Eight Ways to Ditch Drugs (Men’s Health)

April 1, 2011 by sa4fa@virginia.edu

These DIY fixes may keep you healthier than anything you can buy in a pharmacy.

Aggressiveness. hallucinations. confusion. Stomach bleeding… Even spoken in the dulcet tones of a salesman, side effects sound scary. Or at least they should. “All drugs, including prescription, over-the-counter or traditional medicines, have potential risks associated with their use. To know whether to take a medicine, we should be sure that the benefits outweigh the risks,” says senior specialist scientist and member of the Pan African Clinical Trials Working Group Dr Tamara Kredo. It’s not just side effects you should be wary of. Many medications are costly and often aren’t as effective as drug-free strategies. “Taking something doesn’t always make you as healthy as doing something can,” says Dr John Abramson, author of Overdosed America (R125 Kalahari.net). “It’s better to try a lifestyle modification first. That way you’re actually trying to achieve better health, not just masking symptoms with drugs.”