Medical Marijuana – Bad News for Florida

Marijuana 1Come the November election, Florida might drift down the hazy medical marijuana trail blazed by California, Washington, Colorado, the District of Columbia and 17 other states.

The issue has been positioned as the Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative, Amendment 2 on the 2014 ballot in Florida.

If passed with 60% approval it will change the Florida Constitution to legalize the medicinal use of marijuana. Unfortunately, what most people do not realize is that the effects of marijuana, these days, are equivalent to mental health drugs.  Too many young people, unwittingly, smoke marijuana only to end up in the psychiatric ward on a 72 hour hold due to the psychotic effects of today’s marijuana.

Exactly what ailments can be treated with medical marijuana is left a bit vague in the proposed amendment which states:(1) “Debilitating Medical Condition” means cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis or other conditions for which a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient.

What exactly are “Other conditions”? Out in California, medical marijuana dispensaries first appeared in 1996. Today some of them now advertise – “open 24 hours a day for diagnosis and immediate purchase”. The complete list of ailments that can be treated with medical marijuana runs to 206 conditions! This includes just about any complaint of mind or body such as:

  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Angina
  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Any chronic medical symptom that limits major life activities
  • Asthma
  • Back Pain
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Bulimia
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Chronic Pain
  • Cocaine Dependence
  • Constipation
  • Diabetes
  • Diarrhea
  • Genital Herpes
  • Tension Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Major Depression
  • Nightmares
  • Obesity
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Tobacco Dependence
  • Whiplash
  • Writers’ Cramp

The Florida Supreme Court ignored the obvious risk of abuse and ruled that the ballot wording was acceptable and the amendment as written should be voted on by the citizens.

Initially Florida was looking into the version of medical cannabis nicknamed “Charlotte’s Web” after a Colorado child. It is high in   non-euphoric cannabidiol (CBD), and low in tetrahydrocannabinol THC) which is what gets people high when smoking the plant. Charlotte’s Web  is administered orally as an oil and not smoked

But the proposed law is now going to legalize the THC versions. THC in the 1960’s and 1970’s marijuana was in the range of 1% in 1974 and 4% in 1994. With improved growing techniques THC levels reached 9.6% in 2008. Today THC routinely runs to 14% and can be higher in designer plants.

The higher THC makes it addictive and capable of causing bad mental and emotional conditions including hallucinations, memory loss, apathy,lack of motivation, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, schizophrenia and other psychosis.

Long term marijuana use also creates physical injury to lungs and brain cells. Prenatal use of the drug may result in premature births, birth defects, mental abnormalities in the baby and increased leukemia risk.

Kevin Sabet, PhD., director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida argues against medical marijuana. “This is another example of how this industry is turning into big business. [It’s] today’s version of big tobacco.”

He and other marijuana opponents know there will be more accidents on highways and at work. More and more heavy users will fill up the healthcare system. They know marijuana marketers are targeting young people and our sagging school education will suffer even more. So will employers who’ll have to deal with increased tardiness and absences.

Opponents also point out marijuana is not medicine. Doctors can’t control doses or possibly toxic side effects.

Sabet believes that the push for medical marijuana In Florida isn’t about helping the sick – but about profit.

“They’re using compassion as a smokescreen for a larger agenda,” he said.

The pattern is to first achieve medical marijuana acceptance, followed sooner or later by the legalization of marijuana for recreational use and this pattern was created by design.

A few days ago a “Washington Times” article revealed the financial contributions made by billionaire George Soros and others to see that marijuana is legalized across the USA.

“Through a network of nonprofit groups, Mr. Soros has spent at least $80 million on the legalization effort since 1994, when he diverted a portion of his foundation’s funds to organizations exploring alternative drug policies, according to tax filings.

His spending has been supplemented by Peter B. Lewis, the late chairman of Progressive Insurance Co. and an unabashed pot smoker who channeled more than $40 million to influence local debates, according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. The two billionaires’ funding has been unmatched by anyone on the other side of the debate.

Mr. Soros makes his donations through the Drug Policy Alliance, a nonprofit he funds with roughly $4 million in annual contributions from his Foundation to Promote an Open Society.

Mr. Soros also donates annually to the American Civil Liberties Union, which in turn funds marijuana legalization efforts, and he has given periodically to the Marijuana Policy Project, which funds state ballot measures.”

He is also infamous for his financial manipulations that have collapsed national currencies in order to line his pockets or advance his geo-political ideas of world government at the expense of national sovereignty. He would think nothing of bringing down the US as a world power and a population of pot smokers could assist in that regard. His  Open Society Foundations tax return showed an annual budget of $3.5 billion dollars in 2011 for its pet projects.

The movement to legalize marijuana has not been created because the average person is demanding it – it has been created by big money aided by willing Hollywood celebrities jumping on the bandwagon.

Medical marijuana in Florida has not been immune to this financial lobbying effort.

John Morgan is a well know Orlando trial lawyer due to his billboards and radio ads “Morgan & Morgan, For the People.”

He is funding a group called People United for Medical Marijuana.

One of the employees in his law firm is Charlie Crist, now the Democratic candidate for Govenor in Florida in 2014. Crist, formerly a Repulican, then independent and now Democrat heavily supported Barack Obama and Obamacare. Mr. Crist has stated he will vote for the medical marijuana amendment. It was noted that Morgan’s law firm could benefit from having Crist in the governor’s office, with veto power over legislation unfavorable to trial lawyers.

Apparently Morgan has $20 million in TV ad time he reserves each year for Morgan & Morgan and he has said he’s prepared to swap out some of his firm’s air time for ads for medical marijuana should he need to.

Morgan likes to say that “no one has ever died from smoking marijuana” but a 19-year-old Wyoming college student on spring break in Colorado just fell off a balcony to his death after eating a pot-laced cookie.  The Denver coroner said this is believed to be the state’s first death linked to marijuana since legalization began in January 2014.

Morgan may not need to spend his own ad money on marijuana. “The Washington Times” reported that George Soros was the person who  donated 80 percent of the money to John Morgan’s “United for Care, People United for Medical Marijuana.” ensuring that the medical marijuana legalization got on the ballot

The medical and legal recreational marijuana market is a huge business and projected to grow from $1.4 billion to $10.2 billion over the next five years. People looking for a quick buck or a long term new business dispensing pot to Americans are springing up in Florida in expectation that the amendment will win here.

Recently in Tampa, over 100 people paid $299 each for a one day class to hear veterans of the marijuana industry discuss how to run a business when pot goes legal in Florida. It was hosted by the Cannabis Career Institute (CCI) “America’s Premiere Cannabis Business Seminar”. Attendees were lawyers, accountants, business folk and stoned dreamers hoping to learn how to comply with federal and state marijuana laws to and set up business plans for medical marijuana dispensaries and grow operations. CCI plans classes all round Florida in the coming months.

There is also a marijuana college in Tampa now. “Cannibis College” was created by a company called Medical Marijuana Tampa. They offer a four week course for $499.00 called “Education in Cultivation” They can’t use marijuana in class yet so pepper plants suffice for now in teaching advanced growing techniques for medical-grade marijuana.

They have 18 employees and have graduated 100 people. They intend to keep hiring and open 15 medical marijuana dispensaries in Tampa Bay assuming there is success with the November election.

The Medical Marijuana Tampa website has the latest social media style animated video offering to “Let us simply your journey to obtaining your medical marijuana treatment.”

You just reach out and get “your very own advisor”. They provide the paperwork, preparing you for your first medical marijuana appointment and help you and your doctor select the best strain of marijuana for your treatment.

Just download an information kit, get your doctor to sign it, mail it in the prepaid mailing envelope or arrange for a professional courier to pick up your forms at your house for free.

Then simply order online or by phone and go pick up your marijuana at their nearest location or have it “discreetly delivered to your home”. You then get unlimited re-orders.

They guarantee “an easy pleasant respectful experience”

They also state that “Patients with this card may cultivate or purchase, possess and consume medical marijuana.” – a significant point of misinformation as the proposed law specifically prohibits patients from growing their own marijuana.

