I’d like to be able to say I’m shocked, but unfortunately I can’t. Once again Big Pharma is placing profit above people. And let’s be honest…there’s nothing even remotely shocking about that.
The difference this time is that their pill-pushing scheme goes way beyond their normal negligence straight to immoral and is teetering right on the edge of criminal. Meanwhile the FDA turns a blind eye to the clever marketing campaigns designed to convince ordinary people like you and me to complacently line up at the pharmacy to get our regular dose of “poison.”
I am talking about antidepressants and the staggering recent revelation that the vast majority of those taking these dangerous drugs are getting no benefit at all. Zero. Nada. Not any better than a sugar-pill.
What they ARE getting however is a dangerous dose of poison along with a host of dangerous side effects. The worst of which is death: an unimaginably steep price to pay for, essentially, a poisonous placebo-high.
Turns out that only in the most severe cases—about 30%—are antidepressants any more effective than a placebo. That was the conclusion of a research team from the University of Pennsylvania who analyzed the compiled data from 6 different large-scale, placebo-controlled trials.
That’s right. Seventy percent of people taking one of these heavy-duty drugs are getting no more benefit than if they were stirring an extra spoonful of sugar into their coffee!
Whose minding the store here? Certainly not the FDA. If they were, the drug company execs would be escorted out of their glass walled offices in handcuffs. And I don’t think I am overstating the case here. Anyone who has suffered severe side effects, or lost a loved one to an antidepressant driven suicide, would make an even stronger one.
Unless you are suffering from a serious depression, you’d be better off flushing the happy pills and trying something that might actually help like getting more exercise or changing your diet.
See 4 Tips for Depression Relief for some other natural options.
Pass me the sugar and NOT the pills.
Antidepressant Drug Effects and Depression Severity, JAMA. 2010;303(1):47-53.
An enthusiastic believer in the power of natural healing, Alice has spent virtually her entire 17-year career in the natural-health publishing field helping to spread the word.
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