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Dr. Duane Graveline

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Background

Employment History

  • Medical Doctor
    Astronaut
  • Scientist
    NASA
  • USAF Flight Surgeon
    NASA
  • Physician
    NASA
  • Critic
    Lipitor
  • Author
    Lipitor
  • Critic
    Other Cholesterol-Lowering Statin Drugs
  • Medical Doctor
    Other Cholesterol-Lowering Statin Drugs
  • Family Doctor

Education

  • M.D.
  • M.D. Imagine
  • MD
95 Total References
Web References
Alternative Complementary Medicine - Interview: Duane Graveline - Medical Doctor, Astronaut, and Critic of Lipitor and Other Cholesterol-Lowering Statin Drugs
alternativecomplementarymedicine.com, 6 Dec 2008 [cached]
Interview: Duane Graveline - Medical Doctor, Astronaut, and Critic of Lipitor and Other Cholesterol-Lowering Statin Drugs
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Dr. Graveline began his medical odyssey at the famed Walter Reed Army Hospital during the time when America's space pioneers were just beginning to study the medical effects of space flight. After becoming a flight surgeon and participating in that space medical research, Dr. Graveline received international recognition for his research on zero gravity deconditioning, his work as a medical analyst of the Soviet bioastronautics program, and in 1965 for his selection as a scientist astronaut.
In May 2001, Dr. Graveline was prescribed Lipitor and subsequently developed a severe case of amnesia. Subsequently, he established his website ( www.spacedoc.net ) as forum for information about the memory-related reactions linked to statin drugs. Based on his experience and those of others, Dr. Graveline has published a new book, "Lipitor, Thief of Memory, Statin Drugs and the Misguided War On Cholesterol." This book has added relevance today as recent studies suggest that doctors should prescribe stronger and stronger doses of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, especially Lipitor, the most prescribed drug in America.
Dr. Cohen: Dr. Graveline, you have written some strong opinions about the cholesterol lowering-drug Lipitor, the most prescribed drug in America.
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Dr. Graveline: I have discovered that the stronger statin drugs such as Lipitor can be associated with profound cognitive disturbances in some patients.
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Dr. Graveline: A 70 year old lady who lives alone and chops her own wood feared she had intruders when she found wood for her buck stove all split and scattered about and discovered a plate of partially eaten food in her kitchen. She searched the house from top to bottom and was about to call the police when she noted that the tracks in the new snow outside her porch near the woodpile were hers. She was the unknown intruder. This unnerved her, but after she discontinued her statin drug, she reverted to her usual alert, independent self. A U.S. Air Force loadmaster wanted to know how long his Lipitor associated memory lapses might last. He stopped the drug on his own but knew his job was in jeopardy if he reported this event to his flight surgeon. A woman hiker "woke up" lost in the woods. A businessman awoke in his car miles away from anything familiar to him, and a passing highway patrol officer was convinced that his disorientation must be due to drinking or drugs. In a manner of speaking he may have been right, for this man was on Lipitor and since that episode has become an anti-statin activist.
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Dr. Graveline: The first episode happened after I had been prescribed Lipitor for my modestly elevated cholesterol. I had returned from my usual morning walk in the woods when my wife noticed me walking aimlessly in our driveway as if I were lost. I did not recognize her and refused to enter our home. I reluctantly accepted cookies and milk and somehow she got me into the car to see my family doctor and neurologist.
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Dr. Graveline: Experiencing total global amnesia is nothing like you see it presented in the movies.
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Dr. Graveline: I practiced medicine as a solo family doctor for 23 years until 1993.
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Dr. Graveline: Initially, when I seemed to be the only case, my evidence was purely intuitive.
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Dr. Graveline: Yes.
