The key to curing depression…
Without taking a single prescription drug
If side effects like increased suicide risk, sexual problems, anxiety, fatigue, and insomnia aren’t enough to make you think twice before popping an antidepressant, maybe a recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine will give you a change of heart.
The study, which was part of the Women’s Health Study Initiative, found that you can add a higher risk of stroke and death to the list of antidepressants’ side effects—especially if you’re a postmenopausal woman. Women taking antidepressants were 45 percent more likely to suffer from a stroke and 32 percent more likely to die from any cause than women not taking antidepressants.
Dr. Jordan Smoller, the lead author of the study, said, “While this study did find an association between antidepressants and cardiovascular events, additional research needs to be done to determine exactly what it signifies.”
Of course that’s what he said. It’s the standard party line. Anytime a study reveals that a drug could have a potentially life-threatening side effect, the natural response—to yank it off the market—doesn’t even cross the minds of the Big Pharma Suits or the puppets… er, I mean politicians… they have in their pockets. Instead, the standard response is, “We need more research.”
You don’t need more research to tell you to stop taking a drug that most people don’t even need to begin with. Study after study proves that antidepressants are bad news. And the fact that these drugs are routinely over-prescribed—AND they don’t even offer a cure for the problem—only makes the situation even more… well, depressing.
But here’s something that should brighten your day.
You don’t need a drug to help you BREAK FREE from the bondage of depression
As long as doctors keep throwing drugs at the problem without bothering to ask real questions and find real answers, the people who are really suffering will never get any better.
In all my years as a doctor, I’ve never come across a patient who was deficient in an antidepressant. I have, however, seen plenty who were deficient in a key neurotransmitter called serotonin. Serotonin controls your mood, arousal, sleep, memory, and learning. Antidepressants don’t actually help your body make any more of it—they just make what little serotonin you do have stick around a little longer.
The good news here is that you can eat your way to a cure for depression. If you’re ever going to break free of your depression, you need to feed your body the nutrients it needs to produce more of this important neurotransmitter.
1. Start by loading up on tryptophan.
Tryptophan is found in many protein-rich foods, such as eggs, cheese, beef and poultry. The FDA currently limits the strength of tryptophan supplements that you can get from a health food store, but when you add those supplements to a diet rich in tryptophan, its benefits begin to add up.
Tryptophan supplements are sold at such weakened strength because a single contaminated batch was found in the 1990s, right around the time prescription antidepressants hit the market. It’s more than a little suspicious.
But you can still get higher doses if you talk to your doctor about getting prescription-strength tryptophan. If he’s skeptical, encourage him to look into it more closely—or make an appointment with an alternative health doctor who understands the value of this important supplement.
2. Be sure you’re getting enough vitamin B6.
Vitamin B6 converts tryptophan into serotonin, which will go a long way toward increasing your body’s supply. The easiest way to increase your body’s B6 is by eating plenty of meats, grains, and nuts. Of course, it’s also a standard ingredient in most multivitamins.
Once you get these neurotransmitters back up to speed, you’ll be well on your way to defeating depression—and you don’t need to take a single pill.
And sometimes—as a recent study from Japan indicates—beating the blues can be as simple as drinking more green tea…