Is modern medicine a threat to public health?

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How did it sound when a man, who had stopped taking all his meds 18 months after suffering a heart attack, wanted to participate in an Ironman event? Pretty alarming, was Dr. Aseem Malhotra‘s first thought. But after hearing the full story, he relaxed, he shares in this recent article published in The Guardian.

I realised he had made an informed decision to stop the medication after suffering side effects, and instead had opted for a diet and lifestyle approach to manage his heart disease. His case is a great example of how evidence-based medicine should be practised.

Unfortunately, our health-care system is focused on using medications to improve health outcomes, even when lifestyle interventions can be far more powerful. Sometimes, medications only lead to tiny benefits, and side effects outweigh the benefits. This is a huge issue in an overmedicated population, and it needs to be addressed.

Giving patients the very best chance of improving their health will require a national public health campaign to reduce the amount of medications the population takes, improving lifestyle and adhering to the true principles of evidence-based medicine that make shared decision making the priority in clinical practice.

At Diet Doctor we agree with Dr. Aseem Malhotra. We want to empower more people to get well through lifestyle changes whenever possible, to truly reverse chronic disease, rather than taking drugs for the rest of their lives to mask the symptoms.

Find the full article here:

The Guardian: Why modern medicine is a major threat to public health

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5 comments

  1. Robert Dowou
    I think it is better we all adopt medicine free and more control of our diet..
    Medicine cringely kill but better diet keep life moving
  2. Kathy Bingham
    I agree totally. I am treating my liver disease naturally and doing awesome! Others who have my condition and are taking medications recommended by their "doctors" are having all kinds of issues. 😯
    Sad..
  3. linda jabloski
    God I tended for our bodies to heal themselves. He gave us good natural food to keep our bodies healthy. Pharmaceutical companies are getting rich off people taking their drugs
  4. Becky Burtis
    I am desolate. After pulling myself largely by MYSELF from a severe disease, I was given Vraylar. I'm only 5'2", petite (formerly) had RA which BRUTALLY came out of a 30 year(Thirty!)year remission and severe Fibromyalgia which, after a tremendous amount of work, was in remission for 8 wonderful years. Vraylar destroyed all that. It destroyed my life. That I had EARNED. I've received two flippant responses:"That all is coincidence." and the classic: "All meds have side effects." Delivered by the pharmaceutical 'drug lords' themselves. It's only $$$$$$$$$$$$
    to those 'cartels'
    Yes I'm devastated, they stole , destroyed, crushed me and they care no more than their cohorts in Central America.... They just don't carry around those huge guns.
    OR DO THEY???
  5. Becky Burtis
    This catastrophe happened within one month of taking the Vraylar.
    Yes, 60# gained in ONE MONTH.
    ("weight gain" is usually listed as a side effect with almost every prescription. 60# is outrageous as well as extremely dangerous in re: to the stroke and several TIAs I've had.

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