Before I started studying adverse drug reactions / biochem / cellular biology, I thought that there were people who had a pretty good grasp of how everything within the human body works. I was wrong about that – I was ignorant. It took a lot of research for me to realize that the body is so incredibly (beautifully) complex, and that systems are so unpredictably intertwined, that no one really grasps how it all works. We aren’t even close. But pharmaceuticals throw a wrench in many biochemical pathways whether we are aware of them or not. Ignorance is not bliss. The complexity of life is mind-bogglingly amazing. How ’bout we stop messing with it in ways that hurt us?
A post about how complex and interconnected all of our biological systems are, and about how messing up any or all systems with pharmaceuticals is probably not the best idea, can be found here –
Many of the thoughts behind the post are based on THIS CHART.
There is nothing simple about biochemistry, but there is something that is beautiful and incredible about it. All of those systems work together, and amazingly, they work together perfectly most of the time. I find it to be mind-blowing and I’m a bit awe struck by what incredibly complex creatures we are.
Pharmaceuticals have the power to disrupt our biochemical systems. I wish that we were using a bit more prudence with powerful concoctions that can hurt us in multiple ways.