A recent paper published in The Lancet claims that antidepressants do work and more people should be on them. Researchers examined 522 trials involving 21 types of medication over almost four decades. Sounds impressive doesn’t it? They claimed that all the trials showed that antidepressant drugs were more effective than placebo but only one in six patients suffering from depression are receiving treatment.
After saying all that they did concede that the most prescribed antidepressants like Prozac (which contains 3 fluoride molecules) and Celexa (which contains 2 fluoride molecules) were found to be among the least effective. So how effective are they? And what are the side effects?
In my mind, if you say a drug is effective, it should be effective in most if not all cases. But their criteria was that if a drug reduced symptoms in at least half of patients over a period of two months it was deemed effective. I’ve heard of many studies where the placebo was more effective than the drug but they didn’t mention that fact. And, since when is a 50:50 coin toss seen as a solution to such a serious condition as depression? In this study the researchers are playing with numbers in a blatant attempt to give more drugs to more people at younger ages because they see symptoms of mental illness escalating and don’t know what else to do for it.
If you’re read much of my work, I claim that the element fluorine in chemical formulas, used in our most popular drugs, can be broken down by intestinal flora and, among other things, bind with magnesium making it unavailable to the body. At the same time the brittle MgF2 compound can deposit into bones and tendons and cause tendon rupture. Here is what we know about fluorine. It is a chemical element with the symbol F and atomic number 9. It is the lightest halogen and exists as a highly toxic pale yellow diatomic gas at standard conditions. As the most electronegative element, it is extremely reactive: almost all other elements, including some noble gases, form compounds with fluorine like MgF2. Drug companies use fluorine to more easily pass through the lipid membranes of cells making them more potent. Of course, the side effects are never mentioned.
This study came out of the UK and the article I’m quoting is from The Telegraph so it gives UK statistics. The writer says the average age of onset of depression is now 14 compared to age 45 in the 1960’s. That shift should tell you something more than “Hey we need to start handing out more drugs to school kids.” Because something that I do know is the drugs we give kids are probably causing more depression and I think is at the root of the school killings.
Here is what I wrote in my book, Death By Modern Medicine (2014).
“Industry Exaggerates Antidepressant Effects
The New York Times published an article about a NEJM paper that reviewed 74 antidepressant drug studies that had been submitted to the FDA.40 Thirty-eight studies were judged to be positive by the FDA; 36 were published. Those studies with negative or questionable results were not published. Consequently doctors and patients get the impression that these drugs are working whereas they may only work half the time, at best. Sales of antidepressants total about $21 billion a year.
The Times interviewed Dr. Turner, a former FDA employee, who said that people had the impression that antidepressants are effective all the time. When Turner told them they only work 40% to 50% of the time based on his review of the research at the FDA, they replied that they had never seen a negative study. Dr. Turner said he knew from his time with the agency that there were many negative studies that had never been published.
This is not the first time fraud has been uncovered in the pharmaceutical industry. In 2004, the New York state attorney general sued GlaxoSmithKline for alleged fraud, when they suppressed studies that concluded Paxil was no better than a placebo in treating depression in children. Glaxo denied the charge but eventually settled out of court with the attorney general.41
Glaxo was on the carpet again by 2012 for Paxil. The New York Times reported in July 2012 that Glaxo plead guilty to criminal charges and agreed to pay $3 billion in fines for promoting its best-selling antidepressant (Paxil) for unapproved use
An online news service posted a commentary, Bush Gives BIG Handout To
Pharmaceutical Companies in October 2004.54 The government-funded initiative calls for mandatory mental-health screening for the entire U.S. population. All those who screen positive for mental health problems are offered medications.
It seems a strange thing for a political party that says they don’t believe in Big Government to invade the privacy of its citizens. It becomes more obvious when you consider that the accepted treatment for mental imbalance, from ADHD in children to depression in Alzheimer’s patients, is a drug.
It matters little that a possible cause of ADHD and Alzheimer’s is a buildup of the heavy metals in the brain and an associated lack of nutrients to detoxify the metals. That possibility is strictly ignored by modern medicine and the suppression of symptoms is the only therapeutic directive.
It also seems a strange proposal given the fact that antidepressants have come under such heavy fire due to the increase in teen suicide with their use. Suicide, homicide and violent acts under the influence of antidepressants is on the rise.
The Prozac family of drugs appears to give a segment of depressed patients just enough energy to be able to act on their suicidal and homicidal thoughts. People who benefit from the drug say that their mood is altered so that they just don’t really care about their problems anymore. They also may not care about sex, interacting with others, or what’s going on around them—including their loss of health freedom.
Dr. David Healy, a Professor in the North Wales Department of Psychological Medicine has been very vocal in his concern about SSRI antidepressants and their association with suicide. In the British Medical Journal, Healy warns that every antidepressant licensed since 1987 is associated with a higher risk of suicide compared to placebo.55 Healy raised concerns about the tremendous level of control that the pharmaceutical industry has over academia after his appointment to the University of Toronto was withdrawn because of drug company concern about his less than favorable position toward their SSRI medications.”
Dr. Healy is going to be absolutely livid about this Lancet study and I can’t wait for his rebuttal. In the meantime, please reread my blog called “Diet and Drugs are The Problem, Not Guns” and consider giving every young person you know a bottle of ReMag lotion! Of course ReMag is not the complete solution to depression but I consider it the first step. If you hear of someone who is considering taking an antidepressant, besides ReMag and our Completement Formulas, tell them to investigate EMPowerplus at Truehope. There are solutions to the mental health problem that don’t always involve drugs.
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future®
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