Internationally renowned natural health physician and Mercola.com founder Dr. Joseph Mercola interviews Dr. David Healy, a professor in Psychological Medicine at Cardiff University School of Medicine, Wales, about SSRI and how it associates in the increase risk of suicides.
So much so that several pharmaceutical companies are on the Top Corporate Criminals list. Yet we entrust our health, our very lives, to these same corporate “personages” who cannot be put in jail for cutting lives short, and who view billion dollar fines as nothing more than the cost of doing business.
As recently as July 2, GlaxoSmithKline plead guilty to three counts of criminal misdemeanor and other civil liabilities relating to the prescription drugs Paxil, Wellbutrin and Avandia, and agreed to pay a total of $3 billion in fines.
Dr. Healy, a professor of psychiatry in North Wales and Great Britain is a former secretary of the British Association for Psychopharmacology and author of over 175 peer-reviewed articles, 200 other pieces, and 20 books, including Let Them Eat Prozac (one of my favorites), and Pharmageddon, another favorite.
For example, he has studied the serotonin-uptake theory in depressed patients, and is adamant that there’s no evidence indicating that depressed patients have something wrong with their serotonin system, which makes selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s) a dubious treatment for depression. It may even be part of the equation for why some people become suicidal on SSRI’s, even if they’ve never had such tendencies before.
Dr. Healy’s conviction that SSRI’s can make people actively suicidal was originally borne directly out of his own clinical experience. Since then, the research demonstrating this link has become quite clear, and this class of drugs now carry a “black box” warning. What’s really infuriating though is the evidence that has since emerged showing that pharmaceutical companies knew about it, and hid it, and it wasn’t until it became an obvious issue in clinical practice that a warning was finally issued. People literally lost their lives because these companies didn’t want to risk sluggish sales.
His time is divided between an active psychiatry practice and research.
Anti-depressants caused death of American coach
Antidepressant Caused Coach’s Suicide, Jury Finds
Over three years after the death of a beloved Syracuse, N.Y. high school basketball coach, Joseph Mazella, a jury decided that a doctor who prescribed Paxil and other antidepressants to him over the phone must pay $1.5 million to Mazella’s widow.
Since 2007, the makers of Paxil and other antidepressants were ordered by the Food and Drug Administration to add warnings that the drugs increase suicidal thinking.
Janice Mazella had just gotten out of the shower one morning when she found her husband’s body in the garage.
While he gave no hint he was suicidal, Mazella had been prescribed anti-depressants and had complained of side effects, telling his wife that he felt like his head was on fire.
Dr. William Beals had been prescribing Paxil to Mazella for a decade by filling prescriptions over the phone whenever Mazella called to say he was running low on his medications.
“It was comforting to see a jury agree with our proposition that these drugs are not panaceas for all sadness,” DelDuchetto said.
Janice said she hopes the verdict will help others who are prescribed antidepressants.
“It’s just what the medical community does – medicate, medicate, medicate,” she said. “I hope through this that people are aware, so they can step it up and question and do more than I did and Joe did, so this doesn’t happen to them. If this can save another person, that’s what I want to happen.”