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Child with Drugs
26 Aug
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CCHR Helps New Mexico Legislature Prevent Drugging of School Kids

Child with DrugsApril 7th, 2015 was a landmark day for parents and school kids in the state of New Mexico.

On that day Governor Susana Martinez signed into law The Child Medication Safety Act. The new law strikes at the heart of psychiatric drugging of school children.

SECTION 1 of the law states that schools cannot deny any student access to any school program or services because the parent or guardian refuses to place the student on psychotropic medication.

It states that “an employee or agent of a school district or governing body shall not compel or attempt to compel any specific actions by the parent or guardian or require that a student take a psychotropic medication.”

It also states “School personnel shall not require a student to undergo psychological screening unless the parent or guardian of that student gives prior written consent before each instance of psychological screening.”

SECTION 2. States “A child shall not be taken into protective custody solely on the grounds that the child’s parent, guardian or custodian refuses to consent to the administration of a psychotropic medication to the child.”

How was this Stunning Victory Achieved?

Back in January of 2012 CCHR New Mexico arranged an exhibit in the state capitol building in Santa Fe called the “Industry of Death” that graphically portrayed the history, agenda and current practices of psychiatry.

After seeing the exhibit, A NM State Senator named Sue Wilson Beffort had a legislative lawyer reach out to CCHR NM for more statistics and information on psychiatric drugs and once she had all the facts she sponsored a resolution in the NM Senate for “Investigating and addressing the deleterious effects of overmedication on children in the state.”

Her bill calling for the investigation presented plenty of facts and statistics:

  • Estimated 19,786,649 children worldwide on psychiatric drugs
  • Estimated 8,400,000 children in the US on psychiatric drugs including 2,500,000 on stimulants, 2,000,000 on antidepressants, 2,500,000 on anti-psychotics and 1,400,000 on mood stabilizers
  • In the face of enormous societal pressure to prescribe psychiatric drugs for children, parents have the right to be fully informed about the consequences of their children taking psychiatric drugs in order that they may decide what is right for their children
  • The American psychological association reports: many Americans visit their primary-care physicians and . . . walk away with a prescription for an antidepressant or other drugs without being aware of other evidence-based treatments — such as cognitive behavioral therapy (basically talking with and listening to the child)— that might work better for them without the risk of side effects..

Sen. Beffort also pointed out what experts in the field had to say.

  • Bruce Perry, a Senior Fellow at the Child Trauma Academy whose work is well known in New Mexico has said that the actual evidence to support off-label use of anti-psychotic drugs on kids is “scant to non-existent”.
  • 31 regulatory agencies in eight countries have issued warnings relating to drugs used for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, linking these drugs to suicidal ideation and behavior, violence, aggression, agitation, anxiety, depression, heart attacks, strokes, sudden death, drug addiction and abuse, hallucinations, convulsions, hostility, weight changes, disturbed sleep and seizures
  • Sydney Walker, a medical doctor, observes that creative or intelligent children become bored and will not focus — they fidget, wiggle, scratch, stretch and start looking for ways to get into trouble — and thousands of them are put on psychiatric drugs simply because they are smart and bored.
  • The president of the US Commission on Excellence in Special Education found 40% of American children who are in special education programs and have been labeled as having learning disorders have simply never been taught to read
  • Pediatric neurologist Dr. Fred A. Baughman, Jr., states that parents, teachers and children are “horribly betrayed” when a child’s behavior is labeled as a “disease”.

Armed with this information, the Senate voted 37 to 0, and the House, 70 to 0 to hold investigations.

Speakers at the hearings included the ED of CCHR NM and child neurologist Dr. Fred Baughman who himself came to give testimony.

He’s been in private practice 35 years and authored a book called “The ADHD Fraud: How Psychiatry Makes “Patients” of Normal Children”. He is very emphatic in his reports and interviews.

“These are all normal children. Psychiatry has never validated ADHD as a biologic entity, so their fraud and their misrepresentation is in saying to the parents of the patients in the office, saying to the public of the United States, that this and every other psychiatric diagnosis is, in fact, a brain disease.”

I think there are people within the hierarchy of ADHD research who are actively representing this and other neurobiologic mental disease constructs as diseases, when they know they are absolutely not–when they know there is zero scientific evidence.”

“…They know the illusions of disease and biology that their pseudoscientific biologic research weaves…They are intentionally deceiving the public.”

“We are drugging normal children so that they act less like normal children and forcing them to act like the docile adults who are supposed to be teaching them.”

“ADHD and all of psychiatry’s “chemical imbalances” are manufactured diseases”. ADHD is not a disorder, disease, syndrome or chemical imbalance of the brain.  It is not over-diagnosed, under-diagnosed, or mis-diagnosed.  It doesn’t exist.  It is a total, 100%, Fraud.”

“Nowhere in world’s literature is there proof that a single psychiatric diagnosis is an actual disease. “ADHD and all of psychiatry’s “chemical imbalances” are manufactured diseases- invented diseases that results in huge profits for psychiatrists and pharmaceutical companies.”

Following the hearing Rep. Nora Espinoza from the NM House approached CCHR and offered her help. Rep. Espinoza sponsored the bill in the House.

CCHR soon created a display in the State Capitol building called “The Silent Death of America’s Children” and followed up with flyers to parents, educators and legislators. Radio shows and newspapers carried the message. CCHR also brought in Dr. Linda Lagermann, a trained clinical psychologist who sat in with legislator hearings on the bill to answer questions and show them how psychiatrists use manipulative measures to sell these drugs in volume.

When the House passed the bill 67 to 1, Sen. Beffort sponsored the bill in the Senate where it passed 39 to 0 and was quickly signed into law.

It is encouraging that politicians presented with solid facts and evidence about psychiatry voted overwhelmingly to pass sane legislation curbing the pseudo-scientific profession.

Someday their mental health “treatments” will be legislated out of existence entirely.

