Seems quite likely
Benefits of most commonly prescribed anti-depressants, even taken at their best, compare poorly to the risks, which include premature death in elderly patients, a new study has revealed.
(This is not just about the elderly, it is about everyone prescribed the brain chemistry altering drugs)
The researchers examined previous patient studies into the effects of anti-depressants.
"We need to be much more cautious about the widespread use of these drugs," said Paul Andrews, an evolutionary biologist at McMaster University and lead author of the article."It’s important because millions of people are prescribed anti-depressants each year, and the conventional wisdom about these drugs is that they’re safe and effective."Anti-depressants are designed to relieve the symptoms of depression by increasing the levels of serotonin in the brain, where it regulates mood.
The vast majority of serotonin that the body produces, though, is used for other purposes, including digestion, forming blood clots at wound sites, reproduction and development.
What the researchers found is that anti-depressants have negative health effects on all processes normally regulated by serotonin.
The authors reviewed three recent studies showing that elderly anti-depressant users are more likely to die than non-users, even after taking other important variables into account.I should have just bolded this entire article!
The higher death rates indicate that the overall effect of these drugs on the body is more harmful than beneficial.
"Serotonin is an ancient chemical. It’s intimately regulating many different processes, and when you interfere with these things you can expect, from an evolutionary perspective, that it’s going to cause some harm,"Does this surprise anyone?
Millions of people are prescribed anti-depressants every year, and while the conclusions may seem surprising, Andrews asserted much of the evidence has long been apparent and available.
"The thing that’s been missing in the debates about anti-depressants is an overall assessment of all these negative effects relative to their potential beneficial effects," he said.
"Most of this evidence has been out there for years and nobody has been looking at this basic issue."
That nobody looked at this most basic issue?
After all, antidepressants are a billion dollar industry!
What would be the incentive?