NAVAL STATION NORFOLK — Lt. Cmdr. Jim Holmes has seen thousands of patients as a Navy doctor, and cured hundreds. His secret? Motrin, available generically as ibuprofen, and known by service members the world over as Vitamin M.
“I’ve cured all sorts of diseases with Motrin: Menstrual cramps, backaches, amputations, that Exorcist thing where a person starts shaking all crazy … You name it, I’ve treated it,” he said.
So when a 22-year-old Sailor came into his office complaining of nausea and exhaustion, Holmes immediately diagnosed him with malignant melanoma and started him on an intense course of ibuprofen, 9000 mg of Motrin a day.
“That’s four times the maximum recommended dosage,” said Holmes, a ground-breaking medical practitioner who is fully-licensed. “You really need to get that medicine deep in there.”
That’s one way to cut military medical costs.