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Prozac: Panacea or Pandora?--by Ann B. Tracy, Ph.D.

The product of years of intensive research, this book is the most indepth work available on medications that increase the neurotransmitter serotonin - Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Luvox, Celexa, Effexor, Serzone, Anafranil, Fen-Phen and Redux. Dr. Ann Blake Tracy delves deeply into the physical and long-term adverse effects, along with the psychiatric reactions, that are reported by patients on these meds and gives scientific reasons why. A British nurse recently reported, "the book is brilliant, and a life-line as far as I am concerned. I tried to fault the research and reasoning, but could not and still can't. I would like to extend my thanks to you for your heroic stance on this enormously important issue. I have tremendous respect and admiration for your hard work, determination and courage in pursuing this subject so vigorously, against so much powerful opposition for the benefit of people like me. Your integrity puts many, if not most doctors and psychiatrists to shame. It is reassuring to find that there are a few people in the world who are prepared to fight for the truth for the benefit of mankind." Available direct from the publisher only.


Prozac Backlash: Overcoming the Dangers of Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, and Other Antidepressants--by Joseph Glenmullen, M.D.

The all-purpose pill that guarantees a psychiatric quick fix has finally been exposed as an illusion. Dr. Glenmullen's lucid explanations and engrossing narratives are the much-needed corrective to the sensationalism of the false prophets of Prozac and the zealots of Zoloft. The good clinical sense of a caring and highly skilled therapist, who knows how to help people choose appropriate forms of treatment, is here shown to be the only reliable approach to the problems of troubled men and women, each of whom presents with a unique life and unique needs. This is the book that sets the record straight. It should become the criterion of reason, against which all the current hype and misinformation can be measured.

Click Here for the Author's webpage at: <www.glenmullen.com/prozacBacklash.html>


Many Americans have wondered why prescription drugs have become so expensive while advertising for those drugs seems to grow exponentially. Former New England Journal of Medicine Editor Marcia Angell has some answers. The pharmaceutical industry, according to Angell, is fraught with corruption and doing a disservice to customers, the federal government, and to the medical establishment itself. In The Truth About the Drug Companies, Angell explains how a huge portion of the revenue generated by "Big Pharma" goes not into research and development but into aggressive marketing campaigns to sell their product .For anyone who's paid a pharmacy bill, The Truth About the Drug Companies is a fascinating read.


The George Polk Award has become one of America’s most coveted journalism honors--and probably its most respected and valued. In 2002, the George Polk Award gave prizes to the authors of four reports about medical-health related issues, including this powerful expose written by Arnold S. Relman and Marcia Angell of The New Republic. It shows that pharmaceutical companies spend far more to advertise and lobby than to research. (This report is an a downloadable .pdf file.)


Losing a Child--by Linda Hurcombe

Losing a Child is one of the most beautifully written books you will ever read, on any topic. How you react will, of course, depend on you. “The pattern of our grief is as unique as our fingerprints, shaped by our very specific life circumstances and unique personalities.”

If you have a child in Heaven, then Losing a Child will be a blessing for you. --Andy Vickery

(To read Mr. Vickery's entire review of Linda's book, click here.)


Molecules of Emotion--by Candace Pert, Ph.D.

Why do we feel the way we feel? How do our thoughts and emotions affect our health? Are our bodies and minds distinct from each other or do they function together as parts of an interconnected system? In this ground-breaking book - a neuroscientist whose extraordinary career began with her 1972 discovery of the opiate receptor - provides startling and decisive answers to these and other challenging questions that scientists and philosophers have pondered for centuries.

Click Here to read Author's quote in Time Magazine.


Bitter Pills--by Stephen Fried

Written by an award-winning journalist, this long-overdue investigation of the legal drug culture is both a moving personal memoir and a devastating exploration of pharmaceutical companies, drug regulators, doctors, pharmacists, and unsuspecting patients.

Click here for the Author's webpage at <www.bitter-pills.com>


Prescription for Disaster--by Thomas Moore

Thomas Moore: "A neurosurgeon named Gary Kaufman told me of waking up one morning on vacation to discover his wife dead in bed beside him. She died of cardiac arrest and an autopsy report implicated an antihistamine called Hismanal. I decided to check how many deaths occurred each year from the adverse effects of prescription drugs. When I discovered no one was even counting, and that drug-related deaths are rarely reported, I decided to write this book."


Live Life Longer--by Lee Hitchcox

There are places on this planet where people live beyond age 100 free of disease. We don't live in one of them. Cancer will soon become America's leading cause of death while nursing homes and cardiac surgeons thrive. It's time for a change. This book shows how to slow the biological aging process, achieve immunity from nursing homes, prevent cancer, purge pesticides from our food supply, convert our economy from petrochemical-based to plant-based, and transform government from lobby-centered to people-centered.


