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My Ordeal With Doctors, Bad Advice, and Bad Prescription Drugs

I wanted to write a chronicle of my 1999-2008 medical ordeal with the ulcerative colitis (UC), and with the doctors, the doctors’ bad advice and prescription drugs that either made things worse again or caused new problems.

So, here it is.

My ordeal began during the 1999-2000 period. It was better by April 2000, but there were relapses between 2001-2005. It was under control from 2005 until 2012 when there was an unexpected relapse. (If there is bleeding with BMs I call that a “relapse” of inflammation.)

The UC condition has been better since 2013. But it is still a sensitive condition. And I can’t eat a lot of foods/drinks, especially most vegetables, so I have to have various supplements such as magnesium, zinc, vitamin K and K2, etc., as I have mentioned before. I did go through a lot of “trial and error” with foods at times between 2000 and the later 2000s. But I never have foods now that could aggravate things (not knowingly, anyway). And I have foods that actually have anti-inflammatory properties.

To begin, in September and October 1999 there were about 10-15 times to the bathroom per day, and with bleeding. The bleeding was probably stimulating the extra BMs. The primary doctor during that period indicated that I had had a low blood count, low protein level, and my weight was in the range of 117-125. (I am approx. 6 feet.)

In September 1999 the proctologist doctor did a “flexible sigmoidoscopy,” diagnosed the UC and prescribed Rowasa enema. Things got better by mid-November and December of 1999.

However, the primary doctor was concerned about my continued low weight, and he suggested I add more calories to gain weight.

The primary doctor suggested I eat bran and whole wheat. At that time I was unaware that bran and whole wheat are irritants to the colon, even with people with normal digestive systems, so I did what was suggested. And by January 2000 the colitis was worse again.

But I didn’t see the relationship between my eating bran and whole wheat and the worsening UC relapse, and continued eating bran and whole wheat. I was also going back to eating normally perhaps a bit too soon. (Perhaps the doctor should have known not to suggest bran and whole wheat to a colitis sufferer?)

Another thing at that time in the primary doctor’s concern over my continued low weight was that he wanted me to have an upper GI series, because he thought there might have been something else going on. So I had a GI series, and I believe that the GI series barium reaggravated a “pylorospasm” (spastic pylorus) that I had during the mid-1980s that interfered with food digestion. The spastic pylorus continued to compound the relapsed colitis symptoms from January through March of 2000.

And so in January 2000 with the UC worse again, with multiple BMs per day and bleeding, this time I was having trouble retaining the Rowasa enema. And then the proctologist gave me Asacol, an oral tablet, which was supposed to be a timed release kind of thing, to prevent systemic absorption.

But apparently not. My side effects of that Asacol included swelling in the lower legs, feet and ankles. At one point, I could hardly walk. And there was also swelling in the scrotum. So the proctologist doctor switched me to sulfasalazine oral tablet (I think the timed release version) combined with Cortifoam, another rectal drug.

Regarding the lower legs/feet/ankle swelling, one of my parents suggested I try compression socks that go up to just below the knee. The swelling almost disappeared by the next day after putting on those socks. But did any doctor suggest the compression socks? Nope.

And so during this time of March 2000 I was also trying to be more conscientious with my eating habits, now that I was a little more informed about the relationship between foods and these digestive issues. My mother suggested Ensure to give me more calories and protein to help me to gain more weight. Of course, none of the doctors suggested that.

Also at that time I was taking Xanax, and I am way against those kinds of things. But I needed something to help me through this whole time that was going on for months now. It was extremely stressful. So with that anti-anxiety drug, the sulfasalazine and drinking Ensure, by April 2000 the condition and symptoms were a lot better (again), and the bleeding was gone.

I continued with the sulfasalazine as an ongoing daily medication. The weight got up to the mid-130s and stayed there maybe for a few years (now it’s about 140-142).

