We all want to give our kids gifts that will last forever... but a lifetime supply of meds shouldn't be among them.
Yet that's where we're headed as our already-overmedicated youths are being hit with another needless worry: cholesterol.
The U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention says 20 percent of all U.S. teens have high cholesterol levels, including 40 percent of obese kids... and you know what that means.
It's statin time.
If that sounds crazy to you, that's because it is -- downright insane, really. But the American Academy of Pediatrics already laid the groundwork for this, calling for statins in kids as young as 8 years old.
That's a Big Pharma dream come true because once you're on statins, you're supposed to keep taking them... right up to the day they bury you and your prescription bottles. Imagine how many years of refills an 8-year-old has waiting for him.
But that's not even the most outrageous part. Get ready, because this one's a biggie: There's virtually no scientific evidence for any of this. None.
We already know what statins can do to adults: muscle pain, debilitating weakness, liver damage and kidney problems, just to name a few. But no one knows what these drugs will do to a child, especially over the long term. There's just no research.
You'd think they'd look into that before giving these drugs to children.
Nope -- as usual, it's prescribe first, ask questions later.
Hey, feds -- we've got some bigger issues here. Most kids need FEWER drugs, not more. Millions of children are already on a whole pharmacy's worth of unnecessary prescription pills, from antidepressants to ADHD meds to painkillers.
Add it all up and some kids are already using those seven- day pill containers to track all their meds.
But we can solve problems like high teen cholesterol and more through dietary and lifestyle changes. Most of these problems have the same root: nutritional and hormonal deficiencies created by processed foods and carbohydrate overload.
Consider sugar the worst drug of all, and make it your mission to get your child or grandchild off it. Then, get him or her off the sofa and back outside every day.
That's your real answer... but since they don't sell a drug that can do that, they're not interested in talking about.