“Stop Taking the Pills”

Taking pills seems to become a daily task for older people.  If doctors won’t prescribe them, we will go out and buy them for ourselves.

I have written a lot about the exploits of Pilly Galore whose experience and expectation of GPs are typical of many older people.  (Click on PILLS in the TAG CLOUD to see earlier posts).

A whole industry has grown up around vitamin and mineral supplements, and every high street now has a “Natural Health Care” shop.  The advice on what to take seems to be as much based on advertising as it is on medical evidence.  What you take depends on what worries you have about your health.

One example is calcium supplements which many older women take as a precaution against osteoporosis.  Additional calcium is recommended by the Food Standards Agency, who suggest ensuring you get 700 milligrams a day.  The problem is that it is impossible to judge how much calcium you consume routinely in milk, cheese and green leafy vegetables.  So a pill is the quick and easy solution.

Now for the downside:-

Research from the University of Auckland found that those who took calcium supplements had an 86% increased risk of a heart attack.


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1 Response to “Stop Taking the Pills”

  1. NOTHING TO DO WITH THE PILLS I AM ON? But what a lovely World.
    I am fed up with the media circus and the westminister village. All the news is Murdoch, sleasze, and who does what in expenses from westminister> The alledged EURO is down the pan, and yet while rome burns the Titanic still sinks. Where are the charcters of the day? Blair is back on the scene, But I see no leadership from Clegg or Cameron, and as for Millband he is offering crumbs of comments as to what he thinks I may wish to hear! It is a complete Balls Up, and I am personally fed up. If they had a vote tomorrow I would pull up the draw bridge and think of me the selfish one with no thoughts for any one else. Haigh is making some sort of fist in the Foriegn Office? Maybe but I do not wish for the economics of war to settle our affairs. Where are the politicians and the phillanthropists like rowntree, and Carniege, who can see around the corner, and open ones mind to human issues, and aspirations, not of greed or poverty, but self help and courtesy to ones fellow human beings. I feel like we are all going to hell in a handcart, with no one or group of gods to guide us? What say You???

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