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Overdrugged

| Wednesday, July 16, 2008

I am appalled at the relentless marketing to new target populations of the obscene concept that drugs, not lifestyle, will prevent disease.

The United States is only 5 percent of the world's human population, yet it consumes 70 percent of the world's medications -- and yet is only 37th among nations in longevity.

The Trib is the tool of Big Pharma for placing on the front page the recommendation by Dr. Stephen Daniels -- who has worked as a consultant for both Abbott and Merck -- that some children as young as 8 be given cholesterol-fighting drugs to ward off heart problems (" Cholesterol drugs to be advised for children ," Associated Press, July 7 and PghTrib.com) while almost never giving any coverage to safe, natural approaches for health.

Recent studies show that cholesterol drugs do not prevent clogging of arteries and that many heart attack victims had low cholesterol.

Cholesterol is a necessary nutrient, responsible for normal male and female hormone production, brain function and cell-wall manufacture.

Developing children will be at serious risk if they are induced, unnecessarily, to take drugs that will inhibit their normal development, potentially damage their livers and muscles, decrease their immunity and rob their bodies of vital energy through the blockage of coenzyme Q production.

Dr. Dean Ornish has shown that preventing as well as reversing the clogging of arteries is mainly a matter of steering away from a top-heavy meat and chicken diet and avoiding junk foods and hydrogenated trans fats.

The dual epidemics of obesity and decreased life expectancy plaguing the younger generation are the result of poor diet and lack of exercise, not a drug deficiency.

James H. Winer South Side The writer is a doctor of chiropractic and a radio talk-show host.

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