Comment? Opinion? Decision? Oh my. (Heather Lascano, CEO)

Child with OCDNope. That won’t work – my mom tried that with me when I was his age. No, my friend told me that they didn’t help at all with her son and it was a waste of time. No – A couple other families told me that their daughters didn’t get any benefit from that at all. Do any of these comments seem relatable? Have you heard any before? Have you stated any yourself?

How about one of these? My friend’s son is the same age and they did XYZ for nearly 2 years with absolutely no improvement. This mom from my kid’s soccer club told me to go have my daughter checked for ABC because their child had the same symptoms and they get all sorts of help now. Does anything stand out to you?

As a local advocate, I have seen my fair share of insurmountable obstacles and emotional reactions from adult to child alike. I have also been witness to incredibly dramatic and impactful, positive outcomes as well – some even other-worldly and almost what some would be deemed miraculous. Wrapped up in all of this emotional reactivity with scores of supports that one can contemplate – what bothers me the most is to bear witness to a child being generalized. As if the child were wearing a stark white t-shirt with ‘’KID” slapped on the front. While that may seem a wee-bit harsh, I want to impart a visual that conceptualizes what I see.

Why does this bother me? Well, this starts many years ago – back to my college days in the medical library. During one of my undergrad classes, we did a journal review that focused on sets of identical twins and studies based on learning, perception, and identities. Since that time and in repeat studies – what has been well documented is that twins have separate and distinct ways that they each individually learn. It has been concluded that twins perceive the world around them in different ways, pattern that information differently, and learn distinctly differently. So, thinking back to the “KID” emblazoned t-shirt – if identical twins perceive their world entirely different than the other twin – doesn’t it stand to reason that each and every single one of us perceives our world different? Different from our family members, our friends, our colleagues, our neighbors, our soccer families, and strangers that we meet? So why would it be plausible to expect exactly the same results and experiences for ourselves, our families, and our children when compared to someone else? Let’s take that “KID” shirt off of the child that we seek supports for.

That initial string of comments that are listed at the very beginning of this post – that was taken from one interaction that I had with a single parent. This particular person was desperate for intervention and wanted to try whatever was available to help a young boy who struggled with multiple issues that hindered his learning. Despite the list of things to ponder and research, no options were considered. What was so interesting to me was that the rationale was based SOLELY on someone else’s experiences. Please don’t take this to mean that the opinion of another is not worthy. In many cases it is – especially in instances of fraud or miscommunications. What I ask of those that I work with is that it be recognized it for what it is. An opinion. I encourage the sharing of a ‘’thank you’’ with the person sharing information; while at the same time still being open to considering the opportunity for your own child and family. Just because something may not have been of great benefit to someone you know does not mean that it cannot be of benefit for you and your child. Take that “KID” t-shirt off your child. Remember, we are all unique.

In the role of advocate, Mrs. Lascano draws upon experiences utilizing sensory motor movement, negotiation/conflict resolution, coaching, positive psychology, drug development, and outside-the-box tools. Connections between Neuro Touch Inc. and other local professionals ensures additional options and resources can be provided to those who are seeking help for a child or family concern.

Neuro Touch Inc.          ‘’bridging connections in education’’

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What Might Florida Be Like if Medical Marijuana Wins?

marijuanaAs November approaches, sheriffs and medical doctors all over the state have been coming out strongly against Florida Constitutional Amendment 2 that would establish medical marijuana in Florida.

Dr. Alan B. Pillersdorf, president of The Florida Medical Association that represents 20,000 physicians in the state announced “Providing compassionate care to our patients is something we do everyday. We believe the untended consequences of Amendment 2 are serious and numerous enough for us to believe they constitute a public health risk for Floridians”

The FMA’s House of Delegates voted unanimously to oppose Amendment to at its July conference. This organization represents 20,000 physicians in Florida.

He also stated, “The lack of clear definitions in the amendment would allow healthcare providers with absolutely no training in the ordering of controlled substances, to order medical marijuana.”

What exactly is the scene in other states where “medical” marijuana has been legal for some time?

WFTV’s Eyewitness News anchor Greg Warmoth went out to Venice Beach, Ca. to see how easy it is to get a doctor’s approval for medical marijuana. Venice Beach is a top tourist area, second only to Disneyland, and has some similarities to the resort beaches of Florida.

The reporter discovered that simply telling a doctor you have problems sleeping can help you secure a prescription for pot.

“Visitors to Venice Beach are encouraged – by salespeople – to get their prescriptions right there alongside the boardwalk.  The Marijuana cannot be sold at the Doctor’s office but you are directed there with even a card for a “free joint” or “free edible”.

Medical marijuana is being broadly dispensed for a list of around 198 ailments including back pain and lack of sleep. In his article he reported seeing teens and young adults with no visible signs of illness picking up a license to buy pot at the many dispensaries found up and down the boardwalk.

One man told Greg, “Fill out a couple of forms with your address and ID and sit down with a doctor. Tell them your ailments, and if the doctor deems that the medicine will be beneficial to you, she signs a piece of paper and you’re out in a half hour, and you’re all legal.”

The reporter spoke to three men who appeared to be in their 20s, walking away with their marijuana cards.

“But what was your medical reason?” Greg asked.

“I told them I can’t sleep at night,” the patient said.

“You just told them you can’t sleep?”


A group of teens also bragged about how easy it was to get weed.

“What kind of problem?” Greg asked.

“Legs. Can’t sleep. My legs hurt. I said, ‘My legs hurt,’” one of the teenagers said.

When Greg went in to get his own card he was told to say that he had trouble sleeping.

“Prescription” in hand he went to the recommended dispensary and got a card redeemable for a free joint. There are so many places to buy pot there’s an app to help tourists locate them – 13 within one mile – basically one on every block which is more than the number of Starbucks.

No record of his purchase was made and he was told that if he was going to bring the pot back to Florida, he should pack it inside something with a strong smell to throw off drug-sniffing dogs.

Sarasota County sheriff Thomas M. Knight shares similar concerns. “Can you imagine Siesta Key Village or St. Armands Circle with marijuana dispensaries at every turn?”

He also writes that many voters may think that medical marijuana will truly be limited to those with chronic, life-threatening conditions or severe, unmanageable pain. “We must not delude ourselves into thinking that this will be our reality if it passes.”

