ANESTHESIA AS AN ANTIDEPRESSANT???
The latest research is coming to us out of the University of Utah. In the early 90’s I wrote to the Governor of Utah and told him that drug companies did not need laboratories because they had Utah! If there is anything they want to try out on willing guinea pigs Utah is where they go!
Anyway in case you have not noticed all the latest research on “treating” depression is turning to anesthesia since that is actually how antidepressants do work. This is nothing new. They are only becoming more and more open and obvious about what they are doing to people because they have seen they can get away with about anything. After all they have even been able to get us to buy into allowing them to shove someone else’s shit up our butts … oops excuse my French, the politically correct terminology for that process is a “fecal implant” which we learned just this week that the FDA no longer needs to regulate so closely as before. (Makes you wonder who it is giving those “donations” and what they are getting paid for them, doesn’t it? Ever wonder what meds those donors as well as blood donors might be on? You should!) That is not yet a treatment for depression, but for Crohn’s Disease.
Back to the research on anesthesia as treatment for depression (interesting since anesthesia almost always causes depression when administered) the following is my comment on this article. You may find the information shocking because so few are aware of the anesthetic effect of antidepressants:
“Can anesthesia replace shock therapy as depression treatment?” That question should have been answered LONG ago since that is the effect of antidepressant medications. Rather than being called “antidepressants” these drugs should be classed as dissociative anesthetics, little different than PCP or Ketamine, because that is their mode of action. The only difference is that it is a gradual anesthetic effect, unless the patient lacks the P450 enzyme, as do 7% to 10% of the population, and cannot metabolize the antidepressant. In those cases this dissociative anesthetic effect will be rapid.
Patients have reported since the introduction of the SSRI antidepressants that they cannot tell the difference between a dream and reality. Brain wave patterns of patients on antidepressants, which I submitted to the FDA Advisory Committee in 1991 and 2004 during safety hearings on antidepressants, demonstrate the patient is in a total anesthetic sleep state and dreaming while speaking as if awake and functioning to those gathering the brain wave data. And those coming off antidepressants report feeling as though they are coming out from under anesthesia or coming to the surface after deep sea diving. Many also report amnesia or only bits and pieces of memory during periods under the influence of antidepressants.
So this is really nothing new. And it should be no surprise that researchers are now looking at giving Ketamine (a clone of PCP) as a “treatment” for depressed patients. Patients have always reported their experience on SSRIs using the exact same descriptions as those on PCP even to the exact same wording! And since PCP is notorious for producing violence why do any of us wonder where all of the out of character extreme violence is coming from in our society over the past two decades?
So will this new treatment be any better? From their track record the answer would be: Don’t count on it! When you read enough research you learn that scientists love experimenting with the human brain. Solomon Snyder, who discovered the serotonin binding process, which made the SSRI and SNRI antidepressant possible, stated that “scientists love LSD because it taught them so much about the human brain”… demonstrating a total lack of concern about the havoc raised in so many lives over many years by LSD.”
For additional information on the anesthetic effects of antidepressants I would refer you to my book Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? Our Serotonin Nightmare where there is one entire chapter devoted to this subject and which you can find on our website at www.drugawareness.org and will also be coming out soon in ebook format.
WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!
The FDA also now warns that any abrupt change in dose of an antidepressant can produce suicide, hostility or psychosis. And these reactions can either come on very rapidly or even be delayed for months depending upon the adverse effects upon sleep patterns when the withdrawal is rapid! You can find the CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/
Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org & http://ssristories.drugawareness.org
Author: “Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”
You can read the entire article on anesthesia being used as an antidepressant here: https://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=148&sid=26214243