In this health video you will learn about the dangers of prescription commercials.
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Lyle Hurd: Any evening when you turn your television on, you'll have three to five messages, health messages from pharmaceutical drug makers. We happen to be one of the only two countries in the world, by the way that allows that on commercial television or anywhere. Everybody is talking about health one way or the other. How do you know who to listen to, how valid what they are talking about is and how much of it really is sponsored and paid for by people that want to drive them to methods of pharmaceutical use? Hyla Cass: I would say, you could start off by dismissing the commercials. What's funny is at the end of the each commercial, there is this very long disclaimer and can cause headache, paralysis, whatever it is. I mean there' very long list that may not be for everyone and all that. I think it's crazy to be, for individuals to be pitched in that way. Now, it's an interesting thing though. In some countries, for example in Mexico, you can just buy what you want over the counter without a prescription. I think that's true in Mexico. Lyle Hurd: Pretty much. Hyla Cass: In India you can. You can just buy your prescriptions so one assumes that the individual has some responsibility and knows what they are doing. I was speaking to a gentleman from India recently, who is a scientific researcher and he said, what's happened is that people have been able to buy drugs over the counter and are now realizing that these drugs had some pretty bad effects and they are now turning back to their traditional medicine. Large numbers of people that are doing this. So that's how people are being able to buy their own stuff. But that still isn't just the issue that people are actually being pitched about specific drugs. I think that's actually very poor because you don't even know what's wrong with you, you have a symptom. Now, the way I practice medicine and if you look at traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, all of those, they are really treating the whole person, not the symptom. Headache in one person, is not a headache in another person. One person has a vascular headache, another person can have tension headache and so you need to know, you need to have a diagnosis. You need to know what's wrong in the system before you just treat a symptom. So it's dangerous for individuals just to be treating in that way. Of course, it's dangerous in some cases for doctors to be treating people to because they are using medications as their first line of treatment, where that should be the last line of treatment. Now, I'll prescribe medications. I have not thrown away my prescription pad, but I do it really judiciously and I first see is there a deficiency. Is there something here that will respond to our natural supplement first, or to diet, or exercise or some lifestyle change before I start with the supplements or for example, something else with perimenopausal women who are highly anxious and depressed. I'll check their hormones and actually prescribe bioidentical hormones. Okay so that's the prescription. But I am giving them what they need and make it better. They don't have a Prozac deficiency, they have a hormone deficiency, a hormone imbalance. You could have too much of one and not enough of another and they feel much better afterwards and they feel more normal and more natural because giving them the antidepressant wasn't solving their problem anyway. They were just getting side effects. Lyle Hurd: So you really need to find somebody you can trust, somebody who is going to have your best interest in their mind. Hyla Cass: And do lab tests. Lyle Hurd: And do lab tests and just then believe you are getting the best you can, right. Thank you.