SOURCES:

http://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/13%20Regular/memorials/senate/SJM044.pdf

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/medicating/interviews/baughman.html

http://www.parental-intelligence.com/fredbaughman.html

http://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/15%20Regular/final/HB0053.pdf

http://www.thenhf.com/hr-1790-house-passes-bill-protecting-children-from-forced-psychiatric-medication/#

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Pills on belt
26 Aug
0

Tardive Dyskinesia: Disability Caused by Psychiatric Medication

Pills on beltPsychiatric drugs have long term side effects that can make a person’s life miserable. Tardive dyskinesia is one condition caused by many antipsychotic drugs.

The victim of this condition grimaces, thrusts his tongue, swings his jaw and makes chewing motions. These involuntary motions can also involve the trunk and extremities.

The motions are completely out of the victim’s control. In many cases, even when the medication has been stopped, it cannot be cured. In fact, in some cases, the condition gets progressively worse even after the drug has been discontinued.

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIH) estimation is that 5% of all people taking these drugs will develop this condition. According to them, the newer atypical antipsychotics are less likely to cause this condition, but they admit that some people may still get TD.

Other sources report tardive dyskinesia affects close to 30 percent of those who have been given a class of drugs known as dopamine antagonists. According to livestrong.com, dopamine antagonists are “a chemical, medication or drug that prevents the actions stimulated by dopamine. Dopamine is a naturally produced chemical in the body that binds to regions in the brain to help regulate emotions and movement.”

This powerful pharmaceutical is used for certain psychiatric diagnosed mental disorders and sometimes even for gastrointestinal disorders.

Some people fall victim to tardive dyskinesia after only 6 weeks on the drug.

Psychiatric Misdiagnosis Ruins Her Life

Jenelle is a beautiful young woman who suffers a severe disability because of psychiatric drug side effects. Her story is particularly poignant, as she was first given the drug called Reglan during a bout of food poisoning, to suppress vomiting.

This drug almost immediately caused Jenelle to have tardive dyskinesia, resulting in strange and uncontrolled body motions. Psychiatrists then compounded the disease by misdiagnosing her as having a mental disorder and prescribed Thorazine, Haldol, and Xanax. This increased her mental and physical distress to such a degree that she became wheelchair bound.

Although she is now severely disabled, she maintains a cheerful attitude and continues to hope for enough improvement that she can walk and move normally again someday.

There are stories of other psychiatric victims of this disorder, their lives altered forever by an iatrogenic (medically induced) disability.

Tortuous Pain and Dementia

Tardive dyskinesia has various forms. One type, called tardive dystonia causes painful, tortuous muscle spasms. The movements of this type tend to be slow, writhing motions.

Another kind called tardive akathisia agitates people in agonizing ways, driving them to move their arms or legs or to pace.

Tardive Dementia or Tardive Dysmentia causes serious cognitive problems.

Sometimes the disorder is masked by the very drug the patient is taking. When it is discontinued, the resulting disability is obvious.

Why are these Drugs Still on the Market?

As with all psychiatric drug treatment, the driving impetus is profit. There is no argument that certain psychiatric drugs cause the agonizing disability known as tardive dyskinesia.

Yet psychiatry as an industry justifies the suffering of their patients, and continues to prescribe the very drugs that induce it.

SOURCES:

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/mental-health-medications/index.shtml

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000685.htm

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

http://www.tardivedyskinesia.com/support/

http://www.livestrong.com/article/232329-what-is-a-dopamine-antagonist/

http://breggin.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=132

http://www.dystonia.org.uk/index.php/about-dystonia/types-of-dystonia/drug-induced-dystonia-tardive

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Corruption in Politics
11 Aug
0

Mental Health Reform Bill Strengthened

CoIronically, the “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act,” legislation first introduced in 2013, was supposedly in response to the deadly school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.

Possibly legislators Tim Murphy and Eddie Bernice Johnson, who reintroduced the bill in June of this year, are unaware that 90% of school shootings are directly caused by children taking psychiatric meds.

But Tim Murphy seems oblivious to this reality, asserting this bill will mark a new dawn for mental health care in America.

Heaven help us if the new dawn is anything like the preceding decades of darkness, where children prescribed selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (or SSRIs) have wreaked havoc in the form of multiple suicides and murder.

Citizens Beware Mental Health Assistance Funded by Government

When legislatures push the false science of psychiatry and psychology with bills giving these twin pseudo-sciences more power, we the citizens need to beware.

And this bill gives psychiatry additional power. American Psychiatric Association president Renye Binder says “The nation’s mental health system needs reform and investment—especially on behalf of patients and families living with serious mental illness. We applaud Reps. Murphy and Johnson.”

She continues by asserting that other important parts of the bill include “enhancing the psychiatric workforce, ensuring better coordination of federal resources, and improving research and treatment for persons with mental illness, including substance use disorders.”

This bill will fund the psychiatric industry by providing additional psychiatric hospital beds as well as recommending a national plan to increase the number of psychiatrists, including child psychiatrists and other mental health care professionals.

For a profession that freely admits they cannot cure mental illness, it seems almost surreal that they are being heavily funded. What gives?

The Unholy Alliance

Psychiatry and Big Pharma are in bed together. This fact is well known.

According to psychiatrist Dale Archer, the “gross over-diagnosis and prescription is a direct result of intense, multi-million dollar marketing campaigns by the drug makers, both through celebrity endorsements as well print and television ads that prompt patients and their families to ask doctors about those specific drugs.”

This has created a tidal wave of psychiatric drug abuse, putting the health of millions of children at risk. Even long time ADHD advocate Dr. Keith Conners has called the rising figures of ADHD diagnosis a “concoction to justify the giving out of medication at unprecedented and unjustifiable levels,”

Apparently the greed factor amongst these “mental health professionals” far outweighs their humanity.

Our Representatives Need a Backbone

Yet those in government are willing to buy into propaganda supplied by both drug companies and the APA. It is long past time for our representatives to research the true facts regarding psychiatry’s many failures for themselves. This data is not difficult to find.

What is the real cost of the “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act”? Vomiting up more tax payer dollars to support a profession that has nothing positive to show for its very existence is not only criminal, it is madness.

