The Hidden Truth: Why Government Wants Your Kids on Cholesterol Drugs...

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If Pfizer has
its way, your child’s gummy bears may be replaced with chewable
Lipitor

The exploitation
of children for the sake of profit is yet another loathsome strategy
drug manufacturers are willing to deploy, this time for the purpose
of extending Lipitor’s patent to hold off generic brand competition.

We are already
drugging
children into complacency
with psychotropic stimulants such
as Ritalin if they are bored or distracted in the classroom, and
devastating their developing immune systems with massive amounts
of sugary drinks and a growing barrage of mercury-laden vaccines.

The following
trends are quite disturbing:

  • According
    to one study, American children take antipsychotic medications
    at six times the rate of U.K. children.
  • One in four
    American kids takes a prescription drug for a chronic health condition.
  • One in five
    teens has high cholesterol.
  • Heartburn
    and acid reflux medications among adolescents has jumped 147 percent
    since 2001.
  • Girls aged
    10 to 19 taking medications for type 2 diabetes has jumped almost
    200 percent in the past nine years.
  • Children
    and adolescents make up the leading growth category for the pharmaceutical
    industry, with increases nearly four times higher than those seen
    in the rest of the population.

“No Child
Left Unscreened”

Pumping statins
into your children, like we are already doing with psychiatric drugs,
would be disastrous, as the damaging side effects are now
well established.

And if the
government gets involved in mandating cholesterol screenings, it
then becomes a slippery slope toward YOUR loss of parental choice
about YOUR child’s medical care. Often the government passes off
recommendations as “medical decisions” but they are really “monetary
decisions.”

You should
be the person in charge of your child’s health – not some government
agency with a competing agenda!

Generation
XL

It is indisputable
that childhood obesity is placing the very future of the developing
world at stake – a topic I am so concerned about that I wrote a
book called Generation
XL
. If the childhood obesity epidemic is not reversed, we
will, for the first time in history, see children living shorter
lives than their parents.

Indeed, something
must be done about escalating childhood obesity and “adult” diseases
showing up in our children.

But massive
statin campaigns are certainly NOT the answer.

The cause of
the problem is unhealthy lifestyle choices – and drugs do nothing
to address this. As mentioned in the source article, Harvard
researchers found 85 percent of heart disease can be prevented by
lifestyle changes alone – diet, exercise, and supplemental nutrients.

What is
Really Making Your Child Fat?

The modern
Western diet has become exceedingly reliant on high-fructose
corn syrup (HFCS)
, refined grains, processed foods and artificial
sweeteners
– a “perfect storm” for weight gain and poor health.

HFCS is now
the number one source of calories in the US, and free-floating fructose
is now the leading culprit for the obesity epidemic.

Sugar – specifically
fructose – is metabolized by your child’s body in such a way that
nearly all of it is converted
to fat
.

Fructose is
a very different sugar from glucose, which humans were designed
to use for energy. Fructose is actually closer to ethanol, in terms
of how it’s metabolized. Unfortunately, fructose is the number one
source of calories in the American diet, and children and adolescents
are its number one consumers.

If you wish
to promote your children’s health and well being, it is essential
to limit their fructose consumption.

You may have
been deceived into thinking that dietary fat is the reason for your
child’s weight problem. But low-fat diet foods actually CAUSE weight
gain in the majority of people, rather than saturated
fats
.

There are other
factors that influence whether or not your child may develop a weight
problem and other related health issues. There are genetic, emotional,
social and environmental factors.

For example,
researchers at the University of Illinois and the Harvard School
of Public Health report that toddlers
in day care tend to gain more weight than those who are cared for
at home
. They found babies spending more than 9 months in day
care gained 0.4 pound more than those cared for by their parents.
Although the higher weight gain was not easily explained, they speculated
it had to do with “irregular eating patterns,” as well as possibly
the types of foods they were fed.

One hypothesis
suggested by scientists was that day care workers might use food
to sooth crying babies more than parents do, which could theoretically
set up your baby for “emotional
eating
.”

