IN THE NEWS: Cultural Change in Health Care

Here are three articles in the news this month that indicate a growing cultural change in the use of drugs for health.

(1) Heart Drugs: Too Many Medication Types Are Compromising Health, Doctors Say

From Reuters, by Debra Sherman, posted on, March 13, 2013

    • “We are eager to add medicines and reluctant to take them away,” said Krumholz, who heads the Yale-New Haven Hospital Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation and is a frequent critic of how drugs are sold and used. “So people accrue medications over time.”
    • Dr. Robert Harrington, a cardiologist at the Stanford School of Medicine, said…”There’s got to be a way to start peeling away, and maybe it’s over a period of time, or as the clinical status changes.”

(2) New Prescription for Better Health Care: Less Is More

Special from Next Avenue by Gary Drevitch,, March 13, 2013

  • When it comes to medical care, “less is sometimes better,” Wolfson says.
  • “This is all about cultural change,” Wolfson says. “We want patients to go from asking, ‘Why don’t you do that test?’ to ‘Why did you do that test?’

(3) Painkillers and healing

A Perspective on health: “On the trail of relief from sinusitis”
By Tony Lobl, Christian Science Monitor (, March 4, 2013

  • Since that time, my first choice of medication has been to strive to be more aware of, and express, that unbounded spiritual consciousness – that divine Mind – which spirituality and health pioneer Mary Baker Eddy described as the infinite intelligence behind Jesus’ [healings].
  • Such an approach to health is no guarantee of a problem-free life. But it comes with spiritual “health benefits,” with no adverse side effects.
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