Post by mllemass on Jun 2, 2019 3:47:38 GMT
Sorry if this was too much to share, but the misuse of pharmaceuticals and the general stupidity of the medical community is one of my hot buttons.
Not at all - thank you for sharing this! I’ve never heard of DES before. It’s worrisome that women became part of massive medical experiments without their knowledge. We trust that doctors know what they’re doing, and we’re brought up to do what we’re told without question. I’m sorry that you’ve had to go through all that.
Here in Canada, we often hear stories in the news of people heading off to the US or Mexico or Europe for some experimental medical treatment or drug. They then go to the media to complain that Canada is far behind other countries in medicine, and it costs patients a fortune to go elsewhere to seek help. But the medical community here always responds that they can’t approve drugs that haven’t been proven to be effective and safe. It’s a process that takes many years, and some patients don’t want to wait. Sadly, I’ve never heard of a case where someone’s life was actually saved because of an expensive out-of-country medical treatment.
When my father was diagnosed with cancer 20 years ago, he was being treated at a hospital that was part of a medical school. All of his appointments included groups of young doctors observing, asking questions and taking notes. At the beginning, his doctor asked him if he was interested in being part of a research experiment to try a different method of administering chemotherapy. They assured us that the experiment would be as effective as the traditional treatment, and possibly even more effective. He agreed, and the random computer program chose him. By father is still alive, so I’d like to think that the experiment was a success, but who knows? He might have had the same results with other chemotherapy methods, too. But it feels pretty good to know that he played a small part in developing treatments that will help future cancer patients. (There were parts of the study that he hated, though! They wanted him to participate in a support group with other cancer patients, but he stopped going when he discovered that he was the only man in a group of women. Ha!)