If Pfizer has
its way, your child’s gummy bears may be replaced with chewable
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
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.
trends are quite disturbing:
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.
and acid reflux medications among adolescents has jumped 147 percent
- Girls aged
10 to 19 taking medications for type 2 diabetes has jumped almost
200 percent in the past nine years.
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.
into your children, like we are already doing with psychiatric drugs,
would be disastrous, as the damaging side effects are now
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
be the person in charge of your child’s health – not some government
agency with a competing agenda!
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.
must be done about escalating childhood obesity and “adult” diseases
showing up in our children.
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.
Really Making Your Child Fat?
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
is how much HDL your child has in relation to her LDL and triglycerides.
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
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
- 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
Here are two
ratios, easily calculated from a lipid panel, which can help you
evaluate your child’s heart disease risk:
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.
Ratio: Should be less than 2.
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.
is NOT the Villain in Childhood Obesity
has been terribly vilified, when in reality it is essential for
a wide variety of vital functions in your child’s growing body,
healthy cell membranes
a variety of hormones, including estrogen, testosterone and vitamin
bile acids, which aid in fat digestion
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.
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.
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
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
- Immune system
to these risks, there are also risks
from insufficient CoQ10 levels, which directly relate
to the use of statins:
white blood cell activity
muscle strength contraction – especially for the heart muscle
cell growth and division
ability to neutralize free radicals
And now, it
would appear, they are pushing a massive kiddie-statin campaign,
disguised as “preventative medicine.”
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.
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:
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 –
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:
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.
the right foods for your child’s nutritional type. I now offer
the full nutritional typing program free of charge.
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.
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.
your child to strategies that help her address emotional challenges,
such as EFT.
- Make sure
your child gets plenty of restorative sleep.
make sure your child’s vitamin D levels are within therapeutic
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.
of vitamin D are associated with an increased
risk of heart disease.
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
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
It is quick
and easy to do! Just click
If you care
about this issue, I encourage you to take a moment to let your rep’s
know how you feel.