FDA Approves Crestor For Kids

by Colin Carmichael

Crestor

The pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca got it's way recently as the FDA has approved the marketing and use of Crestor for kids with high cholesterol from ages 10 to 17.

Forbes was among the first to make the announcement.

Why Forbes?

Because this is a big deal to shareholders and investors, that's why.

AstraZeneca just expanded their target market. Hooray!

Meanwhile, kids from ten to seventeen years old will get the "honor" of helping spike up profits by using an unneeded drug during a critical phase of growth and development.

Do you think extra care and caution will be given to children in this range to see that they are attempting proper lifestyle changes like improved diet and exercise first?

(Of course, we already know that the doctor recommended diet tips don't work for adults, so why would they work for kids?)

Do you think doctors will closely examine the HDL to LDL ratio of these kids instead of just looking at the raw LDL number before scribbling on their prescription pad?

Again, we already know they typically don't do that for adults. Sadly, I think we already know how doctors will respond.

The FDA has approved it, so "it must be safe".

That's like saying, "A politician said it, so it must be true."

The FDA's track record of "Ooops, we were wrong about the safety of that drug" is long, documented, and deadly.

I urge you to find the real causes of high cholesterol and natural remedies that actually work … if not for yourself … do it for your kids and grandkids. They're counting on us to take care of them.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Anna Peczerski October 28, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Crestor for kids. Even our kids can’t be spare if it is a big money issue.
I don’t have words to express this atrocity.

Joe October 28, 2009 at 2:32 pm

Hi Colin I heard many Doctors on talk show radio believe that lowering your Cholesterol will not make you live Any longer And will not stop you from having a heart Attack They say that people with low cholesterol are still getting heart attacks. I think what is causing Heart attacks Diebetes And Obesity In Young People. Is the High Frutose Corn syrup that you find in all Junk food and all regular food , Everyone should start reading the chart on the back of all lables , And stop eating anything with High Frutose corn syrup in it. The bad news about high Frutose corn syrup is spreading all across the United States – Joe

Colin October 28, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Joe:

Here’s the thing … “High total cholesterol” isn’t really the problem.

The problem is when cholesterol gets out of whack … or out of balance.

I believe studies have clearly shown that it’s the HDL to LDL RATIO that is THE primary indicator linking cholesterol with heart disease.

A high LDL = probably not good.
A low HDL = not good.

But it’s the relationship between the two that’s the best indicator.

Basically, you can have a higher LDL IF you have higher amounts of good HDL to offset it.

So I agree that lowering total cholesterol isn’t any sort of “cure-all” … but it’s a misnomer to think that you should ignore cholesterol altogether.

And keep in mind that along with HDL and LDL, triglycerides and homocysteine levels also play a big part. (Especially homocysteine.)

Do diabetes and high blood pressure affect heart attack risk?

You better believe it!

But the severity of those two doesn’t negate the impact of having excess LDL clogging up the walls of your arteries and it’s effect on your heart.

And yes … high fructose corn syrup is something that will get your cholesterol ratios all out of whack.

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Anna:

I couldn’t have said it any better.

It makes me so mad that I really can’t bear to think about it for too long. Seriously. It sickens me to think that kids I know and care about may be taking this in the near future.

– Colin

Co-Pastor Mifflin November 23, 2009 at 10:08 am

I just need help affording even Colin’s products to lower High cholesterol…..I need the product but don’t always have the money…..

Nand May 21, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Just check who does the research for AstraZeneca.
It is so sad that FDA approves Crestor for kids.
So many kids on statins of any kind will become diabetic. Looks like the FDA didn’t read the research. Read the research paper in the New England Journal of Medicine, volume 359, issue 21, November 20, 2008. I read it after developing side effects.
Give the kids a soccer ball instead, please.

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