After an August 2001 colonoscopy, that colonoscopy doctor said there was still inflammation in the colon/rectum, so he advised that I go from 1 sulfasalazine tablet 4 times per day to 2 tablets 4 times per day. So I did that. He didn’t ask about or mention anything about foods or suggest any changes in my diet.

There had been bleeding-BM relapses that lasted about 4-5 months each, in 2001, 2002, 2003, and December 2004-April 2005.

In 2004 and 2005 I learned more about “natural anti-inflammatories.” I began taking fish oil softgels around April of 2005 because I learned that they are high in omega 3, which has anti-inflammatory properties. And in late 2005 I began taking acidophilus probiotic pills.

However, just to digress a bit, by about 10 years later I learned that it may not be a good idea to take fish oil or omega 3 supplements in the long term, like more than a year. (For example, see this article.) So I gradually reduced and then eliminated the fish oil softgels and tried to just eat fish, which was recommended. However, the fish was a problem with my sensitive digestive condition. I tried different kinds of fish, and cooking it or fish in a can such as sardines. Alas, it appears that fish causes my digestive system trouble, for some reason.

So as a natural omega 3 alternative to fish, I’ve been getting the cage-free eggs that all say a minimum of 70 mg of omega 3 per egg. Or brands that say it has over 100 mg per egg.

As far as keeping inflammation low or preventing it in the lower digestive area, the acidophilus is most important, as far as I’m concerned. But as I have written quite a bit now on my blog, having foods that have anti-inflammatory properties (such as extra virgin olive oil) is helpful, and not having any kinds of foods that could be pro-inflammatory is helpful (or necessary, in my case). No junk food or processed foods, no insoluble fiber, nuts, etc.

At the August 2005 colonoscopy, the new colonoscopy doctor told me to increase from 2 to 3 sulfasalazine tablets 4 times per day. He said nothing about foods or nutritional supplements at that time. So I increased the sulfasalazine and continued that over the next year.

However, later in 2006 at my annual physical examination, the new primary doctor said my blood pressure was unusually high. It had been on the low side for decades, according to previous doctors. So after some investigation on the Internet, I learned that one possible side effect of sulfasalazine is that it could affect your potassium level. And a low potassium level can cause or contribute to high blood pressure.

So I reduced the sulfasalazine, and the blood pressure went back down to more normal levels. (But now when I check that on the Internet 12 years later, there are no articles mentioning the relationship between sulfasalazine and potassium, as I saw then. Why is this?)

And by the way, regarding sulfasalazine, besides its possibly contributing to reducing potassium level, it also could cause a depletion of folic acid. And folic acid is something that’s very important for colon health! So two different colonoscopy doctors both told me to increase sulfasalazine but did not tell me to make sure I supplement with folic acid! They MUST know about sulfasalazine’s effect on folic acid! So that one bothers me, too. How could they not know that?

My 2007 colonoscopy, by the way, showed a reduction in inflammation, despite my discontinuing anti-inflammatory prescription drugs earlier that year and concentrating on nutritional supplements.

I “discovered” the acidophilus/probiotic supplement in late 2005, and began taking those at that time. I didn’t have any relapses with bleeding between about April 2005 and November 2012, and I attribute that in large part to taking the acidophilus supplement.

In November-December 2012 there was a relapse with bleeding for the first time in 7 years. By early 2013 I realized that the acidophilus I was taking wasn’t as good as it was in the first several years of taking it. The reviews of that particular product on Amazon seemed to confirm my suspicion. So in 2013 I switched to a different acidophilus product. And things have been much better since then.

At my 2007 colonoscopy I told the doctor (not the earlier GI doctor from 1999-2001 but the new one from 2005) about the acidophilus and how that seemed to make things a lot better since two years prior to that. And he said that he was a “big fan” of acidophilus. So I was wondering why, in the previous colonoscopy, he didn’t tell me about the acidophilus/probiotic supplements.

