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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. The spice that can match Prozac

    Curry spice can match meds for depression

    Saying a depression treatment is as effective as Prozac is like saying your car's as fast as a bicycle. It's not exactly something worth bragging about, so I'm not going to get too excited over the latest research on curcumin.

    The new study finds that this safe and natural compound found in the curry spice turmeric works about as well as fluoxetine -- aka Prozac -- in patients battling major depression.

    But since fluoxetine and other popular antidepressant drugs can barely beat sugar pills in studies, you have to take this one with a gain of salt so big it might not pass through your spice grinder.

    Don't get me wrong here; curcumin is certainly not bad for you. Just the opposite -- it's good for you, good for your brain and studies have shown it can help prevent the damage that leads to dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

    It's also a powerful anti-inflammatory, and it's a whole lot safer than meds -- especially risky mood meds like fluoxetine -- so you certainly could do a whole lot worse than curcumin.

    But you can do a whole lot better, too -- so if you've got a real case of blues (and I mean real depression, not the run-of-the-mill sads caused by life's ordinary humps and bumps), turn to what's been backed by more extensive research.

    I suggest starting with brain-friendly B vitamins as well as the essential omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil.

    In some cases, depression -- again, REAL depression -- can be a warning sign of serious hormonal imbalances. For example, depression is often an indication of low testosterone, especially in older men.

    If your blues don't go away on their own and don't respond to vitamins, don't turn to meds. Turn to a naturopathic physician who can test for and treat all the possible causes of depression.

    I recommend an experienced member of the American College for Advancement in Medicine.

  3. Prozac turns fish into killers

    Prozac in the water is turning fish aggressive, and even into killers -- and in some cases harming their reproduction.
  4. Antidepressants increase C-diff risk

    Antidepressant drugs such as Prozac increase the risk of infection with the superbug C-diff, according to new research.
  5. Finger-lickin' bad!

    It might take a tough man to make a tender bird. But it takes a mad scientist to create the "chicken" on your dinner plate these days.
  6. Anti-depressants can't cure sadness

    According to research out of the University of Hull in the UK, antidepressant medications are only effective on those patients with severe cases of depression.
  7. Age-old road rage = brand-new drug craze

    IED - it doesn't just mean Improvised Explosive Device anymore We've all heard of road rage incidents - and I'm sure most of us have been on the receiving end of them at one time or another. They're nothing new. As long as there have been cars (and before that, horses), there have no doubt been hotheads on the road acting like crazed morons when someone accidentally cuts them off in traffic…
  8. The Most Over-Diagnosed "Disorder" on Earth

    Are drugs for an invented disorder causing REAL deaths?

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