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Prescribing Zoloft and Other Antidepressants to a Fetus

Pregnant drugsBy Deborah Merlin

Dr. Tinus Smits the founder of CEASE-therapy for autism, believes that:

 Autism is an accumulation of different causes:

  • about 70% is due to vaccines
  • 25% to toxic medication and substances
  • 5% to some diseases

According to a study in the Archives of General Psychiatry, women who took Zoloft or other selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) were twice as likely to give birth to a child with autism spectrum disorder.

A review of medical records of more than 1,800 children, including 298 who have autism, found the risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder was about twice as high among women who took SSRIs in the year before giving birth.

Mothers who take Zoloft in late pregnancy can “pass along” side effects to their baby.   Side effects include:  persistent neonatal pulmonary hypertension, neonatal serotonin syndrome and a neonatal withdrawal syndrome. Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is a group of problems that occur in a newborn who had been exposed to drugs while in the mother’s womb.

Suicide, worsening of depression and mania (especially in undiagnosed bipolar disorder) are among the psychiatric serious Zoloft side effects. For example these two tragic cases were attributed to Zoloft. 

1.      Brynn Hartman, wife of comedian Phil Hartman, shot and killed her husband and herself while on Zoloft.

2.      Christopher Pittman at age twelve shot and killed his grandparents. He claims a voice inside his head told him to kill his grandparents on November 28, 2001.Christopher had recently started to take Zoloft to treat mild depression.

My personal experience with Zoloft:

When my twins were young, I was seeing a behavior specialist to assist me in how to deal with ADHD children. Although I was not clinically depressed she suggested that I try an antidepressant. She said it would help take the edge off the stress of raising ADHD-diagnosed twins. I was prescribed Zoloft. The one positive thing I had going on in my life was a happy marriage. Within three days of taking Zoloft, my sex drive disappeared, my emotions felt as though they were trapped in a cave inside my brain and I was numb and emotionally disconnected from my family. The medicine actually made me depressed. I stopped Zoloft after a month.

In experiencing adverse symptoms while taking Zoloft, it made me wonder how much damage SRRI’s are causing to a fetus’ developing brain. There are many safe effective alternative ways to treat depression. And we should start by addressing the root causes of depression.  Some of the most common reasons for depression are:

Hypothyroid (low thyroid):  When the thyroid gland is underactive, your metabolism slows down and you may suffer from depression along with many other health conditions. To learn more go to Hypothyroidism and Depression. 

Candida (overgrowth of yeast in the gut):  Psychological problems may include: depression, irritability, anxiety, and panic attacks. To learn more about the causes and solutions to treating candida go to Candida and Depression

Heavy metal toxicity:  A mouth full of amalgam (silver/mercury) fillings can cause depression. The most common dental amalgam consists of forty-three percent to fifty-four percent mercury. Consider having fillings replaced with composite fillings.   To learn more about how mercury leaches from amalgam fillings and how it is associated with many psychological disorders including Depression, Obsessive-compulsive disorder, Manic Depressive disorder visit Amalgam Illness - Information About Mercury and Amalgam Fillings

Removing mercury fillings needs to be done using a rubber dam and an evacuation hose.  This is extremely important as the mercury itself as well as the vapor can make people sick.  Wife and mother Debbie Lindgren learned this when she came home after dropping her children home from school and found her husband laying on the floor unable to lift his head.  She immediately took him to the hospital where an MRI and CT scan were done.  The physician noted inflammation in his brain and could not figure out where it came from.  Debbie called her family physician and he insisted she get a hold of her husband’s schedule for the last few weeks.  She did and mentioned to him that he had a dentist appointment two days earlier.  He suggested testing for mercury poisoning.  The hospital tested both blood and urine levels and her husband was diagnosed with mercury toxicity.  He needed chelation therapy three times per week for six weeks; but his headaches went away and he was able to return to work full time.  Visit Layton Dental  for more information on the proper removal of amalgams.

