Deadly new risk linked to antidepressants

Depression can make it feel like you're going to die... and, sadly, in some cases it can make you feel as if you WANT to die.

But while the depression itself won't actually kill you, your treatment sure could.

New research exposes a hidden risk of the antidepressant drugs now taken by more than 30 million Americans, including many who use these drugs for years at a time.

They can actually increase your risk of death from every cause.

The researchers behind the study believe the key to the risk is in serotonin. That's a critical neurotransmitter essential to your mood -- but the same drugs that work to keep it in your brain can stop it from reaching other parts of your body.

That means it can't get used by your heart, liver, kidneys, and other organs that need it.

The result is damage. Deep and lasting damage -- including damage that might not be immediately obvious.

But that doesn't make it any less deadly.

The new study finds that these drugs will increase your risk of death from every cause by a third.

The damage seems to hit hardest right where you want it least. It's tough on your cardiovascular system -- so much so that the drugs increase your risk of death from conditions such as heart attack and stroke by 14 percent, according to the study in the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics.

Even if the drugs worked well, they wouldn't be worth those risks.

But one of the dirtiest secrets in modern medicine is that they don't work well -- and, in too many cases, they don't really work at all.

In new studies, some of them can't even beat placebos!

The reason is pretty simple: There are a number of possible causes of depression, and these drugs fix exactly none of them.

Most of them attempt to increase serotonin, since low levels of the neurotransmitter are linked to mood disorders. But they don't truly increase serotonin. T hey just trick your body into reusing what's already there.

There's a much better option: The amino acid 5-HTP is converted into serotonin in your body, giving you a boost without the tricks.

The best approach for you, however, will depend on the cause. If time, prayer, and 5-HTP don't lift your mood, seek the advice of a holistic medical doctor who can check
you for the other conditions that can lead to depression, including low hormone levels.

If you're in the San Diego area, I can run those tests right here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine. Not in the area? I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

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