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Mind Over Meds: Know When Drugs Are Necessary, When Alternatives Are Better—and When to Let Your Body Heal on Its Own

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Too many Americans are taking too many drugs—and it's costing us our health, happiness, and lives.

Prescription drug use in America has increased tenfold in the past 50 years, and over-the-counter drug use has risen just as dramatically. In addition to the dozens of medications we take to treat serious illnesses, we take drugs to help us sleep, to keep us awake, to keep
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 25th 2017 by Little, Brown and Company
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May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting read about the overuse of medications. I think many of us have certainly weighed the pros vs cons when it comes to medicine. Just watch any pharmaceutical commercial and the list of potential side effects sounds way worse then the problem itself. This would pair well with a book that goes more in depth about alternative treatments.
Bam cooks the books ;-)
I have read Dr Andrew Weil's books over the years for advice on healthy living and eating. Quite possibly as a result, I currently take no prescription drugs on a regular basis but my husband takes several for various health problems.

When I saw Dr Weil's latest book on medications was available for request on NetGalley, I jumped at the opportunity to educate both of us about the drugs that are frequently prescribed and their side effects. Great information for making informed choices! Many than
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
This book has a very simple message – medications are being over-prescribed by doctors and the patients are suffering for it. Not only are doctors handing out too many prescriptions but patients are expecting it and don’t feel they’ve gotten their money’s worth if they walk out of the doctor’s office without a prescription in their hands. Dr. Weil uses stories of real-life patients to stress his points. He covers such diseases as diabetes and hypertension and how meds are being given too freely ...more
Vannessa Anderson
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
To often, drugs fail to correct the problems they are meant to solve or simply reduce symptoms without addressing the root causes of diseases. Too often, they are seen as quick and easy fixes for conditions that would be better addressed by changing dietary patterns, increasing physical activity, correcting sleep disturbances, and practicing techniques to neutralize the damaging effect of stress. At best, the benefits of many of the most widely used medications fall far short of the claims made ...more
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great reference book for alternatives to popular medicines. The base of all his medical advice is always diet and exercise, which is probably good advice.
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, nonfiction, audible, 2019
very informative and well researched book on different medications and the epidemic of overprescribing in america. integrative medicine is the future of medicine, or as dr weil says “will one day be known as simply good medicine”
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-improvement
Very insightful. Made me rethink my entire approach to health. I imagine I'll be making a few lifestyle changes from what I learned, and 'm considering buying it for my collection to consult if/when I encounter some of these health problems.

Main take-aways: Proper diet and nutrition and an active lifestyle are essential to overall health--eat as naturally as possible, lean proteins, whole grains, emphasis on fruits and vegetables (basically, just follow the Word of Wisdom), exercise regularly.
Alexandra Scarborough
As someone who takes five of the medications Weil discusses, I was interested to learn his position on their efficacy/value. My meds are of course prescribed by my doctor, but if there are natural replacements with fewer side effects that I can choose instead, it would be worth it to share his findings with her. I have followed Weil's writing and research for a couple of decades, as I appreciate the integrative approach he has to medicine. He's not just about the "woo" of "alternative medicine"; ...more
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A thorough examination of medications which are commonly prescribed—both how they should be used to best advantage and how many are over-prescribed. Weil and his colleagues present an excellent and useful overview of antibiotics, statins, medications for GERD, sleep aids, steroids, NSAIDS, psychiatric drugs for both children and adults, ADHD drugs, opioids, and drugs for diabetes, hypertension, and osteopenia. Other helpful chapters cover over-medication of both children and the elderly. Written ...more
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Truly integrative. I appreciate Dr. Weil's philosophy of medicine AND the stinging nettles capsules have done wonders for my seasonal allergies! A good reference book to keep on hand.
Chris Demer
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: medicine, nutrition
This is a very useful book--for everyone who ever takes medications--which is about everyone!

Granted, Dr. Weil was speaking to the converted when I read this book. I have long been of the opinion that Americans in particular seem to think that there should be a pill for everything and that will relieve them of needing to take responsibility for their health. We are an incredibly over medicated populace, a situation which is tremendously costly both financially and in the damage done
Sarah Wilson
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I got this book as a giveaway through, so I just want to say thank you for the book!

For the most part, I agree with everything he said in this book. I wish there was more information to explain somethings, and as for very few points he made, I disagreed. Those very few points are why I gave it 4 stars instead of five. And even in those things I disagreed with, he's not confrontational in his writing, so I wasn't offended.