Stop eating fish high in mercury such as tuna and sushi and have your doctor order a test for heavy metal toxicity. Testing for heavy metal toxicity for mercury is done by hair, urine or stool analysis. For a list of fish that are high in mercury, visit Mercury Levels in Fish : American Pregnancy Association  These guidelines state that no more than 12 oz of low mercury fish should be consumed weekly;  no more than three 6 oz. servings per month of high mercury fish; and highest mercury fish should be avoided altogether.

If levels of mercury and or other metals are elevated there are ways to safely remove heavy metals from the body. Learn more about chelation therapy by visiting Mercury Exposure.

Nutritional Deficiencies:  Amino Acid deficiencies, Vitamin D deficiencies, and Omega 3 deficiencies have all been linked to depression. 

Amino acid deficiency:  amino acids create neurotransmitters in your central nervous system. These transmitters help regulate mood and process the proteins that our bodies need to survive. In many cases, amino acids help depression.  In addition, amino acids To learn more go to:   Amino Acids & Supplements For Anxiety & Depression ...

An amino acid profile should be done to determine which ones are potentially deficient and a plan designed by your practitioner should be implemented. 

 Laboratory resources for amino acid panel testing:

www.greatplainslaboratory.com/home/eng/oat_aa_combo.asp

 www.metametrix.com

Vitamin D deficiency:  Although it's called a vitamin, vitamin D is really a prohormone not a vitamin. Vitamin D is made in the body in the presence of sunlight.  A number of studies report a connection between low vitamin D levels and the risk of depression

    New Study Shows This Vitamin Helps Prevent Depression - Articles

articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/.../vitamin-d-for-depression.aspx

Treat depression with vitamin D from safe sun exposure instead of using antidepressants that may have dangerous side effects.

The primary way our bodies were meant to get vitamin D is from sunlight, but if you have tested low for vitamin D, it is wise to also start supplementing with vitamin D3 supplements.  Next time you have your blood drawn ask your doctor to include a vitamin D test and if needed, begin supplementing with D3.

 Fish OilFish oil and essential fatty acid research suggests that fish oil is also useful for certain types of anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. To learn more about organic fish oil supplements/ Essential Fatty Acid deficiencies go to WebMD

 

Additional alternative natural remedies and treatments for depression:

Bach Flower Remedies:  are medicines used to balance negative mental states and emotions. For more information go to  Flower Remedies

HomeopathyHomeopathy is based on the principle that you can treat ‘like with like’, that is a substance which causes symptoms when taken in large doses, can be used in small amounts to treat those same symptoms. To learn more go to  AltMedicineZone  To take an online questionnaire to determine the homeopathic remedy that is the best to treat your depression, visit ABC Homeopathy http://abchomeopathy.com/c.php/50

Detoxing:  Detox diets are designed to help the body rid itself of toxins that can lead to depression.  To learn more go to:  Depression - Detox Outweighs Drugs  

Exercise:  Regular exercise has been proven to help reduce stress, ward of anxiety, depression, boost self-esteem and improve sleep. For more information go to: Mayo Clinic.

Deborah Merlin is the author of Victory over ADHD; A holistic approach for helping children with Attention Hyperactivity Disorder.

For fifteen years, Deborah Merlin has made it her mission to advocate for her twins’ special needs. As a new mother of very premature twins with challenging health problems, she found that doctors and other professionals offered drugs as the only solution.

In her search for alternative treatments, she has become a leading advocate for holistic therapies, encouraging parents and doctors to try new, alternative techniques for overcoming ADHD and other neurodevelopmental disorders. www.victoryoveradhd.com

 Alternative healthcare professional resources:

1.  American Institute of Homeopathy has a list of Medical Doctors who also practice homeopathy available.  

2.  Classical Homeopaths including MDs and DOs in the United States

3.  Homeopathic Educational Service, Berkeley, CA (415) 649-0294

4.  International Foundation for Homeopathy, Seattle, WA (206) 324-8230

5.  National Center for Homeopathy, Washington, DC (202) 223-6182

www.naturopathic.org

www.acam.org/

www.healing4soul.com

www.bodyiqonline.com

References:

Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy Linked to Higher Risk of Autism

Jul 5, 2011 – Children whose mothers use antidepressants during pregnancy may ... with autism; studies show that mothers of autistic children tend to have ...

