You’ve seen the antacid TV ads. People (why are they usually dorky-looking men?) stuffing overflowing forkfuls of sugary, fatty, spicy, fiery, salty, bacon-y, cheesy, food-like substances into their mouths as if they’re in training for the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog-Eating Contest on Coney Island. Luckily for these hungry guys, and thanks to the miracle of modern pharmaceuticals, the ads promise that just popping a magic pill before mealtime will let them pig out with heartburn-free impunity.
That’s what came to mind when I heard of a group of British cardiologists who proposed a radical (and, I hope, tongue-in-cheek) strategy to neutralize the risk of cardiovascular disease caused by those pesky unhealthy eating habits of ours. We just need to pop a statin drug, they say, before scarfing down that Big Mac – the so-called McStatin protocol. Continue reading