cancer scare and invasive biopsy.  A thrombosis in the Spring leading to 11 days in intensive care that led to a religious experience in my garage.

I was in intensive care again for 11 days in the fall and heard the doctor say go get his wife after which I required two units of blood.

Susan and I thought I was going to die but we went to a meditation workshop instead!  We had discussions about what to do with my body if I died while in the US.

December 2012 – Sedona Meditation Workshop

I realized that getting cold while exercising resulted in thrombosis.  I had never heard of statin induced myopathy or exercise intolerance.

June 2013
June 2013

I stopped exercising

October 2013

In November 2013 the City of Campbell River, a former employer sent the RCMP to my home while I attempted, for the third time to get help from the city by applying for WCB.  This was denied.

A security officer from the City of Campbell River told me “to go get help”.  Help was not available. 

At thanksgiving dinner I threw my son and family out of the house in an incoherent fit of rage.

In February 2014 :

I was prescribed 900 mg of Lithium a mood stabilizer and 150 mg of Seroquel a antipsychotic for treatment for Bipolar II mood disorder by a psychiatrist who did not know that Lipitor@Pfizer was lipophilic, fat soluble and readily passes through the Blood Brain Barrier.

That same month Dr. Jenifer Grace changed my statin prescription from 80 mg of Lipitor to 20 mg of Crestor.

Crestor is hydrophilic, water soluble and has a harder time passing through the Blood Brain Barrier.

It makes a difference which type of statin you are prescribed but as far as I can tell this was just dumb luck.

December 2015 was the first time anyone said anything to me about the risks of taking a statin.  Given that single thread : any 14 year old teenager with a cell phone would be able to uncover the information that I found online over the next few months.

In 2016 a pharmacist at Save-On-Food said “we hear about Lipitor@Pfizer and Brain Fog all the time” during a medication review.

In 2017 :  I decided that in addition to exercise intolerance I had had repeated brain trauma.  My wife and I began a strict ketogenic diet.  Unexpectedly and without any exercise, I lost 65 pounds in six months.

April 2017
April 2017

In June 2017, fearing for my life, I nevertheless slowly began to reduce my intake of Crestor.

My personal physician between 2006 and 2017 said that we have a “difference of opinion”.

July 2017
July 2017

My heart specialist between 2006 and 2017 refused to make further appointments and did not refer me to another specialist. 

The psychiatrist I saw between 2011 and 2017 who did not know that Lipitor@Pfizer passes through the Blood Brain Barrier until I brought it to his attention refused to report an adverse effect from taking Lipitor@Pfizer because he could not prove it.

December 2017
December 2017

No one can afford this type of healthcare — Icarus Flyby

the Campbell River Legal Advocate refused to assist me to appeal the denial for a CPP disability pension

The Editor at the Campbell River Mirror told me that I “just sounded like someone who did not want to pay his bills”

The manager of the RBC suggested we sell the house.

In 2018:
 I no longer take any statin, antipsychotic or mood stabilizer.

I am able to once again walk and swim short distances with only moderate pain.

I will struggle with a mood disorder for the rest of my life.

For the first time I learned that I actually had minimal heart disease and as a result both my wife and I required crisis mental health assistance,

Every time I was in the hospital : So was my wife.

We were warned about the risks of Ketogenic diets for women and about the high THC content of marijuana but nothing, not a word was said about the risks of Lipitor@Pfizer by a psychiatrist who said she had training in biochemistry.

Lawyers representing my heart specialist between 2006 and 2017 have restricted my access to critical care.

My wife’s personal physician refused to refer her to acupuncture treatment as required by our extended medical plan because he “does not believe in it”

I have lost the most productive years of my life to this treatment.

All I had to do was to stop taking statins for six weeks in order to begin recover.  Six weeks!

Not one doctor suggested this, I had to figure it out myself and was unable to do this as long as I was taking Lipitor@Pfizer.

Catch 22

  • The British Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons is self adjudicating.
  • The College of Pharmacists of British Columbia is self adjudicating.
  • I am unable regardless of merit, to secure legal representation within the community of Campbell River.

This describes a asymmetrical conflict.

  • I am a Canadian by Choice
  • I have been a permanent resident of British Columbia since 1970.
  • My wife and I are being denied critical medical services in a community that we have contributed to for nearly 50 years.

I will not allow this to continue. I am seeking allies.

