Better Living Through Fast Food & Statins

hamburgerOnly some egghead scientists could think this was a good idea! As reported by AFP:

Fast food restaurants could hand out free cholesterol-busting statin drugs with their burgers and fries so customers can offset the heart disease risks caused by the food, researchers said.

Statins lower the amount of unhealthy “LDL” cholesterol in the blood, and a raft of data has shown they are highly effective in fighting the risk of a heart attack.

Scientists at Imperial College London said this week that taking a statin pill could offset the increased risk to the heart caused by the fat in a medium-sized cheeseburger and a small milkshake.

Dr Darrel Francis, from the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College London, said: “Statins don’t cut out all of the unhealthy effects of burgers and fries. It’s better to avoid fatty food altogether.”

“But we’ve worked out that in terms of your likelihood of having a heart attack, taking a statin can reduce your risk to more or less the same degree as a fast food meal increases it.”

The researchers argued the proposal was no different to asking people to wear seatbelts because of the increased risks to health when driving a car…

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7 Comments on "Better Living Through Fast Food & Statins"

  1. Hadrian999 | Aug 13, 2010 at 9:05 am |

    man that doesn't look like a fast food burger to me

  2. Darn those eggheads!

    “In postmodern discourse, truth is rejected explicitly and consistency
    can be a rare phenomenon. Consider the following pairs of claims.
    * On the one hand, all truth is relative; on the other hand,
    postmodernism tells it like it really is.
    * On the one hand, all cultures are equally deserving of
    respect; on the other, Western culture is uniquely
    destructive and bad.
    * Values are subjective—but sexism and racism are really
    * Technology is bad and destructive—and it is unfair that
    some people have more technology than others.
    * Tolerance is good and dominance is bad—but when
    postmodernists come to power, political correctness
    There is a common pattern here: Subjectivism and relativism in one
    breath, dogmatic absolutism in the next. Postmodernists are well
    aware of the contradictions—especially since their opponents relish
    pointing them out at every opportunity. And of course a postmodernist
    can respond dismissingly by citing Hegel—‚Those are
    merely Aristotelian logical contradictions‛—but it is one thing to
    say that and quite another to sustain Hegelian contradictions

    Stephen R.C. Hicks, Ph.D., “Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucalt.” 2004, Scholargy Press

  3. Connie Dobbs | Aug 13, 2010 at 10:21 am |

    fuck that. i want them to eat MORE fatty foods. Why are we doing scientific studies to keep stupid people alive?

  4. justagirl | Aug 13, 2010 at 10:49 am |

    “asking people to wear seatbelts…”

    maybe we should get ticketed for not taking “cholesterol busting” drug, too?

  5. E.B. Wolf | Aug 13, 2010 at 5:36 pm |

    Because they are a valuable source of revenue.

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