Anti-Depression, Anti-Anxiety and MORE.

Do you ever feel like you are on that treadmill of life running and running and not going anywhere?  Or worse, do feel that things are falling apart around you?  If you have ever had one of those days where you felt the rug has been pulled out from under you and did not know how to get your bearings, this article is for you; and you may know someone else that fits this description.

Certainly life has its challenges and can often be overwhelming.  With the fast paced high stress life styles most of us are involved it is necessary to keep things in perspective.  With busy schedules and the ever changing world in which we live, it often seems more like a juggling act.  This balancing of our lives can at times take a dramatic overwhelming toll that in turn creates health problems or mental overload.

The symptoms could include any of the following, although this is not by any means a complete list.  Commonly experienced is loss of focus, confusion, digestive disturbance, headaches or the feeling of reeling, loss of sleep, loss of temper, heart palpitations, and the list goes on.

Due to the fast paced, loaded schedules we often keep it is common to turn to a quick fix pick me up to “just get through”.  However, you should know that this approach does not solve the underlying problem and can have a permanently damaging affect on your body.

This article will address the medications often used, articles related to these medications, some alternatives to those medications and then give some lifestyle changes to help avoid further problems.

Medication facts you should know:

Medications for anxiety, depression and stress fall into a category of medications known as psychotropic (sI-k&-'trO-pik) drugs.  This includes antidepressant agents, hallucinogens, tranquillizing agents such as anti-anxiety agents and antipsychotics.  These commonly include a variety of drugs known as sleeping aids, pick me ups, zoomers, antidepressants and many more.  These drugs are given to help balance alleged imbalances in chemistry of the body, however, to date there has not been any test to prove this theory.  In contrast, there is plenty of literature supporting the fact that changes in moods can occur with actual conditions such as thyroid, food allergies, spinal problems, toxic exposure, and many more.

 The taking of these drugs is far from risk free.  For instance Prozac has been possibly linked to brain tumors (indicated by an article found in Blood, April 1, 2002).

The ill effects of these drugs have been well known although rarely well publicized.  An example of the outcome is revealed in this article which was taken from

July 09, 2001




Section B Story

Paxil Maker Held Liable in Murder/Suicide

Will $6.4 Million Verdict Open a New Mass Tort?

By Anne Thompson

Plaintiffs' lawyers have argued for years that the so-called miracle antidepressants - Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft - have a darker side that pharmaceutical makers have hidden from the general public, occasionally with lethal consequences.

(For the rest of this story click on the following link )


Next I would like to share one, out of many, medical doctors view of such drugs and the conditions they are used for.  The following is from a Dr. Simon Sobo, M.D.

“Over the last 10-20 years a particularly appealing way of presenting mental illness has been found. Disorders are boldly portrayed as "chemical imbalances" in patient brochures, news articles, and other educational materials. It is acknowledged that DSM-IV, the officially designated diagnostic manual used in the United States, is currently not based on etiology, it is, for now, a diagnostic system based on the clustering of symptoms. The implicit premise of the chemical imbalance perspective is that this will be temporary. The working assumption of many researchers using the "chemical imbalance" model is that certain DSM-IV defined "disorders" are deficient in a particular neurotransmitter in a particular part of the brain that is causally related to the disorder. In the gray area are expansions of the basic illness with so-called spectrum disorders. Presumably, in this case, differences in symptoms are more apparent than real. A genetic or biological link explains the usefulness of certain medications across the entire spectrum of the related disorders.

The attractiveness of this model to patients is undeniable. By removing psychiatric illness from the realm of psychology, it removes blame, especially pejorative implications that weakness of character, poor upbringing, or lack of will are issues in bringing on the illness or combating the symptoms. It places psychiatry firmly under the umbrella of science and modern medicine. This is a crucial element in convincing patients to seek treatment and to be compliant with the treatment plan. In the United States, the chemical imbalance argument has proven to be important in winning legislative support for improved insurance coverage that gives psychiatry parity with other medical conditions. One other byproduct of the chemical imbalance model: its simplicity has led to a great deal of comfort, on the part of physicians other than psychiatrists, to dispense psychotropic medications. Believing that they are operating within the logic of cause and effect, they merely have to focus on the improvement of the symptoms of the disorder in question and watch for side effects from the medication. A majority of psychiatrists also work within these parameters. They typically see patients for med checks and that is all.

