TAG: pills

Placebo Paradoxes

Tracy Kolenchuk, Guest Waking Times When you research medicines, alternative medicines, even medical treatments that do not involve a physical substance, you will see reference to the “placebo effect.” Statements like: X is no better than a placebo. Y is probably just a “placebo effect“. Treatment X is just a placebo. Medicine X failed to beat a placebo in

What If Everything We Know About Treating Depression Is Wrong?

Cliff Weathers, AlterNet Waking Times Scientific studies indicate that current medications target the wrong parts of the brain. A new study is challenging the relationship between depression and an imbalance of serotonin levels in the brain, and brings into doubt how depression has been treated in the U.S. over the past 20 years. Researchers at

The Epidemic Abuse of ADHD Meds, Anxiety Pills & Painkillers in America

Dr. Mercola Waking Times Far from being recognized for their potential health hazards, ADHD drugs have gained a reputation as “cognition enhancers” among students and young professionals. Narcotic painkillers, anti-anxiety drugs, and antidepressants are also notoriously overprescribed, which I’ll address below. According to data from IMS Health,1 a whopping 48.4 million prescriptions for ADHD stimulants were

A Psychiatrist’s Perspective on Using Drugs

Kelly Brogan, MD, Mercola Waking Times When I see new patients, I do not prescribe medication for them. Patients who come to me know that I plan to help them understand “why” they are experiencing “what” they are going through. Once I have tapered patients off of medication, we use alternatives if symptoms crop up

Are Your Prescriptions Killing You?

Deane Alban, Contributor Waking Times Prescription drugs cause over 100,000 deaths per year and cause another 1.5 million people to experience side effects so severe they must be hospitalized. Shockingly, adverse drug reactions are now the fourth leading cause of death in the US. (1) This is in part due to the problem of “polypharmacy” — the taking

Placebos, Nocebos, and Mind Over Matter

Tracy Kolenchuk, Guest Writer Waking Times Our medical system is less comfortable and less effective as studies and results move from the body to the mind, from the mind to the spirit, and from the spirit to the community.  Each of the top layers of the hierarchy of healthiness is studied with fear rather than with respect by