The Power to Harm: Mind, Medicine, and Murder on Trial--by John Cornwell

This book describes a seminal event in the history of SSRI medications--the infamous Joseph Wesbecker case which was the first Prozac litigation to go to trial. This book dissects the case in all its messy detail--a chemical company that is apparently without a conscience and medicos that are hindered by a system. Lawyers cut a deal with plaintiffs and Eli Lilly that in popular parlance is intended to deliver a win-win solution to the chagrin of the trial judge. And the families who grieve, a son that's pilloried and the reader left to wonder about mass killers and what really gets them started.

Review in The Nation Magazine: "Prozac on Trial," by Carl T. Bogus


Spontaneous Healing--by Andrew Weil, M.D.

Dr. Weil shows why western drug-based medicine is not always the whole answer.  He shares his observations of cases where the body has been able to heal itself where interventionist medicine has not been able to result in a real cure. He shares his knowledge of how to prepare the body to help heal itself by arming it with the proper nutrition so that the materials with which to heal are available and further arming the person with a positive mental attitude so that the brain will allow the body to proceed with the healing process.


Sugar Blues--by William Dufty

Mr. Dufty gives his version of the history of the Sugar Processing Industry, the 'diseasestablishment' and how correct health information has been kept from the public in the interest of profits and power. He shows how even the forerunner of the FDA was corrupted by such interests.  Although the author's opinions are strong bordering on fanaticism, there is a lot of important easy to read information here. "The mind truly boggles when one glances over what passes for medical history. Through the centuries, troubled souls have been barbecued for bewitchment, exorcised for possession, lock up for insanity, . . . psychiatrized for psychoses, lobotomized for schizophrenia. How many patients would have listened if the local healer had told them that the only thing ailing them was the Sugar Blues?"


Fats That Heal Fats That Kill--by Udo Erasmus

Written by Udo Erasmus, who has more than 15 years of exploring the practical aspects of fats, Fats That Heal Fats That Kill provides a balanced view on all aspects of good and bad fats: what they are; what they do; how processing changes them; how to make oils with health in mind; their healing potential and therapeutic uses. The book also discusses the broader topics of health and healing. This extensive subject is of constant public confusion and misinformation to the extent that it is harming people's lives. To convey the truest message to the largest number of people, Udo has written the book with 15-year old readers in mind. But, the book also includes some chemical diagrams for those with science background, insatiable curiosity, or those who simply like to challenge themselves.

Click here for the author's webpage at <www.udoerasmus.com>


Under the Influence--James R. Milam and Katherine Ketcham

Through more than three decades the nation has vainly struggled to overcome the ever more burdensome alcohol-drug-crime epidemic. Stymied and wearied battling within the age-old false paradigm, we have all but bankrupted our resolve and our hope. Fortunately, during this same period a new paradigm has emerged that fully integrates all of the valid scientific and clinical knowledge of addiction. It provides crystal clear understanding and guidance in addressing all aspects of public policy, prevention, intervention, treatment and rehabilitation.


Let them eat Prozac--by David Healy

Here is a frank examination of the pharmaceutical industry and of one of the most popular drugs of the last twenty years by a psychiatrist who has been a consultant to many of the top companies.

After years of consulting to the major companies, independent study, and prescribing Prozac and its sister antidepressants, David Healy shows that some of the patients taking Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft can become suicidal and commit suicide at a much higher rate than if they had been left untreated.


The Anti-depressant Era--by David Healy

When we stop at the pharmacy to pick up our Prozac, are we simply buying a drug? Or are we buying into a disease as well? The first complete account of the phenomenon of antidepressants, this authoritative, highly readable book relates how depression, a disease only recently deemed too rare to merit study, has become one of the most common disorders of our day-and a booming business to boot.


10 Steps to Help Improve Your Child's Attention and Behavior WITHOUT Drugs!--Dr. Mary Ann Block

This new book by the top-selling author of No More Ritalin and No More Antibiotics, makes the boldest statement to date--she refutes the very existence of the ADHD diagnosis. Dr. Mary Ann Block is an international expert on attention and behavior problems.


Addiction By Prescription: One Woman's Triumph and Fight for Change--byJoan Gadsby

Joan Gadsby’s four-year-old son lost his battle with cancer in 1966. To help her cope with overwhelming grief, her doctor prescribed tranquilizers, and so began her descent into the world of addiction. Over the next two decades, she slowly lost her professional credibility; her relationships with family and friends disintegrated, and her financial stability vanished. She was arrested several times, and was written off as an addict or psychotic, until an accidental overdose in 1990 gave her the strength to beat her addiction. Since then, she has worked tirelessly to change to laws regarding prescribing tranquilizers. She interviewed countless consumers, doctors, health care professionals, pharmaceutical reps and researchers to bring this issue to light.

Click here for the Author's webpage at <www.benzo.org.uk>