Save Our Bones Bulletin: Off-Label Antidepressant Prescriptions Surge, Ludicrous Ice Cream Study, Corporate Lapdogs Exposed, And More!
Today’s bulletin is chock-full of essential warnings, pulling back the curtain on the dirty dealings that Big Pharma, Junk Science and Big Sugar don’t want you to know.
I’m continually appalled (though sadly no longer shocked) by the irresponsibility of many so called professionals in the fields of science and medicine.On the other hand, I’m encouraged that our growing community of Savers has woken up from the long sleep of blind acceptance to question, investigate, and think critically about the information fed to them by the Establishment.
Let’s continue to take control of our lives, our bodies and our health by reading between the lines, pursuing the truth, and taking action.
1. WARNING: Doctors Prescribe Antidepressant Drugs For Insomnia, Anxiety, And Other Unintended Purposes
In a recent study, the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that doctors are prescribing antidepressants for a range of medical conditions other than depression.
The statistics on this phenomenon were gathered in Quebec, where it was found that barely half of the prescriptions for antidepressant drugs intended to treat depression. Doctors have been prescribing them to treat insomnia, chronic pain, anxiety, fibromyalgia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, migraine and many other “off label” conditions not related to depression (more on this later).
Granted that the approval process for prescription drugs is skewed anyways, but to then prescribe them for a different reason, exposes more uninformed patients to the ravages of their awful side effects.
“Two out of every three non-depression prescriptions for antidepressants were handed out under an off-label purpose, the findings showed.
‘The thing that’s of concern here is that when prescribing for conditions other than depression, often these are for indications such as fibromyalgia and migraine where it’s unknown whether the drug is going to be effective, because it’s never been studied,’ said senior author Robyn Tamblyn. She is a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at McGill University in Montreal. ‘These doctors are prescribing in the dark,’ she said.
Antidepressant use in the United States increased almost 400 percent between 1988-1994 and 2005-2008, with the most recent figures showing 11 percent of teens and adults take antidepressants, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”1
Tamblyn goes on to suggest that much of this explosion of antidepressant prescription is based on indications of off-label conditions, usages that have not been evaluated.
These unapproved “off-label” uses include treatment for such wide-ranging issues as menopause, digestive system disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, premenstrual syndrome, urinary problems and bulimia.
Overprescription of drugs is an epidemic in American medicine, and it’s no wonder given the way that doctors are trained. When you are taught that your primary function is to prescribe drugs, then that’s what you do!
This is the same sort of behavior that we see with osteoporosis drugs. Much like the makers of antidepressants, the makers of osteoporosis drugs have manipulated the medical industry to create demand for a drug that is neither safe nor useful.
They even went so far as to create a new condition, osteopenia, to convince doctors to prescribe their product to unwitting patients. In fact, it was my own experience with a scare-tactic diagnosis and a drug-pushing doctor that led me to dig deeper into the world of osteoporosis. Revelations like the ones in this report should lead us all to ask more questions and always seek safer, smarter, whole-health solutions.
2. Beware of Junk Science, Like This Laughable Junk Food Study
Pop science can lead many under-studied readers to believe ridiculous falsehoods. Less forgivable is when scientists knowingly create junk science headlines for attention.
A professor at Tokyo’s Kyorin University named Yoshihido Koga held a series of trials in which test subjects were required to eat ice cream immediately after waking up. The subjects were then asked to perform a series of mental exercises. Two control groups were either given nothing, or a glass of cold water.
Obviously the groups who were given a glut of glucose performed more sharply on the mental tests than the unfueled participants. Glucose is what your brain uses to function.
“British nutritionists have reacted with some skepticism to Dr Koga’s findings. ‘A possible explanation [for increased alertness]… is the simple presence of consuming breakfast vs. not consuming breakfast,’ said Katie Barfoot, a Nutritional Psychology Doctoral Researcher at Reading University.
Our brain needs glucose to function, and a high glucose meal will aid mental capacity considerably compared to a fasted brain.