And why didn’t any of my primary doctors tell me during those years?

That colonoscopy doctor did, however, try to push the prescription anti-inflammatory Asacol on me at that time. That was the drug I had in early 2000 that caused swelling in the legs, etc.

Besides trying to push Asacol on me, in the examination room he had coffee mugs with the name “Asacol” on them, and his clipboard he was using had “Asacol” on the top! So this was quite a learning experience. And he was the head of endoscopy/colonoscopy at a major metropolitan hospital at that time!

And then after the 2008 colonoscopy, that same colonoscopy doctor advised that I see another specialist because of some issue with that colonoscopy that the doctor didn’t explain. So I saw that so-called specialist who said that that particular colonoscopy biopsy showed “markedly regenerative glands with neutrophils,” but “indefinite for dysplasia.” The specialist wanted me to go have another colonoscopy in just 6 months!

I asked that “specialist” GI doctor to further clarify the issue. And he said something along the lines that “regenerative glands with neutrophils” meant either that the colon tissue had been “regenerating” (a good thing), or that it was a sign that there were cells developing that could show “dysplasia” (or possibly cancer cells).

Well, my own conclusion was that “regenerative glands with neutrophils” meant that the colon was really healing after those earlier years of inflammation, bleeding, etc., and that it was not a sign of developing cancer.

And so given how stressful those colonoscopies were for me (including the day-before prep!) I decided to take the chance and not go in for that next requested colonoscopy. I concluded at that time that those doctors were just full of it and that they wanted to make the hospital more money, quite frankly. (And see this.)

By the way, I have not had another colonoscopy since 2008, thank God. And, incidentally, while the 2001 colonoscopy had “old, dried out polyps,” according to that first colonoscopy doctor, my 2005, 2007, and 2008 colonoscopies all showed NO polyps. (Humph! to them for putting me through all this crap, for years, and for no good reason!)

Now, back to my own nutritional treatments. So in the 2007-08 time I continued with acidophilus, fish oil softgels, quercetin (an antioxidant  bioflavonoid), vitamin D, guar gum for soluble fiber, and folic acid, mainly.

As I wrote on my blog, regarding drinking Ensure, it’s probably not a good idea to have that in the long term either. Ensure is high in sugar and has corn oil and corn maltodextrin, as well as a lot of synthetic “vitamin” and mineral ingredients. I started that around March of 2000. In September 2013 I began to gradually decrease that from four 8-oz bottles per day to 3, and then 2, and 1, and my last bottle of Ensure was in June of 2016.

I gradually decreased the fish oil from about early 2014 and stopped that by around March of 2016.

And I’m not saying that my colon is all better, not at all. It’s still a very sensitive condition, and I can’t eat a lot of things, as I mentioned at the top.

Starting in September 2013 I added hard-boiled eggs to my daily diet. In 2014 I added extra-virgin olive oil and carrot juice (100% juice, no fiber). And (I think by 2015 or ’16) I added concord grape juice. And I also have apple juice. It’s 2 servings per day of each of those three juices, which I don’t believe should be a problem (as far as carbohydrates or sugars are concerned, but I could be wrong).

And I also switched from margarine to organic butter. Butter and whole milk contain milk fat, which I had read has anti-inflammatory properties, especially for the digestive system.

An additional thing that I have is whey protein. I know that it’s not a good idea to have too much protein per day, not more than 200 grams, I think. But I don’t have that much. The main reason for the whey protein is that it contains natural amino acids and L-glutamine, which have been shown to repair damaged colon tissue (e.g. damaged from inflammation). And I refuse to take any of those prescription anti-inflammatories, unless I really, really have to.

But I had to learn about all those nutritional factors, for colon support and to help prevent any further ulcerative colitis, from the Internet, not from doctors. And I do extensive research on everything, such as checking multiple sources.