The Pareto principle or 80/20 theory maintains that 80% of our problems are the result of 20% of what we do. The Art of War by Sun Tzu considers asymmetrical conflicts in which all the strengths lie with one side of the conflict while the K.I.S.S principle speaks to the benefit of describing a single simple objective, so let me be clear:

Sell Pfizer

Icarus Flyby

PLAN B – Medical Services 2018

www.theTotalPane.ca @ 2018

Help us, Obi Wan Kenobi

December 18, 2018
The Honorable Adrian Dix
Minister of Health






PO Box 9050
Station PROV GOVT, Victoria BC
HLTH.Minister@gov.bc.ca

Sir : 

Avoidable medical errors are the third leading cause of death, after heart disease and cancer. Adverse effects from medications are the leading medical error.

The number of people who survive the adverse side effects of a prescribed medication with a seriously diminished quality of life is legion.

I am member of this legion, and am now well aware that most physicians do not recognize adverse effects from the medications that they prescribe. That most physicians fail (or refuse) to report the reactions that they observe and that as a result, the medical system does not count the members of my cohort.

No medical remedy is offered;
there is no change in medical practice;
all legal avenues are closed;
there is no room for improvement.

The British Columbia Medical System sheds its liabilities like a snake, downloading costs and losses on the basis of relationship onto loved ones as part of the deductible for healthcare in British Columbia.

As a result of their ignorance of the side effects of the medications that they prescribe, doctors prescribe new medications and treatments that create uncounted costs to the Medical Service Plan of British Columbia.

In my case I would like to know how much money the Medical Services Plan of British Columbia has spent treating the adverse side effects of medication that I took as prescribed for a decade.

No one can afford this type of healthcare.


Help us, Obi Wan Kenobi! You’re our only hope!

Icarus Flyby

Attachments:
Failure to Warn : BC College of Pharmacists
Request for Remedy : College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Request for Resolution : Vancouver Island Health Authority

CC:
Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly: Hon. Claire Trevena
Member of Parliament : Rachel Blaney

theTotalPane @ 2018

Failure to Warn

BC College of Pharmacists
1765 W 8th Ave #200, Vancouver, BC V6J 5C6

December 18, 2018

RE: Failure to Warn
Save-On-Foods Pharmacy
1400 Dogwood St #400, Campbell River, BC V9W 3A6

Between January 2006 and February 2014 I was prescribed the maximum allowable dose of 80 mg of Lipitor (Atorvastatin). My prescription was changed in February 2014 to 20 mg of Crestor (Rosuvastatin).

During this time period, because of the Save-On-Foods Points program, I normally filled my prescriptions at the pharmacy at this location.

After first hearing about Lipitor and Brain Fog in 2016, I went to the Save-On-Foods Pharmacy to review my medication interactions and when I mentioned my research on Lipitor and Brain Fog was told “Oh, we hear about that all the time”.

No one ever mentioned this to me.

I was never properly warned regarding the known risks associated with taking the maximum allowable dose of a medication known to induce myopathy, memory loss, cognitive and emotional dysfunction.

All statin medications reduce cholesterol by inhibiting (HMG-CoA) while at the same time reducing the production of over 30,000 biomolecules such as vitamin K, coenzyme Q10, heme and all steroid hormones by up to 60%.

This effect is biochemically unavoidable

all the science I don’t understand

After years of significant daily pain, confusion, depression and memory loss, this Spring (2018) I was told that I am statin intolerant.   My research indicates that I am by no means unique and because of my personal experiences with significant memory loss after taking Lipitor , my concern is :

That it may not be possible to reliably warn someone who’s memory has been compromised by taking a lipophilic statin.

1.) How specifically is the professional duty and ongoing legal obligation of the members of the College of Pharmacists being met in communicating warnings related to statin induced myopathy, memory loss, cognitive and emotional dysfunction?

2.) Given the number of warnings from Health Canada and the FDA prior and subsequent to January 2006, did the Save-On-Foods Pharmacy located 1400 Dogwood Street fulfill the ongoing tort obligation to provide ongoing information and warnings concerning the medications that I was filling?

3.) Does pharmaceutical data in the possession of your members indicate that extended statin use results in a cluster of additional medications not present in the general population?

Statins require repeated blood tests that fail to report in any way any change in mental state.

I await your considered reply.

