How to Reverse Statin-Induced Memory Loss Part II

Read Part I here

We had a two-pronged strategy

1.) Stop further deterioration of her mental faculties by not taking the statins anymore.

2.) Reverse and restore her memory and mental acuity through diet and supplementation.

It was still early days for me as well and I was debating whether I was sentencing my mother to cardiac arrest city if I recommended she stop the statins but because she hated that particular medication with a passion, she already took the initiative to flush the pills down the toilet before I was even said a word.

Of course, I kept her doctor in the loop and he was not happy but keep in mind that a doctor can only recommend.  He can’t force anyone to take pills.  We imbue doctors with a lot of authority and part of my own paradigm shift was to realize and act on the fact that we individually should take an active role in maintaining our health, and not give up so much control to institutional authorities, including doctors and the medical and pharmaceutical systems.

Next step was to start her on a paleo-ish diet, with lots of:

1.) Protein: Red meat (beef, lamb), chicken, eggs, fish.

3.) Natural Carbohydrates: Lots of vegetables and some fruits (later I realized she was overfond of fruits and tried to ban it but it is still a struggle for her).

4.) Fats: High fat dairy like butter and cream. Tropical oils like coconut oil.

What did I eliminate?

1.) Anything made from grains, sugar and vegetable oils.

2.) Anything processed.

3.) Anything that came in a box or a package.

4.) Anything low-fat including skim milk and fat-free yogurt (if it’s low fat then it’s high in sugar – the taste has to come from SOMEWHERE).

Essentially, I put her on a diet where her carbohydrate intake was under 50 grams a day.  I was aiming for under 30 grams of carbs a day, making it a ketogenic diet, but knowing my mother, under 50 grams was a bit more reasonable as that would increase her rate of adherence.  In contrast, the Canadian Food Agency recommends a daily intake of approximately 240-275 grams of carbs per day for a woman of my mother’s age.

Speaking of ketogenic diets, which have been found to be very effective for reducing epileptic fits in children, a pilot study revealed that these diets were found to be therapeutic for Alzheimer’s.  Keto diets are an extremely high fat diet, and they supplying plenty of fat for the brain.  The result is the brain is then able to use alternative energy sources (ketones) that skip pathways that synthesize glucose (main energy source when eating carb heavy Standard American Diet).

Back to my mother’s treatment.

I kept a food diary for her, for monitoring and tracking purposes, and below is an example of what she would eat in a day.

Menu

Breakfast:  2 eggs scrambled, cooked in butter, with cucumber and sausage. 3 beef sausages.

Lunch: Zucchini and eggplant lasagna with bechamel sauce (almond flour, parmesan cheese, 3.5% milk and 1 egg) and meat tomato sauce.

Dinner: 2 buttered oven-baked chicken breasts, marinated in mustard sauce. Spinach salad with tomatoes and cucumbers, with olive oil and lemon dressing.

Her and my father ate like royalty.

Be Sociable, Share!

4 thoughts on “How to Reverse Statin-Induced Memory Loss Part II

  1. You are a wonderful daughter, your mum must be very proud of you. I also have memory loss, leg and foot pain and rising blood sugars. Today I took the decision to quit Crestor and I really hope my memory comes back 100% like your mum’s did.
    Thank you for all the information it has been a revelation.

    • That is so kind of you to say. I’m just thrilled we managed to get to my mother in time. As for yourself, what will you be doing in addition to quitting statins? Are you informing your doctor? Are you changing your diet? It’s a big step and best of luck on your journey.

  2. OH wow! I wanted to get my mom on paleo before and now I REALLY want to. She is suffering and I believe that her memory loss and skin issues are related to her HEAVY consumption of grains. My dad thinks they can survive quite well on oatmeal for food, he’d be better off without them as well and it would calm down his OCD. I may have to talk to my sisters who are retired and in charge of their food intake. I would like them to start Mom off on a cup of coffee with a table spoon each of coconut oil and grass fed butter emulsified into it. My dad, poor soul, gave all of us girls the gift of eating issues so we are all struggling with extra poundage (if I’m fat I’m not hungry and getting enough to eat now-thinking). My husband was put on a statin as well. I’m preaching the paleo life to him and he’s gradually moving closer. This is just another reason to just jump in with both feet!!!! Thanks for talking about this!!!!

    • It is tough to convince people to change their lifestyle but my mother’s motivation was the very clear deterioration in her physical and cognitive abilities. It took some convincing but the motivation has to come from the person. I wish you the best with your parents and your husband. Maybe you can print off testimonies of people who managed to reverse their chronic illnesses through dietary changes?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*