Anti-depressants doing more harm than good: Study


Article in NY Daily News about a report (another one) from a study at a Canadian University – McMasters – that says that not only do SSRIs – or as the marketers like us to call them “atypical antidepressants” [lest we  confuse them with olde  antidepressants that we already know don’t really work and make you feel like crap] do not really work, can make you worse, and as anybody  who’s ever taken them knows -boy, can  they can mess you up going to the toilet.

Thing is, most of the serotonin we make  in our bodies is not in our brain but in and around our gut,  and is also used in a bunch of other bodily functions – from crapping- or not- to clotting blood, and is also involved in maing your naughty  bits naughty.

And get this – researchers found that keeping taking the tablets that you’ve likely been told by your Doc  “correct a  chemical imbalance just like insulin for diabetes” makes none of these processes work better and  makes them all worse.

Nice one, Doc!

“Researchers found that anti-depressants have negative effects on all processes normally regulated by serotonin in the body.”

So, all the bodily processes that require serotonin to work properly are messed with.?

Researchers identified that risks  caused or increased by  taking SSRIs include:

  • developmental problems in infants
  • problems with sexual stimulation, sperm development
  • digestive problems such as diarrhoea, constipation, indigestion, bloating, abnormal bleeding
  • heart ailments in the elderly
  • elderly anti-depressant users are more likely to die than non-users

He uses much nicer language  but the lead researcher  also says of the way we are using these chemicals that  we’re fucking with evolution .

So, SSRIs…smart move, then?

..eh?

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From NYDaily News April 25th

Anti-depressants doing more harm than good: Study

Wednesday, April 25th 2012, 12:11 PM

Toronto, April 25 — Common anti-depressants seem to be doing patients more harm than good, says a new study.

“We need to be much more cautious about the widespread use of these drugs,” says Paul Andrews, evolutionary biologist at McMaster University, Canada, who led the study.

“Millions of people are prescribed anti-depressants every year, and the conventional wisdom about these drugs is that they are safe and effective,” said Andrews, the journal Frontiers in Psychology reports.

Andrews and his colleagues examined previous studies about the effects of anti-depressants and determined that even taken at their best, most anti-depressants compare poorly to the risks, which include premature death in elderly patients, according to a McMaster statement.

Anti-depressants are designed to ease 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 clot at wound sites, reproduction and development.

Researchers found that anti-depressants have negative effects on all processes normally regulated by serotonin in the body.

The negative health impacts include elevated risks, such as, developmental problems in infants, problems with sexual stimulation, sperm development, digestive problems such as diarrhoea, constipation, indigestion, bloating, abnormal bleeding and heart ailments in the elderly.

The researchers 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. The higher death rates indicate that the overall effect of these drugs on the body is more harmful than beneficial.

“Serotonin intimately regulates many different processes in the body, and when you interfere with it you can expect, from an evolutionary perspective, that it’s going to cause some harm,” says Andrews.

Original NY Daily News Article at :

globe n mail story on same report

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