The Times just put a big kabosh on a ritual that many thru-hikers consider an essential part of the thru-hiking experience.
Some typical statements from trail journals- ” We carried Ibuprofen, but considered it more of an essential nutrient than first aid, ” and “Carried and ate large amounts of Ibuprofen ( like sweeties)”.
I myself have been guilty of gulping the stuff on my 200 AT thru hike. But no more.
For Athletes, Risks From Ibuprofen Use – NYTimes.com.–< click it and weep (or get ready to suck it up and ache).