This, however, does not condone eating dessert for breakfast. A study which explores the interaction between consumption of low and high GI foods, whilst including a fasted group, would establish a better understanding of this increased mental capacity’”2
While the interviewed British nutritionist insists that these results don’t “condone eating dessert for breakfast” the study itself irresponsibly implies that it is a good idea to do that. Dr. Koga may hold a phD but he clearly doesn’t hold good health in high esteem.
Sugar and milk are harmful to your body and your bones. Savers know well the dangers of a diet that includes lots of dairy products and sugar. There are plenty of perfectly delicious and bone-healthy alternatives to sugary processed foods.
Clearly, you don’t need to eat ice cream to fuel your body and your brain in the morning (or anytime). Pick a better way to start your day!
3. Kellogg Paid Nutrition Experts To Promote Breakfast Cereal
The Associated Press has recently revealed that cereal giant Kellogg has been paying a group of nutritionists to surreptitiously promote their breakfast cereal as a healthy option,3 even though it is well-known that most of their products are full of GMO ingredients, refined sugar, toxic preservatives and other undesirable additives.
The contracted promoters were grouped into what the corporation called a “Breakfast Council” of “independent experts,” even though this “council” only existed by Kellogg’s creation and was in no way independent.
The members of the panel posted favorably on social media about Kellogg’s products, did inter-industry promotion and even authored a misleading paper about a study commissioned by Kellogg. This story is another reminder to always be wary of endorsements and watchful for conflicts of interest.
“The company paid the experts an average of $13,000 a year, prohibited them from offering media services for products “competitive or negative to cereal” and required them to engage in “nutrition influencer outreach” on social media or with colleagues.
‘I’m still feeling great from my bowl of cereal & milk this morning! Mini-Wheats are my fave,’ a dietitian on the council posted during a Twitter chat with Kellogg. Another council member and dietitian chimed in to say they were her favorite, too, and included a photo of the cereal.
For Kellogg, the council — in existence between 2011 and this year — deftly blurred the lines between cereal promotion and impartial nutrition guidance. The company used the council to teach a continuing education class for dietitians, publish an academic paper on breakfast and try to influence the government’s dietary guidelines.”3
It’s no wonder that so many people fall prey to the unhealthy products sold by companies like Kellogg. Corporations like these continually find new ways to deceive their customers, and convince the uninformed that their processed foods are not only safe, but healthy.
Paying so-called-experts to shill for business is a manipulative and despicable practice. It only goes to show that Kellogg is fully aware of how unhealthy their products are. If they were actually good for you, they wouldn’t have to pay scientists to lie on their behalf!
Unfortunately, Big Pharma Is Equally Guilty Of The Same Deceptions
It’s easy to fall into corporate food traps. As this revelation about Kellogg illustrates, an unbelievable amount of money and effort goes into trying to fool us. But just because you have some unhealthy eating habits doesn’t mean you should give up on your health. And I created OsteoCleanse™ to ensure that never happens!
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There’s lots to watch out for in the world of nutrition and health, be it Big Pharma manipulations, pseudo-scientific headlines, or corporate stool pigeons spreading misinformation.
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I’m so glad you’re taking the time to sort out fact from fiction and make the best choices for you!
Till next time,
1Dennis Thompson. “Antidepressants Not Just for Depression Any More.” HealthDay News. 24 May 2016 .http://www.philly.com/philly/health/topics/HealthDay711263_20160524_Antidepressants_Not_Just_for_Depression_Any_More.html
2Julian Ryall, James Rothwell. “Ice cream for breakfast makes you smarter, Japanese scientist claims” The Telegraph. 23 November 2016. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/23/ice-cream-breakfast-makes-smarter-japanese-scientist-claims/
3Associated Press. “Breakfast blooper: Kellogg paid ‘independent’ nutrition experts to promote cereal.” 22 November 2016. http://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/2016/11/22/breakfast-blooper-kellogg-paid-independent-nutrition-experts-to-promote-cereal.html?refresh=true