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the poisoned pill

Help us, Obi Wan Kenobi

…downloading costs on the basis of relationship onto loved ones as part of the deductible for healthcare in British Columbia.

Failure to Warn

My concern is : That it may not be possible to reliably warn someone who’s memory has been compromised by taking any lipophilic statin.

Request for remedy

Consent is informed if the patient knows all the important facts. 

Request for Resolution

In the information age, ignorance is a choice and the easiest avoidable medical error to resolve. 

To Think is to practice Brain Chemistry

You are deep in the rubble Barney, prematurely aging by the heartbeat.

A Momentary Lapse of Reason

during a manic episode I came up with Plan B and as crazy as Plan B may sound : Who are you going to call? Ghostbusters?


icarus flyby and the Rock From Mars

The Adverse Effects of 80 mg of Lipitor@Pfizer for 8 Years: a patient's perspective**

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Rant 102 : My Bipolar Holiday

Lipitor@Pfizer a road to induced Mental Illness


In January 2006 at the age of 55 while swimming 8 km per week in the stracona pool I suddenly began to feel very weak.  Three days later I watched on a overhead monitor as a team of four doctors, in Victoria, pushed a wire into my beating heart and inserted two stents reopening my blocked circumflex artery.  At the time, I was Floating in a Sea of Placid completely full of drugs! It doesn't get much better than this!

exit from grace

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And all the science I don't understand

It's just my job, five days a week. 

Elton John, Rocket Man

Cholesterol is bad.  

You know this.  You grew up knowing this.  You have been told over and over again; 7 x 7 times by authoritative advanced medical research that without question lowering cholesterol will prolong and save your life.  Lipitor@Pfizer reduces cholesterol.  Taking it will save your life. The reduction in cholesterol is dose dependent, measurable and highly lucrative.  And taking it will save your life.

It is no longer possible to trust much of the clinical research that is published or to rely on the judgement of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines.
— Dr. Marcia Angell, 20 year Editor of the New England Journal of Medicine

Cholesterol is an essential part of every cell in your body. The research is biased, the marketing misinformative and fraudulent. The risks of taking Lipitor@Pfizer are substantial. Here is what I have discovered:

Cholesterol is Cement

We use cement in our roads, bridges, buildings and homes.  Everywhere.
LDL and HDL are Cement Trucks; 
Your brain lives in a gated community, has border crossings and no one gets in without a pass. 
Cement Trucks are not allowed into this community
Your brain uses a lot of Cement.  It makes its own.  This is a fact.

Coenzyme Q10 is a Pac Man Power Pill

In addition to cement, Lipitor@Pfizer reduces the amount of Coenzyme Q10 or Pac Man power pills in your system: every cell in your body requires a constant supply of these little buggers to keep playing the game of life. 

To Think is to practice Brain Chemistry

Lipitor@Pfizer has a Nexus Pass that takes it straight through your brains border where it reduces cement and power pill production by up to 50%.  The delicate dance of consciousness begins to falter; your internal google road map takes you to the wrong place; your communication network makes bad connections; the way you get things done fails. Your brain begins to experience energy brownouts and goes into recession leaving you stuck in the Bangladesh basement with no lights when substandard construction materials lead to a total collapse.


You are deep in the rubble Barney

 prematurely aging by the heartbeat because there was not enough cement when the building was built.

Brain Fog is Anterograde amnesia

Anterograde amnesia is the loss of the ability to create new memories. In most cases of anterograde amnesia, patients lose declarative memory, or the recollection of facts, but they retain nondeclarative memory, often called procedural memory. The hippocampus plays an important role in the consolidation of information from short-term memory to long-term memory.  Your memories, the facts of your life, can be wholly or partially lost as a result of the damage caused by Lipitor@Pfizer which; when prescribed at the maximum allowable dose of 80 mg / day; exposes patients to long term chronic levels of toxicity.