So I didn’t learn one thing about nutrition from any “doctor.” It was quite the opposite, in my view. Doctors were mostly pushing their damn prescription drugs, as well as giving harmful advice, or withholding information.

And that’s been my general experience, especially with this ordeal since 1999. I really believe that my lower digestive condition right now wouldn’t be this sensitive, and that I probably would still be able to have more foods including some vegetables had the first doctor in 1999 not given me bad advice and had I been informed much earlier of the effects of diet, and had I known about the probiotic supplements earlier. I don’t believe that I would have had those relapses (that may have had a cumulative weakening effect on the colon) from 2001-2005 and in 2012.

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The Mysticism of Big Pharma Drugs

I was doing some googling on issues related to my ulcerative colitis condition, and found some information on the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. They have a page devoted to their “sponsors,” which include mainly pharmaceutical companies. Nothing, no companies related to nutrition and nutrition therapies. Not one. So, it’s very disappointing, but not surprising. I don’t want to link to it. All you have to do is google “Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation sponsors.”

Very soon I will finally be completing my post on my experiences with doctors, their bad advice and bad prescription drugs and side effects, regarding my ulcerative colitis inflammatory condition, from the 1999-2008 period, and my journey from all that crap to nutritional medicine. But the post is not finished yet.

The truth is, it’s all about nutrition and avoiding foods (and drugs) that can cause inflammation or other issues. But the pharmaceutical companies (and the doctors tied to them, which is to say, most doctors) have invested a lot of time and money into continuing the mysticism of drugs as the way to go for “cures.” Millions of medical patients, their doctors, and the workers of the drug companies have been indoctrinated and brainwashed to have faith in their god, the PILLS!

Big Pharma-Government Complex Vaccine Mandates

I don’t want to over-emphasize the vaccine stuff, but there really have been a lot of developments in that category. Another article on Natural Blaze on vaccines tells about the agenda of the government-pharma complex, in which states are escalating their push to mandate vaccines. In that article, we hear about states removing “non-medical” waivers from vaccine mandates.

But this whole issue has to with freedom, as the article points out. In freedom, everyone has the right to opt out of anything that involves being injected into you or otherwise being made to have to ingest something you don’t want.

One point that some people try to make is the “herd immunity” mentality. It makes no sense. Each of us is an individual. And each individual has one’s own level of adequate nutrition and better immune system, having nothing to do with others.

But there is this “herd” mentality, in which the indoctrinated ones try to say that if one kid in the class isn’t vaccinated, then that compromises the safety of the other kids. But wait a minute. If the other kids have been vaccinated, then there is no problem. Right? They’ve been vaccinated. (Unless you are acknowledging that those vaccinations are unreliable. Hmmm.)

The article then points out that some vaccines have killed or injured people. Big Pharma wants to suppress those facts. I think that is one industry that I have seen in which there is such a pathological greed. And their enmeshment with the establishment doctors is sick.

Sometimes Chemotherapy Kills the Patients, Not the Cancer

There is an article on Natural Blaze which discusses the cancer industry being very profitable for investors. And the article also notes that some studies have shown that in many cases while chemotherapy can shrink tumors in the short term it can nevertheless effect in cancer actually becoming more aggressive and tumors to spread. So the treatments can actually kill the patient before the cancer might have done.

The Natural Blaze article also points out how the FDA and AMA goes after doctors and other practitioners who have treated patients with alternative and nutritional therapies. But, do they ever go after doctors who give bad advice or bad prescription drugs that cause the patient more or worse problems? Nope.

Every time I read one of these things I am reminded of the medical ordeal I went through in which “doctors” were obsessed with their prescription drugs and cared not in the least to hear about nutrition and alternative treatments. I will be writing about that soon. And of course there’s my father, who, I believe, would not have had the arterial blockage, two strokes, and Alzheimer’s had he not been given the statin drugs, which were unnecessary in any event.

Who Knows about Vaccine Damage?

