National Geographic reports that Prozac is killing off microbes in the Great Lakes. That sounds good, in a sense. It means that all the E. coli from factory farms may be getting poisoned by Prozac. But what about all the bacteria that’s naturally part of the ecosystem?
Then, there’s the question of what it must be doing to the gut biota of people who take the drug! We now have evidence that antibiotics permanently change gut biota and that they lead to cancer. So, if Prozac kills microbes at hugely diluted doses in lakes, what must it be doing to the natural balance of the intestinal tract?
The amount of Prozac found in Lake Erie is a mere nanogram per liter. If a drug sold as an antibiotic had that sort of effect, Big Pharma would be screaming it from every rooftop. When do you suppose they’ll get the message and start rebranding Prozac as an antibiotic?
Not only that, but Prozac in the sea has been found to make shrimp behave as if they don’t have a care in the world—and with disastrous results. Instead of hiding from their predators, the shrimp roust about as if they didn’t have a care in the world. And then they’re gobbled up.
Can’t you just see those jolly shrimp out partying like there’s no tomorrow—because there isn’t one. Anyone who wants to say that SSRI antidepressants can’t change a person’s natural behavior should pay attention. A judge in Manitoba, Canada did. He found a teen boy’s killing of another teen wasn’t his fault, since his behavior had been so twisted by Prozac.
Just how bad does it have to be before Big Pharma is reined in?