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Published:June 13th, 2011 15:51 EST

Judyth Piazza chats with Larry Frieders, Author of The UnDruggist: A Tale of Modern Apothecary and Wellness

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

Larry entered the health professions in the early 1970s and at that time when many health practitioners were concerned about a phenomena called "poly-pharmacy". It is a situation where a person is simultaneously taking multiple drugs. The upper limit was around 5, at which point the potential for serious side effects were pronounced. Today, that concept is rarely mentioned and it is not uncommon for a person to be using 10, 15 or more drugs every day. That can`t be healthy.

All those drugs, and their metabolites, end up in our water supply. Even people who don`t intentionally use them can potentially suffer from their effects. Drugs cost billions of dollars and contribute greatly to the outrageous cost of health care. Drugs are important. I don`t disagree. They have helped so many people be healthier. The problem is that all of us seem to have lost our perspective about the real need for medications. If we need drugs to survive it means either that we have been designed improperly, or that we have damaged a perfectly good body. I conclude that we are built appropriately. I long for a time when we are truly concerned about people who use three or more drugs every day.

"Too Many People Take Too Many Drugs". That`s my motto based on several decades of experience and study. I sometimes refer to myself as a "recovering pharmacist", NOT meaning a problem with abuse. But over the years my awareness of the potential risks from drugs has increased to the point where I could never work again in a "traditional" drugstore - one of the most common of stores. I retain my license to practice, but I can never bring myself to participate in a process that I know in my heart is excessive, wrong-headed, and extremely dangerous. My first book was published in January 2011 and is titled, "The UnDruggist: A Tale of Modern Apothecary and Wellness and Wellness," January 2011