 Zoloft Side Effects » Side Effects

Zoloft Side Effects: Zoloft, generic name sertraline, is available in 25, 50 and 100 mg oral doses and as a 20 mg/ ml syrup. Zoloft is one of several drugs used to ...

 Phil Hartman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Jump to Death‎: Death. On the evening of May 27, 1998, Brynn Hartman visited the Italian ... the act, Brynn was taking the antidepressant drug Zoloft. ...

 Doctor: Boy not responsible for killing grandparents - CNN

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Dr Vinograd

As a Naturopath and Biocompatible (Holistic Dentist), I have been dealing with (and personally suffering from) the effects of Mercury toxicity. There is great substantiation to the connection between tainted inoculations and autism, and I have little doubt that other medications plied in utero or infancy can have a similar detrimental effect.

- Dr Vinograd
http://drvingorad.com

neonatal abstinence syndrome

Zoloft is a very strong drug and there's no justification to use this medication during pregnancy. Though antidepressants are not considered heavy drugs, but they can cause abstinence syndrome too. It's much safer to follow traditional instructions to fight depression: spend more time on the nature, sleep more, eat well, eliminate annoyances and do what makes you happy. Works perfectly and no NAS afterwards:)

antidepressant birth defects

You clearly hit a sensible chord there. If from your personal experience Zoloft didn't do anything for you I imagine how overwhelming must be the frustration of a depressed woman with a newborn with birth defects. No improvement in her mental state and a child with problems to take care for the rest of her life. And this surely becomes a financial problem too. These women are entitled to compensation!

Zoloft Lawsuit Attorney

According to a report released on October 19 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the use of antidepressant drugs in the United States has increased by almost 400% over the past 20 years to the highest rate ever. Women are 250% more likely to take antidepressants than are men.

Use of Zoloft during pregnancy increased by about 200% in recent years, despite birth defects risks linked to the SSRI antidepressant drug, according to a 2011 study published by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The study, “Medication use during pregnancy, with particular focus on prescription drugs: 1976-2008,” found that Zoloft (setraline) has become the most commonly prescribed antidepressant for use while pregnant.

This is especially alarming in light of the evidence linking Zoloft use during pregnancy to a drastically increased risk of ASD well as several other congenital birth defects.

Mothers and families across the U.S. are beginning to file Zoloft lawsuit claims to recover financial compensation for the Zoloft birth defect side effects suffered. Join the community of people who are standing up to Pfizer and demanding that drug companies stop putting profits before people.

oneVoice

Thank you Deborah Merlin for sharing all this excellent information with us.You are so right about the medical
Drs. only offering drugs as the only solution to depression
and other illnesses.Meditation and yoga exercises are very powerful if they are done regularly.Good nutrition rich in
anti-oxidants (think colour)Avocado (Vit E.) and Omega 369 (Flax,Hemp,Evening Primrose or Borage organic cold/first pressed oils)also nourish and support the brain/neurons.

Zoloft Lawsuit Attorney

According to a report released on October 19 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the use of antidepressant drugs in the United States has increased by almost 400% over the past 20 years to the highest rate ever. Women are 250% more likely to take antidepressants than are men.

Use of Zoloft during pregnancy increased by about 200% in recent years, despite birth defects risks linked to the SSRI antidepressant drug, according to a 2011 study published by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The study, “Medication use during pregnancy, with particular focus on prescription drugs: 1976-2008,” found that Zoloft (setraline) has become the most commonly prescribed antidepressant for use while pregnant.

This is especially alarming in light of the evidence linking Zoloft use during pregnancy to a drastically increased risk of ASD well as several other congenital birth defects.

