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    really did not enjoy the nightmarish dance with pharma

    nothing seemed to help anyway! then i find out, oh gee, there really isn't much in the way of a pill for ASD

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    Oklahoma parents say son needed help - sheriff's deputies gunned him down instead

    Jennifer Palmer
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    Mah-hi-vist Goodblanket, 18, was shot and killed by Custer County sheriff's deputies on Dec. 21. The district attorney's office hasn't yet ruled whether the shooting was justified.

    [...]

    'An emotional episode'

    Melissa Goodblanket said her son, whose name translated into English means Red Bird, was diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder in the ninth grade and continued to struggle with his mental health. But he graduated high school, was planning to attend the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal College and had a girlfriend.

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    Full article: http://www.sott.net/article/278492-O...m-down-instead

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    What kind of people make that kind of sh*t up:

    Quote oppositional defiant disorder
    ?

    My guess is that, that poor kid was on psych drugs for too long...
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    Alert: imperial psychiatric empire is invading the mind

    May14, by Jon Rappoport

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    A federal bill, HR 3717, is being refined in the hope of gaining big support from both sides of the political aisle.

    Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) is the key point man for the American Psychiatric Association.

    This bill is playing off of Aurora, Sandy Hook, Boston, and other recent “mass events.”

    The propaganda hook is: catch mental illness early, prevent tragedy.

    The strategy is: expand mental health services into every cranny and nook of the society, starting with children.

    Translation: diagnose mental disorders and drug patients with toxic compounds.

    As I’ve demonstrated in many past articles, none of the 300 officially certified mental disorders has any defining diagnostic test. No blood test, no urine test, no brain scan, no genetic assay.

    The names and descriptions of all the disorders are outright frauds, packaged to sell harmful drugs.

    But that doesn’t stop the juggernaut.

    HR 3717 is designed to do the following, as described in a recent article in Psychiatric News, “Comprehensive Mental Health Bill Introduced in House”:
    “Among the bill’s provisions is the creation of a new assistant secretary position in the Department of Health and Human Services to coordinate activities within the agency on prevention and treatment of mental health and substance abuse.”

    That means far greater clout for the feds in foisting psychiatric treatment on the public.

    “…increase funding for crisis-intervention team training for police officers and firefighters…”
    This adds a psychiatric component in instances of “crises,” wherein suspects, witnesses and even government workers will receive “mental health” evals and counseling (and drug prescriptions). It’ll be SOP for anyone within shouting distance of a police raid, for example, to experience a brush with the psychiatric system, whenever possible.
    “…permit disclosure of information about individuals with mental illness to caregivers or immediate family members under certain circumstances.”
    There goes privacy and confidentiality…one leak and cross-reference after another.
    “…$40 million a year for the National Institute of Mental Health to fund the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative…or other ‘research on the determinants of self- and other-directed violence in mental illness, including studies directed at reducing the risk of self-harm, suicide, and interpersonal violence.’”
    More $$ to study how to control the brain. More fraudulent research aimed at blaming “chemical imbalances” as the cause of crime, which again results in more mental-disorder diagnoses and drugging. Keep in mind that increasing numbers of people are being driven over the edge into committing violence, because psychiatric drugs, such as the SSRI antidepressants, are scrambling their neurotransmitters. This is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

    “…adopt a ‘need-for-treatment’ standard for assisted outpatient treatment (AOT)," he [Rep. Murphy] said, adding that the current legal standard requiring ‘dangerousness to self or others’ to permit involuntary evaluation and treatment was a bar set too high.

    This means the government can order more people to receive psychiatric care and forced drugging, erasing the previous restriction.

    Jeffrey Lieberman, president of the American Psychiatric Association: “We need a public-health initiative for mental health care that moves out of clinical settings into the community, whether it’s in primary care, education, the workplace, or faith-based organizations.”

    Meaning: tons of new propaganda about the need for psychiatric treatment; the building of community psychiatric centers all across the country; pressure to submit to treatment applied in ordinary doctors’ offices, in schools, in private companies, in churches.

    This is a diabolical legislative package.

    If it’s fully implemented, you’ll witness a sea-change in society, in the coming decade. Diagnoses of mental disorders and consequent drugging, already widely in effect, will become as common and ordinary as people eating at fast food restaurants.

    And the population will eventually forget things were ever different.

    “Hey, can I borrow your Valproate? My son took my bottle because he ran out.”

    Look for schools to set up monitoring systems, so they can be sure students are taking their psychiatric meds at the proper times during the day.

    On their wireless devices, all children will have ID packages that allow them to check into any pharmacy and pick up a prescription refill.

    And esoteric concepts like “consciousness?” They’ll fade from view, because “states of mind” will be defined by mental-disorder labels.

    This is about more than Pharma profits. It’s also about putting a ceiling on how human beings view themselves.

    As exemplified by this bill before Congress, the federal government has set itself up as a legal partner and enforcer of a monopoly of the mind.

    Understand that. There are a million ways to explore and understand the inner life of a person. Psychiatry is just one of those. It’s a pseudoscience and a con and a hustle.

    But it has the unflinching support of all three branches of government.

    Which is why the freedom to refuse treatment must be protected, against any and all attacks.

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    One in three in France on psychotropic medication – study

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    A study by France’s National Drug Safety Agency (ANSM) found that one third of French people were taking and at times misusing antidepressants, mood stabilizers and other psychotropic drugs, prompting fresh warnings by health experts.

    The report by ANSM, carried by Le Parisien Tuesday, found that 32 percent of French citizens were using psychotropic medication, such as antipsychotics, antidepressants, ADHD drugs, anti-anxiety medications and mood stabilizers.

    Many of the psychoactive drugs prescribed in France have severe side effects. For example many anti-depressants cause high blood pressure, an increased risk of developing diabetes and suicidal thoughts.

