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Dr. Wallach starts the show discussing a story from a couple of years ago when the American Pediatric Association endorsed the use of statin drugs for children as you as eight years old. Doc asserts he believes this is criminal because a child's brain is not fully developed at that age. The human body uses cholesterol to make myelin that insulates neural synapes. Pointing out the human brain is actually about 80% myelin.
Pearls of Wisdom
Doug Winfrey and Dr. Wallach discuss a news article concerning a recent report out from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report states that nearly one quarter of adolescents are either diabetic or pre-diabetic. Jumping from 9% in 1999 to 23% in 2008 for kids ages 12 to 19. At the same time obesity rates (a leading cause of diabetes) stayed about the same. Researchers say this means pediatricians should be aware of and follow screening guidelines for obesity and other cardiovascular risk factors.
- Irene's father has been diagnosed with atrial fibrulation, aortic stenosis and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).
- CJ is set to travel to India but has concerns about the vaccines he is being asked to get prior to leaving.
- Cathy has hypertension and short bowel syndrome following two surgeries that removed a good deal of her intestines.
- Jim asks Dr. Wallach if there is a gluten intolerance test.
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