YET ANOTHER STUDY LINKS ANXIETY TO
ELEVATED, NOT LOW, SEROTONIN LEVELS
For anyone familiar with my book and my research the information brought out by this new research will be a “REALLY??????!!!!!!!!!!” moment combined with the after thought….”ISN’T THIS WAY OVER TWO DECADES TOO LATE? JUST WHAT DO YOU THINK ANN BLAKE TRACY HAS BEEN TELLING YOU ABOUT ELEVATED SEROTONIN, NOT LOW SEROTONIN, BEING THE INITIAL PROBLEM ALL ALONG WITH ALL THESE DISORDERS?”
According to this latest research: “The researchers discovered patients with social phobia were producing too much serotonin in the amygdala. This brain region, tucked deep inside our skulls, is the seat of our most primitive emotions, including fear. The more serotonin produced in this area, then, the more anxious people feel in social situations.”
And Dr. Mercola’s comment on those findings: “…when it comes to treating this anxiety disorder, increasing serotonin in your brain with an SSRI will not soothe your anxiety. It will increase it, making SSRIs a questionable treatment option.”
NOW BEFORE READING ANY FURTHER PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT STOP TAKING YOUR MEDICATION OR MAKE ANY ABRUPT CHANGES IN DOSE! I HAVE LONG WARNED THAT WITHDRAWAL CAN BE THE MOST DANGEROUS PERIOD OF TAKING AN ANTIDEPRESSANT IF YOU DO NOT WITHDRAW SLOWLY ENOUGH!!!!! ABRUPT CHANGES IN DOSE, ACCORDING TO FDA WARNINGS, CAN CAUSE SUICIDE, HOSTILITY OR PSYCHOSIS!!! TO NAME ONLY A FEW POSSIBILITIES…
PLEASE SEE BELOW TO KNOW HOW TO WITHDRAW SAFELY AND SUCCESSFULLY FROM THESE DRUGS!!! SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE MAKING ANY CHANGES. AND READ THIS ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE TAKEN ANY OF THESE MEDICATIONS LONG TERM:
MY TEN YEAR NIGHTMARE BEGAN WITH PROZAC
THE BIG SEROTONIN BLUNDER
So this new research indicates that the problem with anxiety disorders is ELEVATED serotonin, NOT low levels of serotonin. This is the BIG SEROTONIN LIE which I have been shouting about for decades with Dr. Candace Pert standing firmly behind me on all of it refering to my work as very important and me as a heroine because of working to get this information to patients. (Dr. Pert served as the Chief of the Section on Brain Biochemistry, Clinical Neuroscience Branch, at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) from 1983 to 1996, and whose discovery of the receptor binding process made the SSRI and SNRI antidepressants possible. http://www.drugawareness.org/i-am-alarmed-at-the-monster-ssrisnri-antidepressants-i-created-dr-candace-pert/)
Since the first edition of my book in 1994 there has been an entire chapter addressing this totally backwards hypotheis behind the SSRIs, SNRIs and now the new serotonergic Atypical Antipsychotic medications such as Zyprexa, Invega, Geodon, Risperdal, Abilify, Seroquel, etc. Since 1992 I have done hundreds of lectures and radio, television, magazine, and newspaper interviews on this very issue. I have always said is clearly a key issue behind why these drugs are so deadly and damaging for patients suffering from these disorders. See my 2004 presentation before the FDA below.
When you read the research since the early 50’s on serotonin (all in my book) it becomes very clear that the hypothesis was backwards and that antidepressants would actually CAUSE what patients were being told they would cure. (You can see that is the case just by reading all the “adverse reactions” listed in a package insert on these drugs….which I would call “expected reactions” rather than “adverse reactions” because the research makes it clear what would be the expected results.) Because this is all so clear I naively assumed those in charge would want it corrected and these drugs would be immediately pulled from the market and adjustments made.
For decades research has shown that impairing serotonin metabolism (serotonin reuptake inhibition – SSRI antidepressants are Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) will produce migraines, hot flashes, pains around the heart, difficulty breathing, a worsening of bronchial complaints, tension and anxiety which appear from out of nowhere, depression, suicide – especially very violent suicide, hostility, violent crime, arson, substance abuse, psychosis, mania, organic brain disease, autism, anorexia, reckless driving, Alzheimer’s, impulsive behavior with no concern for punishment, and argumentative behavior.
Do not think that I believe adjustments can be made in these drugs to make them work correctly because everything that enhances the metabolism of serotonin is natural, God given, not chemicals. Those are things such as the sun, negative ions which you get from running water (streams, waterfalls, etc.), fasting (“Our results confirm that food deprivation increases the turnover of brain 5-HT and point out that the increase probably occurs in all brain areas” L. D. Fuenmayor and S. García, Br J Pharmacol. 1984 Oct; 83(2): 357–362.), garlic is another, etc., etc. That being said I have always said that once they are caught and the public exposed to this truth about serotonin they will attempt to market a drug that does the opposite to correct what the drugs have done. DO NOT FALL FOR THEIR NEW MARKETING PLAN!!!!
September 2004 Testimony on Serotonin Before the FDA on Elevated Serotonin
Here I am in 2004 testifying to the FDA as to this very issue of elevated serotonin being the initial problem with all the conditions for which SSRIs and SNRIs have long been prescribed – meaning that antidepressants being given to increase those already elevated serotonin levels any higher were the LAST thing anyone suffering from any of these issues needed because it would obviously worsen the initial disorder the patient was already suffering from!