    Professor Bernard Begaud told Le Parisien that it was “incomprehensible” that nothing is being done to reduce the rate at which these drugs are used in France.

    “It is a matter of urgency because there is a real public health problem,” he said.

    The way the drugs are taken by patients is also a cause for concern, with many patients combining them with other medications.

    A study by Cetipharm, which was also quoted in Le Parisien, found that 230,000 people in France were mixing psychotropic drugs with other non-compatible medication and endangering their health in the process.

    “It is in France that psychotropic drugs are the most heavily consumed, but also the most misused. The public, too, must be informed that no, these drugs are not trivial,” AFP quoted Begaud as saying.

    France apparently suffers from high rates of depression, although Professor Begaud said that inadequate doctor training and overzealous prescribing of the drugs by doctors was also to blame.

    A survey carried out by Ipsos on behalf of the French Hospital Federation, which was also released this week, found that 84 percent of patents think doctors hand out unnecessary medication.

    The problem of overdependence on prescription medication is not only a French problem. A study published last year found that the use of antidepressants across Europe had increased by 20 percent between 1995 and 2009. Sweden had the highest increase of 59 percent, while France saw a more modest rise of 5 percent.

    The relatively low increase in France is due to the fact that the nation was already addicted to prescription drugs.

    A book published in 2012 by Guy Hugnet found that up to 15 million people in France were using psychotropic drugs.

    Hugnet writes that the French have a blind faith in pills and will visit several doctors to make sure they have enough.

    “Often, these people are taking a mixture of medication. People don’t talk about it as in France medicine is a religion that cannot be questioned,” Hugnet told the Telegraph.

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    Maybe the WHO ought to declare a world wide pandemic caused by these pesky secretions from Fat Pharma... where the only people needing vaccinations are its CEOs, bankers and running dogs...
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    I thought I would throw in a personal story to bring some of this excellent info home. My nephew was a very calm baby. At the age of 2 or 3 I began to see that he was exceptionally bright and articulate. My only concern for him at that time was that he might be so intelligent that he would be considered a smart nerd by his peers.

    My sister in law, who is also extremely intelligent and is a doctor began to describe incidents where my nephew was becoming defiant to her at home. No family members ever saw these incidents that I know of. By the age of 6 he was seeing a psychiatrist and began the long journey to hell. He was diagnosed as being bipolar. No one had ever seen a manic episode with this kid and it would be impossible to tell if he was depressed because they had him on so many medications that he could hardly wake up in the morning. He became grossly obese and began telling ridiculous, outrageous lies. He got an exemption from arriving at school on time because of his inability to wake up from the drugs in the morning. Although at one time a delightful, brilliant child he was now a blob of existence that barely graduated from high school. And the drugs just kept coming.

    Flash forward -My nephew is now 21, he has never held a job, he takes any illegal drugs he can get his hands on , he lives in his car and steals from his parents whenever he can. Recently, he was taken to another psychiatrist and was told that he is NOT bipolar. OOOOOPS , you mean he was taking all this crap for 15 years for a misdiagnoses?

    As far as I can tell this kids' life was turned into a living hell because he had a power struggle going with his strong willed mother who deeply believed in medication. What a tragedy. I wonder how many millions of other kids have a similar story?

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    Hi peterpam,

    Thank you for putting a face on so many of these sad stories...
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    SOTT EXCLUSIVE: 10,000 2-3 year olds are on psychotropic drugs for 'ADHD'

    Shane LaChance
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    Dr. Susanna Visser presented a CDC report Friday to the Georgia Mental Health Forum in Atlanta on the drugging of young children for ADHD.

    The CDC has shocked parents and many of the countries child welfare experts with it's release of a disturbing report showing the high number of very young children being prescribed mind-altering drugs. The report states that some 10,000 toddlers across the US are being diagnosed and medicated with psychotropic drugs like Ritalin and Adderall.

    "It's absolutely shocking, and it shouldn't be happening," said Anita Zervigon-Hakes, a mental health consultant for children from the Carter Center. "People are just feeling around in the dark. We obviously don't have our act together for little children."

    In interviews with the New York Times and NBC, Dr. Lawrence H. Diller, a behavioral pediatrician in California, thought the news was outrageous:
    "People prescribing to 2-year-olds are just winging it. It is outside the standard of care, and they should be subject to malpractice if something goes wrong with a kid."

    "We're giving Adderall to 2-year-olds? I mean, that's nuts," said Diller. "There's no evidence that it works. There's no evidence that it's safe. These are desperate measures."
    According to Diller the U.S. uses 70 percent of the world's Adderall and Ritalin even though we only make up 4 percent of the world's population.


    Readers may be surprised to know that there is no consensus about what 'ADHD' (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) actually is, but that hasn't stopped thousands of physicians from doping our children based on highly questionable criteria. This 'disease' with mythological undertones is now the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder in children. Statistics from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) indicate that 6.5 million U.S. children are labeled with ADHD.

    "Families of toddlers with behavioral problems are coming to the doctor's office for help, and the help they're getting too often is a prescription for a Class II controlled substance, which has not been established as safe for that young of a child," said Dr. Susanna N.Visser, the lead researcher of the CDC study. "It puts these children and their developing minds at risk, and their health is at risk."

    The CDC's study also found that toddlers covered by medicaid were far more likely to be drugged than those who had private insurance. Dr. Visser could not offer an explanation for why the poor are being targeted.

    The New York Times has previously reported on a Rutgers and Columbia study from 2009, which found that children who were covered by Medicaid were four times more likely to be prescribed powerful drugs than those who had private insurance. Those children were also prescribed medications for less severe conditions.

    An investigation by the Boston Globe found that congress' Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program was being used to serve those with common 'behavioral disorders' like ADHD. It provides a financial incentive for poor families to accept powerful medications for their children.

    "To get the check,'' Geneva Fielding, mother of three boys, has unfortunately concluded, "you've got to medicate the child.''

