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John B. Manning, Jr., DC

Applied Kinesiology Chiropractic since 1986

45 Sterling Street,Suite 5
West Boylston, MA 01583
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07/09/08 - Cholesterol Kids
 


Manning Chiropractic & Sports Kinesiology

45 Sterling Street - Suite 5 - West Boylston, MA 01583 508.835.8800
Periodic Wellness Update

July 09, 2008

Subject: Cholesterol Kids

Good day Manning Chiropractic patients and friends,
Here's hoping that this newsletter finds you in great health and spirits!!
If you’ll allow me to beat a dead horse yet again -- poor NUTRITION and LIFESTYLE is at the root of virtually all chronic, degenerative disease! That means everything from arthritis and asthma, to heart disease and constipation.

Coincidentally, the article copied below from the front page of the July 07, 2008 Worcester Telegram, dovetails perfectly with a nutrition handout I’ve been writing for my office. It is another fine example of the extent to which knowledge of Mother Nature’s basic principles of health has become utterly lost on today’s high-tech, low-exercise, fast-food, trans-fat/high-sugar/high-fructose corn syrup/nutrient-starved, microwave generation.

I can think of only a handful of patients in my 20+ years of practice, who truly required medication for control of elevated cholesterol (or any of dozens of other chronic afflictions for that matter).
If the following piece were not such a sad commentary on the state of our decline as a nation of strong, healthy, vital, vibrant, energetic, creative, thinking people -- it would be comical.

At any rate, and it certainly goes without saying here…
**It is ludicrous, and in my opinion, amounts to malpractice for a doctor to consider -- let alone actually prescribe -- cholesterol-fighting drugs for an eight-year old child!

So then, without further ado, the article (highlights and editorializations mine)….

Yours in vibrant health,

Dr. J

Worcester Telegram
July 07, 2008

Doctors battle kids’ cholesterol
By Lindsey Tanner THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

CHICAGO— 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 today.

The academy also recommends low-fat milk for 1-year-olds and wider cholesterol testing. (A ridiculous recommendation for babies during the time when their developing nervous systems require ample essential fatty acids. By the way, Essential Fatty Acids -- EFA's -- cannot be synthesized by the body, and MUST be consumed in the diet. Think cold water fish, flax seed oil, black currant oil, borage oil, various vegetables, fruits, etc.)

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. (Absolutely true. Equally true, is that the disease process has nothing to do with a lack of cholesterol reducing drugs in the diet!)

It also stems from recent research showing that cholesterol-fighting drugs are generally safe for children, (The drugs are "generally safe for children". OK then... that certainly would lay my fears to rest as I began medicating my child! How about you?) Daniels said.

Several of these drugs are approved for use in children and data show that increasing numbers are using them. (Americans spent $200,000,000,000 on pharmaceuticals last year... yet we consistently rank not better than middle of the road globally on many markers of good health. Okinawa, on the other hand, boasts the world's longest living population. Their drug use is minimal. Want to get healthy? ---> Then do a GOOGLE search for "Okinawan Diet" or "Okinawan Food Pyramid".)

“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. (Comment unnecessary.)

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. (AGAIN... these are DIET/LIFESTYLE problems. Feeding babies commercially available fake, processed junk food and formulas loaded with additives, colors, preservatives, sugar, hydrogenated fats, and so forth is not healthful. 99.9% of 3rd graders who exercise, and are fed a nutritious, whole food diet with ample vegetables, fruits, good fats, clean proteins and minimal processed junk will have healthy cholesterol ratios. Period. There is NO REASON for any intelligent person to fall for this line of drug culture propaganda... errrr... baloney.)

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. (Age 2!!...What planet am I living on?)
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.” (Can you even fathom that statement?? 1-yr olds for whom obesity is already a concern??)

Daniels, a pediatrician in the Denver area, agreed that could include virtually all children (Get the "Medical Machine's" line of thinking here. According to this pediatrician -- "VIRTUALLY ALL CHILDREN" are potential prescription drug candidates!!!). 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. (Is the "academy" now claiming that the 2-year-old's brain is sufficiently developed that it requires no more healthful fats??)
“But now we have the obesity epidemic (High sugar, high fat, high processed carbs, low exercise. There's America's obesity epidemic in one sentence.) 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
(Yes.. from potato chips, cookies, cakes, Burger King, etc. -- all in the dangerous, "trans" form, known to be specific risk factors for cardiovascular health) and Greer said the updated advice is based on recent research showing no harm from reduced-fat milk in these youngsters.