When is the Best Prescription No Prescription?

With a few exceptions, when you see a conventional doctor, they will make a recommendation -- for a pill, a device or a procedure. But is this advice always in your best interest?

There has been a vast increase in psychotropic prescriptions for pre-schoolers -- without adequate safety and long-term studies, and generally without FDA approvals. American elderly patients are often overly and inappropriately medicated. What’s more, reports indicate there were up to 1.2 million medical error-induced deaths in the U.S. between 1996 and 2006.

ABC News reports:

“Excessive medications and procedures, adverse events and medical errors are endemic to medicine. In the early 1990s, surgeons were encouraged to perform quadruple bypass surgery for heart disease. Recent studies now suggest the surgery was, in many cases, a waste of time and money”.

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