Protect your grandchildren from the greedy world of medicine

Protect your grandchildren from the greedy world of medicine

Two news stories have come to my attention over the last two months or so that have only added to my concern over the future health and wellbeing of today’s children.

The one that’s really got my goat is the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) recommendation that children as young as 8 years old be put on cholesterol-lowering drugs in order to prevent heart problems in the future.

If this isn’t a racket to make more money, I don’t know what is. I find it mighty suspicious that this new recommendation came on the heels of several of these drugs getting approved for use in children. Now, suddenly they want kids to get screened as early as 2 years old. What’s next–giving the drugs in vitro?

Dr. Stephen Daniels is on the AAP’s nutrition committee. He said that this recommendation is “based on mounting evidence showing that damage leading to heart disease, the nation’s leading killer, begins early in life.” He went on to say that “recent research shows that cholesterol-fighting drugs are generally safe for children.”

“Generally safe?” How can that be? They’re not even safe for adults! Side effects include memory loss, cancer, and congestive heart failure!

I wasn’t the least bit surprised to learn that Daniels is affiliated with Abbott Laboratories and Merck & Co., two big time pharmaceutical companies with cholesterol drugs. Of course, he was careful to state that he wasn’t involved with the companies’ statins, but what difference does it make? The bottom line is the bottom line, as far as I’m concerned.

As you might expect, most of the kids that are considered “at risk” are overweight, but rather than teaching them how to live a healthy lifestyle, their doctors prefer to throw drugs at them. Just another quick fix everyone seems to love so much. But here’s what gets me:

  • There’s not much data on kids using these drugs
  • There’s no evidence that putting a child on statins will prevent a heart attack when he gets older
  • No one is saying how long the children will have to stay on the drugs

The icing on this cholesterol cake is that you shouldn’t even be lowering your cholesterol to begin with. In fact, I would panic if my cholesterol dropped below 200. Latest studies show that cholesterol levels of over 200 could actually lower your cancer risk and slash your risk of stroke.

Don’t let your grandkids get screened for high cholesterol, and whatever you do, don’t let some wacko doctor put them on a statin drug. I’m not kidding when I say that the future health and happiness of these children depends on it.

Do children really need to be tested for heart disease?

I’m not going to get into my feelings on ADHD and all the side effects that go along with the drugs used to treat it. You know how I feel. But just when it couldn’t get any worse, the American Heart Association (AHA) decided that every single kid should be screened with electrocardiograms (EKGs) before beginning a regimen of hyperactivity and attention-deficit disorder drugs.

Do you know what an EKG is? It measures electrical impulses in the heart to determine if there’s any weakness or abnormal rhythm in the heart. Why would any kid need to undergo such a test when he didn’t have symptoms?

Your doctor will tell you it’s because children with undiagnosed heart conditions could be vulnerable to sudden cardiac arrest and other heart problems when they take stimulant drugs that can increase their blood pressure and heart rate.

Your first question to the doctor should be why he would even consider putting a child on a drug that could cause that kind of reaction. When he doesn’t give you a suitable reply (and he won’t), your second question should be why he would assume that the heart condition came BEFORE the use of this Schedule II stimulant drug.

At any rate, with over 2.5 million American children on these drugs, I’m sure you can imagine the cash cow such a mandatory screening would be.

This new warning from the AHA isn’t the only red flag that ADHD medications have gotten. Not long ago I told you about several studies that suggest that these controversial drugs can have a lasting and negative effect on the developing brain.

These studies concluded that the animal test subjects that had been subjected to an ADHD drug regiment exhibited a noticeably higher degree of “learned helplessness,” a condition marked by symptoms of depression and a tendency to give up quickly when faced with a challenge. (Sound like any kids you know?) Other similar research noted that the formerly medicated subjects responded less to rewards and reacted more to stress than the drug-free control group.

According to Centers for Disease Control data, other side effects include cardiac problems, high blood pressure, stroke, abdominal pain, chest pain, rapid heart rate, allergic reactions, skin rashes, spasms, muscle pain, and weakness.

Keep this in mind whenever a teacher or a pediatrician brings up ADHD. ADHD is the fad diagnosis of the moment, and everyone seems to be jumping on the bandwagon. But I’m staying far away–and you should, too.