Pharmaceutical Industry Corruption and The Truth About Antidepressants

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Serotonin and Depression: A Disconnect between the Advertisements and the Scientific Literature
An eye opening essay of how the accepted wisdom that depression is caused by an 'imbalance' of serotonin not only isn't supported by the scientfic evidence but is confusing and deceiving the very people who need help most. - by PLoS Medicine, a peer-reviewed open-access journal published by the Public Library of Science.

Pfizer 'Too Big To Nail?' on CNN
CNN investigative journalists have found the federal government refused to sue Pfizer for illegally promoting the drug Bextra for off-label uses. A shell company was set up to take the fall. Unbelievable...read on...

Do Antidepressants Cure or Create Abnormal Brain States? (PLoS Medicine)
Editor's note: This is a technical article reprinted, with permission, from the PLoS Medicine Journal (a peer-reviewed, open-access medical journal that's bucking the system by daring to print the truth about drugs, depression and pharmaceuticals). This is not casual reading, but if you want to learn why the current brain chemistry model of depression pushed by psychiatrists and drug companies is flatly false, this is it.

Self-Nonmedication
A great article by writer Bruce Stutz on his nasty withdrawal experience with the antidepressant effexor.

Are antidepressants glorified placebos? From CNN
Which came first, the mental illness or the drug? While in other areas of medicine this is a no-brainer (no pun intended), some argue that certain psychiatric conditions are created and classified because of the effects particular drugs have on the body, and not the other way around.

The Danger of Antidepressants
Antidepressants often present unknown and overlooked dangers that can severely harm a person.

The Benefits Of Depression
Depression has a secret purpose and our medical interventions are making a bad situation even worse. We suffer — we suffer terribly — but we don’t suffer in vain. This NY Times article sheds light on why drugging away our sadness is actually harmful to us.

Michael Jackson, Demerol, and Prescription Drug Abuse
Did Michael Jackson die from a prescription drug overdose? As I write this it is barely 12 hours since the death of the "King of Pop" and rumors are circulating that there is a strong possibility an overdose of Demerol, a prescription pain killer similar to morphine might have triggered or caused his cardiac arrest.

Antidepressant Horror Stories
While the pharmaceutical companies would like the public to believe that SSRI and similar medications do not have serious side effects past the occasional upset stomach or mild headache, the internet has enabled the true scope of adverse effects and conditions caused by these drugs to become known.

The Brainwashing Of Our Doctors
In many instances doctor’s judgment has been compromised by the overwhelming one-sided education they are being given by the giant pharmaceutical conglomerates. The result is unnecessary medication use, poor outcomes and sometimes dangerous results for patients all to satisfy the drug company’s insatiable need to make a buck and keep their stock price up.

The Prozac-Cocaine Connection
The SSRI or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor was introduced as a ‘miracle’ drug that would greatly reduce the side effects of the previous class of tricyclic antidepressants with little or no downside. Unfortunately, the pharmaceutical companies are not telling the whole story.


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