    Allen Frances, professor emeritus at Duke University and former chairman of the DSM-IV wrote, "Treating babies with stimulants is based on no research, is reckless and takes no account of the possible harmful, long-term effects of bathing baby brains with powerful neurotransmitter drugs."

    There's been very little scientific study on the use of stimulant medications in very young children and none for those younger than three years old. One study from 2006 found that methylphenidate reduced 'ADHD-like' symptoms in preschoolers. Most researchers on that study had significant ties to pharmaceutical companies that make ADHD medications.

    Dr. Bruce Perry, a senior fellow of the Child Trauma Academy in Houston, Texas, says ADHD is not a "real disease. It is best thought of as a description. If you look at how you end up with that label, it is remarkable because any one of us at any given time would fit at least a couple of those criteria," said Perry.

    Neurologist Richard Saul seems to agree. In fact, he doesn't think there are any American children suffering from ADHD because he doesn't think it exists. In his book, ADHD Does Not Exist: The Truth About Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, Saul sees ADHD as a collections of symptoms, not as a disease.

    Parents are bewildered and angered by these findings too.

    "I don't get how you diagnose somebody. I mean, if they're hyper or all over the place then you probably have a 2-year-old," said Craig Lewis, a dad. Indeed, it's as if, in this psychopathic reality, just being a child is a 'disease'. Heck, as far as Big Pharma is concerned, being a human being with any kind of agency whatsoever is a disease. And now even toddlers are being abused by doctors who are supposed to be helping. Of course, when you consider the sugar and chemical-loaded 'Western diet', it's not surprising that young children are often hyperactive and cranky, but the solution is to change their diets, not load them up with chemical suppressants to cover up the toxic stimulants they are ingesting every day.

    Putting toddlers on drugs for ADHD is not only shameful, it's criminal. Adderall is a Schedule II drug, the same classification as cocaine and morphine. Their brains are in the critical stages of development and permanent damage results from long-term use of such drugs.

    Stress is mounting in our increasingly dystopian society, and vulnerable children may feel the effects most acutely. It's up to us, as adults, to learn how to cope by informing ourselves and passing on that knowledge to our children. While the truth is not something that is taught in schools (an informed population is a threat to psychopaths in power), by learning and applying the necessary knowledge and skills in our own lives, and sharing them with others, we can protect ourselves and our children against the worst effects of our 'modern' society. Children need to go through the process of learning how to cope on their own, understanding boundaries and how to control impulses during the formative years of their brain development. By forcing them to take drugs in a futile and harmful effort to avoid this responsibility, we rob them of the necessity of learning how to cope and destroy their ability to build the emotional bonds that come as a result.

    There are effective means of managing stress and the symptoms that are lumped together and called ADHD. A ketogenic diet that is free from grain, low in carbs and high in saturated fat provides protective measures to help body and brain withstand stress. See Dr. Gabriela Segura's article The Ketogenic Diet - An Overview for more information.

    Learning how to turn on the body's natural relaxation systems and turn down it's stress responses can also provide immediate and long-term relief. The breathing exercises taught in Laura Knight-Jadczyk's stress control and rejuvenation program, Éiriú Eolas, can get you there.
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    My boy is currently on Guanfacine.
    Anyone w/ experience of this drug, please PM me.
    He has been on it for a while, but his dosage was recently increased a bit.

    i'm frustrated w/ system because mmj is legal here but not necessarily "FDA" approved for kids.

    it needs to be acknowledged as an autism treatment.
    so our kids can get off the pills and get on something more independent of the system.

    if society crashed tomorrow the pill people would be sad and the weed people would shrug.

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    Update (and thanks AZ):

    my son is doing well this week.
    he seems to be handling the new dosage just fine.
    was more focused and talkative today than i remember ever.

    i hope he doesn't get heart damage from the Rx but he is a strong one.

    /pray

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    Drug cartels? Amateurs! Here’s the real thing.

    Jun9, 2014, by Jon Rappoport
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    Mexican cartels? Colombian cartels? Afghan poppy lords? Middlemen? Street dealers? Are you kidding? They’re small fry. Check out the pros.

    Medical News Today, June 22, 2013, “Most Americans on Prescriptions.” “7 out of every 10 Americans are on prescription drugs, and more than half of the country are on at least two, according to an analysis conducted by Mayo Clinic and Olmsted Medical Center researchers.”

    That’s 210 million men, women, and children—hooked. Something the Sinaloa Cartel can only dream of.

    Most commonly ingested medical drugs? In order: antibiotics, antidepressants, and opioids. Those last two indicate Americans are trying to change their state of mind and kill pain via the Man in the White Coat; the street dealer is way, way behind.

    Here’s an interesting quote from the Medical News piece: “…nearly one quarter of women between 50 and 64 take antidepressants…”

    The street drug cartels, of course, are working at a disadvantage. The White Coat dealers are backed up by government, insurance companies, medical boards, medical journals, Wall Street, banks, pharmaceutical companies, media, medical schools, hospitals, and big foundations. That’s the competition. What are the street drug cartels going to do? Put out a hit on all these people? Hell, I’m sure some of the Mexican and Colombian drug chiefs have their own doctors and are taking Zoloft and Paxil themselves.

    Previously, in another piece, Medical News Today reported that, in 2011, there was a modest uptick in the number of prescriptions written in the US.

    The increase brought the total to: 4.02 billion.

    Yes, in 2011, doctors wrote 4.02 billion prescriptions for drugs in America.

    That’s an average of roughly 13 prescriptions for each man, woman, and child.

    That’s about one new prescription every month for every American.

    The Medical News Today article concluded, “…the industry should be heartened by the growth of the number of prescriptions and spending.” Yes, I’m sure the drug industry was popping champagne corks.

