In 2005 Pfizer began the “Maximum Allowable Dose” marketing campaign.
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.
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.
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Between 2008 and 2017 — I had seven surgical interventions
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
Guitar Lesson with Cedar
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.
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.
I realized that getting cold while exercising resulted in thrombosis. I had never heard of statin induced myopathy or exercise intolerance.
I stopped exercising
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
- 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:
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