133% leap in children admitted to ER for marijuana, study finds – CNN

 

English: Close up shot of some high quality ma...

English: Close up shot of some high quality marijuana. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

This is an insightful read from CNN citing new research from France. It reports that as attitudes about marijuana shift around the world, researchers are warning parents that it’s risky to keep it around children, especially those who are too young to know what it is.

Source: 133% leap in children admitted to ER for marijuana, study finds – CNN

Marijuana is very much in the news today. Perhaps, the most scary story from the Children’s Hospital Colorado is entitled ‘Acute Marijuana Intoxication.

This leads me to an open question:

Are today’s political leaders in advanced countries, like the US, UK, France & Germany too lenient on drug abuse?

Thoughts?

Does it matter how you lower your cholesterol? – Harvard Health

This is worth a read from Harvard Health. The article argues that certain cholesterol-lowering medications—namely, ezetimibe (Zetia) and drugs known as bile acid binders—also appear to be effective at lowering cholesterol and reducing the risk of serious cardiovascular events. It’s not clear whether they are proposed as alternatives to statins ot supplements..

Source: Does it matter how you lower your cholesterol? – Harvard Health

The mainstream scientific research community, along with public health practitioners strongly favor statins because of their proven effectiveness and most importantly, their low cost. Medical practitioners seem slow to recognize the serious side affects.

My problem with the medical establishment is that they seem to be too quick to offer statins after applying simplistic risk assessment formulas, ignoring wider patient data.

With more than 25% of Americans over forty taking statins, surely they have a right to know about the side affects of statins and consider the other options?

Thoughts?