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18 Crazy Facts Which Show That No Nation On Earth Is More Doped Up On Prescription Drugs Than America Is

Anyone that comes to visit America may notice that most of us walk around like a bunch of zombies.  Well, the truth is that this is because about half of us are completely doped up on prescription drugs.  In America, we don’t just take pills if we are sick.  In this day and age, the pharmaceutical companies have come up with a pill for just about everything.  If we are feeling a little sad, we are told to just pop a pill.  If we are feeling a little bit of pain, we are told to just pop a pill.  If our children like to run around and play, we are told that giving them the right pills will settle them down.  Every single year, prescription drug use in America increases, and there are dozens of different pharmaceutical companies that are making billions of dollars off of our “legal” addiction to drugs.  The funny thing is that many of these “legal” drugs are only just the slightest bit different from many of the “illegal” drugs that are being sold out on the streets.  But because they have “government approval”, the big pharmaceutical companies can relentlessly peddle them to the American public.  Many of these drugs are very damaging to our health, many of them are very damaging to our ability to think and many of them are extremely addictive.

The following are 18 crazy facts which show that no nation on earth is more doped up on prescription drugs than America is….

#1 According to the CDC, the percentage of Americans that say that they have taken a prescription drug within the last month has risen to almost 50 percent.

#2 The percentage of Americans that say that they have taken two or more prescription drugs within the last month has risen to 31 percent, and the percentage of Americans that say that they have taken five or more prescription drugs within the last month has risen to 11 percent.

#3 If you can believe it, the CDC also says that approximately 9 out of every 10 Americans that are at least 60 years of age say that they have taken at least one prescription drug within the last month.

#4 According to the Wall Street Journal, more than 25 percent of all kids and teens in the United States take prescription drugs on a regular basis.

#5 One brand new study has found that more than 20 percent of all American adults are taking at least one drug for “psychiatric” or “behavioral” disorders.

#6 A recent Government Accountability Office report shockingly discovered that approximately one-third of all foster children in the United States are on at least one psychiatric drug.

In fact, the report found that many states seem to be doping up foster children as a matter of course.  Just check out these stunning statistics….

In Texas, foster children were 53 times more likely to be prescribed five or more psychiatric medications at the same time than non-foster children. In Massachusetts, they were 19 times more likely. In Michigan, the number was 15 times. It was 13 times in Oregon. And in Florida, foster children were nearly four times as likely to be given five or more psychotropic medications at the same time compared to non-foster children.

#7 The percentage of women taking antidepressants in America is higher than in any other country in the world.

#8 Children in the United States are three times more likely to be prescribed antidepressants than children in Europe are.

#9 The total number of Americans taking antidepressants doubled between 1996 and 2005.

#10 According to the CDC, approximately three quarters of a million people a year are rushed to emergency rooms in the United States because of adverse reactions to pharmaceutical drugs.

#11 It has been reported that approximately 200,000 Americans a year are killed by prescription drugs.

#12 According to the Los Angeles Times, drug deaths (mostly caused by prescription drugs) are climbing at an astounding rate….

Drug fatalities more than doubled among teens and young adults between 2000 and 2008, years for which more detailed data are available. Deaths more than tripled among people aged 50 to 69, the Times analysis found. In terms of sheer numbers, the death toll is highest among people in their 40s.

#13 According to the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, 36 million Americans have abused prescription drugs at some point in their lives.

#14 A survey conducted for the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that more than 15 percent of all U.S. high school seniors abuse prescription drugs.

#15 The CDC says that spending on prescription drugs more than doubled between 1999 and 2008.

#16 Prescription drugs cost about 50% more in the United States than they do in other countries.

#17 Each year, tens of billions of dollars is spent on pharmaceutical marketing in the United States alone.

#18 There were more than two dozen pharmaceutical companies that made over a billion dollars in profits during 2008.

But of course prescription drugs are only part of the reason why most of us in America walk around like a bunch of zombies.

Sadly, many of us are addicted to other kinds of drugs as well….

*The United States has the highest rate of illegal drug use on the entire planet.

*According to a recent Gallup poll, alcohol consumption in the United States has hit a 25 year high.

