Critical Thinking about Health!

Corrective action is focused on the cause of problems. Interim action attends to the effects of a problem. And muddled action does neither.

Question 1: What type of action is it when your doctor prescribes medicine to block production of cholesterol (in your liver) and lower your total cholesterol number? Or when the doctor prescribes a medicine to drop your blood pressure?

Question 2: Is there a risk involved in only dealing with the effects a doctor can measure (cholesterol, BP) but NOT taking corrective action against the underlying disease process causing those numbers?

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About RIck

Rick Wells is VP of Research and Development for Business Processes Inc. His job is developing better ways to analyze high impact issues and tame complexity. He has a B.S. in Engineering Physics, and M. Educational Psychology. He is ABD (all but dissertation) from University of Michigan. He grew up in Toledo, Ohio. He lives in San Diego. He is married with 4 step kids who he loves as his own. He is grandpa to 6.

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    I just came across an example of failing to verify the true cause of a health issue and the possibly wonderful outcomes that can result when doctors take the time to find the true cause of a health issue, first! I watched TED TALKS: BraveNeuro World #12/2011. Aditi Shankardass was saying that all brain disorders should be diagnosed by looking at the brain and not just the by external symptoms or behavior. She claimed/reported that 50% of the kids diagnosed with Autism actually have brain seizures which can be treated with seizure meds very successfully!!! My research into that claim does not leave me as sure as Ms. Shankardass apparently is that anti-seizure meds can “cure” autism but I appreciate the “find cause first” approach.

    IF this is true … 50% cured? OMG! What a potentially wonderful discovery. Anyone with recent research into Aditi’s claims? In my review on Google I found articles that seem to indicate that brain seizures are common in both Autism and Epilepsy patients. But, I also found issues with these types of meds themselves, too.

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