Too Many Pills : How Too Much Medicine is Endangering Our Health and What We Can Do About It
by James Le Fanu
Editor: Little, Brown Book Group
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The number of prescriptions issued by family doctors has increased by three in fifteen years, with millions committed to taking a cocktail of half a dozen (or more) different pills to lower blood pressure and sugar levels, statins, to strengthen bones and cardiovascular disease drug protectionIn Too Many Pills, doctor and writer James Le Fanu examines how this progressive medicalization of people’s lives now poses a serious threat to their health and well-being, responsible for a hidden epidemic of disease-induced drugs (muscle pain and pain, lethargy, insomnia, memory disorders and general decrepitude), a sharp increase in the emergency number of hospital admission for serious side effects and involved in the recent decline of theThe paradoxically harmful, if increasingly recognized, consequences of too much medication are illustrated by the remarkable personal testimony of readers of James Le Fanu’s weekly medical column, forced to take drugs, they do not need, weakened by their side effects and their almost miraculous recovery to stop treatmentThe only solution, he argues, is to allow the public to take the initiativeIts review of evidence relevant to the effectiveness, or otherwise, of commonly prescribed drugs should allow readers of Too Many Pills to ask much more in search of questions about the benefits and risks of the drugs they take
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