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New Antidepressant Drug Approved, But It's All About Profits, Not Helping Patients

Friday, August 06, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: antidepressant drugs, antidepressants, Pozac

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The FDA has now approved Eli Lilly's new drug, Cymbalta, for treatment of depression. The new drug is expected to generate peak annual sales of about $2 billion, and is being described as a "much-needed boon for Eli Lilly after the sales of its former top-selling antidepressant Prozac fell due to generic competition." Let's take a closer look at the dynamics here. The big news being focused on in the mainstream media isn't that there is some new drug that can help people with depression -- the big news is that this is a new revenue generator for Eli Lilly. In the world of pharmaceuticals, it's always about profit and sales, and almost never about actually helping patients.

In this case, its top-selling antidepressant Prozac is even now being regarded as a loser because generic medicines at lower prices are now readily available to patients. In a public health sense, if the drug were a benefit to patients, that should be considered something good -- i.e., more patients have easier access to a lower-priced chemical that does the same thing as Prozac. But in terms of Eli Lilly and pharmaceutical companies in general, that's considered a major problem. They no longer have a monopoly on the drug, and they can't charge whatever they want and generate billions of dollars in revenue for their brand name drug.

None of the discussion about these antidepressants mentions some of the numerous problems found with antidepressant drugs, by the way. One of the problems is that antidepressants are now known to cause people to commit suicide and commit violent acts. This was, of course, swept under the rug for years by both the FDA and pharmaceutical companies. Pharmaceutical companies were engaging in a cover-up that can only be accurately described as criminal in nature: a crime against humanity.

The big picture of all this is that most antidepressant drugs are fraudulently prescribed and marketed to consumers in the first place. People who have mood swings or feel depressed all the time don't need drugs in order to balance their brain chemistry. Of course, the drug makers and many psychiatrists have made a tremendous amount of money by convincing people they need drugs to balance their brain chemistry. In reality, what people need is exposure to natural sunlight -- a powerful antidepressant therapy that's available free of charge -- avoidance of foods that cause nutritional deficiencies, such as white flour and refined white sugars, and outstanding nutrition from superfoods and superfood supplements containing spirulina, chlorella, wheat grass, medicinal herbs and other sources of high-density nutrition. Physical exercise also goes a long way toward reversing and preventing the symptoms of mental depression.

The bottom line is that the drug industry preys upon the public by giving them disinformation about the true causes of depression, and then hooking them on potentially dangerous drugs that are known to increase their risk of violent behavior, including suicides and killing the people around them. But from the point of view of the drug company, it's all about profits -- they've got to come out with the next new big drug to generate more revenues, create more profits for shareholders, and put more money in the bank. It is a sad, sad, system of medicine, and this system continues to grow and expand its influence. There seems to be no limit to the number of patients who are going to be victimized by the drug companies before this whole charade comes crashing down in the years ahead.

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

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