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Lipitor@Pfizer is a Gateway Drug

With not enough cement and energy throughout your body: the pot holes don’t get filled in; the trash begins to pile up, normal repair systems begin to fail.  Your body experiences brownouts when you exercise: muscular weakness and pain increase to the point where you blow a fuse and pass out, unconscious before you hit the floor.  New health problems result in additional medications.   Within your body extreme climate events are now becoming commonplace as well as the extreme measures required to survive them, until one day unable to close your femoral artery; pressing into your groin as hard as he can: the doctor turns and says to the nurse “Go get his wife.”

With this much Ignorance,

there must be a pony somewhere!

In 2006, I was a high end technologist, team leader, continuous learner; lifelong meditator and long distance swimmer : Despite all my considerable talents and skills 20 months after I began taking Lipitor@Pfizer, I was unemployed and unable to fill out a form online.  Seventy Eight months later I began receiving treatment for a Bipolar II mood disorder from a psychiatrist who did not know that Lipitor@Pfizer passes through the BBB.

Lipitor@Pfizer is the most widely prescribed economically successful pharmaceutical in history.  The flagship of a $Trillion a year marketplace built on fear, false and misleading information, publication bias, pollyanna science, regulatory control and domination

Lipitor@Pfizer has a high potential for adverse physical and cognitive effects; a NNT of 250; migrates morbidity and does not reduce mortality.  

stop prescribing atorvastatins


if doctors were pilots, no one would fly.

In 2006 a MI turned me into a ATM machine for the local medical monoculture provided by BC Medical Services Plan.  A insurance plan that my wife and I have paid into since 1970.  Cholesterol was the password for blood work and office visits every three months.  The PIN number was 80 mg of Lipitor, the maximum allowable dose of a gateway drug that lead to dozens of prescriptions and 7 surgical interventions.  I became a medical pin cushion and cash cow for the pharmaceutical industry.  

I was locked inside the Lipitor@Pfizer prison for a decade.  A decade of broken memories, suicidal depression, paranoia, anger, manic behaviours, mental confusion and chronic acute physical pain.  I awoke drowning in a tsunami of information diametrically opposed to everything I had ever been told by my doctors.

If my treatment represents standard practice then there will be others within my local community who experienced and may continue to experience similar treatment.  It is within that community that I will seek allies. 

I support Universal Healthcare in Canada.
I do not support Universal Pharmacare in Canada

Tell everyone you know that this is a problem, and it has not been fixed.  
Ben Goldacre, What Doctors don’t know about the drugs they prescribe

This isn’t some automobile company messing with auto emissions; Pfizer is a corporation messing with your cognitive abilities, the cognitive abilities of your children and the genetics of our species.
Mutual Funds own Pfizer
You own Pfizer


Icarus Flyby and the Rock from Mars (excerpt) 6/26/2018

I’m coming now, I’m coming to reward them. First We take Manhattan, and then We take Berlin.
— Leonard Cohen

Brain Fog

Public Service Announcement

To the legal advisors of medical service providers and pharmacists in Campbell River, British Columbia.

It has come to my repeated attention that Medical Service Providers of Campbell River are generally unaware that Lipitor@Pfizer (Atorvastatin) the most commonly prescribed HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor is lipophilic and passes through the Blood Brain Barrier.

It is very important for a pharmacist to suggest a less lipophilic member of the statin group when dealing with patients who have an existing or potential condition of insomnia or decreased cognitive function.

Lipitor@Pfizer (Atorvastatin) inhibits the Mevalonate metabolic pathway used to make over 30,000 biomolecules such as cholesterol, heme, vitamin K, coenzyme Q10, and all steroid hormones.  The inhibition is dose dependant and measurable.  

Clinicians should be aware of cognitive impairment and dementia as potential adverse effects associated with statin therapy.

Statin psychiatric effects can include irritability/aggression, anxiety or depressed mood, violent ideation, sleep problems including nightmares, and possibly suicide attempt and completion.

The SLCO1B1*5 Genetic Variant is Associated with Statin-Induced Side Effects

Any patient prescribed Lipitor@Pfizer (Atorvastatin) at any dose for any amount of time has been exposed to a wide spectrum of physical, emotional and cognitive adverse effects including anterograde amnesia, the inability to transfer new information from the short-term memory to the long-term memory: anecdotally often reported as brain fog.  The higher the dose, the higher the risk.

