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The Drug Connection - Antidepressants and Violence
Everyone agrees on the question, "How could this have happened in our community?" But the answers vary. Some say, "It's the handguns." While others point to society's moral decay, blaming "too much television, not enough God." But the answers to the recent scourge of violent shootings plaguing America may be found in our medicine cabinets.

Julian Whitaker, M.D., believes there is a direct link between the violent shootings and the increased and indiscriminate use of popular antidepressant drugs. Dr. Whitaker points out that many of the gun-related massacres that have made the headlines over the past decade have a common thread: they were perpetrated by people taking Prozac, Zoloft, Luvox, Paxil, or a related drug.

A documented side effect of these drugs -- known clinically as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) -- is akathisia, or physical and mental agitation. Dr. Whitaker says "akathisia is to violence what a match is to gasoline. And this condition has been reported in a significant number of Prozac users." Moreover, the Food and Drug Administration has received over 40,000 reports detailing adverse effects related to Prozac.

Dr Julian Whitaker has practiced medicine for over 25 years. A graduate of Dartmouth College, he received his formal medical education at Emory University Medical School in Atlanta followed by surgical training as a resident at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center. As a respected health expert, Dr. Whitaker is a popular and provocative guest on national television and radio programs including: Today Show, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, 48 Hours, and Dateline NBC. Dr. Whitaker is a nationally recognized, long-term alternative medicine practitioner, consumer rights advocate and best-selling author on natural health and healing.

11/9/99


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