Acta Biotheoretica

, Volume 51, Issue 3, pp 151–171 | Cite as

Assessing Overmedication: Biology, Philosophy and Common Sense

  • Wim J. van der Steen


Overmedication is nowadays a serious problem in health care due to influences from the pharmaceutical industry and agencies responsible for regulation. The situation has indeed become appalling in psychiatry, where both theories and treatments have deteriorated under the impact of the industry. The overmedication problem is associated with biased biology in medicine. Adequate biological approaches would indicate that drug therapies must yield to diet therapies, particularly treatments involving omega-3 fatty acids, in many cases. To the extent that philosophy of science adapts to mainstream medicine in analyses of the current situation, it may reinforce the existing bias. To redress imbalances in health care, we ultimately have to rely on common sense.

catatonia diet depression drug regulation ecology fatty acid NSAID omeprazole pharmaceutical industry philosophy of science schizophrenia ulcer 


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  • Wim J. van der Steen
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  1. 1.Department of BiologyVrije UniversiteitAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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