[Pissing+child.jpg]One of the most disgusting ideas I’ve come across in following medical issues is this idea that children might be prescribed stating drugs. This unwelcome thought was triggered anew with today’s article and featured video.

"All kids need cholesterol tests" the headline blares. 

"Tens of thousands of children could benefit from medication" thus spake the oracle.

The very idea of widespread screening of children for the purpose of getting them on a lifelong regimen of statin drugs is absolutely revolting.

The underpinnings of the lipid hypothesis *in adults* has all but completely crumbled (http://thehealthyskeptic.org/images/statintrialsummary.pdf) and now we get the pharmaceutical companies floating this idea of extending the flawed hypothesis to children where there is *NO* clinical evidence proving benefit.

Recently read The Truth About the Drug Companies by Marcia Angell, here’s my recent post on it. One of the little anecdotes Dr. Angell recounts leaps to mind immediately. She published an article in the New England Journal of Medicine some years ago posing the rhetorical question "Is Medical Education for Sale?" The most telling answer came from a reader who I paraphrase: "No, of course it is not for sale. The present owner is quite happy with it!"

When you see articles like this one, remember who’s truly in the ownership position here.

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An article on the NPR blog caught my eye today:

Americans Exercise More, But Still Get Fatter

Well, the headline got it right, but when you read the post, you get the same yadda, yadda about ‘lowering caloric input,’ ‘avoiding fat,’ and ‘exercising more.’

Just another reminder to look the other way when you hear the conventional wisdom. There is a new wave coming. Stick with me and I’ll keep you right out front on the leading edge.

Interestingly, the article does not appear with the link above any more. Here’s the article I coped from my

Our workouts aren’t keeping up with our pig-outs.

That fitness routine is soooo not working. More Americans are spending some of their leisure time exercising, yet folks just keeps piling on the pounds.

Here are the cold, hard facts. About 35 percent of adults engage regularly in physical activity when they’re not working, according to estimates based on a 2009 nationwide survey. That’s up from 32 percent in 2008.

Now, what’s the scale tell us? Not good. More people in the U.S. are obese than ever. In 2009, about 28 percent of people in the U.S. were obese, up a fraction of a percent from 2008.

But hop in the Wayback Machine and check the weights in 1997. Nineteen percent of people in the U.S. were considered obese then.

There’s not a moment to lose in doing something to reverse the weight trend. A recent study found that a substantial decline in the rate of heart attacks could be fleeting as obesity and diabetes become more prevalent.

Exercise can only burn so many calories. Eating better is crucial. Recommendations for new nutritional guidelines would cut saturated fats even more than in the past and promote healthier foods, like fruits and vegetables.

But maybe you want to try some more reps of that time-honored weight-loss exercise move — pushing back from the dinner table.

What you *really* need to do to be healthy (which, by the way, will lead to healthy weight) is drastically reduce carbohydrate consumption (eliminate sweets and processed carbs), get your inflammation down (principally by upping your Omega-3 and reducing your Omega-6), getting your Vitamin D in a good range (50ng/ml, remember?) and lifting heavy things on a regular basis (see my BBS posts).

None of this aerobics and calorie restriction, OK?

Starting a recurring post: the DBT (Don’t Believe This) Files. You know, the stuff that’s out there that may (or may not) be commonly believed, but is so not to be believed it warrants its own little corner of the world.

In this installment, I highlight Obesity Myths dot com (by the way, I’ll typically refrain from actually linking to the sites – I know it’s silly). Came across this site after doing a little reading in connection with my recent post on corn syrup. Here are a few whoppers:

  • Myth: High Fructose Corn Syrup Uniquely Contributes to Obesity
  • Myth: Soda Causes Childhood Obesity
  • Myth: Obesity Has Made Diabetes Epidemic

Turns out our friends at Obesity Myths are an offshoot of The Center for Consumer Freedom. Here’s what CCF say about their funding sources:

Who funds you guys? How about some "full disclosure"?
The Center for Consumer Freedom is supported by over 100 companies and thousands of individual consumers. From farm to fork, from urban to rural, our friends and supporters include businesses, their employees, and their customers.
The Center is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. We file regular statements with the Internal Revenue Service, which are open to public inspection.
Many of the companies and individuals who support the Center financially have indicated that they want anonymity as contributors. They are reasonably apprehensive about privacy and safety in light of the violence and other forms of aggression some activists have adopted as a "game plan" to impose their views, so we respect their wishes.

It would be funny but it’s hard to laugh while fighting the gag reflex.

Another perspective given to us by the crowd can be found at SourceWatch.org:

The Center for Consumer Freedom (formerly called the "Guest Choice Network") is a front group for the restaurant, alcohol, tobacco and other industries. It runs media campaigns which oppose the efforts of scientists, doctors, health advocates, environmentalists and groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving, calling them "the Nanny Culture — the growing fraternity of food cops, health care enforcers, anti-meat activists, and meddling bureaucrats who ‘know what’s best for you.’"

Starting out smoking

Rick Berman launched the Guest Choice Network in 1995. Its initial funding came entirely from the Philip Morris tobacco company. Guest Choice Network was formed so as to appear not to be "owned" by Philip Morris; address restaurant owners lack of interest in Philip Morris’ "Accommodation Program" and broaden industry appeal. According to a September of 1995 letter from Mr. Berman to Barbara Trach, PM’s Sr. Program Manager for Public Affairs, GCN was designed to:

"Create an aggressive mentality by (restaurant) operators (to oppose) government smoking bans."

 

Well, it was probably already obvious to most readers that these people are just shillin’, but I thought I’d drive the point home here since it passed my field of view.

Stay tuned for more on the DBT front. I’ve got a few more queued up for you. These next ones might not be such a slam dunk for some of you.