A new study in France led by Harvard School of Health professor Marc Weisskopf found that farmers who used weedkillers were more than twice as likely to be treated for depression than farmers who didn’t use the chemicals.
Weedkillers are toxic and trigger inflammation in the body that can trigger a matching inflammatory response in the brain that leads to depression and other mental illness. This is referred to as Sickness Syndrome Depression , a term coined years ago when I was seeing the connection in research and in practice. The good news is we have the tools to address this and many other known causes of depression (hint: an antidepressant medication deficiency (e.g. Prozac) is generally not the cause) and relieve people of years of unnecessary suffering.