In fact you seem to deny it when there are clearly research papers out there that show this to be the case and also the newspapers within Poland are publishing articles about it.
About the commies forcing people to swallow antibiotics and come to work? Even - even! - if Poles during communist times used antibiotics a lot, they would still stay home for the duration of the illness. Ever heard of the infamous L4 certificate? ;-)
I'd still like to know why. By the way it happens in China and many other countries with Eastern Bloc influence as well. Still think it's not commie culture?
If there's anything of the sort going on now, it would be a relatively new phenomenon (as I said before). I would say big pharma are pushing antibiotics and other fancy meds for GPs to prescribe. I am sure you know how it goes - the GP is wined and dined by a "medical representative" and eventually signs a contract, being first promised participation in "medical seminars" abroad with like-minded colleagues etc. I have two friends in the medical representative profession, so I guess I would know. But even so, I am not aware of Polish GPs practically forcing antibiotics down their patients' throats. If this does happen, it's a totally new development which must have taken place in the last 5 years, after I left Poland. And even if it's totally true, I bet quite a lot of the patients never actually use the medicine they'd been prescribed. People tend to know when a doctor develops a pattern in prescribing antibiotics - esp. of a specific type or make. ;-)
I lived in Poland from 2006 to 2008 and during that time my son was prescribed antibiotics three times.
Is that a lot? Children tend to catch quite nasty bacterial infections like tonsilitis and bronchitis. (Which, from my experience, often go untreated in the UK).
You are not really ill so quit the histrionic BS
Exactly what a good British GP might say :-)
mind you all Polish GPs do is refer people to specialists - they don't seem to treat anything apart from coughs and colds or flu
Well, that's what they're for. They're called lekarz pierwszego kontaktu - first point of contact physicians. They're supposed to treat what they can and refer you to a specialist for the rest. Their British counterparts seem to think they can treat gynaecological conditions, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and pretty much every other illness in the book (and they do look up a sort of medical google facility on the computer to make their diagnosis - right in front of the patient). Which, as you can imagine, is not a good way to make that patient trust you.
Explain to me what the difference is between staying in bed for one or sitting on the sofa is?
For some reason, it's good to rest and sleep a lot when you're really sick. Also, there are many illnesses in which it is beneficial to sweat as much as possible (and ofc change your pyjamas and the bedclothes during the process) ;-) The elevated body temperature helps fight off the infection.
There just too WARM! Germ infested places.
Hey, they are usually warm and DRY. Warm and humid would be what you are thinking of :-)
Personally, I prefer warm and dry to cold and draughty, esp. in the winter when I am feverish and ill.