It’s ironic that more Americans than ever are suffering from depression, Seasonal Affective disorder, and stress at a time when we are consuming a wider array and greater quantity drugs designed to improve mental health…or is it?
It may shock you to learn that many drugs commonly prescribed for mentall illness—drugs such as Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Serzone, Luvox, Celexa, Effexor, Wellbutrin, and even Ritalin—are turning up crime scenes frequently.
In “The Shooting Drugs—Prozac and Its Generation Exposed,” author Donna Smart shows how Prozac and related SSRI antidepressant drugs have posed a danger to many users ever since 1987, when Prozac was first introduced. Smart claims that many perpetrators of well-publicized school shootings were on SSRIs.
Smart has first-hand experience; she suffered from depression, took Prozac and very nearly died. Of SSRI (Selective Serotonin Re-Uptake Inhibitors), she says, “They take away one's cares and morals, like right, wrong, and the sanctity of life; they make people so obsessed that "I am right and I have to prove it" -- even by killing.”
She says that many of these drugs are engineered to produce horrible side-effects when the user tries to quit them. The effect is that people keep on taking the drugs. And a recent study showed that children on Prozac were actually more prone to suicide. One doctor’s estimate, documented in Smart’s book, is that 50,000 suicides alone can be attributed to Prozac.
There’s a better road to mental health, though…and it is through better nutrition. In particular, Omega 3 fats have been shown to be effective on fighting mental depression, according to the November 8, 2004 issue of Science Daily.
Omega 3 fats are found in fish and seafood. Unfortunately, Americans consume less fish and seafood than people in any other country. Americans also suffer the highest rate of depression.
Before you rush to the fish counter, though, you should know that the world’s oceans have become contaminated by mercury. It’s risky to eat a lot of seafood, and the recommendation for pregnant women is no more than one to two servings of seafood per week.
But there’s still a way to get your Omega 3’s—through high-quality supplements such as EnergyFirst’s OmegaEnergy Mix & Oil, or OmegaEnergy Fish Oil.
Gerry Morton, CEO of EnergyFirst, suggests these natural mental health boosters:
- Greenergy Green Drink to increase energy, detoxify your system, and optimize your health and well-being
- Omega 3 to boost mood and combat depression
- Ginkgo Biloba to gently open up blood vessels and increase blood flow to your brain
- St. John’s Wort, specifically to fight off depression and Seasonal-Affective Disorder
- EnergyFirst Complete Hormonal Balance for women to balance hormones and equalize moods
- Vigorous exercise totaling 3-5 hours weekly
- At least 7 hours of sleep per night—skimping on sleep is a set-up for poor mental health
Ginkgo Biloba has been used for years by students and scientists to improve brain function. Recently, there has been some evidence that ginkgo may be useful in alleviating the symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease.
There is a looming epidemic of Alzheimer’s poised to strike millions of baby boomers within the next 5-10 years, according to Dr. Steven T. DeKosky, director of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Scientists have found what appears to be a link between mercury and Alzheimer’s, so to reduce your risk you should:
- Avoid mercury-containing vaccines
- Seek out a dentist knowledgeable about mercury-containing amalgam fillings and have any amalgam fillings replaced
- Limit seafood and fish to two to three servings weekly and supplement with high-quality Omega 3 fish oil and Vitamin E.
- Get rid of aluminum cookware—aluminum is linked to Alzheimer’s
- Filter tap water or drink bottled water if you live in a city—city water contains fluoride, which is known to increase aluminum absorption
Additionally, if possible, get outside and exercise or take a walk within an hour of getting up in the morning. Exposure to sunlight early in the day resets your body’s clock and ensures that you’ll fall asleep easier at night.
Gerry Morton, CEO of EnergyFirst, is an experienced athlete who has competed in 30+ marathons and 4 Ironman triathlons. Gerry is an excellent source of information on nutrition, supplementation and exercise. Since 1997, he has been educating and motivating others on how to attain peak performance.