#depression # drugs # pharmaceutical companies # Chris Cornell
The death of Chris Cornell, singer songwriter and front man to the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, highlights once again how ignorant we are when it comes to depression. Chris Cornell had everything going for him except… his own mind. Every couple of years or so a celebrity dies alone in a hotel room… Heath Ledger, Robin Williams and now Chris Cornell. Their deaths sparks attention for a short while. Lady Gaga and other famous depressives are wheeled out to draw attention to it…but in the end nothing really changes.
There are no shortages of definitions for depression. The answers depends on who you ask. The millions of people who suffer with depression know all about it. Millions of people around the world can’t all be wrong. Yet none of them can explain depression in such a way that causes the medical world to buck up their ideas. The medical definition for depression is so wide and woolly, it could refer to everyone including small furry animals. They say…
“Depression is a mood disorder which persists for more than 2 weeks”
The medics seem to think that depression is a chemical in balance in the brain and that is what most drug treatments are based on. The problem is… drugs don’t work. Because if they worked they would work. They would eradicate depression like vaccines have eradicated smallpox, diphtheria and polio.
So why are the medics so quick to push drugs? I thought Pablo Escabar, the drug baron was dead. Now I am not a chemist but my basic chemistry education tells me that when you put chemicals into a system to correct a chemical in balance you will get a chemical reaction. The chemical reaction causes chemical change. The chemical change creates products. In humans we call these products side effects. The side effects cause even more problems. People take anti-depressants not ever dreaming that they are playing Russian roulette with their bodies and not knowing what effects a ‘generally’ prescribed drug will do to their ‘specific’ set of symptoms. Chris Cornell was on Ativan which is an anti- depressant…but I wonder if anyone could ever have known the effects of Ativan on his body after years and years of drug and alcohol abuse. Isn’t it ironic and worrying to realise that Chris Cornell gave up illegal drugs for legal prescribed drugs…and died. Something is wrong here.
The World Health Organisation says that 350 million people suffer from depression at any given time and it is the leading cause of disability. That’s a lot of drugged up people. If they were all getting better then drugs would be justifiable. But they are not getting better. In fact anti- depressant usage has gone up 300 percent in the past 20 years and depression is on the increase. Why is that? Who would benefit from 350 million people caught up in an endless drug ring. Who could take advantage of peoples’ fear of their own minds…or peoples’ willingness to adequate responsibility for their own mental health to medics who have confessed that they don’t really know how the brain works…or people’s blind faith in what the medics say.
What if a problem was created to fix a problem that didn’t exist in the first place. What if the term depression was ‘coined’ by the pharmaceutical companies and marketing men to make people think that there was something wrong with us when actually feeling depressed in all its guises is a by product brought on by modern life. Depression is big business and business is booming.
Doctors are the agents of pharmaceutical companies and pharmaceutical companies are not in the business of helping people to get better. The pharmaceutical companies have systematically squashed information about advancements in depression. The last thing pharmaceutical companies want is for people to take responsibility for their health and look elsewhere.
Alternatives to depression
-Not every society suffer with depression as we do in the west. Evidence supports that a ‘ back to basic lifestyle’ can eradicate depression. A recent study of 2000 aborigines from Papua Newcastle Guinea reported only 1 mild case of depression. Why? They have no technology no traffic and no mortgage. They live simply off the land…everything they use is natural and organic…they talk to each other in conversations more than 145 characters longs…they sing and dance at every opportunity and they walk everywhere. None of us in the west would want to live like the aborigines but they give us lots of information about simplifying our lives…getting away from technology and our synthetic lifestyle once in a while.
-The evidence is coming in fast and furious about the efficacy of medical marijuana in the treatment of long term conditions such as MS, Parkinson’s disease and, depression no less. The results are amazing with no side effects. If the pharmaceutical companies were all about cures they would be all over marijuana like a rash. Instead they have lobbied governments to stop the use of medical marijuana. They say that no one knows the long term impact of marijuana on the body. That’s funny because they do know the long term effects of the drugs they tout. They know that their drugs lead to deeper depression, addiction, all sorts of medical
complications and suicides and still they continue to ‘hook people up’
A significant piece of research conducted by Ashley and W. David Bradford showed that in the 17 states with a medical marijuana law in place prescriptions for painkillers and other classes of drugs fell drastically compared with states that do not have the law in place. In a medical- marijuana state, the average doctor prescribed 265 fewer doses of anti depressants…541 fewer anti – nausea doses and 562 fewer doses of ant- anxiety medication.
Who would have thought that the idea of a healthy lifestyle and marijuana would have the pharmaceutical companies running scared.
RIP Chris Cornell 20 July 1964 – 18th May 2017
“And I am lost behind the words I’ll never find…and I’m left behind as the seasons roll on by”