For the most part of the book, though
I'm not one to embrace alternative medicine wholesale, but I trust Dr. Weil because he has a foot in both camps. The subtitle basically says it all. Modern medicine has strayed too far from seeing the patient as a whole person and taking into account lifestyle and circumstances. It has also been taken over by insurance companies and big pharma. Under these pressures, doctors spend less time with patients and often succumb to patients' insistence on unnecessary (or even harmful in the long term) ...more
Dottie Parish
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health, non-fiction
Mind Over Meds by Andrew Weil, MD, is an important book about the over use of medication and the importance of life style changes in order to improve health. Weil reports that “adverse drug reactions are the fourth leading cause of death in our country and rank between the fourth and the sixth more common cause of death in hospitalized patients.” He also says “antibiotics that we use to kill or inhibit the growth of disease-causing bacteria may alter liver and kidney function and interfere with ...more
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very nice book. Four stars because it was much better than average, but not mindblowingly great.
Very useful if you are wanting alternatives to medications you or someone you know might be on.
Weil describes the disease/disorder, discuss current medications--there benefits, disadvantages history of the drug, etc. Also discusses a variety of alternative options-lifestyle changes, herbs, vitamins, sleep, etc.
Recommended for those looking for alternatives to medication.
Very easy to underst
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Dr. Weil, author of numerous medical books, discusses the current state of drug treatment in this country. Many, if not most, patients are unaware of the possible side effects, interactions, and risk of dependency associated with most medications, including over-the-counter ones. As an advocate of Integrative Medicine, he does not deny the need for drug intervention, but recommends integrating both lifestyle and dietary changes into the patient’s medical treatment, as well as exploring herbal an ...more
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tho I'm not finished with reading this book, I am reading it with a highlighter in hand to mark spots that I feel are important to find after finishing it. I was so delighted to have this book as I've already been convinced that our medical system, government, and BigPharma are working in tandem and failing us in proper information for our health. A member of our church just died, and I'm convinced that the medical system killed her by treating her with the very meds (antibiotics) that caused he ...more
May 03, 2018 rated it liked it
A good solid reference book. I was expecting something different, more along the lines of a narrative describing why Americans are using so many more prescription drugs these days and the way the pharmaceutical industry has worked to medicalize even the most trivial things in order to make a profit, and there are sprinklings of that through the book (primarily in the preface). But for the most part, this is a listing of drug classes for various health conditions, the pros and cons of each, and t ...more
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've always had a lot of respect for Dr. Weil. I read my first book of his in my late teens. I studied nutrition in university and the Alternative and Integrative Medical Society I belonged to in undergrad brought him out as a keynote speaker.

I think this book is essential reading for anyone who takes, prescribes, fills prescriptions, recommends or administers these medications to anyone (which is likely pretty well everyone). It is written clearly with language that an educated lay person shou
Aug 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Basically an overview of common medications used for types of illnesses and health problems, along with the disadvantages of each kind of medication. Each chapter has a short explanation of what would work as well / better, but provided in summary. You'll have to read up elsewhere if you want to utilize or master these other approaches.

I was primarily interested in his ideas about depression and anxiety. In fact, when I saw the title at the library, I just grabbed it, assuming the en
Vickie Figueroa
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dr Weil did a great job of explaining how natural remedies and discovered pharma products can be used in tandem for good health. Very frank. If a pharma product was a better option, he'd explain why. If natural food or supplements could be highly effective, he'd explain the genius of human body and why. Anyone with interest on feeling good naturally or slightly aided will find this book a thought-raising read.
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. Dr Weil tells of the dangers of prescription drugs and gives you information on supplements that can help you take less of the prescription drugs that you are already taking or in some cases you can get completely off of medication. He lets you know of alternative treatments that are available too. This is a book that I will keep on my bookshelf for reference. I wish that Dr Weil could be my primary doctor!
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
I didn’t read the whole book but read the ADHD, allergy meds, cold/flu meds and sleep chapters. He has a few helpful ideas but I didn’t discover anything I didn’t already know. It also seems a little outdated because he doesn’t mention the benefits of essential oils and a lot of other herbs that can help. I found it too brief on his suggestions of what may help. He only recommends 3-4 things per area.
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great book for alternatives. I definitely suggest seeing an integrative / functional physician. Our society as stated simply in the book is a pill for every ill. We need to find better ways for our bodies to process so that we can live healthy lives without over medicating. Chapter 15 was great for me the most as it discussed Medications for Osteopenia and Other Preconditions. I am often told of ills that I am either borderline or pre-. Great place to start for information.
Gato Negro
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A most excellent book for anyone suffering as a result of being overmedicated, in the Western sense. I especially liked, appreciated, and could relate to the chapters on antibiotics and steroids. I knew I was in the right doctor's office last week when I looked at his bookshelf in his office prior to him entering the room and this book was on it.
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a much needed book. So many people blindly take whatever drug is prescribed or request a drug because of some commercial they saw on TV. Some are needed, but many or not. Dr. Weil goes over commonly used drugs and lists the pros and cons of each. He reinforces the idea that the body has the ability to heal itself if given proper foods and lifestyle changes.
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very readable and a starting point from which to wean off some medications that in long run can prove to be more harmful then beneficial. The natural replacements more listed and less thorough than I liked.
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great resource for anyone in the US who has a prescription medication. (Who doesn't?) The layman's language can balance the brief info one might get from the doctor about why you're taking statin, allergy med or antibiotic.
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Life changing👍
Nick Colaccino
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very informative and easy to read. The author does a very good job of understanding his audience and their reasons for reading.
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Andrew Weil, M.D., is a world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, a healing oriented approach to health care that encompasses body, mind, and spirit. He is the author of many scientific and popular articles and of 14 books: The Natural Mind, The Marriage of the Sun and Moon From Chocolate to Morphine (with Winifred Rosen) Health and Healing, Natural Health, Natural Me ...more