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Too much medicine

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1217 (Published 05 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1217

Health & Homeostasis

Health is homeostasis. Homeostasis is an internal feedback system that stabilizes and balances our body chemistry, so that our organs work smoothly and efficiently with each other. Sickness is the disruption of homeostasis, which doctors treat with medicine. But medicine adjusts one homeostatic mechanism by disrupting another, which leads to more sickness and more medicine. This is why medicines are so profitable, but have so many side effects and adverse reactions. So healthcare should minimize medicine and maximize holistic factors, such as lifestyle, diet, exercise, education, recreation, and relationships.

Competing interests: No competing interests

08 March 2015
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
New York, USA