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Prescribing Zoloft and Other Antidepressants to a Fetus

Posted Nov 01 2011 12:00am

Pregnant drugs By Deborah Merlin

Dr. Tinus Smits the founder of CEASE-therapy for autism, believes that:

 Autism is an accumulation of different causes:

  • about 70% is due to vaccines
  • 25% to toxic medication and substances
  • 5% to some diseases

According to a study in the Archives of General Psychiatry, women who took Zoloft or other selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) were twice as likely to give birth to a child with autism spectrum disorder.

A review of medical records of more than 1,800 children, including 298 who have autism, found the risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder was about twice as high among women who took SSRIs in the year before giving birth.

Mothers who take Zoloft in late pregnancy can “pass along” side effects to their baby.   Side effects include:  persistent neonatal pulmonary hypertension, neonatal serotonin syndrome and a neonatal withdrawal syndrome. Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is a group of problems that occur in a newborn who had been exposed to drugs while in the mother’s womb.

Suicide, worsening of depression and mania (especially in undiagnosed bipolar disorder) are among the psychiatric serious Zoloft side effects. For example these two tragic cases were attributed to Zoloft. 

1.      Brynn Hartman, wife of comedian Phil Hartman, shot and killed her husband and herself while on Zoloft.

2.      Christopher Pittman at age twelve shot and killed his grandparents. He claims a voice inside his head told him to kill his grandparents on November 28, 2001.Christopher had recently started to take Zoloft to treat mild depression.

My personal experience with Zoloft:

When my twins were young, I was seeing a behavior specialist to assist me in how to deal with ADHD children. Although I was not clinically depressed she suggested that I try an antidepressant. She said it would help take the edge off the stress of raising ADHD-diagnosed twins. I was prescribed Zoloft. The one positive thing I had going on in my life was a happy marriage. Within three days of taking Zoloft, my sex drive disappeared, my emotions felt as though they were trapped in a cave inside my brain and I was numb and emotionally disconnected from my family. The medicine actually made me depressed. I stopped Zoloft after a month.

In experiencing adverse symptoms while taking Zoloft, it made me wonder how much damage SRRI’s are causing to a fetus’ developing brain. There are many safe effective alternative ways to treat depression. And we should start by addressing the root causes of depression.  Some of the most common reasons for depression are:

Hypothyroid (low thyroid):  When the thyroid gland is underactive, your metabolism slows down and you may suffer from depression along with many other health conditions. To learn more go to  

Candida (overgrowth of yeast in the gut):  Psychological problems may include: depression, irritability, anxiety, and panic attacks. To learn more about the causes and solutions to treating candida go to Candida and Depression

Heavy metal toxicity:  A mouth full of amalgam (silver/mercury) fillings can cause depression. The most common dental amalgam consists of forty-three percent to fifty-four percent mercury. Consider having fillings replaced with composite fillings.   To learn more about how mercury leaches from amalgam fillings and how it is associated with many psychological disorders including Depression, Obsessive-compulsive disorder, Manic Depressive disorder visit Amalgam Illness - Information About Mercury and Amalgam Fillings

Removing mercury fillings needs to be done using a rubber dam and an evacuation hose.  This is extremely important as the mercury itself as well as the vapor can make people sick.  Wife and mother Debbie Lindgren learned this when she came home after dropping her children home from school and found her husband laying on the floor unable to lift his head.  She immediately took him to the hospital where an MRI and CT scan were done.  The physician noted inflammation in his brain and could not figure out where it came from.  Debbie called her family physician and he insisted she get a hold of her husband’s schedule for the last few weeks.  She did and mentioned to him that he had a dentist appointment two days earlier.  He suggested testing for mercury poisoning.  The hospital tested both blood and urine levels and her husband was diagnosed with mercury toxicity.  He needed chelation therapy three times per week for six weeks; but his headaches went away and he was able to return to work full time.  Visit   for more information on the proper removal of amalgams.

Stop eating fish high in mercury such as tuna and sushi and have your doctor order a test for heavy metal toxicity. Testing for heavy metal toxicity for mercury is done by hair, urine or stool analysis. For a list of fish that are high in mercury, visit Mercury Levels in Fish : American Pregnancy Association   These guidelines state that no more than 12 oz of low mercury fish should be consumed weekly;  no more than three 6 oz. servings per month of high mercury fish; and highest mercury fish should be avoided altogether.

If levels of mercury and or other metals are elevated there are ways to safely remove heavy metals from the body. Learn more about chelation therapy by visiting  Mercury Exposure .

Nutritional Deficiencies:  Amino Acid deficiencies, Vitamin D deficiencies, and Omega 3 deficiencies have all been linked to depression. 

Amino acid deficiency:  amino acids create neurotransmitters in your central nervous system. These transmitters help regulate mood and process the proteins that our bodies need to survive. In many cases, amino acids help depression.  In addition, amino acids To learn more go to:    Amino Acids & Supplements For Anxiety & Depression ...

An amino acid profile should be done to determine which ones are potentially deficient and a plan designed by your practitioner should be implemented. 

 Laboratory resources for amino acid panel testing:

Vitamin D deficiency:  Although it's called a vitamin, vitamin D is really a prohormone not a vitamin. Vitamin D is made in the body in the presence of sunlight.  A number of studies report a connection between low vitamin D levels and the risk of depression

Treat depression with vitamin D from safe sun exposure instead of using antidepressants that may have dangerous side effects.

The primary way our bodies were meant to get vitamin D is from sunlight, but if you have tested low for vitamin D, it is wise to also start supplementing with vitamin D3 supplements.  Next time you have your blood drawn ask your doctor to include a vitamin D test and if needed, begin supplementing with D3.

 Fish OilFish oil and essential fatty acid research suggests that fish oil is also useful for certain types of anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. To learn more about organic fish oil supplements/ Essential Fatty Acid deficiencies go to WebMD


Additional alternative natural remedies and treatments for depression:

Bach Flower Remedies:  are medicines used to balance negative mental states and emotions. For more information go to   Flower Remedies

HomeopathyHomeopathy is based on the principle that you can treat ‘like with like’, that is a substance which causes symptoms when taken in large doses, can be used in small amounts to treat those same symptoms. To learn more go to   AltMedicineZone   To take an online questionnaire to determine the homeopathic remedy that is the best to treat your depression, visit ABC Homeopathy

Detoxing:  Detox diets are designed to help the body rid itself of toxins that can lead to depression.  To learn more go to:   Depression - Detox Outweighs Drugs  

Exercise:  Regular exercise has been proven to help reduce stress, ward of anxiety, depression, boost self-esteem and improve sleep. For more information go to: Mayo Clinic .

Deborah Merlin is the author of Victory over ADHD; A holistic approach for helping children with Attention Hyperactivity Disorder.

For fifteen years, Deborah Merlin has made it her mission to advocate for her twins’ special needs. As a new mother of very premature twins with challenging health problems, she found that doctors and other professionals offered drugs as the only solution.

In her search for alternative treatments, she has become a leading advocate for holistic therapies, encouraging parents and doctors to try new, alternative techniques for overcoming ADHD and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

 Alternative healthcare professional resources:

1.  American Institute of Homeopathy has a list of Medical Doctors who also practice homeopathy available.  

2.  Classical Homeopaths including MDs and DOs in the United States

3.  Homeopathic Educational Service, Berkeley, CA (415) 649-0294

4.  International Foundation for Homeopathy, Seattle, WA (206) 324-8230

5.  National Center for Homeopathy, Washington, DC (202) 223-6182


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