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Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor or have any medical expertise. All the information contained in this article is based on research and the quotes are the opinions of those that made them. Discontinuation of medical treatment can only be made under the guidance and supervision of a medical doctor. If you are on any type of antidepressant or similar, never stop taking them cold-turkey as this can be very dangerous with server side-effects.
The modern prescribed treatment for depression and anxiety is based on the claim of a chemical imbalance, usually serotonin, also known as a neurotransmitter. This is an interesting assertion since there is no way to test this “theory”. “There are no objective tests in psychiatry, no X-ray, laboratory, or exam finding that says definitively that someone does or does not have a mental disorder.” -Allen Frances, Former DSM-IV Task Force Chairman
Also of great interest is that the prescribed medication does not increase serotonin (or other chemicals) as you might expect. It does in fact slows down/blocks its usage through an unnatural and unproven chemical treatment in the form of a pill (that you pay about $2 or more for). So strangle the synapse and all is well apparently. Yes, all is well in the bank accounts of the pharmaceutical companies who have made massive profits by prescribing this fake “cure”. Sales of antidepressants surpassed $11 billion in 2010. By 2012 Cymbalta (made by Eli Lilly) sales were around $4 billion in the U.S. Pristiq (Desvenlafaxine), a Wyeth product that is now replacing their flagship Effexor, received “over 3 million prescriptions…on a monthly basis throughout the past year (2014).” -Found at: http://mentalhealthdaily.com/
Another billion-dollar question is, what kind of brain damage will result from this quackery? The numbers don’t lie and are well documented. Oh, and btw, there is no proof that a depressed person is low in serotonin in the first place as per the statement below:
“… the truth is that researchers have never discovered a single defective gene or accurately identified any chemical imbalance that has caused an emotional disorder; nor have they ever proven that brain abnormalities are responsible for even one emotional disorder. In fact, the National Institute of Mental Health openly admits that the causes of schizophrenia, depression, mania, anxiety and hyperactivity are unknown.” –“Broken Brains or Wounded Hearts” by Dr. Ty Colbert
Now lets add to this mirage the fact that the data shows the “test” period for drug approval is usually around 6 weeks, about the same time it takes for them to “work” as stated at http://psychcentral.com – “…most people won’t start experiencing the full positive effects of the medication until 6 to 8 weeks after beginning it.” How in hell can this be considered a legitimate trial length for safety? But that is what the FDA requires and the actual long-term testing takes place in the field, meaning those who are prescribed these drugs are the lab-rats.
“The psychopharmacological revolution was born from one part science and two parts wishful thinking” –“Anatomy of an Epidemic” by Robert Whitaker.
It is imperative to remember that no other medical situation, treatments or remedy that I know about, is carried out without any prior testing of the patient. Hopefully no broken limps have been “fixed” without an X-ray. No spleens ripped from our bodies, no open heart surgery, no organ transplants, no blood-transfusions, no hip replacements, no life-saving surgery begun, without some kind of test, some kind of analysis, any kind of analysis. Hopefully patients are not opened up on an operating table based on a casual conversation at the golf club or the results of a prognostications gleaned from a ouija board. And it must be emphatically stated: There are NO tests to determine neurotransmitter levels such as serotonin. It is simply a guess made by elitist “experts”.
“What the world has been told is that when you are depressed you have a problem with your serotonin levels, that they are actually too low, and you need to take an antidepressant to increase the level of serotonin in your brain. The first thing you need to know is that is false…one of the biggest lies in medicine. According to the research over the last 60 years, what is low in depression is your ability to metabolize serotonin, which actually takes the level down, so you can’t metabolize serotonin that well and you need help doing so.” Dr. Ann Blake Tracy – Interview found at: hansenschoice-greenhealth.com
Over and over, ad nauseam, we hear the same story… “Chemical Imbalance”, followed by a list of these chemicals and how a pill will “increase” the amount until we are all better. Something like an oil top-up for your cars engine. However, we know that many of these chemicals cannot be ingested directly or cross the blood/brain barrier. We also know that the prescription drugs assigned, do not boost levels, they only “choke” or slow down the usage and distribution along with destroying cognitive ability and cause horrendous side-effects including anxiety and depression, the very thing they are claimed to cure. Unfortunately the manufacturers have been allowed to sell these modern-day elixirs where statements such as “May, Presumed, Suggested or Possibly” become euphemisms for “Are, Do, Will and Fact”.
There are about 30 million Americans on antidepressants at this time, but thankfully there is now a growing tidal-wave of opposition and criticism towards these claims and statements based on pseudo-science or the old “wishful thinking”. Here are a few of them. -The Warrior
“Antipsychotic drugs do not knowingly fix any brain abnormalities or balance any brain chemicals. What they do is suppress brain function in a manner that restrains physical mobility and diminishes certain psychotic symptoms. Like the older neuroleptics, these drugs grossly affect dopamine levels in the brain, a situation which is known to increase some people’s vulnerability to psychosis. Long-term outcomes with the use of any of the antipsychotics are dismal at best. The World Health Organization has reported the outcomes for psychiatric diagnoses to be much better in countries where these medications are not used or are used less frequently.” – “Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher” by Gwen Olsen http://www.amazon.ca/Confessions-Drug-Pusher-Gwen-Olsen/dp/1935278592
“Psychiatric drugs are worthless, and most of them are harmful. Many cause permanent brain damage at the doses customarily given. Psychiatric drugs and the profession that promotes them are dangers to your health.” –“PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS: Cure or Quackery?” by Lawrence Stevens, J. D.
“…Thomas Moore, author of DEADLY MEDICINE, discussed antidepressant withdrawal and stated, “Few drug companies are likely to volunteer to pay for an expensive study that has a good chance of revealing a new drug hazard.” During clinical trials investigators of Effexor found that 35% experienced withdrawal… Withdrawal can go unnoticed with the other serotonergic medications because in longer-term use severe withdrawal is often delayed several months. Patient and physician alike, mistake the symptoms of withdrawal as the reemergence of the symptoms of depression. The patient is given the drug again and the withdrawal symptoms disappear. The reintroduction of the drug stops the drug withdrawal – your first evidence of drug dependence!”