A very charming middle-aged man of my acquaintance had been taking a statin to keep his cholesterol levels in check for some time. In all other ways he was fit and healthy but had been having some issues with apparent memory loss of late – forgetting where he put things, not remembering the simple words etc.
Recently he and his equally charming wife came across this article in the Telegraph: Wonderdrug that stole my memory and the penny dropped. A little more sleuthing and they realised that memory loss is indeed a noted, though rare side effect for this particular statin – indeed it has been reported as a rare side effect of many other statins on the market.
In the meantime some kind well-meaning friend sent them the following link: Honey is the only food on the planet that will not spoil or rot advocating the use of honey and cinnamon as a realistic alternative to prescribed licensed statin. After talking to another friend of theirs who claimed it had worked for him, and instead of going back to discuss the matter with his GP my friend was about to go off his prescription and treat and manage his cholesterol levels with HONEY and CINNAMON.
The internet is no doubt a wonderful tool but sometimes the ability to access tosh like this which could actually put lives at risk is frightening. Anyone else have similar experiences to recount?