*In this country, many of us are also highly addicted to entertainment.  In fact, the United States is tied with the U.K. for the most hours of television watched per person each week.

So if it seems like many of us in America can’t think real clearly, now you know why.

A song by Chris Rene that was been viewed more than 9 million times on YouTube asks this question….

“Hey, young homie what you trippin’ on?”

Well, it turns out that almost everyone in America is “trippin” on something.

We have become a nation of addicts.

Instead of stepping up and dealing with life, many of us would rather just “check out” and find something that will make us “feel better” right away.

The saddest thing of all is what we are doing to our children.  We are raising an entire generation that just thinks that it is “normal” to be doped up on prescription drugs.

Yes, a lot of people are becoming very wealthy by peddling all of this junk, but at what cost?

As noted earlier, every single year prescription drug use in America increases.  At what point will we become so doped up that we won’t even be able to function properly as a nation any longer?

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  • NWO Alert

    The US government wants to control your mind by controlling your wealth and health.

    (1) The Federal Reserve and IRS.

    (2) Government managed health care (disease management).

    (3) Restricting access to food and good nutrition by making family farms and home gardens illegal.

    http://www.planorperish.com/?p=3061 (US Government War on Home Gardeners)

    (4) Restricting access to alternative health care and good nutrition by making nutritional supplements illegal.

    http://www.planorperish.com/?p=5107 (FDA War on Nutritional Supplements)

    http://www.planorperish.com/?p=5127 (FDA War on the American People)

  • http://infowars.com forte

    *Than America

    • Michael

      Thank you very much for catching that. :)

      I tend to make way too many mistakes like that.

      Michael

  • Gary2

    All that corporate welfare Bush JR. gave the RX companies by forbidding price negotiation from medicare etc and the importation of drugs from Canada has given record profits to the drug companies who are mainly making me too drugs that are not needed.

    All that welfare could go to helping the poor. Fing republicans!

    • Ben Dover

      Tax the poor hard!

    • Ben Dover

      The gubermint has “helped” the american Indians more than any other gruop of people. Look at any reservation that doesn’t have a casino.

    • Randy Ice PT, CCS

      What do you think the Democrans are doing? SAME THING!

      Exhibit A – Obozocare

      A complete sellout to Big Pharma, Insurance Companies, Hospitals, Wall Street AND A BIGGER CONTROLLING GOVERNMENT over
      your life.

      It’s unfortunate you and millions of other serfs labor under the delusion there is a right/left paradigm.

      It’s all an illusion to keep you distracted while the same fascist, crony capitalist, socialist agenda
      is moved ahead IRREGARDLESS of who is in the WH or Congress. Our Masters are sold out slaves to their
      corporate masters (Soros, Rothschilds, Rockefellers, Banksters, etc.)

      Romney vs Obama? SAME THING…….makes NO difference who wins if these are our choices. Only the deck chairs will
      be re-arranged.

      Wake up Dude!

  • D

    Hospitals and pharmaceutical companies are buttered breads in a basket. Like everything else in corruption, it all comes down to $. More people poppin’ pills = more money for hospitals and P. companies. Big shocker, right? And with that, physicians are always on the edge with a malpractice lawsuit, so they will go by the book and make their patient pop some more. Mmmm tasty yummy in the tummy.

  • Golden Child

    The scary thing about many prescription drugs is that the long-term negative side effects of such drugs are not known. Also, such legal dope in the form of doctor prescribed pills is often recalled as outlawed as quickly as it people pop the pills. Not to mention, most pills have side-effects that are worse than the symptoms they treat. Also, doctors are irresponsible for prescribing highly addictive narcotic drugs with high street value like Coedine and Percocet for simple pain or even the common cold.

    It is also sad that our corrupt society has come up with fictional maladies and disorders (to be treated with dope) which did not exist a generation ago. Kids who are hopped up on sugar and caffeine and used to constant audio-visual stimulation in the form of violent videogames and gangsta rap are branded as ADD kids and pumped full of harmful “legal” dope before they hit puberty.

