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How far will pharmaceutical companies go to convince us that our kids need another drug to fix some ‘disease’ or ‘syndrome’? As featured in the New York Times, The American Academy of Pediatrics has recently recommended putting our children on medications (statin drugs) that will lower cholesterol to prevent heart disease. Now let’s think:  how many kids do you know with heart disease?

How many children have suffered from, or died from, a heart attack or coronary heart disease?

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Let’s talk about cholesterol. It is a fat produced in the body, made from the liver, intestines, adrenal glands, and reproductive organs. It is necessary for the health of all our cells, helps us with digestion of food through the creation of bile acids; it is responsible for building our hormones, and needed for the production of vitamin D.

Without it, life would not exist. According to the American Heart Association, the “healthy” cholesterol levels are under 170, with age ranges from 2-19 years old. Ponder this:  What if the cholesterol level in an individual is at 200, and this is a normal physiological place to be for this genetically unique individual.

Who’s to say this is abnormal?

The pharmaceutical companies? I’m not saying all drugs are bad, but pushing drugs on a young population assuming that their cholesterol levels will cause heart disease in the future…c’mon!

Whatever happened to eating healthful foods and exercising as a way to keep blood fats at normal levels? If you have adopted a healthy lifestyle and cholesterol is still high, taking a functional approach to find out why would be the appropriate course of action.

Cholesterol as a single biomarker found on a blood test is only one finding among many that can determine the risk for heart disease. Current research has also shown that the cause of arteriosclerosis or coronary heart disease is not ‘clogged’ arteries from cholesterol, but an inflammatory process in the walls of the arteries. (More to come in future posts.) Understanding and resolving this process is the proper way to prevent heart disease at any age.

Giving a powerful drug—with potential life-threatening side effects—to alter this one marker is an irresponsible and ignorant way to manage a person’s health.

Some of the recorded side effects of statin drugs are headaches, difficulty sleeping, muscle aches and tenderness, weakness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping and/or pain, diarrhea, constipation, and rashes.  More severe side effects are listed below.

What’s next? Having a woman take Ritalin preconception to prevent ADHD in the newborn?