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Dr. Graveline: Doctors, like their patients, have been completely uninformed about the cognitive side effect issue with statin drugs. Time and again they assure and reassure their distraught patients that their memory lapses are "to be expected at their age", or are possibly a "touch of senility" or perhaps even "early Alzheimer's". So complete has been the 'brainwashing" of doctors by pharmaceutical reps and statin drug literature that a possible side effect to the statin drug is the last thing most of them consider. Now, after more than ten years of prescribing statins and reassuring patients of their safety, the last thing a doctor wants to hear is that he has been wrong all this time.
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Dr. Graveline: I am awaiting our watchdog FDA's explanation of the report in Pharmacotherapy involving 60 memory cases gleaned from the FDA's own Medwatch reports over the past four years.
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Dr. Graveline: Over the past year my website has received just under 50,000 hits from patients all over the world interested in the side effects of statin drugs, especially the cognitive side effects of forgetfulness, confusion, disorientation, or amnesia. Currently between 100 and 200 hits daily are being received as a result of three articles I've posted: "Lipitor, Thief of Memory;" "Statins and the Flyer;" "Cholesterol, Friend or Foe?"
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Dr. Graveline: As a former USAF and Army flight surgeon, one of the first thoughts that entered my mind after my experience with Lipitor was what might happen if my amnesia occurred while I was piloting my ultra-light aircraft?
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Dr. Graveline: I believe that excessively high starting doses -- which incidentally are the initial doses recommended by the drug companies in package inserts and the Physicians' Desk Reference (PDR) -- are a huge problem with many medications, but it is especially true with statins.
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Adding scientific weight to Dr. Graveline's concerns is the article in the July 2003 issue of Pharmacotherapy: "Statin-associated memory loss: analysis of 60 case reports and review of the literature." This article examines 60 cases of statin-associated cognitive impairments from the FDA's Medwatch system. 36 cases occurred with Zocor, 23 with Lipitor -- the most powerful statins -- and 1 case with Pravachol, with is also being prescribed at stronger initial doses today. Most interesting are the 4 rechallenge cases: people who again developed cognitive problems with a second course of statins, just as Dr. Graveline did.
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Interview: Duane Graveline - Medical Doctor, Astronaut, and Critic of Lipitor and Other Cholesterol-Lowering Statin Drugs | 0 comments | Create New Account
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alternativecomplementarymedicine.com, 25 Feb 2005 [cached]
Duane Graveline
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Interview: Duane Graveline - Medical Doctor, Astronaut, and Critic of Lipitor and Other Cholesterol-Lowering Statin Drugs
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Dr. Graveline began his medical odyssey at the famed Walter Reed Army Hospital during the time when America's space pioneers [&hellip
What about Statins? | Advanced Chiropractic Health Center, P.C.
drheide.com, 16 May 2013 [cached]
And here is a page full or articles questioning "The Great Cholesterol Scam," as Dr. Duane Graveline puts it. (Dr. Graveline is a former USAF Flight Surgeon, former NASA Astronaut, and retired Family Doctor.) Dr. Graveline explains that "for nearly four decades, those in medicine have been taught that cholesterol was the culprit in cardiovascular disease because it was found in atherosclerotic plaques.
Cholesterol Anxiety | The Fear of Heart Attack or Sexual Dysfunction
www.ahealthyview.com.au, 17 May 2011 [cached]
A former NASA scientist and astronaut Dr Duane Graveline, MD, suffered such memory loss while taking his cholesterol pill. He claims he saved his memory by stopping the pill and eating lots of cholesterol-rich foods. Since then he has described his experience in his book, Lipitor: Thief of Memory, Statin Drugs and the Misguided War on Cholesterol.
Blood Lipids and Risk of Coronary Artery Disease
www.yourhealthbase.com, 19 Jan 2010 [cached]
This is the website of Dr. Duane Graveline, a retired NASA physician and astronaut with a masters in public health along with his MD. He has a free newsletter and has written two books on statin side effects and is about to come out with a third. He has personal experience with severe and progressing problems he attributes to statins and operates a clearinghouse for anecdotal reports. Dr. Graveline would appear to agree with the thesis of this review since in the newsletter describing his new book The Statin Damage Crisis he states "Cholesterol level appears irrelevant to the process of atherosclerosis."
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