  • Richard

    I’ve noticed a marked diminution in the down-talking to the readers in recent weeks. Less of the “really-reallies” and other baby-talk. Can you try to keep it up, please? (Even if you do decide to delete this comment)

  • http://www.TotalCollapse.com TotalCollapse.com

    California Dreamin’ Economic Collapse…To the Land of the Pretty… Comes a Winter Day…

    http://totalcollapse.com/2011/12/02/california-dreamin-economic-collapse-to-the-land-of-the-pretty-comes-a-winter-day/

  • A.S.

    To Quote:

    “Many of these drugs are very damaging to our health, many of them are very damaging to our ability to think and many of them are extremely addictive.”

    Michael, be careful! You may be sued for giving medical advice not being a doctor. That is what our world has come to: you cannot give your opinion on advice on health if you are not a doctor and even doctors that do speak like that are given death threats to keep in line.

    You know what? I agree with you, but I will go a step further: unless it is a matter of literal life or death–100% of prescription drugs are damaging to health and possibly addictive.

    If I were a doctor I would never prescribe any drug. I would go into detail to ask what exactly a person eats (their whole diet) on a daily/weekly/monthly/holiday/etc. basis. I would also ask what they do for exercise/fun/activities. I would ask how much TV they watch. I would ask about their family relationships: kids/stress/problems. Sometimes a doctor has to play psychologist too these days.

    And you know what I heard? Guess which professional has the one of the highest (maybe even at the top) rate of alcoholics, drug addicts (illegal) and suicide rate? PSYCHIATRISTS!!! Do you really want to get help from someone that needs WAY MORE help than you? Gee wiz, its like getting protection from a cop that does extortion (or wait, cops actually do that these days!).

    Bottom line: don’t believe government, doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, cops, etc. They do not have your best interest at heart. Only believe in yourself following G-d’s laws and what the Founding Fathers really had intended. Now that I said my “2 cents,” here are my hands: I am ready to be arrested for being a terrorist!

    • http://onlinerookies.com Kalen

      I think his post had merit and don’t think he could be sued for this. He isn’t giving medical advice. He is listing a valid concern about medication in general and stated in a very general way. If on the other hand, he had written “this particular medication causes X, Y and Z and is notoriously useless” that could be a different situation. However, as a blogger and Internet marketer, I do find it is often best to link to valid sources to cover my back when making a point and rest the argument rest on the back of the other source. You can never be sued for referencing someone else’s opinion. I won’t deny how crazy things can get these days, especially when you challenge powerful businesses.

  • shypuffadder

    But the hospitals aren’t receiving the money. Hospitals are being systemically shut down all over the country. And the price of drugs is rising alarmingly fast. At some point, people are going to be in some stage of withdrawal en masse. These drugs are so insidious, people can be in withdrawal and not even realize it.

    However, this does explain the clown show of presidential candidates. Proof that we can no longer think coherently. Herman Cain? Newt? We are even giving Bystander Obama another shot even tho it is now more clear than ever that he should have been primaried at the very least.

  • Scott Todd

    I’m no fan of the drug companies but there’s a good reason prescription drugs cost more here than anywhere else. If they were as cheap here as they are in Canada an Europe then the companies wouldn’t be able to recover the cost of R&D and drug development would come to a screeching halt. Now that may not be such a bad idea but what it all boils down is the US is essentially subsidizing the rest of the world.

  • mondobeyondo

    Yes, pharmaceutical drugs can kill when they are abused.

    Lest we forget… Elvis Presley died from an overdose of pharmaceutical drugs.

  • http://www.povertylinejournal.blogspot.com/ the optimist

    One true benefit of being poor and not having money for “health care” is that i don’t have access to the drugs–in my case, the antidepressants. Trust me — I have a LOT to be depressed about, and I’ve struggled with serious depression for decades. While I can say that these drugs saved my life in very acute states of depression, they aren’t a good thing to be on for years at a time (which I’ve done). Now I’ve been off them for several years and my emotional life is authentic. Its shattering, going through foreclosure/unemployment — but at least I OWN the experience and am living through it in a state of reality. Hard to explain, sorry. Your mileage may vary.

    • Michael

      Optimist:

      I am so sorry for everything that you have had to go through. I can’t even imagine what you are doing through because I have never been through a foreclosure. But please keep hanging in there. There is always hope. May this upcoming year be very blessed for you and may it be a year when things really turn around for you.

