Bless the gullible, sheep-like nature of the human species. Where would the pharmaceutical industry be without them?
It's one thing to pay $300 for a pair of jeans that, if the trendy label was removed, would be indistinguishable from a $40 Target pair probably made in the same Chinese factory. But willingly ingesting poisonous drugs you know essentially nothing about, simply because your doctor told you to, really takes human gullibility to a whole new level.
Two of the top selling classes of drugs worldwide are cholesterol-lowering drugs and antidepressants. I explain in my book The Great Cholesterol Con why the cholesterol theory of heart disease is a complete sham, and why cholesterol-lowering drugs are toxic junk that are next to useless for the vast majority of people they are prescribed to. The Mayo Clinic has even established a new Statin Intolerance Clinic to "to better diagnose, risk stratify, and treat patients with statin-associated adverse effects." How about just admitting that statins suck and that natural alternatives like iron reduction and fish oil produce greater reductions in mortality without the side effects?[1,2] Oh wait a minute, there is one possible side effect from iron reduction: reduced cancer risk.
As for anti-depressants, Mark Circus sums it up nicely when he writes: "The discovery that many people with life problems or occasional bad moods would willingly dose themselves with antidepressants sailed the drug industry through the 2000s. A good chunk of the $4.5 billion a year direct-to-consumer advertising has been devoted to convincing people they don’t have problems with their job, the economy and their family, they have depression."
Yep, the cause of your blues isn't job stress, frustrated hopes and dreams, financial strain, bad relationships, an existential crisis, or faulty subconscious response patterns embedded during childhood as a result of crap parenting, bullying, ostracism, or sexual/physical/emotional abuse. Nope, dealing with that stuff might require introspection and thinking, and we all know how yucky thinking is. Too damn hard.
Let's instead call it a chemical imbalance! For which, of course, the best treatment is DRUGS. Yessirree - colourful pills that disappear down your gullet and make everything wonderful again!
The Depressing Consequences of Indiscriminate Anti-Depressant Use
A Canadian judge recently ruled that Prozac led a teenage high school student - with no prior history of violence - to inexplicably murder his friend by stabbing him in the chest. The judge based his determination largely on the compelling expert testimony by U.S. psychiatrist, Peter Breggin, MD who submitted scientific evidence showing the risk of drug-induced violence posed by antidepressants such as Prozac.
Breggin said, "This is a landmark legal confirmation of the scientific fact that the newer antidepressants like Prozac, including the SSRI and SNRI antidepressants, can cause violence and even murder."
According to court documents, “The boy had been taking Prozac for three months, during which time his behavior deteriorated. He became impulsive and unpredictable, and suicidal. He also began to talk at times as if fantasizing about violence. He seemed to become a different person to his distraught parents.” The judge was also persuaded by the fact that when Prozac was withdrawn from the boy, his behavior returned to normal.
Dr. Breggin testified that his primary care physician and his parents alerted the prescribing psychiatric clinic to the boy’s deteriorating condition. Now, under such circumstances, you might reasonably expect the clinic to discontinue the medication or at the very least, lower the dosage.
Not only did the clinic continue the Prozac, they doubled the dosage.
As a very wise Chinese man once said: "#$%@!!"
In his report and testimony, Dr. Breggin found that the boy's symptoms were consistent with a Prozac (fluoxetine) Induced Mood Disorder with Manic Features and that he would not have committed the violence if he had not been given the antidepressant. He also testified that the teen had improved dramatically when removed from the Prozac after a few months in jail and that he was no longer a danger to himself or others. He brought numerous independent scientific studies to court confirming that a large percentage of youth exposed to the newer antidepressants will develop these hazardous adverse drug reactions. He also noted that the observations and even the wording of his own earlier scientific publications had been included into the information now found in the official FDA-approved labels.
Dr. Breggin’s scientific articles concerning antidepressants can be found on his website at: http://breggin.com.
1. von Baeyer H, et al. Atherosclerosis: current concepts of pathophysiology and pharmacological intervention based on trial outcomes. Clinical Nephrology, Jul, 2003; 60 (Suppl 1): S31-s48.
2. See http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/31/health/31iht-fishoil31.15772043.html for discussion of:
--Gissi-HF Investigators. Effect of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in patients with chronic heart failure (the GISSI-HF trial): a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Lancet, Oct 4, 2008; 372 (9645): 1223-1230.
--Gissi-HF Investigators. Effect of rosuvastatin in patients with chronic heart failure (the GISSI-HF trial): a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Lancet, Oct 4, 2008; 372 (9645): 1231-1239.
3. Zacharski LR, et al. Decreased Cancer Risk After Iron Reduction in Patients With Peripheral Arterial Disease: Results From a Randomized Trial. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 2008; 100 (14): 996-1002.
Anthony Colpo is an independent researcher, physical conditioning specialist, and author of the groundbreaking books The Fat Loss Bible and The Great Cholesterol Con. For more information, visit TheFatLossBible.net or TheGreatCholesterolCon.com
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