Assumptions are always dangerous. And believing government officials deluged by lobbyists for the psychiatric profession have our best interests at heart is at best naïve.

SOURCES:

http://psychnews.psychiatryonline.org/doi/full/10.1176/appi.pn.2015.7a23

http://www.wnd.com/2012/12/psych-meds-linked-to-90-of-school-shootings/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/dalearcher/2013/12/26/the-dark-side-of-big-pharma-2/

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Brain Devices
11 Aug
0

Deep Brain Stimulation – Another Psychiatric Torture Treatment Emerging

Brain DevicesPsychiatrists are the first to admit they don’t really understand what causes the mental conditions they have labeled as disorders. They also freely admit they don’t really know why a particular drug or surgery “works” but they continue to theorize and experiment endless on their patients.

Cycling back and forth between professional trends in brain surgeries, electric shocks and drugs they push forward any new technique that government funding and the public are willing to buy.

Currently a push is on for employing Deep Brain Stimulation to attack depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

The Mayo Clinic offers this definition: “Deep brain stimulation involves implanting electrodes within certain areas of your brain. These electrodes produce electrical impulses that regulate abnormal impulses. Or, the electrical impulses can affect certain cells and chemicals within the brain. The amount of stimulation in deep brain stimulation is controlled by a pacemaker-like device placed under the skin in your upper chest. A wire that travels under your skin connects this device to the electrodes in your brain.”

DBS has been used to help patients with Parkinson’s disease but it’s nothing one would undertake lightly. One such patient described the procedure.

“He shaved my scalp in five spots, numbed the spots with lydocaine, and then proceeded to screw 5 anchors into my skull using what looked and sounded like a screw gun from a construction workers tool box. All this was in preparation for the next day when they would be mounting two towers onto my head that would act as guides in inserting two probes into my brain.

The surgery would entail drilling two holes in my skull allowing two probes to be inserted deep into my brain. The probes would later be connected, by wires run below the skin, to a stimulator that would be programmed to send electrical signals to the probes.

The idea is that this is a long operation and you are conscious for much of that time and you have to lie still.

I had been told that the drilling of the holes is very loud, but it must have been done while under anesthesia because I was unaware of any cutting or drilling. It wouldn’t be until I left the hospital that I finally got to see the two rows of staples that were used to close up the two long slices in my scalp.

Two weeks later I was scheduled for my second surgery; implanting the stimulator in my chest and connecting it to the probes from the first surgery. This was done on an outpatient basis. I was under anesthesia the whole time. When I awoke the surgery was done.

The stimulator is about 3″ x 3″ by 1″ thick and is sewn into a pocket of skin. The batteries have to be changed every few years and it will require surgery when that becomes necessary.”

 

Thomas Schlaepfer is a psychiatrist from the University of Bonn Hospital and a leading expert in researching deep brain stimulation. He gives it to OCD and severely depressed patients who were not helped by psychotherapy, electroconvulsive therapy and psychopharmacology. This class of patient is labeled as having “extreme treatment resistance”.

He writes “The idea of holes drilled in the skull and electrodes placed deep into the brain is as a concept understandably frightening.”

Yes, by drilling some holes in the patient’s skull, DBS is likely to create some “treatment resistance” of its own.

Psychiatrists Enjoy Turning Up the Voltage

Dr. Peter Breggin of the Center to Study Psychiatry reported on a psychiatric abuse case using an early form of Deep Brain Stimulation around 1970.

The victim was Leonard Kille, an electronics engineer who fell into psychiatric hands during a marital dispute. His wife was having an affair and Leonard was having angry rages during arguments with her in which she denied it was happening. A psychiatrist referred him to psychiatrists Frank Ervin and Vernon Mark for neurological tests. They decided his jealousy was “paranoia” and that Kille was “uncontrolled” and “dangerous”. He was hospitalized and pressured by his wife and the psychiatrists to have a brain surgery as otherwise she would divorce him. He eventually submitted and received a remote control electrical device called a “stimoceiver” implanted into his brain. As “treatment” the psychiatrists could boost the voltage on some 80 or so electrodes imbedded on 4 wires they had implanted in his brain.

Ervin and Mark claimed their experiment a glowing success but Dr. Breggin found Kille to be “totally disabled, chronically hospitalized, and subject to nightmarish terrors that he will be caught and operated on again at the Massachusetts General Hospital.”

Kille’s wife left him after his surgery and married her lover.

Following another treatment from his electrodes, Kille was left permanently paralyzed from the waist down due to brain damage. The doctors turned his moods on and off at will using electrical stimulation.

Later another psychiatrist wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine, regarding Kille’s case that he felt “a haunting fear that men may become slaves, perhaps to an authoritarian state.”

Military Vets Labeled with PTSD – Guinea Pigs for Deep Brain Stimulation

Over at Massachusetts General Hospital, the largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, Emad Eskandar, is a neurosurgeon at the Center for Nervous System Repair.

” The brain is an electrochemical organ that can respond to both electricity and meds, so instead of prescribing milligrams of a substance, we can now prescribe milliamps for specific regions. The therapy gets right to the target. The downside is, of course, you have to undergo neurosurgery to get the implant.”

He’s part of a military funded program called Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies (SUBNETS). This is an attempt by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to address problems veterans are having with depression, PTSD and substance abuse.

DARPA program manager Justin Sanchez said, “DARPA is looking for ways to characterize which regions come into play for different conditions – measured from brain networks down to the single neuron level – and develop therapeutic devices that can record activity, deliver targeted stimulation, and most importantly, automatically adjust therapy as the brain itself changes.”

The latest smart implants are responsive DBS devices that will monitor neuronal activity. When they detect unusual patterns, they’ll dampen those signals by stimulating the brain with electrical impulses. These implants will be programmed by MIT, Boston Univ. and Draper Lab.

They will operate 24/7 in “the living brain, measuring signals and intervening in real time.” “Physicians will be able to see data from the device right in their office.”

They plan to be ready for clinical trials in 3 to 4 years and the first subjects will be combat veterans.