Another wild card is the fact that the US government could change the whole legal status of marijuana at anytime. Under the federal Controlled Substances Act, the attorney general has the authority to “remove any drug or other substance from the schedules if he finds that the drug or other substance does not meet the requirements for inclusion in any schedule.”

Attorney General Eric Holder was asked on April 4th about the administrations position on marijuana as an illegal drug and replied:

“We’d be more than glad to work with Congress if there is a desire to look at and reexamine how the drug is scheduled, as I said there is a great degree of expertise that exists in Congress. It is something that ultimately Congress would have to change, and I think that our administration would be glad to work with Congress if such a proposal were made.”

And President Obama has said that his administration will not enforce the Controlled Substances Act which is why the state run centers never get raided for breaking federal laws.

Hopefully citizens can hold the line on medical marijuana in November and not approve this amendment.

Florida businessman and blogger Pat Clouden is writing a series of articles to educate Floridians about marijuana and urging them to vote “No”. He points out that according to SAMSA statistics emergency room visits caused by marijuana use jumped from 16,251 in 1991 to 374,000 in 2008 due to the stronger THC levels.

He wisely points out where all this is headed when he writes, “So with people turning up at hospitals and doctor’s offices with symptoms of schizophrenia, psychosis, depression or anxiety—where do you think they are going to end up? Yes, that’s my guess too—right on psychiatric  lines and psychiatric drugs. And don’t think that’s accidental.”

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Sandy Hook Shooting Demands Thorough Investigation

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s been about sixteen months since the tragic Sandy Hook shooting.  Following the unnecessary deaths of twenty children, aged six and seven years old, plus six adults, one would think that something would have been done by now to prevent another similar incident.  There’s been plenty of talk but no major changes.  

Some people say stricter gun laws are needed.  That may be true, but if a person really wants to hurt a lot of people, he will find an alternative weapon.  The question is what made Adam Lanza want to walk into the school and shoot?  This is what demands a thorough investigation of the Sandy Hook shooting.

It has been published that Adam Lanza suffered from Asperger’s Syndrome.  A friend of his mothers’ said Adam was being medicated for this condition. Other than that, his current medical and psychiatric information is not being made public on purpose.   People have the right to know all about Adam Lanza, so they can understand why twenty children and six adults died that day.

Instead, Connecticut legislators are looking to provide more mental health services based on the idea that the state’s children are at risk for another tragedy like the Sandy Hook shooting because there aren’t enough services available for other ‘Adam Lanzas’ that might be out there.  This logic is utterly ridiculous if you look at Adam Lanza’s history using mental health services. 

Over the course of ten years, this young man saw multiple psychiatrists, participated in many mental health programs at school and was treated by several hospital psychiatric departments.  He has a long history under the care of the field of mental health and obviously they failed miserably in helping this boy.  This is not the usual issue of we didn’t get to him in time or he didn’t get the help he needed.  He got ten years of “help” and he still killed twenty-six people, twenty of them seven years old or younger!

This begs the question, why would legislators want more mental health services to supposedly help Connecticut children, when the ones they already have obviously don’t work and did nothing to prevent this horrific tragedy?  What needs to be investigated are those mental health services that Adam did receive and how they contributed to the Sandy Hook shooting.

These days mental health treatment means psychotropic drugs.  These drugs have potential serious adverse side effects such as mania, psychosis and homicidal ideation.  There is plenty of documentation linking psychiatric drugs to violence.  In thirty-one school shootings and/or school related acts of violence, almost all were committed by those on psychiatric drugs or withdrawing from them.  Collectively, the result was seventy-two deaths and one hundred sixty-two wounded.  Do we need to have hundreds more killed or wounded before anyone is willing to conduct an investigation? 

Dr. David Healy, an internationally known psychiatrist and expert on psychopharmacology, stated that pretty much any psychotropic drug can trigger violence up to and including homicide.  Conversely, there are those in the field of mental health that defend the drugs as the correct treatment and claim that the cause is the “mental illness.”  They say that there are many more that need treatment to prevent these tragedies.  Dr. Healy’s response to this was that if this is the case, then we should not find that ninety percent of school shootings are associated with psychotropic drugs.

Dr. Peter Breggin, another prominent psychiatrist, has testified to Congress that antidepressants can cause suicide, violent mania and other abnormal behaviors that endanger others.  He even warned Congress about giving these kinds of drugs to those in the military, so it’s no surprise that there was another shooting at Fort Hood recently.

If this isn’t convincing enough, a review of the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System was done and it was found that psychiatric drugs can trigger violent actions towards others.  Over a five year period, thirty-one drugs out of four hundred eighty-four were found to have a “disproportionate” association with violence.  Twenty out of the thirty-one drugs were psychiatric and accounted for 1527 out of 1937 acts of violence!  This is an alarming and staggering statistic and this alone warrants an investigation.   

The point is that the writing is on the wall regarding the connection between psychiatric drugs and violence.   However, there is no investigation on the horizon.  Why?  This information is not published by mainstream media because the drug companies heavily influence them, so the information is ignored.  If the drug is eventually mentioned, you can be sure it will be put forth that the person’s “mental illness” became more severe or some other convenient excuse.

In the case of the Sandy Hook shooting, mum is the word.  It is common when a shooting is done by a minor, court documents are sealed and which drugs were involved are not made known, but Adam Lanza was twenty years old at the time.  High profile cases do disclose mental health information and Sandy Hook is probably the highest profile case ever due to the ages of the children killed.  However, nothing is being made public.  At the moment, the state will not release his toxicology report.  In the recent Fort Hood shooting, it was published promptly that Ivan Lopez was taking Ambien.  Why has Lanza’s toxicology report been under lock and key for so long? 


As mentioned earlier, drug companies have a lot of influence and that is why there is no available report.  They don’t want the report made public because they don’t want it known that another shooter was on a psychotropic drug and they certainly don’t want it known which one. 

Given the ages of the children that died in this shooting, imagine the reaction of the parents of these innocent victims if it was made public that Adam Lanza was on a psychotropic drug linked to violence.  Imagine the public outcry.  Imagine the lawsuits against the guilty drug company and the plummeting stock values and the disappearance of profits.  That’s the reason there is no information and no investigation. 

Yes, it all boils down to money.  Drug companies are well aware of their drugs’ potential side effects, yet their profits are more important to them than the lives of innocent children.  This is grossly criminal but it does make sense.  It does not make sense that there are so many “mentally ill” young men that just happened to get worse and chose shootings or violence to demonstrate their “unstableness.”  That’s a cover-up, so don’t buy it.

The people of Connecticut deserve to know the true facts as to why the Sandy Hook shooting took place.  It’s not “mental illness” and it’s not just guns.  After all, a sixteen year old in Pennsylvania just went on a stabbing spree at his high school and hurt twenty-one people.  Psychiatric drugs can make one think that one should commit violence without remorse. Doesn’t that make you wonder if he was on a psychiatric drug?


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Ft.Hood Shooting – Psychiatrists Can’t Hide Ambien Side Effects

militaryAnother shooting incident happened this week at the Army base in Ft. Hood, Texas. A US soldier named Ivan Lopez age34 shot and killed three fellow soldiers and wounded 16 others before killing himself.

In early press reports officials revealed that last month Lopez was fully examined by a psychiatrist and was undergoing a variety of treatments for conditions including depression, anxiety and sleep disturbances.

When asked specifically about psychiatric medications, “SSRI’s, antidepressants, anything of that nature” Army spokesman Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley told reporters “He was on medications, that’s correct.”

Included with his anti-depression medications was Ambien, a sleep aid that carries an FDA warning label.

General Milley also stated, “We have very strong evidence that he had a medical history that indicates an unstable psychiatric or psychological condition. (We’re) going through all records to ensure that is, in fact, correct. But we believe that to be the fundamental underlying causal factor.”

Lopez’s record doesn’t show any specific traumatic event, wound received in action or contact with the enemy but it does state that Lopez had self-reported a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that he had suffered while deployed.

