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Mass medication has serious side-effects
Telegraph [UK], by Andrew M Brown

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 2/13/2014 5:18:07 AM

Sir William Osler, the “father of modern medicine”, said that what distinguished humans from animals was the desire to take medicine. Osler died in 1919, but, like most of his brilliant aphorisms, it is still true, with the added development that now many of us take pills even if there’s nothing wrong with us. He also thought one of the first duties of the physician was to educate people not to take medicine. That idea, that medicines are potentially dangerous and should be avoided if possible, has gone out of the window--and that is a pity. We’re now seeing a

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Brown offers some good arguments against "mass medication." They´ll be very useful the next time your PCP wants you to take statins or some other drug you don´t actually need.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Corndoggies, 2/13/2014 7:02:00 AM     (No. 9730441)

Back in the day when I could afford health insurance, I was switching policies and the agent and I were reviewing my health history and he just could NOT believe I wasn´t taking any medications. I was just shy of 50 at the time. Trust me, I´m no health nut and if I have one hard and fast rule it is no margarine. Butter only. Might sound silly to some but that stuff is poison. If you´re still with me I have a funny story. Husband picked up a load of margarine and I told him we couldn´t haul that stuff cause we don´t have a hazmat license. Rimshot, I´ll be here all day.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Rather Read, 2/13/2014 7:35:40 AM     (No. 9730483)

I´m 63. I take a sleeping pill sometimes when I can´t sleep. That´s all. I´ve taken antibiotics when I had pinkeye and ibuprofin for a headache. That´s about it.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: MDConservative, 2/13/2014 10:24:27 AM     (No. 9730721)

Go to a senior center sometime...they lay their meds out on the table and brag about them like motorheads and their cars.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: peregrine, 2/13/2014 10:29:57 AM     (No. 9730732)

I am 73 yers old and take no medication. I use butter and sugar, no artificial sweetener.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: peregrine, 2/13/2014 10:30:52 AM     (No. 9730734)

That´s years, not yers.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Skeptical1, 2/13/2014 11:22:37 AM     (No. 9730827)

I think he overstates his case.

The author says: "Population medicine means that individuals are taking the risk of harming their health, on behalf of the other members of the population who might benefit." Unless we´re talking about something like fluoridation, that just isn´t true. If you take statins, for example, it´s because you want to reduce your own risk, not somebody else´s. It´s not as if statins are ground up and put into the food supply.

I think he really means that doctors are not individualizing their treatment decisions. But they do rely, in the case of statins, on cholesterol levels. Is there something else they should go by? I´m in my late sixties, and the doctors I´ve seen have never even suggested that I go on any medications. They must be looking at the labs and clinical measurements and making their decisions based on my individual parameters.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: flowerladytoo, 2/13/2014 3:00:56 PM     (No. 9731165)

I am very careful what I eat...exercise and try to take care of my health. Regardless, I still have high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I take the lowest dose of lipator, and a blood pressure pill every day. In my opinion, it´s a small price to pay to hopefully prevent a stroke or heart attack.


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