Good medicine

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By Richard P. Holm, MD

The other day an 80 plus year old woman came into my office asking if she could get off some of her pills. “I take too many,” she said, and I agreed with her. We were able to consolidate her medications and reduce her total number of pills from 14 to only 4.

We live in a pill-taking society. Some of this probably comes from the human tendency to find an easier way to do things. If we have a choice between walking or riding to work, we will likely ride. Similarly, if we have a choice between exercising or taking a pill to lower our blood pressure, we will likely take the pill. A pill is easier than a lifestyle change, and pharmaceutical companies are all too willing to sell us more pills.

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