Monday, January 03, 2005

More on AIDS and drugs

again found at Dean Esmay's place. It's an article about just how toxic some of the drugs being used to treat HIV and AIDS are. And it's bloody awful.

This is something I have never understood, and never will. How do people- all with good intentions, of course- get so tied up in promoting something that they cannot see, or admit to, shortcomings? Here's a drug that was so nasty that "the drug's manufacturer, Boehringer Ingelheim, withdrew its application to have the FDA approve the drug for use in pregnant women in all Western nations, including the U.S.", and yet people kept- keep- pushing it on people. Not only ignoring the effects of the drug itself, but that there's little to no proof that it actually helps the problem!

I had a friend a few years ago who was so worried about her weight that she started taking diet pills (whole 'nother story there). She knew about the possible problems of the stuff, yet even though she didn't actually lose weight, she kept taking the damn things. Because it was 'doing something' about her problem. It finally caught up to her, and in the end she damn near died. It seems like there's a certain parellel; these people keep pushing drugs that are themselves very dangerous and have no real record of helping cure the disease and actually kill people; why? Do they get stuck in the attitude that 'at least we're doing something"?

Some ways we are a truly messed up species.

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