I am appalled by the direction in which modern medicine is heading.
I’ve been retired from pharmacy for almost two years now and I still read up on the latest horrors.
The Western world is suffering epidemics of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancers, depression and arthritis.
Our children are increasingly unhealthy and many are born with ADHD, autism, dystrophies and other serious conditions. People demand instant fixes for all these things, so that’s what they get.
Dabigatran is a new drug to replace Warfarin as a blood thinner. Warfarin is cheap but effective — with the disadvantage of requiring frequent blood tests. Dabigatran costs an arm and a leg (not literally), is equally effective BUT has been found to sometimes cause fatal hemorrhage.
And, to top it all off, there is no antidote.
Great work, fellas.
The monoclonal antibodies are now sweeping the world and if you are ordered a drug with a funny name ending in ‘mab’ run for your life.
These have been developed at great cost to treat the modern-day epidemics of so-called ‘auto-immune’ diseases — cancers, arthritis and other problems that can’t be explained.
Using gene therapies and experimental mice, chickens and cows, the MABS are created and then spliced onto human antibodies. Costing thousands of dollars with each treatment, they are then used as immune-suppressants, the theory being they will prevent human rogue antibodies from causing disease.
Great theory, but stuffing around with the very complex human immune system is just stupid.
All kinds of side effects occur — opportunistic infections of course — which can be fatal, as well as far-reaching reactions body-wide.
I actually laughed out loud at a recent report on one of the latest MABS. It solemnly stated that one side-effect is “homicidal ideation”.
Another side-effect is “suicidal ideation” – that is, you think killing yourself or someone else is a good idea.
Our medical system needs to acknowledge that we are all a collection of cells called ‘life’.
Some cells are healthy, others defective.
Medicine needs to focus on prevention and improving environmental factors rather than treating modern-day ‘life-style’ disorders with dangerous, expensive and mostly useless drugs.
Books by Robert Gosstray