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VIOLENCE
05 Feb
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Antidepressants and Violence: The Clear Connection

ViolenceThe idea that antidepressants cause violent behavior has been a concern for years. A study published late last year in Sweden found convincing evidence that this concern is warranted.

The evidence showed that young adults from 15 to 24 years old who were currently on an antidepressant drug were more likely to be convicted of the following crimes:

 

  • Homicide
  • Assault
  • Robbery
  • Arson
  • Kidnapping
  • Sexual Offense
  • Other violent crimes

SSRIs include fluoxetine (Prozac), sertraline (Zoloft), Paroxetine (Paxil), citalopram (Celexa), escitalopram (Lexapro) and fluvoxamine (Luvox).

In an article in Psychology Today, Leonard J. Davis says “… these very drugs we hope can treat mental illness are at the same time drugs that cause violent behavior including suicide and aggression toward others. In fact, SSRI’s are the leading drugs in a recent list compiled of the Top Ten Drugs that cause violent behavior.

“It’s been well known that adolescents and young people have an increased risk of suicide when they begin to take SSRIs. But what we may forget is that suicide is an impulsive behavior that is turned against oneself. But impulses, particularly violent ones, can be turned against others.”

These concerns are from the horse’s mouth. And of course, there have been black box warnings about suicidal behavior on bottles of SSRIs prescriptions for many years.

Time compiled a list of the top 10 drugs that can produce violent behavior. Not surprisingly, five antidepressants are on this list. And all but one of these drugs include pharmaceuticals used by psychiatrists to treat their patients.

10) Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq) An antidepressant that is 7.9 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.

9) Venlafaxine (Effexor) This is a psychiatric drug used to treat anxiety disorders. It is 8.3 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.

8) Fluvoxamine (Luvox) This antidepressant drug is is 8.4 times more likely than other medications to be linked with violence

7) Triazolam (Halcion) This is a benzodiazepine drug that can be addictive, and is used for insomnia. It is 8.7 times more likely to be linked with violence than other drugs.

6) Atomoxetine (Strattera) Used to treat ADHD, Strattera is 9 times more likely to be linked with violence compared to the other medications.

5) Mefoquine (Lariam) This malaria treatment is linked with reports of bizarre behavior and is 9.5 times more likely to be linked with violence than other drugs.

4) Amphetamines: (Various) Amphetamines are used to treat ADHD. They are 9.6 times more likely to be linked to violence when compared to other drugs.

3) Paroxetine (Paxil) An SSRI antidepressant, Paxil is additionally associated with more severe withdrawal symptoms and a much increased risk of birth defects compared to other medications in that class. It is 10.3 times more likely to be linked with violence compared to other drugs.

2) Fluoxetine (Prozac) The first well-known SSRI antidepressant, Prozac is 10.9 times more likely to be linked with violence in comparison with other medications.

1) Varenicline (Chantix) The anti-smoking medication Chantix affects is 18 times more likely to be linked with violence compared to other drugs.

It is intolerable that psychiatric medications have side effects dangerous not only to the patient himself but to those in his environment. A single life lost due to this profession’s cavalier attitude must be considered when state and federal governments consider giving the mental health community additional support.

There has been research done in safely helping those with mental problems using nutrition and gentle treatment. It is worthwhile investigating and supporting endeavors that do not require a black box warning before administering.

SOURCES:

http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-antidepressant-ssri-violent-crime-risk-20150915-story.html

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/obsessively-yours/201212/newtown-shootings-caution-about-violence-and-ssris

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/child-and-adolescent-mental-health/antidepressant-medications-for-children-and-adolescents-information-for-parents-and-caregivers.shtml

http://healthland.time.com/2011/01/07/top-ten-legal-drugs-linked-to-violence/

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Illness
05 Feb
0

Mental Disorder or Physical Illness?

IllnessThere can be grave danger in psychiatric evaluation and diagnosis. For instance, a person physically ill may exhibit a seeming mental disorder, yet be completely sane. If a qualified medical doctor does not get to the patient before a psychiatrist does, the patient could end up being dosed with dangerous psychiatric drugs, his actual medical illness left untreated.

Oliver Freudenreich, MD writes in Psychiatric Times:

“The number of medical diseases that can present with psychotic symptoms (ie, delusions, hallucinations) is legion. A thorough differential diagnosis of possible medical and toxic causes of psychosis is necessary to avoid the mistaken attribution of psychosis to a psychiatric disorder.”

Dr. Ronald Diamond of the University Of Wisconsin Department Of Psychiatry asserts that when a person ends up in a medical facility with a seeming psychological disorder, there is a very real possibility there is an underlying physical cause.

Dr. Diamond asserts “The most common problem, however, is that we do not think about the possibility of medical illness and, therefore, we do not specifically look for medical illness. IF YOU DO NOT LOOK FOR IT, YOU WILL NOT FIND IT.”

Dr. Diamond points out doctors often assume a patient is just “nuts.” It can be hard to evaluate such patients, as they may be acting in a bizarre fashion. They also might be unwilling or unable to give a history of their illness, and possibly unable to give a good description of their symptoms.

He says, “The fact that someone is actively psychotic does not mean that they do not also have a serious medical illness. One should always be concerned that a medical illness might, in fact, be the cause of the psychosis.”

For instance, both hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism can mask as mental illness. In fact, those who have an overactive thyroid observably are anxious and tense, appearing impatient and irritable. They may also be depressed and have difficulty sleeping. In severe cases, they may seem schizophrenic, losing their grip on reality and even hallucinating. On the other hand, an under active thyroid causes a person to lose interest and initiative. His personality seems to fade, and he becomes depressed and possibly paranoid.