Congressman Tim Murphy is also a trained clinical psychologist and does work at The Walter Reed Hospital National Military Medical Center. During an interview on CNN he said that most TBI events in the military are not related to combat but occur in auto accidents, falls, fights, etc.

So, Lopez may well have had the physical traumatic brain injury that he reported to the doctors. Perhaps it was ignored by the psychiatrists who assumed that Lopez’s complaints of depression, anxiety and sleep problems must be caused by mental conditions requiring antidepressants and Ambien.

If the psychiatrists had looked into Lopez’s report of a TBI injury, they might have learned what medical science knows. A TBI is a physical condition that can cause depression, anxiety and sleep problems.

Charles Bombardier, Ph.D., professor of rehabilitation medicine at the University Of Washington School Of Medicine reported in “The Journal of the American Medical Association” back in 2010 that more than half of all people who suffer a traumatic brain injury will become depressed in the year after the injury, a rate eight times higher than in the general population.
A medical report from Queensland, NZ states that after a brain injury, it is estimated that between 18% and 60% of people will experience an anxiety disorder.

And a research center devoted to TBI reports that “many people who have brain injuries suffer from sleep disturbances. Not sleeping well can increase or worsen depression, anxiety, fatigue, irritability, and one’s sense of well-being. It can also lead to poor work performance and traffic or workplace accidents. A review of sleep disorder studies and surveys suggest that sleep disorders are three times more common in TBI patients than in the general population and that nearly 60% of people with TBI experience long-term difficulties with sleep.”

So, what about the medications Lopez received after his likely physical injury was ignored?

The doctors at The Veterans Administration rely on SSRI drugs to address what they see as mental problems in war veterans hoping to get the right combination and dose – one that doesn’t trigger the known violent and suicidal side effects of antidepressants.

Congressman Murphy is concerned that the use of these drugs is often done with insufficient monitoring of the patients reaction to them. He stated in his CNN interview that taking depression and anxiety drugs can itself create depression, hostility and suicidal thoughts as side effects. So, by giving psychiatric drugs, you end up exaggerating the symptoms you set out to cure.

What about Ambien, this seemingly innocent sleep aid?

Ambien is famous due to a few incidents involving celebrity Ambien users.

In 2006 former Rhode Island Representative Patrick Kennedy drove to Capitol Hill under its influence supposedly to “vote” at 2:45 a.m., crashing his car.

Law enforcement officials reported Ambien users “sleep driving” and unable to recognize that police officers were there arresting them.

Then it was found that some Ambien users were “sleep eating” – devouring pizza, donuts and ice cream and waking up horrified to see the pile of empty containers they created during the night.

While on Ambien, Kerry Kennedy, daughter of Robert F. Kennedy and former wife of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo swerved into a tractor-trailer and kept driving. Witnesses reported she was had been weaving for miles.

Homicides committed while on Ambien have been reported in medical journals. In two cases neither party had any history of aggressive behavior before killing his or her spouse yet they did so with uncharacteristic, complex acts of violence.

Both of the individuals claimed total or partial amnesia about the murders they committed on Ambien.

The FDA prints the side effects of Ambien right on the fact sheet insert that comes with the drug:

·         A variety of abnormal thinking and behavior changes have been reported to occur in association with the use of sedative/hypnotics. Some of these changes may be characterized by decreased inhibition (e.g., aggressiveness and extroversion that seemed out of character)


·         Visual and auditory hallucinations have been reported as well as behavioral changes such as bizarre behavior, agitation and depersonalization.


·         Complex behaviors such as “sleep-driving” (i.e., driving while not fully awake after ingestion of a sedative-hypnotic, with amnesia for the event) have been reported with sedative-hypnotics, including zolpidem (Ambien).


·         Other complex behaviors (e.g., preparing and eating food, making phone calls, or having sex) have been reported in patients who are not fully awake after taking a sedative-hypnotic. As with “sleep-driving”, patients usually do not remember these events. Amnesia, anxiety and other neuro-psychiatric symptoms may occur unpredictably


·         In primarily depressed patients, worsening of depression, including suicidal thoughts and actions (including completed suicides), has been reported in association with the use of sedative/hypnotics

Fortunately, the idea that psychiatric drugs create the behavior they claim to cure is being reported a bit more widely in the press during this recent drug induced mass killing at Ft.Hood. And military officials did not hide the fact that Lopez was on antidepressants and Ambien.

Ron Paul, former Congressman from Texas and Presidential candidate is known for his common sense and clear view of situations. He is both a medical doctor and military veteran well qualified to discuss the topic.

In a recent interview when asked what he had to say about the news that Lopez was on psychiatric drugs and Ambien, Congressman Paul wisely summed up the situation.

“Almost all the time where’s there high school shootings or this occurs, they’re receiving this government directed care for psychological problems and there are psychotropic drugs. It’s happening all the time – so that’s the immediate thing that crosses my mind when I hear of it. And then when you hear of it being related to government, military and veterans, you can be guaranteed they’re getting the wrong kind of treatment. So medically the diagnosis is wrong, the treatment is wrong and we take one thing and make it worse.”

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Signs of Suicide – A Mental Health Quiz That Fails

The Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program, a supposed “nationally recognized program designed for middle and high school-age students” is being pushed nationally into many state governments.

Ironically, it’s about to be introduced into Newtown High School in Newtown, Ct. the town which suffered one of the worst school shooting in US history.

With the demise of the corrupt Teen Screen program, “Signs of Suicide” has risen to take its place as the mental health assessment of choice in middle schools and high schools around the country.

Signs of Suicide is produced and sold to schools by a non-profit organization called Screening for Mental Health.

Part of the program is a video shown to students teaching them to identify the supposed signs of depression and suicide in themselves and their school friends. It shows peers hearing statements like “I haven’t felt like doing anything lately and, on top of all that, Jen feels I’ve been talking about her behind her back. I just feel all alone.”

Spotting a suicide in the making, her friend encourages this girl to “talk to an adult” about it and escorts her down to see the school psychologist. It’s called the ACT® technique (Acknowledge, Care, Tell).

The next step, not shown in the video, is the prescription for an antidepressant or other psychiatric drug.

In Signs of Suicide, depressed and suicidal middle school and high school kids are ferreted out by filling out either a Brief Screen for Adolescent Depression (BSAD) test or a Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale for Children (CES-DC) test

BSAD begins by saying it is a self-survey so you can check yourself for depression.

Here are the questions:

“1. In the last four weeks, has there been a time when nothing was fun for you and you just weren’t interested in anything? Yes No
2. Do you have less energy than you usually do? Yes No
3. Do you feel you can’t do anything well or that you are not as good-looking or as smart as most other people? Yes No
4. Do you think seriously about killing yourself? Yes No
5. Have you tried to kill yourself in the last year? Yes No
6. Does doing even little things make you feel really tired? Yes No
7. In the last four weeks has it seemed like you couldn’t think as clearly or as fast as usual? Yes No”

“Your BSAD survey score will tell you whether you should see a school health professional (psychologist, nurse, counselor or social worker) for a follow-up discussion.”

And here is the meaning of the scores:

“0-2 It is unlikely that you have depression.
However, if you often have feelings of sadness you should talk to a trusted adult(parents/guardians/school staff person) to try to figure out what you should do.

Even though your score says that you are not depressed you might still want to talk to a healthcare professional if your feelings of sadness do not go away.

3 It is possible that you have depression.
You should talk with a healthcare professional. Tell a trusted adult (parent/guardian/school staff person) your concerns and ask if they could help you connect with a mental health professional.
If it makes you feel more comfortable, bring a friend with you. Tell the adult that you may be clinically depressed and that you might need to see a mental health professional.

4-7 It is likely that you have depression.

You probably have some significant symptoms of depression and you should talk to a mental health professional about these feelings. Tell a trusted adult (parent/guardian/school staff person) about your feelings and ask if they could help you see a mental health professional.

Questions 4 and 5
These two questions are about suicidal thoughts and behaviors. If you answered “Yes” to
either question 4 or 5, you should see a mental health professional immediately – regardless of your total BSAD score.”

