Dr. Norman F.
Hope is that a given pill would need to be taken only temporarily. Experts
in geriatrics find that the elderly are often taking so many pills their bodies
become susceptible to sleeplessness, confusion, dizziness, wobbling, stumbling
and falling, memory loss, and incompetence. Doctors may refer to it as the
"aging process," when actually the pills are at fault, sending them
prematurely to the nursing homes.
Dr. Jerry Avon of Harvard Medical School has said, with age, kidney and liver
efficiency declines, lessening the body's ability to excrete drugs. Drug
dosages safe at 50 may be dangerous at 70 years. There is also a change in
sensitivity to drugs with age. You should purchase all drugs and vitamins
from the same pharmacy so you will have a complete list, in case a doctor
inquires. But let's try to solve the needs for drugs. People on the
"No Nightshades" Diet find a great reduction in need for drugs, if
Please read the Reuters article on the
of drugs being mistaken for dementia.