Hi there Lars,
that truly is great news about your Son in laws dad and his decision about the Simvastatin
About the half life of statins discussion, I took Simvastatin (Zocor) for 10 to 12 years and its over 3 years since I stopped. The amount of problems that still linger or new ones that appear is still a big concern, a lot of the pain and need to go to bed and sleep has lessened over the last 6 months but I still find that some days I am still washed out all day long.
My main problems though apart from breathing difficulties when lying down and sleep apnoea, are getting physically and mentally exhausted with very little exertion, I also have weak muscles especially in my left arm and I ache like hell when I get cold.
On the plus side I am able to now concentrate better than I could when I first came off statins and the various pains are not as severe, I can also last that bit longer while shopping (most of the time), mind you I still often take days to recover from it, things like Ibuprofen now work, that is just as well as I also now have arthritis in my big toes which stops me doing anything when it plays up.
All in all, I do not think that any of the problems that we find ourselves faced with would have surfaced if we were not treated with the poison that is Statins. We may have had a few aches and pains in the natural order of things but nothing like the problems we now have since taking this stuff.
We must also remember that in a lot of the damage is said to go as far as the Mitochondria where the DNA has maybe mutated from what it previously was and should have been.
If only we had known!