Icarus Flyby

Proposed Remedy

  • Pharmacies should review statin warnings every three months with direct patient interviews and queries specifically designed to detect adverse effects tailored to the pharmacology of the statin being prescribed.
  • Any identified increase in any medication treating any new condition or state of muscle pain, confusion, irritation, depression should automatically delay the prescription subject to a second referral to a adverse effect specialist.
  • High dosage customers should have immediate priority for evaluation.

January 2002 – Rhabdomyolysis and Myopathy 
November 2004 – Crestor and Rhabdomyolysis
July 2005 – Existing medical conditions may increase risk of statin-related muscle problems
October 2005 – Statins and memory loss
October 2010 – Statins and interstitial lung disease.
February 2012 US FDA memory loss, confusion and reports of increased blood sugar.

theTotalPane @ 2018

Request for a Remedy

College of Physicians and Surgeons
300–669 Howe Street, Vancouver BC V6C 0B4
By Fax : 604-733-3503

December 18, 2018

Re: Request for a Remedy

Dr. Jennifer Grace Corp
Cedarwood Specialists Group
130 – 520 2nd Avenue, Campbell River, BC V9W 6G2

Dr. Marie Noel Corp
Quinsam Medical Group
280-1400 Dogwood St., Campbell River BC, V9W 3A6

Dr. Jennifer Grace and Dr. Marie Noel have the authority to prescribe medication and the responsibility to provide informed consent.  The duty to provide informed  consent  is a continuous process. 

Consent is informed if the patient knows all the important facts. 

Between January 2006 and June 2017  I unwittingly suffered from myopathy, memory loss, cognitive and emotional dysfunction while taking the maximum allowable dose of a medication known to induce myopathy, memory loss, cognitive and emotional dysfunction.

During this period I relied on Dr. Marie Noel and Dr. Jennifer Grace for professional medical advice, information and guidance. I trusted them.

Dr. Grace and Dr. Noel had a responsibility to consider the Health Canada warnings and known risks associated with the medications that they prescribed and advise me. They did not do so.

Dr. Grace and Dr. Noel failed to provide informed consent.

A Momentary Lapse of Reason

Dr. Jenifer Grace and Dr. Marie Noel have absolved themselves from any responsibility for the averse effects of the treatment that they provided and have abandoned me as a patient after a decade in poor physical and mental health as a direct result of their treatment.

This is clearly untenable. 

I ask that you confirm this to be so.
I await your considered reply

Icarus Flyby

January 2002 – Rhabdomyolysis and Myopathy 
November 2004 – Crestor and Rhabdomyolysis
July 2005 – Existing medical conditions may increase risk of statin-related muscle problems
October 2005 – Statins and memory loss
October 2010 – Statins and interstitial lung disease.
February 2012 US FDA memory loss, confusion and reports of increased blood sugar.

Statin Induced Myopathy resulted in multiple surgical interventions

Proposed Remedy

Education is the Remedy for Ignorance

Dr, Jenifer Grace

Detection and treatment of adverse effects of prescription medications
How to communicate medical information to patients
Informed Consent and Medical ethics

Dr. Marie Noel

Detection and treatment of adverse effects of prescription medications
How to communicate medical information to patients
Informed Consent and Medical Ethics

Other considerations :

Dr. John Penhall :

Understanding Medical Research
Medical Trial Run-in considerations
Publication Bias towards positive results 
Regulatory Control by Pharmaceutical companies
Absolute vs. Relative results in Research Fraud
Pharmaceutical Marketing Practices
How to communicate medical information to patients
Informed Consent and Medical Ethics
Detection and treatment of adverse effects of prescription medications

Quinsam Medical Clinic

Corporate Liabilities
Informed Consent and Medical Ethics 
How to communicate medical information to patients
Detection and treatment of adverse effects of prescription medications

Dr. Shung Lee; Dr. Matt Robinson

Detecting Statin Induced Myopathy and Exercise Intolerance in Surgical Patients

Dr. Bredenkamp : Professional Reevaluation

Request for a resolution

Mr. Tim Manning
Board Chair
Provincial Health Services Authority
700 – 1380 Burrard St.
Vancouver BC V6Z 2H3

Sir:

For years I unwittingly suffered from myopathy, memory loss, cognitive and emotional dysfunction while taking the maximum allowable dose of a medication known to induce myopathy, memory loss, cognitive and emotional dysfunction.  

