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  1. SSRI drugs can increase stroke risk

    Antidepressants linked to stroke -- again

    If there's anything worse than an ineffective drug, it's a dangerous one -- and antidepressants win on both counts. They often fail to beat placebos in studies, and they come with more risks than most people realize.

    Now, new research confirms one of the worst of those risks: SSRI drugs -- including common antidepressants such as Lexapro, Prozac, and Zoloft -- can boost your risk of strokes referred to as intracranial hemorrhages or intracerebral hemorrhages by up to 50 percent.

    I've seen this link made before, and a number of studies have found that women in particular face a higher risk of stroke while on antidepressants. One study in 2010 even found that the stroke risk shoots up by 45 percent in post-menopausal women who take those same SSRI drugs.

    The new look at 16 studies involving more than 500,000 patients goes further, showing how the risk extends to everyone -- men and women -- leading to 10 extra strokes in every 100,000 patients who take SSRI drugs.

    That number may sound low, but the risk of this type of stroke is fairly low in the first place. Even without the SSRI drugs, just 25 in 100,000 people can expect to suffer one.

    Adding 10 more to that toll is a major increase, especially when you consider that close to 30 million Americans take antidepressants. This could add up to nearly 3,000 extra strokes per year, all linked to the meds, according to the study in Neurology.

    And if that's not enough risk for you, antidepressants can cause sexual dysfunction, bleeding problems, hyponatremia, and more. Some recent studies have even shown that seniors on these drugs have higher risk of death.

    But all of those risks are completely unnecessary.

    Depression is a condition that can almost always be beaten naturally with the help of homeopathic remedies, B vitamins, and/or serotonin-boosting nutraceuticals.

    Many cases of depression are also caused or worsened by low levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for proper brain function. Studies have shown that fish oil supplements can improve or even cure the condition, and I'll bring you more on that later in the week.

    And if you're still having trouble shaking off your own blues, don't visit a shrink who'll offer you those dangerous SSRI drugs -- visit a holistic doctor like me instead.

    Coming up next, more on stroke -- including a delicious way to slash your risk.

    Keep reading!

  2. Vitamin D may help asthmatics get the disease under control

    Vitamin D helps asthmatics

    Asthma control isn't always about having your meds on standby and taking them the moment you feel the telltale signs of an impending attack. It's about having your body's defenses ready to help fight off an attack on its own, with or without meds.

    And one of the most important parts of that defense system is vitamin D.

    One new study of 1,024 children with mild to moderate asthma finds that kids who don't have the right levels of D have a harder time getting the disease under control, even after taking their asthma meds.

    By one critical measure, the D-deficient kids had less than half of the lung improvements seen in kids with normal levels of D after taking their meds.

    The difference was so dramatic that researchers say docs should test asthmatic kids for vitamin D and continue to monitor their levels -- and if those levels ever fall, the kids should be given supplements.

    You don't often hear mainstream doctors and researchers recommending nutritional supplements, so you know this one's a big deal -- and not just in children.

    In kids and adults alike, vitamin D plays a key role in overall lung function. Proper D levels may even help keep attacks at bay and lessen their severity when they do strike.

    One review of nearly 60 years of research found that low vitamin D levels led to problems with lung function, increased airway reactivity and worse overall asthma control among asthmatics.

    In other words, if you want to breathe easier, make sure you get your D -- and if you suffer from asthma, be sure to combine increased D levels with other natural treatments such as B vitamins, dietary changes, and homeopathic remedies.

    You might never reach the point where you'd feel comfortable leaving your rescue inhaler at home. But if you take the natural approach, you might not need to be rescued nearly as often.

  3. Depression drugs can harm mother and baby

    There's not much data on what antipsychotics do during pregnancy -- but new research finds these meds can hurt mom and baby alike.
  4. The worst allergy season ever is here

    Allergy season is here -- and it's here with a vengeance.
  5. Another recall for children's Tylenol

    Talk about déjà vu all over again: Infant Tylenol is being recalled just months after being put back onto the market after the last recall.

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