The fact sheet put out by the Pentagon and Dept. of Veterans Affairs states they have been given $78.9 million dollars for this research and the purpose is “to develop new, minimally invasive neurotechnologies that will increase the ability of the body and brain to induce healing.”

No more screwing in head frames and drilling holes – they want some tiny device they can shoot into a soldier’s body in a split second and then remotely control his emotional moods and physiological state.

A Neuroscientist Stands Up to Fight Deep Brain Stimulation

Curtis Bell, is Senior Scientist Emeritus at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland and is writes that deep brain stimulation could easily be used to subdue people similar to the prefontal lobotomy which quieted down noisy prisoners or political foes.

“You could imagine such things being more sophisticated nowadays,” he says. “You wouldn’t need to damage all the frontal lobes if you could go to a specific nucleus and alter someone’s personality.”

Below is an oath he is calling for all Neuroscientists to sign:

“Pledge by Neuroscientists to Refuse to Participate in the Application of Neuroscience to Violations of Basic Human Rights or International Law.”

We are Neuroscientists who desire that our work be used to enhance human life rather than to diminish it. We are concerned with the possible use of Neuroscience for purposes that violate fundamental human rights and international law. We seek to create a culture within the field of Neuroscience in which contributions to such uses are unacceptable.

Thus, we oppose the application of Neuroscience to torture and other forms of coercive interrogation or manipulation that violate human rights and personhood. Such applications could include drugs that cause excessive pain, anxiety, or trust, and manipulations such as brain stimulation or inactivation.

Thus, we also oppose the application of Neuroscience to aggressive war. Aggressive war is illegal under international law, where it is defined as a war that is not in self-defense. A government which engages in aggressive wars should not be provided with tools to engage more effectively in such wars. Neuroscience can and does provide such tools. Examples include drugs which enhance the effectiveness of soldiers on one side, drugs which damage the effectiveness of soldiers on the other side, and robots that move, perceive, and kill.

As Neuroscientists we therefore pledge:

  1. a) To make ourselves aware of the potential applications of our own work and that of others to applications that violate basic human rights or international law such as torture and aggressive war.
  2. b) To refuse to knowingly participate in the application of Neuroscience to violations of basic human rights or international law.

This is an opportunity for scientists to stand up and refuse to create such devices under the guise of “learning about the brain” when their purpose is clearly a destructive one in the hands of psychiatrists and the military branches of the government.

SOURCES:

 

 

http://arraytherapeutic.com/library/articles/IEEEspectrum.pdf

http://www.betaboston.com/news/2015/05/25/mgh-is-working-on-smart-brain-implants-that-may-help-combat-depression-and-ptsd/

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/talking-back/scientist-interview-implanted-electrodes-reboot-brain-out-of-intractable-depression/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2014/08/27/new-obama-plan-calls-for-implanted-computer-chips-to-help-u-s-troops-heal/

http://dreamndean.hubpages.com/hub/My-Deep-Brain-Stimulation-Surgery

http://www.nature.com/news/the-pentagon-s-gamble-on-brain-implants-bionic-limbs-and-combat-exoskeletons-1.17726

https://neuroethicscanada.wordpress.com/2010/01/05/a-conversation-on-the-neuroethics-of-war/

https://sites.google.com/site/mcrais/implants

 

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Kids Playing Soccer
05 Aug
0

ADHD Research Proves Movement Helps Kids Think

Kids Playing SoccerChildren who have been diagnosed with ADHD are often medicated to keep them from fidgeting.

But a new study of youngsters in the pre-teen and teen years showed that those who moved the most exhibited much better cognitive performance. In fact, the more intensely and frequently the child moved the better accuracy he displayed on demanding tasks.

New Study in Child Neuropsychology Proves Movement is Beneficial

Professor of psychiatry Julie Schweitzer who is director of the UC Davis ADHD program stated “It turns out that physical movement during cognitive tasks may be a good thing for them.”

Although Dr. Schweitzer’s statement doesn’t admit it is quite normal for children to fidget and move, perhaps there is some hope for a change in psychiatry’s rampant drugging of normal, active youngsters.

This psychiatrist goes on to say:

“Parents and teachers shouldn’t try to keep them still. Let them move while they are doing their work or other challenging cognitive tasks. It may be that the hyperactivity we see in ADHD may actually be beneficial at times. Perhaps the movement increases their arousal level, which leads to better attention.”

One doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry at this statement. The good news is someone in the industry of psychiatry has finally decided to observe real children.

The bad news? Thousands of children who have been damaged and continue to be damaged by their pharmaceutical treatment. Will apologies be forthcoming? This is unlikely.

Arthur Hartanto, who is a study coordinator with the ADHD Program asserts, “Maybe teachers shouldn’t punish kids for movement, and should allow them to fidget as long as it doesn’t disturb the rest of the class. Instead, they should seek activities that are not disruptive that allow their students with ADHD to use movement, because it assists them with thinking.”

But who is really doling out the punishment? A teacher’s sharp word to a rambunctious child pales next to the heartless (or unobservant) psychiatrist drugging an active little boy or girl into listlessness.

Why are Kids so Fidgety These Days?

The Centers for Disease control report a sharp increase in the number of kids diagnosed with ADHD.

Pediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom has traced back the reason that children are being increasingly diagnosed with ADHD.

She notes that kids are forced to stay in an upright position for hours on end; gone are the days when children rolled down hills, climbed trees, spun in circles. Recesses are abbreviated because of increasing academic demands. Kids rarely play outdoors now. In other words, children do not move nearly as much as they need to.

Ms. Hanscom tested several classrooms and discovered most children had very poor core strength and balance. In fact, she discovered that only one in twelve children were normal in this regard.

Could it be that fidgeting is a natural response to an environment where children are not allowed to move, and is a desperate and natural response to the unnatural demands of our educational system?

The psychiatrist’s attitude of fixing a problem by quieting a child’s movement is not just ignorant, it is dangerous.