He goes on to cite these facts about medical marijuana in Colorado:

  • average user is a male in his 30’s – no terminal illness and a history of drug abuse.
  • 2 percent of Colorado medical marijuana patients report being treated for cancer
  • less than 1 percent report treatment for HIV/AIDS
  • 1 percent report treatment for glaucoma
  • medical marijuana is largely a cash business due to banking restrictions
  • last Nov. the DEA raided several Colorado dispensaries suspected of having ties to Columbian drug cartels

An additional problem was found by University of Colorado School of Medicine researchers who analyzed fatal motor vehicle crashes in Colorado. They reported that Colorado drivers in a fatal motor vehicle crash who were marijuana-positive rose from 4.5 percent in 1994 to 10 percent at the end of 2011. The biggest jump occurred following the commercialization of medical marijuana which began in the middle of 2009. No such jump happened in the 34 states that did not have medical marijuana legalized.

Kevin Sabet is Director, Drug Policy Institute and Assistant Professor, University of Florida College of Medicine, Division of Addiction Medicine, Department of Psychiatry opposed legalizing marijuana and has written a book called “Reefer Sanity – Seven Great Myths about Marijuana”

They are:

1. Marijuana is harmless and non-addictive.

2. Smoked or eaten marijuana is medicine.

3. Countless people are behind bars simply for smoking marijuana.

4. The legality of alcohol and tobacco strengthen the case for legal marijuana.

5. Legal marijuana will solve the government’s budgetary problems.

6. Portugal and Holland provide successful models of legalization.

7. Prevention, intervention, and treatment are doomed to fail—So why try?

In recent articles of his, Professor Sabet discusses what’s been happening in Colorado since recreational use of marijuana was also made legal. (It’s pretty clear that recreational use is the ultimate goal of those starting in on Florida with the medical marijuana Amendment 2.)

He writes in a CNN article, “Special-interest “Big Tobacco”-like groups and businesses have ensured that marijuana is widely promoted, advertised and commercialized in Colorado. As a result, calls to poison centers have skyrocketed, incidents involving kids going to school with marijuana candy and vaporizers seem more common, and explosions involving butane hash oil extraction have risen. Employers are reporting more workplace incidents involving marijuana use, and deaths have been attributed to ingesting marijuana cookies and food items.”

A Denver man who, hours after buying a package of marijuana-infused Karma Kandy from one a new recreational marijuana shop, began raving about the end of the world and then pulled a handgun from the family safe and killed his wife.

There has been a sharp rise in Colorado home explosions, as people play with flammable butane to make hashish oil. Despite all the legal, regulated marijuana stores across the state, prosecutors say a dangerous illicit market persists perhaps because of the high cost in the state licensed store.

In February in the Denver suburb of Aurora, a 17-year-old planning to rob an out-of-state marijuana buyer accidentally shot and killed his girlfriend.

On Colorado’s northern plains a fourth grader showed up on the playground one day in April and sold some of his grandmother’s marijuana to three classmates. The next day, one of those students returned the favor by bringing in marijuana edible he had swiped from his own grandmother.

In March, the state recorded what its first death directly tied to legal recreational marijuana when a 19-year-old African exchange student, Mr. Pongi , plunged to his death in Denver. He and three other students had driven from their college in Wyoming to sample Colorado’s newly legal wares. He ate marijuana-infused cookies, began acting wildly and leapt from a hotel balcony – the medical examiner’s office said marijuana intoxication had made a “significant” contribution to the accident.

But now it’s very big business and much harder to roll back or control. Sabet describes Colorado newspapers and magazines with pages of pot ads, coupons and cartoons aimed at children and teens – the ages most easily harmed by marijuana.

Al Bronstein, medical director of the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center recently said, “We’re seeing hallucinations, they become sick to their stomachs, they throw up, they become dizzy and very anxious.”

Special interest groups and marijuana businesses try to deny the drug is addicting but scientifically it’s not debatable: The NIH states 1 in 6 kids who ever try marijuana will become addicted to the drug. Baby boomers nostalgic for the mild pot of their youth do not realize today’s marijuana can be so much stronger than the marijuana of the past.

More than 450,000 incidents of emergency room admissions related to marijuana occur every year, and heavy marijuana use in adolescence is connected to an 8-point reduction of IQ later in life, irrespective of alcohol use.

Colorado also has the distinction of being the first state in which the President of the United States was offered a joint. While mingling in an upscale Denver bar Obama was greeted by someone with who called out “Do you want to hit this?”

If Florida hopes to maintain its old fashioned charm, resort beach communities, productive businesses and the health and sanity of its children and teenagers we should definitely give Amendment 2 a resounding defeat in November.


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Your Kid can Dial-a-Shrink at School – Florida Medicaid Will Pay

computer 2Florida Medicaid has rolled out a provision hidden in the pages of the Obamacare bill and parents of kids in 13 Florida counties now have health clinics right in their public school buildings.

Back in March this statement was made about Obamacare,   “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it away from the fog of the controversy”

There are plenty of parents who won’t like this piece of Obamacare found on page 1137 of the bill:

8. MENTAL HEALTH IN SCHOOLS: The law provides grants for the operation of school-based health centers. These school-based health centers are required to include: mental health and substance use disorder assessments, crisis intervention, counseling, treatment, and referral to a continuum of services including emergency psychiatric care. Grant preference will be given to communities that have “evidenced barriers to primary health care and mental health and substance use disorder prevention services for children and adolescents.”

Florida has turned over Medicaid for the state’s 3 million Medicaid recipients to private insurance coverage.

According to a recent article in the “Miami Herald”, more than half of those receiving Medicaid in Florida are under the age of 18. In Florida, 55 percent of Medicaid recipients are children from low-income families. Most of the rest are their parents, pregnant women and those with disabilities.

The state wants to keep these kids out of emergency room visits that are expensive to the state. The solution is a clinic in the school itself. Fifty such clinics are now operated around the state by a company called Amerigroup.

Caring physicians, nurses and dentists could actually help the health of these kids and help their families who have very little time or transportation to be taking their kids to doctor visits outside of school.

But lurking in the same program is the greedy hand of the psychiatric profession and the pharmaceutical companies who create and profit from psychotropic drugs for kids.

Note the word required in this piece of the law: “These school-based health centers are required to include: mental health and substance use disorder assessments, crisis intervention, counseling, treatment, and referral to a continuum of services including emergency psychiatric care.”

Amerigroup runs school clinics in 13 Florida counties including Pinellas and Hillsborough and they offer behavioral health benefits.

Their website tells us that “Medicaid is the largest payer of mental health services in the United States, contributing more than any other private or public source of funding.” Back in 2006 Medicaid spent $241 billion on mental health services which was one sixth of the nation’s total health care spending.

Today, in 2014, Obamacare and unemployment have swelled the Medicaid insurance rolls across the country to over 66 million Americans – more than 1 in every 5.

Behavioral health care accounts for roughly 38 percent of Medicaid expenditures for children. This is big business.