    We’re talking about prescriptions here. We’re not talking about the number of pills Americans took. We’re also not counting over-the-counter drugs.

    Pharmacopoeia, a 2011 exhibition at the British Museum, estimated that “the average number of pills a person takes in his or her own lifetime in the UK is 14,000.” That’s as a result of prescriptions. Including over-the-counter drugs, the 14,000 number would swell to 40,000 pills taken in a lifetime.

    What are the effects of all these drugs?

    We are looking at a supreme Trojan Horse that is rotting out America and other industrialized countries from the inside. Wars, no wars, economic deprivation, economic prosperity, the drugs continue to do their work, debilitating and ruining and terminating lives.

    Many sources can be cited to confirm this assessment.

    On January 8th, 2001, the LA Times published an article by Linda Marsa: “When Good Drugs Do Harm.” Marsa quoted researcher Dr. David Bates, who indicated that, in the US, there are 36 million serious adverse reactions to medical drugs per year.

    On July 26, 2000, the Journal of the American Medical Association published the most stunning mainstream estimate of medical-drug damage in history: “Is US health really the best in the world?” The author was Dr. Barbara Starfield, a respected public-health researcher at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

    Starfield concluded that medical drugs were killing Americans at the rate of 106,000 per year. That’s over a million deaths per decade.

    (By contrast, The Wall St. Journal reports 3,094 deaths from heroin overdose in 2010.)

    Starfield gives us a conservative sketch of the Trojan Horse that has been placed in the center of the industrialized world.

    The destruction of societies by medical drugs goes far beyond what some people call “over-prescribing.” This isn’t just a tilt in the wrong direction. It isn’t simply errors of judgment compounded by the number of doctors dispensing medicines.

    Those are all polite terms suggesting the situation can be corrected through a show of good will and better judgment. That will never happen.

    Countries of the world are literally being assaulted by pharmaceutical companies and their foot-soldier doctors. It’s chemical warfare.

    To even begin to see light at the end of the tunnel, hundreds of millions of people must add themselves to the rolls of those who already are pursuing better health through natural means.

    Not even the worst dictators and mass murderers in history dreamed of a day when the citizenry would line up and demand to ingest more and more life-destroying chemicals.

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    Inside the FDA Mafia

    Jun22 , 2014 by theodorewesson
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    I post this piece now and then to show how personal things can get inside a terminally corrupt government agency.

    It’s not all about remote decisions made from a great height.

    These decisions can come about through the rank intimidation the Mafia exercises with a member who wants to leave the mob and go straight.

    As in: “We know where your wife and kids are.”

    This article is based on a Truthout interview of a man who did drug reviews for the FDA. He examined applications to approve new medical drugs for public consumption.

    Pharmaceutical companies must have their new drugs certified as safe and effective before they can enter the market, before doctors can prescribe them. The FDA does this certification. Thumbs up or thumbs down. The drug is okay or it isn’t.

    Here’s the story:

    In a stunning interview with Truthout’s Martha Rosenberg, former FDA drug reviewer, Ronald Kavanagh, exposes the FDA as a relentless criminal mafia protecting its client, Big Pharma, with a host of mob strategies.

    Kavanagh: “…widespread racketeering, including witness tampering and witness retaliation.”

    “I was threatened with prison.”

    “One [FDA] manager threatened my children…I was afraid that I could be killed for talking to Congress and criminal investigators.”

    Kavanagh reviewed new drug applications made to the FDA by pharmaceutical companies. He was one of the holdouts at the Agency who insisted that the drugs had to be safe and effective before being released to the public.

    But honest appraisal wasn’t part of the FDA culture, and Kavanagh swam against the tide, until he realized his life and the life of his children were on the line.

    What was his secret task at the FDA? “Drug reviewers were clearly told not to question drug companies and that our job was to approve drugs.” In other words, rubber stamp them. Say the drugs were safe and effective when they were not.

    Kavanagh’s revelations are astonishing. He recalls a meeting where a drug-company representative flat-out stated that his company had paid the FDA for a new-drug approval. Paid for it. As in bribe.

    He remarks that the drug pyridostigmine, given to US troops to prevent the later effects of nerve gas, “actually increased the lethality” of certain nerve agents.

    Kavanagh recalls being given records of safety data on a drug—and then his bosses told him which sections not to read. Obviously, they knew the drug was dangerous and they knew exactly where, in the reports, that fact would be revealed.

    We are not dealing with isolated incidents of cheating and lying. We are not dealing with a few isolated bought-off FDA employees. The situation at the FDA isn’t correctable with a few firings. This is an ongoing criminal enterprise, and any government official, serving in any capacity, who has become aware of it and has not taken action, is an accessory to mass poisoning of the population.

    Fourteen years ago, the cat was let out of the bag. Dr. Barbara Starfield, writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association, on July 26, 2000, in a review titled, “Is US health really the best in the world,” exposed the fact that FDA-approved medical drugs kill 106,000 Americans per year.

    In interviewing her, I discovered that she had never been approached by any federal agency to help remedy this tragedy. Nor had the federal government taken any steps on its own to stop the dying.

    Ronald Kavanagh’s story, exposed in Truthout, never jumped the rails and made it into the mainstream press as the explosive revelation it was.

    Too hot to handle. Too many bodies buried. Too many media outlets bought off by pharmaceutical advertising money. Too close to bought-off government officials. Too likely to shake the pillars of the medical cartel. Too real.

    It was the kind of story that could actually wake people up from their mind-controlled slumber.

    It still is.

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    New Study Throws Into Question Long-Held Belief About Depression

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    New evidence puts into doubt the long-standing belief that a deficiency in serotonin — a chemical messenger in the brain — plays a central role in depression. In the journal ACS Chemical Neuroscience, scientists report that mice lacking the ability to make serotonin in their brains (and thus should have been “depressed” by conventional wisdom) did not show depression-like symptoms.