There are cases of people with these physical disorders being wrongly diagnosed, even hospitalized for months and given psychiatric treatment. Exactly how many have suffered in this way is impossible to know for sure, since psychiatrists often spend very little time with their patients before deciding that they have a mental disorder and then prescribing psychotropic drugs.

Allen J. Frances, MD makes an important point in Psychology Today when he agrees with some of his readers who asserted that “DSM 5 [Psychiatry’s Bible of mental disorders] will harm people who are medically ill by mislabeling their medical problems as mental disorder.”

Dr. Frances goes on to state “Adding to the woes of the medically ill could be one of the biggest problems caused by DSM 5. It will do this in two ways: 1) by encouraging a quick jump to the erroneous conclusion that someone’s physical symptoms are ‘all in the head’; and 2) by mislabeling as mental disorders what are really just the normal emotional reactions that people understandably have in response to a medical illness…”

A standard checklist of medical (not psychiatric) tests and a thorough examination for physical illness should be done on any person who seems mentally ill. Anything less is not just bad medicine, it is criminal negligence.

SOURCES:

http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/forensic-psychiatry/differential-diagnosis-psychotic-symptoms-medical-%E2%80%9Cmimics%E2%80%9D

http://www.alternativementalhealth.com/psychiatric-presentations-of-medical-illness-2/

http://www.thyroid.ca/e10f.php

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/dsm5-in-distress/201212/mislabeling-medical-illness-mental-disorder

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psychiatric-facility
20 Jan
1

Abuse And Attacks In Florida’s Mental Hospitals

psychiatric-facilityIn June of 2014, twenty-seven year old Tuarus McNair, a mental patient at Treasure Coast Forensic Treatment Center, was punched repeatedly in the head by another patient during a fight.

The hospital workers’ response to this brutal attack was unbelievable. Instead of merely separating the two men, attendants gave McNair an enormous dose of an antipsychotic drug (Thorazine) and led him to his room.

When hospital workers checked on him later, his heart had stopped.

Despite clear evidence of a Thorazine overdose (he was given 10 times the recommended amount), medical examiner Dr. Roger Mittleman blamed McNair’s death on a rare heart malfunction that can strike drug abusers or athletes. The Department of Children and Families (DCF) ruled McNair’s death was “natural.”

McNair’s Mother searches for the Truth

Mrs. McNair, who spent 15 months attempting to get to the truth behind her son’s death states, “If they get away doing it with my son, it could be your daughter next time, your son, your mom or your dad that they get away with it.”

The anguished mother says “I just want someone to tell me what happened to my baby.”

Last March Mrs. McNair arranged to pick up her son’s medical records. She arrived with a reporter and was met by two security guards in company with Enza Abbate, the hospital’s risk manager.

Abbate, who must surely have a heart of stone, told Mrs. McNair “You’ll be getting a letter from our corporate office. This conversation is over.”

The grieving mother was ordered to leave. She never did get any records from the hospital. Mrs. McNair states, “My son is dead and no one will tell me what happened.”

Forty two year old Man Killed at another Florida State Mental Hospital

Another victim was 42 year old Luis Santana, who died at South Florida State Hospital in Pembroke Pines. His caretakers thought he was having a psychotic episode, and gave him five powerful drugs to “calm him down.” They left him in a bathtub that reached temperatures of 118 degrees, causing his skin to peel off when workers eventually attempted to revive him.

The fact that hospital attendants were to check on him every 15 minutes, and neglected to do so, can only be found in sealed reports. To make things worse, the names of the employees in charge of his misguided care were also deemed secret.

The state’s wall of silence and secrecy concerning its mental hospitals has created a deadly and dangerous situation where tracking neglect and abuse is difficult, if not impossible.

Psychiatric Hospitals Above the Law?

Reporters from the Times/Herald-Tribune have looked into injuries at six of Florida’s mental institutions. Information regarding the incidents has not been forthcoming. Deaths have been classified as natural even though neglect and mistakes by employees contributed to or caused the fatalities.

Well-meaning but misguided state officials feel the solution to the neglect and abuse rampant in these psychiatric houses of horror is providing them with additional funding.

But throwing more money at a profession unable to scientifically diagnose or cure a single mental disorder is a recipe for disaster. The tortures of electroconvulsive therapy, psychiatric brain operations and permanently disabling antipsychotic drugs should be outlawed, not funded by the taxpayer.

The truly insane need gentle treatment in a safe environment, not manhandling by brutal attendants armed with hypodermic needles.

To read the full investigative reports, please click on these links:

http://www.tampabay.com/projects/2015/investigations/florida-mental-health-hospitals/secrecy/

http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/investigations/2015/11/02/state-mnetal-hospitals-10-investigates-tampa-bay-times-sarasota-herald-tribune/75058432/

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Risperdal bottle
20 Jan
0

Risperdal: Another Psychiatric Drug Ruining Lives

Raining DrugsRisperdal is one of the so-called second generation antipsychotic drugs, touted to be safer than the older anti-psychotics.

Manufactured by Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceutical unit, it is approved for schizophrenia treatment and bipolar disorder in teenagers and adults, and autism spectrum disorder in children and teens. It has also been used off-label for ADHD, sleep problems and even depression.

