Whenever a doctor recommends a medication or supplement, I ask Dr. Google about side effects before taking them. Usually, there’s a long and frightening list. Side effects are tricky….
Some things have horrible side effects, such as partying and overindulging in food and booze that leads to a hangover the next day. Overeating—we eat the whole pizza or the whole pint of ice cream…. Lack of sleep can have serious side effects, including falling asleep while driving (a common cause of auto accidents). Exercise has the side effects of soreness, tiredness, exhaustion, and possibly torn muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
Side effects need to be taken seriously.
I asked my doctor about it. She told me that many side effects are listed solely to cover drug companies against legal liability—they throw in everything, no matter what. She said the average number of side effects is about 70.
So, it’s not easy, but, somehow, we have to figure it out and carefully monitor our body and our mind when starting a new supplement or medication.
Carl B. Barney
June 30, 2023