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Boulder Creek, CA (PRWEB) May 22, 2006

Tom Cruise may have a point. In his much-advertised exchange last year with Brooke Shields, he criticized the use of anti-depressant drugs as unnecessary and misguided. While Mr. Cruise does seem prone to overstatement, it does appear our society has become over-medicated. One in 10 women today takes an anti-depressant prescription drug. The use of drugs such as Paxil, Prozac, Valium, and Xanax by adults has tripled in the last decade.

It used to be that Ritalin was the drug of choice for hyperactive or ADHD children. In 1999, almost ten million prescriptions for Ritalin were filled. Today, in some schools, 20% of the students are using it, and the use of alternative drugs, such as Strattera, is gaining swift acceptance. Although the two drugs are chemically different, the FDA cited them both last year in a warning for “increased risk in children of suicidal thinking and behavior”.

These drugs are designed to blunt or moderate our feelings, removing the highs and lows. A nationally syndicated medical authority has said, “Clearly, if Picasso or Einstein were alive today, they would be medicated into mediocrity.” The tragedy facing our world is that we seem to be racing down that very path. How did we end up in this state?

The focus for researchers of psycho-active drugs was originally for controlling patients in mental hospitals, but today it has been expanded toward drugs that moderate behavior and thought in the public at large. Is this the direction we really want to continue?

What if there were a drug with the potential to cure depression and treat addictive behavior by enabling the user to safely deal with painful memories and past traumas through heightened consciousness? Instead of numbing the mind, it would expand the mind’s ability to deal with reality. So far that is only a dream, but Dan Martin, an attorney and psychotherapist, explores the possibilities in his compelling new novel, Journey Back. A fast moving and finely crafted work, the book raises many issues about our relationship with drugs. Journey Back is available through Publisher Direct Bookstore at a discounted price at www.pdbookstore.com and at other book stores.

A great many of our modern miracle drugs were derived from researching the medicinal properties of rainforest botanicals. The promise of new and better drugs has fueled the search in that gold mine of bio-diversity. The National Cancer Institute alone has amassed a collection of 100,000 different samples from which it has so far produced 4,000 promising extracts. Scientists in Venezuela are compiling a database of millions of Amazon plants. Perhaps the One is on that list right now.

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