I agree with the hypochondriac syndrome that can cause a person to take a lot of medicine. Additionally, I think drug makers have a lot to blame as well for this - everything we hear about quick fixes for this pain, for that pain, how you'll feel much better within an hour, etc really makes a person want to choose drugs over natural healing. I recently started reading a lot about the Paleo diet, and strongly considering starting it. What the proponents of this diet really say makes a lot of senses - our long ago ancestors, although did not live till very old didn't die from diseases but mostly from natural disasters. And they were all lean healthy machines not requiring medicine.