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Mind Over Meds

Mind Over Meds

Know When Drugs Are Necessary, When Alternatives Are Better-- and When to Let your Body Heal on Its Own

Book - 2017
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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 , 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, 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.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316352970
Characteristics: xiv, 289 pages ; 25 cm


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The Harvard graduate, public health professor and best-selling author of Spontaneous Happiness explores the dangers of over-medication while outlining lifestyle changes and alternative treatments for common ailments.

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Oct 27, 2019

" The Problems With Antidepressant Use In Children" "In industrialized societies like ours, blood pressure rises with age in most people. Age-related hypertension is associated with stiffening of arteries and is so common as to be considered a normal consequence of growing older. But it does not exist in the few remaining hunter-gatherer societies, suggesting that it is more related to life-style than to the aging process. Key lifestyle factors are likely to be diet, physical activity, and stress. Our high consumption of processed foods and manufactured foods loaded with sodium and quick-digesting carbohydrates is far from the more natural whole-foods diet of hunter-gatherers and probably affects blood pressure for the worse. Regular physical activity keeps arteries more elastic and helps maintain normal weight, both of which correlate with normal blood pressure."


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