WHILE OVER 10% OF AMERICANS ARE TAKING ANTI-DEPRESSANTS, NEW STUDY SHOWS THAT MORE THAN 1 IN 3 ARE TAKING MEDS THAT CAUSE DEPRESSIONRead Now
NEW STUDY SHOWS THAT PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS ARE HUGE CONTRIBUTING FACTOR TO DEPRESSION EPIDEMIC
If you've been following my site for any length of time, you are aware of the phenomenon of INVISIBLE & ABANDONED STUDIES. This is where researchers, who are generally in one way or another working for BIG PHARMA, see that their study is not turning out the way they had hoped, so they end the study prematurely or complete it but don't publish the results. Either way, the conclusions are buried and the public never learns the truth about the dangers of various drugs and procedures (HERE). That way the status quo can continue, with Americans consuming 75% of the world's meds even though we are less than 5% of the world's population (HERE). Nowhere can we see a clearer example of this than with antidepressants.
Start reading my numerous posts on DEPRESSION & AND THE DRUGS USED TO TREAT IT and you'll eventually learn about the RIAT ACT (Reversing Invisible and Abandoned Trials). You'll also see the recent examples showing that the scam continues unabated (HERE). We know that a whopping 11% of America's over-12 population is currently on antidepressants, with few realizing (or being told) that Depression falls under the same category of chronic illness ("INFLAMMATORY") as CARDIO-VASCULAR DISEASE, CANCER, ARTHRITIS, TYPE II DIABETES, and a myriad of others. What this means in English is that for the most part (of course there are always exceptions) these are diseases of lifestyle --- diseases that on some level you have the power to turn around or better yet, prevent. A brand new study from the Journal of the American Medical Association shows just how true this is with a study titled Prevalence of Prescription Medications With Depression as a Potential Adverse Effect Among Adults in the United States.
Researchers from the Ivy League's Columbia University in NY and the University of Illinois teamed up to look at over 26,000 randomly-chosen people taking medications other than anti-depressants. What did these all of these medications do to the incidence of Depression? Take a look at the study's CHERRY-PICKED abstract.
"The overall estimated prevalence of use of medications with depression as an adverse effect was 37.2%. An estimated 9.5% reported use of 3 or more concurrent medications with a potential for depression as an adverse effect. In adjusted analyses, the number of medications used with depression as possible adverse effects was associated with increased prevalence of concurrent depression. The estimated prevalence of depression was 15% for those reporting use of 3 or more medications with depression as an adverse effect vs 4.7% for those not using such medications (difference, 10.7%)."
In other words, if you are taking just 3 medications (it's dog common to see people on more), your chances of having Depression are 15%. If, however, you are taking no meds, the odds of being depressed are less than 5%. What does this mean? It means that almost 70% of the 11% of our nation that is taking drugs for their Depression is a direct result of their other meds. And although BIRTH CONTROL, PPI'S, and PAIN MEDS were mentioned specifically in many of the short ditties written about this study in medical dailies, undoubtedly, the number one offender would be antihypertensives (HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE MEDS). Here are a few fun facts about this commonly-prescribed class of drug in relationship to Depression.
Did you catch that? A study published almost three decades ago said that we'd known about the link between high blood pressure meds and Depression for four decades clear back then. That's 70 years folks. Here's the good news. There are things that you can be doing, steps you can be taking, and ideas you can be stealing (from my site, of course), to help reverse this unholy mess.
Once you realize, as I showed you earlier, that everything is inflammation, it stands to reason that reducing said inflammation might just put you on a path to solving at least some of your physical and mental health issues. HERE is a generic starting point that at the very least, should get you thinking differently about your health. Oh: and if you liked what you just read, be sure and take a look at the rest of our site. While you're at it, help spread the wealth by liking, sharing, or following on FACEBOOK.
ANTIDEPRESSANTS CAUSE WEIGHT GAIN
If you've ever known anyone taking drugs for psychological issues, you're likely aware of one of their major side effects ---- WEIGHT GAIN. A brand new study verified that this is likewise true of the drugs used to treat depression; ANTIDEPRESSANTS. Just a few days ago the British Medical Journal published Antidepressant Utilization and Incidence of Weight Gain during 10 Years’ Follow-Up... Their conclusions?
"Initiation of antidepressant drugs shows a strong temporal association with weight gain, which is greatest during the second and third years of treatment. During the second year of treatment, the risk of over 5% weight gain is 46.3% higher than in a general population comparison group. These associations are consistent across a wide range of clinical, social, and demographic characteristics. The increasingly widespread use of antidepressants is of concern in the context of the increasing prevalence of obesity."
Why do I bring this up? The CDC's National Center for Health Statistics now says that --- are you ready for this? --- over 13% of all Americans are on antidepressants (in my little town of about 3,000 people that translates into about 400 on these drugs). It gets even more shocking. Of those 12 and over, 68% of the individuals taking antidepressants said they had been on them for over two years, while 25% had been on them for more than a decade. Plus, out of every 100 individuals on the drugs, about 2/3 will be women (HERE is an interesting side notes to this fact).
And while people (doctors included) typically argue that Depression is mostly caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, this simply is not the case. The deeper cause is something I talk about on my site constantly --- something that YOU CAN LARGELY CONTROL. INFLAMMATION. Because obesity is itself an inflammatory problem, what are the implications? An editorial response to this study (Antidepressant Induced Weight Gain) was published in the same issue of BMJ stating, "Another complication is that obesity likely increases the risk of depression (particularly in adolescents), as well as depression increasing the risk of obesity, resulting in a reciprocal risk." This is the definition of a 'vicious cycle' --- A causes B, while B causes A. I promise you that when the dust clears and the experts finally tell us why these drugs cause weight gain, it will come back to GUT HEALTH and MICROBIOME.
Want to know a dirty little secret? Not only are antidepressants addictive (HERE), if you factor in the more than 50% of all studies classified as "Invisible & Abandoned," you see that their clinical efficacy is a wash (HERE). In other words, antidepressants are similar to placebo, only with a boatload of side effects (HERE) --- side effects that are under-reported by nearly 2 orders of magnitude (only between 1 in 20 and 1 in 100 side effects are ever reported to the proper authorities to be counted as statistics --- HERE).
If you are interested in getting off the medical merry-go-round's "BIG FIVE," I have a completely free self-help protocol you might want to look at (HERE). While not a solution for everyone, I would estimate it could radically change the health of 75% of you if you did nothing more than follow the dietary principles. BTW, if you know people who could benefit from this information, the best way to reach them is to like, share, or follow on FACEBOOK.
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Dr. Schierling completed four years of Kansas State University's five-year Nutrition / Exercise Physiology Program before deciding on a career in Chiropractic. He graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in 1991, and has run a busy clinic in Mountain View, Missouri ever since. He and his wife Amy have four children (three daughters and a son).