And would you like an automated external defibrillator with that?

by Anonymous on Aug. 19th, 2010

Has it come to this?

In a paper published recently in the American Journal of Cardiology, Dr. Darrel Francis and colleagues calculate that the increased risk of heart attack that comes from eating a cheeseburger and a milkshake can be offset by the cardiovascular risk reduction associated with taking a statin (a statin is a drug that reduces the amount of unhealthy, LDL cholesterol in the blood).

Dr Francis, the senior author of the study, said: "…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."

In a discussion on the paper, Dr. Francis said that it would make as much sense and be just as easy to make risk-reducing supplements available as it is to provide free condiments--like packets of ketchup--to consumers.

Does this strike anyone else as… missing the point a bit... a sign that a dystopian future is upon us... a story from the Onion?

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

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Shana says:

I wondered if it was from the Onion at first...turns out it's true.

I guess as a doctor, he has a responsibility to help patients however possible. But people would still risk things like diabetes and deteriorating joints, and we're still stuck with the problem of our incredible overconsumption of resources...on the other hand, it seems the most successful solutions allow people to continue with all their old habits while reducing their impact. Why are changes of substance so difficult for us? Especially when they kill so many birds with one stone.

posted on Thu, 08/19/2010 - 3:47pm

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