The Chemical Imbalance Theory: Why It’s Wrong And Why You Need To Get Off Antidepressants
Get ready for the big antidepressant push. In 2015, Big Pharma will continue their tireless push to medicate us all with antidepressants. Don’t fall for the hype.
When I worked for the drug giant as a young chemist, Prozac (fluoxetine) was being marketed as a “happy pill.” Newsweek hailed it as, “A Breakthrough Drug for Depression.” Sales raked in enough profit to solve world hunger for a hundred years.
Fortunately, I didn’t have to try them to know they weren’t going to help me when I got depressed – like every time I looked at the taxes being taken out of my paycheck. In-house studies proved they didn’t work.
Astute doctors have followed the research trail. In Your Drug May Be Your Problem, Harvard trained psychiatrist Dr. Peter Breggin showed that antidepressants didn’t work better than dummy pills in clinical trials. To his dismay, he also discovered that they can cause the very thing they’re trying to cure and push depressed people further over the edge.
Big Pharma buried the detrimental findings in an avalanche of false advertising.
The marketing triumph played out like the tobacco conspiracy and was well documented in Dr. David Healy’s Let Them Eat Prozac: The Unhealthy Relationship Between the Pharmaceutical Industry and Depression. But, antidepressant sales are still soaring.
When you walk into a doctor’s office, you’re more likely to be prescribed an antidepressant medication than any other drug. More frightening, foster children, the military troops and our elderly population are being drugged in record numbers. This trend is only going to grow in 2015.
This swell of prescribing habits is driven by the “chemical imbalance” theory, which antidepressants aim to correct. But the science isn’t there.
Marcia Angell, former editor of The New England Journal of Medicine, wrote that , “After decades trying to prove [the chemical imbalance theory], researchers have still come up empty-handed.” Since the theory of depression is false, using it to diagnose and medicate an emotion is an atrocity.
If their ineffectiveness doesn’t deter the depressed, antidepressant side effects will.
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), antidepressants can cause suicidal thoughts and behavior, worsening depression, anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, irritability, hostility, impulsivity, aggression, psychotic episodes and violence. Physical side effects occur too and include abnormal bleeding, birth defects, heart attack, seizures and sudden death. Over one hundred and seventy drug regulatory warnings and studies have been issued on antidepressants to sound the alarm on these side effects.
So, what’s the alternative to treating depression?
The Roman Emperor Hadrian had severe bouts of depression. His mood swings lead to capricious cruelty. Without any real way to diagnose his mental state, it was said that he was possessed by evil spirits. Not much has changed today. Instead of blaming evil spirits, psychiatry blames neurotransmitters, which nobody can see or accurately measure. And even if you could, how could you define what’s normal?
Unlike the disease of Type II diabetes, where muscles fail to respond to rising insulin levels and blood sugar shoots sky high, depression lacks a unifying cause. There’s no blood test or medical exam to diagnose it. This makes depression hard to treat. If you don’t know the enemy, how can you fight the war? After all, emotions are not diseases.
This shouldn’t detract from the suffering depression brings. Headaches, air sickness and even being homesick or having a “broken heart” lack reliable blood tests, too. But, we know they’re real and have physical outcomes than can make life unbearable too.
Regardless of any blood test, depression cripples willpower, productivity and responsibility. By definition then, a remedy should be sought.
Therefore, the only thing we can do is look at depression as well as the outcome of antidepressant use over the last few decades to mount a new theory and treatment. In the same way doctors bust a blood clot with aspirin among heart attack victims, the old view was that the depressed brain was diseased and needed drugs. But, decades of trial and error show that drugs are the villain, not the cure.
Emerging from this, the new view sees “the war within” not as a disease, but as emotional instability precipitated by malnutrition or even drug and alcohol use. The American Journal of Psychiatry made this view official, saying, “malnutrition predisposes to neurocognitive deficits, which in turn predispose to persistent externalizing behavior problems throughout childhood and adolescence. The findings suggest that reducing early malnutrition may help reduce later antisocial and aggressive behavior.”
This is easy to explain. When depleted, the brain lacks the ability to:
- Manage mood and proper behavior
- Activate the growth of new nerve cells
Together, the biological trios guide rationale, thinking and mood when confronted with initiators of stress – like when the IRS robs you blind via taxation without representation. However, just as a muscle fails when it lacks electrolytes, a malnourished mind and body are ill-equipped for elevating mood.
Therefore, when initiators of depression (or stress, anxiety and rage) are present, sufferers can “feel blue,” lay passively in bed all day or become a tyrannical, barbaric ruler who takes out their despair on others.
There’s a potential fix…
Scientists have found that a rare mineral may help curb malnutrition and therefore, emotional instability. Serving as nature’s most effective nutrient booster, observational studies show that the non-toxic mineral lowers depressive outcomes much better than drugs as measured by behavioral habits among those who suffer from alcoholism, drug addiction and even suicidal thoughts. To learn how best to use this non-toxic alternative natural antidepressant and how to wean from your meds, read Over-The-Counter Natural Cures Expanded.
About the Author
My name is Shane “The People’s Chemist” Ellison. I hold a master’s degree in organic chemistry and am the author of Over-The-Counter Natural Cures Expanded Edition (SourceBooks). I’ve been quoted by USA Today, Shape, Woman’s World, US News and World Report, as well as Women’s Health and appeared on Fox and NBC as a medicine and health expert. Start protecting yourself and loved ones with my FREE report, 3 Worst Meds.