It's all about learning, huh? Chemistry was one of my strong subjects, so when I see a medication name I tend to look up the chemical compound and ... well ... I actually "see" how it reacts with other chemicals and can usually predict the end results without even using pen and paper. I love chemistry, and chemicals, the compounds and reactions, the changing of forms. It's exhilarating. I often wish I had stuck with that instead of entering the tech sector, not that I regret my decision, just I may have actually enjoyed that work more.<quoted text>
Some of the most useful therapies are natural substances like insulin and thyroid hormone.
There are medical conditions where much less progress has been made, and the available therapies relatively are much less effect while being just as toxic - approaching futile therapy. Patients with such problems will always have bad outcomes and unfortunate stories to tell. No physician can stop it, either, since not surprisingly, such patients change doctors regularly. Recommending that somebody like that stay home rather than press for futile therapy is futile advice. I know. You just lose a patient.
Also, you won't hear as much from the patients with problems that respond well to existing therapies. You have to keep that reporting bias in mind when wading through the message boards of people still looking for answers. They all have horror stories.
The criticisms of medicine are largely valid. It is a treadmill of poisons, runaround, and conflicting advice.
Nevertheless, modern medicine helps many people. The population changed in my time. I showed you the rheumatoid nightmares that we've conquered in that time, and which are now rare. There are others. When I started, congestive heart failure was common. Tons of people had pedal edema and took potent loop diuretics like Lasix. That was unusual by the time I signed out.
Anyway, it's a two edged sword. You need to be an informed and wary consumer. But there is benefit there, too.
The biggest issues most people ignore are the side effect counter reactions, they will often try to address the side effects with other medications without ever considering that the cause for the side effects may interact with the medications they take to counter the effects and create some reactions that lead to even worse side effects. Patients should really pay more attention to their health, and too many doctors these days get really pissy when a patient even shows a hint of understanding what's going on. That relationship is gone completely in the US.