    Donald Kuhn and colleagues at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center and Wayne State University School of Medicine note that depression poses a major public health problem. More than 350 million people suffer from it, according to the World Health Organization, and it is the leading cause of disability across the globe. In the late 1980s, the now well-known antidepressant Prozac was introduced. The drug works mainly by increasing the amounts of one substance in the brain — serotonin. So scientists came to believe that boosting levels of the signaling molecule was the key to solving depression. Based on this idea, many other drugs to treat the condition entered the picture. But now researchers know that 60 to 70 percent of these patients continue to feel depressed, even while taking the drugs. Kuhn’s team set out to study what role, if any, serotonin played in the condition.

    To do this, they developed “knockout” mice that lacked the ability to produce serotonin in their brains. The scientists ran a battery of behavioral tests.

    Interestingly, the mice were compulsive and extremely aggressive, but didn’t show signs of depression-like symptoms. Another surprising finding is that when put under stress, the knockout mice behaved in the same way most of the normal mice did.

    Also, a subset of the knockout mice responded therapeutically to antidepressant medications in a similar manner to the normal mice. These findings further suggest that serotonin is not a major player in the condition, and different factors must be involved. These results could dramatically alter how the search for new antidepressants moves forward in the future, the researchers conclude.

    The authors acknowledge funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Wayne State University.

    Source: Michael Bernstein, American Chemical Society
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    30 Million Americans On Antidepressants And 21 Other Facts About America's Endless Pharmaceutical Nightmare


    Submitted by Tyler Durden on 09/03/2014 22:35 -0400

    Submitted by Michael Snyder of End of The American Dream blog,

    Has there ever been a nation more hooked on drugs than the United States? And I am not just talking about illegal drugs – the truth is that the number of Americans addicted to legal drugs is far greater than the number of Americans addicted to illegal drugs. As you will read about below, more than 30 million Americans are currently on antidepressants and doctors in the U.S. wrote more than 250 million prescriptions for painkillers last year. Sadly, most people got hooked on these drugs very innocently. They trusted that their doctors would never prescribe something for them that would be harmful, and they trusted that the federal government would never approve any drugs that were not safe. And once the drug companies get you hooked, they often have you for life.

    You see, the reality of the matter is that some of these “legal drugs” are actually some of the most addictive substances on the entire planet. And when they start raising the prices on those drugs, there isn’t much that the addicts can do about it. It is a brutally efficient business model, and the pharmaceutical industry guards their territory fiercely. Very powerful people will often do some really crazy things when there are hundreds of billions of dollars at stake. The following are 22 facts about America’s endless pharmaceutical nightmare that everyone should know…
    #1 According to the New York Times, more than 30 million Americans are currently taking antidepressants.

    #2 The rate of antidepressant use among middle aged women is far higher than for the population as a whole. At this point, one out of every four women in their 40s and 50s is taking an antidepressant medication.

    #3 Americans account for about five percent of the global population, but we buy more than 50 percent of the pharmaceutical drugs.

    #4 Americans also consume a whopping 80 percent of all prescription painkillers.

    #5 It is hard to believe, but doctors in the United States write 259 million prescriptions for painkillers each year. Prescription painkillers are some of the most addictive legal drugs, and our doctors are serving as enablers for millions up0n millions of Americans that find themselves hooked on drugs that they cannot kick.

    #6 Overall, pharmaceutical drug use in America is at an all-time high. According to a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, nearly 70 percent of all Americans are on at least one prescription drug, and 20 percent of all Americans are on at least five prescription drugs.

    #7 According to the CDC, approximately 9 out of every 10 Americans that are at least 60 years old say that they have taken at least one prescription drug within the last month.

    #8 In 2010, the average teen in the United States was taking 1.2 central nervous system drugs. Those are the kinds of drugs which treat conditions such as ADHD and depression.

    #9 A very disturbing Government Accountability Office report found that approximately one-third of all foster children in the United States are on at least one psychiatric drug.

    #10 An astounding 95 percent of the “experimental medicines” that the pharmaceutical industry produces are found not to be safe and are never approved. Of the remaining 5 percent that are approved, we often do not find out that they are deadly to us until decades later.

    #11 One study discovered that mothers that took antidepressants during pregnancy were four times more likely to have a baby that developed an autism spectrum disorder.

    #12 It has been estimated that prescription drugs kill approximately 200,000 people in the United States every single year.

    #13 An American dies from an unintentional prescription drug overdose every 19 minutes. According to Dr. Sanjay Gupta, accidental prescription drug overdose is “the leading cause of acute preventable death for Americans”.

    #14 In the United States today, prescription painkillers kill more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined.

    #15 According to the CDC, approximately three quarters of a million people a year are rushed to emergency rooms in the United States because of adverse reactions to pharmaceutical drugs.

    #16 The number of prescription drug overdose deaths in the United States is five times higher than it was back in 1980.

    #17 A survey conducted for the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that more than 15 percent of all U.S. high school seniors abuse prescription drugs.

    #18 More than 26 million women over the age of 25 say that they are “using prescription medications for unintended uses“.

    #19 If all of these antidepressants are helping, then why are more Americans killing themselves? The suicide rate for Americans between the ages of 35 and 64 increased by nearly 30 percent between 1999 and 2010. The number of Americans that die by suicide is now greater than the number of Americans that die as a result of car accidents every year.

    #20 Antidepressant use has been linked to mass shootings in America over and over and over again, and yet the mainstream media is eerily quiet about this. Is it because they don’t want to threaten one of their greatest sources of advertising revenue?

    #21 The amount of money that the pharmaceutical industry is raking in is astronomical. It has been reported that Americans spent more than 280 billion dollars on prescription drugs during 2013.
    If many of these drugs were not so addictive, the pharmaceutical companies would make a lot less money. And pharmaceutical drug addicts often don’t fit the profile of what we think a “drug addict” would look like. For example, CNN shared the story of a 55-year-old grandmother named Cynthia Scudo that become addicted to prescription painkillers…
    For Scudo, her addiction began — as they all do — innocently enough.

