Selective Serotonin Memories.
“To our knowledge, there is not a single peer-reviewed article that can be accurately cited to directly support claims of serotonin deficiency in any mental disorder, while there are many articles that present counter evidence…What remains unmeasured, though, is how many patients seek help from their doctor because antidepressant advertisements have convinced them that they are suffering from a serotonin deficiency”
Not to mention the probably indeterminable number of deaths from suicides associated with – and in many ways attributable to – antidepressant use. And then there is, of course, the scientifically proven relationship between excessive serotonin levels and the promotion of issues with regards to chronic inflammation and disease.
Unfortunately however, the official story with regards to the connection between depression – as well as mood disorders in general – and serotonin, exists independently of the vast majority of well performed experimental science. Instead, it relies upon unfounded assumptions, repeated dogma, misleading interpretations as well as misrepresented outcomes and in some cases, intentionally dishonest results.
“The incongruence between the scientific literature and the claims made in FDA-regulated SSRI advertisements is remarkable, and possibly unparalleled…Professor Emeritus of Neuroscience Elliot Valenstein summarized the scientific data by concluding, “What physicians and the public are reading about mental illness is by no means a neutral reflection of all the information that is available” “
It simply does not make sense – from any kind of biologically rational viewpoint – for rising levels of substances, known to be directly involved in the development and worsening of all kinds of conditions of degeneration and disease, to be given a label such as that which has been popularly attached to serotonin.
Only in a world where properly carried out experimentation takes a backseat to corporate influenced studies and related marketing and propaganda, could serotonin be in any way deserving of being named the ‘happy hormone’.
Sadly, the deeply entrenched and long held belief that doctors – when making recommendations and prescribing medications – are not simply repeating information fed to them, but rather, have a well rounded understanding of the physiology of disease – and how it relates to things such as nutrition and pharmacology – continues to be powerfully supported by existing cultural structures.
On what basis do you think doctors make the decision to prescribe an SSRI – or other similarly acting antidepressants – for you or anyone you know?
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