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Why do people prefer medicines such as tums (calcium carbonate) and maalox over natural remedies for gas relief?

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Dr. Rick Kirschner
Dr. Rick Kirschneranswered
General Practice 40 years experience
Quick fix : Why do so many people prefer to take a pill than to make an actual change in their lifestyle? In part because 1) it seems easier, and 2) short term thinking is common. It places more responsibility outside of themselves, whereas making healthy choices requires taking responsibility for yourself. Sad but true: the promise of a quick fix is irresistible to people averse to change.

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Last updated Apr 14, 2016

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