There are fundamental crucial problems with this perspective that need to be aired. First and foremost is that, no such imbalances have been unequivocally demonstrated for any disorder. We are offered interesting conjectures, educated guesses that are forever shifting as the latest data is accumulated. The continual construction of new hypotheses is how science should proceed. But good science is normally modest. It clearly distinguishes between soft knowledge and what is known. It does not trumpet a few pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that have been brilliantly put in place, as the solution to the entire puzzle. The public (including practitioners) and the media are being misinformed about the state of our knowledge.

despite the ad nauseam use of the term "expert" to refer to treatment protocols and the like, (which in itself should arouse suspicions that we are dealing with a "Wizard of Oz" phenomenon) adherence to this model in what has become standard psychiatric practice, the once-a-month, 15-minute med check, is not only not "expert" care, but is grossly inadequate care.”

 READ the Label ! !

Be sure to read the label.  Every drug has a host of side effects that come along with it.  You should be well aware of what other effects this medication will have on your body. Most common are fatigue, drowsiness, confusion, muscle twitches, dry mouth, headaches, weight change, swelling, slurred speech and rashes just to name a few.  In addition to many of the effects listed, it is important to note that liver and kidney damage are also very common.  Many drug prescriptions suggest monitoring with periodic blood tests just for this reason.

A few more articles:

NEW YORK, Apr 30 (Reuters Health) - Up to one fifth of all new prescription drugs may ultimately be recalled or produce potentially harmful side effects, a new study concludes.

 During the study period, 10% of new drugs either received new warnings or were withdrawn, with half of those developments occurring within 7 years after the drug first appeared on the market. Based on these results, Lasser and her colleagues, who included Dr. Sidney Wolfe of the advocacy group Public Citizen, calculated that a new drug has a 20% chance of being withdrawn or producing previously unknown side effects over a 25-year period.

In part many doctors and patients are misled with drug ads.  "Billions of dollars are spent to promote the use of drugs," Dr. Hoey said, "while in comparison, an insignificant amount is spent to alert the public to their harmful effects. A company will issue a single 'dear health professional letter,' in which the warning is buried in the middle in the driest of language," he pointed out. "On the other hand, you open most medical journals and there you see numerous 2-page color ads. That's not balanced."


The most important step is to get a thorough workup from your family chiropractor and medical doctor.  This team will assist you in uncovering true organic diseases which are most often undetected and labeled as a depression, anxiety or others of the like.

Once the actual cause is isolated the solution is typically very straight forward.  Many common causes include allergies, thyroid condition, blood sugar problems, adrenal disorders, food sensitivities, and more.

In some cases you may be under undue stress or have just undergone a crisis.  This is not time to take a pill and mask the problem but rather to seek help in addressing this in a more healthy manner.  In some cases extra vitamins or herbs such as Valerian Root, St. Johns Wart, and Ginkgo Biloba can be helpful.

Taking a walk outdoors, Tai Chi and soothing music can also help relax the nerves.

Where to turn for help.

We have a wide variety of assistance for helping you get through the Ups & Downs in Life®  In fact we have a booklets and workshops on that very topic.  Help is available and I can certainly direct you to the appropriate professional for your situation.  Do not hesitate to call or e-mail for more information.  Remember the life you save, may be your own.

YOU do make a difference:


If you can imagine it you can create it. If you can dream it, you can become it.
Ward, William Arthur

When making your choice in life, do not neglect to live.
Johnson, Samuel

Dwell as near as possible to the channel in which your life flows.
Thoreau, Henry David

Life is a cup to be filled not drained.

You are truly important.  Do not ever underestimate the impact you have on others.  Also, do your best to make the impressions you leave on others the types that will make you proud years down the road.

This Month’s Workshops

·        22 Jan 2003 – Nutrition and YOU workshop

·        27 Jan 2003 – ADD/ADHD Helping children and parents: A non-drug solution to learning and behavior difficulties.

·        29 Jan 2003 Loss Weight and feel better.  A healthy way to achieve weight loss that works

For information or to register for any of the workshops please contact our office at 949/492-7488 or return this e-mail.

Please tell a friend or loved one about these workshops.  You can make a difference in someone’s life by caring enough to share.


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To Your Health,
Dr. Bradley C. Shapero

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