Amerigroup explains their mental health benefits with these comments:

“Sometimes, the stress of daily life can lead to Depression, Anxiety, Family and Parenting Problems, or Alcohol and Drug Abuse.


  • We can give you the name of a doctor if you need one.
  • We’ll also set up outpatient behavioral
  • Health care services and inpatient hospital stays.
  • You DON’T need a referral from your primary care physician to get behavioral health and/or substance abuse services.

Behavioral health conditions:

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Major depressive disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Substance abuse
  • Smoking cessation

Amerigroup has a list of drugs your doctor can choose from. It is called a Preferred Drug List (PDL). It includes all medicines covered by Medicaid.”

For kids the preferred drug list includes antidepressants, antipsychotics and drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

The minimum age for a Medicaid recipient to get prescriptions for these drugs is 0 (though some psychiatric drugs are withheld until age 6).

The maximum age for a Medicaid recipient to get prescriptions for these drugs is 999 years old! They’re apparently quite optimistic about the life enhancing properties of these “medicines”.

The one saving grace here in Florida is that parents have a right to fully informed consent and are, by law, required to sign a legal consent form prior to their child receiving these drugs:


[Children 0 to < 13 Years Old -F.S. 394.492(3)] F.S. 409.912(51)

The Agency may not pay for a psychotropic medication prescribed for a child in the Medicaid program without the express and informed consent of the child’s parent or legal guardian.

The physician shall document the consent in the child’s medical record and provide the pharmacy with a signed attestation of this documentation with the prescription.

I have discussed possible other treatments with the parent/guardian providing informed consent.

I have discussed the reason for treatment(s), the expected outcome(s), the approximate length of treatment, and how the treatment will be monitored with the parent/guardian providing consent. I have also discussed the benefits and risks of this psychotherapeutic medication(s) including the possible side effect, the potential medication interactions, contraindications and the potential effects of stopping the medication with the parent/guardian providing consent. It is my clinical opinion that the person understands the information provided.”

Because no one gets paid unless the form is signed, doctors and other behavioral health workers might be careful to get the form signed but are very unlikely to tell parents and guardians the true alternatives or the true side effects.

Explaining the possibility of weight gain, heart problems, permanent neurological damage, suicide thoughts and actual suicide, violent homicidal behavior, murder and death are side effects certain not to be discussed with parents before a consent form is signed.

Parents often sign consent forms at the start of the school year thinking their kids will get yearly check-ups, vision and hearing tests, etc. not realizing that consent now includes mental health therapy.

Schools with Amerigroup now offer evaluation, testing and counseling services, therapy and treatment services provided by a psychiatrist or behavioral health care provider.

The school clinics also do telemedicine appointments with psychiatrists.

Your child might go to school one day and end up on the phone or a video call to a psychiatrist who from a remote location and a few minutes conversation prescribes a mind altering psychotropic drug.

Today’s parents need to know what is going on in the health care clinic at their child’s school.

It probably requires more time and attention than the fun stuff – back to school shopping for clothes, shoes and backpacks. But your child’s life could be on the line.

Here’s an example of an ambiguous statement at Amerigroup’s website:

“Psychotherapeutic drugs are antipsychotics, antidepressants, antianxiety medications and mood stabilizers.

Anticonvulsants and ADHD medications (stimulants and nonstimulants) are not included at this time.

If your child uses one or more of the generic medications listed below, informed consent is needed.”

This is followed by a long list of antipsychotics, antidepressants, antianxiety medications and mood stabilizers.

But is this saying that the school can put your child on Ritalin or other ADHD medication without your consent?

You’d better find out.–Florida-Medicaid-Privatization   2013


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Mental Health Services in our Public Schools

children americaWhile the U.S. Supreme Court examines the constitutionality of Obama Care (Affordable Care Act) the current administration plunges ahead with their “School-Based Health Centers.”

Taxpayers are funding the building and renovating of health clinic inside schools. But this seemingly altruistic intention to provide dental and physical health to underprivileged children has a dark side.

Proclaiming a federal role in making health part of the public school curriculum is chilling enough, but per the statement of the Healthy Schools Campaign, ‘wellness is not relegated to an occasional health lesson or physical education class—it is part of math, science, lunch and everything in between. It means providing teachers with professional development related to children’s physical and emotional development, and integrating health into every subject, reward system and classroom management strategy.’

Teachers, in other words, are going to be involved (with government sanction) in every child’s emotional development and evaluation.

Encouraging educational professionals to identify a child’s supposed psychological disorder is extremely dangerous, especially when that child is then referred to a mental health care provider.

Psychiatric whistle blower Dr. Peter Breggin has this to say about the practice:

“First, there’s the obvious cookie cutter problem. People can’t be easily fit into the prefabricated labels contained in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders from whence all official diagnoses emanate. Diagnoses frequently change, often in an effort to justify this or that drug. It’s not realistic, enlightening or empowering to reduce yourself or your child to one of these diagnoses. Psychiatric diagnoses are simplistic.

“Psychiatric diagnoses are not genuinely medical; they are not based on biological defects or disorders. There are no objective tests. They are not about the body; they are about the mind and spirit. The medical aura that surrounds psychiatric diagnoses give them a false validity. Psychiatric diagnoses are not rooted in science but in opinion.

“Psychiatric diagnoses take power and authority over your life, and the lives of your children, out of your hands. They place that power and authority in the hands of health professionals. Often it takes but a few minutes in an office to transform you or your child from a complex human being into a product on the psychiatric assembly line–and endless assembly line that can lead to a ruinous lifetime.“

Dr. Breggin points out the worst thing about these diagnoses are the drugs prescribed to handle them. In his words, “Psychiatric drugs are toxins to the brain; they work by disabling the brain.”

If School Based Health Centers adhered to actual health care, in other words handling a child’s dental or purely physical disorder, there would be little argument with their existence. But when the state empowers educational system employees to identify a child with emotional problems, leading to labeling and possibly poisoning him with psychiatric drugs, we are viewing a “civilized” version of Nazi Germany, when psychiatry’s reign of terror tortured and murdered millions.



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Mental Health Care not the Solution to Workplace Violence

crime-scene-tape-110414The knee-jerk proclamation of journalists stating violent behavior is the result of “insufficient mental health care” is based on junk science, with absolutely no evidence to back it up.

Even Psychology Today admits the evidence for psychiatric medications being the cause of much violent behavior. The FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System by Thomas Moore, Joseph Glenmullen and Curt Furberg found that “adverse events” are without a doubt connected to the use of antidepressants and other psychotropic meds.

