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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Rebound Effect of Pharmaceuticals

In addition to the "cumulative affect" of pharmaceuticals mentioned in previous posts, we thought we should also address an entirely different negative effect of pharma drugs because we have found that very few people are aware of the "rebound effect". Many have actually experienced the rebound effect, but most are still simply unaware of even what it is and just why it happens. Most of all, everyone needs to be informed, because it can not only make people dependent on and addicted to pharmaceuticals, but it can also have dire consequences, particularly with anti-psychotic and anti-depressant drugs. Note that the "Thanksgiving Day killer" that murdered his family was on anti-psychotic and anti-depressant pharmaceutical drugs Ativan, Chronumet, Seroquel, and Atenolol. Also, realize that this drug-induced massacre was NOT an isolated incident, that this has happened before, and that it is more like a pattern than an incident... The government bureaucracy, the FDA, will never do anything about this -- the only way to combat the problem is to make everyone aware.

The rebound effect tricks many people into believing they can't do without a pharmaceutical drug. When the drug is withdrawn, the original problem returns, but the symptoms are more severe than the original problem before initially administering the drug -- stated differently, more to the point, the drug actually makes the original problem worse once the drug is withdrawn.

Some examples. Cessation of sleep drugs induces "rebound insomnia" worse than the original sleep disorder of course. Discontinuation of drugs for high blood pressure induces "rebound hypertension" which is known to be quite hazardous to the health of the victim. Drugs for depression, e.g. antidepressants, which are of course advertised as "not habit forming", re-introduces depression either as time goes by, if the drug dosage is cut back, but especially when ingestion of an anti-depressant is terminated in which case an entirely unique set of negative symptoms other than depression can also develop (aka "SSRI discontinuation syndrome"). OK, the list is pretty long, but we will stop here, as you get the idea that if they have to name "syndromes" for rebound effects (effects which will eventually occur whether the drug is stopped or not), then the use of pharmaceuticals should be viewed as the wrong approach to resolving most health problems.

Think alternatives instead. Fix the problem, don't mask it with drugs that will eventually make the problem worse while inflicting other new problems.

Footnote. Be aware that pharmaceuticals become increasingly less effective over time as the body adjusts to the intrusion of the synthetic chemicals, requiring higher strength and more frequent dosages. We are not yet aware if this yet-another "effect" of pharmaceuticals has a name, but we think that it could easily be termed "higher profits for drug companies effect".

Bottom line. Pharmaceuticals are not a solution to any health problem, they merely deflect symptoms of the real problem, temporarily, while inducing worse problems while throwing in debilitating "side effects" as an aside.

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