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  1. Antidepressants May DOUBLE Teen Suicide Risk

    No, the kids AREN'T all right

    There's a reason a mama grizzly bear will die defending her cubs. That's because whether you're a manatee or a man, there's one rule that just about every creature in nature understands.

    There's no worse pain than outliving your kids.

    But there's a wave of heartache that's sweeping the world, from Kansas to Kazakhstan. There's a growing army of distraught moms and dads who are coming home each day to the terrifying discovery that their teens have ended their lives.

    Some had been battling the blues for years. Some left without so much as a note or a good-bye.

    And an awful lot of them were taking prescription antidepressants.

    A new Harvard study is the latest to prove that the moment some pill-happy doctor writes your child or grandchild a prescription for antidepressants, he might be handing him a death sentence. In fact, antidepressants may more than DOUBLE the chance your child is going to harm himself -- and it can happen awfully fast.

    Researchers analyzed a database of 162,000 patients, looking at teens who were taking three of the most popular antidepressants on the market -- Celexa, Zoloft and Prozac. Kids who were started on high doses of any one of this troublesome trio were twice as likely to harm or kill themselves, and the greatest risk was in the first 90 days.

    Antidepressants have been linked to suicidal thoughts in our kids and grandkids for years, and if you ask me these children weren't just let down by the mainstream -- they were murdered.

    After all, the way the mainstream treats depression ought to be a crime. How many kids are on antidepressants RIGHT NOW who have never had a blood test in their lives?

    Did your doctor EVER tell you that something as simple as a vitamin D deficiency may be causing your teen's depression? Did he even discuss psychiatric counseling (yes, even pyschobabble is better than pills) before he handed your kid a Prozac prescription?

    I'd bet my last dollar he didn't, even though the risks of antidepressants have been known since they hit the market. And docs aren't just handing out antidepressants like Halloween candy -- nearly one-in-five teens in the Harvard study were prescribed antidepressant doses that exceeded the levels recommended for their age groups.

    Every 14 minutes, someone in America takes his own life. And a lot of these folks have a gun in one hand, and a bottle of antidepressants in the other.

    If your teen is taking antidepressants, have an honest conversation about how he's feeling and schedule a follow-up doctor's appointment right away. Tell your doc you want a full work-up of tests -- the tests he should have done in the first place.

    And tell him you want your kid off the happy pills, before they unleash an episode of terror and misery you'll never forget.

  2. Antidepressants can cause stroke

    SSRI meds can up risk of stroke by as much as 50 percent

    Here's one way to "cure" your depression: Have a stroke!

    As you fight for your life in the hospital, you'll be so thrilled to be alive that you won't even remember why you were so bummed in the first place.

    So I guess in a sick way antidepressants "work" -- because they can actually up the odds of a rare type of bleeding stroke by as much as 50 percent, according to the latest research on common SSRIs. SSRIs include Celexa, Lexapro, and Zoloft.

    Of course, any doc giving these meds out -- and that's most of them these days -- will blah-blah-blah about how the overall risk is small, adding up to "only" 10 extra strokes in every 100,000 patients who take the meds.

    Easy for him to say. He's not the one taking the drug, so he's not the one facing that risk.

    For you, on the other hand, I've got a much better number when it comes to stroke risk: ZERO.

    Don't take the meds, and your risk of suffering a stroke caused by the drugs will vanish. Better yet, you'll also avoid the much more common side effects that come from taking antidepressants, including insomnia, weird behavior, and sexual problems. SSRIs have been linked to osteoporosis, and even suicidal thoughts in children.

    That last one's a doozy of a side effect for a drug that's supposed to ease depression, don't you think?

    That's not even close to the full list, by the way. If you're having trouble sleeping at night, try reading the full prescribing information for any one of these drugs. Here's the link to the highlights of the prescribing information for Lexapro -- just the HIGHLIGHTS, mind you -- and it's got more than 14,000 words crammed into 25 pages.

    Forget all that risk. There are much better ways to beat depression, starting with a nice juicy steak. If the smell alone doesn't make you feel better, the mood-boosting B vitamins inside sure will.

    You can also try a B12 supplement, St. John's wort, or a weekend at your favorite beach -- all of them safer than antidepressants and more effective, too.

    And for one more all-natural depression-beater, keep reading!

    P.S. -- Depression and panic attacks often go hand in hand. Our friends and affiliates at Agora Health Books' drug-free approach could have you saying so-along to the fear once and for all. Click here to learn more about the natural path to becoming anxiety free.

  3. New warning for seniors on antidepressants

    One minute, you're a sad senior popping an antidepressant to get over whatever it is that went wrong. The next, you're DEAD.

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