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Medicines That Kill: The Truth about the Hidden Epidemic

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The recent deaths of celebrities like Michael Jackson, Anna Nicole Smith, Heath Ledger, and Whitney Houston have shown a spotlight on the overuse and abuse of prescription drugs. Most people believe that prescription drugs are safer than illegal substances. But, when combined with other over-the-counter sedatives, prescription drugs can be every bit as powerful, addictive, ...more
Paperback, 245 pages
Published January 17th 2013 by Tyndale House Publishers
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Stephanie
Dr James L Marcum is a cardiologist who believes that the Western world is overmedicated and suffering from it.

He provides some compelling evidence in the form of many patients who have found themselves in a cascade of medication (one medication leads to weight gain, which leads to medication for blood pressure, which leads to medication for blood sugar issues, which leads to medication for pain etc).

He also provides some compelling cases of patients who simply weren't informed (or didn't liste
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Stefani
Mar 17, 2013 Stefani marked it as not-even-if-you-paid-me
I don't think I need to know anything further:

"Most people believe that prescription drugs are safer than illegal substances."

Um, no, and if they do then they are complete idiots. Drugs are drugs. Drugs have side effects and bad interactions. That is why good doctors weigh the risk to the potential benefit. Everything has a benefit, everything has a risk. The epidemic of prescription drugs abuse has many facets and none of them have to do with the drugs themselves. If that isn't common sense...w
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Cheryl
The first ten chapters of this book are about “what the medical community isn’t telling you” (phrase from back cover). The statistics of the frequency and quantity of deaths and mistakes with medicines is staggering and appalling.

The different sample stories help the reader to envision how easily this epidemic could happen to them or to one of their loved ones.

The first ten chapters are the bad news but it’s worth the wait, or if need be, it is worth it for Christians to skip ahead to chapter el
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Becky
A caring physician, Dr. Marcum, wrote this book because of the concern he has that many people swallow pills without knowing what is in them. He suggests people need to educate themselves about the ingredients and side effects of all medications, both prescribed and over-the-counter.

The doctor is very concerned that people do not realize the dangerous side effects almost every drug has the possibility of causing. Also, some drugs could have side effects that have caused another medication to be
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Shelley
Author James L. Marcum brings to light a growing epidemic of people misusing prescription drugs by thinking if one can do then one more will not hurt. they don't realize that overuse and taking more than the directions say is misuse. The patients need to realize that every prescription they take is important because of drug interactions can be fatal. This books also brings out in the open, how many people when filling out forms at the doctors office they don't ask for help if they don't understa ...more
Rebecca Holland
Medicines That Kill by James Marcum can be found by searching ISBN # 978-1-4143-6885-6, and it is from Tyndale Publishing:

It seems as if everywhere we turn there is some kind of epistle from a doctor of some sorts telling us about the dangers of medicine and more. To be honest, I have gotten quite tired of hearing the complaints and the issues. And I would rather not take any meds if I could help it.

But we have to at times. Dr. James L. Marcum gives a very convincing and credible argument that m
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Nenia Campbell
You can read more reviews at my blog, The Armchair Librarian.


I did not know what I was getting into with this one.



In retrospect, the lack of blurbs and endorsements on the cover should have alerted me to the fact that all was not right in the land of Scientific Professionalism. But alas... I was seduced by the title, and whispered promises of conspiracy theories.



Well. There is a conspiracy going on here, but not the one I was bargaining for. But I digress.



The first quarter of this book had some
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James L. Marcum, board-certified cardiologist practicing with Chattanooga Heart Institute, has been named by USA Today as one of the most influential physicians in his field. He is the author of The Ultimate Prescription as well as an in-demand speaker for his role as the director of Heartwise Ministries. Currently, his radio program, Heartwise, airs on more than 500 radio stations across the nati ...more
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