Misdiagnosed adverse effects from the medications that I was prescribed led to additional prescriptions and treatments that became increasingly severe and costly.

I would like to know what the cost of my medical services were between January 2006 and today. 

The medical practitioners who treated me acted under the authority of the Board of the Provincial Health Services and within the standard of practice established by of the British Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Assuming that :

  • My treatment was based on the standard  medical practice for treating heart disease; and that
  • There is (in fact) a consistent failure to recognize the adverse side effects of (statin) medications by the medical community; and that 
  • A high percentage (>30%) of the  people receiving statin treatment for heart disease experience adverse side effects that result in additional treatments and prescriptions. 
  • How many people was that in 2006?

How much does this cost?

What is the business incentive to find a resolution to the problem of ignorance? 

In the information age, ignorance is a choice
and the easiest avoidable medical error to resolve.

This is to request that the board resolve to report this calculation to the Minister of Health of British Columbia for his consideration. 

At the same time, my wife and I are seeking your every personal assistance in this arriving at a resolution to this personal matter.

We await your considered reply

Icarus Flyby

Introduction to Plan B – Medical Services

theTotalPane @ 2018

Universal Healthcare

80 mg 
8 years

Rachel Blaney
908 Island Highway
Campbell River, BC
rachel.blaney@parl.gc.ca

Member of Parliament
North Island—Powell River
Deputy Whip – Critic for Seniors

RE : Universal Pharmacare in the Age of Trump

Ms. Blarney

The Harvard Medical School recently reported that the third leading cause of death are avoidable medical errors.   Medication errors are considered the most common type of medical error and were my personal Waterloo.

The Medical Monoculture Problem

In 2006 after I had a heart attack, I found a new doctor.  A young bright recently trained French Canadian woman who today is the most popular doctor in Campbell River. 

At the time I avoided medications in general and was not comfortable with her limited experience as my single source of information so I spoke with other doctors about statins including the second most popular doctor in Campbell River : my wife’s.

He told me, as did others, that I would need to be on statins for the rest of my life and spoke of medical research confirming the benefits of taking the medication given my condition.  This spring I was told that I have minimal disease in my heart.  There was no mention of risk that I can recall in any of these conversations.  There was a failure to provide informed consent.  With statins this is important :

Most drugs, if they are going to affect you adversely, you can tell it within a day.   You swallow a pill and 30 minutes later you throw up, have diarrhea or have a rash.  Then you know not to take it again.  Statins are insidious because their side effects begin very gradually over a period of months or years.
— Dr.  Peter Langsjoen, Cardiologist

As my health declined requiring treatment from a host of experts no one suggested that statins might be contributing to my problems.   Six weeks after I stopped taking statins, I began to recover.

With this much ignorance there must be a pony somewhere

Icarus Flyby

Executive Summary

The problem with statins is not that hard to understand it’s not rocket science!

All the Science I don’t Understand

I have been down the rabbit hole of Regulatory Control, Publication Bias, Bad Science and Medical Research and eventually came to the conclusion that statins are placebos for doctors. 

I’m not Judge Judy or Jimmy Cricket but I know one thing for sure : I need better healthcare than this!

Disputations of the Benefits of Lipitor@Pfizer

Influential Practitioner,  Not a Doctor.  Was not taking Lipitor.

Medication errors are the most preventable medical error.

Ignorance is a choice

I would ask that you consider posing the following questions to the Canadian Minister of Health :

on the issue of
avoidable medical errors

  • Is the Minister of Health Canada able to report the number of people who die in Canada each day as a result of avoidable medical errors?
  • Is the  Minister of Health Canada able to report the number of people who experience significant adverse side effects from medications?
  • Is the Minister of Health Canada able to report the number of people who survive medical errors in Canada with diminished quality of life?

on the issue of
universal pharmacare

  • Is the Minister of Health Canada able to project the increase in the number of people who will experience significant adverse side effects from medications with the movement to Universal PharmaCare
  • Is the Minister of Health Canada able to project the increase in costs related to avoidable medical errors to the Canadian Health Care System associated with
    with the movement to Universal PharmaCare 
  • Is the Minister of Health Canada able to project the  personal financial cost to Canadian families from avoidable medical errors and the adverse effects from prescribed medications associated with
    with the movement to Universal PharmaCare 

What is the Ministers plan to deal with the third leading cause of death in Canada?