Tragically, instead of a ban and an apology for that mistake, all patients got was a Black Box Warning on increased suicidal ideation (compulsion) in children and young adults and the drugs remained on the market continuing to produce worsen the disorders they were being given for. So now you can see why when before we rarely knew anyone who was “mentally ill” yet now we all know many who are – these medications are causing it according to all this research! The aftermath of such a huge mistake is staggering with all of the school shootings, soldiers committing suicide, murder/suicides wiping out entire families around the world, parents killing their own children and children killing their own parents! Is it any wonder we have been able to gather this huge database of tragic cases as a testament of this botched serotonin hypothesis: www.SSRIstories.NET
Dr. Mercola & I Lectured Together in 2003
The article posted below as a reference with more information about this study was written by Dr. Joseph Mercola who I do hope you are all familiar with and are regularly getting his newsletter with some excellent ideas on health. He is a regular MD who focuses more on natural cures for various issues.
Interestingly Dr. Mercola and I lectured together in 2003 at the Young Living Oils annual convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. As we stood and spoke with one another after our lectures I explained all of this information to him on The Big Serotonin Lie and how serotonin is actually elevated in all of these disorders, not a condition of low levels of serotonin. Then I gave him a copy of my book on antidepressants called Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare! with 21 pages of references to medical studies to prove the serotonin hypothysis is backwards. (In fact this information is a critical issue which has been used in some very high profile court cases bringing in wins.)
At that time I also shared with Dr. Mercola the research of Dr. Murray Essler done in 2000 out of Australia. Dr. Esler was shocked by his own research when he found that those suffering from anxiety disorders had serotonin levels EIGHT TIMES HIGHER than normal! At that point he joined me in asking the same obvious question I had been asking for a decade at that point….which is, “If the initial problem in anxiety disorders (and all the others) is ELEVATED serotonin WHY on earth are patients being given drugs to elevate the serotonin even higher?!!!”
Here is a link to that lecture given with Dr. Mercola if you would like to listen. In my opinion of all the lectures I have ever given it is one of my favorite:
New Research on Anxiety Disorders Being a Condition of
ELEVATED SEROTONIN LEVELS!!!
So Dr. Mercola has been aware of this information for over a decade now. And even though I have not seen him put out anything on it before I am glad to see that this new study has spurred him to address this extremely important issue on the glaringly obvious problem behind the hypothesis behind the SSRI and SNRI antidepressants which also ties into the new atypical antipsychotics which are serotonergic medications as well. I will include a portion of this article, but because it has very critical information on serotonin and antidepressants in it, I would suggest everyone read it. And if you want all of the research, including all that existed even before SSRI and SNRI antidepressants were introduced to the market I suggest my book, Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? Our Serotonin Nightmare, (NO it is not just about Prozac, but all antidepressants!) which is the only text I am aware of addressing this issue of elevated serotonin or low serotonin metabolism, rather than low serotonin being the cause behind anxiety, depression, psychosis, Bipolar disorder, etc. The 2014 issue is available here: http://store.drugawareness.org/
Social Anxiety Disorder Linked to High Serotonin Levels, Throwing Treatment with SSRIs into Serious Question
By Dr. Mercola
Depression and other mental health problems are at epidemic levels judging by the number of antidepressants prescribed each year.
According to CDC data, one in 20 Americans over the age of 12 report some form of depression, and 11 percent of the US population over the age of 12 is on antidepressant medication.
This despite overwhelming evidence showing that antidepressants do not work as advertised.
At best, antidepressants are comparable to placebos. At worst they can cause devastating side effects, including deterioration into more serious mental illness, and suicidal or homicidal tendencies.
Virtually all of the school and mass shooters, for example, have been on antidepressants. Antidepressants are also prescribed to pregnant women, which can have serious repercussions for the child.
Research shows boys with autism are three times more likely to have been exposed to antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) in utero than non-autistic boys. Those whose mothers used SSRIs during the first trimester were found to be at greatest risk.
Recent research into the mechanisms driving anxiety and social phobias now turn conventional drug treatment with SSRIs on its ear.
Turns out these mental health problems are not due to low serotonin levels as previously thought. They’re linked to high levels! If these findings are taken as seriously as they should be, the mental health field is in for a major overhaul.
The Low Serotonin Theory Was Never Proven True, Yet Spawned a Booming Market of SSRIs
Prozac was released in 1987 in the US, giving rise to an entire new antidepressant therapy class known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)…..click link above to continue to original article.
Original Study: Frick A, Åhs F, Engman J, et al. Serotonin Synthesis and Reuptake in Social Anxiety Disorder: A Positron Emission Tomography Study. JAMA Psychiatry. 2015.
Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
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!”
WITHDRAWAL 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!
WITHDRAWAL HELP: You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here:http://store.drugawareness.org/ And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one atwww.drugawareness.org or sign up for one of the memberships in the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan. For only a $30 membership for one month you can even get 30 days of access to the withdrawal CD with tips on rebuilding after the meds, all six of my DVDs, hundreds of radio interviews, lectures, TV interviews I have done over the years PLUS access to my book on antidepressants (500 plus pages) with more information than you will find anywhere else (that is only $5 more than the book alone would cost) atwww.drugawareness.org. (Definitely the best option to save outrageous postage charges for those out of the country!)