A shocking study uncovers...
The truth about depression——and the drugs used to treat it
The drug companies won’t let you in on this dirty little secret——but I will. And if you’re suffering from depression——especially the mild to moderate variety——listen up, because this news is especially for you. In the vast majority of cases, you can cure your depression without taking a single prescription drug.
I can’t blame anyone for jumping on the antidepressant bandwagon. Studies have shown that 75 percent of the people who take them benefit from them, and I know of countless people who swear by them. They tell me that when they’re taking the drugs, they feel like themselves again, or that they’re finally able to sleep through the night again, or that they don’t feel the weight of the world on their shoulders anymore.
How can you argue with results like those? Here’s how: In nearly every single study that showed the benefits of antidepressants, the placebo had nearly the exact same results. To put it another way the placebo was just as effective as the pill itself.
How can that be? If we know that depression is caused by a lack of serotonin, and we know that the pills boost your serotonin levels, how can a sugar pill be just as effective as a drug that alters your brain chemistry? I have the answer, but you might want to sit down for this one because once you see what I have to say, you’ll realize that...
Everything you’ve been told about depression is a BIG FAT LIE
The theory that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance is just that... a theory. Oh, it’s touted as fact. But the truth is that not a single study proves that link, and no direct evidence for it exists.
How did it come to be so widely accepted? You can thank the drug industry for that, too. In the 1950s, scientists discovered that a drug designed to increase the brain levels of serotonin and norepinephrine had the “side effect” of helping people with their depression. If boosting serotonin levels lifted depression, the natural assumption would be that low serotonin levels were the cause of the depression in the first place.
But not so fast. For starters, no research has ever confirmed the link. That should be telling in and of itself. But besides that, we know that there are planty of other factors involved in the disorder, from elevated stress hormones and nutrient deficiencies, to loneliness and low self esteem.
I also find it interesting that a recent drug sold in Europe was found to have the same effect as the antidepressants that work by increasing your serotonin. The catch? This one lowered serotonin levels. So is depression caused by not enough serotonin, or by too much? It’s not an either/or scenario; the answer could be neither. The answer could be that, for all of these years, we’ve been barking up the wrong sad tree.
And the fact that the placebo is just as effective as the drug itself should tell you that’s true.
Antidepressants’ dirty little secret
My problem with a meta-analysis type of study is that it’s too prone to bias. A researcher can handpick any studies he wants in order to get the result he wants. So when Irving Kirsch of the University of Connecticut first released the results of a study on antidepressants, he was widely criticized——and his research was dismissed with the brush of a hand——because everyone claimed it was biased.
They hollered because he didn’t include ALL of the studies on antidepressants. They whined that the studies he picked were flawed anyway (which, I might add, I find highly amusing, since those were the studies that the FDA used as a basis to approve the drugs...).
But I’m not going to nitpick. I’ll just tell you the rest of the story, and you can do your own nitpicking. In response to this criticism, Kirsch decided to conduct another analysis, this time including every single study the drug companies had ever sent to the FDA——published and unpublished.
I bet the naysayers wish they had kept their mouths shut, because once Kirsch had ALL of the puzzle pieces, the big picture on antidepressants was much worse than before. Because with all 47 studies thrown into the pot, the percent of people who achieved positive results rose to 82 percent——whether they were taking the actual drug or the placebo.
Psychology researcher Steven Hollon of Vanderbilt University said, “Many have long been unimpressed by the magnitude of the differences observed between treatments and controls... what some of our colleagues refer to as ‘the dirty little secret.’”
Well, the secret is out, and the gig is up.
Because after even more digging, Kirsch is telling all in a book that exposes this Big Pharma cover-up. The book is called The Emperor’s New Drugs: Exploding the Anti-depressant Myth. (If you’re interested in reading it for yourself, you can order it from www.amazon.com.)
A doctor’s dilemma
Of course, the placebo affect works because patients believe they’re swallowing the real deal. If you actually told a patient that his antidepressant was little more than a sugar pill with side effects, you may as well show him a pile of dead puppies.
Many doctors are angry with Krisch for blowing the whistle on this operation. After all, antidepressants are working for their patients——whether it’s because of its serotonin-boosting effect or the placebo effect——does it really matter?
Yes, it really matters. When it comes to your health, you have much more power than you give yourself credit for. Hiding information like this will only serve the drug companies and the doctors they have in their pockets. My method of doing things involves telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. That includes divulging all of the information I have on antidepressants——and on the alternatives to them, even if I don’t make a dime doing it.
Because the bottom line is this: If it’s possible to cure depression with the placebo effect, then you don’t need dangerous and expensive antidepressants to make you better. That alone should cheer you up. Now, let’s look at some alternatives.
Here’s what to do:
For starters, purchase Dr. Kirsch’s important book. Read it, and then pass it on to a friend.
But if you’re suffering from depression, there are plenty of things you can do to give yourself a boost——like eating a nice juicy steak (medium rare). The most common——and least diagnosed——cause of depression is a vitamin B12 deficiency. You get B12 from meat, especially organ meats like beef liver.
You can also try supplementing with St. John’s wort. It’s safer than meds, and more effective, too. But remember that not all St. John’s wort is created equal. The quality of the ingredients and how well they’re absorbed will vary from one brand to another. But this is one item you don’t want to cheap out on. Sure, you can buy a grocery store brand, but you’ll likely get better results by getting your St. John’s wort through alternative medicine docs or from compounding pharmacies.
To locate a compounding pharmacy close to you, contact the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacies by going online to www.iacprx.org or by calling (800)927-4227.