In Praise of Drug-Pushing?
Lain is recovering from a bit of illness. The good news is that she hasn’t had a fever in several days and she’s eating again (though not as much as we would like).
One of the things we leaned on heavily was Ibuprofen and Tylenol. or, at least, the children’s variants. Lain loves the stuff, probably because it’s some of the only straight sugar (or HFCS) she gets. She threw a temper tantrum when she saw a bottle of it and couldn’t have any. We’re worried that we’ve created an addict.
Now comes news that may not be the worst thing:
Regular doses of ibuprofen could allow people to live up to 12 years longer.
In tests, the drug appears to hold back the ageing process as well as helping fight disease.
Ibuprofen, which is used every day at home by people to treat inflammation, pain and fever, may be the key to developing a long sought after anti-ageing drug.
Dr Brian Kennedy, president and chief executive of the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing in California, said: “There is a lot to be excited about.
“The research shows that ibuprofen impacts a process not yet implicated in ageing, giving us a new way to study and understand the ageing process.
Maybe they should start putting it in our drinking water, next to the fluoride and lithium.
(Okay, no, we should not put it in our drinking water like we do for fluoride. The totalitarian in me does wonder about the lithium, though.)
I agree that when people are beyond a certain weight
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