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Taking Statins Can Cause Memory Loss

StatinsThe statin family of drugs, most commonly used to treat high cholesterol, can cause a number of potentially serious side effects.  One side effect you may not know to look for is memory loss.  If you know someone that is experiencing such a problem with memory, find out if he or she is taking a statin – it may be an easy cause to determine or rule out.

According to an article on www.statinanswers.com, “Some people experience memory loss, report an inability to concentrate as well, and feel that they are developing Alzheimer’s disease when taking statin drugs.”  Interestingly, the article also mentions a study which seems to prove the opposite effect; in that study “simvastatin (Zocor) actually lowers the risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.” Continue reading

More Good News about Fish Oil

The Beyond Meds blog alerted me to a BBC article, “Fish Oil Supplements ‘Beat Psychotic Mental Illness'”, that describes yet another research study that has found beneficial effects from fish oil.  This time, a preliminary study has shown that taking fish oil can help prevent psychotic disorders in young people at high risk for to develop such disorders.  In fact, according to the BBC article, “A three-month course of the supplement appeared to be as effective as drugs, cutting the rate of psychotic illness like schizophrenia by a quarter.”  A chance to keep the brain healthy naturally is always good news.

Want successful treatment for the brain? Personalize!

Jennifer Gibson, on brainblogger.com, has a new compelling post “One Size Does Not Fit All” in which she reports, “[u]p to half of drug therapy is ineffective, according to recent statistics.”  Gibson traces this ineffectiveness to issues, such as “individual differences in enzymes that metabolize drugs, variations in drug transporters, ethnic differences, and environmental changes.”

Making recommendations for the future, Gibson comments, “The advent of personalized medicine and the departure from the current one-size-fits-all health care model requires a paradigm shift for patients and providers. New standards will emerge for the management of genetic information and education will be paramount for clinicians and patients. There are still more questions than answers regarding personalized medicine and tailoring therapy to each individual, but, hopefully, personalized medicine will be a large piece of the future health care puzzle, allowing more preventive medicine and evidence-based treatment selection.”

I agree wholeheartedly; personalized treatment for brain issues, including looking for solutions beyond medications,  creates far more successful outcomes.