Volume 12, Issue 48 |  
Why you shouldn't take antidepressants for more than 3 months
Sometimes a casual conversation can be predictive. That's what happened to me last week. I was having dinner with a prominent New York psychiatrist. We were talking about the recent tragedy involving that apparent suicide of a pilot who deliberately crashed his plane carrying 150 passengers. The question was why would anybody kill themselves that way? Why not just kill yourself? Why take down so many people with you? My colleague gave a sobering answer.

"Frank," he said, "I'll bet you anything that he was on psychiatric medication. Almost every time anyone does anything crazy violent like that, it's the result of these medications." He went on to say that in certain people, psychiatric medications affect their brain in such a way that they sometimes have difficulty telling the difference between what is real and what isn't. "They seem to see reality like a kind of video game," he said. "This pilot probably did not fully realize that what he was doing was really real." This experienced doctor's statement really got to me. And so, as soon as I could, I started searching for clues on what really happened. I didn't have to go far.

The German newspaper Welt am Sontag recently reported that German police found a number "of medicines for the treatment of psychological illness" during a search at the pilot's Dusseldorf home. The article quoted an unnamed high-ranking investigator who said that the pilot had been treated by several neurologists and psychiatrists. There's not much doubt that he was taking one or more psychiatric medications. But here's the thing.

There is also not much doubt that absolutely none of this will come out on any of the TV news outlets. Why? It's because Big Pharma spends so much money advertising on TV that they essentially own the networks. And they do not want you to know the truth behind these ineffective and dangerous drugs. But here's the truth.

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Fact one: Anti-depressive drugs have never been cleared by the FDA as being safe to use for more than three months. Even though doctors routinely give them to patients for life, they have never been deemed safe to use that way. And the longer the patient is on them, the more unbalanced his brain chemistry gets. For some people, this imbalance can be devastating.

Fact two: Every antidepressant medication out there lists increased suicidal tendencies as one of its side effects. To date, 22 international drug regulatory warnings on psychiatric drugs citing effects of mania, hostility, violence and even homicidal thoughts, and dozens of high profile shootings/killings are tied to psychiatric drug use. Despite that there has yet to be a federal investigation on the link between psychiatric drugs and acts of senseless violence.

Fact three: At least 35 school shootings and/or school-related acts of violence have been committed by people taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs.

Fact four: Between 2004 and 2012, there have been 14,773 reports to the FDA's MedWatch system on psychiatric drugs causing violent side effects. These include 1,531 cases of homicidal ideation/homicide, 3,287 cases of mania, and 8,219 cases of aggression. Note: The FDA estimates that less than 1% of all serious events are ever reported to it, so the actual number of side effects occurring is most certainly higher.

Fact five: Other than the short-term use in patients who are going through an acute depressive episode, these drugs are completely unnecessary. There are many natural therapies that work much better — and they have absolutely no risk.

The use of pharmaceutical medications is the third leading cause of death in the country. With that in mind, you would think that one of the first things students would learn in medical school is all the ways that illnesses and symptoms can be treated without drugs. But this is not the case. Medical doctors graduate with a ton of knowledge on how drugs work and how to prescribe them. But they have absolutely no clue at all about alternatives to drugs unless they go out of their way to learn.

So do yourself a favor. Find a doctor who has gone out of his way to learn about how to use nutrition, vitamins, minerals, acupuncture, herbs, etc. instead of drugs. Good places to find a doctor like that are: www.aaot.us, www.acam.org, www.aaimedicine.com, www.aihm.org, and www.worldhealth.net.

Yours for better health,

“Reports: Medication found at German pilot’s home.” http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/reports-medication-german-pilot-home-150329030015090.html.

“Another Mass Shooting, Another Psychiatric Drug? Federal Investigation Long Overdue.” http://www.cchrint.org/2012/07/20/the-aurora-colorado-tragedy-another-senseless-shooting-another-psychotropic-drug/.

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