Want to Feel Better About Dying?

YOUR HEART HEALTH IS GOING DOWNHILL, BUT YOU’LL FEEL BETTER ABOUT IT.  Actually, according to some recent very large studies, only about 2% better over placebo…  The bottom line is that anytime we alter physiology with a foreign compound there is a price to be paid.  While a drug may focus on a single enzyme, […]

Toss the Prozac and Try This for the Kiddos

Without dredging up horrid memories of high school, do you remember that our cells are made of a lipid bilayer? That means that the outside of our cells are formed of two layers of fats sandwiched together.  For cells to function properly, a message needs to pass through this sandwich layer.  It works out that […]

Antidepressants; Billions of Dollars for a 2.7% Improvement

There are some treatment approaches that sound good at the onset; find a neurotransmitter that helps to elevate mood and just synthetically increase the level of the neurotransmitter with a drug. Conduct a few biased trials with the deck stacked in favor of a benefit and start marketing the heck out of the drug.  Prosac was […]

Is YOUR Stress Programming Your Kids for Depression?

There is absolutely no doubt that stress is a major factor in the declining health of our country.  From the standpoint of treating patients in my office, helping patients manage their own stress is one of the most difficult tasks I undertake.  Sadly, only on rare occasions are patients successful. I know that my own […]

Serotonin, SSRIs and Depression; The Myth Behind the Marketing

If you go into your PCP’s office and mention that you’ve been feeling down there’s a good chance you’re going to get a prescription for a SSRI. SSRI stands for Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitor.  This is a class of drugs that slows the brain cell’s ability to pick up the hormone serotonin that your brain […]