Adapted, with permission, from Dr. Sears Wellness Institute What happens when people visit the doctor these days? Patients enter the doctor’s office, get pills but no self-help skills, leave the doctor, pop the pills and return next month for a stronger dose…and everyone just gets sicker. Does this sound familiar to you? Prescription ads tells you to “Ask your doctor if this pill is right for you,” but how often do you ask? Knowing what you’re putting in your body is important, so keep these points in mind: 1. Different individuals require different dosages. Pills are designed and tested on averages, but that may not always represent you. 2. Beware the cocktail effect of pills. Pills can be partnered unsafely with other drugs. It’s not uncommon for people, especially as they age, to be on multiple prescriptions, but using drugs in combinations is not the way they were tested and approved. If this “cocktail effect” has never been tested, no one knows how it’s going to affect you. 3. Is it the drug or the disease? When a person is on a variety of pills to treat different highs and lows, it’s incredibly difficult for a doctor to sort out which of the patient’s symptoms are due to the underlying illness or due to the side of effects of the pills. So, what’s a person to do? Abandon pills? No, absolutely not! But what we, as patients need to learn is the “Pills-and-Skills Model of Healthcare.” As Dr. Sears says, “the best way to lower your pill bill is to raise your self-help skills.” The Pills-and-Skills Model means changing your mind-set from “Doctor, what can I take?” to “Doctor, what can I do.” This means, rather than listening to the pharmaceutical ads saying"Ask your doctor if this pill is right for you", ask your doctor "What can I do to change my health and health outcome?". My doctor said that only about 5% of patients actually do this and make the change. Let's change those numbers! It will require work; eating healthy foods, moving more, socializing, stress relief, and more, but those are lifestyle changes that you can learn to enjoy and is much better than living with possible side effects from medications and a shorter healthspan. You can make the change! Do you need help making these changes? Let's talk. Schedule a coaching session and let's make a plan. Schedule .