Prozac Panacea or Poison? by – Ann Blake Tracy, PhD
As the executive director of the International Coalition for Drug Awareness, Dr. Tracy is the leading expert in the world on serotonergic medications and their adverse reactions (Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Luvox, Celexa, Sarafem, Fen-Phen, Redux, Meridia, Effexor, Serzone, Wellbutrin, Zyban and other antidepressants). She has testified as an expert witness in court cases involving these drugs for nine years, including the Columbine High School shooting. Dr. Tracy has worked for ten years to develop a safe method for helping patients withdraw from antidepressants and rebuild their bodies and brains after using them.
She has followed Gary Young’s work closely, and recommends the use of his oils for repairing damage and adverse effects caused by these drugs. According to Dr. Tracy, nothing reaches the brain faster and begins the body’s own healing process faster than essential oils. The adverse effects of increased serotonin can be dealt with effectively by using essential oils. She is the author of Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? Dr. Tracy has appeared on television shows such as 20/20, Dateline, Leeza Gibbons, Geraldo and 60 Minutes. Cover stories about her work have been published in US News and World Report and Insight Magazine. See www.drugawareness.org
We have been led to believe that serotonin levels need to be increased in patients who suffer from depression. The serotonergic drugs (drugs which increase serotonin) act by impairing the body’s ability to metabolize serotonin, so that serotonin will build up in your system.
I generally talk about Prozac, because this drug was the pattern for all the others that came after it, and all these medications have similar reactions and effects. Some are stronger than others and have their own brand names, but they all basically work the same. The drugs which increase serotonin include Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Luvox, Effexor, Celexa, Sarafemas well as the diet drugs Redux, Meridia and others. They give Sarafem for PMS which is basically Prozac with a name change. All the antidepressants such as the tricyclics and the new antipsychotics like Seroquel and Risperdal do affect serotonin levels as well. These drugs are also prescribed for pain and it has become quite common even though the drug has not been approved for it.
Dr. Candice Pert was one of the two developers of the serotonin binding process that made these drugs possible. In Time magazine, October 20, 1997, page 8, she talks about the widespread use of these drugs and declares, “I am alarmed at the monsters I have created”. She went on to say that we would see the same heart and lung problems with these serotonergic antidepressants that we saw with Fen-Phen and Redux, and that she was sorry she had anything to do with their creation. Never in the history of medicine has a developer been so strongly opposed to a medication that is still on the market. But how many patients are aware of her warning that these antidepressants, especially in longer-term use, would have devastating effects.
The Eli Lilly pharmaceutical company introduced Prozac to the world, and since then every drug company has copied it because Prozac made so much money for Lilly. Lilly is the same company who gave us LSD in 1956 and told us that LSD was going to cure mental illness, alcoholism and aid in psychoanalysis. LSD and PCP (which was a “safe effective” prescription medication for seven years before it was pulled) are serotonergic agents. They work almost identically to these new antidepressants. A doctor I know calls these new antidepressants a slow fuse LSD.
Last year, CBS news carried the news report titled Unhappy in Utah because we are the antidepressant capital of the nation. In the last decade, statistics show that diabetes has skyrocketed in Utah as a direct result of these antidepressants, and divorce and domestic violence have increased.
Dr. James Goodwin of Wenatchee, Washington earned the name, The Pied Piper of Prozac because he had every one of his 800 patients on Prozac or Paxil, including children. After Dr. Goodwin began to prescribe these drugs in massive quantities, domestic violence, suicide, rape and murder all skyrocketed within a year.