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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Was Robin Williams Tragedy About Depression or About an Industry?

The tragedy of Robin Williams’ suicide may have repercussions the mental health industry did not predict. If mass-shootings, where youth kill others, while on psychotropic drugs is not enough to cause a widespread investigation of SSRI’s deadly effects, perhaps the death of an artist as beloved as Williams will spur the demand.

The fact that an entire class of drugs needs the black box warning of suicidal and homicidal possibility in the user tells a story that can only be explained by corporate greed. And that is being generous. Anyone promoting or marketing a product with the possible end result of suicide or murder could justifiably be labeled criminal.

Even some psychiatrists admit there are Hippocratic solutions to depression. In other words, solutions that embrace the Hippocratic Oath of “doing no harm.” One of these is a simple test of thyroid function.

Leah Christian, a 29 year old woman suffering from depression and anxiety was prescribed antidepressants a decade ago. Her mental symptoms did not improve.

Several years later, a doctor tested her thyroid and discovered she suffered from Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. When given a synthetic hormone replacement, her depression and anxiety completely disappeared.

Even if no physical underlying cause for depression is discovered, the prescribing of a psychiatric drug is never justified. The side effects of the popular SSRI drugs range from uncomfortable to deadly.

However, there are proven nutritional remedies for depression and anxiety. As far back as May of 1999 the Archives of General Psychiatry reported on a remarkable study where 30 manic-depressive patients were given 10 grams of fish oil daily for four months. Sixty-four percent of those participants reported a marked improvement. Contrasting this, only 19 per cent receiving a placebo benefited.

Osteopathic physician Dr. Joseph Mercola also recommends sunshine, exercise and a healthy diet (including fermented foods such as lassi, kefir and fermented vegetables) as additional ways to combat depression.

In the words of psychiatric whistleblower Dr. Peter Breggin (a psychiatrist himself) “…( psychiatrists) have no drugs that prevent violence, but they prescribe many drugs that can cause violence, including antidepressants, benzodiazepines, stimulants, and antipsychotic drugs.”

The world lost a brilliant comedian and gentle soul when Robin Williams took his life. Hopefully his passing will stimulate a long overdue investigation of psychiatric drugs and their deadly effects on many.

According to Dr. Gary Kohls, a mental health specialist, Robin Williams “was obviously not in his right mind when, seemingly out of nowhere, he decided to permanently withdraw from humanity. … Williams’ behavior leading up to his suicide is characteristic of drug-induced psychosis…”

The mental health industry invariably twists the tragedies they create into a demand for “more mental health.” Robin William’s untimely death may serve as a wake-up call to investigate those responsible.


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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe definition of ‘delay’ according to Merriam-Webster: (noun) a situation in which something happens later than it should. That seems clear. We move on and look at the definition of ‘process’, again, according to Merriam-Webster: (noun) a series of changes that happen naturally. If we were to combine these terms in order to describe the processing delay of a person; would we all reach the same outcome? Words are amazing for communication – I’m not diminishing the use. I take a different approach. Do you know that saying ‘A person will forget what you said, but will never forget how you made them feel’? When I lead workshops on this topic, I like to have the room share what process delays FEEL like to each of us. Is it all an exact mimic? No. It is however, a significant way to share insights, conversation, and hints of relatability to those who otherwise may not grasp the idea.

Last week, I got to share close to 2 hours playing games with 8 adults and 2 children in order to learn about the information that our ears, eyes, body, and brain dismantle, coordinate, and piece together.  After the brief introductions and drawing activity – we launched into some yoga to get the ‘creative juices’ flowing. Our first game was related to our visual system. There were 20 eyes all peering up at the PowerPoint slide nervously standing up to take part in the task. My first question – who thought task #1 was easy? Who thought task #2 was the easiest? Why didn’t we all agree unanimously on the varied tasks and the ease to get them done? E raised her hand and spoke quietly, “we are all unique.” YES!!!!! We most certainly are.

We played a ridiculously challenging game of ‘telephone’ later in the workshop. I should note that many adults I bring through the exercise will mumble under their breath the dismay they have at piecing together the simple sentence that was spoken to them. (In this class, there was a 9 year old phenom who astonished the older folks who watched). Everyone agreed that this play involving auditory processing, sequential patterns, timing, visual processing, and recall was difficult. When I addressed the group with a series of questions about the skills and ability of the persons that had to perform the work – I saw K in the corner shaking her head and holding back some emotion.

The group leapt into another project at the very end of the session together – drawing! I gave out the directions and they were off! Everyone was feverishly coloring on gigantic pieces of paper. The entire room was engrossed in their art, what they wanted to convey, searching their brains for symbols, meanings, and colors. The space was quiet aside from the gentle scratching noises of marker tips and crayons. In an effort to save feelings, I offered up my artwork as a launching of open dialogue on critiques, criticism, motivation, praise, and validation. What changes when it’s a child vs. Adult. Student vs. Colleague. Family Member vs. Stranger. Another Person vs. Ourselves.