      Michael

      • http://www.povertylinejournal.blogspot.com/ the optimist

        I really appreciate that, thanks. I’ll survive, and be a LOT smarter and a lot stronger for all this. It’s a life changing experience for sure, and that’s a place of growth. If nothing else, I have a lot more compassion and understanding for other people’s hard times. And the depth of my understanding of the world/banking/politics and all that would never have happened to the extent that it has.

        Foreclosure isn’t final, so there’s still hope, but you know, a house is a form of enslavement too, especially when it’s 80 years old.

        Did you happen to catch Robert Reich’s statement about the “basic bargain”? http://robertreich.org/post/13469691304 I continue to be amazed that corporate executives don’t get the simple math that without jobs, people can not buy their products.

    • A.S.

      I also have much to be depressed about:

      1. 37 and still single, never married. I want to get married so much. I want to have my own children. I have been dating for over 10 years for the purpose of marriage. And no luck.

      2. I have no good job. Even when things were good in the economy, I never had a good job, because I could never pass an interview due to various reasons (see below). Because I never had a good job, this was part of the problem why I could not find a good girl/woman that could accept me in return.

      3. I have learning disabilities. Recently I was diagnosed with ADHD, but I never took anything for it. I will not take poisonous drugs for anything: even a cold. I was also beaten as a child, so I have low self-esteem. All of this shows up in an interview. Employers can’t me as an asset even though I will be much better than most of their hires if only I were given a chance. So, with my social problems, I cant’ get a good job. And without a good job, I cant’ get married and have my own family.

      4. Living at or near poverty levels. I rent my own apartment. I have food. I have clothing. I have to say Thank G-d for that. But I don’t have any savings. I can’t afford a car. I can’t afford fancy gadgets. I can’t afford to travel. I can’t afford to buy investments like gold, which is REAL MONEY, when the economy collapses.

      I am living on disability. I don’t think I will ever get even a “crappy” job with the way things are going right now. But I try to be happy, because at the very least, I know the NWO cannot control me. They may take away my freedoms. They may take away my property, what little I have. They may even prevent my access to what I deem as healthy food. But they WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO TELL ME WHAT THE TRUTH IS!!! I will not be willingly led to slaughter.

      If there is any reason why to continue living if one is depressed, it is to enlighten others to the truth in this world of lies.

      • Michael

        A.S.:

        Keep hanging in there. The best chapters of your life might be just around the corner.

        There is hope if you are willing to seek it out.

        My prayer is that the Lord would lift up His countenance upon you and give you His peace.

        Michael

      • http://www.planorperish.com Gutter Economist

        Welcome to the Warrior Class (non sheeple).

      • http://carolloving.com carolloving

        just wanted to say i understand your words

      • Sunshine

        Count your blessings instead of troubles.

  • REED RICHARDS

    Michael,

    The responsibility for this and every other maladay/debacle like this lies squarely on the shoulders of the masses. The populace loves its empire, they revel in its wars, take fiendish delight in the murder of innocents here and around the world, and don’t even so much as bat an eyelash at the fact that their imperial military forces are sent to the farthest reaches of the globe to do what? GROW AND SHIP INTO THE ASYLUM STATE FRICKIN’ OPIUM, THAT’S WHAT!

  • kaitlyn

    This was an excellent article revealing how addictive Americans have become to big pharma. My mission is to inform those who suffer there are alternative ways to get healing for yourself. Visit http://www.kaitlyngant.com and click the informative solutions link. Here’s a very scary quote,

    “There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution.”
    Aldous Huxley, Tavistock Group, California Medical School, 1961

    Folks, this prescription problem is not by accident.

    • Sunshine

      No, it’s no accident to be sure. Let us not forget big pharma is a heavily advertised for profit industry.
      Mental hygiene is a good practice to keep a sound mind. Beware of what they feed your mind! Garbage in, garbage out so it’s been said.

  • Ken

    Can #7 be any surprise, when the minds of American women have been fed garbage from youth and taught to continually fight against their very nature?

  • http://TheAmericanDream Ted

    I think prescription drugs should be used only as a temporary fix until the underlying problem is addressed and dealt with. The problem is that the medical profession has descended into just dealing with symptoms.

