Prescription Meds – Are the Potential Side Effects Worth the Risk?

April 5th, 2007

Family medicine cabinets are crammed full of prescription medications. With nearly one in three people taking a prescription medication for sleep problems, you can only imagine how many people are taking at least one prescription for some type of ailment. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ annual check-up on America’s Health reports that the statistic is actually a staggering fifty percent, with one in six people taking three or more prescription medications at once.

The recent reports of strange and dangerous side effects associated with leading conventional sleep medications have awakened Americans to the risks of prescription and OTC (over-the-counter) drugs. Drugmakers are now revising the labels on Ambien, Lunesta and other popular sleep aids to warn that the pills might result in driving, eating and having sex while sleeping, health officials said last week.

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Calm Down! Two Remedies to Try

April 5th, 2007

Adapted from New Choices in Natural Healing, Bill Gottlieb, editor (Rodale Press, 1995) - adapted by Care2.com

When Cait realized that stress was impacting her health (doesn’t it do that to all of us??) she turned to these remedies from the editor of Prevention Magazine Health Books. Her favorite is so easy she can do it at her desk, and the soothing tea is tasty as well as effective. Try these all-natural calming remedies here.

Acupressure

Hold your thumb with your other hand. Do it gently and intently, but keep doing it until you feel your body start to relax. The Jin Shin Jyutsu philosophy connects emotions with each finger of the hand and worry is the province of the thumb.

You can also press the spot between your eyebrows at the center of your forehead, which helps dispel anxious thoughts.

Calming Tea

INGREDIENTS

Equal parts of each of the following dried herbs:

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