Letter to the Editor

Disturbing medical news about kids

Friday, July 18, 2008

To the editor:

I've read some articles lately that concern me greatly.

One was about diseases that were mostly history when I was a kid -- polio, measles, diphtheria and whooping cough -- that are making a comeback. Apparently some parents these days refuse to vaccinate their children against these dangerous diseases.

Another was about aggressive new treatment guidelines for children with high cholesterol that recommend statin drugs. The most common are Lipitor and Pravachol.

And finally there was a story about pediatricians and the drug industry regarding the rampant use of Ritalin among grade-school children and all its implications.

My children are grown, but my grandchildren's days as toddlers will end too quickly. Although I can appreciate a good village, I feel it takes a parent to raise a child. Parents, please stay abreast of what's being done for and to your children. Our community cares a lot about its schools, teachers and elected officials. We have two wonderful hospitals and their knowledge at our disposal. We have ready access to news and opinions. Please pay attention.

RANDY DUNN, Oak Ridge