    Here’s a scary thought: There are a number of talking heads who have brought up the topic of what would happen if/when we have a full economic/societal collapse and we run out of anti-depressant, and anti-psychotic medications. A nation of people going cold turkey on their happy pills all at once will make “Return of the Living Dead” look like an episode of Ozzie and Harriet.

  • http://itsafluffy.blogspot.com D.L.

    I have had migraine headaches my whole life, and now get cluster headaches besides, so, yes, I take Imitrex…for one thing, when my doctor (and I don’t see doctors more than once every few years) found out my headaches were so bad I was throwing up blood (tears in my duodenum, which is right below the stomach and is the upper part of small intestine), he finally decided I wasn’t just making my headaches up so he prescribed Imitrex. Thing is unless my life depends on it I refuse to take any other drugs. I hope the author realizes sometimes some folks actually need medication (without Imitrex or another triptan, I would be completely immobilized during headaches and God knows what my duodenum would look like!)

    and I tried ALL of the natural remedies (feverfew and a couple of others) and they simply didn’t work. Many of my headaches are quite severe. Sometimes even two Imitrex’s don’t do the trick and I have to ride the headache out.

    But, the author IS right about anti-depressants, ADHD drugs and cortico-steroids use which is IMHO ridiculous, and stupid conditions which didn’t exist ten years ago like “PAD” and “restless leg syndrome”

    Finally, if you must take expensive meds, go to http://www.progressiverx.com

    The pharmacy is located in Oregon and they get their meds shipped from India. My imitrex costs about $4.00 a pill…if you get from a US shipper, they cost over $20 a pill!

    • A.S.

      D.L.

      Try to go to: http://www.naturalcures.com, http://www.naturalnews.com, or other similar sites. Maybe I can forward to Michael some info if I remember and he forward it to you. May G-d cure you immediately!

    • http://www.planorperish.com Gutter Economist

      I had severe headaches for 25 years including vomiting and blood. My doctor refused to give me anything because these headaches did not fit his text book description of a migraine. A shorter life would be preferable to this type of pain.
      I tried ALL of the natural remedies including feverfew with poor results. This is what worked:

      (1) Avoid light and sound.

      (2) Keep your head elevated – I sit in a chair and hold my head with both hands.

      (3) Take a combination of Aspirin and Caffeine (Anacin for example). The FDA agrees that this is effective.

      While searching for a headache solution, I learned much about nutrition. Most inherited medical problems are actually inherited eating habits. At age 66, I take a broad range of nutritional supplements, have perfect health (except headaches), and refuse to consider any prescription drugs (poisons).

  • mondobeyondo

    Mainstream media is the prescription drug pusher, and the pharmaceutical companies are its pimps.

    Don’t believe me? Count the number of commercials for pharma products during any nightly network newscast. You will be shocked/surprised.

    Viagra. Lunestra. Cialis. Something to help you sleep. Something to get you awake. Something to keep you from taking something else for something.

    And then there’s The List: “Side effects of taking this product may include insomnia, constipation, sudden death, cardiac arrest, muscle spasms and/or an exploding liver. Consult your physician before taking.”

    Noooo thanks. I’d rather grab a bottle of fish oil capsules.

  • ameridutch

    It’s kind of ‘soft killing’ of a nation.

    We should sue big pharma for crimes against humanity!!

    Look for the video ‘The Marketing of Madness’.
    It makes your blood boil.

  • loveless_one

    In response to A.S., I feel your pain brother!

    I’m 25, some college under my belt, was majoring in business but couldn’t live with the ideal of being another yes-man or cog in the corporate machine, also being humble and rather honest aren’t good traits in cut-throat corrupt America. Dropped out around ’08 in the height of the meltdown.

    Year and a half ago I quit my crappy wage-slave job after a breakdown and bad bout of depression. Been living at home helping my Mom pay the bills while living off a small inheritance. I try to volunteer here and there, mostly at a soup kitchen.

    Maybe all this was a blessing in disguise, because it gave me more time to surf the internet and begin discovering alternative (real) news. Slowly but surely I’m starting to wake up to all the lies we’ve been told about the American Nightmare.

