Have you ever watched an anti-depressant commercial on TV and wondered why the disclaimers about side effects, suicide, weight gain, etc take up 3/4ths of the air time all the while the “patient” is smiling and happily swinging on a swing set, with soft melodious music in the background? They must say all those things for legal reasons, but you are also being indoctrinated to go ask your doctor about Ambilify or some other anti-depressant to add to the others you may already be taking!
Mental Illness as an Epidemic and the Industry Behind It.
Short term gain, long term problem. People who have experienced emotional trauma and fall into depression can sometimes be helped by prozac and other psychotropic drugs, in the short term. However, if the patient does not find a way out of the depression by other means: spiritual community, friends and accountability networks, talk therapy and social interaction, the long term effects of anti-depressants can be frightening.
Two researchers as McGill University know why.
The following are some excerpts from a recent newsletter by one of those celebrity doctors, Dr Russell Blaylock, with some of my thoughts on how to take alternative action.
(From Dr. Blaylock) A Cure Worse Than the Disease
There is little question that the drugs used to treat mental disorders worsen the symptoms and even produce new, often more dangerous symptoms. Take, for instance, schizophrenia, which is associated with:
•Disorganized speech and thinking
•Breakdown in thought processes
When Thorazine came on the scene (in 1954), psychiatrists saw dramatic improvement it made in their patients. One study found that 75 percent were significantly improved. But they failed to look at what happened to the patients on long-term drug treatments. According to Whitaker, when studies were finally conducted, researchers found that unmedicated patients were better off after one year — and the difference was even more dramatic after five years. When looking at symptom relapse rates, scientists found that only 7 percent of unmedicated patients relapsed, while 65 percent of medicated patients relapsed.
Even more shocking was the finding that the medicated patients experienced worse symptoms on relapse. According to long-term studies, the medicated patients often became social “zombies” who would just sit and stare at the TV, rarely engaging in social interaction with others. Researchers concluded that most mental illnesses, especially the severe forms, could improve over time— but not in those taking medications. Why would medications make the patients worse if they seem so beneficial in the short term?
The answer to that mystery came from two researchers at McGill University who determined that because these drugs block most of the dopamine receptors in the brain, over time more receptors were generated, which made the brain hypersensitive to dopamine. Dopamine overactivity in the brain is the cause of many symptoms of schizophrenia. The majority of patients not treated with the antipsychotic drugs improved significantly. In fact, in one study, 73 percent returned to normal lives and employment.
Another surprise was that taking the medications correlated with degeneration of the frontal lobes of the brain, along with other brain alterations not seen in patients who did not take the drugs. Examination of the brains of older patients who took antidepressant medications found changes similar to those observed in Alzheimer’s dementia. This was clearly a case of the cure being worse than the disease.
Further Reading on Mental Illness – Recommendations from Dr. Russell Blaylock.
Not long ago, major depression was rare, with less than 100 people in a million diagnosed. Now, we are told that as many as 100,000 people per million suffer from “dangerous depression.” That kind of increase means either something has drastically changed in our society, or we are being sold a bill of goods. In fact, it is both. For the full story of how we arrived at this disastrous
juncture, I recommend two books: “Let Them Eat Prozac” by the psychopharmacologist David Healy and “Anatomy of An Epidemic” by journalist Robert Whitaker. The latter book is written more for the layman and makes some startling but essential findings.
These images link to the books on Amazon.
What’s the alternative? (My Opinion)
Practice Self-Care: Take Omega-3, Vitamin D3 and a multivitamin, eat wholesome nutrition, make use of community, friends, networks, and accountability circles, art therapy, yoga practice, take a hot bath, visit a spa, take a day off once in awhile. All of us need to recharge our emotional batteries, fill up the tank with needed resources so we can continue to make contribution to family and those around us.
Eat real food. Supplement if your lifestyle doesn’t permit 100% wholesome nutrition. Can anyone say they are 100% in this area?
Shop the perimeter of the supermarket. Use farmer’s markets in your locality.
Stay away from processed foods as much as possible. Too many chemicals! Understand that micro toxins do build up over time. Eat clean.
Take time to visit nature: A walk in the nearby park, a hike in the hills, a quiet time of meditation on a mountain, in a temple or a church.
Consider carefully before medicating: One Doctor of Pharmacology recently told me that all pharmaceutical drugs turn down the volume on what the body is trying to communicate.
For example, if you have pain in your back and you take tylenol or ibuprofen, you don’t feel the pain so much any more. Wonders of wonders! You just disconnected the pain from your brain, and the problem that is causing the pain was not treated at all. In that space of being medicated with the volume turned down you may injure yourself further or you may feel better because the body was able to work out the kinks through its own natural healing ability. Mostly, I think we underestimate the power the body has to heal, if we will just get out of the way of our own ability to heal and be well. Doctor Mark Hyman in a lecture at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition remarked that MD does not stand for Medical Deity. Well said!
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
― Albert Einstein
“Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.”
― C.S. Lewis
Consider True Omega-3 with Vitamin D3
and True Vitality Multi.
I am not saying to disregard pharmaceutical advice from your doctor, just remember to counterbalance that advice with what can be done naturally with nutrition, exercise, stretching, community interaction, friendship, etc. Short term and acute situations may need intervention, but long term, think holistic! Portions of this article refer to Dr Blaylock’s Wellness report April 2013 issue as indicated. The rest of the words are mine.