Another "F" for antidepressants

A new study finds yet again that antidepressants--powerful meds used by millions--don't appear to help most forms of depression.

Don't expect to hear about this one in the commercials.

Researchers looked at data from six studies involving 718 adults suffering from depression, and found that the benefits of these meds over a placebo for patients with mild, moderate and even severe symptoms were "nonexistent to negligible."

That's right--they simply don't work for the typical depression patient. The study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that these meds may only help the minority of patients with the most severe forms of depression.

Some 27 million Americans take antidepressants. I wonder how many of them know that these dangerous and expensive drugs are unnecessary and ineffective. I'm sure their doctors haven't told them.

This isn't a shocking new study--but it might be news to you, because the drug industry does everything it can to hide the ineffectiveness of its biggest sellers.

But there's a long trail of research here, and it's all pointing in one direction. One 2008 study found that three common antidepressants were no better than placebos. A 2002 review of 38 studies found that these meds were only ever- so-slightly better than placebos.

A report last year in Wired magazine suggested that some antidepressants currently on the market would never be approved if they had to face new tests against a placebo.

But there's one thing many antidepressants have that placebos don't: black-box warnings.

Those are required by the FDA for drugs with the most severe side effects, and while antidepressants may not do much for depression, they've created some long and terrifying lists of side effects.

These drugs have been linked to suicidal behavior, especially in teens--ironic for a prescription med that's supposed to cure depression. Side effects can also include nausea, insomnia, diarrhea and sexual side effects.

Some are even addictive.

And plenty of people who take these meds turn into real- life zombies, robbed of their personality by Big Pharma's human chemistry set.

There's a reason placebos are so effective when it comes to treating depression: Many people eventually heal on their own anyway. Folks get the blues, folks get over the blues.

In other cases, there are nutritional problems at the heart of the depression--especially amino acid deficiencies. Drugs can't help your brain make more serotonin or dopamine, but a good nutritional plan can get your body working the way it should.

An astute medical doctor experienced in natural healing can help you diagnose depression--and overcome it the right way.

And if you think the news on antidepressants is bad... wait until you see what meds they're giving little kids.

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