Psychiatric Drugs can Ruin a Child’s Life

Here are some of the side effects of Ritalin from the online publication called Drugenquirer:

  • Addiction
  • Insomnia
  • Agitation and irritability
  • Headache
  • Decreased appetite
  • Stomach ache
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Slowing of growth in children
  • Possibility of seizures
  • Blurred vision or other eyesight changes

There are an overwhelming number of reasons not to treat a child who is fidgety with pharmaceuticals. The fact that psychiatrists themselves have admitted that a child in motions can perform better on tests is only one of them.

Condemning a child to a lifetime of possible addiction is a dismaying proposition; our children need to be protected and nurtured, not drugged into manageability by psychiatry’s dubious treatments.

SOURCES:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/06/150611082116.htm

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/07/08/why-so-many-kids-cant-sit-still-in-school-today/

http://ritalinsideeffects.net/

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Bread Skull
05 Aug
1

Could Your Child’s Psychological Disorder be a Food Allergy?

Bread SkullWhen you think of allergies, you probably think of sneezing fits and itchy eyes. It might surprise you to know that there could be other, more dramatic symptoms. Nutritional consultant, Tarilee Cornish, advises that food allergies can create a host of apparent psychological problems, from brain fog to hallucinations!

Psychological effects of eating the wrong foods

Over the years, you’ve probably eaten the wrong thing and experienced some strange reactions. As an adult these sensations can be strong, but for a child they can be overwhelming and debilitating.

Take white sugar for instance, a substance found at the top of many ingredient lists on our favorite foods. While Chocolate Covered Sugar Bombs might taste yummy in the morning, it’s liable to cause a variety of problems later in the day. For example, one might become:

  • Easily distracted
  • Forgetful
  • Less focused
  • Bored with an activity after only a few minutes
  • Day dreamy
  • Fidgety

Now, as you glance at this list, these symptoms might look familiar.

You might just recognize them from the National Institute of Mental Health’s list of symptoms of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Consider how many children diagnosed with ADHD coincidentally eat sweet sugary breakfast cereals every morning.

If we look to the National Institute of Mental Health for answers, we’ll see that children aged three and older are approved to take Adderall, an amphetamine.

How do you feel about giving your child a mood-altering stimulant that can cause severe reactions in an adult? A few of the side effects listed are:

  • Hallucinations
  • Unusual behavior
  • Muscle twitches (tics)
  • Dangerously high blood pressure
  • Severe headaches
  • Chest pain
  • Confusion
  • Uneven heartbeats

The difference between treatment in France and the US

According to Psychology Today nine percent of our school-aged kids in the US are diagnosed with ADHD and prescribed drugs for it. However, in France, only 0.5 percent are labeled ADHD and put on drugs. There’s a reason for this difference.

In France child psychiatrists tend to take a different approach, preferring not to resort to dangerous pharmaceuticals. Family therapist, Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D., author of Suffer the Children: The Case Against Labeling and Medicating and an Effective Alternative, states, “French doctors prefer to look for the underlying issue that is causing the child distress.”

What if Americans did that, too?

Whether you’re a parent, educator, or medical professional, it would be wise to look into your child’s diet. What is he or she eating that could be causing trouble?  Work with a non-psychiatric medical doctor or nutritionist and try cutting out sugars as a starting point. It’s a good place to start and you might see a dramatic shift in your child’s behavior.

Additionally, talk to your doctor about having your child tested for food allergies. It’s possible that a simple food your child eats every day could be the culprit.

Psychiatrist recommended alternative solution for children with ADHD

Dr. Louis B. Cady, child psychiatrist from Evansville, Indiana states, “I typically order food allergy testing when things are simply not making sense in my work with a child and his/her family, or with my adult patients.”

Cady will look at the diet when a child is suffering some of the symptoms other psychiatrists would simply label a generic ADHD. “I also become very suspicious of food allergy symptoms when I see children who are what I call autistically disengaged in the context of a severe syndrome.”

There are many diagnostic tests for detecting allergies. A parent who suspects his child has allergies could seek out a medical (not psychiatric) professional who is knowledgeable in this area.

If we try, we can change the trend in America, the land of the free and home of the brave. Let’s work together to help our children have a better chance to grow up into happy, healthy, drug free adults!

SOURCES:

https://www.wholeapproach.com/newsletter/archives/2003/04_April.html

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/suffer-the-children/201203/why-french-kids-dont-have-adhd

http://www.rxlist.com/adderall-side-effects-drug-center.htm

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd/index.shtml#part_145449

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd/index.shtml#part_145447

http://www.betterhealthusa.com/public/336.cfm

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artist
30 Jul
1

Latest Mental Illness Gene Study Targets Artists

artistPsychiatrists are always eager to get their hands on artists and provide them with the very best in drug and electric shock treatments.

The idea that artists must be crazy in order to produce art combines well with the idea that when the artist’s madness gets the best of him or her, psychiatry will step in with their own brand of so called “help”.

A new study has just been released which tries to show that genes found in creative artists are the same as the genes found in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder patients.

Kings College reported in their news section on this new research carried out by researchers from deCODE Genetics and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London.

deCode used a sample of 86,292 individuals from the general population of Iceland establishing a DNA signature that pointed to a doubled risk for schizophrenia and an increase of a third for bipolar disorder.

Then, it set out to examine the genomes of people engaged in artistic work. Creative individuals were defined as those belonging to the national artistic societies – actors, dancers, musicians, visual artists and writers. A sample of more than 1,000 volunteers from Iceland’s national arts societies was prepared.

It was found that members of these organizations were 17 percent likelier than non-members to have the same genetic signature as the schizophrenia and bipolar patients. (These weren’t necessarily artists but were all members of the societies.)

Kari Stefansson, head of deCODE Genetics,a neurologist who led the study, claimed “To be creative, you have to think differently and when we are different, we have a tendency to be labeled strange, crazy and even insane.”

He then stated his agreement with the old “artists are crazy theory”.

