The Dangers of Antidepressants
Here at Root Cause Medical, our focus has always been on identifying and treating the underlying root cause of a condition rather than masking a symptom with a drug. It is a foundational part of our philosophy and it guides us through the care we give to our patients as a team of medical doctors, nutritionists, physical therapists, naturopaths, and chiropractors.
The treatment of depression, anxiety, and a whole host of other very serious problems with the use of antidepressant medication is something that we oppose most strongly. The ‘science’ that created the chemical imbalance theory has been clearly disproven. The dangerous side effects associated with these drugs that have very poor treatment outcomes are also well known. I was exposed to a video entitled “The Marketing of Madness” that exposed this industry in a powerful and compelling way. I already knew the truth from my clinical experience in the field of clinical nutrition but this validated and expounded upon it.
I was very happy to see that a colleague, Dr. Mercola offered this video on his website. Today, he wrote a wonderful piece that I would very strongly encourage you to read. The research that I hadn’t yet put together in order to write a post of my own is all included.
He did such an excellent job of compiling the information that I see no reason to “reinvent the wheel”. I encourage you to read this vitally important data. You can find it here. I heartily agree with most everything he said with a few exceptions:
1. He recommends a technique that we don’t use nor recommend here at Root Cause Medical Clinic called EFT.
2. He neglects to mention the strong association between gluten intolerance and neurological problems such as depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia. We have covered this in-depth on other posts and videos so I will leave you to read and watch those at your leisure. But suffice to say that gluten intolerance is a major component that should not be overlooked in treating someone who suffers from depression.
I am already a fan of Dr. Mercola’s and he is well known for bringing the type of health care that we practice mainstream. He educates over a million people who subscribe to his newsletter and I want to thank him for the wonderful work that he does.
Please go to the link at the bottom of the page and don’t forget to watch the video in its entirety. It is on Dr. Mercola’s site in 18 parts, so you can watch them in short 10 minute segments. I promise you that you will have a new perspective about these drugs – in my opinion, you will now know the truth.
Here at Root Cause Medical Clinic, we pride ourselves in being able to wean our patients off antidepressants successfully by identifying the actual root cause of the problem. Often it is the patient’s diet but several factors can be involved and they must all be identified in order to achieve a successful result.
If you want to see an inspirational video of one of our patients who came to us on 7 different antidepressant and antipsychotic medications, click here. The gentleman you see has successfully been drug-free for over 2 ½ years now with absolutely no setbacks, despite taking 7 different medications for over two decades and being warned by his psychiatrist that he would never be able to stop taking any of them.
He is just one of the so many examples of utilizing clinical nutrition to treat the underlying root cause of a problem with the happy outcome of a healthy patient with no more symptoms and no need for dangerous medications. Please let me know if I can answer any questions for you.
Once again here’s the link to Dr. Mercola’s article: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/05/03/tips-to-avoiding-depression.aspx.
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Dr. Vikki Petersen DC. CCN
Founder of Root Cause Medical Clinic
Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner
Dr Vikki Petersen is a public speaker, author of two books, several eBooks and creates cutting edge content for her YouTube community. Dr Vikki is committed to bringing Root Cause Medicine and its unique approach to restoring health naturally to the world.