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Too many pills, Not enough roots

Written by Edward Thompson

Introduction

There is no doubt that over the past 80 years many drugs have been introduced which have had profoundly beneficial and life-saving effects on our health. This includes the use of antibiotics such as penicillins in acute infections, insulin in type 1 diabetes, thyroxine in hypothyroidism and calcium channel blockers to reduce severe raised blood pressure. In the last decade however there has been an increased use of medication to reduce risk of and treat illnesses which have a major lifestyle component such as type two diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol and hypertension, with the NHS drugs bill in 2016 totalling £9,204.9 million 1.`The use of risk scores and in particular the Q risk score in patients in the UK and the reduction to 10% as the trigger for treatment has meant that many more healthy patients are being prescribed preventative medication such as statins and blood pressure medication. At the same time mental health problems are increasing and the prevalence of obesity which is a risk factor for type two diabetes is also rising dramatically. It is creating a perfect storm for patients being on multiple drugs. Herbal medicine has an important part to play in calming the multiple medication storm, especially when combined with lifestyle change.

Dr. Edward Thompson: I am a General Practitioner with an expertise in Integrated Medicine. I graduated from Leicester Medical School (MB ChB) in 2007 and completed my GP training in 2012. I am a Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP). I originally graduated from St Andrews University with a Arts Degree (MA) in 1990 and then studied Homeopathy at the College of Homeopathy (LCH) from 1990 -1993.

I studied Herbal Medicine completing the East West Course in Herbal Medicine (EWCH) in 1994. I also completed the Ayurvedic Medicine Studies Program at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque USA in 1994. I studied Chinese Herbal Medicine with the Renshu College of Chinese Medicine (Dip CHM) qualifying in 2000, as well as Acupuncture at The Southwest College of Oriental Medicine (Dip. Ac.) from which I qualified in 1998.

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