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Drugs and anti-biotics: not what they are cut up to be?

 

I was hit with flu – and was astonished to find out that I was able to buy a pack of paracetamol for 70 pence – and apparently it can be even cheaper.


Now that the bottom has fallen out of this market, it represents a good time to question if we need it as much as we do.

 

The problem is that we often have a fever and a temperature as a natural bodily response to either fight off a virus, parasite, or bacteria – the higher the temperature, the more lethal our defences can be.

 

If we take a paracetamol – then as our temperature and fever is reduced, so is our body’s ability to get rid of the problem.  So instead of a higher fever, and a short experience with the illness, we go for a lower fever and a longer experience of the illness?

 

I decided to avoid the paracetamol – and I recovered quite quickly.

 

Needless to say I was coughing up large amounts of (apologies) green slime – an indicator of a chest infection apparently, and I had been told that the only way to get rid of it is to take antibiotics.  This has to be nonsense.  Generating the mucus is a sign that the body is fighting the infection.  Similar to what our nose does when we have a cold – and it surely won’t be long before we are prescribed antibiotics for runny noses.

 

The chest is clearing.  No antibiotics were taken.

 

I am not recommending that modern medicine is to be avoided – much of it is of course essential, and often life saving.

 


However, I believe that medicines that attack only the symptoms of a problem, can delay the ability of the body to solve the problem, and it is often better to go without them at all.





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