Mothers and families across the U.S. fare b beginning to file Zoloft lawsuit claims to recover financial compensation for the Zoloft birth defect side effects suffered. Join the community of people who are standing up to Pfizer and demanding that drug companies stop putting profits before people.

Benedetta

What are all these young women doing on an anti depressant to begin with?

My daughter had kawasakis as a child and when she became a teenager I found out why zyloft was a good idea, but why, why, why ---- then I found out she was bipolar too. You sure don't want an anti-depressant only when dealing with bipolar and you sure don't want to continue with additional vaccines either.

This is what we have done to our children - I am sorry my daughter!

paxil lawsuit

Zoloft, and any other SSRI antidpressant, should not be prescribed to any expectant mothers. The evidence is already available that Paxil and Zoloft use during pregnancy can influence fetal development, and evidence proving this for the rest will follow shortly.

nhokkanen

Since mercury causes reproductive dysfunction, I'll bet some women with depression have been told they will never have children. Then when they go off birth control due to fear of side effects, surprise! Unplanned pregnancy.

So one is left with even more hard choices. On airplanes, mothers are told to put on their oxygen masks first. And doctors have been telling pregnant women that Zoloft is safe.

Then the problems continue with every drug and vaccine combination that doctors say is safe. Not everyone has access to reliable information on holistic health, or is receptive to it.

Michael B Schachter MD, CNS

Protocols exist to help patients (including children and pregnant or post-partum women) taper off psychotropic medications safely, minimizing withdrawal adverse side effects. These protocols emphasize the use of significant doses of a broad spectrum micronutrient product and a broad spectrum free form amino acid supplement. These protocols in my experience have been quite successful and should be considered by people who wish to lower the dose or get off their psychotropic medications.
The program is improved by utilizing the methods discussed by Deborah Merlin in this article, such as improving diet, removing foods to which the person is sensitive (sugar and gluten containing foods seem to top the list), paying attention to heavy metal toxicity (such as mercury amalgam fillings and fish with high mercury content), participating in an exercise program, fresh air, sunlight and improvement of sleep hygiene.
Over the long haul and sometimes even in short term situations prescription psychotropic medications (antidepressants, mood stabilizing drugs, atypical antipsychotics, prescription sleeping aids, stimulants for ADD & ADHD and others) often do more harm than good. Frequently, the doses of these medications can be lowered or stopped when these principles are understood and applied.
Michael B Schachter MD, CNS; Board Certified Psychiatrist

Seonaid

Thank you for highlighting the dangers of SSRIs. And it's not just foetuses that can be damaged - it's the children and adults as well.

http://www.physorg.com/news200226527.html

Our experience - http://vimeo.com/22527996

Zoloft Lawyer

A Zoloft lawyer may explain to you how to pursue a lawsuit against its manufacturer (Pfizer) for you to acquire due financial compensation for the damages the drug caused. Know that several lawsuits are already been filed by affected users. Zoloft has been reported of causing horrible withdrawal symptoms and negative side effects, according to legal observers.

Randy

Irving Kirsch (The Emperor's New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth) once described his experiences gathering data for his research on a CBC Canada radio interview. His study here:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2253608/?tool=pubmed

The Amazon book reviews here are an interesting reminder of the interview (which I haven't been able to find online)

http://tinyurl.com/czml3jy

Some review excerpts (G Lion in particular):

"Kirsch uncovers a classic conflict of interest between the FDA's mission to protect the public and its funding sources provided by drug companies. Kirsch mentions an FDA researcher who is reminded that the FDA's customers are the drug companies. Stunned the researcher responds: "I thought it was the public." Soon after, he left the FDA. The ones who stay don't question the mentioned conflict of interest. This is a caveat emptor whenever you see the label "FDA approved."

Kirsch was able to cut through this fog by using the Freedom of Information Act to obtain from the FDA the data on 38 unpublished clinical trials. He then conducted three meta-analysis between 1999 and 2008 by using the data from the published trials and the 38 unpublished ones. And, he invariably got the same overall results.