In the Age of Information Ignorance is a Choice.  This is a problem that I know can fixed but in order to do so we must, as Canadians understand the extent and cost of avoidable medical errors and ignorance.

Thank you for any assistance you may be able to offer in forwarding my concerns

Icarus Flyby

every 17 minutes a Canadian dies from an avoidable medical error….

every 17 minutes!

www.theTotalPane.ca @ 2018

all the science I don’t understand

it’s just my job, five days a week

We have been told over and over again by authoritative scientific medical research that without question lowering cholesterol will prolong and our lives.

Cholesterol
is
BAD

You know this.  You Grew up knowing it.

Lipitor@Pfizer reduces cholesterol. Taking it will save your life. The reduction in cholesterol is dose dependent, measurable and highly lucrative.

Lipitor@Pfizer works! 
It reduces cholesterol by up to 60%
That’s the Problem! 

Cholesterol is an essential part of every cell in your body. The research is biased, the marketing misleading and fraudulent. Blaming cholesterol for coronary heart disease is like blaming firemen for fires.  Here is what I have discovered :

Cholesterol is Cement

  • We use cement in our roads, bridges, buildings and homes.
  • We use cholesterol in every cell of our bodies!
    • All of them.  
  • LDL and HDL are Cement Trucks
  • Your brain lives in a gated community, has border crossings and no one gets in without a pass.  Cement Trucks are not allowed into this community.
  • Your brain uses a lot of Cement.
  • It makes its own. This is a fact.

Coenzyme Q10 is a Pac Man Power Pill

In addition to cement, Lipitor@Pfizer reduces the amount of Coenzyme Q10 or Pac Man power pills in your system: every cell in your body requires a constant supply of these little buggers to keep playing the game of life.

To Think is to practice Brain Chemistry

Lipitor@Pfizer has a Nexus Pass that takes it straight through your brains border control system where it reduces cement and power pill production by up to 60%.

  • The delicate dance of your consciousness begins to falter;
  • your internal google road map takes you to the wrong place;
  • your communication network makes bad connections;
  • the way you get things done;
    • your executive function: fails.

Your brain begins to experience energy brownouts and goes into recession leaving you stuck in the basement with no lights when substandard construction materials lead to a mental collapse like the garment factory in Bangladesh.

You are deep in the rubble Barney, prematurely aging by the heartbeat.

… A year later, they re-started me on the same statin, Lipitor, at half the previous dose saying that my first 6-hour episode of TGA was only a coincidence. Two months later I again experienced TGA.. … My total time on Lipitor was no more than five months at 5-10 mg dosing
Dr. Duane Graveline

Dr Graveline was an American physician and NASA astronaut.  He was one of the six scientists selected for NASA’s fourth group of astronauts, for the Apollo program in 1965

I took 80 mg of Lipitor@Pfizer each day for eight years

IMHO : Brain Fog is Anterograde Amnesia

Anterograde amnesia is the loss of the ability to create new memories. In most cases of anterograde amnesia, patients lose declarative memory, or the recollection of facts, but they retain nondeclarative memory, often called procedural memory.

The hippocampus plays important roles in the consolidation of information from short-term memory to long-term memory.

Off Statins for 9 months

The memory can be either wholly or partially lost depending on the damage caused by Lipitor@Pfizer.

Given Lipitor@Pfizer’s 14 hour half life, when prescribed at the maximum allowable dose of 80 mg / day patients are constantly exposed to toxic levels for long periods of time.  

Lipitor@Pfizer is a Gateway Drug

With not enough cement and energy throughout your body: the pot holes don’t get filled in; the trash begins to pile up, normal repair systems begin to fail. Your body experiences brownouts when you exercise: muscular weakness and pain increase as a result of statin induced myopathy to the point where

you blow a fuse and pass out: unconscious before you hit the floor.

New health problems result in increasingly strong medications and interventions.  Within your body extreme climate events are now becoming commonplace as well as the measures required to survive them, until

 one day a doctor pressing as hard as he can on your open femoral artery says to the nurse

Go Get His Wife!

With this much ignorance, there must be a pony somewhere.

Icarus Flyby

It is no longer possible to trust much of the clinical research that is published or to rely on the judgement of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines — Dr. Marcia Angell, 

20 year Editor of the New England Journal of Medicine


theTotalPane @ 2018