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Home > Blog > When the Cure is Worse than the disease
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Friday, July 01, 2005 11:23 AM
When the Cure is Worse than the disease
Anita Sharpe on Health & Wellness

It's well-known that Hormone Replacement Therapy carries all kinds of health risks for older women. Just a few days ago, a report came out about the link between cancer and x-rays -- even the relatively low doses from the dentist or from having a mammogram (you don't want to know about the rays zapping you during a full-body CT scan.) Now, a new report suggests that the common ADHD drug Ritalin may increase a child's risk of developing cancer later in life.

Is it possible that the ultimate solution for America's health care crisis is simply this: we stop pumping ourselves full of drugs and running to the doctor for every little thing?


1 comment

Janet Auty-Carlisle - 7/1/2005 12:50:28 PM
Hi Anita, Boy can I ever relate to that as a Lifestyle Health and Wellness Coach. Having gone through many medical issues including a mis diagnosis of a chronic illness and, being from Canada, in a health care system that is relatively inexpensive, I am very conscious of the reasons for going to see a doctor. We have been convinced, I believe, that there is a fix for every problem but maybe every problem doesn't need a fix through pharmaceutical remedies. I know I will hit some sore spots here but in my day a person with ADD was considered 'hyper' and 'overactive' and we all learned to deal with it accordingly. Allergies, asthma and epi pins were not words that non medical people knew and yet, now, it seems everybody has, uses or knows of someone who has them. Could it be that the chemicals we use to keep our houses germ free are causing some of this? The pharmaceutical industry is the largest and most profitable in the world...think about that. There are many people who are stressed, overworked and underappreciated. Let's work on these issues from the inside out and then perhaps we won't need to 'medicate' ourselves to feel better. Still living la vida fearless....are you? Janet Auty-Carlisle

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