Thursday, February 17, 2011

Life is hard- Get a helmet.

So I'm having a bad day. But you know what?

I didn't crave the Bucket of soggy raspberry pastries in the call room this morning.
I wasn't mad when the resident came in loaded down with boxes of quality chocolates.
And I was reminded what I'm working so hard for- lecture on childhood obesity today.

You know what the conclusion was?

Put the overwieght 8 year olds with high cholesterol on statins.
Not make schools have the MINIMUM required hour of activity because 20 minutes is cheaper.
Not educate our parents so they understand that decisions now effect our future.
Not make schools serve real food to our children because potato smiles and strawberry milk are, what, more fun? Is our entire nation one big bad parent who can't say no to the screaming kid in the candy aisle? My God. What are we doing? Where are we going?

In any case- still strong on Paleo. Still going strong in medical school.

Life is hard- get a helmet.
Knowledge and purpose make great armor.


  1. Life is hard- get a helmet.
    Knowledge and purpose make great armor.

    That is so good I decided to steal it! :)

  2. Statins, really? This is what is being recommended?

  3. It's sick isn't it?

    The argument: despite "lifestyle compliance", some children require lipid lowering agents, namely those with familial hypercholesterolemia. Which has a prevalence of 1:500 for heterozygous (which may or may not show symptoms), and 1:1,000,000 for homozygous.
    The woman giving the talk basically said - some kids just can't comply with increased exercise and better diet because they live in an inner city and it's just not possible.

    Not possible?

    I cried that night.