The time is ripe for doctors to rethink how they prescribe medications. Less is more.
As it happens, I received two related news reports from colleagues today. Both concern the current state of affairs with psychotropic drug research, and the dangerous ways in which data is being manipulated and misrepresented.
Given the reality that most people are not currently equipped with the knowledge and resources to implement other solutions, there will be times when the use of medication may need to be considered. So here are some guidelines for those along the journey who have not yet created the infrastructure for an anti-psychotic-free environment.
It’s time to re-inject some humanity into the unloving scientism and unjust capitalism of the contemporary dementia industry.
Recently, I have been thinking a lot about the “lack of empirical evidence” label that hounds culture change enthusiasts.
A few news reports on psychotropic drugs have come across my desk recently and, although completely unrelated, they share a common thread. Each case documents either widespread overuse or gross abuse of a powerful drug. And in each case, the abuse or overuse could have been reduced through a more person-centered approach.
Getting older is one of life’s inescapables, although life is certainly better now for older Americans than at any other time in history. We live longer, more active lives than our parents and grandparents certainly did – today’s average 65 year-old man and woman can expect to live to be 81 and 85, respectively – and science has proven that we’re still able to learn new things, even if we don’t learn as quickly as we did in our younger years. These are all things to celebrate
One of the points I always like to make to people when I am talking about prescription drugs is that everyone involved needs to keep the “Goldilocks Principle” in mind
As federal regulators begin efforts to halt unnecessary use of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes, a member of The Eden Alternative in New Jersey has completed a cutting edge program that successfully weaned residents with dementia off these medications.
That quote above comes from Are Your Prescriptions Killing You?, Armon Neel’s new book. In it, he devotes a chapter to NSAIDs, nonsteroidal anti-inflamatory drugs. Most of us have taken these drugs at one time or another. Many people take them every day.
Here at ChangingAging we are all about the power of the social media. It helps us reach people of like mind and tell them our story.
But sometimes we wind up on lists that really aren’t right for us. Consider this note from a very nice lady who, it appears, does not know a thing bout PRO-Aging. She works for GCI Health, a major NYC Pharma and health care PR firm.
Ecumen, a long term care provider in Minnesota, recently completed one of the first ever trials to reduce psychotropic drug use among 10 patients. Not only was the program 100 percent successful in eliminating psychotropic drugs without adverse behavioral effects, but the patients all showed increased engagement and social interaction. Last week the AP filed this inspiring report.
Given the recent rise in drug prices and the increasing number of patients, especially those over 60, who are taking multiple medications each month, saving money on prescription drugs is increasingly important.
Last week I wrote about two fallacies:Secondary SidebarDr. Bill Thomas Presents: Dr. Thomas’ Age of Disruption Tour visits 30 cities in 2016 to introduce audiences to a new and highly disruptive understanding of aging. Visit DrBillThomas.org to learn more 1) “More Treatment Is Always Better Than Less Treatment.” 2)”Drugs Always Do More Good Than Harm” […]
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The “poisonous cocktail,” as it’s called in the healthcare biz, is the staggeringly common practice of over-prescribing prescription drugs — primarily to older adults. As The New York Times reported in a great piece a couple years ago: This is what doctors call polypharmacy, otherwise known as a “poisonous cocktail” of many drugs that can […]