    She sought relief from hip pain, possibly caused by scarring from cesarean sections she had delivering several of her children.

    Her then-husband recommended a physician.

    “There was no physical therapy offered,” she said of the doctor’s visit. “The first reaction was, let’s give you some drugs.”

    He put her on OxyContin.

    By the second week, she was physically addicted.

    She was popping so much of the painkiller and other drugs such as anti-anxiety Valium that they equated to a dosage for three men.
    There is lots and lots of money to be made from addiction. In fact, if the U.S. health care system was a totally separate nation it would actually be the 6th largest economy on the entire globe. We are talking about piles of money larger than most people would ever dare to imagine.

    And with so much money floating around, it is quite easy for the pharmaceutical industry to buy the cooperation of our politicians and of the media.

    Some time when you are watching television in the evening, consciously take note of how often a pharmaceutical commercial comes on.

    It has gotten to the point where we are literally being inundated with these ads.

    They are already making hundreds of billions of dollars, and they think that there is room for even more growth.

    Will they ever be satisfied?

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    ADHD Not a Real Disease, Says Leading Neuroscientist




    Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer Waking Times

    One of the world’s leading pediatric neuroscientists, Dr. Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D, recently stated publicly that Attention Deficit/Hyper-Activity Disorder (ADHD) is not ‘a real disease,’ and warned of the dangers of giving psycho-stimulant medications to children.

    Speaking to the Observer, Dr. Perry noted that the disorder known as ADHD should be considered a description of a wide range of symptoms that many children and adults exhibit, most of which are factors that everyone of us displays at some point during our lives.
    “It is best thought of as a description. If you look at how you end up with that label, it is remarkable because any one of us at any given time would fit at least a couple of those criteria,” he said.
    Dr. Perry is a senior fellow of the ChildTrauma Academy in Houston, Texas, a highly respected member of the pediatric community, and author of several books on child psychology including, The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist’s Notebook–What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love, and Healing, and, Born for Love: Why Empathy Is Essential–and Endangered.

    His comments are quite refreshing at a time when diagnoses for ADHD in the UK and the US are sky-rocketing and prescriptions of stimulant medications to children are also rising rapidly, with many parents and concerned activists growing suspicious of the pharmaceutical industry’s motivations in promoting drugs to children. Ritalin, Adderall, Vyvanse and other mind-altering stimulant medications are increasingly prescribed to children between the ages of 4 and 17.

    Dr. Perry noted that the use of medications like these may be dangerous to the overall physical and mental development of the child, remarking on studies where these medications were given to animals and were proven detrimental to health.
    “If you give psychostimulants to animals when they are young, their rewards systems change. They require much more stimulation to get the same level of pleasure.

    “So on a very concrete level they need to eat more food to get the same sensation of satiation. They need to do more high-risk things to get that little buzz from doing something. It is not a benign phenomenon.

    “Taking a medication influences systems in ways we don’t always understand. I tend to be pretty cautious about this stuff, particularly when the research shows you that other interventions are equally effective and over time more effective and have none of the adverse effects. For me it’s a no-brainer.”
    Given that the problem of ADHD is complex and the term is more of a blanket term used to describe a wide range of behavioral symptoms, it is important to consider what the root causes of many of the symptoms may be before pharmaceutical intervention should be considered. Citing potential remedies, Dr. Perry suggested an approach that focuses attention on the parents and the child’s environment, while also recommending natural remedies like Yoga, and improved diet.
    “There are number of non-pharmacological therapies which have been pretty effective. A lot of them involve helping the adults that are around children,” he said.

    “Part of what happens is if you have an anxious, overwhelmed parent, that is contagious. When a child is struggling, the adults around them are easily disregulated too. This negative feedback process between the frustrated teacher or parent and dis-regulated child can escalate out of control.

    “You can teach the adults how to regulate themselves, how to have realistic expectations of the children, how to give them opportunities that are achievable and have success and coach them through the process of helping children who are struggling.

    “There are a lot of therapeutic approaches. Some would use somato-sensory therapies like yoga, some use motor activity like drumming.

    “All have some efficacy. If you can put together a package of those things: keep the adults more mannered, give the children achievable goals, give them opportunities to regulate themselves, then you are going to minimise a huge percentage of the problems I have seen with children who have the problem labelled as ADHD.”
    Many people may disagree with the assertion that ADD/ADHD should not be considered a disease, however, the fact remains that the myriad symptoms that are associated with these increasingly common ‘disorders’ can often be addressed and relieved without creating an addiction and dependency on pharmaceutical medications, which disrupt the mind and body in ways that are not fully understood or even researched.
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    I had what I would term a moderate depression after the death of my father. I took 5 HTP for a couple of months. It is a natural supplement that stimulates serotonin uptake. There is no phase in or phase out period for it. It helped me get over an emotional hump. I stopped taking it when I started to feel like getting up in the morning.

    My daughter was diagnosed with ODD (oppositional defiant disorder) when she was a teen. The school and doctors wanted her to go on an antidepressant which she did for awhile. She stopped taking it because she told me it made her feel like she wasn't herself. She self-treated with marijuana instead.

    My daughter is now 29. She doesn't drink alcohol and she only smokes marijuana occasionally. She has a beautiful, healthy daughter.

    I have been trying to help raise my granddaughter with emotional competence. This involves helping her identify her feelings when she's upset and providing her with strategies to calm herself down. Also, provides her with a sense of self-esteem. When she stays with me, my granddaughter has no behavior problems whatsoever. We have an understanding.

    I told my daughter that if the school system ever tries to label her, I will make sure that she is home schooled.

