After reading other people's comments I have one more thing to add, and that is that it is also not necessarily a good idea to take whatever medicine your Western doctor tells you to take without doing some research. As others have pointed out, drug companies send reps into medical offices and the reps are the ones who provide most of the info the doctors have on whether a given drug can cause adverse reactions, etc.--at least until OVERWHELMING evidence comes to them from other channels (such as dying patients, for example).
I had a life-threatening reaction to Azithromycin, a commonly prescribed synthetic antibiotic in the Macrolide family, used for upper respiratory tract infections. The reaction produced a chronic hypersensitivity condition, and I was put on Prednisone (yet another nasty drug) in relatively high doses for close to a year before I slowly returned to my normal, healthy state of being.
When I asked the doctor if my condition, which he admitted was a hypersensitivity reaction "of some kind," was because of the drug, he said, "oh, no--there have been no reports of reactions to this drug." Just the same, I asked him to test me for a reaction, and guess what he said? Well, he said they can't test for a reaction to that drug because there is no test available. So I guess that explains why no reactions have been reported!
Anyway, I did my own research and it turns out *all kinds* of people are trying to report reactions to this drug, and their doctors are all telling them that it must be something else. Then, get this, in the forums where the doctors talk to each other, they are all asking each other if their patients' reactions might be from Azithromycin, and the overwhelming response is "No, it couldn't be, because my drug rep tells me there have been no reactions to that drug.'!!
So in other words, better to get your facts from several sources before compiling the results and putting some unknown substance into your body--even if your doctor says it's great.
- 1/28/2008 11:02:17 PM