At the conclusion – T strode up to me (as the youngest contributor) asking for a rubber band in order to safely move his newly created art piece. I had a feeling he’d do the soul searching homework that I asked. Then M came up to me when all the attendees had left the building. ‘I never realized how insensitive I may have appeared to my in-laws who do not speak English. After being active in 2 of those hearing games we played, I know I’m going to be more cognizant of how I speak to them next time.  J Ah yes. There was recognition of how we are all unique. Seemingly easy skills can be very hard for some. We can all take some time to relate to someone (even if a moment) before reacting/acting.

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Military Suicide Still Ignored by the VA

A recent field hearing by the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs held in Roswell, NM introduced a new plan to help the VA provide medical help to veterans in rural parts of the country by allowing them to get medical care in their local private hospitals rather than having to travel long distances to a VA hospital.

It’s a good program for those veterans needing physical care but it also provides for mental health care as well.

And the mental health care provided by the military and veterans administration has been a disaster – cocktails of various psychiatric drugs leading to well documented homicides, suicides, and violent outbursts of psychotic behavior in both active duty and veteran soldiers subjected to this so called “mental health help”.

Back in 2010 The Army Times published an article called “Medicating the Military” including this photo by Steven Doll showing Spc. Michael Kern with his cocktail of  drugs that he received as part of his “Warrior in Transition” plan, to deal with PTSD and other issues since his Iraq deployment.


Spc. Kern had spent a year deployed in 2008 with the 4th Infantry Division as an armor crewman, running patrols out of southwest Baghdad.

Kern went to the mental health clinic citing nervousness, sleep problems and depression. He was given Paxil, an antidepressant that carries a warning label about increased risk for suicide.

A few days later, while patrolling the streets in the gunner’s turret of a Humvee, he said he began having serious thoughts of suicide for the first time in his life.

“I had three weapons: a pistol, my rifle and a machine gun,” Kern said. “I started to think, ‘I could just do this and then it’s over.’ That’s where my brain was: ‘I can just put this gun right here and pull the trigger and I’m done. All my problems will be gone.’”

The incident frightened him enough to stop taking drugs during the rest of that  deployment. But after getting home, he was diagnosed with PTSD and put on a variety of psychotropic medications.

Such a cocktail might include an antidepressant along with an antipsychotic to prevent nightmares, plus an anti-epileptic to reduce headaches.  Taking these drugs in combination has not been tested.

And much of it is “off-label” use – prescribing medications to treat conditions for which the drugs were not formally approved by the FDA. It’s legal for doctors to do this and quite common but they take little responsibility for the results.

Dr. Grace Jackson, a former Navy psychiatrist put it this way, “It’s really a large-scale experiment. We are experimenting with changing people’s cognition and behavior.”

The extent of this military drugging is enormous.

  • Records the Defense Logistics Agency shows the DLA spent $1.1 billion on common psychiatric and pain medications from 2001 to 2009
  • Antipsychotic medications, including Seroquel and Risperdal, spiked  by more than 200 percent, and annual spending more than quadrupled, from $4 million to $16 million.
  • Use of anti-anxiety drugs and sedatives such as Valium and Ambien increased 170 percent, while spending nearly tripled, from $6 million to about $17 million.
  • Orders for antiepileptic drugs, also known as anticonvulsants increased about 70 percent, while spending more than doubled, from $16 million to $35 million.
  • Antidepressants had a 40 percent gain in orders.
  •  The military spent at least $2.7 billion on antidepressants alone in the decade after 9/11
  • Use of psychiatric medications increased about 76 percent overall since the start of the current wars

Brig. Gen. Loree Sutton, the Army’s highest-ranking psychiatrist, told Congress that 17% of active duty soldiers and 6% of those deployed take anti-depressants.

This might make sense if the drugs were harmless and helped win wars and end them quickly but psychiatric drugs have neither of these effects.

“There is overwhelming evidence that the newer antidepressants commonly prescribed by the military can cause or worsen suicidality, aggression and other dangerous mental states,” said Dr. Peter Breggin, a psychiatrist who testified at the same Feb. 24, 2010 congressional hearing at which Brig. Sutton appeared.

Other side effects — increased irritability, aggressiveness and hostility — also could pose a risk.

“Imagine causing that in men and women who are heavily armed and under a great deal of stress,” Breggin said.

