Labeling a Health Problem a Disease

This is a fundamental problem in our country, one I keep coming back to. Now the media are more and more recognizing the folly in treating normal life experiences as diseases.

The New York Times, my morning news source with my first cup of coffee, writes:

“Allowing the medicalization of normal variations in physiology to be transformed into “treatable conditions” is leading to unintended consequences. We’re spending billions of dollars on treatments that might not, or don’t, work. We’re making people worry when they don’t have to. And we may be causing actual health problems in the process.”

As Dr. Tarini puts it, “Our job as doctors is to make sick patients healthy, not to make healthy patients sick.”

From The New York Times:

The Trouble With Labeling a Health Problem a Disease

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