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...
Hmmm...my mother took anti-depressants for 40 years. She now has dementia.ReplyDelete
Some also say there is a connection between SSRIs and (school)shootings as they somehow can cause psychotic episodes. Not sure about this one, but with so many things about prescription drugs coming to light...Who knows?ReplyDelete
There are many other ways to cure depression....but people shake their heads and mock the "prophet" who said so......ReplyDelete
I will admit I'm always interested in natural remedies. I believe our bodies have a capacity to self-heal but the modern lifestyle is often not beneficial.ReplyDelete
Oh my goodness! A favorite subject of mine. Look at the work of Dr. Peter Breggin for lots of good information. I would not be surprised to learn that all these crazy shooters had been on psychiatric meds.ReplyDelete
On the blog madinamerica.com, I recently found info on something called Soteria, which is alternative treatment in a home-like atmosphere, focusing on "sincere human involvement and understanding", treating people with dignity and respect.
Too many people are worshiping at the altar of the quick fix for their problems, to the utter detriment of the world as we know it.
I am shocked to hear of people that I know personally taking "a little something to make me feel better". If only they knew they were damaging their brains and that there was no chemical imbalance in their brains UNTIL they began to take the medication!!
Interesting!I usually get most of my info from Dr. Mercola though he is more paleo than me:)ReplyDelete
The strangest part of it all is that drug abuse is considered a horrible horrible thing unless it's prescription drugs and than somehow it's all fine and dandy. Unless a person is older and/or has a very serious medical condition care should be used, especially if the medication is in any way addictive. I know smb who once had a surgery for a benign breath tumor, and she refused to take morphine after it, because of how addictive the stuff is plus it made her feel worse than pain she experienced.
I have used a lot of different kind of antidepressants. I also know lot of people who use them. They make you fat, frigid and aggressive. And they are useless to most people, studies show that their effect is quite similar to that of plasebo's.ReplyDelete
My depression started getting better when I decided with my husband that no matter what, I do not need to join worklife never again. Obviously my doctor thinks that I am still sick and working would heal me because "then you could feel you are a part of this society". :rolleyes: For your information, my fellow housewifes, according to my doctor, you are not a part of society! Neither are children nor elderly people who do not work. Or unemployed, I assume. ;)
Isn't depression often the consequence of stress? In this case, a less stressful life will sure help. Yes, I know, the modern idea that life happens "at work" is insane. I've been thinking of writing a post on this very topic. May be, I'll do!ReplyDelete
Yes, depression is caused by stress. Stress hormone cortisol will quite literally burn connections in your brain, if cortisol levels are high for a long period of time (or extremely high stress for shorter period of time).ReplyDelete
This is why the serotonine theory does not work: increasing serotonin (or other neurotransmitter) levels in your brain wont help if the synapses are not there! It is like pouring gasoline all over your car, but the engine wont start because there are no pipes for the gasoline. Well, maybe this was very bad metaphor.
Modern life is alienating with common folks being viewed by their "betters" as producer/consumer units, not humans. Women are pushed into unnatural roles for the sake of "equality". Families are falling apart and neighbours hardly talk to each other. Is it any wonder that people's mental health suffers? Along comes the pharmaceutical company, offering you a quick fix...ReplyDelete
That's how I see it. Thanks for all the info you are sharing!