This drug is a huge moneymaker for pharmaceutical companies, with $4.5 billion made in their peak year of 2007. In 2013, even though generics had appeared on the market, Johnson & Johnson still made $1.5 billion from the drug.

Common Risperdal Side Effects

Some of the more common side effects of this antipsychotic include:

  • Fatigue and sedation
  • Dizziness or blurry vision
  • Indigestion, nausea, vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Increased production of saliva
  • Irregular or increased heart beats
  • Tremor, anxiety or restlessness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Increased hunger and consequent weight gain
  • Prolonged erection of the penis

Horrific as these common side effects are, there are some even worse, including breast development (which can include lactation) in men and young girls. Partial mastectomies are sometimes the only option for the men. Nerve damage can result, and the muscle tissue can be out of balance in the chest even after surgical repair.

Even if health insurance companies paid for the Risperdal drug treatment, they are not eager to pay for the breast surgery required to handle this side effect.

Johnson & Johnson Pays Damages in 2013

Johnson & Johnson was alleged to have paid kickbacks to doctors and to pharmacies for recommending and prescribing both Risperdal and Invega (another antipsychotic drug) and Natrecor, which is a heart failure drug.

In 2013, Johnson & Johnson was forced to pay $2.2 billion as a result of criminal and civil allegations that they promoted them for off-label use.

Zane Memeger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania stated:

“J & J’s promotion of Risperdal for unapproved uses threatened the most vulnerable populations of our society – children, the elderly and those with developmental disabilities.”

Johnson & Johnson had to issue recalls related to manufacturing and shipping contamination. They also faced thousands of lawsuits related to side effects in children as well as some irreversible side effects.

Psychiatry Ignores 2013 Lawsuit

But as recently as April of 2015, The Psychiatry Advisor stated, “Adding the antipsychotic risperidone and parental training to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medication treatment reduces disruptive behavior in children with severe aggression.”

While Johnson & Johnson did receive a heavy slap on the wrist for off label promotion of Risperdal, the pseudoscience of psychiatry is still recommending it for treatment in children.

Yes, two years after Johnson & Johnson was publicly chastised for their promotion of Risperdal to treat children, psychiatry continues to recommend it. Are those in the psychiatric industry stupid, ignorant or arrogant? Many would assert these adjectives are much too mild.

Defend your Family against Psychiatric Abuse

The only defense against psychiatric abuse is education. One must learn what the actual side effects of their recommended drugs are, including the many irreversible and even fatal ones.

Only then can the drug-prescribing psychiatrist be seen for what he or she actually is: one who destroys in the name of help.

SOURCES:

http://www.drugwatch.com/risperdal/http://www.drugdangers.com/risperdal/side-effects.htm

http://www.psychiatryadvisor.com/adhd/adding-risperidone-can-help-in-treating-aggressive-adhd/article/410166/

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/johnson-johnson-to-pay-22b-in-us-health-care-fraud-settlement/

http://www.psychiatryadvisor.com/adhd/adding-risperidone-can-help-in-treating-aggressive-adhd/article/410166/http://topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/lawsuit-news/11723-risperdal-side-effects-men-can-require-partial-mastectomies/

 

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infant mental health
30 Dec
0

Infants Being Given Psychiatric Drugs On The Rise

infant mental healthPsychiatric drug prescriptions for infants age 2 and younger have been rising at an alarming rate.

The New York Times recently reported statistics obtained from the prescription data company IMS Health, the world’s leading health information and analytics company.

  • 20,000 prescriptions for Risperdal, Seroquel and other antipsychotics in 2014 – up from 13,000 the year before.
  • 83,000 prescriptions for the anti-depressant Prozac – a 23% increase from the year before.

Can anyone determine that an infant 2 years old or less has depression or is a dangerous psychotic in the making?

Of course not.

There are no medical tests to show that older children, teens or adults have the mental health conditions that psychiatrists have described and cataloged in their DSM manuals over the years. And there are no such medical tests for infants and toddlers.

Yet supported by governments and legislation, psychiatrists manage the pretense of being authorities in the field of mental health without having to medically prove anything or cure anyone.

The NY Times article cites a story of a boy who reacted with violent behavior to an epilepsy medicine at 18 months old and was given Risperdal, a drug designed for adult psychosis cases.

On Risperdal, Andrew began screaming in his sleep and talking to invisible people during the day.

His mother had the good sense to observe the effects of this antipsychotic drug and get him taken him off of Risperdal.

She told the newspaper “It was just ‘Take this, no big deal,’ like they were Tic Tacs. He was just a baby.”

Since legally doctors are free to prescribe any medicine for any reason, there is nothing to stop a pediatrician, neurologist, or child psychiatrist from recommending a drug that has never been tested or approved for children, let alone infants.

To his credit, the author of The NY Times article included remarks by some professionals critical of this rise in psychiatric drug use in infants.

Dr. Mary Margaret Gleason, a pediatrician and child psychiatrist at Tulane University School of Medicine said, “There’s a sense of desperation with families of children who are suffering, and the tool that most providers have is the prescription pad.”

Dr. Gleason also stated that these medications can profoundly influence infant brain growth and that no formal clinical trials of the drugs have been done on infants and toddlers due to the potential dangers to brain development. Because of these dangers, she does not want to push for these studies to be done.

Dr. Martin Drell, former president of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, said he was “hard-pressed to figure out what the rationale would be” for the prescriptions.

