Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Exercise or Xanax?

What a wonderful world it would be if our medical system prescribed exercise instead of prescription drugs for anxiety. A recently published study showed regular exercise reduced anxiety symptoms by 20%.

Is this a big deal? Here come some stats from 2008 US sales data:
  • $14.6 billion in anti psychotics
  • $9.6 billion in antidepressants
  • $4.8 billion in ADHD meds

Grand total: $29 billion.

The 2008 budget for US National Parks operations: $2 billion.

Does anyone else see something wrong with this? It borders on criminal.

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