and blogs are the Official Website for the books:  Parkinson's Treatment: 10 Secrets to a Happier Life and 10 Breakthrough Therapies for Parkinson's Disease.

Dr. Okun is the co-founder of the University of Florida Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration, the National Medical Director for the National Parkinson Foundation, as well as the author of several books including Ask the Expert about Parkinson's Disease, Lessons from the Bedside, 10 Breakthrough Therapies for Parkinson's Disease and Parkinson's Treatment: 10 Secrets to a Happier life due out in 2013.  His secrets book was translated into 20 languages so that it can be made available to Parkinson's disease sufferers around the world.  Dr. Okun has been recently been honored at the White House as a Champion of Change for Parkinson's Disease. Dr. Okun has been published in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine and people travel from around the world to seek his opinion on best treatment approaches for this disease.

Stopping Cholesterol Drugs and Developing Parkinson's Disease

Lee and colleagues from the Cathay General Hospital looked at the effect of discontinuing lipid lowering statin-based therapy and the development of Parkinson disease (PD) in an article published today in Neurology ahead of print

- The idea of the study was simple--  was there an  association between discontinuing statins and developing Parkinson’s disease

-  Lipophilic drugs such as simvastatin and Atorvastatin which likely have a better chance of crossing the blood brain barrier, seemed to be associated with the effect the authors sought--- those who discontinued these drugs were more likely to later develop Parkinson's disease

- Women on Simvastatin, and older people on Atorvastatin had more pronounced effects; when a subanalysis of the findings was performed

- Reasons why statins may be helpful in Parkinson's disease include 

Anti-inflammatory properties

Lipophilic properties allow it to beat the blood brain barrier

May decrease abnormal proteins in the brain

May also work on dopamine and glutamate pathways 

- Remember that if you already have Parkinson's disease whether you take a statin drug will not alter your risk of development of Parkinson's disease (the cat is out of the bag on your diagnosis)

- Perhaps Parkinson's at risk populations (family history of Parkinson's disease) should be aware of these results

Read Dr. Okun's free full summary of Parkinson's disease and statins on the the New England Journal of Medicine Journal Watch