Pills Pills Pills: Over-Medicating, Depression, and Heart Ache

It's not every day that integrative health practitioners, independent of industry interests, are vindicated in urging the application of the precautionary principle by mainstream health research, but today is just such a day!

1. A large scale epidemiological study has revealed that the birth control pill* is associated with a doubling of the risk of depressive mental health problems

2. Another study illustrates one of a number of nascent harms associated with long-term administration of pain medication (in this case ibuprofen**)

* Caused long-lasting hypertensive dysautonomia and a series of highly painful and disruptive ovarian cysts, in the experience of a friend of mine

** Responsible for abdominal inflammation/convulsions in my case (and known to irritate the gut)