Health Quest Podcast
Health Quest Podcast 164
If you have depression or anxiety, listen to this interview.
It is now estimated that 11% of Americans are taking antidepressants (over 30 million) and millions more are taking benzodiazepines for anxiety. These drugs have serious side effects, are very addictive, and in most cases are inappropriate therapy. In 2008, an investigative report was published in the New England Journal of Medicine which shockingly revealed that the FDA & pharmaceutical companies lie to physicians and the general public by overstating the benefits and minimizing or ignoring side effects of antidepressant drugs.
Between 1987 and 2004, there were 74 clinical trials on antidepressant drugs registered with the FDA. It turns out that 49% of these trials had negative outcomes and a large percentage of these negative trials were not published (hidden) so that physicians and the general public would not become aware of them. Even more disturbing was the revelation that some antidepressant drug trials that had negative results were published in a way that “spun” their outcomes to appear positive.
Where can consumers learn about depression and anxiety? Is there a trustworthy source of information about causes, treatments and alternatives? I am happy to say there is a good resource. In this interview with natural pharmacist Ross Pelton, we will give you an introduction to natural alternatives for depression and anxiety. Ross has created an online Webinar course that you can take on your schedule. The course is over 4 hours long and is divided into 39 video segments which run on average between 5 to 7 minutes long. Here are some of the major topics that he presents in this course:
A review of a wide range of natural therapies for depression & anxiety
Antidepressant & anti-anxiety drugs: how they work & their side effects
Controversies in psychiatry: thought & opinion leaders speak out
Diet & lifestyle factors that influence mind, mood, emotions & behavior
Nutrients required for neurotransmitter production
Gut-brain communication; A revolution in psychiatry
How gut bacteria are linked to obesity, depression and anxiety
The Bundle Damage Theory of depression & how to heal damaged brain neurons
Ross Pelton, RPh, PhD, CCN
Ross Pelton is the Natural Pharmacist. He received his BS degree in pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin. He also has a PhD in psychology and is a certified clinical nutritionist (CCN). In October 1999, Ross was named as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Pharmacists in America by American Druggist magazine for his work in natural medicine. He is the author of ten books and numerous online health seminars. Ross is currently the scientific director for Essential Formulas. The link to his blog and personal website is http://naturalpharmacist.net.