In the Jan 25, 2011 issue of Psychology Today writer Robert Whitaker states:

“To do their study, Moore and his collaborators extracted all serious events reports from the FDA’s database from 2004 through September 2009, and then identified 484 drugs that had triggered at least 200 case reports of serious adverse events (of any type) during that 69-month period. They then investigated to see if any of these 484 drugs had a “disproportionate” association with violence. They identified 31 such drugs, out of the 484, that met this criteria.”

The drugs under question were a smoking cessation drug (varenicline), 11 antidepressants, 6 hypnotic/sedatives and 3 drugs used to treat ADHD. Of these drugs, 572 cases of violence were associated with antidepressants. The ADHD drugs accounted for 108 such incidents, and the hypnotic sedatives were found responsible for 97 cases of violence.

Of the total case reports of violence (1,937) there were 387 homicides, 404 physical assaults, 27 who committed some type of violent abuse, plus 896 reports of those with homicidal ideation (the capacity for or the act of forming or entertaining ideas – Mirriam Webster online dictionary).

Mr. Whitaker states in the same Psychology Today article that “In light of this finding, the many past shootings at school campuses and other public venues should perhaps be investigated anew by government officials, with an eye toward ascertaining whether psychotropic use may have, in the manner of an adverse event, triggered that violence.”

The outrageous truth is that the mental health community is well aware of the connection between their medications and violent behavior. It is hard to believe that not only do they continue to prescribe these dangerous drugs, but they proclaim, via their mouth pieces (most news outlets) that those who exhibit violent behavior should get even more mental health treatment.

The idea that the government should investigate these psychotropic drug induced incidents of violence should be shouted from the rooftops; it has to go beyond a gentle suggestion in a back issue of Psychology Today, read by few.

The families who have lost children or adult family members in violent school or workplace incidents deserve no less than a full investigation of both the drugs responsible and the cover up by pharmaceutical companies that continues to this day.

Without a public outcry there will be no reason for pharmaceutical giants to stop producing these drugs. Evidently it is too much to expect their CEO’s to have a conscience which overrides a threat of profit loss.


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Vaccines and Autism – CDC Cover-up Revealed

infant mental healthOn Sept 9th 2014 NBC published an article entitled “Treating Infants for Autism May Eliminate Symptoms” describing a study of 7 infants with early signs of autism who were reportedly helped by therapists who taught the parents to play with their children in special ways that might prevent autism from developing as the kids grew up.

NBC added in heart warming videos (including one of a little boy who now believes his autism is his “Super Power” after reading comics in which the super hero has autism), a graphic of early warning autism signs in infants, the scary statistics – 1 in 166 autism cases in 2000 now up to 1 in 68 in 2010 and the standard “we have to do more”message.

The article, despite any possible value in the new infant therapy, is just a public relations piece that diverts attention from the real autism story that is going on now – a CDC  (Centers for Disease Control) whistleblower has declared the CDC knowingly covered up raw data to hide the correlation between childhood vaccines and autism.

He ought to know – he was one of the CDC doctors who signed his name to the cover up report.

Dr. William Thompson, PHd, works at the CDC as a senior scientist.

He was part of a team at the CDC who researched whether infants who received injections of MMR early in life had a greater risk of developing autism as they grew.

MMR is an immunization vaccine against measles, mumps, and rubella (also called German measles.)

The report to the journal of Pediatrics published by the CDC in 2004 stated there was no data supporting this idea and that the MMR vaccine was totally safe.

Brian Hooker, PhD, PE, is an Assistant Professor of Biology at SimpsonUniversityin Redding, California. This scientist father has a child who developed autism following vaccines. Brian now does vaccine safety research and is on the board of Focus Autism. The purpose of this group is “a desire to put an end to the needless harm of children by vaccination and other environmental factors”. Further it states that it “is not anti-vaccine, rather pro-vaccine safety when safety is based on full disclosure of risk and individual choice.”

He was the man Dr. Thompson contacted to confess the ten year cover up by the CDC.

Thompson said, “I’m completely ashamed of what I did. I have great shame now. I was complicit and I went along with this.”

The real findings, covered up in the 2004 report, were that African-American boys who received MMR vaccine on the early schedule had a 340% increased risk of developing autism.

Dr. Hooker got a copy of the original raw data, confirmed that these facts were covered up and had extensive phone and email conversations with Dr. Thompson who then sent Dr. Hooker even more information.

The original material and the published report were shown to Dr. David Lewis, PhD who is a research microbiologist and an international expert on whistle blowing and scientific fraud.

He concluded, “Probably this is the clearest case and the easiest to answer is it fraud or accident or just an artifact of the study? – clearly its fraud”.

Who else at the CDC signed onto the 2004 report?

Dr Frank DeSefano –current head of the immunization safety office of the CDC

Dr Marshalyn Yeargin Allsopp – chief, of the developmental disabilities branch – National Center of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

Dr. Colleen Boyle, PHd  - Director of the National Center of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities who sits right below the Director of the CDC

Of course, the then Director of the CDC, Dr. Julie Gerberding knew about it.

In a letter dated February 2nd, 2004 just one week before a meeting of the Institute of Medicine (IoM) on the subject of vaccine safety, Dr. Thompson told Gerberding that he
would be “presenting the summary of our results from the Metropolitan Atlanta Autism Case-Control Study,” and he laments that the data will show MMR vaccines cause an increased risk of autism in youth African-American babies. He explains “I will have to present several problematic results relating to statistical associations between the receipt of MMR vaccine and autism.”

Ginger Taylor, a mother of an autistic child, has a blog called Adventures in Autism. She presents a ten minute video there (also found on YouTube) well worth the time to watch. Dr. Gerberding, then still head of the CDC, is being interviewed on CNN where she masterfully dodges the questions about the cause effect relation of MMR and autism in kids. Despite her attempts to smooth everything over she admits that vaccines do create autism.

Rather than going to jail for allowing this fraud that harmed thousands of children, Dr. Gerberding finished up as Director of CDC and was rewarded with a high salary job in the private sector. Since Jan 2010 she has been the President of Merck Vaccines – the only company authorized to manufacture the MMR vaccine in the US.

As soon as the whistle blower report got out, the CDC immediately reigned in Dr. Thompson who issued a statement through his lawyer.

“I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for autism. Decisions were made regarding which findings to report after the data were collected, and I believe that the final study protocol was not followed.

I want to be absolutely clear that I believe vaccines have saved and continue to save countless lives.  I would never suggest that any parent avoid vaccinating children of any race. Vaccines prevent serious diseases, and the risks associated with their administration are vastly outweighed by their individual and societal benefits.”

He also said he would only speak at hearings in Congress and not to the press.

John Rappoport, an investigative journalist wise to the workings of the press, the federal government and big pharma suspects,

“Thompson made a deal with the CDC, where he is still employed. He would aid in the current media blackout, thus trying to preserve the reputation of his bosses.

