Mind over meds : know when drugs are necessary, when alternatives are better-- and when to let your body heal on its own / Andrew Weil, MD.
"Prescription drug use in America has increased tenfold in the past fifty years, and over-the counter drug use has risen just as dramatically. In addition to the dozens of medications we take to treat serious illnesses, we take drugs to help us sleep, to keep us awake, to stop our noses from running, our backs from aching, and our minds from racing. Name a symptom, there's a pill to suppress it. Modern drugs can be miraculously life saving, and many illnesses require their use. But what happens when our reliance on powerful pharmaceuticals blinds us to their risks? Painful side effects and dependency are common, and adverse drug reactions are America's Fourth leading cause of death. In Mind over Meds, bestselling author Dr. Andrew Weil alerts readers to the problem of overmedication and outlines when medicine is necessary and when it is not. Dr. Weil examines how we came to be so drastically overmedicated. He presents science that proves drugs aren't always the best option, and provides reliable integrative-medicine approaches to treating common ailments like high blood pressure, allergies, depression, and even the common cold. With case histories, healthy alternative treatments, and input from other leading physicians, Mind over Meds is the go-to resource for anyone who is sick and tired of being sick and tired."--Jacket.
- ISBN: 0316352977
- ISBN: 9780316352970
- Physical Description: xiv, 289 pages ; 25 cm
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-277) and index.
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Too many meds : the problem, and the solution -- Antibiotics -- Statins -- Medications for GERD -- Antihistamines -- Medications for the common cold and the flu -- Sleep aids -- Steroids -- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) -- Psychiatric medication for adults -- Psychiatric medications for children and adolescents -- Medications for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) -- Opioids and the treatment of chronic pain -- Antihypertensive drugs -- Medications for diabetes -- Medications for osteopenia and other preconditions -- Overmedication of children -- Overmedication of the elderly -- Over-reliance on medications : a pharmacist's view -- Last words.
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