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Friday, October 31, 2014

How To Shrink Ovarian Cysts Naturally


Editor's Note: Usually the treatment for ovarian cysts is birth control medication and observation and if they get too large then surgical removal. An ultrasound will show how large the cyst is. Normal medical protocol is recommended for sure, but trying these additional methods can't hurt in my opinion. I've added some links with more info into the original article on how to do and and where to buy certain treatments mentioned for as cheap as possible. There are a lot of sites trying to charge way too much money.

How To Shrink Ovarian Cysts Naturally

Particularly during the childbearing years, women may experience ovarian cysts. In general, this medical condition don't cause much discomfort. However, for some women the hormonal fluctuations may cause significant bloating and pain. Ovarian cysts are noncancerous fluid filled cysts in the ovaries that affect a large percent of women, according to statistic studies. If you are experiencing uncomfortable symptoms related to ovarian cysts, then fortunately some natural methods can decrease your discomfort or even help you get rid of ovarian cysts. We will explain in this article how to shrink ovarian cysts naturally. However, it is always recommended to consult your doctor before using any natural treatment for ovarian cysts.

When to Seek Help

Usually ovarian cysts go away on their own and they do not produce significant symptoms. If you experience any sudden bleeding, severe abdominal pain, fever or chills, it is essential that you get emergency medical attention immediately. Most of the ovarian cysts are not dangerous, but any of these symptoms may be the sign of a ruptured cyst, case that needs to be immediately treated by a physician.

Take Control of Your Health

Ovarian cysts could also be the sign of another underlying health condition and for this reason treating them naturally may help you not only to get rid of ovarian cysts but also to get the rest of your body back in balance. These natural and home remedies for ovarian cysts prevent cyst formation, shrink them naturally, help balance your hormones, and help leading a healthier and happier life.

Types of Ovarian Cysts

In general, there are two main types of ovarian cysts:
· Follicular cyst: occurs when the follicle continues to grow forming a cyst when it fails to release the egg at ovulation.
· Corpus Luteum cyst: occurs when the follicle released the egg at ovulation but it changes to a corpus luteum, meaning that the opening in the follicle seals off and accumulates fluid.
Other Types of Ovarian Cysts
Other types of cysts that form on the ovaries are not related to the menstrual cycle:
· Dermoid cyst: develops from cells that produce human eggs. 
· Cystadenomas: is filled with mucus or liquid and develops from ovarian tissue.
· Endometriomas: develops if endometrial cells attach to the ovary and grow.
These there types of ovarian cysts may lead to ovary damage, including scar tissue, twisting, and adhesion formation. 
· Polycystic ovaries: occur in case of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. In this medical condition the ovary may become enlarged, up to twice the size of a normal ovary. A polycystic ovary is a common endocrine disorder. In this case the ovary contains many small cysts in a row.

Causes of Ovarian Cysts

· Hormonal imbalance
· Early menstruation 
· Irregular menstrual cycles
· Hypothyroidism
· Increased upper body fat
· Cigarette smoking
· Use of Tamoxifen for breast cancer
· Use of Clomiphene medication
· Infertility treatment with gonadotropins.

How Natural Therapies May Help

Functional cysts can be treated very effectively with natural options. The treatment approach has two level, prevention and clearing out the cysts. A natural therapy for ovarian cysts can give results in 3 months. The main benefits of a natural treatment for ovarian cysts are:

· Promotes hormonal balance
· Reduces excess estrogens
· Very effective
· Reduces cyst size and growth
· Least invasive
· No side effects.

How to Shrink Ovarian Cysts Naturally

Step One: Reduce Estrogen
Ovarian cysts removal without surgery is possible if we address the main cause of ovarian cysts. Excess estrogen in one of the main leading causes to hormonal imbalance which causes disordered ovulation. In order to rid the body of excess estrogens you need to stop exposing yourself to xenohormones.

Avoid exposure to estrogens and xenoestrogens
· Eat only organic dairy and meats
· Avoid eating soy foods
· Do not microwave foods in plastic
· Avoid perabens in skin care products and mineral oil
· Avoid drinking from plastic bottles
· Use natural detergents.