There is evidence
that childhood obesity is not only related to adult obesity but
to poor health in adulthood as well, so it is very important to
pay attention to your child’s diet and eating patterns from day
one.

Total Cholesterol
Number Alone is Virtually Useless

If your doctor
is urging your child to get her total cholesterol level checked,
you should realize this test tells you virtually nothing about her
risk of heart disease – unless it is 330 or higher.

Without also
knowing lipid values, total cholesterol is meaningless. If you are
going to participate in a screening, make sure a complete fasting
lipid profile is what is being done.

What matters
is how much HDL your child has in relation to her LDL and triglycerides.

The purpose
of HDL is to take cholesterol from your child’s tissues and arteries
and transport it back to her liver, where it can be reused. It is
her body’s way of recycling and reusing cholesterol – because cholesterol
is vital for health, not the villain it has been made out to
be.

LDL particles
come in a variety of sizes, and it’s the small, dense ones (VLDLs)
that can potentially be a problem because they can squeeze through
the lining of your child’s arteries and oxidize, causing inflammation.

Here is a simple
way to determine if your child has too much bad LDL (VLDL):

  • If her triglycerides
    are low and her HDL is high, then the LDL she has is the good
    variety.
  • If her triglycerides
    are high and her HDL is low, then the LDL she has is the bad variety.
    The triglyceride-to-HDL ratio is a far better indicator of cardiovascular
    disease than the total cholesterol-to-HDL ratio that nearly everyone
    uses.

Here are two
ratios, easily calculated from a lipid panel, which can help you
evaluate your child’s heart disease risk:

  • HDL/Total
    Cholesterol Ratio: Should ideally be more than 24 percent. If
    it’s less than10 percent, your child has a significant risk for
    developing heart disease.
  • Triglyceride/HDL
    Ratio: Should be less than 2.

Now, here’s
the bottom line: Dietary fat raises the large, buoyant LDL – the
one that is harmless. Dietary SUGAR raises the small, dense LDL
(VLDL) – the
one that correlates with heart disease.

The type of
fat that is beneficial comes from organic meats and dairy and natural
whole foods, NOT trans
fats
, which can be deadly and should be avoided altogether.

Cholesterol
is NOT the Villain in Childhood Obesity

Cholesterol
has been terribly vilified, when in reality it is essential for
a wide variety of vital functions in your child’s growing body,
including:

  • Maintaining
    healthy cell membranes
  • Producing
    a variety of hormones, including estrogen, testosterone and vitamin
    D
  • Producing
    bile acids, which aid in fat digestion
  • Cholesterol
    also helps your child’s brain form memories and is vital to her
    overall neurological function.

On the flip
side, there is strong evidence that having too
little cholesterol
increases your risk for cancer, memory loss,
Parkinson’s disease, hormonal imbalances, stroke, depression, suicide,
and violent behavior.

Before 2004,
a 130 LDL cholesterol level was considered perfect. But now, many
physicians are recommending levels of less than 100, or even less
than 70 for patients at very high risk. In order to achieve these
outrageous and dangerously low targets, you typically need to take
multiple cholesterol-lowering drugs!

So, the guidelines
have progressively widened the pharmaceutical market. If children
are subjected to universal cholesterol screening, the drug companies
increase their target market that much more.

Statin Side
Effects: Keep Out of the Reach of Children!

In 2007, the
American Heart Association first recommended the use of statin drugs
for children with high cholesterol. Then, in 2008 the American
Academy of Pediatrics
followed suit, recommending cholesterol-lowering
drugs for children as young as age 8.

Now they are
concocting ways to place more and more children on statins, in spite
of the overwhelming evidence for serious side effects – nearly
900
studies point to the damaging effects of these drugs.

