Psychiatry knows that they are harming in the name of “Mental Health”.  A recent article, in the “Psychiatric Times”, revealed that the psychiatric industry is well aware of the harms of psychiatric medication and has known, since at least 2004, about a medical test that can be performed to evidence the adverse reactions a patient will experience if they take the prescribed drug.

A science, termed “Pharmacogenomics”, which is the study of human genetic and the variability in relation to drug action, is the one science that can help medical practitioners to determine how the patient will respond.  This science is vital to the life and well-being of each individual who enters a medical office or is placed in medical care. It is the science concerned with genetic differences in patients which cause varied responses to a single drug.

In layman’s terms, if an individual is prescribed an antidepressant, a medical test can be done to evidence the adverse effects the person will experience, long before the patient even fills the prescription.  This has tremendous implications for our society worldwide.  With the tragedies that occur throughout our state, our nation and the world, we owe it to ourselves to ensure that our loved ones come to no harm. Additionally, medical professionals have taken an oath, to do no harm but are ignoring the use of medical testing to ensure they keep that oath.

The article cites Dr. David Mrazek, Professor of Psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, and reveals how   pharmacogenomics—the study of how an individual’s DNA affects medication response—might substantially reduce suffering and that despite the potential of this science to reduce adverse effects, mental health practitioners have been slow to accept and utilize these medical tests to evidence the drugs’ harmful effects.

Additionally, the article, relays a story about a 9-year-old boy who had been labeled with 3 different mental health disorders, administered a combination of 3 separate psychiatric drugs and later the young boy developed a number of symptoms, including low-grade fever, inco-ordination, and seizures. Ultimately, the boy died.

This and countless other deaths could have been avoided with the implementation of true medical science. This metabolic test can be used to evidence the potential for harm and death, prior to even considering the administering of these drugs.  The FDA lists the adverse effects, yet mental health practitioners use all types of “reasons” for why they will prescribe them despite those adverse effects, and then compounded with the fact they have not used medical testing to ever evidence the need for the drugs, they refuse to do genetic testing to determine if they are about to harm their patient and potentially cause death.

The article in the Psychiatric Times continues by giving examples of a number of psychiatric drugs, that if administered, and if the patient is a poor metabolizer of those drugs, there will be in fact and indeed “adverse—and even lethal—reactions.”

The nine year old, according to Dr. Mrazek, who died from these drugs “just couldn’t metabolize Prozac, and he had built up very toxic levels before anyone recognized it”.

The hardest things for anyone of us to accept are the most shocking or unbelievable ideas.  This is the case when examining this issue.  Medical practitioners neglecting to perform these genetic tests prior to prescribing.  Even more unbelievable and shocking is the fact that this article in the Psychiatric Times reveals that “some patients still die, even when the medication is stopped… this is because some patients have limited metabolic capacity.”

Dr. Mrazek discusses 14 genes that can be tested in relationship to the drug responses.  In regards to psychiatric drugs, Mrazek admits that “Safety concerns are highlighted by a series of FDA black box warnings over the past several years.”

The genetic tests, that could potentially prevent adverse and potentially lethal reactions to psychiatric drugs are, per the Psychiatric Times article, available “at all of the major reference laboratories in the United States, such as LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics.”

Know your rights, get informed and help inform your family and friends. After all, per recent news reports, 1 in 5 adults are taking psychiatric drugs and are at risk.