My dad recently got lost on his home street he has lived on for 60 years. Turns out his doctor raised his statin prescription and when the statins were reduced his memory came back. There are other medications with memory side effects. Just want people to consider this. We had no idea and dad suffered for several weeks.
Statin Medication Link to Memory Loss
Statins are known to cause fairly rapid memory issues, but the experience doesn't stop there as statins are also noted for causing muscle pain and muscle damage, and in some cases, it can be severe and non-reversible as discussed here:
Statins are also noted for causing tendon damage as outlined here:
Sadly, many patients never draw the connection between statins and the damage they can potentially cause.
On the other hand, soy lecithin is noted for significantly lowering cholesterol and triglycerides while raising HDL cholesterol as described here:
Lecithin is not noted for causing memory problems, muscle damage, and muscle pain or tendon ruptures.
A few weeks ago I experienced a sharp burning sensation in my stomach and thought it could be ulcers and took some natural remedies that remedied the situation in just a few days. However, a friend said that it could be problems with the gallbladder and liver. I looked up remedies here in Earth Clinic and found Turmeric was recommended and it happens to be an ingredient I had been thinking for a while of taking because of its many benefits for the health. I have been taking for the last ten days first thing in the morning:
1 teaspoon of ground organic turmeric, mixed with 1 tablespoon of Virgin Coconut Oil and a dash of grounded pepper (because it is reported that it enhances by 20% or more the properties of turmeric).
As far as feeling any relief of ulcers or gallbladder related, there were none (as I said, I had already taken other natural remedies for the ulcers and found relief but the symptoms for gallbladder did not match my ailment). But in just one week, my sinuses cleared completely (a problem I have had for over 10 years, sneezing, blowing my nose first thing in the morning and 3 or 4 times during the rest of the day). Then I noticed an improvement in my mood, feeling motivated, energized, a general feeling of wellbeing and feeling positive, no anxiety at all.
But here is the amazing thing that happened.
I am 66 years old and have been noticing for the last 6 or so years a problem with my memory. I cannot remember names, hard as I try to memorize them, to give a silly example; I see a movie, look up the name of the actors but 10 mins after I cannot remember the names. I enjoy reading, but it's hard for me to remember name of books and authors, etc. Well, a week (only! ) after taking turmeric (the mixture detailed above), I was watching a movie and looked up the names of some of the actors. Then I went back to the movie, and as I saw them I said to myself, this is so and so, and this other guy is so and so… and I was bewildered. I said to myself, this is not right, I don't remember names. But I did! So I tried a little exercise I have been struggling with these past 6 years (to test and improve my memory): the phonetic alphabet: A is for Alfa, B is for Bravo, C is for Charile, D is for Delta, etc. I have never managed these last years to memorize it, best I've done is 15 out of 28, after a day spent trying. So I looked it up, read diligently (memorized) for a minute, then went back to my movie. Then, an hour later, took a pencil and paper and wrote the phonetic alphabet. Results? 28 out of 28! And 10 days later I can remember it as well as the name of the actors and other stuff I've been learning since then.
This was a week ago. Naturally I am still taking the turmeric mixture (I will do so for the rest of my life! ). I can now memorize names, news, events, etc. etc. Lost memories have come back, my vocabulary is enriched (the words were there, stored in my brain, but I could not find them…)
Do a search on the Internet on the benefits of turmeric, it's a long list, but most importantly, it's good for memory loss and Alzheimer's. Studies have shown that the incidence of Alzheimer's is very low in India because the eat curry all the time, a main ingredient is turmeric. Read about the brain-blood barrier; turmeric is one of the few substances that penetrate the brain.
I am telling this story in the hopes of helping people with memory problems but mostly to give back to Earth Clinic that has been a life-saver to me for many years now.
Feel free to ask questions, I will be following my posting for a month or two every few days to answer questions.