It's not every day that integrative health practitioners, independent of industry interests, are vindicated in urging the application of the precautionary principle by mainstream health research, but today is just such a day!
1. A large scale epidemiological study has revealed that the birth control pill* is associated with a doubling of the risk of depressive mental health problems
2. Another study illustrates one of a number of nascent harms associated with long-term administration of pain medication (in this case ibuprofen**)
* Caused long-lasting hypertensive dysautonomia and a series of highly painful and disruptive ovarian cysts, in the experience of a friend of mine
** Responsible for abdominal inflammation/convulsions in my case (and known to irritate the gut)