A group of doctors is recommending that some children as young as 8 be given cholesterol-fighting drugs to combat heart disease.
They are also recommending low-fat milk for 1-year-olds and wider cholesterol testing.
Several of these drugs are approved for use in children and data show that increasing numbers are using them.
“If we are more aggressive about this in childhood, I think we can have an impact on what happens later in life … and avoid some of these heart attacks and strokes in adulthood,” say Dr. Stephen Daniels, a former consultant to Abbott Laboratories and Merck & Co.
The idea here is to administer drugs to combat the “bad” cholesterol. For overweight children who lack HDL, “good” cholesterol, the first course of action should be weight loss, more physical activity and nutritional counseling. But apparently, drugs are on the table.
Of course all of this makes perfect sense. The drug industry has saturated older Americans with cure-all pills that deal with everything from heart disease, to limp penis issues, to farting – now we need to hook the kids!
And why not!
After all, the marketing plan is already built in. McDonald’s created the market for the drug industry, so now the same parents who bought the burgers, and their insurance companies, can foot the bill! Brilliant!!
No one wants their kid to die of heart failure at twenty-five do they?
I have an idea.
How about every American parent backs over their kid’s cell phone and video game console, then forces them to play kick ball for an hour, and eat an apple afterward.
Oh the torture!
The simple truth is that this type of non sense coming from the AMA and the American Association of Pediatrics (being sold by a former drug company consultant turned kid-cholesterol-drug spokesman), was only a matter of time in reaching us.
Unfortunately, many naive people will buy into this silly idea in an effort to ward off our failing collective national health.
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