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    http://elitedaily.com/envision/artis...insane-photos/

    This man took both big pharma meds and street drugs for a few weeks each. His self-portraits are amazing.

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    PLEASE PLEASE- Anyone affected by mental disorders: Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride has developed the GAPS diet to combat and correct conditions caused by what she terms Gut And Psychology Syndrome. A basic synopsis: toxins from refined foods; drugs; and depending on the amount of healthy flora one is born with, saturate the blood to the point of breaking the blood-brain barrier. (Without enough healthy gut flora this happens sooner. The badies in diet/recreation deplete same.) Also, for more evidence to the Gut- mental health connection, read "The Second Brain" by Dr. Michael Gershon from page 2 of the Preface- "95% of the body's Serotonin is produced in the Gut." NINETY FIVE PERCENT. In light of the world's mental health epidemic, it is impossible to overstate the importance of this line of thinking. Dr McBride thinks a vegan diet is insane- so I developed a Vegan equivalence to her recommendations that worked for me and it worked. It's the only thing that fit with my life's mission/"spiritual path."

    We can prognosticate over how this Allopathic approach was first developed by Nazis and is enforced by Pharmaceutical Companies effectively writing the textbooks circuitously by only funding Studies which bare their pre-ordered results until we are blue in the face and the systemic degradations of one bodily system followed by another, each we "treat" with their so-called medicines, or we can do something about it.

    The path to health is everyone's to take on their own and for themselves. And suck it up- it's not the easiest way, as it provides no chemical reaction to shut down neurological pathways housing damaging symptoms, but it is the only one that works in a way that does not permanently change who you are.

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    Quote Posted by boutreality (here)
    PLEASE PLEASE- Anyone affected by mental disorders: Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride has developed the GAPS diet to combat and correct conditions caused by what she terms Gut And Psychology Syndrome....

    [...]
    You might want to contribute to this thread on that particular subject: The gut of most disease... NOT what you think!
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    Are all psychiatric drugs too unsafe to take?

    Wednesday, November 26, 2014
    by: Peter Breggin




    (NaturalNews) Psychiatric drugs are more dangerous than you have ever imagined. If you haven't been prescribed one yet, you are among the lucky few. If you or a loved one are taking psychiatric drugs, there is hope; but you need to understand the dangers and how to minimize the risk.

    The following overview focuses on longer-term psychiatric drug hazards, although most of them can begin to develop within weeks. They are scientifically documented in my recent book Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal and my medical text Brain-Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry, Second Edition.


    Newer or atypical antipsychotic drugs: Risperdal, Invega, Zyprexa, Abilify, Geodon, Seroquel, Latuda, Fanapt and Saphris
    Antipsychotic drugs, including both older and newer ones, cause shrinkage (atrophy) of the brain in many human brain scan studies and in animal autopsy studies. The newer atypicals especially cause a well-documented metabolic syndrome including elevated blood sugar, diabetes, increased cholesterol, obesity and hypertension. They also produce dangerous cardiac arrhythmias and unexplained sudden death, and they significantly reduce longevity. In addition, they cause all the problems of the older drugs, such as Thorazine and Haldol, including tardive dyskinesia, a largely permanent and sometimes disabling and painful movement disorder caused by brain damage and biochemical disruptions.

    Risperdal in particular but others as well cause potentially permanent breast enlargement in young boys and girls. The overall risk of harmful long-term effects from antipsychotic drugs exceeds the capacity of this review. Withdrawal from antipsychotic drugs can cause overwhelming emotional and neurological suffering, as well as psychosis in both children and adults, making complete cessation at times very difficult or impossible.

    Despite their enormous risks, the newer antipsychotic drugs are now frequently used off-label to treat anything from anxiety and depression to insomnia and behavior problems in children. Two older antipsychotic drugs, Reglan and Compazine, are used for gastrointestinal problems, and despite small or short-term dosing, they too can cause problems, including tardive dyskinesia.

    Antipsychotic drugs masquerading as sleep aids: Seroquel, Abilify, Zyprexa and others
    Nowadays, many patients are given medications for insomnia without being told that they are in fact receiving very dangerous antipsychotic drugs. This can happen with any antipsychotic but most frequently occurs with Seroquel, Abilify and Zyprexa. The patient is unwittingly exposed to all the hazards of antipsychotic drugs.

    Antipsychotic drugs masquerading as antidepressant and bipolar drugs: Seroquel, Abilify, Zyprexa and others
    The FDA has approved some antipsychotic drugs as augmentation for treating depression along with antidepressants. As a result, patients are often misinformed that they are getting an "antidepressant" when they are in fact getting one of the newer antipsychotic drugs, with all of their potentially disastrous adverse effects. Patients are similarly misled by being told that they are getting a "bipolar" drug when it is an antipsychotic drug.

    Antidepressants: SSRIs such as Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa, Lexapro and Viibyrd, as well as Effexor, Pristiq, Wellbutrin, Cymbalta and Vivalan
    The SSRIs are probably the most fully studied antidepressants, but the following observations apply to most or all antidepressants. These drugs produce long-term apathy and loss of quality of life. Many studies of SSRIs show severe brain abnormalities, such as shrinkage (atrophy) with brain cell death in humans and the growth of new abnormal brain cells in animal and laboratory studies. They frequently produce an apathy syndrome -- a generalized loss of motivation or interest in many or all aspects of life. The SSRIs frequently cause irreversible dysfunction and loss of interest in sexuality, relationship and love. Withdrawal from all antidepressants can cause a wide variety of distressing and dangerous emotional reactions from depression to mania and from suicide to violence. After withdrawal from antidepressants, individuals often experience persistent and distressing mental and neurological impairments. Some people find antidepressant withdrawal to be so distressing that they cannot fully stop taking the drugs.

