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Should we all take pills?

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Article by: Alice Green


The desire to take medicine is perhaps the greatest feature which distinguishes man from animals.
Dr. William Osler
Worldwide so many people are on some kind of pill. Are you on a pill and for what? I am so happy I don’t have to take a pill for anything. I just spent this past weekend at the hospital with my dad. He has congestive heart failure, type II diabetes and hypertension. Before going home, he was prescribed more medication to add to his list. On his list of medications, three of them treat the symptoms of his conditions and the other four are treating the contraindications of the medications. Why is there a need for so many pills and should we hold fast to the pill? Are we giving the pill more power than it deserves in our lives?
Are pills really that effective? Let’s look for an answer together in a book by Dr. Jerry Avorn "Powerful Medicines". He suggests in his book: “When a new drug is first marketed little is proven about its’ safety an…

Vitamin D and breast cancer survival

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Photo courtesy of Irina Patrascu
Written by JSK.

Vitamin D is one of the most popular nutrients and a lot of research has been done in the recent past to study its effects. Past studies have established the fact that sufficient quantity of vitamin D in our body has a protective effect against heart disease, fractures and depression. However, in addition to this, new clinical trials have proved that high levels of vitamin D also increase the survival rate among women with breast cancer (1).

Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer haunting women across the globe (2). Statistics reveal an alarming trend – about 1.7 million new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in the year 2012 (3). Researchers point towards the fact that adequate nutrition during the growing up years can prevent women from falling prey to this deadly disease. In view of this fact, studies have been conducted to assess whether high levels of vitamin D can increase the survival rates of women with breast…