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Mind Over Meds: Know When Drugs Are Necessary, When Alternatives Are Better-and When to Let Your Body Heal on Its Own

Mind Over Meds: Know When Drugs Are Necessary, When Alternatives Are Better-and When to Let Your Body Heal on Its Own

by Andrew Weil


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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316352963
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 03/13/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 211,389
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Andrew Weil, MD is the founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and a partner of True Food Kitchen. He is the author of several bestselling books, including Spontaneous Happiness, The Healthy Kitchen (coauthored with Rosie Daley), Healthy Aging, 8 Weeks to Optimum Health, and Spontaneous Healing. He lives in Tucson, AZ.


Tucson, Arizona

Date of Birth:

June 8, 1942

Place of Birth:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


B.A. in Biology, Harvard University, 1964; M.D., Harvard Medical School, 1968

Table of Contents

List of Contributors ix

Too Many Meds: The Problem-and the Solution 3

1 Antibiotics 21

2 Statins 35

3 Medications for GERD 47

4 Antihistamines 61

5 Medications for the Common Cold and the Flu 71

6 Sleep Aids 83

7 Steroids 97

8 Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) 109

9 Psychiatric Medications for Adults 121

10 Psychiatric Medications for Children and Adolescents 133

11 Medications for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) 147

12 Opioids and the Treatment of Chronic Pain 159

13 Antihypertensive Drugs 173

14 Medications for Diabetes 185

15 Medications for Osteopenia and Other Preconditions 195

16 Overmedication of Children 207

17 Overmedication of the Elderly 217

18 Over-Reliance on Medications: A Pharmacist's View 225

Last Words 231

Acknowledgments 235

Resources 237

Notes 239

Index 279

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