FDA Approves ‘Trackable’ Pill

In a move nothing short of Orwellian, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a schizophrenia drug that tracks whether it’s taken. The new Abilify is embedded with an ingestible sensor that logs into a patch worn by the patient. The patch then transmits the information via a smartphone to the prescribing doctor, BBC reports. Although it’s not approved for elderly patients with dementia, the FDA said this will be useful for some patients with mental illness.

With 1 in 6 Americans now on antidepressants or some other type of psychiatric drugs, this move by the FDA may prove to be a nail in the coffin for keeping you on a drug, even if you no longer need it or want it. And because you know it’s only a matter of time before other drug makers line up with a tracking pill, be it for antidepressants or antibiotics, blood pressure pills or statins, there may come a time in the very near future when you won’t be able to make the decision to avoid drugs without your doctor’s permission.

And that means the only real alternative you have to stop this before it starts is to do whatever it takes to get yourself healthy, now, so drugs aren’t even in the discussion when you visit your doctor. From the mental health standpoint, considering the fact that antidepressants have the clinical effectiveness of a placebo, is it any wonder that a recent study found that nutritional supplements can "boost" their effectiveness? Those supplements were fish oil, vitamin D, methylfolate (an effective form of folic acid) and S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe).

Fish oil produced the most significant improvement. Interestingly, while docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is typically credited with being the most important omega-3 fat for brain health, here, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) was found to have the most prominent effect. The best way to get these fats is from small fish like sardines and anchovies. If that is not an option then krill oil is a far superior choice to fish oil as it is better absorbed and less oxidized.

Your gut health is also important for fighting depression and maintaining overall good health, including your blood pressure. While the best way to balance your gut microbiota is through diet — beginning with eliminating grains and sugars — probiotics have also been found beneficial. My latest book, “Fat for Fuel,” helps guide you through good dietary choices for preventing and healing disease.

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