Mind over Meds Book Review

Mind Over Meds: Know When Drugs Are Necessary, When Alternatives Are Better--and When to Let Your Body Heal on Its OwnMind Over Meds: Know When Drugs Are Necessary, When Alternatives Are Better–and When to Let Your Body Heal on Its Own by Andrew Weil
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve always had a lot of respect for Dr. Weil. I read my first book of his in my late teens. I studied nutrition in university and the Alternative and Integrative Medical Society I belonged to in undergrad brought him out as a keynote speaker.

I think this book is essential reading for anyone who takes, prescribes, fills prescriptions, recommends or administers these medications to anyone (which is likely pretty well everyone). It is written clearly with language that an educated lay person should be able to follow and find interesting but still detailed enough so as to not insult the knowledge of a medical professional. He plays it safe and sticks mainly to biomedical terms — no woo and nothing too terribly controversial. Sometimes I find this a bit “medically euphamistic” but I understand why he did it. He doesn’t go into too much detail about the alternative/integrative therapies and alternatives but does suggest some herbal, mind-body, exercise, diet approaches and different ways to look at these issues…enough to get people started.

He doesn’t go much into the history or policies that have brought us to this point where most of our population is overmedicated, most medical/pharmaceutical colleges don’t teach about diet and natural therapeutic agents, and most doctors and patients get their information directly from pharmaceutical companies…knowing how long he has been in the field I would very much like to know his perspective on this. The recommendations in his “last words” at the end of the book are worth taking a good look at. I also do like the recommendation at the back to go to the pharmacist if you are on multiple meds, OTC meds, supplements and/or herbs — they really are the ones trained on drugs and drug interactions.

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