“Often, when people are creating something new, they end up straddling between sanity and insanity. I think these results support the old concept of the mad genius. Creativity is a quality that has given us Mozart, Bach, Van Gogh. It’s a quality that is very important for our society. But it comes at a risk to the individual, and 1% of the population pays the price for it.”

The Study Debunked by His Peers

When critics of the research began to point out the thinness of the argument, Stefansson admitted that his study had found only a weak link between the genetic variants for mental illness and creativity – the genetic factors that raise the risk of mental problems explained only about 0.25% of the variation in peoples’ artistic ability.

Albert Rothenberg, Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard University believes that there is no good evidence for a link between mental illness and creativity. “It’s the romantic notion of the 19th century, that the artist is the struggler, aberrant from society, and wrestling with inner demons,” he said. “But take Van Gogh. He just happened to be mentally ill as well as creative. For me, the reverse is more interesting: creative people are generally not mentally ill, but they use thought processes that are of course creative and different.”

One of Van Gogh’s last letters explained whether or not he felt his mental troubles helped his art. “Oh, if I could have worked without this accursed disease – what things I might have done.”

Rothenberg wrote an entire book on this subject in 2014. “Flight of Wonder: An Investigation of Scientific Creativity”. He interviewed 45 science Nobel laureates about their creative thinking and found no evidence of mental illness in any of them.

Rothenberg said, “The problem is that the criteria for being creative are never anything very creative. Belonging to an artistic society, or working in art or literature, does not prove a person is creative. But the fact is that many people who have mental illness do try to work in jobs that have to do with art and literature, not because they are good at it, but because they’re attracted to it. And that can skew the data. Nearly all mental hospitals use art therapy, and so when patients come out, many are attracted to artistic positions and artistic pursuits.”

Another critic of the Stefansson study is David Cutler, a geneticist at Emory University in Atlanta. He gave an example to show how insignificant the gene correlation data actually was.

Together, the variants used in the study only explain about 6 percent of schizophrenia and 1 percent of bipolar disorder, according to a graph in the study. And these same variants only explain about one-quarter of 1 percent of artistic ability. That means that the same genetic variants that explain about 1/20th of schizophrenia also explain about 1/250th of artists’ ability.

“If the distance between me, the least artistic person you are going to meet, and an actual artist is one mile, these variants appear to collectively explain 13 feet of the distance. Now 13 feet is not zero, but if I want to jump across a 1-mile distance, 13 feet doesn’t get me very far.” Cutler said.

He added, “There is a link, and it is astonishingly weak in the sense that most people would care about.”

Roel Ophoff, a human geneticist at the University of California Los Angeles, agreed. “The reported correlations are tiny,” he told Genetic Expert News Service. “This means that the predictive power of the finding is limited.”

There is still another failure in this research. Psychologist Judith Schlesinger, author of The Insanity Hoax: Exposing the Myth of the Mad Genius, argues that a definition of “creativity” is missing from the study.

“Creativity is simply defined by occupation,” Schlesinger says, and this presumes two things. The first is “that there are no creative accountants or lawyers who play music, paint, or dance wonderfully on the weekends, preferring to actually earn a living during the week.” The second is that “everyone who self-defines as a writer, artist, and joins an artistic association, automatically qualifies as unusually creative”

She calls their assumptions “scientifically hollow, but convenient for their purposes.”

“My overall impression [of this study] is of a pot filled with various types of pasta, with pieces taken out and thrown against the wall to see what sticks,” Schlesinger says.

Stefansson even admits this. “There’s absolutely no guarantee that…members of these associations are particularly creative,” he says. He then attempts to justify this flaw by saying “there is no way you can define it any differently. This is the best you can come up with in society.”

Psychiatric Treatment for Schizophrenics, Bipolar Disorder Patients & Artists

A quick glance at mental health websites tell us what psychiatry does to their schizophrenic and bipolar patients – and what they would like to do to all those artists out there who are “at risk” for developing these disorders.

The US Dept of Health and Human Services – Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality – whose motto is “advancing excellence in health care” offers this advice and treatment choices.

“Schizophrenia is a severe brain disorder in which people may hear voices or see things that are not real. Scientists are not sure what causes schizophrenia, but the disorder may be passed down in families. A person’s brain structure or chemistry and the environment they live in may also play a role in developing schizophrenia. Out of 100 people in the United States, about 1 person has schizophrenia.”

Older Antipsychotics:

  • Chlorpromazine (Thorazine®)
  • Fluphenazine (Prolixin®)
  • Haloperidol (Haldol®)
  • Perphenazine (Trilafon®)
  • Thioridazine (Mellaril®)
  • Trifluoperazine (Stelazine®)

Newer Antipsychotics:

  • Aripiprazole (Abilify®)
  • Asenapine (Saphris®)
  • Clozapine (Clozaril®, FazaClo®)
  • Olanzapine (Zyprexa®)
  • Quetiapine (Seroquel®)
  • Risperidone (Risperdal®)
  • Ziprasidone (Geodon®)

“Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a severe brain disorder that causes intense mood swings. People with bipolar disorder go from feeling very happy and full of energy to feeling very depressed and hopeless and back again. These ups (called “mania,” pronounced MAY-nee-uh) and downs (called depression) are much more intense than the normal ups and downs that everyone feels from time to time. Scientists think bipolar disorder may be passed down in families. A person’s brain structure may also play a role in developing bipolar disorder.

Out of 100 people in the United States, less than 1 to as many as 3 have bipolar disorder.

Medicines to treat bipolar disorder include mood stabilizers (such as lithium), antipsychotic medicines, and antidepressant medicines. Each person responds differently to different antipsychotic medicines. You may need to try several medicines or combinations of medicines before finding what works best for you

Sometimes, doctors may suggest a stay in the hospital to help people with bipolar disorder stabilize their mood.”

The popular website WebMd offers us this series of lies and misinformation:

“Bipolar Disorder and Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Electroconvulsive therapy, also known as ECT or electroshock therapy, is a short-term treatment for severe manic or depressive episodes, particularly when symptoms involve serious suicidal or psychotic symptoms, or when medicines seem to be ineffective. It can be effective in nearly 75% of patients.

