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Study finds out that anti-anxiety drugs and sleeping pills are linked to high mortality rate

A recent study published in British Medical Journal (BMJ) shows that common sleeping pills (hypnotic drugs) and anti-anxiety drugs (anxiolytic) can double the risk of mortality.

According to researchers, analysis of 16 different studies with more than 500,000 participants showed that people who took serotonin reuptake inhibitors (common antidepressants known as SSRIs) were 50% more likely to have an intracranial hemorrhage than those who did not.

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The leading author of the study, Professor Scott Weich, (Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Warwick) says "The key message here is that we really do have to use these drugs more carefully. This builds on a growing body of evidence suggesting that their side effects are significant and dangerous. We have to do everything possible to minimise over reliance on anxiolytics and sleeping pills."

"That's not to say that they cannot be effective. But particularly due to their addictive potential we need to make sure that we help patients to spend as little time on them as possible and that we consider other options, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, to help them to overcome anxiety or sleep problems."

While America makes up only for 5% of the world population, Americans take up to 50% of all pharmaceutical drugs:

All of us have pretty much seen TV ads of giant pharmaceuticals in such calm manner, loving couple, beautiful backgrounds and waterfalls – while they describe the side effects of these drugs as depression, suicide thoughts, liver damage, kidney disease, heart attack, asthma, internal bleeding, allergies or even death.

Sometimes, the side effects of these drugs are so severe that one would wonder if the whole purpose of these mind-altering drugs is to keep us imprisoned and confused in our poor physical and mental health. 

According to CDC, one in four American women are on psychiatric medications or some kind of a chemical treatment for anxiety, depression, autism, ADD and other mental problems. Keep in mind that 12% of teenagers aged 12 or above are taking antidepressant with mood altering side effects like suicide thoughts.

Meanwhile, prescription for benzodiazepines (class of anti-anxiety drugs like Xanax, Valium, Ativan, and Klonopin) has increased 17% since 2006.  According to the Guardian, “Generic Xanax, which goes by the name alprazolam, has become 23% more popular in that same timeframe making it the most prescribed psycho-pharmaceutical drug and the 11th-most prescribed overall, with 46 million prescriptions written in 2010".

Annual sales of another drug known as ‘Humira’ were more than $9.3 billion in just 2012. This drug is supposed to reduce the growth of cancer cells while other natural and inexpensive alternatives such as colloidal platinum, nutritional therapies (raw organic food and high dosages of vitamin C) and herbs and spices (ginger, turmeric, cannabis and grape seed extract) could achieve the same result.

While nature heals tremendously, Americans are brainwashed that a happy pill is the bridge between the reality and what they could handle in life:

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According to an article published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), reconnecting to nature and wildlife could have tremendous physical and mental benefits for most people.

However, our cities are becoming more and more polluted with toxic chemicals and environmental pollutions and wastes. Millions of people have ended up in hospitals as a result of eating genetically modified foods and foods sprayed with toxic herbicides and pesticides.

The cities are becoming more and more infested with crimes so most people have to run away from the cities and live in suburbs which means they have to spend long hours sitting and waiting in traffic to get to work or grocery store. 

While synthetic foods (deprived of real nutrients and loaded with toxic chemicals and pesticides), and meaningless TV shows (like Reality TVs) are shoved into our face, our mental and physical health is being compromised and undermined.

Thanks to medial and reality shows like Jersey Shore or Real Housewives, obnoxious behavior and serious personality issues (like self-absorption, narcissism, overestimation of one’s own importance and abilities, egocentrism, sense of entitlement, and disregard or disrespect for others) are all considered the new norm.

According to a recent research, the generations of narcissists are growing rapidly in America and TV shows, music industry and social media like Facebook have certainly done their part in promoting narcissism and worsening social and psychological problems.

In fact, we spend too much time on our smart phones or facebook page than the actual (face to face) human interactions and as a result, many lack basic and essential social skills such as compassion, consideration, empathy and tolerance for others.

People living in cities are becoming so unforgiving to one another that it’s hard to see them not fighting or sticking finger into each other’s face over driving or a parking spot.

We have to ask ourselves if we are being dehumanized and our physical and spiritual health is being compromised by this rat race.

By the end of a day, you have to become a rat to win a rat race.

Sources:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140331130846.htm

http://naturalsociety.com/composing-5-percent-world-population-americans-take-50-percent-pharmaceutical-drugs/

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/11/051124220320.htm

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/apr/09/america-prescription-drug-addiction

http://drjimtaylor.com/2.0/parenting/parentingpopular-culturetechnology-are-media-creating-a-generation-of-narcissists/

 

 

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