Questions 1, 2, 3, 6, and 7 could apply to anyone who’s alive thus scoring a 5 which means likely you have depression! Even the lowest scores are directed toward the psychiatrist.

CES-DC is equally unreliable with questions like “I was bothered by things that usually don’t bother me”, “I did not feel like eating; I wasn’t very hungry”, “I felt like I couldn’t pay attention to what I was doing”, “I felt scared”, and “It was hard to get started doing things”.

Schools pay $395 for a High School Sign of Suicide Kit with DVD, $200 for a Booster Kit with DVD – a “refresher course” for high school juniors and seniors, and $175 for Signs of Self Injury Kit ($655 for combo of all three). But the big money behind Signs of Suicide is looking for increased drug sales.

If this is sounding too cynical, let’s look at the facts uncovered in Teen Screen and how these connect to its successor – Signs of Suicide.

Kay Beach writing on March 25, 2009 gathered a great deal of data together in an article called “Public Schools, Signs of Suicide with NEW FREEDOM for All”.

She followed the money that led to mental health assessments in public schools. Drug companies such as Pfizer, Roche, Wythe and GSK, along with a private investor, funneled money into the Columbia DISC Development Group. DISC meant the Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children. The purpose was to study the testing of children and the use of psychiatric drugs for children’s mental illness.

The Executive Director of this group was Dr. David Schaefer, a Columbia University psychiatrist one of the key creators of Teen Screen. After beating the band for Teen Screen for years he later stated “(Teen Screen)… does identify a whole bunch of kids who aren’t really suicidal, so you get a lot of false-positives. And that means if you’re running a large program at a school, you’re going to cripple the program because you’re going to have too many kids you have to do something about.”

When Shaffer was asked how he addresses people who question the dangers of prescribing to the false-positives, he said: “I think that standing by itself that criticism is meaningless because we don’t know what harm the antidepressants do, if any, and we don’t know who they do harm to”.

Meanwhile a woman named Laurie Flynn was heading up NAMI – The National Alliance on Mental Illness funded by drug companies Wythe and Novartis. She went on to become the Executive Director of TeenScreen.

What was TeenScreen all about and why was it forced to dissolve?

These quotes from its Executive Director Laurie Flynn tell the story.
Laurie Flynn: “Now, here is something very important, in this day at this time, are we all familiar with the red states and the blue states? You need to know that the key to making stuff happen, ahh, in this day and age, is really what we might want to call, the green states. That is to say, the states where the key member, senator or member of the house, sits on a committee that appropriates money.”

“And those states become very important targets, and those localities become very important localities, so we wanted to be visible in those kinds of places. So here you see that not only was Florida a good place for us, because of Governor Bush and our friend Jim McDonough in the Office of Drug Control, but because there was a couple of key members of Congress without whose support, health legislation does not pass and does not get funded.”

Flynn: “We were also able to promote this by placing some public service advertisements in major newspapers as well as newspapers that go to Capitol Hill…”
“One of the things that we did was to mail a copy of our report ‘Catch Them Before They Fall’ and we mailed a model resolution, ahh, to all the 50 states, we sent this as a very friendly, ‘Here’s some information you might like to use since you’re on a health committee’ – we mailed it only to people who were in key committees – ‘you might like to have this resolution, to introduce the notion that every child should be screened for mental illness, at least once in their youth, in order to identify mental illness and prevent suicide.’ So we offered them up some language and some tools, and a surprising number of folks, in fact, introduced it exactly the way we sent it and made some real strides with it.”

The media and the public finally had enough of TeenScreen pushing dangerous pills on kids with tax payer money.

But something else was growing parallel to TeenScreen. The author shows us a photo of Bob Pitsal of Eli Lilly presenting a check on 18 Oct 2001 to Dr. Douglas Jacobs founder and director of Screening for Mental Health, Inc.



Dr. Jacobs is an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the man who spearheaded the creation of the National Depression Screening Day in 1991.

His Screen for Mental Health, Inc. morphed into today’s non-profit Screening for Mental Health which currently sells the Signs of Suicide program – continuing the work of TeenScreen in another guise.

SMH also has been well funded by big pharma. In addition to the half-million dollar grant to SMH pictured above, there were more grants from Eli Lilly, Pfizer, Solvay, Abbott Labs, Wyeth, Forest Pharmaceuticals, The Robert Johnson Foundation, AstaZeneca and GlaxoSmithKline. According to the actual tax returns and grant reports to SMH, drug companies have provided this program with at least $4,985,925.00 up to 2008. Eli Lilly alone has poured over $3,920,425.00 into the program from 1996 to 2008. The profits from selling drugs to kids must be enormous to justify such grants.

PHOTO 2Kaye Branch after researching all this information discovered her child’s school was using Signs of Suicide. Looking deeper she found a form the school used that said if the parents didn’t agree and do the follow up in a timely manner, the Department of Human Services (Child Protective Services) would be notified! The school could do this even if the parents had not signed a form agreeing to the child’s testing. Needless to say, she kept her daughter from taking it and promoted informed consent to all the parents she could.

The financial theft and abuse is only one aspect of Signs of Suicide.

What about the potential of ignoring these “mental illnesses”? Some leading psychiatrists have answered this question.

“No behavior or misbehavior is a disease or can be a disease. That’s not what diseases are. Diseases are malfunctions of the human body, of the heart, the liver, the kidney, the brain. Typhoid fever is a disease. Spring fever is not a disease; it is a figure of speech, a metaphoric disease. All mental diseases are metaphoric diseases, misrepresented as real diseases and mistaken for real diseases.”
— Thomas Szasz, Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus

“There are no objective tests in psychiatry-no X-ray, laboratory, or exam finding that says definitively that someone does or does not have a mental disorder.” “There is no definition of a mental disorder.” “It’s bull—. I mean, you just can’t define it.” — Allen Frances, Former DSM-IV Task Force Chairman

“There’s no biological imbalance. When people come to me and they say, ‘I have a biochemical imbalance,’ I say, ‘Show me your lab tests.’ There are no lab tests. So what’s the biochemical imbalance?”
— Dr. Ron Leifer, Psychiatrist

“Virtually anyone at any given time can meet the criteria for bipolar disorder or ADHD. Anyone. And the problem is everyone diagnosed with even one of these ‘illnesses’ triggers the pill dispenser.”
— Dr. Stefan Kruszewski, Psychiatrist

“All psychiatrists have in common that when they are caught on camera or on microphone, they cower and admit that there are no such things as chemical imbalances/diseases, or examinations or tests for them. What they do in practice, lying in every instance, abrogating [revoking] the informed consent right of every patient and poisoning them in the name of ‘treatment’ is nothing short of criminal.”
— Dr Fred Baughman Jr., Pediatric Neurologist

And what are the facts about the drugs themselves?

There have been 99 drug regulatory agency warnings from ten countries (United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Russia, Italy and Germany) and the European Union warning that antidepressant drugs cause side effects, and the major one is suicide/risk/attempts.

At least 31 school shootings and/or school-related acts of violence have been committed by those taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs resulting in 162 wounded and 72 killed (in other school shootings, information about their drug use was never made public—neither confirming or refuting if they were under the influence of prescribed drugs).

Between 2004 and 2012, there have been 14,773 reports to the US FDA’s MedWatch system on psychiatric drugs causing violent side effects. Note:  The FDA estimates that less than one percent of all serious events are ever reported to it, so the actual number of side effects occurring is most certainly higher.

Two psychiatrists, staunch critics of their profession, summed it up like this:

“Perhaps worst of all, these diagnoses almost inevitably lead to the prescription of psychiatric medication to you or your child. Psychiatric drugs are toxins to the brain; they work by disabling the brain.”
–Dr. Peter Breggin, Psychiatrist

“It’s not science. It’s politics and economics. That’s what psychiatry is: politics and economics. Behavior control, it is not science, it is not medicine.”
— Thomas Szasz, Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus

In a welcome ray of hope the Green Party of Connecticut just hosted an event called “Moving Beyond Reaction to Reason: Mental Health and School Safety Post-Sandy Hook” on March 29, 2014.

