Kids on Cholesterol Drugs: American Academy of Pediatrics Goes Bonkers!

Why bother teaching kids to eat right. Let them eat all the junk they want and then prescribe them meds just like their fat parents. Get this. The American Academy of Pediatrics is now recommending giving children as young as 8 cholesterol-fighting drugs. The Associated Press reports:

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," Daniels said. He has worked as a consultant to Abbott Laboratories and Merck & Co., but not on matters involving their cholesterol drugs.

Drug treatment would generally be targeted for kids at least 8 years old who have too much LDL, the "bad" cholesterol, along with other risky conditions, including obesity and high blood pressure.

For overweight children with too little HDL, the "good" cholesterol, the first course of action should be weight loss, more physical activity and nutritional counseling, the academy says.

Pediatricians should routinely check the cholesterol of children with a family history of inherited cholesterol disease or with parents or grandparents who developed heart disease at an early age, the recommendations say. Screening also is advised for kids whose family history isn't known and those who are overweight, obese or have other heart disease risk factors.

Well, if it wasn’t official before. It sure is now! American medicine has gone nucking futs! No doubt, drug companies have their hands in this—it reeks of their stink. Now, I also read about this on the Well blog. Check this out:

The guidelines give no guidance on how long a child should stay on drug treatment. But they do say the first goal should be to lower bad cholesterol levels to less than 160 milligrams or possibly as low as 110 milligrams in children with a strong family history of heart disease or other risk factors like obesity.

Because statins have been around since only the mid-1980s, there is no evidence to show whether giving statins to a child will lower the risk for heart attack in middle age.

Clearly there is plenty of merit behind this recommendation—give me a break!

UPDATE: More from Dr. Fuhrman: My Thoughts on Giving Children Cholesterol Drugs.

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Medical Rip Offs - July 7, 2008 11:27 AM

What a fantastically stupid idea. Yeah, having got American adults scared into becomeing heart patients because of the now disproved lipid hypothesis, let's now make the kiddies heart patients too!

How about we take a simpler approach that negates the involvement of the physician? Simple make our kids eat balanced diets of whole foods. They need to do this at home and at school. No more pizzas, fries and sodas in the lunchroom, but only wholesome REAL food and milk. This is what I was served in school and we weren't alllowed to eat crap at home either. And you know what? We had no fat kids. We certainly didn't have any kids needed cholesterol lowering drugs.

The stupidity of this country never ceases to amaze me.

Michael - July 7, 2008 11:44 AM

Disproved lipid hypothesis? What is that?

Sharon Shaw - July 7, 2008 1:45 PM

What's next--Gummi-statins??!!!

Joe - July 7, 2008 1:47 PM

Sorry buddy it's not disproved.

From Wikipedia-

Nowadays, the term "lipid hypothesis" is commonly used by the opponents of the scientific consensus concerning the role of cholesterol in atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease, such as members of The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics founded in 2003 by critic Uffe Ravnskov."

It's one of the main fronts in the argument that we should keep eating lots of meat, dairy, and other animal products. It is the oft used argument of the Weston Price Foundation and the like.

It reminds me a lot of the, "smoking doesn't really cause cancer" arguments that were rampant a few years ago.

Gerry Pugliese - July 7, 2008 2:03 PM

Hey Sharon-

Gummi Statins! Freaking hilarious!


Gerry Pugliese - July 7, 2008 2:06 PM

Hey Joe-

Ugh! Welcome to my life. I get comments about that psycho-babbelry all the time.

Thanks for the wiki stuff.


Gerry Pugliese - July 7, 2008 2:41 PM

Hey Joe-

Check this out. Almost on cue, one of DiseaseProof's spammers/blog-trolls. Who goes by many names, Lisa, Jane S, and in this case, Jane Harmony MD (IP address: just sent me another tired comment, spouting off at the mouth about the same old nonsense.

You'd think they'd search the blog for past entries before they comment over and over and over and over and over again about the same meaningless theories and abstractions. Dr. Fuhrman's pretty much blown all their claims out of the water. Will they ever learn? Apparently not.


Joe - July 7, 2008 3:24 PM

That's funny. There is one currently causing a stink over on the McDougall forums. Apparently there isn't enough trouble to stir up elsewhere.

If wishing really hard prevented disease they would truly be disease proof.

Thank you for the great blog. I check it every day.


Gerry Pugliese - July 7, 2008 5:55 PM

Hey Joe-

Thanks for reading! And please give this whackos hell whenever possible. :)


Lacy - July 7, 2008 7:44 PM

I flat out love the photo at the top of your entry. Sooo adorable. Love the smile on the kids face and what a cat!

Dawn - July 7, 2008 10:16 PM

This is my first time on this site! I will be back for sure. :) I found your post while searching for the news article to blog about it at I fully agree with your take on it. I wish I could say more, but honestly, you've said it all.

My exact comment when reading the original news report was, "How about kids just turn off the Xbox, go outside to play, and stop eating crap. I will not turn into one of these parents who panic if my kid has a piece of birthday cake at a party; if they have developed healthy eating habits at home, an occasional piece of cake won't kill them. But i hope to instill the right eating habits so that my kids can make healthy choices throughout their lives.

Gerry Pugliese - July 7, 2008 10:43 PM

Hey Lacy-

Despite being a 27-year old weight-lifting football watching male...I am a total cat lady. :)


Gerry Pugliese - July 7, 2008 10:43 PM

Hey Dawn-

Thanks for the kind words. Glad to have you! Check everyday. I update this sucker constantly.


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