    Benzodiazepine (benzos) anti-anxiety drugs and sleep aids: Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, Valium, Librium, Tranxene and Serax; Dalmane, Doral, Halcion, ProSom and Restoril used as sleep aids
    Benzos deteriorate memory and other mental capacities. Human studies demonstrate that they frequently lead to atrophy and dementia after longer-term exposure. After withdrawal, individuals exposed to these drugs also experience multiple persisting problems including memory and cognitive dysfunction, emotional instability, anxiety, insomnia, and muscular and neurological discomforts. Mostly because of severely worsened anxiety and insomnia, many cannot stop taking them and become permanently dependent. This frequently happens after only six weeks of exposure. Any benzo can be prescribed as a sleep aid, but Dalmane, Doral, Halcion, ProSom and Restoril are marketed for that purpose.

    Non-benzo sleep aids: Ambien, Intermezzo, Lunesta and Sonata
    These drugs pose similar problems to the benzos, including memory and other mental problems, dependence and painful withdrawal. They can cause many abnormal mental states and behaviors, including dangerous sleepwalking. Insufficient data is available concerning brain shrinkage and dementia, but these are likely outcomes considering their similarity to benzos. Recent studies show that these drugs increase death rate, taking away years of life, even when used intermittently for sleep.

    Stimulants for ADHD: Adderall, Dexedrine and Vyvanse are amphetamines, and Ritalin, Focalin, and Concerta are methylphenidate
    All of these drugs pose similar if not identical long-term dangers to children and adults. In humans, many brain scan studies show that they cause brain tissue shrinkage (atrophy). Animal studies show persisting biochemical changes in the brain. These drugs can lead directly to addiction or increase the risk of abusing cocaine and other stimulants later on in adulthood. They disrupt growth hormone cycles and can cause permanent loss of height in children. Recent studies confirm that children who take these drugs often become lifelong users of multiple psychiatric drugs, resulting in shortened lifespan, increased psychiatric hospitalization and criminal incarceration, increased drug addiction, increased suicide and a general decline in quality of life. Withdrawal from stimulants can cause "crashing" with worsened behavior, depression and suicide. Strattera is a newer drug used to treat ADHD. Unlike the other stimulants, it is not an addictive amphetamine, but it too can be dangerously overstimulating. Strattera is more similar to antidepressants in its longer-term risks.

    Mood stabilizers: Lithium, Lamictal, Equetro and Depakote
    Lithium is the oldest and hence most thoroughly studied. It causes permanent memory and mental dysfunction, including depression, and an overall decline in neurological function and quality of life. It can result in severe neurological dilapidation with dementia, a disastrous adverse drug effect called "syndrome of irreversible lithium-effectuated neurotoxicity" or SILENT. Long-term lithium exposure also causes severe skin disorders, kidney failure and hypothyroidism. Withdrawal from lithium can cause manic-like episodes and psychosis. There is evidence that Depakote can cause abnormal cell growth in the brain. Lamictal has many hazards including life-threatening diseases involving the skin and other organs. Equetro cases life-threatening skin disorders and suppresses white cell production with the risk of death from infections. Withdrawal from Depakote, Lamictal and Equetro can cause seizures and emotional distress.

    Summarizing the tragic truth
    It is time to face the enormous tragedy of exposing children and adults to any psychiatric drug for months and years. My new video introduces and highlights these risks and my book Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal describes them in detail and documents them with scientific research.

    All classes of psychiatric drugs can cause brain damage and lasting mental dysfunction when used for months or years. Although research data is lacking for a few individual drugs in each class, until proven otherwise it is prudent and safest to assume that the risks of brain damage and permanent mental dysfunction apply to every single psychiatric drug. Furthermore, all classes of psychiatric drugs cause serious and dangerous withdrawal reactions, and again it is prudent and safest to assume that any psychiatric drug can cause withdrawal problems.

    Widespread misinformation
    Difficulty in stopping psychiatric drugs can lead misinformed or unscrupulous health professionals to tell patients that they need to take their drugs for the rest of their lives when they really need to taper and withdraw from them in a careful manner. As described in Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal, tapering outside of a hospital often requires psychological and social help, including therapy and emotional support and monitoring by friends or family.

    Meanwhile, there is no substantial or convincing evidence that any psychiatric drug is useful longer-term. Psychiatric drug treatment for months or years lacks scientific basis. Therefore, the risk-benefit ratio is enormously lopsided toward the risk.

    Science-based conclusions
    Whenever possible, psychiatric drugs should be tapered and withdrawn either as an inpatient or as an outpatient with careful clinical supervision and a support network as described in Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal. Keep in mind that it is not only dangerous to take psychiatric drugs -- it can be dangerous to withdraw from them. The safest solution is to avoid starting psychiatric drugs! It is time for a return to psychological, social and educational approaches to emotional suffering and impairment.

    Psychiatrist Peter R. Breggin's scientific and educational work has provided the foundation for modern criticism of psychiatric drugs and electroconvulsive therapy. He leads the way in promoting more caring, empathic and effective therapies. His newest book is Guilt, Shame and Anxiety: Understanding and Overcoming Negative Emotions. His website is Breggin.com.


    About the author:
    Peter R. Breggin, MD is a psychiatrist in private practice in Ithaca, New York. Dr. Breggin criticizes contemporary psychiatric reliance on diagnoses and drugs, and promotes empathic therapeutic relationships. He has been called "the Conscience of Psychiatry." See his website at www.Breggin.com
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    When I was working on a behavioral unit, one of the primary things we had to observe and document, was extra pyramidal side effects of psychotropic medications. These medications are appropriate and helpful for many people, but they're often over prescribed as a matter of convenience. Your patient screams all night? How about some depakote? In truth, the patient would benefit from better staffing and a care plan that includes daytime activities. If you keep them awake during the day, they're more likely to sleep at night. Or we can over prescribe narcotics and slowly euthanize someone who's considered a problem. I'm speaking from experience. Think twice before putting a loved one in long term care.

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