Medical Fiascos

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Medical Fiascos – 2 February 2007

Do you remember when “hormone replacement therapy” was considered almost a cure-all for women? With great enthusiasm, physicians pushed this “panacea” on their female patients. For alleged “cosmetic benefits” to protection against heart disease and Alzheimer’s, estrogen was prescribed.

Then, slowly, negative reports started to surface about this “forever young miracle worker.” Now, instead of protecting against strokes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, etcetera, its use was said to encourage these diseases.

This state of affairs reminded me of another medical fiasco – cigarette smoking. Yes! Cigarette smoking! Those of you too young to remember will find it amazing – or appalling – that back when I was a youngster, medical doctors, dressed in their white coats, would authoritatively assert in cigarette company advertisements that smoking was good for people.

In a previous Blog I wrote about a friend’s mother who, after undergoing a thyroidectomy, actually had her physician suggest that she take up smoking! Being a good little patient, she followed “doctor’s orders”! That was back in the 1940’s and early 1950’s.

Maybe in a few years people will look back on all the hype about milk drinking and dairy product consumption and realize that instead of “doing a body good” it really did the opposite.

See also:
http://www.all-creatures.org/health.html 
 


"Joyful Curmudgeon"
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