Marketing of a Myth – SSRI Drugs
The ‘marketing of a myth’ is the claim that was made on April 21, 2015, by David Healy, head of psychiatry at the Hergest Psychiatric Unit in Bangor, North Wales regarding the misconception that low levels of seratonin were responsible for depression. It has become established fact, he says. According to his article, Dr. Healy states that the serotonin reuptake inhibiting (SSRI) group of drugs came on stream in the late 1980’s. “A 1960s idea that serotonin concentrations might be lowered had been rejected.”
Professor Healy said, in an editorial in the BMJ, that in the 1990’s no one knew if SSRI’s raised or lowered serotonin levels but there was no evidence that treatment corrected anything.
It is important to raise questions about the drugs, he says.
A Psychiatrist’s Perspective on Antidepressants
Another Perspective on the Cause of Depression
One scientist, Dr. Turhan Canli, of Stony Brook University, US, argues that depression should be re-defined as an infectious disease rather than an emotional disorder. The condition could result from a parasitic, bacterial or viral infection and future research into the condition should search for these micro-organisms.
This is really not a newly discovered idea in the Alternative Medicine field, where the first organ that can cause depression is widely known to be the liver. Dr. J.H. Tilden, born over 150 years ago, in his book, Toxemia Explained, stopped using medicine for the last 50 years of his practice.
As the liver gets toxic, so does your brain, along with the whole body. The liver must filter all poisons, which it considers drugs to be, and does not know how to get rid of them, as it does not recognize it as food, so it stores it in the tissues, etc., causing weight gain and many other effects. This is critical information that few know. If you knew this, you would not take Tylenol either. Consequently, the physical causes are the first to look for, not the last, if at all.
Seasonal Affective Disorder: This can be due to imbalances in brain chemistry and the hormone Melatonin.
Smoking: Though a controversy as to which came first, depression or smoking, the fact remains that neurotransmitter activity in the brain is effected by nicotine. This would account for the difficulty of withdrawal due to depression.
Thyroid Disease: While acting as a neurotransmitter among it’s many functions, it regulates serotonin levels.
Poor Sleep Habits: Since we replenish brain cells while sleeping, a lack of sleep can cause depression.
Lack of Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Fatty acids regulate neurotransmitters like serotonin, so adding fish or fish oil supplements to the diet helps both depression and bipolar disorder.
Medications: Birth Control pills that include a synthetic Progesterone can cause depression in some women.
Many other medications cause depression, so with so many people on them, how do they know it is not the meds? And we are back to the toxic liver again! We know that every medication is toxic to the liver.
So many years and millions of pills and we are only now taking off the blinders so we can see the rest of the picture. Common sense would tell you that, at best, millions of people could not possibly need the same drug, even in varying amounts, for a condition that could have so many causes. It has always been true that the more toxic the drug is to the liver, the more it effects the brain, no matter what organ it is addressing. One of the books below, “Prozac: Panacea or Pandora?”, will not bring up the cover as it is depicted on Amazon, so I will tell you about Dr. Ann B. Tracy, who I have followed for years on her website, www.drugawareness.org. She has been at the forefront of the court battles attempting to save many innocent murderers from prison due to SSRI drugs. You won’t read this in the media.