In Canada the learned intermediary rule applies where an intermediate inspection of the product is anticipated because the product is highly technical in nature or where a consumer is placing primary reliance on the judgement of a learned intermediary and not the manufacturer.  In these cases, the manufacturer may satisfy its duty to warn the ultimate consumer by warning the learned intermediary.  

My question to Medical Service Providers is : Has Pfizer properly warned you about the adverse effects of 80 mg of Lipitor? or have they misinformed you? 

My question to Medical Service Insurance Brokers of Campbell River is: What is your exposure? 

IMHO: Any medical service provider making or renewing a prescription is acting not only as a learned intermediary but also as an agent of the manufacturer and is required to know of; and clearly advise the patient as to the potential adverse effects and risks of taking said medication.

Patients that continue treatment with Lipitor@Pfizer (Atorvastatin) should be examined by practitioners with an accredited level of knowledge and expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of statin induced adverse effects.  Patients should be reevaluated, as per standard practice and prescribed treatment every three months.

Medical Practitioners should carefully consider their liabilities with their legal representatives in these matters.

Thank you for sharing and communicating this information with your partners, clients, patients, friends and associates.

June 20th, 2018

the heart of darkness

the canadian heart of darkness


On the Absence of Mental Health Services in

Campbell River, BC Canada

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Acts of god

If it weren't for bad luck, Ron Philbrook wouldn't have any luck at all.  Laid off from his job of 23 years at 58, he soon burned through his retirement savings, fell behind and into debt.  Then torrential rains sparked massive mudslides that buried his recreational property beneath tonnes of rock — and filled his cabin with debris.

The property value went from an assessed $156,000 to just $26,000

His insurance company refused to pay out, declaring the mudslide an act of God — and the province wouldn't pay disaster relief because it was a recreational property, not a primary residence.  The Royal Bank of Canada decided to foreclose on his home of 36 years.  That’s my bank  The RBC.

In the spring of 2017, 36 months after I stopped taking Lipitor@Pfizer: I went into the bank to speak with the bank manager.  I was $70k in the hole.


the last REPTILIAN overlord

In January 2006 I was prescribed 80 mg of Lipitor@Pfizer per day.
Twenty months later, I was unemployed and unable to fill out a form online. 2008, 2009 and 2010 just disappeared, there are no receipts, no tax records, nothing. 

For me, and for god knows how many others 80 mg of Lipitor was a gateway drug that resulted in dozens of prescriptions and seven surgical interventions.  

I was locked inside a pharmical prison for a decade.  A decade of broken memories, profound depression, paranoia, anger, manic behaviours, mental confusion and acute physical pain.  I awoke in a new world, Rip Van Winkle in a tsunami of information diametrically opposed to everything I had ever been told by my doctors.

It was only dumb luck that got me out of this prison 98 months after I was incarcerated.  And that's just not good enough.

I am looking for allies.

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Getting your Brain off Lipitor@Prizer



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Recently I went to Vancouver and was interviewed by a number of people at the St. Paul’s lipid clinic.. ....

My son picked me up at the ferry, put me up for the night, took me to the clinic, waited three hours and then drove me back to the ferry.  As we drove we listened to a podcast on how a man with bad information and too much money changed the way McDonalds French Fries were cooked and spoiled the taste.  My son said that I need allies.

The nature of the problems we face today are now overwhelmingly mysteries
— Malcolm Gladwell

I “got” the potential for harm puzzle 24 months after I stopped taking Lipitor@Pfizer and could think again

but had to lookup terminology constantly in order to gain any understanding as to what the puzzle ment.  As I did so the mystery of why anyone would prescribe a atorvastatin given the highly documented systemic risks involved grew and grew.

I thought that because of my lack of medical training there was something that I did not understand.  Something that my doctors knew about the medication and / or my condition that justified the risks of long term chronic statin therapy.  But it was not the Mevalonate pathway that I did not understand.  

Eventually I came to the realization that there was a common ground that I shared with every doctor, nurse, surgeon, therapist and pharmacist that I had seen over the last decade: 

None of us can trust our information sources!