Popular antidepressant may promote breast cancer

The government-industrial-medical complex has a clear agenda when it comes to breast cancer. It makes sure you know about every politically correct, potential (but yet-to-be-proven) risk factor under the sun for the disease. From being overweight to drinking moderate amounts of alcohol to smoking to the sun itself. But they seem to forget about the nine, very real, proven risk factors.

They also seem to ignore new research showing that one hugely popular antidepressant drug–taken by nearly 14 million people in this country–has proven links to breast cancer.

I’ll tell you more about that disturbing, new research in a moment. But first, let’s back up and look at this history of problems with SSRI antidepressant drugs.

SSRI stands for selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor. These drugs artificially raise the levels of serotonin–the “feel-good” neurotransmitter–in the brain.

With increased serotonin levels, patients should, in theory, feel less depressed. But it doesn’t quite work out that way for everyone.

You see, depression has a built-in self-protection mechanism. It causes people to turn inward, close themselves off. They lack the energy to carry out actions, including negative actions. Instead, they just get stuck thinking endless thoughts–many of them negative. Psychiatrists call this thought substitution. So even if people have thoughts of hurting themselves or others, they don’t have the energy or ability to carry it out.

When you give a depressed patient an SSRI, they begin to get their energy back. But the negative thoughts don’t just magically go away, because the drug does nothing to change the circumstances. And all too often, negative thoughts persist. Except now, patients have the energy to carry out harm against themselves…or against others.

Indeed, very clear research links SSRIs to an increased risk of suicides and homicides. And in my former forensic medical practice, I personally investigated several cases of suicide in depressed people who were previously living, working, and somehow getting along with their depressed mood, including suicidal ideation. But then, they went to a psychiatrist who “helped” them by prescribing an SSRI. And after taking it, the “successfully treated” patient suddenly went out and committed suicide.

Plus, last year I told you about an analysis of mass homicidal shootings. Almost without exception, the homicidal gunmen were being given SSRIs. We hear incessantly from the lame stream media and some politicians about the problems with the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms. They argue lax gun control laws enabled these killers. But we never seem to hear about the killers’ use of antidepressant drugs.

For years, big pharma manipulated statistical evidence on SSRIs to hide these disturbing “side effects.”

But they’re not even the start of the problems associated with SSRIs…

Overwhelming evidence shows these drugs benefit only about 1 in 7 people with depression. And doctors have no idea how to screen patients to determine, in advance, which few might really benefit. So, they just try out different prescriptions using trial and error.

But that trial and error approach is downright dangerous…

Studies show antidepressants can interfere with digestion and cause serious, even fatal, liver injury (similar to Tylenol). Plus, last month, I told you about the study that linked maternal use of SSRIs during pregnancy with an increased risk of autism and developmental disorders in boys–two of the greatest fears of all mothers and parents.

If all that weren’t bad enough, new evidence suggests one popular SSRI promotes the single greatest worry of all women–breast cancer.

You see, about 70 percent of breast cancers are sensitive to estrogen. In other words, estrogen promotes their growth.

And earlier this year, researchers found that paroxetine (Paxil) has an estrogen-like effect. It acts like estrogen in the body…and may promote breast cancer.

That’s very bad news indeed for millions of women.

In fact, today, one in four women in their 40s and 50s take dangerous antidepressant drugs–just at the age when their risk of breast cancer begins to really climb.

In addition, last year the FDA approved paroxetine for the treatment of hot flashes and menopausal symptoms, such as fatigue, low sexual drive, and excess facial hair. Of course, menopause is a normal part of aging for women. And you should never take a drug to try to circumvent it. (Keep reading, though, and I’ll tell you about what you can do to support your body naturally during menopause.)

The FDA’s advisory committee actually rejected the use of paroxetine in this new way. It voted 10 to 4 against approval. (Not just by a “whisker.”)

And the FDA’s Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory panel also voted against approval because of the severe side effects associated with SSRIs. They also noted that SSRIs only have marginal benefits and cited research that these antidepressant drugs are highly addictive.

But the FDA government bureaucrats went ahead anyway and approved paroxetine to “treat” the normal symptoms of menopause. Because, of course, big government knows what’s better for you than do expert private physicians and scientists. Today, the drug is marketed to menopausal women under the new name “Brisdelle.” But of course, it’s just plain old Paxil.

Amazingly, the FDA even trumpeted its decision. It promises Brisdelle offers a nonhormonal, nonestrogen “alternative treatment” for menopause. (The FDA wouldn’t know a real “alternative” remedy unless it busted down the doors of the clinic, or manufacturer providing it, with guns blazing.) It also says, since HRT treatments for menopause cause breast cancer, women can take Brisdelle to lower their risk of getting breast cancer.

Too bad Brisdelle acts like estrogen and actually promotes breast cancer! Guess that little plan won’t work.

Bottom line?

Stay away from Paxil–by any name. Especially if you’re a premenopausal or postmenopausal woman! And if you want to lower your breast cancer risk naturally, make sure to learn more about the benefits of vitamins C, D and E. You can search for more information about these nutrients in the search box at the top of the page.

In addition, if you want to manage your menopause symptoms without resorting to a drug, you have lots of options. In fact, every woman should know about one absolutely-free, no-risk hot flash cure. In a recent study, women who used this simple cure experienced five fewer hot flashes per day! Subscribers to my Insiders’ Cures newsletter can learn about this safe, simple cure by logging onto the website and searching “absolutely free, no-risk hot flash cure” in the search box. If you’re not yet a subscriber, now is the perfect time to get started.


1. “AroER Tri-Screen™ is a Biologically Relevant Assay for Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Modulating the Activity of Aromatase and/or the Estrogen Receptor,” Toxicol. Sci. First published online: February 4, 2014