Step Two: Balance hormones and Increase progesterone
Natural Progesterone: Excess estrogen in the body is usually correlated with progesterone deficiency. Balancing your progesterone and estrogen levels by using natural progesterone supplements will help reduce the ovarian cysts and prevent them occurring in the future.

Step Three: Dissolve and Reduce Cysts
Two natural therapies have proved their efficiency in reducing cysts. 
Systemic Enzyme Therapy: A special enzyme breakdown tissues that are not supposed to be in the body and also eats away the cysts. This way the ovarian cysts are reducing their size and are eliminated over time.

["The enzymes most likely to help control ovarian cysts are bromelain, chymotrypsin, pancreatin, papain, rutin, and trypsin. Females may wish to seek out a product that contains a blend of all 6 enzymes for supporting ovarian health." Source:

Castor Oil Pack: This is an ancient therapy that cleanse and heal the body. The castor oil clears the body of excess toxins and tissues, and stimulate the lymphatic and circulatory system. 

Step Four
In order to reduce the ovarian cysts and prevent them forming in the future you need to replace simple carbohydrate foods such as pasta and bread, with complex carbohydrates such as vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Consume foods with a low glycemic index value. 

Step Six
Practice some form of physical activity on five days a week, for at least 30 minutes per day. Studies have shown that women who exercise regularly experienced less occurrence of ovarian cysts.

Step Seven
Consume healthy protein foods such as beans, fish, low fat dairy products, and legumes instead of dark meat poultry and red meat. 

Step Eight
Avoid consuming caffeinated beverages including tea, coffee, and soft drinks. Caffeinated beverages contain methylxanthines, substances that can alter the work of body enzymes and lead to toxic buildup. 

Step Nine: Herbal Remedies
· Milk Thistle
· Chasteberry
· Red clover
· Black cohosh
· Dandelion 
· Wild yam
· Bee pollen 
· Maca root 
· Black Cohosh root 
· Dong Quai root 
· Tribulus
· Vitex
· Yarrow. 

Step Ten: Bach Flower Remedies
Several Bach Flower Remedies can also help with removing ovarian cysts:
· Wild Oats
· Walnut
· Red Chestnut
· Impatiens
· Honeysuckle
Step Eleven: Vitamins
In addition to dietary changes, herbs and Bach Flower Remedies, some vitamins and minerals can also help to balance the hormones and reduce ovarian cysts:
· B Vitamins
· Vitamin E
· Magnesium
· Flaxseed oil.

Step Twelve: Homeopathy
Homeopathy is a naturopathy method of treatment based on the principle of "like treats like". For ovarian cysts homeopathy recommends Apis mellifica and Bellis perennis.

A Cure That Takes Time
Natural treatments for ovarian cysts may not work as quickly as conventional cures and may take up to three months for significant effects. However, the advantage of natural treatments is that they offer a more holistic approach and usually they are free of any adverse effects.

We have learned the hormonal imbalance is the main cause of functional ovarian cysts and how vital it is to prevent the formation of ovarian cysts by bringing the body back to a state of balance. The main goals of natural treatments for ovarian cysts are reducing estrogen level, increasing progesterone levels, reducing and dissolving the cysts through Castor Oil Packs, Systemic Enzyme Therapy, herbal remedies, homeopathy, and Bach Flower Remedies.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Coke spends big against your right to know

Tell Coca-Cola to Stop Funding Anti-Labeling Campaigns

What do Monsanto and Coke have in common? They’ve both spent millions of dollars to keep you in the dark about the foods you buy.

After the narrow defeat of a ballot initiative to label genetically engineered foods in Washington State the public learned that Coca-Cola had secretly contributed more than $1.5 million to the campaign against GE labeling in the state. Coca-Cola also contributed more than $1.7 million to defeat GE labeling in California the year before, making the company one of the largest contributors to the defeat of state labeling efforts.

More than a quarter of a million people have joined us in pressuring Coke to stop funding opposition to state labeling initiatives, and to get on the side of consumers in supporting national, mandatory labeling for genetically engineered foods. But now Coke has spent more than they ever have—over $2 million—to fund the opposition in Oregon and Colorado.