In electroconvulsive therapy, an electric current is passed through the scalp to cause a brief seizure in the brain. ECT is one of the fastest ways to relieve symptoms in people who suffer from mania or severe depression. ECT is generally used only when medicines or other less invasive treatments prove to be unhelpful. It is also used when mood or psychotic symptoms are so severe that it may be unsafe to wait until drugs can take effect. ECT is also often thought to be the treatment of choice for severe mood episodes during pregnancy.”!

And a website devoted to advice for schizophrenics gives us this unbelievable report:

“Electroshock therapy speeds improvement in schizophrenia patients

Shock therapy, a controversial practice conjuring frightening images of behavior control, still has a place in schizophrenia treatment, a newly updated research review shows.

Although the data confirmed that antipsychotic drugs are still the first choice for schizophrenia treatment, they also showed that electroconvulsive, or shock, therapy clearly works, and combining both treatments can accelerate benefits to some patients, the review finds.

The most significant finding is that ECT combined with antipsychotics is more effective than antipsychotics alone in producing rapid clinical improvement in people with schizophrenia.”

Artists who create aesthetically across the whole range of human emotions and inspire the whole human race are considered by psychiatrists to be similar to schizophrenics and bipolar patients because those patients have emotions that swing up and down??

Now that is a pretty crazy idea.

SOURCES:

http://www.kcl.ac.uk/ioppn/news/records/2015/June/Schizophrenia-and-bipolar-disorder-may-share-genetic-roots-with-creativity.aspx

https://in.news.yahoo.com/creativity-psychosis-share-genetic-source-150008026.html

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/jun/08/new-study-claims-to-find-genetic-link-between-creativity-and-mental-illness

http://www.theverge.com/2015/6/8/8746011/creativity-genetics-schizophrenia-bipolar-decode

http://effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/index.cfm/search-for-guides-reviews-and-reports/?productid=1458HYPERLINK “http://effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/index.cfm/search-for-guides-reviews-and-reports/?productid=1458&pageaction=displayproduct”&HYPERLINK “http://effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/index.cfm/search-for-guides-reviews-and-reports/?productid=1458&pageaction=displayproduct”pageaction=displayproduct

 

http://www.webmd.com/bipolar-disorder/electroconvulsive-therapy-ect

http://www.schizophrenia.com/sznews/archives/001678.html#

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Murder Scene
29 Jun
0

New Study Proves People on Psychiatric Drugs Commit More Homicides

Murder SceneA new research paper called “Psychotropic drugs and homicide: A prospective cohort study from Finland” was just published in the June 2015 edition of the journal World Psychiatry.

Dr. Jari Tiihonen a professor of psychiatry at the Karolinsksa Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden was the lead researcher. He and his colleagues examined data collected from 959 men and women in Finland, ages 13 to 88, who were all convicted of homicide. For a control group, the researchers matched each person who committed homicide with 10 other people who had not committed homicide but were the same age and gender, and lived in the same town.

They examined whether the murderers had used psychiatric drugs, pain killers, epilepsy medicine or drugs to combat addiction.

Results of the Study

The various drugs showed these increases in the risk that the person taking the drug would commit murder:

  • antidepressant use increased the risk by 31 percent
  • tranquilizer use in the class of benzodiazepines increased the risk by 45 percent
  • opioid pain reliever use increased the risk by 92 percent
  • anti-inflammatory pain reliever use increased the risk by 200 percent

Dr. Tiihonen wrote at the beginning of his journal article –

“After a high-profile homicide case, there is often discussion in the media on whether or not the killing was caused or facilitated by a psychotropic medication. Antidepressants have especially been blamed by non-scientific organizations for a large number of senseless acts of violence, e.g., 13 school shootings in the last decade in the U.S. and Finland [1]. In September 2014, there were more than 139,000 hits from Google for the search terms “antidepressant, homicide”, and more than 1,050,000 hits for the terms “antidepressant, violence”. It is likely that such massive publicity in the lay media has already led a number of patients and physicians to abstain from antidepressant treatment, due to the perceived fear of pharmacologically induced violence.

We carried out a prospective cohort study with an embedded case-control design in order to test the hypothesis that current antidepressant treatment is associated with an increased risk of committing a homicide. “

His first reference[1] is to an article by the Citizens Commission on Human Rights called “Federal investigation of the link between shootings and psychiatric drugs is long overdue.”

Perhaps Dr. Tiihonen was hoping his research results would negate the need for such a Federal investigation. He used the word “slight” to describe the 31% increase found in persons on antidepressants committing murder.

“Slight” is defined by dictionaries as:

small in degree; inconsiderable. EX: “a slight increase”

synonyms: small, modest, tiny, minute, inappreciable, negligible, insignificant, minimal, remote, slim, faint, razor-thin

Family members grieving over the murder of a loved one committed by a person taking antidepressants would not be cheered by knowing Dr. Tiihonen considers 31% a “slight” increase in risk.

He stated that the “substantially smaller risk associated with antidepressants is the study’s most important finding” and that “Antidepressants have previously been thought to be linked with crimes, for example, in some high-profile school shootings in Finland and the United States over the last decade”

He went on to say people shouldn’t worry about the vast use of antidepressants but “If anything, we should be concerned about prescriptions of high-dose benzodiazepines and opioid painkillers for people with substance abuse.”

He neglected to point out that benzodiazepines users with a 45% increased risk of committing murder are ingesting a psychiatric drug when they take this class of tranquilizers.

Benzodiazepines include Xanax, Onfi, Klonopin, Tranxene, Librium, Valium, Prosom, Ativan, Serax, Restoril and Halcion

This rogue’s gallery of drugs has side effects for users that include addiction, confusion, memory impairment, brain damage, depression, anxiety, coma, hallucinations, depersonalization, irritability, paranoia and aggression. And now, a 45% increased chance of killing someone.

More “Discoveries” by this Psychiatrist

Dr. Tiihonen, who complained about the evidence presented by “non-scientific organizations”, has offered some theories himself that the scientific world is not likely to embrace.

