kidney damage

  1. Readin’, writin’ and Statins

    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.

  2. Kill the carbs, save your kidneys

    Diet can reverse organ failure

    Diabetics, there's one thing you can do right now to save your kidneys from the self-destruct sequence kicked off by your disease: cut the carbs.

    Then, double up on the delicious fresh animal fats you've been told to avoid.

    Truth is, a high-fat, low-carb diet is the best thing you can do for your body and would have helped you to prevent the disease in the first place. But if you're already in the "too little, too late" category, I have good news for you. The same high-fat, low-carb diet that could have helped you prevent kidney failure to begin with could also help you reverse it.

    Researchers in New York gathered mice with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, then waited for the inevitable kidney damage. Then, they put half the mice onto a high-fat, low-carb diet (cheese!), while the other half got the usual mouse food.

    After eight weeks, the fat-loving mice actually REVERSED their kidney damage.

    The one catch here is that this was an ultra-high fat diet -- 87 percent fat -- and the researchers say it actually caused the body to think it was starving.

    Definitely don't try that at home!

    I don't want you to starve -- I want you to eat all the healthy animal proteins you want, and skip most of the carbs (and all of the sugars).

    You'll lose the hunger pangs even as you lose weight. You'll also bring your blood sugar under control and protect your heart, kidneys, liver and more.

    If you're strict about it, you'll eventually reach the point where you'll forget you even have diabetes.

    But let's face reality here: Most diabetics didn't end up that way by accident.

    It can take years, even decades, of poor eating habits to turn your body against itself... and you won't get back on track overnight no matter how strict your diet is.

    If that sounds like you, don't worry. There's still hope.

    A synthetic form of thiamine has been shown to reverse the damage caused by high blood sugar, including kidney and nerve damage.

    It's called benfotiamine, and unlike regular thiamine it's fat-soluble -- and that means your body can absorb it up to five times more efficiently.

    I wrote all about this stuff recently, and you can read it for free right here.

  3. The great Coca-Cola rebellion

    In the ultimate betrayal of family medicine, the American Academy of Family Physicians has accepted a six-figure payment from Coca-Cola. In return, the soda pusher gets to help "educate" people about sweeteners.

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