Sign the petition to tell Coca-Cola to stop funding efforts to block the labeling of genetically engineered foods: 


Frankenfoods Fight at the Crossroads

It's time to #votefood

Frankenfoods Fight at the Crossroads

Essay of the week

All Out for November 4!

Less than a week.
That’s how long before final votes will be tallied, on November 4, in two hard-fought and highly publicized state mandatory GMO food labeling ballot initiatives: Measure 92 in Oregon and Initiative 105 in Colorado.

It is no exaggeration to say that these two crucial ballot initiatives will determine the future of chemical-intensive, genetically engineered agriculture in North America.

Despite the fact that the Gene Giants (Monsanto Dupont, Dow, Syngenta, BASF, and Bayer), backed by the world’s largest junk food manufactures (Coca Cola, Pepsi, Kraft, General Mills, Kellogg’s), have spent over $30 million to mislead and confuse voters in these two states, latest indications are that voters in at least one state, Oregon, will vote for mandatory labeling, while voters in Colorado (where the Yes on GMO labeling forces have been outspent 25-to-1) may still pull off the most amazing longshot victory of 2014.
What is important to understand is that a victory in either of these two frontline states will be decisive.

Since genetically engineered (GE) crops and foods were forced onto the market in the 1990s by Monsanto and the FDA, with no pre-market safety testing and no labels required, consumers have mobilized to either ban or to require mandatory labeling of these “Frankenfoods.”

Fear and anger against Frankenfoods have spawned an unprecedented national grassroots Movement that has persevered for over two decades, despite hundreds of millions of dollars spent by the GMO and junk food industries to buy off federal and state lawmakers and regulatory agencies.

America’s contemporary food fight is not just a battle for health and sustainability, but a fundamental struggle over whether we and our children will live in a Democracy or a Corporatocracy. 

In the last few days of this campaign, we all need to go all out.

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When it comes to their votes on food, our elected officials run the gamut between good food champions and food policy failures. Shouldn’t those key differences have an impact on how we cast our ballots Tuesday?

To hold our leaders in Congress accountable for their votes on food, we have to get the word out to friends and family that these issues affect all of us every day. 
Key races are heating up all across the country, and your votes in this election will make a difference. To make real progress on issues like reducing the overuse of antibiotics on farms, labeling GMOs and tackling the the hunger crisis in our country, it’s important to take those issues into the voting booth.
Thanks so much for everything you do.
Claire Benjamin
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KBR Iraq Fraud Case Gets to Supreme Court

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Robert MacLean isn’t the only reason the Project On Government Oversight is closely watching the Supreme Court this term. (MacLean’s oral argument is on Tuesday, November 4.) Another case on the Court’s calendar has major implications for federal whistleblowers and the ability of the government to recover defrauded funds—a nearly nine-year-old False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuit accusing Halliburton and KBR of defrauding the government and endangering the health of U.S. troops in Iraq.

Benjamin Carter, who worked for KBR (then a subsidiary of Halliburton) in Iraq in 2005, claims the company falsely billed the government by instructing employees to submit timesheets showing they worked 12-hour days on water testing and purification services when no such work had been done. As a result, he contends, troops and other personnel were exposed to contaminated potable and non-potable water.

Carter made news when he testified before Congress about his experiences in Iraq. “Our men and women overseas deserve the best our taxpayer dollars can buy, and it saddens me to report that we’re falling short on something as simple and essential as providing them with clean, safe water,” he told the Senate Democratic Policy Committee at a January 2006 hearing.

Carter’s lawsuit, originally filed in 2006, kept getting dismissed for procedural reasons. Finally, in March 2013, a federal appeals court ruled the case could go forward, setting up the Supreme Court showdown. The specific issues the Supreme Court will decide are: Whether Carter filed his lawsuit within the legally mandated time limit, and whether his lawsuit is barred because another lawsuit making similar allegations had been filed earlier.

