Cholesterol findings iffy

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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