Dr. Ed Tronick, a professor of developmental and brain sciences at the University of Massachusetts Boston said “I think you simply cannot make anything close to a diagnosis of these types of disorders in children of that age. There’s this very narrow range of what people think the prototype child should look like. Deviations from that lead them to seek out interventions like these. I think it’s just nuts.”

Additionally, we are told, “The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the American Academy of Neurology have no guidelines or position statements regarding use of antidepressants and antipsychotics in children younger than 3.”

The Big Picture

In 2014 when a report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the 10,000 toddlers being prescribed ADHD drugs surfaced in the media, a reporter at The Citizens Commission on Human Rights International (CCHR), a non-profit, non-political, non-religious mental health watchdog organization, did a full report with source references. Here are more of the statistics revealed by IMS Health for 2013.

0-1 year olds being prescribed psychiatric drugs:

  • 249,669 0-1 year olds are on anti-anxiety drugs (such as Xanax, Klonopin, and Ativan).
  • 26,406 0-1 year olds are on antidepressants (such as Prozac, Zoloft, and Paxil).
  • 1,422 0-1 year olds taking ADHD drugs (such as Ritalin, Adderall, and Concerta).
  • 654 0-1 year olds are taking antipsychotics (such as Risperdal, Seroquel, and Zyprexa).

2-3 year olds (toddlers) being prescribed psychiatric drugs:

  • 318,997 2-3 year olds are on anti-anxiety drugs.
  • 46,102 2-3 year olds are on antidepressants
  • 10,000 2-3 year olds being prescribed ADHD drugs
  • 3,760 2-3 year olds are taking antipsychotics.

Growing numbers of prescriptions are being delivered to infants and toddlers despite the known debilitating side effects, deaths, homicides and suicides reported in older children and adults taking these medications.

Ritalin, Adderall and Concerta are psychiatric drugs that are given to kids diagnosed with ADHD. These are labeled Schedule II drugs, meaning they have a high potential for abuse, with use potentially leading to severe psychological or physical dependence. These drugs are considered dangerous.

The CCHR article also reported that:

“ADHD drugs also have serious side effects such as agitation, mania, aggressive or hostile behavior, seizures, hallucinations, and even sudden death, according to the National Institutes of Health. And the Food and Drug Administration still mandates that all labels for ADHD stimulants state ‘Long-term effects of amphetamines in children have not been well established.’

As far as antipsychotics, antianxiety drugs, and antidepressants, the FDA and international drug regulatory agencies cite side effects including, but not limited to, psychosis, mania, suicidal ideation, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and even sudden death.”

In Feb of 2015 a Wall Street Journal article asked “Why Are So Many Toddlers Taking Psychiatric Drugs?”

Sadly, the answer is that pharmaceutical companies manufacture them, doctors and psychiatrists prescribe them and a great deal of money is made at the expense of the mental and physical health of infants and children.

SOURCES:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/11/us/psychiatric-drugs-are-being-prescribed-to-infants.html?_r=0

http://www.cchrint.org/2014/05/21/10000-toddlers-on-adhd-drugs-tip-of-the-iceberg/

http://blogs.wsj.com/experts/2015/02/19/why-are-so-many-toddlers-taking-psychiatric-drugs/

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medical test
30 Dec
0

Psychiatry: Diagnosis Without Testing

medical testFor some reason, the standards for mental health practitioners are different from every other field of medicine. For instance, if your throat hurt, your doctor would probably take a culture from the back of your throat and tonsils to check for the presence of streptococcal bacteria. If you test positive for strep, he’d probably give you antibiotics to cure the illness. If you tested negative, he’d give you a different treatment plan.

Or, if your tooth ached, you might see a dentist, who would use diagnostic tools and visual inspection to discover the problem. Then, based on those tests, your dentist would offer a treatment plan to handle the problem permanently.

However, everything changes when you explore the techniques used by psychiatry for mental illness. For some reason, when one has a mental condition, psychiatrists and psychologists don’t seem to have any biological tests to perform.

In his book, The New Psychiatry, Columbia University psychiatry professor Jerrold S. Maxmen, M.D. states, “It is generally unrecognized that psychiatrists are the only medical specialists who treat disorders that, by definition, have no definitively known causes or cures.”

The reason for that might be best explained by psychiatrist Peter Breggin, M.D., in his book Toxic Psychiatry. He said, “There is no evidence that any of the common psychological or psychiatric disorders have a genetic or biological component.”

And according to Allen Frances, psychiatrist and the former task force chairman for DSM-IV (psychiatry’s universal manual, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), “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.”

So, to sum it up, psychiatrists don’t know why people have mental problems, they can’t cure their patients, and they can’t test objectively for anything. However, they are given free range to prescribe heavy, mind-altering drugs to patients without any scientific basis to back it up.

This gross malpractice wouldn’t be tolerated in any other branch of medicine.

Let’s say you went to a doctor, complaining of a sore throat and he gave you lozenges and sent you home. If you had strep throat you might develop pneumonia, rheumatic fever, meningitis or a host of other debilitating illnesses. That doctor is clearly incompetent and you’d be well within your rights to sue him for malpractice.

Likewise, if you saw a dentist for a toothache and he failed to take an X-ray, but simply chose to extract a tooth in the vicinity of the pain, it’s probable that further complications would develop. The infection could in fact spread to the brain. There would be little doubt in anyone’s mind that this dentist was a bungling idiot whose license should be taken away.

In any other branch of the medical profession, a doctor who proposes a treatment without performing proper tests would be sued and have their license revoked. In some cases they might even be jailed if the malpractice was severe enough. The burning question is why aren’t psychiatrists held accountable for their gross misconduct?

