Friday, March 28, 2008

Asthma medication and suicide

You've probably seen by now, that the asthma medication Singulair may be linked to suicidal tendencies.

I have noticed, over the past few years, that medications used to treat imbalances potentially related to inflammation (which some asthma is), seem to be pulled off the market because of their side effects. I'm not sure what the reason is for this, it just seems to happen fairly frequently.

I'm wondering if part of the problem is how Western medicine defines and treats a symptom that can be treated with a medication.

I started this blog because I believe that a lot of the inflammatory process causing so much illness today, is more about lifestyle--what we eat, how active we are, how much and how well we sleep, and how we manage stress. There isn't a pill we can take that can outweigh the benefits of those simple choices.

It's a hard reality to accept, that the only person who can help us with most of our problems, is ourselves. It means saying no to things that may sound like fun, it means saying yes to things that may not be as fun as other options, but in the long run, making those choices can reduce the need for many medications and help us to feel better, much longer into life.

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