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Posted by: Marcos Ocaña
Date: March 1, 2002 1:36 PM

I´m an author researching for a biography on the late Bruce Lee and I read in an article of yours the following: "By the way, approximately 125,000 Americans die yearly from drugs approved for safety by the FDA. Some of these deaths are due to individual unique ("idiopathic") reactions. Bruce Lee, a martial artist without equal, and a promising actor with a brilliant career in front of him, died in 1973 in the prime of life at age 32 from taking an FDA-approved headache pill, Equagesic. Any time a drug is synthesized in the laboratory and not derived from nature, this kind of reaction is a possibility". Is there any common reaction in patients having troubles with Equagesic (the analgesic Bruce took for a headache before dying), when something goes wrong, or this may depend on each individual. What can cause that something goes wrong when taking Equagesic?

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at August 18, 2008 4:01 PM by Dr. Kennedy.

RE: Equagesic
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: March 1, 2002 2:28 PM

Excellent question, one which I have asked myself many times. I have never encountered an answer. When science has advanced to the level that such a question can be answered it will then become possible to predict who will react to a certain drug and possibly save lives. In the meantime we can save lives by decreasing our knee-jerk dependence on drugs. For example, when a headache occurs, perhaps think of root causes such as colon toxicity or hypertension and correct that rather than pop a pill.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at August 18, 2008 4:03 PM by Dr. Kennedy.

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