In return, the CDC wouldn’t take any number of possible actions against him, the lightest of which would be suspension.”

Rappoport also directs readers to several other sources of scientific information which compiled these facts about the cause of autism:

  • The first known cause of autism was the rubella virus. (this live virus is part of the MMR vaccine)
  • People who are pre-disposed to have a mitochondrial dysfunction can develop autistic conditions following vaccination. Those predisposed is at minimum 20% of cases. (Dr.Gergerding when she was head of the CDC said it was “rare”)
  • Autistic conditions can result from encephalopathy (general brain disease) following vaccination.

The US Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) confirmed to CBS News there had been 1322 cases of vaccine injury compensation settled out of court by the US Government in secret settlements!

Measles and mumps are two of the three live viruses in the MMR vaccine. Exposure to live measles or mumps viruses can cause encephalitis

There is direct evidence that live measles, mumps or rubella viruses separately can cause encephalitis leading to autism.

The risks of giving very young children a vaccine containing three live viruses all at once were known. Two World Health Organization papers published nearly 40 years a go set out the hazards

  • Autistic conditions can result from a brain inflammation illness called acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) following MMR vaccination. The US Federal Court in the case of Bailey Banks ruled that in this case the MMR vaccine given to the child caused his ADEM which then caused his autism disorder.

Anyone doubting John Rappoport’s assertion that the CDC is a public relations firm should read “Increasing Awareness and Uptake of Influenza Immunization” by Glen Nowak, Ph.D. the Acting Director of Media Relations, CDC. Here Dr. Novak lays out a precise pr campaign to be used to increase sales of flu vaccines.

The CDC spends some $4 billion dollars annually on the vaccines it provides to public health authorities knowing that these vaccines cause permanent injury to infants and children.

The CDC website proudly displays its trademarked slogan:

“CDC – 24/7 Saving Lives, Protecting People” – a noble purpose if it were run by people who care and not by those who have sold out for profits, betraying the American people and  destroying  the lives and health of thousands of  men, women and children.


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Depression Screening for Pregnant Moms- What does this Mean?

pregnant womanDepression screening for pregnant moms has become almost commonplace.

Central Hillsborough Healthy Start (CHHS) in Florida has a purported mission to save babies. They quote “Sixteen of every 1,000 babies born in central Hillsborough County die before their first birthday.”

But sandwiched among CHHS’s unarguable points in taking care of an expectant mom, such as home visitation, health education, labor coach services and male involvement is the insidious “perinatal depression screening”.

At Florida Hospital in Tampa, all new mothers are screened for postpartum depression, and offered resources such as therapy and drug treatment if an “expert” determines she is depressed.

What are the drugs recommended to breastfeeding mother?

Paroxetine, sertraline and nortiptyline are three common drugs prescribed for postpartum depression.

Paroxetine (trade name Paxil) is capable of causing (among others) the following side effects in the mother:

  • Uterine or stomach bleeding, sometimes requiring transfusion during surgery
  • Involuntary movements such as tics, muscle spasms, loss of fine motor control
  • Extreme anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts

Sertraline (trade name Zoloft) has an abundance of possible side effects, including:

  • Giant Hives
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Life-threatening allergic reaction
  • Liver Failure
  • Mania
  • Sudden blindness and pain on moving the eye
  • Hemorrhage of Blood Under the Skin

Nortiptyline has its own side effects. These are just a few of the common side effects of this drug:

  • Fast heart rate
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Low blood pressure on standing

Suicidal thoughts or action is also a risk with this drug.

The effect of these powerful drugs on a nursing infant has not been studied; the babies of our (and other) countries are being used much as experimental guinea pigs.

Would a person with an ounce of sanity or goodwill recommend a nursing mother be prescribed a poison? Per the Merriam Webster free dictionary, the definition of poison is “a substance that can cause people or animals to die or to become very sick if it gets into their bodies especially by being swallowed.”

Per this definition, antidepressant drugs are indeed poisons.

These pharmaceuticals have been proven to cause many dangerous side effects, and have NOT been proven to cure anything. Even in cases where a person claims to be helped by them, he or she may be experiencing:

  1. The placebo effect. In January of 2010 The Journal of the American Medical Association found that in mild to moderate depression, there was a ‘nonexistent to negligible’ difference in the effect between an anti-depressant and a placebo.
  2. A dependency on artificially elevated serotonin levels, causing a mental crash back into depression as soon as the person tries to go off the drug.

The public is being bombarded with propaganda intended to sell pharmaceutical drugs.  One hears, in everyday vernacular, references to “ADD” “ADHD” OCD and other invented psychiatric terminology.

Those selling drugs treat them as another commodity, and feel justified in advertising campaigns touting overblown miracles.

But antidepressants are not the same as computer software, jewelry styles or vacation destinations. These drugs are capable of infinite harm, and should be eliminated in favor of treatment that can help those suffering.

Physical treatment for mental distress exists. Unfortunately, this true information is not spewed across the airwaves and internet backed by the finances that big pharmaceutical companies have at their disposal. But with some research, one can find alternatives to help loved ones suffering from mental distress.


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Why Mental Health Care Stigma Exists

untitledSome psychiatrists and mental health workers complain that the very subject of mental health, as well as mental health patients themselves, have a social stigma to overcome. The mental health workers say there is not enough mental health coverage due to this “stigma,” and that those with mental health issues are ostracized and may go untreated.

One wonders if the purpose of this “concern” is to create a false demand for increased mental health services. It is a self-perpetuating machine, resulting in increased revenue for pharmaceutical companies and the mental health professionals who distribute their drugs.

Many, however, strongly disagree with the under diagnosis theory, and insist that there is a distinct over diagnosis of mental health.

For example, school-aged kids diagnosed with ADHD is up to 11% overall. At least 19% of high school aged boys have received this label. Girls follow with a 10% rate of labeling. This is according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

To put it in perspective, 6.4 million children from age 4 to 17 have, at some point in their young lives been hit with this psychiatric appellation. And of those diagnosed as ADHD, two-thirds are prescribed drugs such as Adderall or Ritalin, which can lead to anxiety, addiction and psychosis.

A December 2013 article in The New York Times had this to say about the over diagnosis of ADHD:

“So many medical professionals benefit from overprescribing that it is difficult to find a neutral source of information. Prominent doctors get paid by drug companies to deliver upbeat messages to their colleagues at forums where they typically exaggerate the effectiveness of the drugs and downplay their side effects. Organizations that advocate on behalf of patients often do so with money supplied by drug companies, including the makers of A.D.H.D. stimulants. Medical researchers paid by drug companies have published studies on the benefits of the drugs, and medical journals in a position to question their findings profit greatly from advertising of A.D.H.D. drugs.”