The latter issue involves the FCA’s first-to-file rule, which bars lawsuits that raise the same facts as a previously filed lawsuit. The rule is intended to encourage whistleblowers to promptly alert the government of wrongdoing and to discourage the filing of meritless, copycat lawsuits. A few weeks before Carter filed his lawsuit, another former KBR employee who worked in Iraq, Todd Thorpe, filed a lawsuit alleging employees at other bases performing different services were similarly instructed to bill the government for 12-hour days regardless of the actual number of hours they worked. Thorpe’s lawsuit was dismissed in 2010 before the court could rule on the merits. Nonetheless, KBR and Halliburton would like the Court to broadly interpret the first-to-file rule so that Thorpe’s lawsuit bars later actions filed by Carter, Peter Duprey, and others alleging timecard fraud by KBR or Halliburton.

The Carter, Thorpe, and Duprey cases involve the Army’s Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) III support services contract, about which POGO has written extensively over the years. The far-reaching LOGCAP III contract has been mired in controversy ever since it was awarded to KBR in December 2001. At the time, it was pointed out that KBR/Halliburton’s former chairman and CEO was Vice President Dick Cheney. Since then, there have been repeated allegations of fraud, waste, or abuse on the LOGCAP III, on which the government has spent $38 billion.

Not under consideration by the Supreme Court, but an issue worthy of discussion, is government intervention in FCA lawsuits. The government declined to intervene in the Carter, Thorpe, and Duprey lawsuits. Government intervention in FCA cases means a smaller monetary recovery for the plaintiff whistleblower, but it also greatly increases the government’s ability to hold contractors accountable.

Furthermore, the law states that lawsuits must remain under seal (not publicly disclosed) “for at least 60 days” while the government decides whether to intervene, but in practice it usually takes longer—much longer in some cases. For Thorpe and Duprey, it was more than four years after they filed their lawsuits when the government notified them it would not intervene. Incredibly, the government informed Duprey that, after all that time, it had not completed its investigation into his claims and thus was “not able to make a fully informed decision regarding intervention.”
While sealing and delays are often necessary, at a certain point these measures become an unnecessary restriction on the public’s right to know about potential health or safety threats—like the water contamination problem Carter alleges in his lawsuit. POGO also worries about the effect these measures have on the continued viability of the False Claims Act, which is already under unrelenting attack from the business community. As of January 2011, more than 1,300 False Claims Act lawsuits were stuck in legal limbo awaiting the government’s intervention decision. (The Justice Department has not yet responded to POGO’s request for more recent False Claims Act/qui tam lawsuit statistics.)

Even though it declined to intervene in his case, the government has assisted Carter in the form of two amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs submitted to the Supreme Court by U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli. Back in May, Verrilli urged the Court to reject KBR and Halliburton’s appeal. Last week, he petitioned the Court to uphold the appellate court’s ruling and allow Carter’s lawsuit to proceed. Verrilli also requested to take ten minutes of Carter’s time at oral argument, scheduled for January 2015.

For the better part of a decade, Ben Carter has been trying to get the merits of his case before a judge and jury. We hope the Supreme Court finally gives him that chance.

Image from Flickr user Pete Jordan.
By: Neil Gordon
Investigator, POGO
Neil Gordon, Investigator
 Neil Gordon is an investigator for the Project On Government Oversight. Neil investigates and maintains POGO's Federal Contractor Misconduct Database.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Shell Todd Energy, has been caught drilling illegally in New Zealand waters.

Official documents show Shell failed to get permission to drill two wells in the oil and gas region off the North Island’s West Coast.

While the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) criticised Shell’s action there have been no consequences and the Government has defended Shell’s flouting of the law.

There is now only one month left for the EPA to bring a prosecution. They must act now.

Industry disregard for safety and environmental regulations with offshore drilling increases the chance of accidents.

Such a cowboy attitude is unfortunately what we’ve come to expect from oil drillers but this must not be tolerated by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Unless it wants to be known as a toothless regulator, prepared to look the other way when big oil comes to town, it must prosecute.

Send a message now telling the Environmental Protection Authority to prosecute Shell.

WeAreChange Colorado Interviews GMO OMG Director Jeremy Seifert Says YesOn105!

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Dr. Ray Seidler, Former Senior Scientists, EPA: Vote YES on 92!

