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Monday, July 07, 2008

Crazy Ideas

I truly wish that mainstream medicine would require adequate education in nutrition as a requirement in med school. There also needs to be required continuing nutrition education once in practice.

I am not speaking of programs provided by dieticians. I am referring to progrmas provided by experts in nutrition.

Dieticians don't meet the cut when it comes to knowledge of nutrition and how it applies to health. They may not agree with my opinion but truth is that their education is controlled by the USDA which is controlled by Big Ag and Big Pharma.

I am proposing this new requirement for some very sound reasons -

One it this crazy idea to limit food choice for babies and children to the low fat diet that will lead to more health problems than it could ever prevent.

Now we have mainstream medicine promoting another crazy idea, prescribing cholesterol lowering drugs to young children because they actually beleive - based on Big Pharma propaganda - that cholesterol drug prevent heart disease.

How many people have their head in the sand at AAP? Or we might ask how much are they taking from the makers of cholesterol lowering drugs that have serious side effect risks of muscle cell destruction, kidney and liver failure, cancer, mental impairment, sudden death from heart attack, and depletion of very key nutrients for health?

And what is AAP doing to lobby against Big Ag's promotion of higly processed foods loaded with nutrient depleted ingredients, lots of processed salt and sugars, food dyes and who knows what other unknown GMO products ad infinitum.

Where do you see education about foods that are good for health? Where do you see suggestions that vitamins might be helpful, and perhaps not milk?

What about all that insuling raising cold cereal made from over processed GMO wheat and corn that's loaded with high fructose corn syrup. You know that HFCS is that sticky stuff that by-passes the liver and promotes elevated blood sugar and insulin resistance.

Then there's fake yogurt, lunchables, microwave food and drive thru.

And where do you see these folks show some understanding that the deluge of something over 35 or so vaccines just might be related to the ever increasing list of health problems in our children.

Could it be that egg allergy might develop along the trail here, for starters?

But then I'd guess these docs have no idea that the lowly egg is a health promoting food that lowers cholesterol; real egges that is!

I am just glad I had the opportunity to grow up on real food from real Amish and small farms. I'm glad my children had the same experience.

Your children can too, and it's not as hard as it might seem.

Oh, don't forget to put the Nintendo in the attic?
Cholesterol drugs recommended for some 8-year-olds
By LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer
Mon Jul 7, 2008

For the first time, an influential doctors group is recommending that some children as young as 8 be given cholesterol-fighting drugs to ward off future heart problems.

It is the strongest guidance ever given on the issue by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which released its new guidelines Monday. The academy also recommends low-fat milk for 1-year-olds and wider cholesterol testing.

Dr. Stephen Daniels, of the academy's nutrition committee, says the new advice is based on mounting evidence showing that damage leading to heart disease, the nation's leading killer, begins early in life.

It also stems from recent research showing that cholesterol-fighting drugs are generally safe for children, Daniels said.

Several of these drugs are approved for use in children and data show that increasing numbers are using them.

"If we are more aggressive about this in childhood, I think we can have an impact on what happens later in life ... and avoid some of these heart attacks and strokes in adulthood," Daniels said. He has worked as a consultant to Abbott Laboratories and Merck & Co., but not on matters involving their cholesterol drugs.

Drug treatment would generally be targeted for kids at least 8 years old who have too much LDL, the "bad" cholesterol, along with other risky conditions, including obesity and high blood pressure.

For overweight children with too little HDL, the "good" cholesterol, the first course of action should be weight loss, more physical activity and nutritional counseling, the academy says.

Pediatricians should routinely check the cholesterol of children with a family history of inherited cholesterol disease or with parents or grandparents who developed heart disease at an early age, the recommendations say. Screening also is advised for kids whose family history isn't known and those who are overweight, obese or have other heart disease risk factors.

Screening is recommended sometime after age 2 but no later than age 10, at routine checkups.

The academy's earlier advice said cholesterol drugs should only be considered in children older than 10 after they fail to lose weight. Its previous cholesterol screening recommendations also were less specific and did not include targeted ages for beginning testing.

Because obesity is a risk factor for heart disease and often is accompanied by cholesterol problems, the academy recommendations say low-fat milk is appropriate for 1-year-olds "for whom overweight or obesity is a concern."

Daniels, a pediatrician in the Denver area, agreed that could include virtually all children. But he said doctors may choose to offer the new milk advice only to 1-year-olds who are already overweight or have a family history of heart problems.

The academy has long recommended against reduced-fat milk for children up to age 2 because saturated fats are needed for brain development.

"But now we have the obesity epidemic and people are thinking maybe this isn't such a good idea," said Dr. Frank Greer of the University of Wisconsin, co-author of the guidelines report, which appears in the July edition of Pediatrics, the group's medical journal.

Very young children are increasingly getting fats from sources other than milk and Greer said the updated advice is based on recent research showing no harm from reduced-fat milk in these youngsters.

With one-third of U.S. children overweight and about 17 percent obese, the new recommendations are important, said Dr. Jennifer Li, a Duke University children's heart specialist.

"We need to do something to stem the tide of childhood obesity," Li said.

Li said that 15 years ago most of her patients with cholesterol problems had an inherited form of cholesterol disease not connected to obesity.

"But now they're really outnumbered" by overweight kids with cholesterol problems and high blood pressure, she said.

Dr. Elena Fuentes-Afflick, a pediatrics professor at the University of California at San Francisco, also praised the new advice but said some parents think their kids will outgrow obesity and cholesterol problems, and might not take it seriously.

"It's hard for people to really understand" that those problems in childhood can lead to serious health consequences in adulthood, Fuentes-Afflick said. ___
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