An ADHD diagnosis foisted upon a child who may be merely rambunctious, creative or bored creates an unjust stigma, one that may follow him or her throughout life. It is a stigma invented, created and perpetuated by the mental health professionals, who then weep over the fact that a mental health stigma exists. It would be laughable if lives were not so regularly and tragically ruined by this scheme.

Here is a quick review of the side effects a person, including a young child, may experience with the use of Adderall:

  • Vomiting
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Mental or mood behavior changes-may include aggression, agitation, mood swings, depression and abnormal thoughts
  • Movements that cannot be controlled
  • Chewing movements or teeth grinding
  • Sudden outbursts of words or sounds
  • Change in ability or desire for sex
  • Prolonged or frequent erections in males
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fainting
  • Severe headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Stroke
  • Slurred speech
  • Confusion

Dr. Peter Breggin, outspoken whistle blower for his own psychiatric profession, warns against the dangers of drugs like Ritalin and Adderall:

“A new study, published today in the American Journal of Psychiatry, confirms what I’ve been warning about for years in my scientific books and articles. The stimulants used to treat children for so-called ADHD can cause sudden cardiac arrest and death in kids.”

He goes on to report that children and young people age 7-19 who were prescribed Ritalin were 4 to 5 times more likely to die of sudden cardiac arrest than their peers not taking the drug.

No caring parent wants to see his or her child suffer the excruciating side effects of ADHD drugs. It is imperative that the truth about mental health over-diagnosis be known.


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Buyer Beware – Unethical Mental Health Practices are Everywhere

Psychiatrist On its About Us page, the Psych Central website states it’s “the Internet’s largest and oldest independent mental health social network” and that “We are today’s modern voice for mental health information, emotional support and advocacy”.

They recently posted a two part blog series entitled “Protecting yourself from Unethical Mental Health Settings” and “Spotting Ethical and Legal Violations In Therapy” which, to the website’s credit, begins to expose how the extreme violations of human rights and human decency practiced by psychiatry have filtered down to psychologists and other mental health counselors.

Here are some of the abuses they found to be the most unethical practices in mental health facilities.

  • Changing information in a contract or client’s file to make a mental health agency or professional look professional.
  • Neglecting to respond to crisis calls or visits
  • Having a dual relationship with a client (having a sexual relationship with a client
  • Maintaining a client-therapist relationship for the sole purpose of getting paid through insurance- insurance fraud.
  • Hiring and paying an incompetent mental health therapist and covering their multiple mistakes.
  • Fabricating data from mental health tests or clinical studies.
  • Changing a mental health diagnosis in order to receive insurance reimbursement(s).
  • Changing billing information to reflect more time spent in therapy than truly spent in order to receive more money.
  • Illegal “Kickbacks” or “fee splitting” –  a doctor or therapist makes a referral to another specialist and receives money in return for sending you to their friend.
  • Gossiping or sharing the private details of their clients with colleagues or on cell phones in highly populated places such as elevators, parking lots, staircases, or in the cafeteria.

A reader of this blog reminded the author that she omitted one important abuse and the writer agreed it was true:

  • Physical abuse by staff and nurses using force and restraints that results in damage or death of the patient

To this list we might add:

  • Attempting mental health therapy sessions with a patient who is at the same time taking psychiatric medications that adversely affect mental and physical processes
  • Condoning the use of electric shock therapies, brain surgeries and other brutal treatments on mental health patients

Ironically, the ethical codes of psychiatrists, psychologists and counselors actually prohibit these abuses by their members.

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) makes a point that all psychiatrists should practice in accordance with the medical code of ethics set forth in the Principles of Medical Ethics of the American Medical Association (do no harm, etc.) and in The Principles of Medical Ethics with Annotations Especially Applicable to Psychiatry.

Here we find:

“A physician shall uphold the standards of professionalism, be honest in all professional interactions and strive to report physicians deficient in character or competence, or engaging in fraud or deception to appropriate entities.

1. The requirement that the physician conduct himself/herself with propriety in his or her profession and in all the actions of his or her life is especially important in the case of the psychiatrist because the patient tends to model his or her behavior after that of his or her psychiatrist by identification. Further, the necessary intensity of the treatment relationship may tend to activate sexual and other needs and fantasies on the part of both patient and psychiatrist, while weakening the objectivity necessary for control. Additionally, the inherent inequality in the doctor-patient relationship may lead to exploitation of the patient. Sexual activity with a current or former patient is unethical.”

And what if the psychiatrist himself is crazy?

“4. Special consideration should be given to those psychiatrists who, because of mental illness, jeopardize the welfare of their patients and their own reputations and practices. It is ethical, even encouraged, for another psychiatrist to intercede in such situations.”

What about “fee splitting”?

“7. An arrangement in which a psychiatrist provides supervision or administration to other physicians or nonmedical persons for a percentage of their fees or gross income is not acceptable; this would constitute fee splitting.”

Confidentiality of patient’s private information he reveals to the psychiatrist?

“A physician shall respect the rights of patients, colleagues, and other health professionals, and shall safeguard patient confidences and privacy within the constraints of the law.

1. Psychiatric records, including even the identification of a person as a patient, must be protected with extreme care. Confidentiality is essential to psychiatric treatment. This is based in part on the special nature of psychiatric therapy as well as on the traditional ethical relationship between physician and patient.”

And, finally, this amazing statement:

“5. Psychiatrists shall not participate in torture.”

The American Psychological Association’s (APA) has its code – “Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct” and the American Counseling Association’s has its code for counselors. Both codes label fee splitting, insurance fraud, sexual involvement with patients and causing harm to the patient as being unethical violations of their professions.

Unfortunately, these professionals tend to protect the most unethical members of their group hoping to keep the reputation of their profession intact.

Psych Central writes, “Sadly, agency-based political structure and organizational favoritism often lies at the heart of unethical practices. Unethical, incompetent, and mediocre practices within mental health services are not new issues to mental health professionals. In fact, cover up and “hush-“hush” practices probably occur each day. It is something that can spike great debate across the nation for many reasons. One reason is that many mental health professionals hold strongly to the idea that we must uphold our profession, even if our profession engages in unethical or incompetent behaviors. A second reason is because many mental health agencies promote a “hush-hush” mentality that prevents even the most ethical and knowledgeable of professionals to speak out on unethical practices within the agency.”

Fortunately, citizen groups have appeared to uncover the truth.

One such public service informational project is provided by DataSearch, Inc., a public records research and retrieval company founded by Ken Kramer in Florida.

He writes, “Welcome to your source for data & documents on U.S.A. psychiatrists… This is all about finding and providing material for prosecution of psychiatrists and is an “in-your-face” endeavor to expose the nonsense of psychiatrists.”

