Some skepticism of Western medicine


I’m speaking about two recent articles in particular:
* a “retraction”:http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=594&e=1&u=/nm/20050127/hl_nm/health_lilly_dc in the BMJ(British Journal of Medicine)
* “overprescription”:http://www.scienceblog.com/cms/node/6795 of COX-2 inhibitors

Remember, as much good as Western medicine has done, it is nowhere near perfect. It is vulnerable to economy, politics, and even public opinion. Even doctors will recommend second opinions and skepticism of diagnoses, and sometimes wrong opinions are so widespread (as in the case of COX-2 inhibitors), you really can’t even trust agreement among several doctors.

Take your health seriously, and take all medical advice — both Western and non-Western — with a grain of salt. Or, perhaps pepper if you eat standard Western fare, as the vast majority of Western foods contain salt, high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oil, and dairy.

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