Prescription drugs making us any healthier?
What impact do they have?
- Duration 2:38
- Date Sep 9, 2012
What impact do they have?
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Pain nausea anxiety insomnia and liver problems if you're suffering from any of these it might not be that you have a problem might be a medication that you're taking.
Because a lot of -- popular prescription drugs are bringing side effects like this so the question is what do you do doctor Siegel.
With every medicine -- a little -- we know but you still have to take -- -- -- one out of three Americans are taking at least one prescription drug.
And 330 million are on five or more and I monitor the side effects of blood pressure medicine -- giving you may make you -- painkillers may affect your liver.
-- the -- I'm giving you for cholesterol may affect your muscles but would take a little story.
-- patient who was a retired cop he came to me he couldn't sleep at night he was anxious his blood pressure was -- his cholesterol was too high.
I lined up all these medicines I was gonna give them high blood pressure medicine cholesterol medicine -- examine it minute by anti anxiety minister -- still just -- -- -- -- I don't want any of this stuff I'm gonna start jogging and I'm gonna relax and I'm gonna start eating better all the stuff that David and I are talking about on the show.
I'd bet that none of this was gonna work.
He came back to me three months later did not need any of the medicines I was about to give -- and had I given them.
He would have been stuck on the goods -- what is the medicine's -- was actually the lifestyle change.
I think part of the problem and this is a great story and it's true and I'm glad that this patient was you know thinking about this and there's a communication going on.
Part of the problem again this is -- -- -- doctors is a little bit of my -- knee jerk reaction going on so you have high blood pressure equal to beta blockers you have asthma.
Is steroids you have cold floor nasal -- means decongestant Z dramatics so that's the really the problem and I think we need to be careful along the message and -- -- for a lot of people out there.
Remember the new money fast we've talked about this fast.
That's his fast the doctors are taking out the prescription -- -- fasten their writing.
I think having conversations but you have -- your patient.
It's very critical day is really the attitude of the patients we know that a lot of people that have positive attitude.
And they don't start every sentence you've -- if they usually do well healthy -- healthy body.
This is stressed tried to control distress that you have we know that many -- -- shows about stress how it affects your immune system your hormones and finally -- Which is really look at make them miserable your therapy that -- this is important because you go from doctor to doctor and they look at their list.
Talk about some alternative and herbs and also like.
Exercise and fast you know stay away from fast food that was a very healthy points -- the patients are.
And we love spending natural way to get better thank you got an exercise well speaking of healthy --