Don’t take drugs – especially not legal ones

Okay, a little overstated, but it seems that:

– antidepressants only work very slightly better than placebos, and if you improve the testing procedure, there is actually no difference at all.

– other psychoactive drugs turn what is often temporary or episodic illness into chronic, permanent disability, shrinking the brain and distorting the body.

Do please read this article (part one of two) in the New York Review of Books.

… and consider whether the reasons why we voluntarily take other drugs, legal or otherwise, may be the reasons we shouldn’t.

6 comments for “Don’t take drugs – especially not legal ones

  1. dearieme
    June 15, 2011 at 9:13 am

    “All medical research is rubbish” is a better approximation to the truth than almost all medical research.

  2. June 15, 2011 at 10:19 am

    I’ve a post coming up on vaccines and a similar situation exists there. The drug companies need a lot more scrutiny than they’re currently getting.

  3. Jack Savage
    June 15, 2011 at 11:07 am

    The ramifications of the results of the double blind “active” placebo tests are really explosive, if true.
    The perversion of modern pharmaceutical science would then appear to be almost total.

  4. Jeremy Poynton
    June 15, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    My partner is a medical professional who works with a lot of old people. Her greatest pleasure is getting them off the vast quantities of med prescribed them (often to relieve the side-effects of another prescription – ad infinitum), for them to tell her how much better they feel. She’s had a couple of cases where patients had been prescribed meds for conditions they didn’t have, and at least one where it seemed the doctor was doing her damnedest to off the patient. Frequently she finds that meds which are meant only to be prescribed for short periods being prescribed for years on end.

    A common player in a lot of these cases? Statins.

  5. June 15, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Interestingly the triptan family is based on the same stuff as anti-depressants. I’ve used them occasionally for migraines. Their success rate is variable as it depends on when you take them during an attack – too late and they are ineffective. Just right and you can feel the migraine dissipating. It’s a weird feeling that cannot be easily described. A sight fizzing sensation is the best I can offer.

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