Join Tom Colicchio at tomorrow's Telephone Town Hall

Election season is in full swing across the country, and our number one focus this year is on Florida’s second congressional district, where we have a chance to unseat Food Policy Failure Steve Southerland.
We want you to be involved, so that together we can get the word out about how to vote food this year. Tomorrow at 6 p.m. EST, Chef Tom Colicchio and FPA co-founder Ken Cook will be on hand to answer your questions about how we can all stay informed and #votefood on election day.
Just dial (855)-756-7520, Ext.26924# at 6 p.m. EST tomorrow to join the discussion about making the food movement a viable force in next week’s elections.
Our five-figure digital advertising campaign against Southerland is having a huge impact. By holding him accountable for his drastic cuts to food stamps and food safety programs, we can send a clear message to Washington that Americans care about food issues—and they vote.
Be a part of this important push to vote food. Dial (855)-756-7520, Ext.26924# tomorrow at 6 p.m. EST tomorrow.
Thanks for being a part of this.
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Petition: U.S. Sends Planes Armed with Depleted Uranium to Middle East

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By David Swanson

The U.S. Air Force says it is not halting its use of Depleted Uranium weapons, has recently sent them to the Middle East, and is prepared to use them.

A type of airplane, the A-10, deployed this month to the Middle East by the U.S. Air National Guard's 122nd Fighter Wing, is responsible for more Depleted Uranium (DU) contamination than any other platform, according to the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW). "Weight for weight and by number of rounds more 30mm PGU-14B ammo has been used than any other round," said ICBUW coordinator Doug Weir, referring to ammunition used by A-10s, as compared to DU ammunition used by tanks.

Public affairs superintendent Master Sgt. Darin L. Hubble of the 122nd Fighter Wing told me that the A-10s now in the Middle East along with "300 of our finest airmen" have been sent there on a deployment planned for the past two years and have not been assigned to take part in the current fighting in Iraq or Syria, but "that could change at any moment."

The crews will load PGU-14 depleted uranium rounds into their 30mm Gatling cannons and use them as needed, said Hubble. "If the need is to explode something -- for example a tank -- they will be used."

Pentagon spokesman Mark Wright told me, "There is no prohibition against the use of Depleted Uranium rounds, and the [U.S. military] does make use of them. The use of DU in armor-piercing munitions allows enemy tanks to be more easily destroyed."

On Thursday, several nations, including Iraq, spoke to the United Nations First Committee, against the use of Depleted Uranium and in support of studying and mitigating the damage in already contaminated areas. A non-binding resolution is expected to be voted on by the Committee this week, urging nations that have used DU to provide information on locations targeted. A number of organizations are delivering a petition to U.S. officials this week urging them not to oppose the resolution.

Sign the petition this week before it's delivered!

In 2012 a resolution on DU was supported by 155 nations and opposed by just the UK, U.S., France, and Israel. Several nations have banned DU, and in June Iraq proposed a global treaty banning it -- a step also supported by the European and Latin American Parliaments.

Wright said that the U.S. military is "addressing concerns on the use of DU by investigating other types of materials for possible use in munitions, but with some mixed results. Tungsten has some limitations in its functionality in armor-piercing munitions, as well as some health concerns based on the results of animal research on some tungsten-containing alloys. Research is continuing in this area to find an alternative to DU that is more readily accepted by the public, and also performs satisfactorily in munitions."

"I fear DU is this generation's Agent Orange," U.S. Congressman Jim McDermott told me. "There has been a sizable increase in childhood leukemia and birth defects in Iraq since the Gulf War and our subsequent invasion in 2003. DU munitions were used in both those conflicts. There are also grave suggestions that DU weapons have caused serious health issues for our Iraq War veterans. I seriously question the use of these weapons until the U.S. military conducts a full investigation into the effect of DU weapon residue on human beings."

Doug Weir of ICBUW said renewed use of DU in Iraq would be "a propaganda coup for ISIS." His and other organizations opposed to DU are guardedly watching a possible U.S. shift away from DU, which the U.S. military said it did not use in Libya in 2011. Master Sgt. Hubble of the 122nd Fighter Wing believes that was simply a tactical decision. But public pressure had been brought to bear by activists and allied nations' parliaments, and by a UK commitment not to use DU.

