Monday, July 7, 2008

More Medication on the Way for Kids

We may have officially hit the low point in our culture's harrowing plunge toward full-blown stupidity around food and nutrition.

In today's Times, Tara Parker-Pope reports that the American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending statin drugs for kids as young as 8-years old who have high cholesterol.

According to the article, children's cholesterol levels have remained stable in the last few years, and their tri-glyceride levels have even dropped. So... what gives?

Meanwhile, according to this other article, also by Tara Parker-Pope, statins don't even really work: "But many statin users don’t have established heart disease; they simply have high cholesterol. For healthy men, for women with or without heart disease and for people over 70, there is little evidence, if any, that taking a statin will make a meaningful difference in how long they live."

In today's article, Pope says that the AAP is also now recommending that one-year-olds with a possibility of developing a weight problem drink low-fat milk. I- I- I... I'm speechless. Well, almost.

More than half the calories in breast milk come from fat, and much of that is saturated fat. Obviously, one-year olds need fat. For one thing, fat is necessary to help the body absorb the fat-soluble vitamins like A & D (which have been artificially added to the low-fat milk, since they got taken out when the fat was removed). Here's an article by Nina Planck in defense of whole milk.

Haven't we figured out yet that parsing down our foods doesn't work?

The only slightly reassuring aspect to the article is the amount of infuriated sounding-off that's happening on Parker-Pope's blog. We are not alone, people. This alone will help me make it to dinner.

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