Mind Over Meds by Andrew Weil, M.D.
Book Review: 5 out of 5 stars
This book has a very simple message – medications are being over-prescribed by doctors and the patients are suffering for it. Not only are doctors handing out too many prescriptions but patients are expecting it and don’t feel they’ve gotten their money’s worth if they walk out of the doctor’s office without a prescription in their hands. Dr. Weil uses stories of real-life patients to stress his points. He covers such diseases as diabetes and hypertension and how meds are being given too freely to mask chronic pain without getting to the source of the pain. He details what doctors are being taught, what they’re prescribing, the effects on the body of those prescriptions and how often change of diet and life style can do so much more than a pill can. There are also chapters on over-medication of children and the elderly.
I’ve always been an admirer of Dr. Weil and have several of his books. This one will be often referenced in the future as health issues arise. It’s a strong endorsement of alternative medicine. Dr. Weil makes a wonderful point that I, too, long for when he says that someday alternative medicine will no longer be called such as it will be the only medicine being used and there will be nothing alternative about it.