Psychiatric incompetence and abuse needs to be reported, so that the doctors involved can be removed from practice. If you or someone you know has been a victim of psychiatric mishandling, please contact CCHR Florida or, if the abuse occurred outside of Florida, contact CCHR International. CCHR investigates these instances and can assist you in reporting criminal psychiatric practice.

You and others like you can make a difference!

Sources:

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/streams-of-consciousness/why-are-there-no-biological-tests-in-psychiatry/

http://www.antipsychiatry.org/exist.htm

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/12-shocking-facts-psychiatric-drugs/

http://www.cchrint.org/psychiatric-disorders/psychiatristsphysicians-on-lack-of-any-medicalscientific-tests/

http://www.nytimes.com/1997/05/17/nyregion/in-rare-case-doctor-faces-jail-time-for-negligence.html

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food alternative
21 Dec
0

Is Nutritious Food an Alternative to Psychiatric Drugs?

food alternativeSome psychiatrists are now discovering that nutrition might be able to handle symptoms that have been labeled as mental health disorders and that nutrition works better than psychiatric drugs.

An article entitled “Food May Be a Tool to Consider When Helping Psychiatric Patients” was published on October 16, 2015 in Psychiatric News, the print and electronic news service of the American Psychiatric Association. This publication says its purpose is “to provide the primary and most trusted information for APA members, other physicians and health professionals, and the public about developments in the field of psychiatry that impact clinical care and professional practice.”

Here is a ray of hope from a publication usually filled with news of the latest psychiatric drug or the latest programs for spreading psychiatric drug treatment far and wide.

The author, Drew Ramsey, M.D., is an assistant clinical professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Ramsey is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He completed his specialty training in adult psychiatry at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute, received an M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Earlham College. He’s a member of the American Psychiatric Association.

He’s also a farmer.

His work on food and brain health has been published in the New York Times, Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and Prevention.

He is one of psychiatry’s leading proponents of using dietary change to help balance moods, sharpen brain function and improve mental health. His website and blog are filled with reports of clinical trials that show improvement using nutrition rather than psychiatric drugs.

Dr. Ramsey talks about “Psychofarmacology” in which key foods such as kale, seafood and even dark chocolate nourish the brain and help to eliminate symptoms in patients normally treated with anti-depressants or other drugs.

Studies are showing that depression, dementia, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder seem to respond very well to improvements in nutrition.

One study cited followed university students in Spain for over 4 years and found that a healthy Mediterranean diet decreased the risk factor of major depression by 42%.

Another study showed that postmenopausal women eating a standard “Western” diet with lots of simple carbs, fried foods and highly processed foods had increased risk for depression.

A very large study was done in the University of Western Australia and published in The Journal of Attention Disorders. Almost 3000 children were followed from birth to age 14. Those on the “Western” diet of saturated fat, sugar, refined carbs and high sodium were found to have double the risk for ADHD compared to those with a good diet.

Living on soda, take-out food and potato chips could very well be a quick route to the school counselor and an ADHD diagnosis and drug prescription.

In another study 202 sedentary adults diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) were divided into four groups at random and were given either  a) supervised exercise; b) home-based exercise; c) the anti-depressant Zoloft; or d) a placebo pill. Results showed the patients doing exercise did better than those on Zoloft. The beneficial exercise results were longer lasting and free of the lengthy list of side-affects Zoloft is known to produce.

The British Journal of Psychiatry in the January 30, 2014 publication reported on results of a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial conducted by psychology investigators at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. It was run by independent academic scientists and was not funded by any manufacturers of pharmaceuticals or nutritional products.

They tested a micro-nutrient formula containing 14 vitamins, 16 minerals, 3 amino acids, and 3 antioxidants on adults with ADHD. It dramatically beat the placebo, having greater improvement in both inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity as reported by the participants and by the observations of their friends, partners or parents.

The authors plan similar clinical trials soon with ADHD kids and are also exploring the effects of nutrition on sleep, anxiety and addictions – all currently treated with psychiatric drugs.

Dr. Ramsey is also active in the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research (ISNPR) – a group dedicated to growing the field of nutritional psychiatric research around the world.

He’s written several books to get out  his message that improving diet and brain health can improve mental health.  “50 Shades of Kale” was a best seller in 2013 and his book “Eat Complete: The 21 Nutrients that Fuel Brain Power, Boost Weight Loss and Transform Your Health” is due in 2016.

It should sell well – a salmon dinner with a chocolate dessert seems a lot more appealing than a serving of Zoloft.

 

SOURCES:

http://psychnews.psychiatryonline.org/doi/full/10.1176/appi.pn.2015.pp10b6

http://drewramseymd.com/about/

http://drewramseymd.com/studies/lets-get-physical/

http://drewramseymd.com/studies/adhd-associated-western-dietary-pattern-adolescents/

http://www.isnpr.org/

http://www.isnpr.org/blog/vitamin-mineral-treatment-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adults-double-blind-randomised-placebo-controlled-trial/

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Poison Pill Bottle
06 Dec
0

Psychiatric Death and Injury Toll Increases

Poison Pill BottleIn May of 2015, The British Medical Journal published an article by Professor Peter C Gøtzsche of Nordic Cochrane Centre, Rigshospitalet, Denmark, who asserts “We could stop almost all psychotropic drug use without deleterious effect.”

