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The treatment burden and families’ rights

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 13 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6782

Health & Homeostasis

Health is homeostasis. Homeostasis is an internal feedback system that stabilizes and balances our body chemistry, so that our organs work smoothly and efficiently with each other. Sickness is the disruption of homeostasis, which doctors treat with pharmaceuticals. But pharmaceuticals adjust one homeostatic mechanism by disrupting another, which leads to more sickness and more pharmaceuticals. This is why pharmaceuticals are so profitable, but have so many side effects and adverse reactions. Thus, healthcare should minimize pharmaceuticals and maximize holistic factors, such as lifestyle, diet, exercise, education, recreation, and relationships.

Competing interests: No competing interests

13 November 2014
Hugh Mann
New York, USA