There have been some among my acquaintances who have never trusted the modern "pill-pushing" medical care (yes, I know some medication is needed and saves lives). New research appears to support this distrust:
Antidepressants Linked To Dementia:
New Canadian research finds antidepressants may be contributing to Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
According to the University of Regina research, popular SSRI
(Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) antidepressant medications,
such as Prozac, Paxil, Lexapro, Zoloft, etc., are associated with a
twofold increase in the odds of developing some form of cognitive
impairment, such as dementia, including Alzheimer’s.
This association was even stronger for people who took antidepressants before the age of 65.
I personally have a relative who's been on antidepressants on and off who later developed this condition. The article above is from last year, but the interesting thing is that if you google this subject, several years before they were making claims that this type of medication were actually beneficial for you and could prevent (!) dementia.
Yet nowadays researchers say they double the risk. An even more sinister thing is that apparently, antidepressants aren't only prescribed for clinical depression, but are simply distributed like candy:
“They’re being prescribed ‘off label,’ meaning for non-depression
related situations. They’re being prescribed to very young children and
to the very old,” said Dr. Darrell Mousseau, a professor in the
department of psychiatry at the University of Saskatchewan and the
study’s senior author.
“They’re almost becoming the antibiotic of this century: ‘If you’ve
got a disease, take an SSRI. It’s going to help you in one way, shape or
New medication is more dangerous than the old version:
The link was strongest with the SSRIs, and lowest with older antidepressants.
Hmm, it's almost like it's by design. Because this widely used medication will impair your cognitive abilities and shrink your brain:
For example, the research found that the brains of people who took
SSRIs didn’t work as well as the brains of those who didn’t take them.
“We saw an increased risk of getting dementia over time,” said
researcher Shannon Risacher, PhD, assistant professor of radiology and
imaging sciences at the Indiana University School of Medicine.
This research found that older adults who took the drugs had poorer
thinking skills than those who didn’t take them. They also found that
their brains were smaller, especially in areas important for memory and
other thinking skills.
So it brings both profit and a compliant, brainwashed population. Maybe, the conspiracy theorists do have a point, after all...