It’s the ugliest trick in the mainstream playbook. And they just pulled it on some of the most desperate patients of all.
They’re out with a new report that makes it seem like folks struggling with depression ONLY have two choices.
- Drugs with awful side effects
- Endless talk therapy
Now, I don’t want to knock talk therapy. It’s safe. There are no drugs involved. And the new study is proof that it works… at least to some extent. But notice what’s NOT in the study?
Virtually ANYTHING and EVERYTHING else.
So let me fill in the blanks for them and give you the REAL options for depression. Because the truth is, you have a lot more than just two choices.
And some of them are better than drugs and therapy combined.
Beware of the lack of choices lie
The new study claims that talk therapy and common antidepressant drugs have similar rates of effectiveness and costs. Although I’m happy to report that talk therapy gets a slight edge on both.
Over five years, folks who get talk therapy have 20 more days of improved quality of life. And over five years, it costs about $1,800 less.
Of course, the downside of talk therapy for many folks is… well… the therapy: You have got to haul your depressed rear end into a therapist’s office regularly. And let’s be honest, not everyone has the time, energy, or will for that.
For many, that makes drugs the winner, despite the awful side effects.
And that’s the REAL shame of this study. Because it didn’t test ANYTHING else against those two in terms of costs or effectiveness.
But they ARE out there. And they DO work.
REAL choices for REAL depression
For example, there’s one impressive study published in 2014 that the mainstream NEVER talks about. It put curcumin – a natural anti-inflammatory compound in the spice turmeric – head-to-head against one of the most popular antidepressant drugs in the world, fluoxetine (aka Prozac).
And it pretty much matched the drug in effectiveness.
Given that curcumin costs a fraction of the price, you’d think researchers doing a new study looking at cost-effectiveness would want that in their analysis. But NOPE.
Here’s another one the mainstream loves to trash: Fish oil.
One recent study that made headlines claimed omega-3 fatty acids CAN’T and DON’T work for depression, so don’t even bother. What’s more, they claimed that it doesn’t work at any dose.
Sounds pretty definitive, right?
Well, not so fast. The studies in that analysis used a median dose of less than ONE gram per day. In other words, not even close to what the most promising studies on fish oil and depression have used.
Multiple studies have found you need at least one gram of the EPA ALONE (along with lower levels of DHA) to see a benefit. Speak to a naturopathic doctor about the dosage best for you if you want to try it.
Treatments for depression appear to work better when combined with other natural therapies. This means combining curcumin with fish oil could lead to better results than either one alone.
And if you want to try talk therapy, go right ahead. It’s safe, and it works for lots of folks. But consider combining it with one or more natural treatments to make it even more effective.