We’re swimming in prescription drug pollution (among other pollutions).
I liked the ‘old fashioned idea,’ that doctors should do their best to ‘do no harm.” It was part of the Hippocratic Oath, stating: “I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone.”
But there is a real shift in thinking today, some sort of alleged ‘cost benefit analysis,’ where drugs are justified because they claim to do mostly good for most of the people most of the time. Yet time and time again we hear of more extensive ill effects.
Yet — The promises keep coming. In the same section of Google, just under this article was this headline: Vitamin B is revolutionary new weapon against Alzheimer’s Disease (!)
Yippie! — Except this brief half-sentence is buried in the article: ” and there was some evidence that high folic acid intake could be linked to cancer.”
It’s time for some better judgements, I think. Longer term trials. Less acceptance of negative side effects (like cancer, strokes or heart attacks, etc.).
Fatal cocktail of common drugs putting elderly at risk
Hundreds of thousands of older people are being put at increased risk of death or developing dementia by taking combinations of common medicines to treat routine illnesses, according to a new study.
Read more at www.telegraph.co.uk
Researchers from the University of East Anglia and the University of Kent identified 80 widely used medications that, when used in combination, were found to increase the risk of serious health problems.
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