I don’t want to over-emphasize the vaccine stuff, but Jon Rappoport has a touching post on the times in which vaccines do cause injury, and the mothers know that’s what the cause was.

When the child suddenly shows signs of cognitive dysfunction, possible signs of brain damage, and it occurs shortly after the child has received some kind of vaccine, the mother knows.

I can’t believe that vaccines are given to very young children, even babies, whose brains are still in the critical early developmental stages. It’s terrible what the medical establishment is doing to future generations. And how brainwashed a lot of people are now in rationalizing the abuses. Is this some sort of cult?

And Rappoport mentions the ignorant or corrupt doctors and government bureaucrats, many of whom also know.

Sharyl Attkisson Discusses the Vaccine-Autism Controversy

Here is a segment from “Full Measure” with Sharyl Attkisson. (Transcript)

Today we investigate one of the biggest medical controversies of our time: vaccines. There’s little dispute about this much– vaccines save many lives, and rarely, they injure or kill. A special federal vaccine court has paid out billions for injuries from brain damage to death. But not for the form of brain injury we call autism. Now—we have remarkable new information: a respected pro-vaccine medical expert used by the federal government to debunk the vaccine-autism link, says vaccines can cause autism after all. He claims he told that to government officials long ago, but they kept it secret.

Big Pharma Makes a Killing on Statin Drugs

Health Impact News has this article on a new study that suggests that doctors should give all patients over the age of 75 statin drugs to keep cholesterol levels down. The article links to other articles questioning the validity of anti-cholesterol studies and showing that statin drugs are really not shown to lower cholesterol. Except the makers of the drugs have been making a lot of money in their scam.

I have mentioned this here before, but both my parents had been eating healthy for a long time. They had been eating a goodly amount of fruits and vegetables as well as having fish and poultry and reducing or eliminating entirely red meat from their diet. But at some point my father had been given lipitor to lower cholesterol levels. I have a feeling that his cholesterol was not high, and that it was “maybe a little high,” and that the doctor gave him lipitor to prevent it from getting higher. But if it was only a little high the doctors could’ve suggested looking at the diet more closely. I now believe that his cholesterol probably was at a normal level, but the doctor just wanted to give him the drug anyway, probably because the doctor is getting a lot of free stuff from the drug company.

I really believe that, had he not been given lipitor, my father would not have had the two strokes he had in 2013, or the arterial blockage that was found and that was in too difficult a location and so surgery was not an option, and that he would not have developed his Alzheimer’s that is now in the “last stage,” and other further complications. (UPDATE: He died.)

A commenter to the Health Impact News article mentioned that statin drugs inhibit the effects of vitamin K2, or deplete K2, which then causes the buildup of calcium where it doesn’t belong, such as the arteries or heart. Vitamin K2 effects in efficient calcium distribution and prevents that aforementioned calcium maldistribution. Statin drugs interfere with that, so because of this interference with vitamin K2 the statins can actually cause people to have strokes or heart attacks. Here is a 2015 study which shows just that.

Big Pharma Bribing Doctors? No Way!

The opioid drug addiction epidemic, if it really is an epidemic, has been in the news lately. There is a trial going on right now about Big Pharma execs bribing doctors to prescribe patients these powerful and addictive drugs, for profits of course.

Now, I’m not against profits, as long as they are acquired honestly. (And not by exploiting people’s weaknesses such as with chemical addictions — that’s my view on that.)

Some of the execs are testifying against others and it’s very nasty.

I am not surprised at all about these greedy, corrupt Big Pharma execs and the idiot doctors whose main form of treatment is prescription drugs. I’ve been through enough with the g**damn doctors, and I’m almost finished with the long essay I’ve been working on that details my experiences from 1999-2008 with the doctors’ bad advice and their prescription drugs with terrible side effects. I will post that essay here when it is finished.

