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Letters Pills for unhealthy lifestyles

Prevention and lifestyle therapies are the way forward

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 18 October 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4229
  1. Mark F Craig, general practitioner
  1. Four Kauri Medical Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
  1. markcraig{at}

Many of us have been saying that pills are not the answer to unhealthy lifestyles for years.1 I felt let down by my medical training when I realised the strength of the evidence supporting this. Medical education has focused on being the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff rather than fence at the top,2 and our medical environment is still set up like this. Money talks, and there’s very little money in promoting eating broccoli …

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