The Overmedicating of America

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Americans take so many drugs that 100,000 of us die every year because of those drugs. It is not illness that causes those 100,000 deaths, but the damaging effects of drugs taken for illness. Beyond these deaths there are millions of adverse drug reactions every year, resulting in hospitalizations, lost days from work, lost income,… Read more »

Drugs: Effects and Side Effects

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Drug companies expediently and glibly list drug actions, meaning beneficial effects for which they are prescribed, separately from another section called side effects, meaning undesirable effects for which they are not prescribed.  The action of a statin drug would be the lowering of bad cholesterol to reduce heart attacks and strokes.  The side effects would… Read more »

Successful Treatment of Fibromyalgia without Drugs

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A 62 year-old woman was seen in January, 2010 with fibromyalgia-type symptoms.  For several years she had experienced aching in her shoulders, arms and legs, which over the last year had become severe.  She was unable to exercise at all without developing debilitating aches lasting several days.  She had restless legs symptom, and could not… Read more »

Drug Addiction Treatment

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The addict conceives that he is insufficient without drugs, that his existence can only be maintained through drugs. It is our job to help him realize that survival is possible without drugs, indeed that life can be enhanced without drugs. This applies, by corollary, not only to illegal and legal “recreational” drugs, but also to… Read more »

8 Drugs Doctors Wouldn’t Take

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With 3,480 pages of fine print, the Physicians’ Desk Reference (a.k.a. PDR) is not a quick read. That’s because it contains every iota of information on more than 4,000 prescription medications. Heck, the PDR is medication — a humongous sleeping pill. Doctors count on this compendium to help them make smart prescribing decisions — in… Read more »