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The Surprising Reason You’re Depressed

In All Health Watch, Big Pharma, Featured Article, Health Warning, Mental Health by Garry Messick0 Comments

Depression is a frustrating illness.

The cause is difficult to pin down. Episodes seem to come and go at random times. The standard treatment, antidepressant drugs, often don’t work.  

That’s why a new study is so important.

It pinpoints a surprising cause—and the cure—for many cases of depression, especially those that don’t respond to antidepressants. 

Researchers at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University looked at 125 patients with depression and how their sleep affected their mood.

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Stomach Troubles? It Might Be Your Blood Pressure Med

In All Health Watch, Big Pharma, General Health, Health Warning by Garry Messick0 Comments

Diverticulitis can make your life miserable. 

It’s a common intestinal condition caused by small abscesses in the bowel which become inflamed or infected. This can lead to severe stomach pain and cramping. Constipation, bloating, and nausea are other symptoms. 

The most frustrating part?

Doctors often can’t pinpoint the cause. That makes it difficult to treat effectively. 

But a new study may reveal the hidden cause of diverticulitis in many people. 

The research appeared in the journal Circulation.

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The Great Antidepressant Hoax

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It’s no wonder Big Pharma loves antidepressants. 

About 13% of Americans over the age of 12 take them, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Antidepressants can be very difficult to quit. Withdrawal is similar to that of addictive drugs. A quarter of the people on the medications have taken them for at least 10 years.

Now that’s a strong customer base!

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Big Pharma’s Diabetes Lie

In All Health Watch, Big Pharma, Diabetes, Featured Article, Health Warning by Garry Messick0 Comments

A blood sugar test is part of every standard check-up. And if your readings are elevated into a range that classifies you as prediabetic, it’s understandable to be worried. 

Diabetes puts you at high risk for heart attack or stroke. And it makes you prone to a slew of other problems such as neuropathy, blindness, and kidney disease. 

Prediabetes is rampant in the U.S.

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Common Antidepressant Drugs Linked to Dementia

In All Health Watch, Alzheimer's and Memory, Big Pharma, Cognitive Health, Dementia, Featured Article, Health Warning by Garry Messick0 Comments

It’s not surprising that antidepressants are among the biggest-selling prescription drugs.

Depression is one of the most common mental disorders. About 17 million American adults have a major depressive episode each year. And doctors often prescribe antidepressants for other conditions like menopause, hot flashes, nerve pain, and insomnia.[i] [ii]

About 13% of Americans over 12 take these drugs. That’s a 65% increase since 1999.

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Pain Drugs Tied to Suicidal Behavior?

In All Health Watch, Big Pharma, Featured Article, Health Warning, Mental Health by Garry Messick0 Comments

Nerve pain plagues nearly 30 million Americans.[1]

It can have many causes, including diabetes, injury, multiple sclerosis, and thyroid problems. 

But in all cases, it can be excruciating. And it can make normal activities impossible.[2]

So people turn to pain-killing drugs for relief.

Until a few years ago, the first-line mainstream treatment was opioid medications. But since the opioid addiction epidemic, doctors are prescribing them less often.

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