Anti-depressants- the most frequently prescribed drugs for those from 20-59- can be a “helpful tool,” acknowledges Julia Ross M.A., the executive director of Mill Valley nutrition clinic, with 80% of their patients go there for depression treatment. The trouble is, they don’t cure anything, so when you go off them you risk becoming depressed again.”
Ross says that because nutrient therapy targets the underlying problem, it can keep people off medication for good.
Over the years, doctors have discovered that a single drug often isn’t enough to fully brighten moods (and even if it is, the pills can create other problems-obliterate sex drive, or the ability to sleep), so many now add a second medication to augment the first, plus something to improve sleep or lift libido. People with hard to treat illnesses can wind up with half a dozen prescriptions. According to Ramin Mojtabai; M.D. PhD, associate professor at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’ study had found that doctors prescribe two or more meds during a single office visit 60% of the time up 20% from a decade ago.
The risk of taking multiple meds is becoming clearer. Most seriously, combining meds can cause diabetes, high cholesterol, and colossal weight gain (40-60 pounds isn’t unusual). It can also churn up the mind or [Read more...]