Prescription Medications: Not Suitable for Fish or Humans
Dr. David Brownstein
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in the New York Times (2.15.13) reported, Traces of
a common psychiatric medication that winds up in rivers and streams
may affect fish behavior and feeding patterns. The Swedish
researchers exposed perch to different concentrations of an anti-anxiety
medication Oxazepam. Oxazepam is a benzodiazepine drug similar
to the U.S. drug Xanax.
found that fish exposed to low-dose Oxazepam became less social,
more active, and ate faster. In humans, benzodiazepines are used
to treat anxiety. They can cause the same adverse effects seen in
the fish social withdrawal, paradoxical excitement, and an
In the Swedish
study, researchers found wild perch in the Fyris River near the
city of Uppsala had high concentrations of Oxazepam in their muscle
have found pharmaceuticals near waste water treatment centers in
the water ways and in fish. Studies have reported that Prozac and
Zolofttwo antidepressants have been found in fish.
Furthermore, commonly prescribed synthetic hormones have also been
found in aquatic environments.
should not surprise anyone. Doctors prescribe too many pharmaceutical
medications. Patients take too many of these drugs. I should know.
I was trained to prescribe the most common prescription medications.
However, I woke up when I realized that the mechanism of action
of nearly all prescription drugs is harmful to the body. Most drugs
work by blocking important receptors or poisoning enzymes in the
body. You cannot make a cogent biochemical argument that it is wise
to block and poison things in the body. Over the long-term, most
prescription drugs are bound to have serious adverse effects and
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Brownstein, M.D. is a Board-Certified family physician and is one
of the foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. He is the Medical
Director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield,
MI. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and
others about his success in using natural hormones and nutritional
therapies in his practice.
© 2013 Dr. David Brownstein