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What On Earth?

August 18, 2010

I had a what the %#$@ moment this morning over my breakfast. As I was innocently eating my apple, I read an article that made me quite astonished. Do you ever have those moments where you feel like it’s already 1984, if you know what I mean? Well this was one of them.

An article today in the Globe:

Would you like MacStatins with your burger?

Photo thanks to mrbling

In case, like me, you don’t know: Statins are a class of drugs known for their cholesterol-lowering properties, used to treat and prevent heart disease.

The article talks about a recent study that concluded that taking a small dosage of statins along with your fast food meal would lower your risk for heart attack by the same amount that eating that ‘food’ would raise it.


Is this for real? It seems as though the researchers are saying: “Look. This food is so bad for you, you should take medicine with it to prevent the inevitable result of heart disease if you eat it.”

I’m floored. I don’t know what to say. I can just picture a futuristic world where people just consume fast food alongside medicine and pretend that everything is fine. Why can’t everyone just wake up! This ‘food’ is clearly ridiculously bad for you. If this isn’t enough proof, I don’t know what would be. So don’t eat it!! Or eat it once in a blue moon! Not every day. Not every week.

I understand that evolutionarily speaking we like the taste of fat, sugar, and salt. We’re biologically programmed to! But since our culture is generally experiencing an abundance of food already, there’s no need to continue to indulge these biological needs. There’s no need to stock up on our fat reserves, because we’ll be eating tomorrow, not in a few weeks like our ancestors would have.  Let’s evolve!

It’s an excellent article, and the author, Leslie Beck, makes the point that serving the medicine with the food is definitely not the solution.

Just my rant for the day!


4 Comments leave one →
  1. Laura permalink
    August 18, 2010 7:01 PM

    I read this in the paper today too! I was laughing so hard – so the fast food industry is basically saying, yeah our food can seriously harm you if you overindulge in it…but feel free to continuing over-eating because this magic pill (at an extra cost!) will fix it all!

  2. Laura permalink
    August 18, 2010 7:03 PM

    And COMING SOON – another magic pill offered at McDonalds! Take it after a fatty meal, go home and sit in front of the television and watch the pounds melt off with NO EXERCISE!

  3. Laura permalink
    August 18, 2010 7:09 PM

    Warning: Side effects may occur, including malnourishment, high blood pressure, low blood pressure, dizziness, vomiting, headaches, ear pain, infections, runny nose, constipation, diarrhea, hypertension, incontinence, bloating, bleeding, ulcers, muscle spasms, sexual frustration, heart disease, sleeping disorders, psychosis, depression, paralysis or death.

    Hmm I could actually see this as a commercial.

    • effieboo permalink
      August 18, 2010 10:30 PM

      Ahaha you made me laugh so hard La. It’s so true though! Like what the hell!? It’s actually going to happen – it’s happening! Apocalypse Now!

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