Therapeutic Claims-A A +A
Thursday, September 26, 2013
By Yumiko Quesada
IN THE society we live in, humans as intelligent creatures have the innate capability of discovering and innovating things to benefit them. Undoubtedly, human discoveries helped many people to improve and become better individuals. On the downside, some discoveries become fatal in some aspects of life. Consider the health aspect. When we consult the history about the field of medicine, it will inform us that its advancement is out of curiosity. In early times, saving the lives of people required careful study of herbs to heal wounds and illnesses. Through experimentation, doctors from those times can save lives. Thanks to them, we benefit from their medical discoveries.
Sadly, some people at the present use their intelligence to solely benefit their financial aspect even if it can harm others. Doctors by profession carefully study every content of the medicines that they prescribe, in fact they have fields of specialization so that they can concentrate on a certain part of the body to be able to diagnose illnesses properly. The problem is, there are people who, for their business, suggest a kind of medication that they are not sure about.
They assume that therapies they offer to ill people are effective.
Therapies that are not scientifically tested and proven can take away the lives of individuals. They claim that their therapies are effective for all kinds of illnesses because it was effective for a few people. This claim should not be generalized because it is on case to case basis.
A mother of five children, was recently diagnosed with leukemia, she needed cure as early as possible. Her health requires serious attention. Her eldest son has schizophrenia and needed serious medical assistance as well. With little income from selling street foods, it was hard for her to manage the finances for buying medicines for her and her son. One morning, her sister forced her to try a therapy.
Because the therapy is cheaper than the medicines prescribed by her doctor, she assumed that there is no harm in trying. In a small shabby clinic where they perform the therapy, workers who are not even nurses, gave her an 'herbal drink'. The next morning, she felt really weak and became bedridden. Her sister said that it is just normal so she continued to take the drug. Her condition never got better. After a couple of days, she died. Her death was rushed, not because of Leukemia, but because of the cheap therapy that she tried. A couple of days after her death, her husband noticed that her daughter has a continuous cold. For the second time, his wife's sister brought her daughter to the shabby clinic and let her take in another herbal drug.
Because the little girl's condition did not improve, her father brought her to the hospital. This time, the doctor said that his daughter's pneumonia worsened and if she was not brought there early, the girl could have died.
All of us can draw out lessons from this experience. For sick people, it is still better to consult the doctors and specialists before taking in medicines. Do not self-medicate! The medicines may cost much money and it may not guarantee cure but at least the percentage of effectiveness is higher than cheap and unsafe drugs. For family members and friends of ill people, yes it is good to be practical and helpful, but let us prevent ourselves from recommending therapies and drugs that we are not sure of. Let us not put our friends or family member's life at risk just because we 'think' that these medications are effective. When dealing with health and life, we cannot afford a hit or miss solution. In dealing with medications, we must strictly choose quality over quantity. After all, it is life we're putting on the line.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 27, 2013.