    Being unemployed and a looser I too don’t get girls, but at this stage in the game it’s not too big of a deal. At least I too still have a free will and the ability to think critically, maybe the only gift I received from a pre-9/11 education.

    But I agree with you, most people would tell me to go see a shrink and get doped up, and I refuse. I’d rather feel the pain of being alive, then feel nothing and live in a haze.

    It’s like Gutter Economist said, us people out in the trenches of disinfo, lies, and propaganda trying to live free are the real warriors, not paid mercenaries killing on behalf of the globalists.

    Hang in there brother!

    • http://www.planorperish.com Gutter Economist

      You are right about corporate business executives. Also add drugs, office affairs, and wife cheating to your list.

      You are also right about shrinks. They are all too lazy to talk to patients and will just dope you up.

      Consider starting a home business:

      http://www.planorperish.com/?page_id=499

  • LM

    I have struggled with severe depression since I was 14. I was on paxil for two years from the age of 29 – 31. This terrible drug put me in a manic state and I made life-altering choices that I would never have even contemplated had I not been on it. I finally had the presence of mind to take myself off it, but that introduced another hellish experience. It took me six months of reducing the drug in increments of 1 mg at a time using the liquid version of the drug. During that time I was extremely ill and it was by the grace and protection of God and Jesus Christ that I survived. Although I’ve now been free for 10 years, I have never felt quite the same as I was before taking it, both physically and emotionally.

    Given my experience with this drug (and a quick Google search will prove that I have a lot of company), I’m pretty scared to think of how many people are under the influence of such a mind-altering substance. It is so difficult to break free of several of the more powerful SSRIs that many people will be on them for a lifetime. The suffering and harm that these drugs have caused and will continue to cause, in my opinion, is incalculable.

    Do I still struggle with depression? Yes. Will I ever take another anti-depressant? Under no circumstances would I ever even think about it.

    • Michael

      LM:

      Good for you, and thank you for sharing your story.

      Hopefully it will help a lot of other people.

      Michael

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  • Cinderella Man JD

    Thank you for finally doing this article. As I said before Montana is a drunk and pill popping state. I have been sober for over 8 months now and I feel better than I ever have before. Oh, maybe when I was first in AA back in ’01. But I got in with a cult-like group and now I cant stand that program. If it works for you God bless. But for me the only way was like the Tim McGraw song “Drugs or Jesus.” Take your pick. I chose the latter. I have had family members commit suicide from drugs, my own brother was addicted to OxyContin, both parents alcoholic, (one recovered) and myself a recovering drunk. I dont blame anyone or society for my problems. But we live in a chemical world, not spiritual anymore. Being sober has brought me more joy in feeling my real emotions and the relationship I have with Christ now feels better that any drug or drink. This society is depressed from conformity and economic malise Indivuality is frowned upon.

  • Amanda

    I’m 15 and was prescribed lexapro because of my anorexia. Although I did have emotional issues, they were NOT induced by any chemical deficiency/imbalance. So, I do not take it because I reognize that there is no physical need. I am happy, clear headed and emotionally stable, despite my “imperative need” for an antidepressant. Everone gets upset/sad/down at times, but this is no cause to force uneeded meds down their throats.

  • http://www.richmorrisonline.com Rich

    This is a great article. Thanks for publishing all the facts about prescription drugs.

  • http://alicebluevillas.com AliceBlue Villas

    The percentage of women taking antidepressants in America is higher than in any other country in the world.Really? That’s not ok…

  • http://www.dondonnat.ro Dondonnat

    There are a lot of problems in America and it’s a bit concerning that most of them regards children and women.It’s not ok and the government should do something.

  • http://www.galimex.ro Galimex

    Is there something going on in order to solve these problems?I find them alarming and concerning.

  • Patrick Potter

    ‘What you trippin on?’ no longer refers to drugs but rather ‘what are you worried about?’ or ‘what are you getting all worked up about?’ – in this context trippin is getting in an anxious or hysterical state. ‘You trippin’ means ‘you’re acting or thinking all crazy over nothing’. So I believe the question in the song translates – Hey young man, why are you so worried?

  • Jessica

    people should read the book The Pharmaceutical Myth: Letting food be Your Medicine. It contains solutions to those who want to live healthy and un-medicated.