Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Researchers recently released studies that show that proton pump inhibitors (think Prevacid, Protonix, Aciphex) used long term are associated with decreased bone density and subsequently increased incidence of hip fracture in the elderly. This is a classic example of how managing one problem can cause, or contribute to, another. There are many more examples readily available.
As I was listening to the ABC news feature on this yesterday, I was saddened by the thought that most Americans will simply think about how yet another group of medicines has betrayed them. They will fail to learn the most important lesson from this story. If a patient can use behavior and diet modification to cure their illness, any side effects are most likely beneficial as opposed to the adverse effects of many medicines. Often, medicines can even be a short-term adjunct to help alleviate symptoms while other modifications are taking time to taking effect. Too often, patients and physicians alike look at medicine as a permanent addition to a person's life and fail to implement lifestyle changes that could have similar effects--nother product of society's belief that there should be a pill to cure everything.
TODAY'S WORKOUT: Snatchfest. The corkscrew grip is coming along nicely.