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A Little Sunlight On Depression
The issue of psychiatric drugs is not being discussed enough. Perhaps it is too embarrassing to bring up in public discourse, but the consequences are going to hit us in our collective face with a lot of impact.
Today we publish a letter by one of our suppliers, Farrell Brenner of Smart Minerals, on the topic of psychiatric drugs and their consequences. The Austin American Statesman newspaper, July 10, 2006, reports that the Maker of a popular antidepressant drug hasn’t issued warning about possible risk of homicidal ideas. The article goes on to say that a Houston woman who drowned her five children in 2001 was on that medication.
Unfortunately the drug in question, Effexor, is not the only antidepressant that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) identifies as problematical. The article from the Associated Press goes on to report that, In 2004, the FDA ordered that all antidepressants carry black box warnings saying that the drugs increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior in children. The data shows an average of 2 to 3 percent of children who take antidepressants have suicidal thoughts and actions. It is my understanding that long term use of these drugs can increase the risks for children and adults.
I view depression as the absence of something, not a thing in its own right. So, if my child were depressed, I would take a positive approach and do everything I could to raise his level of consciousness. I would look to create more light instead of fighting the darkness. Practically speaking, I would fight depression by giving him a supplement for high self esteem instead of a drug to suppress the symptoms. In fact, my grown son uses The Gift of his own accord, (a minor miracle) and says he experienced a distinct uplift of his spirits at times when he really needed it. I can say the same for myself. I feel much happier when I take it!
That is how I use The Gift in my private consultations. Instead of giving energy to the problems, I give my clients The Gift. It works like a ray of positive energy that lights up the users system. It has repeatedly proven itself as a powerful means to raise consciousness. The higher the level of consciousness, the more happy the person is. There you can read The Gift Directions for Use and The Gift FAQs.
Depression can be a very serious problem. The literature on depression shows that there are many variables that potentially can alter it. Lifestyle factors such as nutritious diet, exercise and sufficient full spectrum light are all known to be of help.
Science literature indicates that when depression is considered mild to moderate, good results have been reported with certain herbs. To this list of possible helpers, I invite you to consider The Gift. And take depression seriously, please. The person suffering from it can become completely debilitated. Depression can kill. I cannot give medical advice, but if someone I knew were thinking about suicide, I would do everything in my power to get that person medical attention. There are times when anti-depressant medication can save lives.
To your very good health!
for Smart Minerals Corporation.