But this Big Pharma exec trial going on doesn’t surprise me. The latest now is that one of the executives who had no prior experience in the pharmaceutical industry but did have experience as an exotic dancer, had given lap dances to doctors as part of their alleged bribery scheme. At least some of this fiasco has some entertainment value (obviously, not for those who have addictions, of course).

The Latest on the Vaccine Controversies

In this article, Christina England asks why researchers continue to promote vaccines after discovering a correlation between vaccinations and mental illness. She discusses a 2017 study, “Temporal Association of Certain Neuropsychiatric Disorders Following Vaccination of Children and Adolescents: A Pilot Case–Control Study,”  by researchers at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and Yale University School of Medicine.

England notes that while the researchers’ study confirms some correlation between vaccines and the onset of some mental illnesses, the researchers nevertheless reiterated the importance of vaccines, especially with children, throughout the paper. And she also notes that those medical schools mentioned above receive funding from groups closely associated with promoting vaccines.

But if there are any negative of vaccines on people, especially children, shouldn’t we be informed of that? And this is important because nowadays the kids are being given many more vaccines than when I was a kid, and unnecessarily, I think. The practitioners are giving kids as young as only a few months old these vaccines. Kids receive at least 48 doses of vaccines before the age of six.

I am sure there are many people who believe the “settled science” propaganda regarding the “debunked conspiracy theory” of the link between vaccines and some mental disorders, including autism. But here is Sharyl Attkisson who has studied the issue closely. She gives a lot of important information on that, for those who are actually open-minded.

And Health Impact News has a story on an Arizona lawmaker who wants to mandate that parents are fully informed of vaccine ingredients and side effects before kids get vaccines.

The medical establishment does not understand that kids are better off developing their immune systems naturally. The best help for natural immune system development is adequate nutrition, of course.

Sadly, many people are overly faithful in Establishment medicine and don’t like to hear that their vaccines could be causing problems. Other proven contributors to cognitive disorders include the synthetic ingredients, preservatives, additives and food dyes in processed foods, as well as some prescription drugs.

And related to that, another recent article by the Children’s Health Defense Team points out that the myth of “herd immunity” is a false rationale for mandatory vaccines.

If you believe that vaccines are really effective in preventing your kid from getting some illness, then why do you insist that all the other kids in his class be vaccinated? If one kid isn’t vaccinated, then why is his not being vaccinated a “threat” to your kid who was vaccinated? (Unless you are really admitting that the vaccine isn’t effective?)

What Establishment Medicine Has Wrought (Updated Below, 1/27/19)

Just a follow-up on my post about my 86-year-old father, who had two strokes in 2013, has an arterial blockage, and my mother moved him to a “memory care” facility in September.

Since then, in November he was sick again and had a severe drop in blood pressure. They diagnosed it as probably a urinary infection. But he recovered from that. He hadn’t been able to move back to the memory care place because he has too much difficulty in moving and needs more than two people to help him go from wheelchair to bed and vice versa. And then this past week he has pneumonia and is on antibiotics.

As I wrote in my earlier post, I really believe that he wouldn’t have had the arterial blockage or the two strokes if he had not been given that statin drug, lipitor. As I wrote in that post, “It is my belief that such a drug that consists of synthetic chemicals has some kind of effect on the circulatory system, making changes to it in some way. (These articles, this, this, and this, assist me to reach that conclusion even if they don’t state that explicitly. But I tend to read between the lines on these kinds of things.)”

So in other words, we are dealing with this whole ordeal, especially my mother going through all this (they’ve been married for over 65 years), unnecessarily. Except these drugs are making the pharmaceutical industry a lot of money. And as I also have mentioned a few times, I am working on a lengthy piece on my own experiences with my medical ordeal from the late 1990s to the late 2000s, and the Establishment doctors who know nothing about nutrition and who really just want to give people drugs. I’ll have that post on here soon, I hope.

