Potions: Modern Mythology of Drugs and Toxins by Joshua W. Hamilton

Potions: Modern Mythology of Drugs and Toxins

byJoshua W. Hamilton

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In Potions, Joshua Hamilton, a leading authority on drugs and toxins, examines the myths surrounding chemicals, including prescription drugs, herbal remedies, and much more. One of the most dangerous modern myths about chemicals, Hamilton reveals, is that "natural" means "safe." St Johns Wort,for instance, is both natural and dangerous, clinically shown to produce adverse reactions when combined with common prescription drugs. The flip-side, that man-made chemicals are inherently more dangerous than natural chemicals, is even more pervasive, and far more detrimental. Thus many peoplerefuse to take prescriptions because they are not "natural" - unaware that most drugs are either natural products, derived from natural products, or are closely related chemically to a natural product. And these same people will take herbal remedies - which do not have to adhere to the strict safetyguidelines that drugs do. Indeed, Hamilton offers a devastating look at herbal remedies (virtually none of which offer any proven benefit) as well as a fascinating discussion of the placebo effect.

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Joshua Hamilton is a Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology and Director of Dartmouth's Center at Dartmouth Medical School.
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Title:Potions: Modern Mythology of Drugs and ToxinsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:July 15, 2019Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195329031

ISBN - 13:9780195329032

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