Ra sufferer

Hi everyone I often wonder why it takes medical scientist the pharmaceutical field and the medical field in the 20th century to find a cure for most diseases I remember when my grandparents many years ago only took aspirin and box powder no side effects and lived in their 80s and. 90s we have so much technology admittedly. they have gone forward on a lot of ways but not without side effects and lengthy times for cures??

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  • Your grandparents were obviously very lucky with their health. The average age of death for Australians born in the 1880's was 50 years old. And if they were anything like my grandparents they did have things wrong with them, but just didn't talk about it.

    I am always amazed at how far we've come, and how quickly, since 1928 when antibiotics were first discovered. But to me the shame is that many of the scientific advances are at risk of being wasted by people's stupid use of things.

  • I agree HH....I sometimes wonder if obesity makes you blind.

    I'm an old lady & I hear so many really overweight Mums moaning about how difficult it is to lose excess weight.....at the same time time filling up their children with all sorts of fatty,salty & sugary fast foods.

    I have to bite my tongue stop myself saying give the child an apple, not the latest faddy sugary snack!

    If the child throws a paddy, deal with it...don't give in because it's the easy way out..don't condemn your child to what you are moaning about for yourself.

    Rant over !

  • I was actually thinking of antibiotics, that were such a miracle in 1930's and we now risk making useless by over-use! But sugar works too, as something that was once an expensive luxury and we now abuse.

  • To this day I know people who take anti biotics for a couple of days ...then save the rest of the scrip " for when I get it again"...no matter how many times they are told to take the complete course - they know better.

    Of course it doesn't help that in a lot of countries you can buy as many ab's as you want without a scrip!

  • Yeah - My grandfather died in about 1962 and the doctor said that between the diabetes (he was a thin hale man for the most part - this was a surprise), and the brain tumor, and about a dozen other things, he could have filled a medical museum by himself... But like you said Double H, he never talked about it. He died at 72 and it killed me almost - he was my favorite person in the whole world...

  • If you survived childbirth (the big killer of women) infectious diseases (the big killer of children) and accidents or warfare (killing the men) then it was likely that you could live to a good age. But my maternal grandmother was always cross and irritable, bent over and with gnarled and twisted fingers from her Rheumatoid Arthritis and died when I was quite small.

  • Here some reading on the subject that may interest you.


  • ?? Yes they used those simple drugs to provide relief from some ailments, but there were a myriad of things then you'd die from that medical science can now take care of, and diseases that would make life pretty much unbearable that can now mostly be controlled. RA being one of them.

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