DRUGS AND SUPPLEMENTS

The Free Radical Theory of Aging

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Another “Bad Guy” joins the ranks of useful cellular processes.

This dates from the 50s. The idea is that free radicals, normal byproducts of metabolism, are dangerous and responsible for aging and disease. This led to a huge supplement industry item: the anti-oxidant. Big problem: the theory’s wrong.

Off Label Drug Use

The Use Of Prescription Medications To Treat Problems Beyond What The Drugs Were Originally Approved For Is Widespread, With off-label-ballsSome Blessings And Many Dangers.

That an MD will prescribe a drug for use other than that for which it was originally approved comes as a shock to many. In fact, the practice is so widespread that few physicians give it a second thought. The drug companies are all in favor of this, needless to say. Sometime the consequences are beneficial, and sometimes disastrous.