  • From 2001 to 2009, the Army’s suicide rate increased more than 150 percent, from 9 per 100,000 soldiers to 23 per 100,000.
  • From 2001 to 2009 The Marine Corps suicide rate went up about 50 percent, from 16.7 per 100,000 Marines 24 per 100,000.
  • From 2001 to 2009 orders for psychiatric drugs rose 76 percent.
  • According to Army Col. Bart Billings, a clinical psychologist and founder of the International Military & Civilian Combat Stress Conference, 23 soldiers and veterans are committing suicide each day.

“I feel flat out that psychiatrists are directly responsible for deaths in our military, for some of these suicides,” said Col. Billings, a former Army psychologist. “I think its criminal, what they are doing.”

Neurontin was one of the military’s top-selling psychiatric drugs from 2000 to 2010 and, its manufacturer, Pfizer, had over 1000 civil lawsuits filed against it by people claiming that the drug directly caused suicidal thoughts and suicides. Pfizer got away with paying about $430 million.

In 2013 The New York Times reported that more active-duty soldiers committed suicide than died in battle.

This drugging of our troops did not really begin until the second Gulf War but it still goes on today. (Before that you couldn’t be in the military let alone deployed if you were on such drugs, but now the military hands them out to soldiers.)

In April of  2014 Dr.Breggin again spoke out on this issue point out the source of the problem. He said he has interviewed soldiers who were told they could not be deployed if they did not accept psychiatric drugs!

“The combination of increasing prescribing of such drugs during and after military service has led to violence and suicide and in many cases to chronic mental disability while being treated at the VA. This becomes a disability from which they often can’t recover because of multiple psychiatric drugs.”

“We saw a sea change in the prescribing of these drugs to our troops. This cannot be accounted for by anything other than military decisions at the very top that were certainly influenced by the pharmaceutical industry, which markets from the top down, then the drugs flow to millions.”

“When you have a government-run client, pharma only needs to get to a few people at the top, and that’s what we’ve seen here,” he said. Though he was unable to identify who those people might be, Breggin said the result is “a national disgrace that reflects on some of the leadership in the military, but not the military as a whole.”

Another psychiatrist in a position to know the facts agrees with Dr. Breggin.

Dr. Stephen Xenakis, was chief psychiatrist at Fort Hood in the 1980s and part of the crisis response team sent there after the mass shooting in 2009. In an April 2014 interview he told The International Business Times “The pharmaceutical companies’ influence is so strong, as are the pressures from Congress to keep things just the way they are. Congress is lobbied heavily by pharma. It makes it difficult to get any endorsement or enthusiasm for any non-pharmaceutical types of treatment.”

Fortunately the word is getting out about the government – psychiatric – pharmaceutical program that’s destroying the lives of our military personnel.

Last May The Military Times reported that a protest was carried out at the American Psychiatric Association annual meeting to highlight the practice of medicating troops and veterans with psychiatric drugs.

The article reported that “More than 400 members of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights marched from Times Square to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City to oppose what they say is overmedication of military personnel with potentially harmful prescriptions.”

The President of CCHR, Bruce Wiseman, stated that “The drugging of the military has become so egregious … these drugs are associated with mania, homicide, suicide, psychosis.”

From May 14 – May 18th 2014 The International Conference on Combat Stress and the Connection between Military Suicide and Psychiatric Drugs was held in the San Diego area. It was the 20th year for this conference.

The event featured the San Diego premiere of the documentary film “The Hidden Enemy: Inside Psychiatry’s Covert Agenda” which was produced the Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights International in  Los Angeles. This non-profit mental health watchdog group is looking at the growing rate of military suicides and the increase in use of drugs prescribed by psychiatrists and informing the public about the situation. The film features interviews with 80 service members and experts.

The men and women who serve in our military deserve much better health care from the armed services and the VA. Ending the psychiatric medications is the first step.

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Mental Illness in Prison Population

prisonThe ranks of those incarcerated in state prisons have increased in unprecedented numbers over the past 10 years. Not surprisingly, courts demand that mental health screening and “treatment” (most often drugs) are given to those deemed mentally unstable.

Recent studies show that mental illness in prisoners is more prevalent than mental illness in the society at large.

Of course prisoners are obviously in a state of mental distress. He or she has committed crimes against others, transgressing against moral and ethical codes of society. He or she is locked up behind bars, away from family and friends. Depression would seem to be a likely outcome of these circumstances.

Statistics as early as 1975 underscored the insanity of giving psychotropic drugs to prisoners either depressed or with a propensity toward violence:

“…violent, aggressive incidents occurred significantly more frequently in Inmates who were on psychotropic medication than when these inmates were not on psychotropic drugs. Of these, antianxiety agents (diazepam in 81 percent of the cases), appeared to be most implicated, with 3.6 times as many acts of aggression occurring when inmates were on these drugs. For the other classes of psychotropic medication the aggressive incident rate was double the rate of those on no psychotropic medication.”

