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Prozac "Coverup" In Serious Question

You probably remember a blog I posted on New Year's Eve about the British Medical Journal's (BMJ) expose that alleged documents "missing" for more than a decade suggested a strong link between Prozac and suicide. Among the "found" documents were memos demonstrating a coverup by Eli Lilly officials.

After the article made the rounds, Lilly went on the defensive, refuting the article and spending some $800,000 in advertising to get their side of the story out. As the smoke cleared, however, doubts about the story began surfacing.

  • Some of the alleged documents, which were said to have been given to a BMJ reporter from an anonymous source, have been circulating for years.
  • So far, the journal and its reporter declined to provide the company with copies of the documents at issue prior to the article's publication.
  • Eli Lilly received the 52 pages of reports from a U.S. congressman who had been given the documents by the BMJ.
  • The reporter has referred all inquiries to the BMJ.

The "missing" documents alleged in the article were connected to a Prozac-related lawsuit that grew out of a shooting rampage in 1989 by a Kentucky man. In fact, an attorney involved in the case said she was so surprised by the BMJ article that she contacted the reporter after the piece appeared. The attorney said the article gave the appearance some of the evidence collected for the case had been intentionally covered up.

Folks, regardless who's right or wrong in this matter, the fact remains you don't need Prozac or any other kind of pill to treat depression, because these drugs never get to heart of the problem. They just cover it up temporarily. The Emotional Freedom Technique is a far healthier and lasting choice because it is a form of psychological acupressure, based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments for more than 5,000 years, but without the invasiveness of needles, and a great way to relieve stress and negative emotions.

Also, I am absolutely convinced prayer is the most powerful therapeutic move one can do. I generally advise people to journal their prayers. One way you can do this is by writing non-stop for 30 minutes.

New York Times January 17, 2005

Wilmington Star-News January 17, 2005

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