By Michael Dorausch, D.C.
If you needed one more reason not to take drugs try this one. Reports published this week found that women who take Prozac, a common antidepressant drug, during the second half of their pregnancy are about six times more likely to give birth to a baby with a rare but potentially fatal heart and lung condition.
The FDA held a news conference on Wednesday and is expecting to issue a public health advisory based on the finding. According to reports, the FDA is also considering asking the drugs maker to add warning labels to the antidepressants packaging. They are even considering doing postmarketing studies of Prozac use during pregnancy.
Here is a label idea… Warning: You may feel better now but taking this medication may eventually result in the death of your baby. Talk about temporary relief.
Yes that is radical. Yes people get angry at me. But does anyone see what is going on? They are considering doing postmarketing studies! There was evidence of these findings in data reportedly published in 1996. To me that sounds like shooting first and asking questions later. We are talking billions of dollars in little pill shaped bullets.
I am not saying people should not take drugs, you get to make that decision on your own. I am saying that we have this entire system backwards. It’s really only backwards though if you are not in the drug and disease industry. Otherwise, it is business as usual.
I browsed a few dozen articles on the news (some links below) and none seemed too alarming. Just another day reporting another complication with another drug. Business as usual. Go about your life cause there are plenty of new drugs coming, don’t you worry. If you do worry, there is a pill for that.
Here are my thoughts, drugs don’t cause problems any more than germs cause disease. It’s what we do with those drugs (chemicals) that is a problem. Our bodies are loaded with chemicals, countless combinations of chemical reactions are taking place at all times. The human body is a complex and stunning electrochemical power plant with arguably some of the best engineering and design known to man. None of that engineering and design was created by us, yet we continue to tinker with it hoping to somehow make it better. We are like teenaged computer geeks constantly trying to overclock our computers, hoping to make things run faster. Unfortunately, just like with computers, we often end up with burned out processing chips and dead systems. Unlike computers, the difference is we are not only a few decades into the design process.
Someone has convinced us to put sugar in the gasoline and it’s a bad idea.
Drugs are intended to balance out chemical reactions within ones body. But isn’t it possible there could be another way? What did we do for these conditions 25 years ago, 50 years ago, 100 years ago? It is arguable that many of todays modern “medical conditions” did not exist 25-100 years ago. Now, what about 500 years ago, 1000 years ago, 2000 years ago? Here is a radical notion. Two thousand years ago the laying on of hands was reportedly an effective method in correcting the cause of all dis-ease. There were no double blind clinical trials but the findings were published in a peer reviewed text.
Washington Post: Antidepressants May Harm Newborns’ Lungs
San Deigo Union-Tribune: Study: Antidepressants pose risks for newborns
USA Today: Antidepressant poses risk to baby
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