If the drug industry gave awards for futility, one class of med would win every year. And that, of course, is antidepressants.
Want to know the MOST ridiculous thing about them? Depression drugs… which are borderline useless for MANY people… are also some of the best-selling medications on the planet.
Millions of Americans take antidepressants daily in the desperate belief they’re the best or even the only way to fight mood disorders. But they’re not.
I’ll share some far better options in a moment. But first, I’ve got an inside look at a new report that reveals how truly effective depression-fighting treatments can come from some of the most unexpected places.
Plus, it highlights just how BAD those depression medications REALLY are.
“MAGIC” depression cure DOUBLED remission rates
Magic Mushrooms are usually associated with “tripping out” at Woodstock. Or maybe sitting in a basement full of blacklight posters while Grace Slick sings about chasing rabbits.
“Feed your heeeeeeeaaaadddd…”
But ‘shrooms are in the middle of a MAJOR makeover. Today, the compounds inside so-called magic mushrooms are being studied for medicinal benefits. And they’re showing especially great promise with mood disorders.
In the latest experiment, 59 volunteers with moderate-to-severe depression were given psilocybin, the key psychedelic ingredient in magic mushrooms, and then “guided” through two hallucinogenic experiences complete with music.
If you’re thinking, that sounds a heck of a lot like those “magic carpet rides” hippies wouldn’t shut up about back in the 60s and 70s, you’re not wrong. But here’s the wild thing: It worked.
In fact, it REALLY worked.
Over six weeks, folks who got just two treatments with the magic mushrooms had DOUBLE the remission rates of patients given daily doses of escitalopram, a top-selling antidepressant drug also known as Lexapro.
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Volunteers also reportedly had…
- measurable improvements in the ability to feel pleasure
- an easier time expressing emotions
- a greater sense of well-being
- lower levels of anxiety
- reduced suicidal thoughts
But that just begs the question…
- Is this proof that magic mushrooms are GREAT for depression?
- Or is it proof that those drugs are just NOT as good as advertised?
I’d say it’s likely a bit of both.
If you’re the experimental type, you might be tempted to give magic mushrooms a shot on your own. Don’t. This was a carefully controlled study involving specific doses under strict supervision. Plus, it’s still illegal in most places.
Besides, you don’t have to break any laws OR turn to antidepressants for real relief from mood disorders. There are dozens of science-backed treatments which could help without risking medication side effects or having to worry that the DEA might bash in your door.
One of the best is curcumin, the compound found in the spice turmeric. Curcumin essentially matched the abilities of the drug fluoxetine, aka Prozac, in a study. Many people also swear by the supplement SAMe, while others have had great results from 5HTP.
A recent study revealed probiotics can help drive down depression too. Click here to find out which three were found to be the most effective in the analysis.
And believe it or not, even daily exercise has matched or defeated meds for depression in studies. And let’s face it, that just might be the cheapest and safest cure of all.
If you’re still curious about giving magic mushrooms a try, you can look for clinical trials in your area. Or ask your doctor if he’s aware of any studies you might be eligible for.