Health and medications

I’m getting hungry. Jay’s still asleep, I hope he wakes up soon. I’m tired of waking him up, I’d rather he just got up on his own.

I learned something interesting from Lori the other day, and I’ve been asking people about it since… She says that a lot of medications doctors prescribe for things just suppress the problem, which has a tendency to come out in other parts of the body. Her example was Eczema (or however you spell it…) A lot of doctors prescribe a Cortizone creme for eczema, which forces the problem back into the body (so that people don’t break out with skin problems.) The problem with that is that the cortizone creme tends to force that problem back under the skin, and is often closely related to people developing asthma. So medications can solve one problem, but often cause another. I’ve talked to a couple of people with exzema, and asked them if they’ve used cortizone creme… then I ask them if they’ve got asthma. They said yes to both questions. Interesting that…

4 Comments

  • lilliane

    October 22, 2000 at 11:49 am

    This is one of the primary reasons that I try to avoid prescription medicine as much as I can. It’s unavoidable for certain problems, such as some antibiotics that you may need, that cause yeast infections in women, and then you need to take a medication for that….it’s sad really how medicines do that.

    • lilliane

      October 22, 2000 at 12:01 pm

      This is also the primary reason that when I have a cold I try not to take medication, as it merely supress the symptoms, not take them away. There is nothing that can take them away without the cold running it’s full course, imho.

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      October 22, 2000 at 12:59 pm

      I’ve never been keen on meds for much of anything… They seem to more delay a problem or hide it rather than actually solve anything.

  • kitiara

    October 22, 2000 at 3:59 pm

    How odd – I had eczema as a child, used cortizone, and also had asthma. I don’t know if the asthma came later or not – I had both since I was about 6 or 7. My eczema was so horrible that they allowed me to go on steroids before puberty. I finally got past it around age 18. I still have asthma about once every other month though. Hmmm.