JUST HOW OFF BASE IS MEDICINE?
Keep in mind that this particular article is an editorial. The author is writing for the British Heart Foundation. He believes that the use of a statin can zero out the negative health effects of a Quarter Pounder with cheese and a small milkshake.
Have we really come so far down the dark path of unhealth that we have to accept that patients can’t change and we need to rely on medications instead of lifestyle? That is truly a sad state of affairs if doctors collectively do not have faith in their patients.
Maybe this is because they themselves are not exactly free of hypocrisy?
Regardless, the faulty reasoning here is that the beneficial effects of statins have been overblown while the negative effects of fast food have been under emphasized. Or maybe this is just representative of the tightening relationship between medicine and big business as epitomized by the endorsement of Coca Cola by the American Association of Family Physicians…