ST JOHN’S WORT
If you are getting herbal supplements from GNC, Target, Wal-Mart or Walgreens this information will explain clearly to you why I NEVER have and NEVER will and why I am so particular about the companies I get products from. As I have mentioned in comments, many of the natural product companies have been bought out by Pharma. This has been going on for several decades. You need to know who is behind your herbal supplement company.
On February 2, 2015 the New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and Executive Deputy Attorney General Martin J. Mack issued cease-and-desist orders to GNC Holdings, Inc., Target Corporation, Walgreens, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., regarding the marketing of up to seven herbal supplements: Gingko [sic] biloba, St. John’s Wort, Ginseng, Garlic, Echinacea, Saw Palmetto, and Valerian root. (Valerian was only tested from Target, in place of Ginseng.)
So if you have been using these products purchased from these stores and obtaining none of the expected results you now know why. Considering the misinformation out about St John’s Wort thus encouraging those who have been on antidepressants to attempt to replace their drugs with St John’s Wort, knowing that they were not actually getting that, but a filler instead, would be a good thing!If you have not heard why that is. The quick explanation is that antidepressants impair your ability to metabolize serotonin thus causing levels to rise too high. Therefore when using products like St. John’s Wort you are increasing the levels of serotonin which the body can no longer metabolize, just as antidepressants do, and will suffer similar adverse effects associated with antidepressant use or elevated serotonin. The herb has also been known to induce the potentially fatal Serotonin Syndrome just as antidepressants do where via the elevated serotonin death is produced by multiple organ failure.
See Original Articles for additonal information:
What’s in Those Supplements?
Cease-And-Desist Orders Hit Walmart, Walgreens And Others For Herbal Supplement Sales
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 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 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.
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