Professor Gøtzsche questions drug trials that intentionally mask harmful effects (while at the same time overstating benefits). He points out that in the Western world, more than half a million people over age 65 die each year as a result of psychiatric drugs.

Of course, this does not take into effect others who are killed or injured just by being in the line of fire of a psychiatric drug victim on a killing rampage. Nor does it include those under the age of 65 who are killed by psychiatric drug use.

Deaths during psychiatric drug trials are underreported as well. One of the problems is the FDA only counts those deaths as being drug related if they occur within 24 hours of stopping the drug. However, according to the British Medical Journal, “The increased [suicide] rates in the first 28 days of starting and stopping antidepressants emphasize the need for careful monitoring of patients during these periods.”

Tardive Dyskinesia: Permanent Psychiatric Injury

Tardive dyskinesia  (TD) is a debilitating disorder caused by many psychiatric drugs. According to psychiatrist Dr. Peter Breggin, the current assertion that the newer atypical antipsychotic drugs rarely cause TD is not consistent with the truth.

A victim of this psychiatrically induced disorder may have any voluntary muscle group affected, including the face, eyelids, mouth, tongue, shoulders, torso, arms and legs. It can also afflict muscles controlling swallowing, speaking and even breathing.

It may take 3-6 months of drug exposure for TD to manifest in a patient, but there are cases that become afflicted after only a few doses. The disorder has several different manifestations from slow, jerky movements to a form that involves extremely painful muscle spasms. There is even one form that causes agonizing inner turmoil, causing the victim to move frantically to try and relieve the sensation.

Besides the disfiguring aspects of the condition, it is also disabling and sometimes exhausting. Once a person has this condition for several months (or if it is especially severe) it will most likely be irreversible. It can affect a person of any age, and there is no cure.

Psychiatric Drugs and Newborn Injury

When thalidomide was given to women in the 1950s resulting in severe birth defects in their unborn children, the drug was taken off the market for pregnant women.

Yet psychiatrists recommend antidepressant drugs to pregnant women with abandon. And yes, birth defects have increased accordingly. They can be as debilitating as a child born without a forebrain or a child born with organs outside the body.

Antidepressant SSRI use during pregnancy has resulted in serious heart defects in the infant as well.

According to Dr. Peter Breggin, “In December of 2005, the FDA issued a Public Health Advisory warning that the risk of congenital malformation, especially of the heart, was increased by the consumption of Paxil in the first trimester of pregnancy.”

Babies born to women who took antidepressants during their pregnancy enter the world in agony. A study done found that 30% of newborns exposed in utero to these drugs had withdrawal symptoms. The symptoms included irritability, high-pitched or weak crying, poor muscle tone, tremors, rapid breathing, disturbed sleep and respiratory distress.

What will it take to dissuade psychiatrists from their wanton and seemingly unstoppable intrusion into our lives and health?

Our children and future generations will not be safe until the psychiatric scourge is recognized for what it is: death and injury masked by a thin veneer of sneering help.

SOURCES:

http://www.bmj.com/content/350/bmj.h2435

http://www.bmj.com/content/350/bmj.h517

http://www.breggin.com/index.php%3Foption%3Dcom_content%26task%3Dview%26id%3D45%26Itemid%3D66

http://www.breggin.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=163

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06 Dec
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Terrorists on Psych Drugs: Mass Shooters on a Grand Scale

mass killingWhat do many terrorists and school shooters in the US have in common?

Apparently, both terrorists and school shooters are taking psychiatric drugs.

When French Special Forces officers raided the hotel room of wanted ISIS terrorist Salah Abdelsalam in the Paris suburb of Alfortville last week, Captagon was reportedly found, according to Haaretz news.

Captagon, a schedule I drug originally created to treat depression, hyperactivity and narcolepsy, is an extremely addictive drug available across the Middle East. There is a black market economy fueled by the drug, the proceeds of which feed the conflict in Syria and elsewhere.

The drug is said to produce a “euphoric intensity” which helps fighters stay awake for days, murdering with abandon.

Here are some comments made by several Captagon users:

“You can’t sleep or even close your eyes, forget about it… And whatever you take to stop it, nothing can stop it.”

“I felt like I own the world high…. like I have power nobody has. A really nice feeling.”

“There was no fear anymore after I took Captagon.”

A Lebanese psychiatrist, Ramzi Haddad, asserted that Captagon creates the usual stimulant effects. He stated, “You’re talkative, you don’t sleep, you don’t eat, you’re energetic.”

Like Captagon, stimulant drugs still used to treat ADHD are also known to cause violence in certain individuals, increasing aggression and hostility.

Mass shooters who were known to be on psychiatric drugs at the time of their crimes include the South Carolina church murderer Dylann Roof, who was on the anti-anxiety drug Xanax, as well as a the pain killer Suboxone, known to cause violence.

The Aurora Colorado theater shooter, James Holmes, was on the antidepressant Zoloft as well as Clonazepam, an anti-anxiety drug.

The Germanwings Airlines co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, who intentionally crashed his passenger plane, killing all 144 people aboard, had been taking Lorazepam, an anti-anxiety drug. He was also known to be taking an antidepressant.

The Sandy Hook school shooter, Adam Lanza, was never officially confirmed to have been on psychiatric drugs, but when a parent’s rights organization sued the state of Connecticut to get his medical records released, their request was denied. Why? They were told that releasing his records “would cause a lot of people to stop taking their medications.”

The list of mass shooters high on psychiatric drugs is extensive.

The euphoria mentioned by the Middle Eastern Captagon users is mirrored by Adderall users.

