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Summary & Study Guide - Mind over Meds: When to Let Your Body Heal on Its Own

Summary & Study Guide - Mind over Meds: When to Let Your Body Heal on Its Own

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Summary & Study Guide - Mind over Meds: When to Let Your Body Heal on Its Own

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Oct 13, 2017
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9780995943155
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Are you using any of these medications?
  • antibiotics
  • Statins
  • Medications for GERD
  • Antihistamines
  • Medications for the common cold and the flu
  • Sleep aids
  • Steroids
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Psychiatric medications for adults
  • Psychiatric medications for children
  • Medications for ADHD
  • opioids
  • Antihypertensive drugs
  • Medications for diabetes
This book is a summary of “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, MD.

This book outlines the risks and benefits of reliance in medications on the above fourteen categories of medications that are most over-prescribed, overused, and misused. It provides reliable integrative-medicine approaches (with less drug use) to treat common ailments such as depression, high blood pressures, allergies, and the common cold.

The information in this book can help you become a wise consumer—to know whether drugs are really needed, and weigh their benefits against possible risks.

This guide includes:
* Book Summary—helps you understand the key concepts.
* Online Videos—cover the concepts in more depth.

Value-added from this guide:
* Save time
* Understand key concepts
* Expand your knowledge
Herausgeber:
Freigegeben:
Oct 13, 2017
ISBN:
9780995943155
Format:
Buch

Über den Autor

Lee Tang is a retired executive of a major global insurance company. Prior to his retirement, he has worked as an actuary, a risk officer and a chief financial officer for several major insurance organizations in the United States, Canada, and Taiwan. To learn more about Lee and his work, visit his website and blog at https://lmtpress.wordpress.com. You can reach him by email at leetang888@gmail.com.


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Summary & Study Guide - Mind over Meds - Lee Tang

Are you using any of these medications?

antibiotics

statins

medications for GERD

antihistamines

medications for the common cold and the flu

sleep aids

steroids

nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

psychiatric medications for adults

psychiatric medications for children

medications for ADHD

opioids

antihypertensive drugs

medications for diabetes

This book is a summary of 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, MD.

This book outlines the risks and benefits of reliance on medications in the above fourteen categories of medications that are most over-prescribed, overused, and misused. It provides reliable integrative-medicine approaches (with less drug use) to treat common ailments such as depression, high blood pressure, allergies, and the common cold.

The information in this book can help you become a wise consumer—to know whether drugs are really needed, and weigh their benefits against possible risks.

This guide includes:

Book Summary—helps you understand the key concepts.

Online Videos—cover the concepts in more depth.

Value-added from this guide:

Save time

Understand key concepts

Expand your knowledge

Important Note About This Guide

This guide is a summary and not a critique/review of the book. The summary may not be organized chapter-wise but summarizes the book’s main ideas, viewpoints, and arguments. It is NOT meant to be a replacement, but a supplement to help you understand the book’s key ideas and recommendations.

Title: Summary & Study Guide - Mind over Meds

Subtitle: When to Let Your Body Heal on Its Own

Author: Lee Tang

Publisher: LMT Press (lmtpress.wordpress.com)

Copyright © 2017 by Lee Tang

All rights reserved. Aside from brief quotations for media coverage and reviews, no part of this book may be reproduced or distributed in any form without the author’s permission. Thank you for supporting authors and a diverse, creative culture by purchasing this book and complying with copyright laws.

First Edition: July 2017

Issued in print and electronic formats.

ISBN 9780995943155 (ebook)

ISBN 9781973833376 (paperback)

ISBN 9781987063509 (paperback)

Limit of Liability/Disclaimer of Warranty: The publisher and author make no representations or warranties regarding the accuracy or completeness of these contents and disclaim all warranties such as warranties of fitness for a particular purpose. The website addresses in the book were correct at the time going to print. However, the publisher and author are not responsible for the content of third-party websites, which are subject to change.

To my wife, Lillian, who is the source of energy and love for everything I do, and to Andrew and Amanda: watching you grow up has been a privilege.

Table of Contents

Title Page

Copyright

Introduction

1. Antibiotics

2. Statins

3. Medications for GERD

4. Antihistamines

5. Medications for the Common Cold and the Flu

6. Sleep Aids

7. Steroids

8. Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

9. Psychiatric Medications for Adults

10. Psychiatric Medications for Children and Adolescents

11. Medications for ADHD

12. Opioids and the Treatment of Chronic Pain

13. Antihypertensive Drugs

14. Medications for Diabetes

15. Medications for Osteopenia and Other Preconditions

16. Overmedication of Children

17. Overmedication of the Elderly

18. Getting a Pharmacist’s View

Index

About the Author

A Caution to the Reader

IF YOU ARE

on the medications discussed in this book, and if what you read makes you uneasy about staying on them, keep this advice in mind:

Never stop taking a prescribed medication suddenly.

It is always best to wean off medication gradually and under the supervision of a health professional.

Never attempt to discontinue medication without first putting in place other measures to manage the condition being treated.

Introduction

Drug therapy is only one method of treating disease and maintaining health. Diet, lifestyle modifications, and other non-drug therapies can be effective in treating chronic illnesses such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, and allergies. But lifestyle modifications are demanding, and non-drug therapies require the active participation of patients and may take more time to produce results. Many patients would rather skip the effort and take a pill.

So why is this cause for concern?

Safety

Adverse drug reactions are America’s fourth leading cause of death. All drugs have multiple effects on various organs and body functions. For example, antibiotics we use to kill disease-causing bacteria may alter liver and kidney function and interfere with digestion. Do not assume that over-the-counter medications are safe. They can cause serious adverse reactions on their own and also interact with other drugs to increase risk.

Efficacy

Too often, these medications only treat the symptoms and not the underlying cause of the disease. For example, insulin is very effective in lowering the blood sugar levels of people with type 2 diabetes. But it does not cure the underlying cause of type 2 diabetes, which is the condition of insulin resistance. High blood sugar levels are just symptoms. Insulin therapy increases the level of insulin in the body, making the body more insulin resistant; i.e., worsening the condition.

Dependency

When used long-term, many medications can prolong or worsen the conditions they relieve. This is because the body reacts to the drug actions and becomes resistant to the drug. That’s why people taking antidepressants to treat depression often find it hard to get off medication. And using them for long periods can worsen the depression.

***

IN THESE CHAPTERS,

we will discuss the unintended consequences of relying on medications in fourteen categories of medications that are most overprescribed, misprescribed, overused and misused. In each chapter,

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