Letter: Better diet, not pills for kids

Better diet, not medication, should be considered for

Better diet, not medication, should be considered for children with cholesterol problems, writes Debbie Persampire. Photo Credit: iStockPhoto

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I find it offensive that there is interest in testing the cholesterol of children, only to put them on medication ["Doctors debate cholesterol testing for kids," News, July 23].

Why is there no mention of changing a child's diet instead? What kind of world do we live in when the only solution we see to help our sick children is medication? What about the long-term side effects?

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If we are going to begin testing a child's cholesterol, then we should also look into ways to educate families so that they can change the ways they eat and improve the health of everyone.

Debbie Persampire, Huntington


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