Here is a statement made by an Adderall fan on an internet forum:

“My first time ever taking an adderall xr 30mg …The euphoria was intense and was strong for 6-7 hours straight. With euphoric afterglow the whole day.”

Others on the forum also experienced euphoria from the drug, some giving suggestions on how to prolong it, others giving advice on the benefits of other psychiatric drugs, all for the purpose of getting high.

Our drug culture has obviously gotten out of hand, with mass killing of innocent people the most horrific result.

The lunacy of psychiatrists continuing to prescribe drugs with homicidal “side effects” is unquestionable. And the inability of the media to report the truth because of their dependence on pharmaceutical advertising is destroying the safety of our nation.

The unholy alliance between pharmaceutical giants and psychiatrists may prove every bit as dangerous as the threat of terrorist attacks fueled by the psychiatric drug Captagon.

SOURCES:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2015/11/19/the-tiny-pill-fueling-syrias-war-and-turning-fighters-into-super-human-soldiers/

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/10/03/antidepressant-side-effects.aspx

http://www.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd/medications.html

http://www.bluelight.org/vb/threads/710009-How-long-does-your-adderall-euphoria-last-and-best-way-to-take-it

http://www.westernjournalism.com/mass-murders-psychiatric-drugs-and-gun-control/

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25 Nov
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Psychiatrists Still Love Their Electroconvulsive Therapy

ECTAt the most recent annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association two leading practitioners and promoters of electroconvulsive therapy (the modern name for applying electric shocks to a person’s brain using 225 to 450 volts) held a session to educate general psychiatrists on the value of referring their patients for ECT treatments.

ECT Expert #1 Speaks Out

“The biggest problem with ECT is the stigma associated with its use,” said Mount Sinai School of Medicine ECT Services Director Charles Kellner, M.D.

He should know; he’s dedicated his career to the study of this “treatment” and is Editor Emeritus of the Journal of ECT. He has led the collaborative ECT research group CORE (Consortium for research in ECT) for the past decade in the performance of NIMH-sponsored multi-site research protocols.

Despite the fact that ECT was introduced as a psychiatric treatment in 1938 for depression and has thus been used for 77 years, Kellner wrote in January of 2015 “Some recent breakthroughs, using newly developed neuroscience investigational tools, suggest that if research resources are available, we could soon make substantial advances in understanding the mechanism of action of ECT.”

Psychiatrists don’t know how it works but have subjected millions of people to this torture.

Kellner states an estimated 1,000,000 people worldwide get ECT – 100,000 of them in the United States. ECT is done in 500 US hospitals and in outpatient treatment centers.

Kellner explained to the audience of psychiatrists that ECT should not be recommended only as a last resort for patients who have failed other forms of therapy. He explained that ECT can be recommended for patients with major depressive disorder, even before psychiatric drugs are tried.

“For patients with treatment-resistant depression—especially geriatric patients—ECT is a viable treatment option . . . one that should no longer be relegated to the option of last resort.”

According to Kellner, the older folks seem to do very well receiving these shocks especially since modern ECT is done under full anesthesia and with muscle relaxers injected. It all looks calm and peaceful while permanently damaging the patient’s body and memory.

The psychiatrists certainly thrive on giving ECT to the elderly as the number of ECT treatments rises sharply when a patient goes from age 64 to age 65 and Medicare begins to pay the bills for ECT.

A Happy Birthday present to Grandparents from the APA.

Here is a quote from a video made by Dr. Kellner:

“Many patients continue to fear the side effects of ECT particularly the memory loss. And the truth is for most patients the memory loss they get with modern ECT techniques is quite moderate and is something the patients are willing to tolerate for the benefit of getting completely well after a very serious episode of major depression. So typically patients have some decreased memory for the several weeks around the course of the ECT treatment but often times very little more than that. So the memory issue should not be a reason why the patient does not get referred for ECT in the modern era.”

There are 1,000s of testimonials from ECT victims describing the horrors of the treatment and their personal experience of memory loss.

For example:

“In an interview with a Ms. Schwartzkopff by MindFreedom, she said the last time she had her electroshock was 2010. All told she has had more than 60 of them, from the years 2003 to 2010. She reports experiencing devastating memory problems.”

“Any Dr. giving ECT “treatment” should have the treatments given to them before giving it to a patient. To those that are in favor of this ..treatment, try it for yourself if you feel it’s so safe. It’s basically an electric lobotomy. It affects both long AND short term memory. There is a so called psychiatrist in Minnesota who works with North Memorial Hospital that still uses this form of torture. Look him up. His name is Alex Uspenski and he has an office in New Hope, Mn. He’s ruined my life and I’m sure many other of his victims.”

“…$635,000 in a malpractice suit against a psychiatrist who referred a patient for electroshock treatment. The hospital had previously settled for a small amount and the doctor who administered the treatment was not found negligent. The plaintiff, Peggy Salters, is a former nurse who lost her memory for many years of her life, including her professional training and the raising of her children. Her cognitive abilities remain impaired for new learning as well. She was found permanently disabled by the shock treatment.”

Note that Dr. Kellner does not deny memory loss – he uses the expression “the memory loss”. It is a given.

And another quote from Dr. Kellner:

“There may be some confusion amongst patients and practitioners about the role of ECT compared to some of the newer brain stimulation techniques either devices or medications. I think it’s very important to understand that ECT remains the gold standard of brain stimulation techniques. There is no other brain stimulation technique that has the track record of efficacy and safety that ECT does and some of the newer techniques are not serious considerations for patients with serious depression who need to get better quickly and reliably.”

