My Thoughts on Giving Children Cholesterol Drugs

Dr. Fuhrman responds to The American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendation to give young children cholesterol-fighting drugs.

Clearly the medical profession and the drug companies form a coalition that economically monopolizes the health delivery to Americans. The effect is a health care system dependent on drugs, instead of encouragement of rationale lifestyle habits. When you consider that most antibiotics (which are highly toxic and already linked to later life cancers in scientific studies) prescribed to children are given for inappropriate reasons and viral illnesses in which they have no value, you could almost say that most pediatricians spend a large portion of their time delivering toxic medications to fragile children without justification. The harm they do may be much greater than anyone ever imagines. Now it gets even worse.

We have a nation of overweight parents, addicted to processed foods and convenience foods, who are poisoning themselves and creating a nation of overweight, diabetic and cancer-prone children, and the answer of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association is to recommend a more aggressive use of cholesterol-lowering drugs. Why don’t we just give all these kids gastric bypass surgery instead? Besides nobody knows the long-term risks of statins taken since childhood. This is just another example of the failure of health care in this country and that things will continue to worsen in the future as we continue to place drugs as the focal point of health care interventions.

I say—our health is tied to our country’s fertile soils with access to micronutrient rich produce never so available in recent human history; fresh fruits, vegetables, beans, seeds, nuts and other natural foods that are infinitely more effective than drugs. We have an unprecedented opportunity to be healthier than ever before and we can better use our resources educating and motivating our country to eat healthier and utilize less medical care and drugs, not more.
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Sharon Shaw - July 9, 2008 7:29 PM

Dr. Fuhrman's post, so beautifully and succintly stated, should go out to every newspaper in the USA, if not the world.....I am surprised that Big Pharma has not promoted preventive pre-natal statins(!) Or did I just put a gleam in the eye of some researcher at Merck??!!

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