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Millions of Elderly Get Inappropriate Drugs

Even conventional sources are saying that nearly one in 10 elderly are not receiving the correct medication. Now if you understand natural medicine you will realize that this number is grossly underestimated. It is far closer to 85 percent of the elderly, as drugs are not the answer for just about every situation they are prescribed. At best they are a temporary Band-Aid that can be used while one is seeking to identify and address the underlying cause of the disease. This is a major problem as one-third of the approximately 215 million doctor visits made by seniors in 2000 resulted in three or more drugs being prescribed. One or two drugs were prescribed in another third of such trips. Actually things haven't changed much from when I posted a similar article over two years ago.

Arhives of Internal Medicine February 9, 2004

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