DU is classed as a Group 1 Carcinogen by the World Health Organization, and evidence of health damage produced by its use is extensive. The damage is compounded, Jeena Shah at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) told me, when the nation that uses DU refuses to identify locations targeted. Contamination enters soil and water. Contaminated scrap metal is used in factories or made into cooking pots or played with by children.

CCR and Iraq Veterans Against the War have filed a Freedom of Information Act Request in an attempt to learn the locations targeted in Iraq during and after the 1991 and 2003 assaults. The UK and the Netherlands have revealed targeted locations, Shah pointed out, as did NATO following DU use in the Balkans. And the United States has revealed locations it targeted with cluster munitions. So why not now?

"For years," Shah said, "the U.S. has denied a relationship between DU and health problems in civilians and veterans. Studies of UK veterans are highly suggestive of a connection. The U.S. doesn't want studies done." In addition, the United States has used DU in civilian areas and identifying those locations could suggest violations of Geneva Conventions.

Iraqi doctors will be testifying on the damage done by DU before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commissionin Washington, D.C., in December.

Meanwhile, the Obama Administration said on Thursday that it will be spending $1.6 million to try to identify atrocities committed in Iraq . . . by ISIS.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

These 10 Companies Are Against GMO Labeling

Monsanto, Kraft, General Mills, Coke, Pepsi...It's mainly because of the GMO corn syrup. Now do you understand why the information is kept from you?
If these food companies get their way, Colorado and Oregon won't require GMO labeling.

What If Everything We Know About Treating Depression Is Wrong?

Scientific studies indicate that current medications target the wrong parts of the brain.

A new study is challenging the relationship between depression and an imbalance of serotonin levels in the brain, and brings into doubt how depression has been treated in the U.S. over the past 20 years.

Researchers at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center and Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit have bred mice who cannot produce serotonin in their brains, which should theoretically make them chronically depressed. But researchers instead found that the mice showed no signs of depression, but instead acted aggressively and exhibited compulsive personality traits.

This study backs recent research indicating that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, may not be effective in lifting people out of depression. These commonly used antidepressants such as Prozac, Paxil, Celexa, Zoloft, and Lexapro, are taken by some 10% of the U.S. population and nearly 25% of women between 40 and 60 years of age. More than 350 million people suffer from depression, according to the World Health Organization, and it is the leading cause of disability across the globe.

The study was published in the journal ACS Chemical Neuroscience. Donald Kuhn, the lead author of the study, set out to find what role, if any, serotonin played in depression. To do this, Kuhn and his associates bred mice who lacked the ability to produce serotonin in their brains, and ran a battery of behavioral tests on them. In addition to being compulsive and extremely aggressive, the mice who could not produce serotonin showed no signs of depression-like symptoms. The researchers also found, to their surprise, that under stressful conditions, the serotonin-deficient mice behaved normally.

A subset of the mice who couldn’t produce serotonin were given antidepressant medications and they responded in a similar manner to the drugs as did normal mice. Altogether, the study found that serotonin is not a major player in depression, and science should look elsewhere to identify other factors that might be involved. These results could greatly reshape depression research, the authors say, and shift the focus of the search for depression treatments.

The study joins others in directly challenging the notion that depression is related to lower levels of serotonin in the brain. One study has shown that some two-thirds of those who take SSRIs remain depressed, while another study has even found them clinically insignificant.

Critics of common antidepressants claim they’re not much better than a placebo, yet may still have unwanted side effects.

SSRIs started to become widely used in the 1980s. Their introduction was heralded by the psychiatric community as a new era where safer drugs that directly targeted the causes of depression would become the standard. While SSRIs aren’t more effective than the older antidepressants, such as tricyclics and monoamine oxidase inhibitors, they are less toxic.

An earlier study by the National Institute of Mental Health found that two out of three patients with depression don’t fully recover using modern antidepressants.

These results “are important because previously it was unclear just how effective (or ineffective) antidepressant medications are in patients seeking treatment in real-world settings,” said James Murrough, a research fellow at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program.


About the Author


Cliff Weathers is a senior editor at AlterNet, covering environmental and consumer issues. He is a former deputy editor at Consumer Reports. His work has also appeared in Salon, Car and Driver, Playboy, and Detroit Monthly among other publications. Follow him on Twitter @cliffweathers and on Facebook

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