Rolf Maurer is a former Stamford mayoral candidate and has said “The strong link between gun violence and psychiatric medications has been long established, especially with youths.” Maurer has said that in many cases, the suspects involved in mass shootings are either taking multiple medications or have abruptly stopped taking them.

“The psychiatric field is in the business of fabricating conditions,” said Maurer. “There are other options for people that are out there. It doesn’t have to just focus on medication.”

The event’s keynote speaker will be Sheila Matthews, co-founder of, a Connecticut-based non-profit focused on psychiatric labeling of children and drug treatment prescribed to them.

The discussion covered the rights of parents and students as lawmakers ponder
implementing universal mental health screenings in schools.

Matthews, a Fairfield County resident, regularly testifies on state and federal levels in defense of psychiatric health freedom and has appeared in Time magazine, and on CNN and FOX.

The more often the truth about suicide screening and the psychiatric drugging of kids is told to the public the faster will grow the tide of demand to end it.

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Depressed Kids Are Not What You May Think

children americaThere is plenty of talk today about children being bullied, not fitting in socially, being assessed at school regularly and having trouble with other life problems.  This is so common that children are routinely treated for stress, anxiety and depression.  More and more children aged ten and under are being treated for these conditions.  This does not make sense. 

Depressed kids?  How can a child under the age of ten be “depressed” in the same way as an adult?  Sad due to loss? Of course, but unless there are some extreme circumstances, it doesn’t make sense that a child could experience the same sort of “depression” that an adult can.  A child isn’t mature enough and hasn’t lived life long enough to experience that kind of “depression.”  Ignoring this logic, psychiatrists have decided that young children can be that kind of “depressed” and need to be treated with drugs. 

The truth is we all experience life’s ups and downs, even children.  The emotions of life’s ups and downs do not equate to being “mentally ill.”  “Depressed” kids, kids experiencing anxiety and stress, are things you hear about because the field of mental health has decided to put it there.  They are putting it there so that they can profit from it, just like they are putting it there that a kid that doesn’t sit still has ADHD.  They falsely claim that a chemical balance in the brain exists, but they are only putting that there in hopes of obtaining credibility. 

One needs to look at the changes in society in the past fifty years to see how this came to be.  It used to be that the mother was able to stay home while the father went off to work.  Kids spent most of their time outside playing.  Whether it was riding a bike or playing kick the can, kids got plenty of exercise.  Regardless of what you read today, there’s always been a bully or mischievous kid around.  Social or academic issues were handled at home or with the teacher.  Parents and teachers had more time to handle children.  Generally, life’s ups and downs were handled with discipline and care and pretty much everybody turned out all right.  “Depressed” kids did not exist. 

Today, we have electronics galore and kids are not getting much exercise but are attached to their phones, televisions or computers.  Social media is a huge part of their lives and this can have a very negative effect.  Often both parents must work and teachers have too many kids in their classes.  The age where kids start experimenting with drugs, alcohol or sex today can be as low as twelve.  Adults don’t have as much time for children today so before you know it a child can be quickly directed to a mental health professional for unnecessary treatment. 

Psychiatrists have totally infiltrated society, taking advantage of the ongoing development of our pill-popping-need-a-quick-fix mentality.  Dangerous mind-altering drugs with potentially serious, if not fatal side effects are a standard method of treatment.  “Mental disorders” have close to tripled in the past fifty years.  It is no wonder that it has been decided that “depressed” kids are a target for treatment. 

The truth that needs to be known is that psychiatrists are not experts on the mind in any way shape or form.  They have no scientific test to prove any “mental disorder” even exists.  They have no pathological tools, yet they say “mental illness” is biological and must be treated just like any medical condition.  They say their diagnosis is an objective statement of fact, but it is not.  Observing symptoms are open to interpretation, variation and bias.  

If this isn’t convincing enough consider this:   Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is an example of a “mental disorder.”  This is diagnosed by the number of times a child says no to his parents!  How can anyone be taken seriously let alone considered to be an expert of the mind based on this ridiculous guideline?  How can the number of times a child says no be a determining factor in a child’s mental state?  It can’t.  This isn’t science, but it is insanity.  Would you want your child diagnosed based on this criteria?  

The bottom line is that without any blood test, urine test, x-ray or the like, a psychiatric diagnosis is unscientific, unhelpful and unnecessary.  In fact, Britain’s Division of Clinical Psychology is calling for abandoning psychiatric diagnoses.  It is clear that what is needed is to examine the child’s environment and his circumstances.  It is vital to look for a physical cause of  the problem as well.  These are the areas where answers and solutions lie.  Psychiatric drugs are not needed to alter his brain and certainly not to treat “depressed” kids. 

Kids are being diagnosed with “depression,” anxiety and stress only so they can be put on mind-altering drugs which mean more money for psychiatrists, drug companies and research.  It is easy to sympathize with their story of the sad state of society and what children have to cope with these days.  It is easy to fall for their aim of early intervention so that children don’t supposedly grow up stressed and anxious, leading to serious mental health problems.  Unless there is an unbiased study proving life’s ups and downs lead to mental health problems later, early intervention just means getting kids on drugs sooner rather than later for profit.  

Given the above information, you can read through the lines when psychiatry says that by 2030 depression is going to be the biggest health problem in the Western world.  They say it is vital to act now and take responsibility for all those “depressed” kids under stress and provide support and treatment for them when they need it.  They say it is time to increase mental health budgets so that more mental health services can be provided.  The smoke and mirrors sound good, but this is just a promotion for more customers.  Rather than increasing budgets, slashing them to zero would be more help to “depressed” kids than anything else. 

Instead, what is needed is that the adults in children’s lives take on an active role as possible to make sure their children get enough care and attention. Of course there are children that are experiencing more than everyday troubles.  If that is the case then do some research and get to the source of the problem.  Good nutrition, plenty of exercise and limited electronics will go a long way as a preventive measure.  Get your child a thorough physical exam to detect any physiological problems that may be causing “mental” problems.  

 It doesn’t matter if the problem is bad behavior at home or school, lack of concentration, social issues, anxiety or “depression.”  Children need help from the adults in their lives, not from the psychiatric community.   All they have to offer are dangerous drugs which only harm and don’t help.



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PCP Laced Marijuana: Creating Psychosis and Psychiatric Commitment

marijuanaMarijuana laced with PCP is making a dangerous comeback in the US and the psychosis it generates in users is causing an increase in admissions to emergency rooms and psychiatric facilities.

PCP (Phencyclidine) was developed in the 1950’s as a surgical anesthetic. Its official use in humans was discontinued in 1965 as patients frequently became agitated, delusional and irrational following its use as an anesthetic. Known as angel dust, KJ (Kristal Joint), illy, wet and many other slang drug terms, it became a recreational drug with a bad reputation.

Because regular unlaced marijuana has been actively cultivated over the years to contain more and more of its active ingredient, THC, today’s weed is much more potent than the varieties available in the 1960s.

The result is a sharp rise in the number of teenagers and preteens being treated at emergency rooms or entering drug treatment as a result of using a highly potent type of marijuana. In 2009 it was 376,467 emergency room visits due to marijuana and in 2011 it was 455,668.

“The stereotypes of marijuana smoking are way out of date,” said Michael Dennis, a research psychologist in Bloomington, Ill. “The kids we see are not only smoking stronger stuff at a younger age but their pattern of use might be three to six blunts — the equivalent of three or four joints each — just for themselves, in a day. That’s got nothing to do with what Mom or Dad did in high school. It might as well be a different drug.”

Add PCP to this stronger marijuana and it truly creates psychosis in smokers and they frequently end up in a psychiatric facility – especially in a state like Florida where the Baker Act demands that people who are mentally out of control be confined.

What are the effects of smoking “wet weed”?