UPDATE: My mother has told me that my father has lost weight, because he’s not eating well. It has to do with his brain’s inability to let him know that he’s hungry, because of his Alzheimer’s. My mother doesn’t want him to be on feeding tubes, because whenever that has happened he tries to pull them out. The nurse at the nursing home has told my mother that he is in the last stage of Alzheimer’s, and qualifies for hospice care. So, she is now looking into hospice care for him. (UPDATE on March 16, 2019: He died.)

Negative Effects of Statin Drugs, Strokes, and My Father

I still haven’t completed my post on my experiences with doctors and their bad advice and prescription drugs/side effects that was mainly from about 1999 to 2008. But I am sure that will be finished at some point soon.

But for now I wanted to mention that my father who is 86 is now in a memory care facility. He has Alzheimer’s among other problems. My mother had been caring for him at home where they have lived since 1957, but she could no longer handle it, and didn’t want to have a live-in aid, which is what would have been required. He has a huge difficulty walking and his coordination in sitting himself down in a chair was very difficult.

They both had been taking good care of themselves since at least the 1990s, which is what he told me. Way reducing or eliminating red meat, as well as processed foods and having a goodly amount of fruits and vegetables each day. During the 2000s he told me that he was taking lipitor, a statin drug, supposedly for cholesterol. I don’t really believe that at that time he actually had such high cholesterol that the statin drug was necessary. It was my conclusion that his cholesterol maybe was “a little high,” and that the establishment doctor wanted to give him the drug to prevent the cholesterol level from getting higher. If the doctor were informed and experienced on the importance of nutrition, he would have instead told my father to increase foods that were of an anti-inflammatory nature, such as fish which is high in omega 3, as well as the extra virgin olive oil that my mother told me they have been having.

Prior to all this, my father had two strokes in 2013, a “mild” one and then a week later a “major” stroke. Also at that time they discovered that he had an arterial blockage, that was located in a difficult part of his neck, so they decided that surgery would be too risky and to just leave it alone and hope for the best. He recovered quite quickly and was back home with my mother a month or so later. The only major issue was that he was walking more slowly and his memory was not as good, and he had some confusion at times. But it wasn’t too bad.

But I really believe that he wouldn’t have had those strokes and the arterial blockage had he not been given that lipitor statin drug. It is my belief that such a drug that consists of synthetic chemicals has some kind of effect on the circulatory system, making changes to it in some way. (These articles, this, this, and this, assist me to reach that conclusion even if they don’t state that explicitly. But I tend to read between the lines on these kinds of things.)

So, in my view, a drug that was theoretically intended to lower cholesterol levels and thus would lower the risk of strokes or heart attacks, was probably a main contributor to my father’s strokes. What else could have caused that? For years, he had been eating healthy foods and not having bad foods, processed foods, etc. He certainly wasn’t under too much stress because he retired about 12 or 13 years prior to the strokes.

And my father had been doing very well all these 5 years since those strokes, but in the past year his walking and ability to sit down in a chair, shower, etc. was more difficult. My mother had an aide come in to help him with morning showering, but the rest of each day was too difficult for her to help him.

So, she moved him to a “memory care” facility just a few weeks ago. After beginning there, the practitioners there took him off one of the two drugs he had been taking for his memory (aricept and memantine, but I’m not sure which one has been stopped), supposedly because one of its side effects may be what’s causing him to have such difficulty walking. But now, my mother tells me his memory and condition is worse, and that he “hardly talks,” and still walking with great difficulty and needs the wheelchair. She said that now he doesn’t even recognize her, which wasn’t the case a day or two ago.

I’ll bet the practitioners at the memory care facility didn’t gradually stop the drug or otherwise stop it in some controlled way.  Those drugs are very strong. They are synthetic chemicals that our bodies probably don’t want to have in them.

It’s just another case that reinforces my views against pharmaceutical drugs, and that they cause worse problems, or worsen conditions in the long run. Or, if someone is used to taking something like that, removing it suddenly could also worsen the condition.