The "chemical imbalance" that idiot doctors speak of when they wantonly prescribe psychotropics, is actually caused by brain inflammation or from auto-immune reactions (which produce excess oxidative stress and inflammation). Their stupidity is evident because almost all popular psychotropics claim "the mechanism of action is unknown" ... aka we haven't the slightest clue how this works... it just seems to quiet down the monkeys and prisoners...
Part of the "mechanism of action unknown" coverup is to dodge the fact that the medicines they're prescribing for their misdiagnosis of brain-illness actually have antibiotic properties, which, after a month or so, suddenly are claimed to "kick in." How many antidepressants take 2-3 weeks to
actually start working... are they actually doing what they claim to do and slowly building up serotonin and alleviating a chemical inbalance, or are they killing off bacteria, reducing inflammation, and providing eventual relief after 2-3 weeks. Furthermore, some of those psychotropics have an immediate reaction which is a worsening of symptoms. Is that perhaps not a herxheimer reaction to antibiotic properties of the psychotropics they're misprescribing for you?
So that's my explanation for the rather circuitous lie behind the handwaving psychiatric notion of "chemical inbalance." This dodge allows them to continue to misdiagnose a broad swath of the population (most Lyme, Morgellons, CFS, MS, ALS patients first visits to doctors -- when symptoms are just beginning -- are always rebuffed by "all in the head" diagnoses like "somatization disorder" etc.) It's not until their health reaches a crisis point that they get taken seriously... and at that point, since
mainstream doctors refuse to believe in chronic lyme or other chronic infections, it will take years, and a lot of luck, and doctors, before such a patient gets appropriate care.
The notion of "chemical inbalance" has no place in modern "evidence based medicine" unless experimental studies can establish a normal level of brain chemicals in people, and then clinically show that the people they treat with psychotropics have an improvement in these chemical levels. This is never done. At best, patients are monitored to see that enough of the chemical is in their blood, but no questions are asked as to whether the chemical is actually accomplishing what it has been prescribed for. Ultimately, this "big lie" is a way for doctors to punt on the real business of medicine -- correct diagnosis -- in difficult cases, they drop their pretense of "evidence based medicine" and use one of the handwaving diagnoses present in the DSM-IV. These diagnoses are literally handwaving, as the criteria for their inclusion in the next years' DSM-IV is a hand-vote at an annual APA meeting.
So next time your HMO doctor tries to give you a psychotropic in response to a legitimate health concern, be sure to remind them of their organization's adherence to evidence based medicine standards, and ask them what particular double-blinded, large, evidence-based trials have been conducted which would allow a doctor to conclude that a psychotropic is appropriate medication for an infection? This is particularly relevant to sufferers of Lyme disease, because by the new corrupt IDSA diagnosis and treatment guidelines for lyme, chronic lyme doesn't exist, and any symptoms after the recommended 1 month of antibiotic treatment is "post lyme syndrome" -- which is to be specifically treated with psychotropics and not antibiotics, according to the Infectious Disease Society of America.
Fortunately, there are Lyme doctors who don't ascribe to the IDSA's corrupt guidelines. They understand and treat for the myriad lyme symptoms, and will use antibiotics for treatment until all symptoms are gone, without an artificial time limit that ignores the patients' natural immunity and genetic variants of borrelia that may be resistant to antibiotics. For some particularly useful information on how Lyme disease causes myriad brain dysfunction, see http://www.canlyme.com/cog.html http://www.pensitoreview.com/2007/08/08/bushs-doctors-kept-lyme-disease-secret-for-a-year-is-the-condition-why-his-mind-is-degenerating/
In addition to Lyme, delusional or psychotic behavior can arise from a reaction to parasitic infection. A popular antipsychotic used to treat such misdiagnoses is Orap, Diphenybutyl-piperazine. Piperazines are primarily antiparasitics and insectisides, commonly given to farm pigs as dewormers. Apparently, some bright scientist noticed that pesticides calmed the psychos and noticed they got better. But they didn't follow up or test to see if the "psychos" they treat are actually infected by parasites, which are known to cause brain dysfunction. There's plenty of documented endocrine and immune-system disruptions that parasites cause on purpose in order to prevent the body from defending itself against infection. This is where the "chemical" part of the "chemical imbalance" comes from... It's not produced by your body at all... it's basically from worms taking a crap all over your insides....
If your going to "cure" someone with medicine, you should at least know why the medicine is working. Psychiatrists don't know... they don't want to know because they'll realize how utterly full of shit they are once they start asking questions.
Meanwhile, Chronic Fatigue is clearly linked to a parasite -- Cryptostrongylus pulmoni -- over a decade ago... Others have discovered the clinically significant presence of HHV-6 and when treated with
valgancyclovir, their symptoms improve.
And yet, today, many CFS/fibromyalgia patients are STILL being given antipsychotics or antidepressants for treatment, instead of using a proper antiparasiticor antiviral to kill or control the infection. (Which if they even suggest parasites to an HMO doctor, they'll end up on the short-list for psychotropics first -- because they'll be diagnosed with "delusional parasitosis" just for mentioning parasites to the doctor, and it's unlikely they'll even be properly tested for parasites, or even see somone that knows the first thing about parasites)....
Likewise, there's been recent reports saying that "statins" actually have antibiotic properties. (
http://www.medpagetoday.com/MeetingCoverage/ICAACMeeting/mr/6755 ). Statins are another class of "mechanism of action unknown" drugs that are handwaved, and totally overprescribed after running a few rudimentary tests and ignoring the potential for chronic infection. The reality is that patients would be much better off with a long-course of antibiotics (much cheaper too... the antibiotics have long been off-patent and often cost less than $10.00/month.) But where's the kickbacks to big-pharma pushing newfangled statins in curing infection? (killing chronic chlamydia pneumoniae infection that results in high cholesterol, clogged arteries, high blood pressure, and myriad other problems -- http://www.cpnhelp.org/?q=node/121 .) Especially because once you start statins, you have to take them for life or you get a heart attack. It's simply good business to get people addicted to drugs they have to take for life.
Heart attack is exactly what happened to Al Gore after he stopped his statins... of course, if this "mechanism of action" unknown drug is actually working as suppressive antibiotic against chronic infection, then of course stopping would lead to reinfection. Seems like this isn't just speculation on my part: http://www.cpnhelp.org/effects_of_simvastatin_on
In other words statins "unknown mechanism of action" that is usually handwaved as "reducing cholesterol" without saying how or why is actually an antiinflammatory and antibiotic effect, where inflammation is caused by ... INFECTION... CHRONIC INFECTION, aka Chlamydia Pneumoniae, which almost everybody has. And all the studies approved by the FDA on statins, use the most bone-headed of "evidence basded medicine" that doesn't look past the massive assumptions made in designing the trials... they all COMPLETELY IGNORE chronic infection and just concentrate on "stupid numbers"... second and third-order effects like lipid levels and cholesterol levels. And then this PURE BULLSHIT is reported back as "science" and cast in stone in the practices of millions of doctors.
Welcome to modern medicine, corrupted by it's own privatization into a new age of government-approved hucksters,quacks and profiteers. And creating huge aftermarket of alternative medicine quacks who trail after the AMA's lies like seagulls after a fishing boat. just incase one of the "fish" gets sick of the bullshit and decides to jump out...
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