Old Myths; Real
| Experts Talk
There are a growing
number of physicians across the country who are
committed to finding the real source of problems such as
depression, fatigue and inappropriate behavior instead
on smothering the symptoms with prescription drugs.
* In his book, The Omega-3 Connection,
Dr. Andrew L. Stoll, director of the psychopharmacology
research laboratory at the McLean Hospital in Boston and
assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical
School, reviews the new evidence supporting the use of
omega-3 oils (fish oil) for depression. His
recommendation is wholeheartedly supported by Dr. Joseph
Mercola, who authors one of the most extensively
distributed newsletters on holistic medicine.
* Dr. Robert Erikson, Gainesville, warns that
Xanax withdrawal compares in intensitry to that of
* Dr. Doris Rapp, D.O., recommends seeing a
competent doctor of environmental medicine for testing
of what are often superficially deemed “psychiatric
For further information on their research and
Dr. Andrew L. Stoll: via www.mercola.com or
Dr. Joseph Mercola (847) 604-3258
Dr. Doris J. Rapp: www.drrapp.com or (716)
Dr. Robert Erickson: www.prevent-doc.com or
Cynthia is just one of an estimated four million Americans
battling dependencies from prescription drugs.
Mary T. was 56 years old and taking a half dozen different
prescribed drugs including antidepressants and pain medicines.
She was having headaches, very tired, gained a lot of weight
and was in general unhappy with her life and circumstances.
Desperate, she made an appointment with Dr. Robert Ericson’s
“We checked her hormones,” Dr. Erickson told
Freedom. “They were totally out of balance. We had a
compounding pharmacy make up a custom mix of hormones and on a
natural thyroid support regimen. She came off her
antidepressants and pain killers. Within 90 days, her energy
came back, she was able to sleep through the night, her
headaches went away and her depression lifted.”
Erickson is one of a growing number of physicians and other
professionals around the country who are committed to finding
and treating the source of the problem, as opposed to
merely smothering the symptoms with harmful prescription
In his book, The Omega-3 Connection, Dr. Andrew L.
Stoll, director of the psychopharmacology research laboratory
at the McLean Hospital in Boston and assistant professor of
psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, reviews the new evidence
supporting the use of omega-3 oils (fish oil) for depression.
His recommendation is wholeheartedly supported by Dr. Joseph
Mercola, who authors one of the most extensively distributed
newsletter on holistic medicine (www.mercola.com).
A wide variety of complaints, including over-activity,
fatigue, bed-wetting, inappropriate behavior, and even
epilepsy, in some children, may be due to allergies, according
to Dr. Doris J. Rapp, a board certified environmental medical
specialist and pediatric allergist and past president of the
American Academy of Environmental Medicine. Allergic infants
can be so hyperactive that they rock their cribs about the
room or bounce them off the walls and begin to walk earlier
than normal, according to Dr. Rapp. But by isolating and
correcting the allergies, the child can be helped so that
there are no symptoms and no need for drugs, she reports.
In her New York Times best seller, Is this Your Child’s
World? Dr. Rapp provides a case study:
“At 15, Betsy was depressed and suicidal each year in the
late summer when ragweed pollen was in the air in northern
Michigan. During her first visit to our clinic she appeared
normal until we tested her for an allergy to ragweed. Then she
crawled into the office bathtub and refused to come out. She
screamed, was untouchable, and complained of so much abdominal
pain that she pulled her knees to her chest and held her
stomach. After we gave her a neutralizing allergy treatment,
she felt entirely normal within a few minutes. Betsy was a
persistent school failure until her allergies were recognized
and treated, and her academic work and demeanor in school
Children with such symptoms are often superficially deemed
to have psychiatric disorders. Dr. Rapp recommends that if
your child is exhibiting these types of behavior, first take
them to a competent doctor of environmental medicine and have
them properly tested.
What Can You Do?
If you, your child or someone you know is depressed,
diagnosed with ADHD, prescribed a drug for non-medical
conditions, or currently on an addictive prescription drug:
1) Know your rights. With very few exceptions, no
one can force you or your child to take psychotropic
prescription drugs. If you are not certain of your rights,
contact the Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights at
www.cchr.org or (800)
869-2247. [See “Focusing the Light of
Truth on Psychiatric Abuse
”] CCHR will help you
determine exactly what your rights are.
2) Before taking any recommended
psychotropic drugs, see a physician who agrees to explore the
causes for your condition and solutions other than drugging.
find a physician who is board-certified in
integrated/alternative medicine, and who agrees to
comprehensive testing and natural remedies for hormonal and
nutritional imbalances or deficiencies, allergies, and natural
alternatives to antidepressants or pain medications.
3) If your child is having difficulty in school, and/or
is being threatened with the label of ADHD, contact those who
will help him or her deal directly with the source of the
problem. The World Literacy Crusade
(www.worldliteracy.org) or Applied Scholastics
(www.appliedscholastics.org). The Community Learning
Center in Clearwater, Florida (727-441-4444) can assist
statewide. Also take your child in for a physical exam as
4) If you or your child, or someone
you care about, is already on an addictive prescription drug,
contact an effective, drug-free rehabilitation specialist.
Florida (www.narconon.org or 727-796-1011) can advise
on safe and effective steps to take. Their first precaution:
withdrawal without other drugs should always be done under a