He provides separate categories to explore the frauds of psychiatry in billing, in the DSM and in its so-called “scientific basis”. The site also covers human rights violations by psychiatry including breaks in confidentially, sexual misconduct, use of force, brutal treatments, psychological torture, the dangers of psychiatric drugs and the financial ties of psychiatrists to government and big pharmaceutical companies.

Under “Bizarre Psych News” are found news stories of abuses that Psych Central only hints at:

“Kathryn Neraas – Psychiatrist Suspended because of Mental Impairment”– Washington State

“Enrique Lara Gonzalez,Chief Psychiatrist, Arranged Murder of Another Psychiatrist According to Police” – Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

“Said Farzad -Psychiatrist Threatened to Blow Up an Insurance Office” – Tacoma, Wa.

“Riyaz Mazcuri (aka Riaz) Texas Psychiatrist arrested – accused of trafficking Indian women for forced labor, prostitution” – Tyler, Tx

“Curtis Steele – Psychiatrist took naked photos of a 14-year-old patient – loses license” – Halifax, Canada

“Anil Ramachandran Psychiatrist – License Suspended – Under Investigation for Sex with Patient – DNA Evidence” – Libertyville, Illinois

Here is the stated goal of “mental health” world wide in the words of Dr. G. Brock Chisholm, psychiatrist and co-founder of the World Federation of Mental Health

“To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men their individualism, loyalty to family traditions, national patriotism and religious dogmas…”

Seth Farber, PhD, a former psychologist and staunch critic of this plan has this to say,

“The mental health establishment has snowed the American people: it launches the most unimaginable brutal psychological and physical assault on human beings in distress, calls this ‘medical treatment’, and then blames the outcome on ‘mental illness’.

It’s clearly time for the American people to wake up to the unethical mental health fraud and the unethical purposes behind it. It’s time to seek out the many alternatives to psychiatric drugs and violent treatments.

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Robin Williams – Another Artist’s Suicide

Robin Williams, a greatly beloved American comedian, actor and filmmaker, committed suicide at his home in Tiburon, Ca. on August 11th. How does something as unexpected as this occur?

In late June, Williams had gone for “rehab” at the Hazelden Addiction Treatment Centre near Lindstrom, Minnesota.

Their website states they offer, through their Mental Health Clinic  “a broad continuum of professional services designed exclusively to meet the unique emotional and mental health needs of individuals in recovery from alcohol, drugs and related diseases.”

Earlier in his life, Robin had gone into rehab related to his struggles with alcohol and cocaine but this summer the reason was something different.
His wife, Susan Schneider, made a statement saying that Williams, 63, was struggling with depression, anxiety and a Parkinson’s diagnosis at the time of his death.
“Robin’s sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson’s disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly,”Schneider said.

What treatments are available at Hazelton for depression? Their website offers up a fact sheet from NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) which states there are three “well-established types of treatment for major depression”:

• Medications. Medications often effectively control the serious symptoms of depression. It often takes two to four weeks for antidepressant medications to have their full effect.

(They omit telling you that one of the documented full effects of taking antidepressants is suicide)

• Psychotherapy. ..Severe depression appears more likely to respond to a combination of medication and psychotherapy.

• Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). ECT is a highly effective treatment for select severe depression episodes and for severe depression with psychosis. When medication and psychotherapy are not effective in treating severe symptoms (e.g., acute psychosis or thoughts of suicide) or if a person cannot take antidepressants, ECT may be considered. Memory problems can follow ECT treatments, so a careful risk-benefit assessment needs to be made for this intervention.

Actor Rob Schneider (no relation to Susan Scheider) who was a close friend of Robin’s stated “Now that we can talk about it. Robin Williams was on a drug treating the symptoms of Parkinson’s. One of the SIDE-EFFECTS IS SUICIDE!”

Another source said: “Robin had recently left rehab. He was on medication for anxiety and depression and had also started taking drugs to combat the early onset of Parkinson’s.
“Many of these drugs list suicidal thoughts as a possible side effect. A lot of Robin’s friends are convinced that the cocktail of prescription pills he was on somehow contributed to his mental state deteriorating as quickly as it did.

“Robin had always suffered from depression and addiction but the diagnosis and treatment of his Parkinson’s was new, as was the combination of drugs he was on.”
It will be awhile before we know the various drugs Robin was taking when he took his life if indeed they are ever revealed.

But we do know that antipsychotic drugs are now often prescribed off label for conditions  not approved by the FDA and that Williams may have received them for insomnia. These same antipsychotic drugs often create neurological movement disorders that mimic Parkinson’s Disease.

Knowing the documented connection between psychiatric prescription drugs and irrational thoughts, actions and suicide while taking the drugs or withdrawing from them, it’s easy to wonder what psychiatric drugs Robin Williams had been given.

Robin left one clue last April when he was interviewed on Entertainment Tonight show and made a comment about a tv producer named David Kelly. Robin said,
“He’s so mellow….talking to him is like taking a Prozac because you feel, you just feel good.”

If Prozac was something Williams knew from personal experience then he was at risk.

In 2005, Harvard psychiatrist Martin Teicher blew the whistle on how Prozac manufacturer Eli Lilly & Co. lied to the public for 15 years in denying the connection between Prozac and suicide. Prozac’s labeling insert now states side effects of the drug include“suicidal behavior” and “suicidal thoughts.”

Sadly, Robin was not the first artist under psychiatric care to commit suicide.

Frances Farmer was an American actress and tv host who was victimization by psychiatry became well known across the nation.

Described as “high-spirited, rebellious, passionate and magnetically beautiful,” Farmer began using amphetamines (marketed as Benzedrine) soon after she arrived in Hollywood. In 1943 she was arrested following a drunken brawl and  placed into the custody of psychiatrist Thomas H Leonard. He diagnosed her as “suffering from manic-depressive psychosis – probably the forerunner of a definite dementia praecox” – a diagnosis later described by doctors as ‘pure gibberish’.

Farmer ended up in the screen actor’s sanitarium at La Crescenta, California, and was given at least 90 insulin shocks before she managed to escape the institution.

Farmer described insulin shock as “a brutal physical attack which not only stunned the brain cells, but shocked the body as well and left the patient racked with nausea and pain”

Her mother later signed a complaint against her and she was re-committed into custodial care in March 1944. At West Washington State hospital in Steilacoom, her psychiatrists gave her repeated ice baths and electroshock sessions – 2 or 3 a week for 3 months in an effort to break her will. Finally, the subdued starlet was declared ‘completely cured’ and discharged.”

