MODERN MEDICINE

Medical Mythology in the 21st Century

Medicine got off to a bad start. The body is so astounding complex, no one could begin to comprehend how things worked, why one got sick, and why one recovered. This was fertile ground for a mythology. However, more and more has become known (though far more remains to be discovered), but somehow, many myths remain mainstream.

Statins: The Zombie Drug That Will Not Die

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The resiliency of this drug is remarkable. Study after study has found statins useless if not detrimental for almost every cohort. Yet the drug lumbers on, relentlessly pushed by the drug industry, and duly prescribed by a change-resistant medical profession.

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.