Back in April, I started to write a newsletter around the theme of
psychiatric drugs. Since I became involved in the healing arts, I've read a ton
of information about that sect of the pharmaceutical industry; the majority of
it has been overwhelmingly negative. In essence, it has begged the question: do
psychiatric drugs really have a scientific basis? The answer, based on the
research, seems to be "no." Of course, that's surprising given how powerful
that industry has become. I, personally, know plenty of people that have relied
on psychiatric drugs. But the question ultimately comes down to whether or not
the effect is measurable or if it's just a placebo effect. That's what science
is all about. It's about a measurable, distinct change. |
"Unfortunately, the evidence is overwhelmingly stacked against psychiatric drugs. It's becoming ever clearer that most of today's psychiatric diagnoses and subsequent drug treatment is a sham, successfully promoted to make you believe it's based on some scientific truth. But it's not..." - Dr. Joseph Mercola (Medical Doctor and author of natural health resource www.mercola.com)
I think one of the biggest problems is clearly the lack of understanding
of psychological conditions. They are treated as chemical imbalances, but as
the medical doctors that do nothing but study research will tell you - there's
really nothing out there that substantiates that claim. So, if it is NOT a
chemical imbalance in the brain, then what causes it? That question has to be
answered LONG BEFORE we continue down the current path of throwing medications
at it. That's a dangerous game. As Dr. Mercola states, there are not any
biological differences that can be measured by these drugs. At least the drugs
for blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure have results that you can
actually measure. These psychotropic drugs DO NOT.
According to the article that I'm referencing, the drugs prescribed for
mental conditions cause 700,000 adverse reactions per year and 40,000 deaths.
Drugs, in general, interrupt normal biochemistry within your body. On the less
extreme end, that can lead to adverse (side) effects and on the more extreme end
it can lead to loss of life. That's an awfully slick slope, is it not? The
question becomes quite clear: is it a good idea to medicate (thus, interrupting
normal biochemistry) a person is already in an emotionally fragile state?
Unfortunately, it may end up - in the long run - making things worse. The
referenced article sites examples of military personnel with Post-Traumatic
Stress Disorder being prescribed a "cocktail" of pills that literally stops
their already frantic heart. This is apparently just the tip of the iceberg.
Anti-psychotic drugs, according to prominent medical journals, have been found
to double the risk of sudden cardiac arrest. Anti-depressants increased the
risk, as well.
This is not to say that there aren't very real mental health conditions,
but it is simply meant to challenge the apparently flawed status quo as to how
to go about solving how to deal with them. It all comes back to cause and
effect. If we don't understand the cause, then how can properly deal with its
effects without causing more problems? That seems to be what the psychotropic
drugs do. They are meant to help normalize, but they do nothing but abnormalize.
So, the next time you or a loved one is forced with a decision to make about
mental health, explore other options before immediately jumping to medicating.
It may not only help you/them overcome the condition in a better and more
efficient way, but it may just save your life...