Cholesterol drugs for Kids??
Cholesterol drugs for Kids!!!
Statin Candy for anyone?
As a doctor, I'm outraged. As a father...
well... I'm even more outraged...
For years, MD's have been handing out statin
drugs to any patient with high cholesterol.
But they're the most dangerous drugs a doctor can
prescribe. They've been linked to fatigue, heart problems,
and even death.
But here's what's different about the side effects of
statins: They don't just pose an outside risk of an
unlikely problem. They rob every single person who
takes even one pill of energy. And if you take one for
long enough, you're going to feel very tired and very old.
Now the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is pushing
this poison to a new group.
I'm talking about children. Some as young as 8 years old!
AAP guidelines have just recommended cholesterol screenings
for high-risk children ages two and up. And statin therapy for
kids as young as eight with LDLs over 190mg/dl.1
Now, some are calling for even more aggressive screening
measures to find kids "in need" of these drugs. All to
ensure that pharmaceutical companies will keep making
billions for years to come.
Consider this: AAP's Pediatrics published a new study a couple
weeks ago. Researchers screened all fifth graders in West Virginia
public schools, including 5,798 who wouldn't have met cholesterol
screening guidelines. They found 268 children with cholesterol
high enough to be treated with drugs.2
It frightens me to even think about the implications...
Entire generations getting hooked on drugs with dangerous side
effects. Ones that include:
Lowered mental performance
Cardiomyopathy (deterioration of your heart's function)
Depletion of CoQ10 in the heart (which can cause congestive
What's more, this could open up the floodgates for
pharmaceutical companies to promote their use in kids.
Come to think of it, that's already happening. I just read
that Pfizer introduced a sweet and tasty "gummy-like" version
of Lipitor. I'm sure it'll boost sales before their patent
runs out next year.
The lesson here is, "Just say NO to statins!" You can't trust
them - or the folks telling you to take them.
If a child came to my office with high cholesterol, I would start
a chiropractic care plan to make sure we have full nerve supply
and tell him/her to exercise in short bursts of high intensity for
at least 12 minutes a day, cut carbs, and eat foods that are rich
in omega-3s, like salmon, flax seeds, and walnuts.
For most children, this would solve the problem within six weeks.
Why? Because children's bodies heal themselves quickly.
And yours will, too - IF you do the right thing.