It is widely known that psychiatric drugs are a huge cash cow for pharmaceutical companies. For example, Zyprexa, a schizophrenia drug, represented 23% of Eli Lily’s total earnings in 2008. Johnson & Johnson, once known for band aids and baby shampoo, now makes 3.8 billion on their antipsychotic drugs.

Should we worry? The Affordable Care Act has already signed up prisoners in six states and counties. If the program is nationally implemented, the 7 million in prison, on probation or on parole (not to mention the 13 million incarcerated in county jails every year) will be eligible for psychiatric drugs subsidized by us, the taxpayers.

If psychiatrists in league with pharmaceutical companies have no compunction about drugging helpless foster children (youngsters on Medicaid are 4 times as likely to be given psychiatric drugs as their more affluent peers) it is unlikely they will have moral qualms about drugging convicted felons.

The online version of Psychology Today published a recent article by Robert Whitaker summing up the dangers (obviously known to mental health professionals) inherent in these medications:

“… 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 31 ‘suspect’ drugs accounted for 1527 of the 1937 case reports of violence toward others in the FDA database for that 69-month period. The drugs in that list of 31 included varenicline (an aid to smoking cessation), 11 antidepressants, 6 hypnotic/sedatives, and 3 drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Antidepressants were responsible for 572 case reports of violence toward others; the three ADHD drugs for 108; and the hypnotic/sedatives for 97.”

A sensible man or woman may try to puzzle out why these drugs are still on the market, let alone given to criminals already known for violence. Unfortunately, one has only to follow the money trail to discover the lengths men will go to line their pockets at society’s expense.


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Antidepressants and Homicidal Behavior

sad womanAntidepressants have been proven in court to cause homicidal behavior in some patients. In 2001, a federal jury in Cheyenne, Wyoming ordered SmithKline Beecham to pay 6.4 million dollars to relatives of a Paxil user who committed murder and suicide while on the drug.

Donald Schell, who up to the time of the tragedy had been a loving husband, father and grandfather, shot and killed his wife, daughter, granddaughter and himself after only 2 days on Paxil.

Andy Vickery was the lawyer for the plaintiffs. Through his research he discovered that SmithKline had known that some people become agitated or violent from Paxil. The drug’s packaging at that time did not include any warning of this possible development.

Currently, this warning is given regarding Paxil on WebMD:

“…However, studies have shown that a small number of people (especially people younger than 25) who take antidepressants for any condition may experience worsening depression, other mental/mood symptoms, or suicidal thoughts/attempts. Therefore, it is very important to talk with the doctor about the risks and benefits of antidepressant medication (especially for people younger than 25), even if treatment is not for a mental/mood condition.

“Tell the doctor immediately if you notice worsening depression/other psychiatric conditions, unusual behavior changes (including possible suicidal thoughts/attempts), or other mental/mood changes (including new/worsening anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, irritability, hostile/angry feelings, impulsive actions, severe restlessness, very rapid speech). Be especially watchful for these symptoms when a new antidepressant is started or when the dose is changed.”

But what of crimes committed while on antidepressant medication since 2001? Have there been other successful jury trials against drug companies manufacturing psychiatric drugs?

The answer is yes.

In 2012,GlaxoSmithKline pled guilty to a 3 part criminal indictment. They were forced to pay $3 billion in civil penalties and fines for promoting Paxil and Wellbutrin (another antidepressant) for unapproved uses. This included the use of these drugs on children and teenagers. They also did not report safety data regarding their diabetes drug, Avandia to the FDA; this was part of the suit as well.

The pharmaceutical giant was also found guilty of paying kickbacks to doctors, (according to federal prosecutors) “using every imaginable form of high-priced entertainment from Hawaiian vacations, paying doctors millions of dollars to go on speaking tours, to tickets to Madonna concerts.”

GlaxoSmithKline also helped publish a medical journal article that “misrepresented data from a clinical trial and exaggerated Paxil’s ability to treat depression in adolescents.”

The drugmaker, not surprisingly, admitted no wrongdoing

The settlement period covered the late 1990s to the mid-2000s. During that time, GlaxoSmithKline sold $10.4 billion dollars worth of Avandia, $5.9 billion of Wellbutrin and $11.6 billion of Paxil. These figures put the $3 billion dollar settlement in proportion: it is less than 15% of what they amassed from selling the 3 drugs implicated.

Perhaps Big Pharma believes the “collateral damage” (i.e. violent homicides, suicides and birth defects) is worth a paltry 15% of their profit. Since no remorse or admission of guilt was noted, one can expect more of the same in the future from these same companies.

The criminality of pharmaceutical companies and that of their minions, the psychiatrists, must be recognized for what it is. Since they admit no gullibility for the wake of human tragedy and misery they leave behind, their onslaught must be halted by prosecuting them in court for their crimes.

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