We are a greatly overmedicated society. Many people believe that there is a drug for every symptom. Some healthcare providers prescribe a drug during every office visit. These habits can convey to our young people that drugs are the answer to life's discomforts. More than $4 billion per year is spent on over-the-counter drugs for colds, and coughs—many of them unnecessary. Drugs for vomiting and diarrhea are largely ineffective, and these symptoms respond best to dietary changes. Remember that mild symptoms do not require any medication, and moderate symptoms often respond to home remedies. Drugs are not essential to recovery from most illnesses. Life is not a drug-deficient state.