The list of
statin-related health problems includes the following:

  • Muscle damage
    (potentially permanent), mostly related to CoQ10 depletion
  • Heart damage,
    heart failure and strokes
  • Neuropathy
  • Immune system
    suppression
  • Pancreatic
    dysfunction
  • Hepatic
    dysfunction
  • Increased
    cancer risk
  • Cognitive
    impairment
  • Depression

In addition
to these risks, there are also risks
from insufficient CoQ10 levels
, which directly relate
to the use of statins:

  • Impaired
    white blood cell activity
  • Reduced
    muscle strength contraction – especially for the heart muscle
  • Impaired
    liver function
  • Decreased
    cell growth and division
  • Decreased
    ability to neutralize free radicals

And now, it
would appear, they are pushing a massive kiddie-statin campaign,
disguised as “preventative medicine.”

Pfizer
has been in legal trouble
a number of times over fraudulent
claims about the “health benefits” of Lipitor. Lipitor is particularly
damaging if you are diabetic, doubling your risk for stroke.
And with childhood diabetes rates increasing by leaps and bounds,
prescribing Lipitor would be extremely risky to these diabetic
or pre-diabetic kids.

According to
an excellent report in 2008 in the New England Journal of Medicine,
long-term data about the safety of statins for children is completely
lacking. Ferranti and Ludwig write:

“At 8
years of age, a child’s brain and other organ systems remain in
dynamic stages of growth and development, raising concern that
long-term pharmacotherapy initiated at this age may adversely
affect the central nervous system, immune function, hormones,
energy metabolism, or other systems in unanticipated ways.”

It is one thing
to medicate the child who has a rare genetic defect in cholesterol
metabolism, but quite another to treat masses of at-risk children
whose symptoms reflect easily modifiable lifestyle factors.

As the article
says, “Once this door has been opened, the pharmaceutical industry
will happily walk through it.”

Top 10 Ways
to Help Your Child Achieve Optimal Health and Body Weight –
Without Drugs

While prescription
of a cholesterol-lowering medication may be warranted in a few rare
cases, 99 times out of 100, hyperlipidemia and hypercholesterolemia
can be corrected with some simple lifestyle changes.

Here are my
top 10 recommendations:

  • Eliminate
    all sodas and fruit juices.
  • If your
    child is already overweight or obese it is particularly important
    to lower their total fructose intake, INCLUDING fruit, until their
    weight normalizes. It would also be helpful to severely limit
    grains, even apparently healthy ones like whole organic grains,
    until their weight normalizes.
  • Help your
    child get regular exercise.
  • Prepare
    the right foods for your child’s nutritional type. I now offer
    the full nutritional typing program free of charge.
  • Encourage
    your child to eat a good portion of her food raw.
  • Make sure
    your child is getting plenty of high-quality, animal-based omega3-fats.
    My favorite is krill oil.
  • Introduce
    your child to a variety of heart-healthy foods such as olive oil,
    coconut and coconut oil, organic raw dairy products and eggs,
    avocados, raw nuts and seeds, and organic grass-fed meats that
    fit within her nutritional type guidelines.
  • Introduce
    your child to strategies that help her address emotional challenges,
    such as EFT.
  • Make sure
    your child gets plenty of restorative sleep.
  • Finally,
    make sure your child’s vitamin D levels are within therapeutic
    levels.
  • Vitamin
    D is not “just a vitamin,” but rather the only known substrate
    for a potent, pleiotropic (meaning it produces multiple effects),
    repair- and maintenance hormone that serves multiple gene-regulatory
    functions in your child’s body.

Low levels
of vitamin D are associated with an increased
risk of heart disease
.

About 70
percent of U.S. children have inadequate levels of vitamin D
,
so this should be one of the first issues you address to keep your
child’s heart healthy.

A Call to
Action for the Sake of ALL Children

The Alliance
for Natural Health has an on-line “action alert” letter you can
send to your Congressional representatives about repealing the law
that allows drug companies to extend their patents by testing drugs
on children.

It is quick
and easy to do! Just click
here
.

If you care
about this issue, I encourage you to take a moment to let your rep’s
know how you feel.

Sources:

Alliance
for Natural Health July 13, 2010

Time
July 12, 2010

August
21, 2010

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