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cholesterol screenings for children?



Cholesterol Kids

Patrick J. Lynch, medical illustrator. Yale University Center for Advanced Instructional Media C. Carl Jaffe; MD; cardiologist

According to brand new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (released online in Pediatrics ahead of presentation at a recent AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION meeting), cholesterol screenings are now being recommended for all children. Pediatricians previously had been directed to screen CHOLESTEROL only in children with risk factors like a family history of heart disease or high cholesterol, but no longer. Janet M. De Jesus, MS, RD, of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute in Bethesda, Md., which sponsored the guidelines wrote in a supplement to the journal Pediatrics that, “Atherosclerosis begins in childhood, and the extent of atherosclerosis is linked directly to the presence and intensity of known risk factors“.   Her group went on to say that, “It is well established that a population that enters adulthood with lower risk will have less atherosclerosis and will collectively have lower cardiovascular disease rates.”  I would wholeheartedly agree with their assessment here.  However, is this the best way to be going about accomplishing this?   Not by a long shot!

It’s a no-brainer.  This is just one more step in Big Pharma’s ultimate goal of pushing more drugs on more people — including your kids.  Nowhere have they done this more effectively than with STATINS (cholesterol-lowering drugs).  Teach people to be scared of cholesterol, fail to give them any real or valuable advice, and then give them absurd recommendations —- all while petitioning regulatory agencies to have what is considered to be “normal” cholesterol levels lowered again and again (HERE).  Medication should be considered for those…. who haven’t responded after six months of lifestyle management.  What are some of their brilliant lifestyle solutions?  Try this one on for size.  Short-term use of plant sterol or stanol esters — such as those in some margarines — have been shown safe at doses up to 20 g per day

Are you joking me?  Is this for real?  Certain plant sterols can lower cholesterol, but even most of the uninformed people on the planet now realize that margarine is bad for you because it is made with partially-hydrogenated TRANS FATS!  When huge studies have been done on the relationship between heart disease, high cholesterol, and dietary fat; the one constant that we see repeatedly is that the problem is not with animal fats, but with deadly trans fats (HERE, HERE, HERE)!  However, the biggest part of the medical research community continues to ignore this information.  All I can assume is that they are preparing their next generation of lifetime patients early.  By the way, this would be like adding SYNTHETIC VITAMINS to crappy kid’s breakfast cereals and telling you that they are good for you because they are “fortified”.  Oh wait; they did that decades ago.

If you want your kids to grow up healthy, let’s start with a few of the simplest pointers that don’t involve putting them on Statin Drugs or feeding them Trans Fats. 

  • HEALTHY FOODS:  This is not rocket science folks.  Do not feed your kids a GRAIN BASED DIET, but instead focus on raw or lightly steamed vegetables, fruits, and lean meats. 
  • CUT DOWN ON THE SUGAR:  Again, this is common sense.  Kids are eating a whacky amount of sugar these days.  In fact, data suggests that the per capita consumption of sweeteners has climbed to over 200 lbs.  Get your FAMILY’S BLOOD SUGAR under control or all the medication and surgery in the world will not help you!
  • GET SOME EXERCISE:  It is absurd how sedentary today’s kids really are.  It’s not a coincidence that they are fat and struggling with “Adult” Diseases such as high cholesterol and Type II Diabetes.  In case you may have forgotten, remind yourself that you are the parent.  Limit (ration) the amount of TV, video games, computer time, for your children.  Sure they will hate it right now.  I promise that one day they will thank you!  Get your kids outside.  And there’s no reason that you should not join them!  HERE is what I recommend.

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