PCP laced marijuana can create combinations of these destructive conditions:

•           severe hallucinations

•           impaired motor coordination

•           extreme anxiety

•           depression

•           disorientation

•           paranoia

•           aggressive behavior and violence

•           seizures

•           memory loss

•           respiratory arrest

•           comas and/or death

Not exactly what the user was expecting from a “recreational drug.”

In 2003 the story of a young man was reported who committed murder after smoking wet marijuana and was unable to recall the events of that night. He experienced drug induced amnesia – one of the factors that caused medical use of  PCP as an anesthetic to be banned.

He received 25 years in prison for something he could not recall doing. He didn’t know that the joint he was smoking was “wet” and capable of creating auditory hallucinations demanding that he do an act he would never consider when not influenced by the drug.

In another tale of smoking laced marijuana the result was a severe panic attack  This person could not feel any  part of his body, he had auditory and visual hallucinations, he felt he could not breathe and he had a powerful sense of overwhelming doom and death. He still had negative effects months after the incident.

What do psychiatric receiving units do with people who come in out of control on marijuana?

UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital (Formerly known as Shands Vista ) is a Baker Act receiving facility in Gainesville, FL. Their website states that side effects of regular, unlaced marijuana include panic, paranoia or acute psychosis. They go on to state that marijuana is often cut with hallucinogens and smoking this type can lead to extreme hyperactivity, physical violence, heart attack, seizures, stroke or cardiac arrest.

Their treatment includes giving the patient benzodiazepines, psychoactive drugs like Xanax, Valium, and Ativan, which themselves can cause brain damage.

Since no psychiatric drug as been shown to be effective with marijuana addiction or laced marijuana , doctors in psychiatric facilities more or less experiment with various sedatives, antidepressants and prescription drugs in trying to calm down a violent patient who is high on PCP.

Jeff Deeney, a social worker and freelance writer from Philadelphia, wrote about the rising use of PCP wet weed in his city in 2011.

He described dealers on the street calling out “wet, wet, wet” looking for customers who wanted a high that included hallucinations and who, not infrequently, got a psychotic episode as well.

Deeney wrote, “By morning light, some of them will be strapped to gurneys in inpatient psych units, wards of the city’s Crisis Response Centers—psychiatric emergency rooms acting as triage units for the homicidal and suicidal.”

Users are mostly in their teens and twenties. One named Nelly said “I got tired of weed and for a minute wet was cool, it was something new, it was a good way to escape.”

He wasn’t counting on the dissociative effects of wet weed which far exceeded those of high-grade designer marijuana. He’d have long conversations with inanimate objects that had come to life. Even when not high on the drug he’d have hallucinations with voices talking to him. “I heard voices, they would tell me to do things I didn’t want to do, commit crimes, hurt people, stuff like that.”

According to wet users an overdose makes body temperature go very high with a sensation of burning up. Many strip off clothing. The stories of naked PCP fueled users fighting off the police with the strength of 10 men are not overly exaggerated. A Philly policeman said “That stuff about Superman strength is for real, believe me,” he says. “I’ve seen people jump out of two story windows…people really do crazy stuff on PCP when we encounter them.”

Dr. John McCafferty was the Inpatient Director at Einstein Hospital’s psychiatric unit that serves the neighborhoods in Philadelphia where wet use is soaring. He got an involuntary commitment, at least once a week.

He said other types of addicts get stabilized quickly but wet users can be catatonic for days.

“PCP users can be so psychotic when they’re brought in that they can’t provide any history. . . Some PCP users are transferred to the psych unit from the trauma unit, where they had pins put in their legs because they jumped out a window. Some complain of chest pains days after arriving, and when we do an X-ray we find broken ribs. PCP is also an anesthetic, so other injuries often aren’t discovered until after it wears off.”

Nelly eventually stopped using wet weed. But then, instead of smoking marijuana with PCP, he took psychiatric medication “in order to stabilize his mood.” He may be quieter but he’s still taking dangerous drugs – probably for the rest of his life unless he encounters a real drug rehab program to help him quit his medications.

Having to choose between addiction to PCP marijuana or addiction to psychiatric drugs is a choice young people should not have to make.  2011

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Can Social Networking Use Reveal Mental Health Issues?

computer 2Studying social networking habits is the latest approach the mental health community is taking to explore new ways to detect early signs of mental health issues and “intervene” with their usual treatment – a psychiatric drug prescription.

One such researcher is Dr. Munmum De Choudhury, a PhD in computer science who is currently an Asst. Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Her earlier work in 2013 involved a study of the Facebook and Twitter activity of expectant mothers in order to attempt to predict whether a particular individual was likely to a victim for the diagnosis of “post-partum depression”.

She claims to have found a model that could predict with 80% accuracy

which moms would end up with depression.

The next step?
“…the design and deployment of new kinds of early warning systems that could bring people timely information and assistance” – assistance being an anti-depressant drug.

She states that her studies will spark discussions about privacy and ethics and that people might be uncomfortable with others making predictions about their mental health and making those predications public. Her justification is that she’s using data “they have shared openly with the public.”

In Dec of 2103 she was interviewed while working at Microsoft Research using Twitter and other social networking to study depression. She had been looking into how often people posted, what types of posts they shared, when they posted, how they were connected to friends and friends of friends and the language style of their posts.

She was surprised to learn, with the help of a psychologist, called in to help on the project that people who never mentioned they were “depressed” still gave off signals in various nuanced ways that showed they were in fact suffering from depression.

“This gives us hope that observing social media use of people over time—something which is increasingly gaining popularity—can be used to build tools, forecasting algorithms, interventions, and prevention strategies for both individuals themselves as well as policymakers to help them deal with and manage this medical condition in a better way.”

Yes, depression is a “medical condition” despite no medical tests for it and it requires “intervention.”

She goes on to state, “In terms of intervention, since our estimates of depression can be made considerably more frequent than conventional surveys such as by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the estimates can be utilized time to time to enable early detection and rapid treatment of depression in sufferers.”

Drug companies will love any system that can find more depressed people than the CDC can!

Her latest work was done with another Microsoft Researcher and was a study of two years of Twitter data from 4 cities in Mexico where the violence between the government forces and the drug cartels, between rival drug cartels and between cartels and citizen vigilante groups was so brutal journalists reporting it were in danger and the newspaper and media stopped covering the stories.

Citizen bystanders thus used Twitter and a blog called  the Blog del Narco in order to acquire and share news and warnings about what was going on.

Dr. Choudhury and her researcher partners studied this social networking with algorithms designed to scan tweets for specific words, message frequency and when items were posted and replied to.

They went into the project looking for signs of people getting numb and de-sensitized to violence and for signs of which persons would have post-traumatic stress disorder. They did find some evidence of these mental health issues in the social media posts they studied but acknowledged that the study was purely correlations and they could not draw a cause and effect conclusion that exposure to prolonged violence actually led to desensitization in these people.

They also did not find any simple tips to identify mental health issues in individuals from the study of the social media postings.

Yet despite those acknowledgments, Dr. Choudhury was quoted as saying that what they did find could help “make interventions to make sure that people receive the right kind of attention at the right time”

Recently “TIME” magazine reported on a few more researchers in its Jan 2014 article entitled,  “How Twitter Knows When You’re Depressed.”

They quoted Eric Horvitz, co-director of Microsoft Research Redmond.

“We wondered if we could actually build measures that might be able to detect if someone is severely depressed, just in publicly posted media. What are people telling the world in public spaces? You might imagine tools that could make people aware of a swing in mood, even before they can feel it themselves.”

Microsoft researchers acquired the Twitter records for 476 people users; 171 of them who had  severe depression. They analyzed 2.2 million Tweets going back to a year before depression began and formed a model of what a depressed or soon to be depressed person’s Tweets would look like. They studied the number of Tweets, time of day of Tweeting and words used in the Tweets.

They claim it predicted future depression with 70% accuracy despite being baffled by the study showing that words like she, him, girl, game, men, home, fun, house, favorite, wants, tolerance, cope, amazing, love, care, songs, and movie could be indications of depression as well as ones that they expected such as anxiety, severe, appetite, suicidal, nausea, drowsiness, fatigue, nervousness, addictive, attacks, episodes, and sleep.

