Saturday, 14 August 2010

statins for children!

just got this from Dr Sears MD :

Dear john,

As a doctor, I'm outraged. As a father
I'm even more outraged

For years, doctors have been handing out statin drugs to any
patient with high cholesterol. But they're the most dangerous drugs a doctor can prescribe. They've been linked to fatigue, heart problems,
and even death.

They rob every single person who takes even one pill of energy.
And if you take one for long enough, you're going to feel very tired
and very old.

Now the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is pushing this
poison to a new group.

I'm talking about children. Some as young as 8 years old!

AAP guidelines have just recommended cholesterol screenings for
high-risk children ages two and up. And statin therapy for kids as young as
eight with LDLs over 190mg/dl.1

Now, some are calling for even more aggressive screening measures
to find kids in need of these drugs. All to ensure that
pharmaceutical companies will keep making billions for years to

Consider this: Pediatrics published a new
study a couple weeks ago. Researchers screened all fifth graders in West
Virginia public schools, including 5,798 who wouldn't have met cholesterol
screening guidelines. They found 268 children with cholesterol high enough
to be treated with drugs.2

It frightens me to even think about the
Entire generations getting hooked on drugs with dangerous side
effects. Ones that include:

Muscle pain
Liver damage
Lowered mental performance
Chronic fatigue
Cardiomyopathy (deterioration of your heart's function)

Depletion of CoQ10 in the heart (which can cause congestive heart

Whats more, this could open up the floodgates for
pharmaceutical companies to promote their use in kids. Come to think of it,
thats already happening. I just read that Pfizer introduced a sweet
and tasty gummy-likeversion of Lipitor. I'm sure
it'll boost sales before their patent runs out next year.

The lesson here is, Just say NO to statins.
You cant trust them - or the folks telling you to take

If a child came to my office with high cholesterol, I would tell
him to exercise in short bursts of high intensity for at least 12 minutes a
day, cut carbs, and eat foods that are rich in omega-3s, like salmon, flax
seeds, and walnuts.

For most children, this would solve the problem within six weeks.
Why? Because childrens bodies heal themselves quickly.

And yours will, too IF you treat it right.

Heres what I recommend for driving down LDLs:

Eat fish: They're loaded with omega-3s. And
theyre just as good at reducing the risk of heart-attack deaths as
statins. In fact for some, they can be even better. In a recent
study, omega-3s - not statins - cut hospitalizations and death
rates of heart patients.3,4

Wild-caught salmon is best. It doesn't have all the
pollutants found in farm-raised fish. Or you can supplement. I recommend
anywhere from 700 to 2,000 mg per day.

Take sustained release niacin (vitamin B3):
It&'s been found to increase HDL cholesterol by 20% to 35%.5 But don’t
exceed 500 mg a day.

PACE yourself: Quick, simple, high-intensity exercise
– like my 10- to 20-minute PACE workouts – is the most
effective way to increase your HDL levels.

Avoid grains and sugars: 99% of the time, this alone can
help regulate cholesterol.

To Your
Good Health,

Al Sears, MD

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