Monday, August 16, 2010

"I'll Have the Bacon Statin Drug Cheeseburger"

A doctor from Imperial College London whose study was published in the American Journal of Cardiology has proclaimed that people who eat burgers and milkshakes at fast food restaurants should be given free statin drugs (like ketchup packets) to counteract the cholesterol effects of eating burgers.

"Fast food outlets could provide statin drugs free of charge," says Dr. Darrel Francis, lead author of study, who goes on to complain that statin drugs shouldn't be prescription drugs at all. People should be able to get them as easily as asking for a packet of ketchup: "It makes sense to make risk-reducing supplements available just as easily as the unhealthy condiments that are provided free of charge," Francis says, calling statins a "supplement" instead of a drug. Yeah, as if it were a nutrient or something.

Doctor urges fast food restaurants to hand out pharma drugs like ketchup packets

The Cholesterol Myth

Cholesterol could easily be described as the smoking gun of the last two decades.

It's been responsible for demonizing entire categories of foods (like eggs and saturated fats) and blamed for just about every case of heart disease in the last 20 years.

Yet when I first opened my medical practice in the mid 80s, cholesterol, and the fear that yours was too high was rarely talked about.

Somewhere along the way however, cholesterol became a household word – something that you must keep as low as possible, or suffer the consequences.

You are probably aware that there are many myths that portray fat and cholesterol as one of the worst foods you can consume. Please understand that these myths are actually harming your health.

Not only is cholesterol most likely not going to destroy your health (as you have been led to believe), but it is also not the cause of heart disease.

The Cholesterol Myth That Is Harming Your Health

1 comment:

  1. I agree that statin (and several medications, for that matter) should not require a prescription. Antibiotics, probably not, but statin doesn't exactly pose a public health risk.

    Cholesterol isn't good in large amounts, but there are actually some people (often vegetarians) who don't even get enough. The biggest health concern in America? Not likely, but I also think it's ridiculous to claim cholesterol can't give you heart disease, however. It does line your arteries (which is a good thing in moderation, as it performs a necessary role), and too much can lead to hardening and even blockages.


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