Also, they found, if you Tweet after 9:00 PM or stop Tweeting so often, you could soon be a victim of depression.

A different researcher at the Univ. of Washington has identified a group of first-year students at a number of colleges across the country based on their Twitter feeds—hashtags and posts relating to orientation. From this he hopes to isolate the “red flags” that indicate emotional problems.

Another study by The University of California in San Diego has been funded by the federal government’s National Institute of Health. Here Michael Conway is creating models that will eventually track depression in communities and figure out how to apply mental health resources to better assess public health. “The ultimate goal of this work is to provide a cost-effective, real-time means of monitoring the prevalence of depression in the general population,” Conway said in an email.

Prozac in the water supply, anyone?

This “science” has a long way to go and millions of citizens around the world have no interest in being snooped and spied on by social scientists ready to label them “depressed” when they feel just fine, thank you very much.

Researchers like Horvitz admit they will have to deal with those skeptical of their work and concerned with privacy issues

And Conway’s team is looking at the ethics of his work by “investigating public attitudes towards the ethics of using social media for public health monitoring.” In other words, he wants to find out how to spin it so the public will accept more NSA type spying and Big Brother style mental health treatments

This type of research is turning traditional American liberty on its head. This social scientists would label you guilty until proven innocent. The artificial intelligence computers and algorithms will say you are mentally ill and you’d better take your anti-depressants until you can prove you aren’t.


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Dementia Can Be Reversed Without Psychiatric Drugs

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt seems that today aging gracefully is becoming a thing of the past.  There are more and more cases of Alzheimer’s instead.   Alzheimer’s is only one form of dementia, but it seems to be the most common one as of late.  Stories of aging parents not recognizing their loved ones or not being able to function on their own are being told more often than ever before.  Now   ailing seniors are often sent to spend their final years in nursing homes where they can predictably be put on dangerous antipsychotics to control their behavior.  This is unnecessary and in fact inhumane.  Dementia is not a death sentence and can be treated with good results if one looks in the right place. 

Many people, including doctors, think dementia or Alzheimer’s as the beginning of an irreversible decline so that twenty-four hour care is inevitable.  Instead of searching for a physical cause of dementia in that individual, a regular doctor will diagnose the patient to match a disease and prescribe a corresponding drug.  This just puts the person in a pool with many others with the same condition.  This is not necessarily helpful, as this puts more emphasis on the disease and not the individual. 

Dr. Mark Hyman helps people by focusing on the individual and practicing personalized medicine.  Instead of treating dementia once it is diagnosed, he looks at what may have affected the brain in the first place that could have caused dementia.  In other words, he looks for the underlying causes so he can correct them and heal the patient. 

He says that the brain responds like the rest of the body to stress, poor diet, toxins, lack of exercise, lack of sleep and nutritional deficiencies.  Genes are also a factor.  Dr. Hyman says that some genes predispose a person to high cholesterol or accumulating toxins which would make them more at risk for dementia. 

By doing genetic testing and other tests to find deficiencies and the like, Dr. Hyman matches his treatment to the facts he finds, not to match a dementia diagnosis.  For example, a woman received neuropsychological testing and was diagnosed with dementia.  Her doctor told her there was no treatment to stop or reverse dementia.  She then saw Dr. Hyman and she was found to have mercury toxicity, vitamin deficiencies and a low thyroid.  By increasing her exercise, eating a better diet and correcting the deficiencies, her condition improved greatly in six months. 

Dr. Hyman maintains that mental decline is reversible.  It’s as simple as eliminating the problems and feeding the body good things.  If this is done, it will heal.  It is worth checking out the correctable causes for memory loss by getting tested for a pre-diabetes condition, low thyroid, depression, Vitamin B and D deficiencies and omega-3 fat deficiency.  It is also worth looking into high cholesterol, mercury and metal toxicity as well as unique genes that predispose one to detoxification problems or nutritional deficiencies. 

This practice of medicine certainly makes more sense than assuming a person is just going to get worse and eventually wind up with some sort of psychiatric treatment.  Why psychiatric treatment?  It is because dementia, Alzheimer’s, mild cognitive impairment and “memory loss not specified elsewhere” are all listed in the DSM-V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders).  Psychiatrists have decided these are “mental disorders” because they have something to do with the mind. 

The problem with this is that “mental disorders” are treated with dangerous mind-altering drugs with serious side effects.  They don’t look for any physical causes for memory loss.  It doesn’t matter that the FDA has not approved antipsychotics to treat dementia because any doctor can prescribe a drug “off-label.”   Someone with dementia could be prescribed antidepressants or more likely antipsychotics, especially if they are in a nursing home. 

Antipsychotics are way over-prescribed and are used as sedatives to chemically restrain patients to make life easier for doctors and nurses.  That is abuse in itself, but what is worse is that antipsychotics carry a FDA Black Box Warning stating that antipsychotics increase the risk of death, stroke, heart attack and falls.  

Even though the FDA says antipsychotics should not be prescribed to the elderly with dementia since it can hasten death, it does not stop the drug companies from marketing them for off-label use.  They do not care how many seniors went from lively to listless while on Seroquel or Zyprexa.    Profits are more important than the side effects their drugs have on people.  Drug companies such as Eli Lilly and Astra Zeneca have been fined for such illegal marketing.  However, their profits are so large it’s just the cost of doing business. 

With the above information in mind, if you have a loved one who seems to heading in the direction of dementia, don’t go to a psychiatrist.  Find a doctor like Dr. Hyman, who will find the cause of the memory loss and correct it without drugs.  Your loved one will live a longer and happier life with full mental faculties.

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School Classes on Death and Dying Lead to Student Suicides

graveyard School courses that teach students about suicide and dealing with death do lead to more suicide attempts despite claims to the contrary in The Youth Suicide Prevention School-Based Guide booklet given out widely in Florida.  This booklet, sponsored by SAMHSA (The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) – an agency of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services – glosses over some startling facts.

The booklet states it’s “a Myth” that courses discussing suicide in school classrooms lead to more students thinking about and attempting suicide. It then goes on to contradict itself by stating “studies found that a limited number of students who had previously attempted suicide and were exposed to a curriculum were more likely to view these programs as unsettling and may see suicide as a possible solution to overwhelming problems.”

These harmful suicide classes “focused on the stress model for suicide, a model that attempts to destigmatize suicide. The stress model for explaining suicide has recently been found to be ineffective and potentially dangerous because it “normalizes” suicidal behavior, making suicide more acceptable.”

So, back pedaling from “stress causes suicide” they now promote “mental illness causes suicide” and proceed to encourage teachers, administrators and peers to inform the school psychologist of anyone who looks like a candidate for mental health treatment, i.e. psychotropic drugs.

A battery of suggested suicide screening tests is offered. The booklet also praises a test called MAPS (Measure of Adolescent Potential for Suicide) and then states that “MAPS has also been found to be an effective way of reducing a student’s suicidality although how MAPS does this is unknown.”

Such questionable tests and classes to teach about suicide have done nothing to curb the rising USA student suicide rates.

In Canton, MI an 8 year old boy was shown a suicide film in his second grade class that depicted a depressed child trying to hang himself. Less than 24 hours later, this boy hanged himself in his bedroom.

A 14 year old high school freshman – an honor student and athlete – hung himself after watching a movie about teenage suicide.

But “suicide prevention” classes are just the tip of the iceberg of what psychiatrists and school psychologists have been doing in our schools.

Since the late 1960’s courses on death and dying or so-called death education classes have been introduced into more and more public schools. Most people especially parents have no idea that The National Education Association has authorized schools to give classes on death and dying. It sponsored the writing and publication of “Death and Dying Education” by Prof. Richard O.Ulin of the University of Massachusetts. The book, written in 1978, includes an18-week syllabus for the death educator.

