Cholesterol findings iffy

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Our children aren’t taking enough drugs? Health agencies have approved Risperdal for 2-year-olds in the past, and now they are recommending that children be tested for high cholesterol.

I have yet to read a definitive study that proves that high cholesterol causes sickness and death. It’s a theory at this point. Yet, the American Academy of Pediatrics and pharmaceutical companies would like to see children tested. Are they then going to recommend statin drugs for children? These are drugs that can cause dangerous side effects even in adults.

One has to wonder if there’s a connection between the soon-to-be-expiration of the patent for Lipitor – a statin drug that sells like hotcakes and makes millions for the drug company – and this new recommendation.

Even if one believes that high cholesterol is dangerous for adults, children belong in a different category, and we must treat them as such.

Maurine Meleck

North Augusta, S.C.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/24/11 - 05:18 am
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There's a lot of truth in

There's a lot of truth in this letter. If you want to make kids and adults healthier cut out high fructose corn syryp containing manufactured foods with excessive carbohydrates. That's the culprit that slipped into the American diet 50 years ago causing obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

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seenitB4 11/24/11 - 06:37 am
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In the past when we were

In the past when we were eating straight from the garden we just didn't know how lucky we were...tomatoes-greens-okra-corn-peas-peppers....in the good ole days.....
The best thing we could do for kids today would be plant a home garden..a few chicks with fresh eggs would be nice...

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Riverman1 11/24/11 - 06:43 am
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"a few chicks with fresh eggs

"a few chicks with fresh eggs would be nice..."

Sure would. Heh, heh, heh.

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Techfan 11/24/11 - 07:56 am
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Happy meals, pizza as a

Happy meals, pizza as a veggie, burgers and fries, chicken "nuggets", and fat laden food in school and at home. I would say concern about cholesterol in kids is not out of line.

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bjphysics 11/24/11 - 08:23 am
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Starting children on a statin

Starting children on a statin drug regimen early in life is a good business practice; generates immediate revenue for Big Pharma. Additionally, childhood statin use, if continued into adulthood should generate significant need for liver transplants in their mid 30’s, thus producing more revenue for the Healthcare Industrial Complex.

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soldout 11/24/11 - 08:54 am
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There is zero connection

There is zero connection between cholesterol levels and health. Those over 60 with levels below 200 have lowered mental capacity. Some thought to have Alzheimer's just had cholesterol that was too low. Lowering the numbers doesn't improve health or length of life. This is maybe the biggest fraud ever pulled on the American people. I watched the research in the 60s when they were trying to prove a connection and they did tests over and over until they got a result they though doctors would believe. Then the doctors let them down because the ok level was around 300 and they didn't promote the drugs. Then year after year the drug companies kept lowering what the level should be in an attempt to get more and more folks on the drug. The drugs also lowers your ability to absorb vitamin D which along with sunscreen has raised skin cancer rates by 50% for women. Drug companies have taken the care out of healthcare and it is mostly about money these days. Our goal should be no drugs in our body and with all the alternative advanced information out there today it is possible. There are things out there like naet that is 50 years ahead of anything else being done and it alone can eliminate much drug use and many doctor visits. It is the only health approach that makes sure you are absorbing nutrition and fixes that problem. Energy medicine is replacing so much regular care today with no side effects and permanent results. EFT is also excellent. God wants you well and says so in His Word. When the New testament talks about witchcraft that word refers to drugs in Galatians 5: 19-20 and refers to word druggist the same as a poisoner. So according to the Bible the folks promoting alternative care are the normal doctors and what we call regular care is actually the "new age" and improper approach.

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Vito45 11/24/11 - 10:30 am
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Techfan is right, it is not

Techfan is right, it is not out of line. Post mortems on teens show the beginnings of heart/circulatory disease, and even though we may not have proof positive of the cause/effect with regards to lipids and heart disease, evidence strongly suggests there is.
If we can identify those children who have risk factors, intervention can start early and improve their lives greatly. Proper diet and exercise is the key in the majority of cases, no chemical assistance needed.

I know, I know; you are saying "they should be doing that anyway". I agree, BUT THEY ARE NOT! If the doctor goes to mama and says "little fat Johnny's cholesterol is high and unless YOU do something about it, he will likely die young"; they will have motivation to get him off the couch and cut out the high fat foods.

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Riverman1 11/24/11 - 10:56 am
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It is far more likely

It is far more likely atherosclerosis is a result of an inadequate insulin response to the high fructose corn syrup and carb laden low glycemic manufactured foods such as white bread than it is from fat consumption. It is definitely caused by inflammation in arteries. Medical science is just now grasping what the research is showing. Trust me, guys. TechFan, you are a SICU Cardiac Unit RN. look into this.

If kids ate diets of natural fruits, vegs, protein and fats they wouldn't have these problems. You can't even buy a hamburger from a fast food place that's really made of all meat these days. They use HFCS and fillers.

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Vito45 11/24/11 - 12:40 pm
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High lipids can result from

High lipids can result from the same insulin/high glycemic combo. I've seen people in a diabetic crisis have serum with the appearance of whole milk; so the relationship of high lipids to atherosclerosis is still a valid concern; whether exacerbated by sugar metabolism or high fat diet/ low exercise. Just keep in mind, heart disease was around long before the advent of HFCS use, and a common thread among cultures with low incidence of heart disease is a diet low in saturated fats. (could be low in HFCS too!)

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