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    shawn9r14 is offline Newbie 510 points
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    What is the goal of medication?

    Iis it to make you feel better? "symptom relief"? to make abstract numbers on a clinical test look closer to a "normal" heart? Protection against something?

    I know...I suppose the answer is "it varies by individual".

    I ask because my doc seems to be after me to up my medication, when I have no particular complaints at the moment irt my heart condition itself; my complaints, if any, relate more to the side effects of the damn drugs. I feel better, generally, without them. I've been on atenolol for several years now, but only 50mg/day. when I first started that, I felt like a lump. couldn't get out of my own way. doc said to take half a pill...that improved things some. I still felt sleepy and generally unmotivated most of the time...but for the most part, tolerable. last year, Doc convinced me to take half a pill, twice a day. said it would make me feel less fatigued if I could up the dose. I keep trying to tell him, "more pill=MORE fatigue". he says "no". its my heart that is causing the fatigue. I'm not buying it.

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    I think that medications used in an acute situation ie.. antibotic for a serious infections or a pressor drug for a heart failure patient post MI or surgery are needed. Its the long term chronic meds for such things like, B.P., diabetes, cholesterol I think aren't the best treatment. Doctors should really stress lifestyle and diet changes for these types of conditions. Hopeful more docs will start to integrate CAM into their practices in the future.
    Overall though drugs aren't the way to go.

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    Orthodox Medicine seeks to fix or repair, and not to support. Orthodox medical practitioners do an invaluable job within their area of expertise, as do holistic practitioners.

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    Very nice information
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