In Praise of Drug-Pushing?

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Will Truman

Will Truman is the Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. He is also on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Will Truman says:

    Notably, before I met Clancy, I almost never took any drugs or medication at all. If I had a headache, then I had a headache. It’s a tad ironic that I married a doctor because a part of me always had a bit of… hesitation… with the medical community. I was never anti-vaccination or anything, but by and large I figured the less I sought treatment the better.

    I’m still that way a little, just a little, but now I think I was actually kind of crazy. I mean, dude: You can make the headache go away!!!!!!!!!Report

  2. Avatar Kimmi says:

    linkie in mod.Report

  3. Avatar KatherineMW says:

    First thing that came to my mind? A tongue-in-cheek comment about this explaining why women have longer life expectancy than men.

    I’d be a much unhappier person without ibuprofen.Report

  4. Avatar Maribou says:

    As someone who is not allowed to take ibuprofen, I am now spinning science fiction futures in which the people who don’t get the shiny are actually not supposed to take it because it will mess them up, rather than for the usual class, etc., based reasons…

    (And yes, please don’t put it in the water supply.)Report

  5. Avatar Brandon Berg says:

    They seem to be getting the “12 years” figure by

    extrapolating from studies in much simpler organisms. It’s pretty well established at this point that you can’t do that. Human metabolism seems to be much better optimized than metabolism in yeast, nematodes, fruit flies, or even mice, such that a given intervention produces a much smaller gain in lifespan in humans (proportionally) than in those species. Biologists have extended life severalfold in nematodes with fairly modest interventions, but these have yet to bear fruit in humans.Report