Autism May Be Linked to Antidepressants

An interesting piece of information I came across on today:

Environmental factors may play a greater role in autism than previously thought, tipping the scale away from a strict focus on genetics, two studies suggest.

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In one, a team at Stanford University compared cases of autism in identical and fraternal twins and found that fraternal twins — who share only half of the same genes — have unusually high rates of autism, suggesting that factors other than genetics may be triggering the disease.

In another, researchers at health insurer Kaiser Permanente found mothers of children with autism were twice as likely to have been prescribed a common antidepressant during the year before their pregnancy than mothers of healthy children.

Both studies were released Monday.

And the risk was even greater — a threefold increase — when the drug was taken in the first trimester of pregnancy.

Bad parenting inevitably leads to depression. A convenient temporary patch for depression, for many people, are anti-depressant drugs. Short term patches usually lead to more serious consequences in the long run.

In an environment where an aggressive extortion gang is in full control of who may or may not produce, sell, or consume drugs via FDA enforcement, where about 80% of the effort to produce a drug has to go into complying with rigid federal regulations and time to market can be decades (!!), this is what’ll happen:

You discourage businesses from pursuing the production of risky drugs for serious diseases and encourage them to rather produce and push easy, seemingly less risky, and much less urgent drugs, such as sleep aids, male enhancement pills, anti-depressants, and the like.

One look at prime time TV ads will corroborate this thesis in case you have doubts.

Depression, in most cases, has to be dealt with through psychological therapy, reflection upon one’s present and past life, and the willingness to change things moving forward, not by popping a few pills.

Woudn’t it be great if the solutions to life’s problems were that easy?

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