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Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Head Injuries. Another medical breakthrough. "A cheap drug could save thousands of live each year'.

Medical science has announced another important breakthrough, this time concerning head injury, courtesy of BBC News!

They are a regular feature of the news we are fed every day on the mainstream news media. The surprise is that with so many medical breakthroughs we should be witnessing such large levels of illness, levels that place so much pressure on medical services that cannot cope. So what is this new medical breakthrough?

               "A cheap and widely available drug could save hundreds of thousands of lives a year worldwide if it was routinely given to people brought into hospital with head injuries, UK doctors say. Tranexamic acid helps stop bleeding in and around the brain when blood vessels have been torn.
A large international study in The Lancet now suggests it improves patient survival rates if given early enough. It cannot undo damage but can stop smaller bleeds becoming worse." 

So Tranexamic acid is the new wonder drug! It is not a new drug. It has been around since 1960, so it has a 60 year old history. And what does this history show us? Tranexamic acid has a long list of serious side effects. These are the ones outlined by one website.

Pale skin, trouble breathing with exertion, unusual bleeding or bruising, unusual tiredness or weakness, anxiety, change in vision, chest pain or tightness, confusion, cough, difficulty with swallowing, dizziness or light-headedness, fainting, fast heartbeat, numbness in hands, pain, redness, or swelling in the arm or leg, puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue, skin rash, hives and itching, abdominal or stomach pain, discomfort, or tenderness, chills or fever, difficulty with moving, headache, severe and throbbing, joint and back pain, muscle aching or cramping, muscle pains or stiffness, stuffy or runny nose, diarrhoea, nausea, and vomiting

So if Tranexamic acid is as effective in dealing head injury as claimed (and most conventional medical claims are rarely delivered in practice), the medical system will have more patients with all these additional symptoms walking through the door, placing more pressure on an already pressurised conventional medical system.

Each new medical breakthrough rarely materialises, and usually brings with it additional health challenges that further stretches the conventional medical system.

Another major source of news in Britain at the moment concerns the upcoming General Election, with all the main political parties seeking to outbid each other in providing the NHS with more money - lots more money. We are told, every day, that the medical system is overloaded and underfunded.

It is medical breakthroughs like this one that ensures that conventional medicine is always over-stretched, always unable to cope with 'rising demand' for health services.

Rarely is the questions asked
  • why are health services unable to cope with demand?
  • why are health services not reducing demand?
  • will even more money enable health services to cope?
We continue to invest in health services that just doesn't work, whose 'breakthroughs' are not breakthroughs at all, but lead only to increased sickness, and increased pressure on resources.