This is my second post! So, hi everyone. Does anyone think that we are better off avoiding as much medication as possible, given that all meds put some strain on the body and can bring their own side-effects? From my contacts with the medical world I'm aware of the massive high rate of 'iatrogenic' illness (that is med-induced illness) that is considered acceptable, and it concerns me. There are obviously cases in which the risk/benefit ratio makes taking meds essential, but when it comes to an illness like ME/CFS, that is so complex and can so easily be worsened by ingesting toxins, I have the feeling less can definitely be more, and the benefits of being toxin-free can, in some cases, end up oughtweighing the other benefits of being medicated. It certainly feels that way for me. I tend to take ibuprofen for pain and as an anti-inflammatory and very occasionally propranalol for palpitations, but have resisted all other suggestions - including SSRIs, because I can see them creating more problems than they solve. I already feel 'poisoned' when I'm at my worst, and taking too many meds seems completely counter-intuitive. I'm interested in other people's thoughts and experience.