His main finding is that all anti-depressants are no better than placebo.

Kirsch states that anti-depressants are not good for you. He recognizes that many doctors and patients feel that if they work (regardless if 100% of the effect is due to placebo) why not use them. Well the reason is that they have nasty side effects including suicide, and akathisia that leads to violent behavior.

Kirsch shares how other researchers who confirmed his findings have been ostracized by the medical establishment. This entailed losing jop opportunities and being threatened to lose grants. This has not deterred the self-assured Kirsch one bit as he conclude[s] the book by stating: "I also enjoy rocking boats, especially when they are in need of sinking."

I know I've rambled on about Kirsch here before but I wanna vomit every time I see one of those idiotic "ask your doctor" ads for some antidepressant with a pretty name. It's important to know that people like Kirsch have the stones to take on these drug pushers and call them at their own game.

Josh Day

Yet another reason to eschew the mainstream OB factory of drugs and "emergency" C-sections and find a trusted midwife (a real one, not a medwife who's just a mouthpiece for an M.D. on a power trip) so you can give birth safely at home, away from these moronic clones and their dangerous circus. An added bonus is you won't have to worry about your baby being kidnapped for a few seconds to get a Hep B jab or two.

Gatogorra

It's interesting that the Mother's Act, passed in 2007 to require screening all pregnant women and new mothers for partum and post-partum depression to help herd this population onto blockbuster drugs, was named for Melanie Stokes, a woman who committed suicide... right after she took antidepressants.

I saw the questionaire in question on a visit to the OB. Like the Teenscreen test which has an 89% false positive rate for teen depression, the questionaire was completely bogus ("Do you have less energy than you once did?", "Are there times you enjoy life less than others?"), clearly designed as a drug dragnet.

Kelly

You're not thinking big enough. And you're missing the complete story of Steroid D. All diseases have in common one thing: chronic inflammation. You have no idea you have it until it's too late. It suppresses your immune system and lets in pathogens, which dysregulate your genes. If you will test your 1,25D instead of 25D you will see what most doctors are missing. You can not maintain a strong immune system living in a toxic world that continually undermines it. You must know how your cells work. Active steroid 1,25D is made from 25D. It's "low" because you are ill. If 1,25D stays too high it works like other steroids and de-sensitizes the hormone receptor that signals over 1000 genes, including the very antimicrobials to keep pathogens out. Toxins are the alarm bell that call for 1,25D to be made to transcribe the proteins you need to fight injury to the cell from infections and toxins. I'll be at the Canary Party Dec. 2-4 in Dallas if you want info. And see our Facebook page. http://facebook.com/#!/pages/Chronic-Illness-Recovery/137321847337
Mark and Dan are right. If you alter the environment you alter the microbes' actions on our genes. Our "program" is changed unless you have "Norton Anti-Virus!" Dr. Andy says it's complicated. It is mind-blowingly complicated and scarier than any scifi story ever.
Many meds today including anti-depressants are immune suppressive. When you take them, you open the door for the pathogens. Your antimicrobials can't be made when the immune system is suppressed. Messing with the microbial world within us is the debacle of the last 100 years. We are losing our defense unless we learn the science quickly. Over one-third of the population has chronic disease and it's all the same thing: chronic inflammation turning off your genes. Pathogens get in and all hell breaks loose. They are formidable.

Stagmom

Don't eat tuna! Here's your flu shot. Don't take cold meds! Here's your Zoloft. If it funds pharma - it's acceptable. If not - BEWARE! Here's a politically incorrect thought - if you're depressed and on meds, maybe it's not the best time to have a baby.

Zed

There was a time, not that long ago, when pregnant women wouldn't dream of taking a medication except in extreme emergencies. Thanks again to the fields of "obstetricks" and "pediatricks" for being under-educated about the danger of toxic solutions to everyday problems.

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