Possibly the greatest concern of everyone who has been on one of these drugs that alter serotonin levels is can I recover? So I am going to be sharing more of these experiences the one Marcelo shared with me just a couple of weeks ago…so you can see the answer to that is YES! As long as you know what you are doing.
Remember what Dr. Candace Pert said in her statement about what people need to do to treat depression instead of using the antidepressants her research made possible which she called “monsters” which she wished she had never had anything to do with their development. I will quote that here for you as a reminder…
Dr. Candace Pert
“I am alarmed at the monster that Johns Hopkins neuro-scientist Solomon Snyder and I created when we discovered the simple binding assay for drug receptors 25 years ago. Prozac and other antidepressant serotonin-receptor-active compounds may also cause cardiovascular problems in some susceptible people after long-term use, which has become common practice despite the lack of safety studies.
“The public is being misinformed about the precision of these selective serotonin-uptake inhibitors when the medical profession oversimplifies their action in the brain and ignores the body as if it exists merely to carry the head around! In short, these molecules of emotion regulate every aspect of our physiology. A new paradigm has evolved, with implications that life-style changes such as diet and exercise can offer profound, safe and natural mood elevation.”
To learn more about Dr. Pert click here: http://new.drugawareness.org/i-am-alarmed-at-the-monster-ssrisnri-antidepressants-i-created-dr-candace-pert/
You will see from Marcelo’s experience below that learning all this does not take a lot of effort. He and I had a one hour discussion/consultation in 2012 and I have answered a few questions he has had in one of our Facebook groups over several years.
In August of 2012 Marcelo was diagnosed with a Fatty Liver after using Xanax for 3 years and then Zoloft for 8 years. His liver doctor advised that he go on a strict diet avoiding meat and fats, except for blue fish and eating lots of fruit and veggies. Then after meeting me and watching videos by Dr. Michael Greger, and my good friend, Dr. Lorraine Day, who is also on our Board of Directors for the International Coalition for Drug Awareness, his diet became a little more strict and he went to a Vegan diet. When one understands that both the benzos (like Xanax) and antidepressants (like Zoloft) are 98% protein binding it becomes quite clear that avoiding complex proteins will make it easier for the body to be able to flush these drugs out of the body and brain.