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Dietary Intervention Shown to Lift Depression

As another follow-up on my post yesterday on depression and psychiatric drugs, I wanted to link to this informative article by Dr. Mercola on how dietary intervention lifts depression.

In the article, Dr. Mercola mentions that both sugary and artificially sweetened beverages have been linked to an increased risk of depression, and he references a study that found that adolescents who have high sodium and low potassium in urine experience more symptoms of depression. He goes into detail as to how sugar negatively affects mental health. And he notes a study showing that young adults being given a Mediterranean diet had a “significant reduction” in depression after 3 weeks, that such a diet can reduce inflammation as well, and he gives some important nutritional information. I’m glad I already have changed my diet, that’s for sure.

Dr. Breggin on How to Stop Taking Psychiatric Drugs

As a follow-up to my post yesterday on depression and the psychiatric drugs, I just wanted to reiterate that if anyone is taking psychiatric drugs and wants to stop, there could be further problems associated with withdrawal.

So, it is best to stop taking the drug gradually, certainly not suddenly. I did include a mention of that in my post yesterday. Dr. Peter Breggin’s book, Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal: A Guide for Prescribers, Therapists, Patients and Their Families, should be of help to those who want to get off the drugs safely. Here is his article about that.

Psychiatric Drugs Are Screwing People Up

Another young couple’s relationship has ended in a suicide, and the surviving one has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for urging her boyfriend to kill himself. The two were Boston College students, and the boyfriend, Alexander Urtula, committed suicide just hours before he was to attend graduation ceremonies at his college.

Allegedly, police found tens of thousands of texts on his phone in which the girlfriend, Inyoung You, was urging him to kill himself. She was even there at the top of the parking garage with him when he jumped off to his death, allegedly. The boyfriend had a history of mental illness, depression, etc. and she allegedly exploited that for her own power trip.

In my opinion, urging someone to do something, no matter how strongly one does so, is not a crime, and she should not be charged. Many people are influenced by many things toward their deciding to do something. But in the end, the individual is responsible for his own decisions and actions and his acting something out by his own free will.

Apparently, the couple’s parents were aware of their abusive relationship, but the parents did nothing. Should those parents also be charged with aiding and abetting a suicide for their not taking preventive action? If you’re going to charge a girlfriend for involuntary manslaughter for being mean and urging her boyfriend to commit suicide, then to be consistent you should charge those close to them who were aware of that abuse but did nothing. So in my opinion, that kind of charge is absurd.

But that is not the point of this post. I would really like to know if the young Alexander Urtula had been taking those prescription anti-depressant drugs or anti-anxiety drugs.

Those drugs, such as Xanax, Zoloft, Luvox, Prozac, valium, etc., have been shown to exacerbate depression and cause suicidal thoughts and behaviors. It is well documented now.

Dr. Peter Breggin has written and spoken extensively on that subject. See his antidepressant drug resource and information page for information.

Dr. Breggin describes exactly how antidepressants can cause further depression or suicidal thoughts and behaviors. For instance: “Antidepressants are neurotoxic, that is, they harm the brain and disrupt its functions. As a result, they cause innumerable kinds of abnormal thinking and behaviors, including mania, suicide and violence. In the process, they cause detectable damage to the brain of the child or adult, and also to the fetus of pregnant mothers who take the drug (See Scientific Section 9).”

This particular case of the two college students is very similar to the Michelle Carter case. In that case, Michelle Carter was a high school student who in 2014 had urged her boyfriend Conrad Roy to commit suicide. Their relationship was a dysfunctional one, apparently. Well, he did commit suicide, Michelle was charged with involuntary manslaughter and then convicted of that, based on her words and nothing else.

The two teens had only been together physically very minimally for a year, but most of their contact had been through texting. Tens of thousands of texts, just like in the current case of the Boston College youths.

Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, and the Massachusetts state Supreme Court upheld the conviction. Apparently, the Justices do not believe in freedom of speech or that individuals are responsible for their own actions. She is appealing the conviction now to the U.S. Supreme Court. But, given the ignorant clowns we have there now, I am not holding my breath.

So the new case of the two Boston College students, Inyoung You and Alexander Urtula, in which Ms. You urged Mr. Urtula to commit suicide, and he did, is a similar case. But I am wondering if those two, like Michelle Carter and Conrad Roy, had been taking those psychiatric drugs, particularly Urtula. And if so, was it the effects of the drugs that had made his depression worse and caused him to have suicidal thoughts?

Dr. Breggin has written quite a bit about the Michelle Carter case, and he was an expert witness at her trial regarding her having been taking antidepressants.

In this article, Dr. Breggin notes that both Carter and her boyfriend Conrad Roy had been taking antidepressants for years. In this other article he shows how her taking Prozac at such a young age ultimately worsened Michelle’s eating disorder and depression. Dr. Breggin notes that children should not be given antidepressants at all.

In fact, I think that antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs are so over-prescribed that many doctors are giving them to patients who are not suffering from chronic, clinical depression but who are just feeling unhappy or depressed at certain times, and it’s the drugs themselves that actually cause a more severe case of depression and even suicidal thoughts! The primary doctors as well as the crazy psychiatrists! Honestly, I think the psychiatrists are addicted to giving out those terrible drugs.

Now, as Jon Rappoport noted in his newly revived blog regarding the harm that psychiatric drugs cause, for those who are taking a psychiatric drug and want to stop, don’t do it suddenly. It must be done gradually and under a knowledgeable practitioner’s supervision. Dr. Breggin has addressed the problems involving psychiatric drug withdrawal.

And I very much recommend that particular post by Jon Rappoport, who describes the history of and relationship between psychiatric drugs and violence, particularly the school shootings in the past two decades.

