Drug Therapy, Sleep on It!

From the May 2005 edition of Dr. Fuhrman’s Healthy Times:

People are taking more and more drugs, too many of which are neither safe nor effective! Americans are packing their medicine cabinets with prescription and over-the-counter drugs to manage their long list of symptoms. According to the annual report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 44 percent of Americans take prescription drugs every day, and 17 percent take three or more daily. About 50 percent of women and about 40 percent of men are on drugs.

Fortunately, there is growing concern about the safety and effectiveness of this approach to health. Consider melatonin, prescribed for people with sleep problems. It is considered safe, but not very effective. A meta-analysis of dozens of studies on melatonin showed that melatonin is not effective in treating most sleep problems. There was no evidence that melatonin was effective in preventing or treating jet lag, shift-word disorder, or insomnia. The only good news was that researchers observed no significant short- or long-term side effects.

The surest and safest way to vibrant, lifelong health is to follow the recommendations in Eat to Live. Don’t gamble your health on risky medications.
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