New push to give statins to children

Cholesterol meds for children! It just doesn't get any nuttier than that -- but new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics call on docs to give kids statins... starting in the FOURTH GRADE!

Under the new rules, every single child in the country is to be screened for cholesterol between the ages of 9 and 11, and again between 17 and 21 (not coincidentally right before they fall off their parents' insurance policies).

Kids with "high" cholesterol are supposed to get pumped full of statins, putting them at risk for everything from debilitating muscle pain to serious kidney and liver damage.

If those side effects aren't reason enough to keep kids off these meds, consider this: There's not a single study that shows statins help children -- and no research that shows "high" cholesterol is even harmful to a kid in the first place!

Even the statin slingers at the CDC, who've never met a kid they couldn't drug or vaccinate, admit that cholesterol levels in children fall on their own over time with no treatment at all.

It's not too hard to figure out why: Children, especially little kids, need fat and cholesterol even more than adults. It's critical to growth and development, especially in the brain and the rest of the central nervous system.

So the very idea of trying to reverse high cholesterol in children is scientifically unproven, medically unsound, and widely acknowledged as completely unnecessary -- and yet the nation's "leading" pediatricians are behind it 100 percent.

On the other hand, this is the same group that just called for giving dangerous stimulant drugs off-label to 4-year-olds who supposedly have ADHD -- so at least they're consistent.

Folks, you don't need a crystal ball to see where this is going. Just as guidelines for cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes and more were expanded to get more adults on meds for those conditions, they're being stretched even further to expand the pharmaceutical market to include children.

Forget snack time -- elementary schools are going to have to start setting aside "pill time" instead.