[Listening] Should We Take Medicine When We Get Sick?

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Every time we get sick, we will always think about taking some medicine to get better. But, does medicine really do good to our body without any harm? A theory called Darwinian medicine stands on the opposite side of taking medicine right away. Wanna know why? Listen to the dialogue, and you’ll see!

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Yaël: Sounds like you have a bad cold, Don? Do you need some cough medicine?
Don: No.
Y: Don’t you want anything to help you feel better?
D: I don’t need help, Yaël. Always ______(1 Word Missing), sneezing, and coughing are doing the work for me.
Y: But, doesn’t that make you feel worse?
D: There’s more than one way to look at sneezing and coughing. They can be symptoms, in which case your first reaction is to try to “cure“ them with all sorts of pills and syrups. Or, you can see them as the body’s natural defense system. It’s called Darwinian medicine.
Darwinian medicine tries to find ______(1 Word Missing) explanations for why we get sick. It also tries to figure out how and why we respond to sickness. For example, when you get a low grade fever it might be because your body is trying to make things uncomfortable for invading microbes. When you take medicine to lower a fever you might actually be helping whatever’s making you sick in the first place.
Y: So you are saying I should never take medicine?
D: Not at all. Sometimes medicine is absolutely necessary, like when you have a really high fever. But the point is that it’s not always best to automatically try to stop all ______(1 Word Missing) when you don’t feel well. Until studies are done on the effectiveness of taking aspirin and other fever-lowering drugs, it may be hard to know when to treat cold symptoms and when to leave them alone.
But in the case of a cold or mild fever, it may very well be worth letting nature take care of business. Bear in mind, too, that aspirin should never be given to children.

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