“By 2005, antidepressants had become the #1 prescribed drug class in the country.
But these medications do not treat depression. Whether it’s Prozac, Cymbalta, Zoloft, Elavil, Lexapro, Wellburin, or any of the other commonly prescribed antidepressants, these medicines simply treat symptoms, and only minimally so… I am saddened by the fact that the billion-dollar psychotropic pharmaceutical industry is predicated on the idea that people will take a pill to treat symptoms, while the underlying disorder is ignored. So there’s never any real focus on actually curing or even improving the root cause of the illness, let alone getting people off the medication…
All of the antidepressant medications currently on the market are designed to artificially alter neurotransmitter activity in the brain. Yet, when we consider the fact that these same chemicals found in the brain are also produced in the gut, and that their availability to the brain is largely governed by the activity of gut bacteria, we are forced to realize that ground zero for all things mood-related is the gut.”
—David Perlmutter from Brain Maker
Several things to note here.
First, antidepressant medications are not actually treating depression. They’re treating symptoms *not* the root cause.
As Perlmutter puts it “… they [anti-depressants] aren’t getting to the source of the problem and putting out the fire. They are, in a sense, poorly constructed Band-Aids over cuts that won’t heal.”
It’s kinda like putting ice cubes into a boiling pot of water. You might reduce the boil temporarily but you’ll need to keep on dropping in ice cubes. It would be a lot more effective to focus on turning off the flame that’s causing the water to boil, eh?
This isn’t just relegated to a discussion on depression. Perlmutter dedicates a chapter to depression, obesity, and autism and touches on a range of other issues throughout the book.
He tells us that today more than 11 percent of kids are diagnosed as having ADHD. He reminds us that it doesn’t just come out of nowhere.
But, if you go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website, “the homepage for ADHD includes facts about symptoms and diagnosis, then moves right to treatment options, none of which include a dietary protocol. There is not a single mention of prevention.”
Symptoms vs. root causes. Let’s focus on the root causes!
And, in this context, let’s focus on optimizing our microbiome!