Antidepressant drugs represent a $10 billion dollar market in the U.S. alone. They are the second-most prescribed medications (after cholesterol-lowering drugs). However, here is the real truth
Did you know that antidepressant drugs represent a $10 billion dollar market for big pharma in the United States alone?
These drugs are based on the chemical imbalance theory which is predicated upon the belief that low serotonin levels alone are what causes anxiety and depressive disorders. The chemical imbalance theory as a cause for anxiety and disorders relative to depression and its associated states never actually was true. In fact, no experiment has ever demonstrated that anyone has ever had an actual ‘imbalance’ of any neurotransmitters or any other brain chemicals. This entire theory was hypothetical.
Over the past decade, a long list of professionals have tried to refute the chemical imbalance theory.
According to Dr. David D. Burns;
“This theory is fueled more by drug company marketing than by solid scientific proof. Billions of dollars of annual profits from the sale of antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications are at stake, so drug companies spend vast amounts of money promoting the chemical imbalance theory. They also subsidize a large portion of the budget of the American psychiatric Association and underwrite an enormous amount of research and education at medical schools... Academic research should be all about getting to the truth. Drug company research is all about selling new products... But if I tell you that your depression or panic attacks result from a chemical imbalance in your brain, then I’m telling you something that can’t be proven, because there is no test for a chemical imbalance in the human brain.”
More recent research is actually showing that depression is an allergic reaction to inflammation
Inflammation is just the body’s natural response to infection, injury or foreign intrusion. So when inflammation is triggered, the body naturally produces chemicals to defend itself, such as cytokines.
Interestingly, people suffering from depression are always loaded with cytokines.
Inflammation is caused by a number of factors, including obesity and unhealthy diets among other things.
Inflammation and Gluten
The most common culprit of inciting inflammation is gluten. How it works, is after gluten enters the intestinal lining, it enters the bloodstream and after that it reaches the brain where it causes inflammation. As a result, inflammation in the brain can develop into a neurological disorder such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or even schizophrenia.
An excellent book to read that goes into more detail on this topic is Depression Delusion Volume One: The Myth of the Brain Chemical Imbalance by Dr. Terry Lynch
So before jumping to conclusions and taking drugs with harmful and unwanted side effects, try changing your diet. People should also consider that they have unresolved trauma from their past and a host of other factors before turning to these mind numbing drugs but obviously exercise serious discretion when navigating serious illness. This article should serve as a guide to help you, or your loved ones, not diagnose or treat you.
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