Many school shootings involved shooters who had been taking antidepressants or anti-anxiety drugs. This article by Sam Jacobs lists some of the many examples of school shootings and workplace violence in which the violent ones were taking psychiatric drugs.

Dr. Breggin has an excellent article asserting that more psychiatry means more shootings. Quite an assertion. But he gives a lot of details to back that up.

And I still believe that the individual is responsible for his own actions, drugs or not. We can’t blame the drug if its user kills someone. BUT, the drugs are contributors to screwing people up, in my opinion.

Dr. Breggin writes: “Not only do psychiatric drugs add to the risk of violence, but psychiatric treatment lulls the various authorities and the family into believing that the patient is now “under control” and “less of a risk.” Even the patient may think the drugs are helping, and continue to take them right up to the moment of violence.”

Again, as Dr. Breggin has shown, those psychiatric drugs can worsen someone’s depression and cause suicidal thoughts and behaviors, as well as violence. And we know that Michelle Carter and her deceased boyfriend were taking psychiatric drugs, so I want to know if this latest couple, Inyoung You and Alexander Urtula, had been taking any psychiatric drugs. Will investigators allow that information to be made public, if it is the case?

And finally, given the epidemic of police suicides in New York City, had any of those officers been taking antidepressants or other psychiatric drugs? That article states that some of them are being “treated” for PTSD. We know what that means.

Furthermore, we know that there is a high number of military veteran suicides and active duty military suicides. The military “doctors” giving the soldiers and vets psychiatric drugs has also been well documented. I’m sure the pharmaceutical companies are benefiting from all this as well.

Why So Much Anxiety and Depression in Young People?

Now, I don’t want to give the impression that I’m totally against vaccines or that I think that every problem is caused by vaccines. Of course there are other causes of illnesses.

For instance, this article by the Children’s Health Defense Team over-emphasizes the vaccines as likely causes of the apparent epidemic of mental health problems on college campuses, such as depression and anxiety. It seems that college students or college-aged young people have a much higher incidence of depression and anxiety than 30 or 50 years ago.

I can see why “cumulative vaccine load” could be a contributor, given the adjuvants such as aluminum in the vaccines, and the fact that kids are receiving many more vaccines than we did when I was in school. I am now in my mid-50s.

In another article from April, Arjun Walia of Collective Evolution quotes from a 2015 study: “Evidence that aluminum-coated particles phagocytozed in the injected muscle and its draining lymph notes can disseminate within phagocytes throughout the body and slowly accumulate in the brain further suggests that alum safety should be evaluated in the long term.”

And Walia further writes: “Aluminum is an experimentally demonstrated neurotoxin and the most commonly used vaccine adjuvant. Here’s a great clip of doctor Christopher Shaw from the University of British Columbia explaining how injected aluminum does not exit the body. He, alongside Sneha K.S. Sheth andYongling Li, published a study in 2017 looking at animal models. They found that almost ‘100 percent of the intramuscularly injected aluminum (as in vaccine adjuvants) is absorbed into the systemic circulation and travels to different sites in the body such as the brain, joints and spleen where it accumulates and is retained for years post-vaccination’.”

But the Children’s Health Defense Team article linked above shouldn’t just point to vaccines where college students’ depression and anxiety are concerned. There are other causes and contributors to young people’s depression and anxiety.

According to Medicalxpress.com, a pro-inflammatory diet of fast foods, processed meat and cakes can contribute to depression. And I’ll bet other cognitive and mood issues such as anxiety as well.

Medicalxpress.com cites a study by Manchester Metropolitan’s Bioscience Research Centre that found that a “diet containing foods which are known to promote inflammation – such as those high in cholesterol, saturated fats and carbohydrates – makes you around 40% more likely to develop depression.”

Processed foods and snacks and fast foods tend to contain a lot of artificial chemicals which, in my opinion, can be compared to the synthetic chemicals we find in prescription pharmaceutical drugs. And those chemicals wreak havoc with the brain’s neurotransmitters, which can then affect mood, cognitive abilities and behaviors.

A 2007 study showed an increase in ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children given drinks containing food dyes, according to WebMD. A 2010 study confirmed those findings. “Of children with suspected sensitivities, 65% to 89% reacted when challenged with at least 100 mg of AFC (artificial food colors),” according to this page.

And I’m sure you can find many web pages now devoted to discussing the effects of all the different kinds of preservatives we find in the processed foods.

As I mentioned in my post on the possible contributors to my ulcerative colitis, I ate junk food and cakes and pastries while I was growing up, such as Sara Lee cakes, Yodels, Ring-Dings, Ho-Ho’s, Devil Dogs, chocolate chip cookies, etc. Those weren’t the only contributors to my ulcerative colitis. But besides the colitis, I also had big anxiety-related issues, which it wouldn’t surprise me if those bad foods contributed to that as well.

So regarding the cakes and pastries I ate while growing up, take Yodels, for example. Besides the dreaded “high fructose corn syrup” which is only 3rd on the list of ingredients, Yodels contains TBHQ which was shown to increase tumors in rats (I’m glad I’m not a rat.) and also linked to ADHD, according to this Healthline article. Yodels also contains sodium aluminum phosphate, which could be a problem, but apparently not verified by studies.

My conclusion is, the past several generations of people, at least since the 1970s, have been consuming a processed-foods diet, with a lot of synthetic chemical preservatives and elements such as aluminum, as well as vaccines and prescription drugs.

And there are other factors as well which contribute to young people’s depression and anxiety. Many of the young now are sheltered and coddled throughout their growing up years, and suddenly after high school the pressures of achievement and self-providing are much more than previous generations. Unfortunately many of toady’s parents are not raising the young people to become independent adults and the young people just aren’t prepared emotionally and practically when they actually get into the real world after high school or college. No wonder many of them have so much anxiety and depression.