Originally published August 13 2010
Doctor urges fast food restaurants to hand out pharma drugs like ketchup packets (opinion)
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor
(NaturalNews) It sounds like an April Fool's joke, but it isn't: A doctor from Imperial College London whose study was published in the American Journal of Cardiology has proclaimed that people who eat burgers and milkshakes at fast food restaurants should be given free statin drugs (like ketchup packets) to counteract the cholesterol effects of eating burgers.
"Fast food outlets could provide statin drugs free of charge," says Dr. Darrel Francis, lead author of study, who goes on to complain that statin drugs shouldn't be prescription drugs at all. People should be able to get them as easily as asking for a packet of ketchup: "It makes sense to make risk-reducing supplements available just as easily as the unhealthy condiments that are provided free of charge," Francis says, calling statins a "supplement" instead of a drug. Yeah, as if it were a nutrient or something.
What Francis doesn't mention is the disastrous side effects of statin drugs: Extreme muscle pain and weakness, kidney failure, the loss of CoQ10 (a vital nutrient for heart health), liver damage, erectile dysfunction, constipation and much more. I know people who say they were almost killed by statin drugs but who thankfully recognized the symptoms and stopped taking these dangerous chemical medications before things got worse.
But this doctor from Imperial College London apparently doesn't believe such side effects are a big deal. Statin drugs are so safe, he says, that fast food restaurants should just hand them out like candy.
Dangerous advice from a doctorThe very premise of this argument is extremely dangerous: That you can go ahead and keep eating toxic fast food as long as you "protect" yourself by taking dangerous chemical medications.
Gee, could you possibly get any worse health advice? It's no wonder this advice is coming from a conventional M.D. The idea that you can block the harm from fast food by swallowing a patented chemical medication with your meal is so absurd as to be stupid. Really: It's just a simplistic, low-I.Q. conclusion from a doctor who obviously knows nothing about nutrition.
What's he going to recommend next? Free chemo pills to counteract the cancer-causing effects of bacon and sausage? Here, kids, chow down on a little chemo before you head off to school. It's good for ya! Maybe the industry will come up with gummy-shaped chemo bears for kids. (Don't laugh. I've made similarly comical suggestions in the past that turned out to be true...)
But here's the best part of Dr. Francis' absurd logic: He compares taking statin drugs to the safety of wearing a seat belt while driving!
"When people engage in risky behaviors like driving or smoking, they're encouraged to take measures that minimize their risk, like wearing a seatbelt or choosing cigarettes with filters. Taking a statin is a rational way of lowering some of the risks of eating a fatty meal," he says.
Sure it is -- if you enjoy kidney disease, liver disease, muscle weakness, CoQ10 depletion and other side effects. If you're a foolish consumer who thinks you can counteract the dangerous chemicals in fast food by swallowing another dangerous chemical to "counteract" it, then free statin drugs might sound downright brilliant.
But in the real world, where the laws of biochemistry don't cater to the absurd ideas of drug-pushing researchers, fast food is bad for your health... and so is taking chemical medications. If you combine them, you don't neutralize your health risk -- you increase your total health risk by expanding it into all the areas of statin drug side effects.
So now, instead of just destroying your heart and pancreas by wolfing down fast food, you're also threatening your liver and kidneys with a chemical drug. That a doctor would actually recommend giving out free statin drugs to fast food customers is yet more proof that conventional medical training is a total failure and that mainstream doctors continue to remain clueless about real answers to health.
The real answer to health, in this case, is to stop eating fast food hamburgers and milkshakes. And stop taking dangerous chemical medications while you're at it. If you really want a healthy heart, blend up a superfood smoothie for lunch, or eat some heart-healthy fresh fruits and vegetables.
What's next from medical Loonyville?Now, think about this story. If Imperial College London can actually issue a press release touting this quack research (http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandeventspggr...), and if a high-level researcher like Dr Darrel Francis (http://www1.imperial.ac.uk/medicine/people/d...) can genuinely conclude that free medications should be handed out to customers like ketchup packets, then what else might these people come up with?
Happy Meals with free antidepressants, of course! Buy a Happy Meal and your kid gets some psychiatric drugs included with the toy. Munch away, kiddies!
Or how about free diabetes drugs with every 12-pack of Coca-Cola products. Drink up all that liquid sugar, folks, and just be sure to swallow your diabetes pills that are included!
Why not have free chemotherapy pills in every pack of hot dogs? That way, little kids can eat their hot dogs and then experience just enough nausea to vomit the processed meat back up. Problem solved!
See, this whole idea that you can just throw more chemical medications at consumers and thereby "protect" them from food-induced diseases is pure medical madness. That someone from the world of conventional medicine would even suggest such a thing speaks poorly about the credibility of the medical industry at large. It's becoming increasingly obvious to even mainstream consumers that following the health advice of conventional doctors is a very bad idea.
Hey, why not just sell statin drug sandwiches where the drugs are baked right into the bread? Don't laugh: It wasn't too long ago that doctors in America suggested they drip statin drugs into the water supply because the drugs were so safe and effective that everyone needed them!
Yeah, just like fluoride, if you can believe that.
You know, I think the bottom line here is that too many medical researchers are taking their own drugs. Because one of the very first side effects from taking daily medications is a loss of cognitive function and impaired ability to reason. And when that goes, there's no telling what kind of whoppers these people will come up with.
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