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More Evidence Prozac is Worthless

A interesting study in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association offers more evidence that taking a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) like Prozac is completely worthless when it comes to treating patients with the common eating disorder, anorexia nervosa.

Scientists studied 93 women (ages 16-45) who had regained enough weight to reach a minimum body mass index of 19, and how Prozac, along with intensive behavioral therapy, would help them maintain those weight gains over a year.

The numbers tell the tale here:

  • Only 27 percent who took Prozac maintained a healthy weight and finished the study, less than the 32 percent taking a placebo.
  • More than half the patients participating in both the placebo and Prozac groups dropped out of the study because the treatment didn't work or were dissatisfied by it.
  • One teenage patient who was assigned to the Prozac group attempted suicide.

What astonished researchers, but not me, was, in the words of the lead researcher, "the absence of even a hint of a benefit."

Based on earlier research I posted, women may be more prone than men to developing eating disorders because of the way their brains process unpleasant body images, clear evidence these problem stem from underlying issues that haven't been properly addressed.

Some of the most effective tools you can use to get a handle on those emotions that plague your health have nothing at all to do with taking a toxic, useless antidepressant. Among the most effective are energy psychology tools like the Emotional Freedom Technique.

Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 295, No. 22, June 14, 2006: 2605-2612 Free Full Text Article

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