Seriously, is 225 volts the “The Gold Standard of brain stimulation techniques”?

He’s currently accepting patients to volunteer for his latest study at Mt. Sinai which is described as follows:

“Prolonging Remission in Depressed Elderly” 

”While advances have been made in the acute treatment of geriatric depression, failure to maintain remission following successful treatment remains a major public health problem. In particular, loss of antidepressant response can result in ongoing functional impairment and increased risk of suicide. This is especially salient for severe and/or treatment resistant illness, even after successful ECT.  The purpose of this study is to determine whether medication alone or medication and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) work best to prevent depressive relapse and to improve quality of life for older patients with severe mood disorders.”

ECT Expert #2 Speaks Out

Peter Rosenquist, M.D., is vice chair of psychiatry at Georgia Regents University, research and he claims that 50 to 60 percent of people with treatment-resistant depression respond to ECT. “People with psychotic depression are the highest responders, with a response rate of 95 percent,” Rosenquist told Psychiatric News, “followed by people with geriatric depression, at 90 percent.”

Patients with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia may also benefit from using ECT.

Rosenquist is big on combining two psychiatric treatments each by themselves capable of damaging the patient beyond repair or causing his death.

He promotes using the anti-psychotic drug clozapine along with ECT!

Clozapine itself is a killer. According to a study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry “Clozapine use in patients with severe mental illness was associated with a significantly increased risk of death compared with that for the general population… In a recent study, we found that death was a common cause of clozapine treatment cessation.”

ECT also causes death.

Dr. Daniel Fisher presenting to the U.S. FDA Neurological Devices Panel examining the reclassification of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) devices on January 27, 2011 stated that “I base my testimony on my practice as a board certified psychiatrist, my neurochemical research at National Institute of Mental Health, and my 19 years of directing a federally funded technical assistance center, the National Empowerment Center… The APA consent form drastically underestimates mortality associated with ECT by stating a risk of 1 in 10,000, whereas the average of numerous studies indicated a tenfold higher rate of death than suggested by the APA.”

He added many other studies on ECT death into his testimony including:

“In a 1980 survey of British psychiatrists involving ECT–related deaths that occurred during or within 72 hours of treatment, there were four reported deaths in 2,594 patients (Pippard & Ellam, 1981). That’s a rate of one per 648.5 people—15 times greater than the American Psychiatric Association claim. Of the additional six people who died within a few weeks of ECT, two were from heart attacks and one from stroke (common causes of death from ECT). With these three deaths included, the rate becomes one death per 371 ECT patients.”

Yet, Rosenquist feels the U.S. lags behind the rest of the world in this use of ECT and needs to catch up.  He does admit to some problems according to the APA article. “One of the main risks associated with ECT is cognitive impairment, which symptoms tend to fall within three main categories:

  • Acute confusional state: No awareness of location and time. Symptoms may last up to three hours following ECT procedure.
  • Antrograde amnesia: Impaired ability to retain new information.
  • Retrograde amnesia: Impaired memory for events that occurred one to three months prior to ECT.

All cognitive ability is restored after 15 days, according to Rosenquist.”

As mentioned already, patient reports of memory loss indicate this 15 day period is untrue.

Interviewed in the APA meeting in Toronto, Rosenquist had this to say about using Clozapine along with ECT:

“You’re really probably not done treating a patient with schizophrenia if you’ve not tried clozapine and if you’ve not tried clozapine plus ECT because there’s some very good work recently done by Dr. Petrides and others showing that the combination is far superior to either of those treatments alone.”

When asked if there were any disadvantages or shortcomings associated with using ECT in practice, he replied:

“I’m not sure I would use the word shortcomings – it’s a very effective treatment for some population of individuals. It’s not for everyone. We certainly understand there are risks and benefits to every treatment and those ECT practitioners and those who refer for ECT need to understand the nature of their patient’s illness and whether they in fact are healthy enough to have ECT.”

Exactly how healthy does a person need to be to connect their brain to a device capable of 450 volts? No patients should ever qualify for this treatment.

SOURCES:

http://psychnews.psychiatryonline.org/doi/full/10.1176/appi.pn.2015.6b16

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szkvbaUvGvYHYPERLINK “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szkvbaUvGvY&list=PLt9eDVw57IwUmiJ9WUr0tDcJrrKrbUvWt&index=2″&HYPERLINK “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szkvbaUvGvY&list=PLt9eDVw57IwUmiJ9WUr0tDcJrrKrbUvWt&index=2″list=PLt9eDVw57IwUmiJ9WUr0tDcJrrKrbUvWtHYPERLINK “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szkvbaUvGvY&list=PLt9eDVw57IwUmiJ9WUr0tDcJrrKrbUvWt&index=2″&HYPERLINK “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szkvbaUvGvY&list=PLt9eDVw57IwUmiJ9WUr0tDcJrrKrbUvWt&index=2″index=2

http://icahn.mssm.edu/research/clinical-trials/health-topics/aging/09-0429

http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/authors/charles-h-kellner-md#sthash.8wfjcSJ3.dpuf

http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/geriatric-psychiatry/ect-treatment-resistant-depression-state-art

http://bjp.rcpsych.org/content/194/2/165

http://psychcentral.com/lib/dr-daniel-fisher-on-ect/

http://asserttrue.blogspot.com/2015/05/electroconvulsive-therapy-suicide-and.html#

 

 

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