Key Overlooked Issue for Gun Control Debate - Dangerous SSRI Drugs
Last Saturday's (1/19/13) coasttocoastam radio show was right on topic regarding one of the common denominators in this rash of young males committing massacres by semi-auto weapons, which seems to coincide with when these SSRI's started to be prescribed out by doctors in cavalier fashion almost as if they were candy. If I get the time, I'll try to post some key highlights of the transcript. It was so good, I wish I could type out the whole thing.
In the latter half of the show, Dr. Ann Blake Tracy talked about the violent side effects of prescription antidepressants. Tracy recalled uncovering a link between Prozac and psychosis. The drug causes hypoglycemia which in turn makes one crave alcohol, she said, noting how the combination of Prozac and drinking can send someone into a psychotic break. SSRI-type antidepressants impair the body's ability to breakdown serotonin (which many researchers believe plays a role in depression), she explained. According to Tracy, this causes a build-up of serotonin in the brain with affects similar to using hallucinogenic drugs LSD or PCP. Research shows that elevated serotonin is found in cases of schizophrenia, mood disorders, organic brain disease, mental retardation, and autism, she reported, pointing out that even docile rabbits became aggressive when their serotonin levels were raised. Tracy suggested that depression is most often associated with low blood sugar and can in some ways be dealt with by healthy dietary changes.
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