By May 1945, she was back at Steilacoom, recommitted — at her mother’s request — on the grounds that it was not safe for her to be at large. She did not set foot outside that institution again for five years. There is some debate over whether she actually received a lobotomy or not but her biographer wrote, “…She would no longer exhibit the restless, impatient mind and the erratic, creative impulses of a difficult and complex artist. She would no longer resist authority or provoke controversy. She would no longer be a threat to anyone.”

Vivien Leigh was a British stage and film actress who starred in Hollywood films like “Gone with the Wind” and “A Streetcar Named Desire”.

She was drinking alchohol along with her TB medicine and the combination led to mental confusion and hysteria. Her husband Sir Lawrence Olivier flew her back to England where  she ended up in the Netheren psychiatric hospital .

The friendly doctors packed her in ice and gave her repeated electroshock treatments. Her husband was horrified when he saw her.

“I can only describe them by saying that she was not, now that she had been given the treatment, the same girl that I had fallen in love with. … She was now more of a stranger to me than I could ever have imagined possible. Something had happened to her, very hard to describe, but unquestionably evident.”

ECT was stopped and psychtropic drugs were used instead. The doctors never realized her TB medicine and alcohol had led to the mental symptoms they were attempted to remove.

Judy Garland was known worldwide from her early film “The Wizard of Oz”. She was an American actress, singer and vaudevillian, described by Fred Astaire as “the greatest entertainer who ever lived.”
Over the course of her life she saw 12 psychiatrists, was prescribed many diffferent psychotropic drugs, had electroshock therapy and hypnosis. Despite this “help” she attempted suicide many times, once cutting her throat with a razor knife. She died in 1969 of an accidental drug overdose and reportedly was taking up to 40 Ritalin a day and having hallucinations.

Marilyn Monroe‘s career and death have been documented in many books. Under the stress of stardom in Hollywood she sought help from psychiatry.

“One of Marilyn’s psychiatrists was Dr Marianne Kris in NY, who received Monroe five days a week for therapy. Kris later prescribed the actress the powerful barbiturates that would eventually kill her. After a particularly nasty session, Kris committed Marilyn Monroe to a mental institution, where she was locked in a padded cell for two days. Monroe pounded the door hysterically until her hands bled. After her release, she fired Kris.”

For two years in the early 1960′s each day she would visit the home of Dr Ralph Greenson who was Monroe’s psychiatrist in her final years. He kept her on barbiturates and severed her connections to friends and family in his attempt to cure her of her “schizophrenia.” He also diagnosed her as a ‘borderline paranoid addictive personality’

In the summer of 1960 , during the filming of “The Misfits”, Marilyn had a nervous breakdown and complained of hearing voices, a paranoid state for which Greenson prescribed even stronger doses of barbiturates. She ended up in a psychiatric ward for 4 days and was only release when she managed a phone call and her second husband, Joe DiMaggio threatended to tear down the building “brick by  brick” until they released her.

According to Dr. Greenson’s son, his father “became increasingly desperate. He felt that therapy as he knew it wasn’t working, he couldn’t hospitalise her, because everyone came to stare and gawp at her, which was awful, and medication wasn’t helping in her case.”

On 4th August 1962, following a six-hour therapy session with Dr Greenson, Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her home with the every present barbiturate bottle on her nightstand.

 Kurt Cobain  was an American musician and artist, who was best known as the lead singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter of the grunge band Nirvana and another psychiatric victim.
“A talented and creative child, Cobain was misdiagnosed as “hyperactive” and prescribed the cocaine-like and highly addictive Ritalin. Side effects include insomnia, nausea, abdominal pain, hallucinations and a predisposition to later cocaine use. Sedatives were prescribed to counter the insomnia. The progression to street drugs, including heroin, was a given. Compounding the Ritalin were untreated chronic medical conditions that affected him his entire life, including a “burning, nauseous” stomach, which Cobain said heroin “quenched.” He enrolled in a Los Angeles psychiatric drug recovery center. Thirty-six hours after admission, he bolted and ended his life with a single shotgun blast to his head. Heroin and Valium were found in his blood stream.”

Ironically, he had penned a song called “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle” including the lyrics:

“Our favorite patient, a display of patience,
Disease-covered Puget Sound
She’ll come back as fire, to burn all the liars,
And leave a blanket of ash on the ground”

With such a long gallery of artists killed by psychiatric treatment or killing themselves following it, one would think the press would be asking questions about psychiatry’s role in Robin Williams suicide.

But instead they still prefer to side with the big drug money that supports their newspapers and tv shows. Their coverage uses the suicide to promote more psychiatric care to readers and viewers.

CBS news wrote this nonsense quoting Dr. Harry Croft, a psychiatrist and addiction expert.

“This tragedy gives us a chance to understand that depression is not due a weakness of will or character flaw. It is a brain disorder,” said Croft. “We see changes in function, the way the brain processes various neurochemicals and neurotransmitters.”

And then adds their own comment, “While the public may never know for sure, it is possible that even with all the resources available to Williams, he simply wasn’t able to get the help he needed.”

A Philadelphia paper quotes two psychs and gives a plug for psychiatric treatment.

Dr. Jeff Borenstein is president and CEO of the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation in New York City.
“What’s also troubling is that too many people with depression don’t seek treatment. “That is a major problem in our country,” he said. “It’s important that people be aware of depression so that they can encourage a loved one to seek treatment.”

Dr. Scott Krakower, assistant unit chief of psychiatry at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, N.Y reiterated that depression is very treatable, though it can sometimes take time.
“It can be frustrating for the patient,” he said. “They can go through a lot of different medications before they find one that works. People usually look for immediate gratification, but treating depression can be a lengthy process.”

People who are depressed should seek treatment, which is helpful for the vast majority of patients, Krakower emphasized. And, those around them need to be supportive, he said.
Then they tell the reader “To learn more about depression and its treatment, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine”.

A San Franscisco paper describes the details of Williams suicide and then gives a list of Bay Area resources and hotlines so its readers can go get the same type of help Robin received.

There’s one more artist ‘s story that should encourage everyone to continue to speak out until such psychiatric treatments are eliminated worldwide.

Ernest Hemingway, a  Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning author,  was given over 20 electroshocks by his psychiatrists to cure him of his ‘mental illness’.  Following his release from the Mayo psychiatric clinic he wrote this description of his treatment.

“What these shock doctors don’t know is about writers and such…. They should make all psychiatrists take a course in creative writing so they know about writers.… Well, what is the sense of ruining my head and erasing my memory, which is my capital, and putting me out of business? It was a brilliant cure, but we lost the patient….”

In July 1961, just two days after leaving the psychiatric clinic, Papa Hemingway put a shotgun barrel to his head and pulled the trigger.

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