Too many Americans are taking too many drugs - and it's costing us our health, happiness, and lives.
Prescription drug use in America has increased tenfold in the past 50 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 keep 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 demand 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, best-selling author Dr. Andrew Weil alerts listeners 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, 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.
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Very informative and interesting. Excellent, as I expected from Dr Weil
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out of date and bad advise
someone who likes a good book of fiction. i exaggerate a little. book does have a lot of problems.
there is so much wrong with this book that i'm just going to focus on one small area. the author is constantly mixing up relative risk with absolute risk. statins at best prevents one heart attack per 100 over 5 years (absolute risk reduction 1%) not 33% (which author cites as if absolute risk reduction when in fact it is relative risk reduction). this is a "big effect" according to author because he is mixing up relative with absolute risk. compare this 1% absolute benefit with the fact that at least 1% to 5% of statin test patients suffered pain which the author states is a minor side effect - and the author admits the number might be as high as 25% for real life patients. and what about all cause mortality which statins shows no benefit at all. also author references an old incomplete result of framingham study regarding high cholesterol being bad for you which statin manufacturers like to cite while ignoring more recent and more complete data from same study showing opposit.
the description about how different statins are metabolized differently i didn't know. also the fact that cholesterol was manufactured by the body while you sleep i didn't know. always like learning things. the author does mention a few things which i didn't know and found interesting. unfortunately the book has a lot of misleading information which unless you know a lot already this book will do you more harm than good.
i don't have enough space for all the parts i would change. i would say i would change at least 60% of book.
i haven't yet finished book. only finished 3rd chapter of 22 chapters. maybe things get a lot better later on.