Study: Turmeric more Effective than Prozac at Treating Depression
For those who may have missed this…from the article below we read:
A recent study published in Phytotherapy Research says that not only is turmeric effective at treating depression, it may even be more effective than some of the most common anti-depressant drugs currently on the market.
Antidepressants Do NOT Work!
First of all let me point out that the statement quoted above is not completely correct because antidepressants are NOT effective in treating depression contrary to what you hear every evening in television ads. The drugs may give an initial feeling of making a patient think they are feeling better because they work like an anesthetic. When you are feeling nothing of course the feelings of depression, anxiety, etc. stop but you can also lose all the good feelings as well. In fact many patients come off these drugs because they can no longer feel. So, when you consider that information combined with the following facts:
– serotonin has long been known to be ELEVATED rather than low in depression
– serotonin metabolism is what is low in depression and antidepressants inhibit the metabolism of serotonin thus worsening depression
– studies demonstrate the worsening of depression and anxiety after using an antidepressant long term
– the fact that those with anxiety have been found to have serotonin levels EIGHT TIMES HIGHER than normal so clearly elevating those levels with an antidepressant is NOT a good thing
– depression and stress can be detected medically via elevated levels of cortisol, yet one single 30mg dose of Prozac was shown in an early study done by the manufacturer themselves to clearly DOUBLE the level of cortisol!
– the only apparent “beneficial” effects from antidepressants seems to be the stimulant effect they provide as they test out in the blood as amphetamine which explains why patients so often end up with a Bipolar or manic reaction to these drugs
(for supporting scientific research on these statements refer to my book Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare at www.drugawareness.org)
… (so with all of that is taken into consideration) it would appear that this study would demonstrate that tumeric is far more superior in treating depression than any antidepressant ever approved by the FDA.
With this information in mind I invite you to read the information below on the results of this study on tumeric.
But before deciding to make any changes in dose of an antidepressant please see the warnings below and links to withdrawal helps because any abrupt change in dose can cause deadly results if you and/or your doctor do not know what you are doing!!!
One original article with additional links to other info below this:
Study: Turmeric more Effective than Prozac at Treating Depression
by Elizabeth Renter
July 24th, 2013
It’s common knowledge in the natural health world that pharmaceuticals often (if not always) do more harm than good. It’s also clear that foods, herbs, and other natural sources can offer similar benefits without those nasty side effects. Once again, our beliefs have been affirmed by science: A recent study published in Phytotherapy Research says that not only is turmeric effective at treating depression, it may even be more effective than some of the most common anti-depressant drugs currently on the market.
While previous studies have indicated the effectiveness of turmeric (curcumin) in treating serious depression, this study was the first randomized controlled clinical trial of its kind.
Researchers with the Department of Pharmacology of Government Medical College in Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India compared the effects of turmeric and Prozac (fluoxetine), both used together and individually, in 60 patients diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD).
According to GreenMedInfo.com, the researchers used the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale to measure their results:
“We observed that curcumin was well tolerated by all the patients. The proportion of responders as measured by the HAM-D17 scale was higher in the combination group (77.8%) than in fluoxetine [Prozac] (64.7%) and the curcumin (62.5%) groups; however, these data were not statistically significant (P?=?0.58). Interestingly, the mean change in HAM-D17 score at the end of six weeks was comparable in all three groups (P?=?0.77). This study provides first clinical evidence that curcumin may be used as an effective and safe modality for treatment in patients with MDD without concurrent suicidal ideation or other psychotic disorders.”
While reading the researchers conclusions indicates one treatment (turmeric) is equally effective as Prozac, it doesn’t account for the negative effects of Prozac, which boost turmeric’s value considerably. Prozac is known to cause “suicidal ideation or other psychotic disorders,” frightening side effects that are clearly absent in turmeric use.
In addition to fighting depression, the bright yellow root commonly used in Indian cooking known as turmeric has been found to have numerous health benefits. In addition to this enlightening research on its efficacy in depression treatment, we know it also has value in the treatment of inflammatory conditions, diabetes, and even cancer. If that isn’t enough, it’s also been shown effective in aiding in weight loss and cutting heart disease risk. Plus, it tastes amazing.
Anti-depressant medications are some of the biggest of Big Pharma’s many big money-makers. Equipped with knowledge like the findings of this most recent study, consumers have the potential to undermine their goal of drugging America and the world.
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!”
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 at www.drugawareness.org or sign up for one of the memberships for the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan.
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!