Drug That Can Cause Cancer
"Did you stop using your hormone
cream?" I asked.
"No," she replied.
"The blood estrogen level simply
collapsed. The last time we checked it was 32 and
now it is zero. Did you stop your estrogen cream?" I
repeated the question.
"No, no, I didnít. Why did that
happen? What does it mean?"she asked, more with her
hands than with lips.
"Strange. Estrogens level donít
fall like this. Was there water damage in the
"Was there some reconstruction at
"What does that have to do with
"Was there some renovation at
"None. But where is this taking
us?" A shade of worry crossed her brow.
"The levels of antibodies against
molds have also changed," I said thumbing through
her recent lab reports.
"What does it all that really
mean?" She frowned.
"Mold antibodies usually rise
like this after major exposures. Nothing that cannot
be taken care ofy," I reassured her.
"So why did the estrogen level
fall and mold antibodies level rise?í
"Thatís what I am trying to
figure out. If there were no major mold exposures
and if you did not miss your hormone creams, then
the next thing is stress."
"Stress? Yeah, there was a lot of
"Ordinary stress does not do
this. There had to be something deep, something that
literally tore you from yourself," I explained,
searching her eyes for clues.
"That too. Itís hard to see your
coworkers lose jobs. I took more and more of their
work to save my own, then realized it couldnít go on
"But it did go, month after
"And what else?"
"My wrists started hurting, then
my knees. Painkillers worked for a while. Then the
joints started swelling," She pushed her hands at
me, then moved her dress to reveal swollen and stiff
"Who did you see for this?"
"A NYU neurologist."
"She said itís lupus, did she?"
"Yes," she labored with her
answer as her eyes suddenly brimmed.
"Youíre on steroids, are you?"
"Another drug like that. Tell me what do falling
estrogen and rising mold antibodies levels have to
do with lupus?"
"They indicate severe and
persistent stress on the adrenal glands, the immune
system, and the bowel ecology."
"And that leads to lupus, is that
"Itís not steroids that frightens
me." She couldnít hold her tears. "The
rheumatologist seem kind but was very firm. She said
I shouldnít let anyone tell me that a gluten-free
diet or vitamin pills can save me from serious drugs
for this problem.í
"Serious drugs" What did she have
"She said I have to start a third
drug next month, a drug that can cause cancer. That
freaks me out. Why would she give me a drug that can
"Do you want cancer?"
"Hell, no! But she was adamant."
"How often do you go to a shoe
store to buy flowers?" I asked.
"A shoe store?"
"Yes. How often do you go to a
shoe store to buy flowers?"
"We are talking about lupus,
"You donít go to a shoe store for
buying 0flowers, do you?" I stared at her for
"What does a shoe store
have to do with my taking a cancer-causing
drug for lupus?"
It was her turn to stare at me. I
returned her gaze, then touched her hand. We were
silent for some moments. Then I rose from my chair
and walked to a bookshelf. Her eyes followed me. I
picked up a book, thumbed through it, and walked
back with an opened page. "Here is some homework for
you. Hereís a lupus story you must read twice. No,
please read it three times" I spoke with clinical
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