Have Antidepressants FINALLY Been Busted?
Dear Living Well Daily Reader,
Every now and then, I get a scientific study that makes me laugh out loud.
It’s not the topic that I find hilarious– quite the opposite.
The reason I find myself chuckling over research is because of all the crazy math these mainstream researchers do, to try to make the drug they’re researching still sound usable.
So, when I saw a recent study published in The Lancet that tried to justify Big Pharma’s favorite mood-boosting drug antidepressants I knew I had to share it with you.
There has never been a more hyped drug than antidepressants.
While they were invented in the 1950s, they didn’t really get going until the mid-1980s. Since then, millions of people have taken them.
Antidepressants are big business… in fact, they’re expected to make drug companies almost $16 BILLION by 2023.
What can we say after four decades of antidepressant use?
And this study REALLY puts the writing on the wall.
In a ludicrous new study, researchers found that they could say that antidepressants worked 50.78 percent of the time if they divided the 3,678,082 patients with major depression in the study into 16,770 subgroups of patients – based on age, race, gender (and maybe hair and eye color too?!).
This is a ridiculous amount of mathematical manipulation in order to create a 50 percent chance of the drug working.
And these are their “best” drugs!
But it gets worse. When you look at the overall data of how many got better vs. how many didn’t, the number drops down to 30 percent.
I don’t know if you’re a gambling person, but most people wouldn’t take a bet with only a 30 percent chance of winning.
If you want a better chance at relief, try some the following natural solutions instead.
Dr. Scott’s Plan to Reduce Depression
- Studies suggest that inflammation could be the root of depression. You can reduce inflammation by taking supplements like fish oil curcumin, and avoiding foods like vegetable oils and sugars.
- Exercise is one of the best proven ways to decrease both anxiety AND depression. Find a way to get out and exercise every day, even for just ten minutes a day.
- St. John’s wort and the amino acid 5-HTP have both been shown to help with depressed moods. Just make sure you don’t take them if you’re already taking an antidepressant.
- Many studies have linked poor sleep to depression. If you’re having problems sleeping, try using calming herbs like valerian and chamomile, the amino acid L-theanine, or melatonin.
If you’re currently taking an antidepressant, do not stop treatment quickly – this can lead to dangerous side effects and withdrawal. If you want to opt for a more natural route and get away from antidepressants, be sure to talk with your doctor first.
Allied Market Research. “Antidepressant Drugs Market to Grow Valuation of $15.98 Billion by 2023.” 8/20/20. https://www.globenewswire.com/en/news-release/2020/08/06/2074356/0/en/Antidepressant-Drugs-Market-to-Grow-Valuation-of-15-98-Billion-by-2023.html
Farrokh Alemi, PhD, Hua Min, PhD, Melanie Yousefi, DNP, Laura K Becker, Christopher A Hane, PhD, Vijay S Nori, PhD, Janusz Wojtusiak. “Effectiveness of common antidepressants: a post market release study.” 10/25/21. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eclinm.2021.101171. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PIIS2589-5370(21)00451-X/fulltext
Written By Dr. Scott Olson, ND
Nearly 25 years ago, failed mainstream medical treatments left Dr. Olson in constant pain – and his health in ruins. And that’s when he did something REVOLUTIONARY. He began his career in medicine – and dedicated his life to uncovering the true, underlying causes of disease.
Through his innovative medical practices in Tennessee and Colorado, Dr. Olson has helped cure countless seniors from across America of arthritis… heart disease… diabetes… and even cancer. All without risky prescription drugs or painful surgeries.
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