What Are They Trying To Do To Your Kids?

I caught this story Monday night on the CBS evening news with Katie Couric while waiting for my local news/weather to come on. I just about fell off the sofa when I heard it!

Pediatrics academy urges cholesterol drugs for some 8-year-olds to fight heart disease

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.

kids

For the first time ever, a doctors group is
recommending that some children as young
as 8 take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.
(Getty/ABC News)
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.

Read the FULL STORY here.

You can WATCH THE VIDEO here.

I think what scares me the most is that there are parents out there who will blindly and unquestioningly just go along with this. This is definitely over the top in my book and leaning more towards removing care of the child from the parents to the government. OH they’ll still let you pay for their food, medicines, clothing, education, vacations, toys, etc……you just won’t be allowed to make any decisions regarding your child or be allowed to raise your own child without “nanny” telling you how to do it.

Thank Goddess my own child is an adult now, for I’d be charged with child abuse for sure just for refusing such interference into my life.

The New York Times ran the story also:

Cholesterol Screening Is Urged for Young

By TARA PARKER-POPE

Published: July 7, 2008

The nation’s pediatricians are recommending wider cholesterol screening for children and more aggressive use of cholesterol-lowering drugs starting as early as the age of 8 in hopes of preventing adult heart problems.

The new guidelines were to be issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics on Monday.

The push to aggressively screen and medicate for high cholesterol in children is certain to create controversy amid a continuing debate about the use of prescription drugs in children as well as the best approaches to ward off heart disease in adults.

Tuesday saw another story about this by the New York Times:

8-Year-Olds on Statins? A New Plan Quickly Bites Back

By TARA PARKER-POPE

Published: July 8, 2008

Cholesterol drugs for 8-year-olds?

Time Boyle/Getty Images

This aggressive new recommendation for warding off heart disease in some children has stirred a furious debate among pediatricians since the American Academy of Pediatrics issued it on Monday.While some doctors applauded the idea, others were incredulous. In particular, these doctors called attention to a lack of evidence that the use of the cholesterol-lowering drugs, called statins, in children would prevent heart attacks later in life.

“What are the data that show this is helpful preventing heart attacks?” asked Dr. Darshak Sanghavi, a pediatric cardiologist and assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. “How many heart attacks do we hope to prevent this way? There’s no data regarding that.”

Then today, Wednesday, I checked out my favorite Junkfood Science blog and found Sandy covering this…..which is of no surprise to me. She did another great job of dissecting the story and digging deeper into it.

Is it for real? Cholesterol screening in toddlers and statins from elementary school age?

~snip~

Fallacy: kids are little adults

They begin by claiming that healthy toddlers and young people should be treated like adults with heart disease. They argue that reducing cholesterol levels in children to levels used in the secondary preventive management of adults with heart disease can prevent cardiovascular disease.

Confusing secondary preventive interventions with primary prevention is a mistake that’s unconscionable medical professionals would actually make, as they address different physiological processes. But they also provide no evidence for their view that lowering cholesterol levels in growing kids is effective for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease in adulthood. Because there isn’t any.

© 2008 Sandy Szwarc

Read the FULL STORY here. I highly recommend you take the time and read the whole thing, especially IF you are the parent of a young child.

You can find the American Academy of Pediatrics release about this here.

NEW AAP POLICY ON LIPID SCREENING AND HEART HEALTH IN CHILDREN

Below is a policy on a clinical report appearing in the July issue of Pediatrics, the peer-reviewed, scientific journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

For Release: July 7, 2008, 12:01 am (ET)

The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued new cholesterol screening and treatment recommendations for children. The policy statement, “Lipid Screening and Cardiovascular Health in Childhood,” recommends cholesterol screening of children and adolescents with a family history of high cholesterol or heart disease. It also recommends screening patients whose family history is unknown or those who have other factors for heart disease including obesity, high blood pressure or diabetes. Screening should take place after age two, but no later than age 10. The best method for testing is a fasting lipid profile. If a child has values within the normal range, testing should be repeated in three to five years. For children who are more than eight years old and who have high LDL concentrations, cholesterol-reducing medications should be considered. Younger patients with elevated cholesterol readings should focus on weight reduction and increased activity while receiving nutritional counseling. The statement also recommends the use of reduced-fat dairy products, such as two percent milk, for children as young as one year of age for whom overweight or obesity is a concern.

# # #

The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

© COPYRIGHT AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

I’ve been wondering what’s wrong with kids for a couple of decades now. I’m beginning to see what the problem might be………..we have them over-protected and drugged. They are fed fear now from the day they are born. It’s no wonder they are so ill-equipped to face the world, so ill and sensitive to every little bug out there.

I’m glad I’m not a kid today, and I know even my son, 28, is glad he’s not a kid today either. And while I might drive him nutty sometimes, he is also thankful that I’m his mother, for I at least taught him to think and nurtured his very independent nature. He’s also glad I never over-protected him and he told me that when he was 8 years old and watched his little friends and their mothers. To me that speaks volumes.

If these kids are the future, God/dess help us all!

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~ by swfreedomlover on July 9, 2008.

2 Responses to “What Are They Trying To Do To Your Kids?”

  1. I find this incredibly scary, and high cholesterol is very common on both sides of my family. What the hell is wrong with, you know, limiting their consumption of Twinkies and Happy Meals and getting them to run and play more? Are the pharmaceutical companies that damned desperate to make money? (Oh, I shouldn’t ask stupid questions like that. They’d invent a “procedure” that involved sticking a ShopVac in our pockets if they could justify it.)

    I really don’t see how this could be remotely good for kids who are still *growing*.

    My mom was mad overprotective when my brother and I (26 and 34 respectively) were growing up, because our father died and she was afraid to lose us. Also, my kid brother is diabetic. She said this quite often. It’s the reason why she led my Girl Scout troops. I am shuddering now, because her overprotectiveness by 1980s and early 1990s standards is almost lax by 2008 standards…even when the kid doesn’t have a chronic disease and nobody’s died.

  2. I hear you. My son is physically disabled from birth, and I didn’t over-protect him as I did not want to handicap him any more than he already was. Fortunately, he was born with a stronger independent streak than even I have. He showed me first how he could do something while I was still trying to figure out how to teach him how….LOL

    I’m just really grateful I am not the parent of young children today……

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