Fever, Flu and Contamination

FluThe world of medicine is in constant movement; researches on the human body and on how to treat certain illnesses are in constant innovations. Because of these advancements, many opinions arise on how to treat those illnesses.

In the CBC’s article “Fever-reducing meds encourage spread of flu: McMaster report“ researchers claim that using drugs such as Tylenol, which contains ibuprofen, can increase the chance of transmitting the influenza. It is true that fever can help reduce the number of microbes or viruses in our system (which is good!), but this increase of temperature cannot be left on its own. Some viruses are so strong that the temperature of the body has to increase to a level that could potentially be dangerous for our life if not controlled. At a certain temperature, the heat starts to denaturize the proteins in our body and cannot be reversed. In other words, it breaks the bonds (killing them) of the proteins, which are what keeps us alive. The influenza is not dangerous to everyone, only some “types of person“, such as older people, babies and toddlers, persons with pulmonary or chronicle diseases, have a higher risk of getting complications from this virus. These days, most people get vaccinated against the flu to limit the symptoms and help the body get rid of the virus faster. Furthermore, since the virus is eliminated quickly; the risk of contamination is even smaller.

In my opinion, people should not stop taking drugs that could help stop a fever in order to decrease the risk of transmitting the influenza; they should prioritise vaccines. However, I do agree that, in any case, a contagious person should stay at home to avoid or minimize contacts with other persons to reduce the contagion.

(CBC’s article: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/news/fever-reducing-meds-encourage-spread-of-flu-mcmaster-report-1.2505505)


Right to Life or Right to Choose?


The right to life has always been an ongoing issue in the world. Nowadays, this term is mostly use in abortion debates and marches. Pro-lifers, as William Saletan calls them in his article “Do Most Americans Think Most Abortions Should Be Illegal? “, believe that abortion should be illegal are allowed only in certain situation such as rape, incest or for the mother’s safety. On the other side of this debate, there are the pro-choicers, who believe in the right to choose, meaning that abortion should be legal; since the foetus isn’t born it is not yet a human person therefore does not have the same right to life.

In Saletan’s article, it was shown how one side or the other could manipulate the wording of their surveys to give the impression that there are more supporters on one side than the other. Since abortion is a touchy subject with lots of gray zones, those surveys are not always the most reliable sources. Our opinion should be our own, made by our own experiences and who we are; which is why I believe that the population should not relay on poll results to base their opinion.

The question of abortion is very controversial, but can also be very unique. What is meant by unique is that every situation is different and should be treated as such. Some persons strongly refuse to consider abortion in any cases. But what about a person that gets raped by a family member, which we all know increases the chance of genetic problems that could results in the death of the child or the mother? Fortunately, most people agree that in those cases, a woman should have the right to terminate her pregnancy. On the opposite side, there are pro-choicers that believe an abortion should be legal at any point in the pregnancy. It is those situations that should be treated as a unique case. Should a drug user be forbidden to get an abortion if the dependence for drugs in alcohol is so strong it would only hurt the foetus? Or should a woman be allowed to terminate her pregnancy because she had unprotected sex and does not want to deal with the ramifications of her act?

This is why neither side is right or wrong. Each situation is different the “whys?“ should always be analysed in order to help some people and save others.

Source:http://www.slate.com/blogs/saletan/2014/01/22/abortion_polls_2014_do_most_americans_think_most_abortions_should_be_illegal.html ))

Dying in Dignity


Death is inevitable and can also be scary for many people. This is why we should, as a society; help make this transition as comfortable as it is possible. This is where the palliative care plays an important role in a person’s end of life. Whether a person is dying of old age, cancer or any other illness, those cares allows a person to die in comfort and in dignity.

The principle of end-of life care is separated in two aspects. The fist one is the palliative cares which consist to decrease the patient’s sufferance and make the person as comfortable as possible. There is also the terminal palliative sedation, where the patient, after giving a written consent, with be sedated in a state of unconsciousness until his death.

The second aspect of the end-of-life care is the assisted suicide. This procedure is now allowed in Quebec, but can only be operated in particular situations. Assisted suicide is a very controversial subject, due to the fact that contrary to the terminal palliative sedation, the assisted suicide does not let the patient die in his own time, but terminate his life. However, this is not only a black and white subject; there are gray zones where assisted suicide could be the answer to some people. A person in a terminal stage of a very painful cancer could benefit of this option, he or she could be released of their pain and die in dignity which is one of the aspect the government of Quebec emphasis a lot.

According to the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association’s survey, 96% of the Canadians wish to choose where they’ll die. When time comes to leave our love ones behind and confront death, it is imaginable that most people would seek their friends, family and home, where all the memories of their life still live, and I believe the end-of-death care is the answer to those last wishes.

(CBC’s article:http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/96-of-canadians-want-to-choose-where-they-die-poll-finds-1.2508304?cmp=rss)

(Goverment of Quebec’s article: http://mourirdansladignite.gouv.qc.ca/soins-de-fin-de-vie)