Here is an example of a death education class given to Winslow High School students in Winslow, Me in 1990. During a week long seminar on death and dying students toured a funeral home (which gave them prices for burial, embalming, corpse hair styling, etc), filled out organ donation cards wrote their own obituaries and epitaphs, wrote out instructions for their own funerals and discussed mercy killing. They did role playing pretending someone had just died, calling 911, making funeral arrangements and playing the roles of grieving survivors or those trying to comfort them. The course was conducted by a Guidance Counselor who dreamed it up while in graduate school.

One of their own, death educator Nina Rebak Rosenthal, explained in an article entitled “Death Education: Help or Hurt?” (The Clearing House, Jan.1980) that high school students do get very upset by such programs.

“Death arouses emotions. Some students may get depressed; others may get angry; many will ask questions or make statements that can cause concern for the instructor. … Students may discuss the fact that they are having nightmares or that the course is making them depressed or feeling morbid. … Others may have no reactions or feel a great sense of relief that someone finally is talking about the things they often felt they could not say. Others may become frightened. In fact, Bailis and Kennedy report that secondary students increased their fear of death and dying as a result of participating in a death education program.”

She goes on to say “Since death has been such a taboo topic, open and honest communication is essential. Such communication helps to desensitize students to anxiety-arousing items.”

Sane parents would hardly want their children to experience the fear, anger, depression and nightmares created by such morbid school programs nor would they want their children “desensitized to death”.

High school students are not the only targets of these death educators. A kindergarten teacher described how her class trip to a cemetery affected the kids.

After a discussion about burials and cremation, one little girl said, “If I die I don’t know whether I want to be put under the ground or not. I want to think about that some more.” A little boy said, “When I die I’m not going to be buried; I’m going to be flamed.”

Back at the school, the children made up games in the playground sandbox. Plastic frying pans served as tombstones with kids lying down in front of their headstones. Another child walked by and one called out “Hey, this is a graveyard, you want to be dead?” A fourth tombstone was added.

Another boy made “a place for dead people” using a large playground box. Kids would enter one at a time and the boy would lower a blanket to enclose them. Later dolls were used to represent dead babies in the game.

More bizarre death education classes came to view when the TV show “20/20” did a special on it in 1990. The show stated 1 out of 10 US public schools had death and dying classes and they took their cameras into several of them.

A kindergartner class in Lancaster, PA visited a casket showroom and got to feel how nice the plush casket lining felt.

A class from Paintbranch High School near Washington D.C. got the full treatment. They visited the embalming room of a nearby funeral home where a corpse was on display. They got to see how this person had helped by donating his eyes (now covered with plastic caps). They could touch his foot to feel the difference between life and death. “Stanley is very cold” the tour guide told them. Many students were visibly upset.

They continued to the cremation room to see still warm human remains displayed by the funeral director.

“As soon as you’re born you start to die.” was offered as a cheerful comment by the guide.

Back in class sitting around a table, students were encouraged by their teacher “to enter a trance state and reflect on the loss of a close relative or friend.”

He asked them to go back in time to a significant loss – a suicide or a death of a family member. When several students begin to cry, the teacher gave advice that death cannot be undone and other suggestions. After being asked to come out of their trance one girl continued in deep grief and the teacher admitted he had no training to help her.

This same teacher took the class to visit the grave of a student whose brother had died of cancer; the student was urged to tell the class how he felt about his brother’s death.

Hugh Downs, who was the host of “20/20” called the footage “overly morbid”.

An even stranger episode was covered in the show. A junior high school student named Tara Baker had taken death education at Columbine High School in Littleton, Co. in 1985. This is the same high school where a large massacre of students occurred in April of 1999.

Tara described her experience on the video. The death education was part of  her English Literature class and the teacher wove her personal ideas on death and reincarnation into the class. Tara learned, “When you die you get all the knowledge God has and then you’re recreated and you come back again in another life form and you have all the knowledge God has.”

Tara said she loved to learn and the idea of learning everything God knew was exciting to her. Death became something to look forward to.

“It was definitely very appealing – it was an escape. We talked about what we wanted to look like in our casket”. Tara learned that corpses got their hair and nails done. She began to feel she wanted freedom from her body – to be free from its bondage.

In other testimony Tara said that “the subject of death was integrated into many of the courses at her high school. She said that death was made to look glamorous, that living was hard, and that reincarnation would solve their problems. Students were told that they would always return to a much better life form. They would return to the “Oversoul” and become like God.

After one of the students at her school committed suicide, a “suicide talking day” was held and every class was to talk about death. Class assignments were for students to write their own obituaries and suicide notes. They were told to trust their own judgment in choosing whether to live or die.”

Dying would also help to help relieve the planet of overpopulation.

Tara decided to commit suicide.

She drove around the mountains looking for a suitable cliff where she could drive her car off to simulate an accident. Having selected the spot, she went to a beauty salon and got her hair, nails and make-up done. Fortunately, her parents observed her emotional state that day and saved her from carrying out her plan.

Psychiatrists have been there from the beginning of death education. It is a clever addition to psychiatric drugs and suicide prevention classes as the subject of death and dying can be slipped into a variety of school classes. In the “NEA Journal” of March 1973 a death educator wrote: “Death by its very nature involves science and medicine, social studies and sociology, psychology, history, art, literature, music, insurance, and law.”

Psychiatrists remain puzzled by the rising number of student suicides while continuing to claim authority on the subject. Psychiatrists, of course, are adept at dealing with death as they so easily cause it.

It’s time for parents to realize student suicide is caused by psychiatric drugs, suicide prevention classes and death education and demand these programs be removed from our schools. part 2



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What is PTSD – and Is there a Cure?

sad man What is PTSD and how is it treated? PTSD, or post traumatic stress syndrome, is defined by The Mayo Clinic as “a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.”

What is PTSD in our soldier population? As of 2004, 1 in 8 returning soldiers expressed the symptoms of this disorder. One can surmise that this diagnosis has not diminished in the ensuing decade, and in fact there are PTSD statistics as high as 25% for soldiers deployed to combat zones as recently as 2013 .

Unfortunately, the FDA still approves Zoloft and Paxil as treatments for PTSD sufferers. Prozac is also considered a drug of choice, among many other pharmaceuticals, all of which have nightmarish side effects.

The following are just a few of the horrific side effects that may be experienced by Zoloft users:

  • Confusion
  • Convulsions
  • Aggressive reaction
  • Fast talking, and being overly excited to the point of being out of control
  • Increased in body movements
  • Lack of energy
  • Muscle spasm or extremities jerking
  • Nosebleeds
  • Loss of bladder control
  • Mood and behavior changes
  • Sudden loss of consciousness
  • Suicidal thoughts or action

Many experts feel that psychiatric drug treatment for PTSD sufferers is dangerous, and only leads to more misery for those already traumatized by war.

And some in our military are fed up with the “treatment” offered by the psychiatric and pharmaceutical industries, and are demanding alternatives to the current wholesale drugging of our men and women returning from war.

Enter Samueli Institute’s Center for Military Medical Research, an organization looking into the effectiveness of integrative health care. They are interested in “augmenting” the care our troops are currently being given. At this time only 1/3 of active troops use alternative therapy, but half of all veterans depend on complementary or alternative treatment.

This is somewhat encouraging, but still leaves a large percentage of young military men and women vulnerable to psychiatric anti-psychotic drugs as a way to suppress their symptoms. And for the most part, alternative therapies such as acupuncture are only “complementary” to continuing drug treatment.

The Veterans Administration has spent close to $65 million to research projects involving alternative health care combined with current medical practice for the troops. At least there is some cognizance that the current wholesale drugging by psychiatrists is not producing cures.

Even the Psychiatric Times referred to “our national orgy of over using psychotropic drugs,” in an article criticizing their use in treating PTSD. The article also states that PTSD is “unsuccessfully treated with a wide array of psychotropic drugs, which in their aggregate wind up killing the patient-often at a very young age.”

When the psychiatric profession begins to question their own treatment, their feet should be held to the fire and a cessation of their indefensible actions demanded.

What is PTSD deserves an honest answer, and a treatment that not only answers the question, but knows how to cure it. Psychiatry had their chance, and they have unquestionably failed.



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