In October of 2014 he presented research to the effect that he had discovered 2 genes that were present in violent offenders and offered the idea that people with these genes can suffer “dopamine hyperactivity” which would then lead to violence. With this line of thinking one could ultimately imagine psychiatry arguing to test the entire population so that those with the offending genes could be given a preventative dose of antidepressants designed to balance out their so called “dopamine-serotonin imbalances.”

Dr. Tiihonen also “discovered” that smart people are at a greater risk to become bi-polar.

He analyzed test results from 195,019 apparently healthy young males conscripted into the Finnish Defense Forces. He and his team reported those soldiers with high scores on an arithmetic test were associated with a greater risk for bipolar diagnosis.

“The finding of an association between progressively increasing risk of bipolar disorder and high arithmetic intellectual performance is rather surprising,” they wrote. “The arithmetic test not only requires mathematical skills but also rapid information processing, since the limited amount of time for solving the tasks allows only a small percentage of subjects to finish the test”

Next they made a very unscientific assumption and a big leap in logic.

“It is plausible to assume that subjects having the ability to rapidly process information may share the same neurobiological characteristics as subjects who develop mania, a state characterized by high alertness and psychomotor activity. It is tempting to speculate that good arithmetic or psychomotor performance may have contributed in human evolution to the persistence of bipolar disorder, which is strongly genetically transmitted and associated with a high mortality rate.”

The Actual Truth

In contrast to this far-fetched reasoning, there is one study done by Dr. Tiihonen that did discover a truth.

In Jan of 2015 the Nordic Journal of Psychiatry published his paper called “Mortality among Forensic Psychiatric Patients in Finland”.

He analyzed all patients committed to compulsory psychiatric hospitalization by the legal system. He discovered an increased mortality among forensic psychiatric patients compared with the general population and the mortality was inversely proportional to the age when the treatment had begun.

In other words, patients die in psychiatric hospitals at a much higher rate than the general population. And the mortality rate was even higher for those committed before the age of 40.

They weren’t just dying of old age in the psychiatric hospital.

During the 15 years including in this study, 28% of these young men and women died an early death while committed to psychiatric care.

That is the truth of their treatments.

SOURCES:

http://www.livescience.com/51030-benzodiazepines-pain-relievers-homicide-risk.html

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/wps.20220/full

http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/08039488.2014.908949

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-29760212

http://psychcentral.com/lib/intelligence-linked-to-bipolar-disorder/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24802122

 

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Pills
25 Jun
1

Top Five Psychiatric Drugs Linked to Violence

PillsTo assert psychiatry is careless in prescribing drugs for its various diagnosed disorders is a monstrous trivialization of the problem.

Many of their drugs have been directly linked to suicide and violent behavior, sometimes resulting in murder on a grand scale. In a 2011 study based on data from the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System, 31 drugs were linked with violent behavior.

Here are some of the worst offenders:

  • Varenicline (Chantix) – Some of the side effects listed for this smoking cessation drug, which is 18 times more likely to result in violence, includes:
  • Seeing things that are not there
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Anger
  • Behavior Changes
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings

An Oregon woman found her husband and son dead, both killed by her husband (who had been prescribed Chantix by his dentist.) There have been many other instances of homicide traced back to this drug. Why Chantix has not been withdrawn from the marketplace is hard to fathom.

  • Prozac – This antidepressant is 10.9 more likely to be associated with violence than other medications. This drug has over 80 side effects, ranging from merely uncomfortable, to deadly. Here a few of the worst:
  • Use of extreme physical or emotional force
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Paranoia
  • Violent behavior
  • Mania
  • Panic Attacks
  • Abnormal thoughts

By the year 2000, Eli Lilly had paid $50 million dollars to settle 30 prozac lawsuits involving suicide and murder by those at the mercy of this drug.

  • Paxil – This antidepressant is linked to birth defects and severe withdrawal symptoms. It has a 10.3 likelihood of violence associated with it. Some other Paxil side effects include:
  • Auditory Hallucinations
  • Suicide attempts
  • Aggravated Nervousness
  • Acting aggressive or violent
  • Acting on dangerous impulses

Donald Schell had been on Paxil for only 48 hours when he shot and killed his wife, daughter, his granddaughter and himself. The case came to trial, and a jury found GlaxoSmithKline liable for the deaths, and ordered the drug company to pay 6.4 million dollars to the relatives of Schell.

  • Amphetamines – This includes Adderall, used to treat ADHD in children. It has been linked to suicide and violent behavior. Just a few Adderall side effects include:
  • Aggression
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Suicidal thoughts

Kyle Craig’s parents are living with the horrendous loss of their son, a victim of this drug’s suicidal side effects. At the age of 21, while a college student at Vanderbilt University, he stepped in front of a passenger train and ended his life.

  • Fluvoxamine (Luvox)This drug is used to treat obsessive compulsive disorder, and has been linked to violent behavior. Here is a partial list of its side effects:
  • Impulsive behavior
  • Irritability
  • Agitation
  • Hostility
  • Aggression
  • Hyperactive
  • Suicidal thoughts

Eric Harris, perpetrator of the 1999 Columbine school shooting tragedy in which 12 students were murdered and another 21 were injured was on Luvox.

Why are these drugs still on the market?

It seems a mystery, since the vast number of people would be happy to see these violent inducing drugs disappear forever.

But psychiatry maintains a fondness for these drugs and their unholy alliance with big pharmaceutical companies keep violent inducing drugs in production.

It is up to each of us to educate ourselves on the side effects of these drugs. There is often a medical reason behind a so-called mental disorder, and examination by a competent (not psychiatric) medical doctor can often trace back the problem to a physical cause.

Treatment with psychiatric drugs is very much playing Russian roulette with the lives of our loved ones.

SOURCES:

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

http://www.drugs.com/sfx/chantix-side-effects.html

http://www.drugs.com/sfx/prozac-side-effects.html

http://www.theroadback.org/paxilsideeffects.aspx

http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm088676.pdf

http://www.baumhedlundlaw.com/drug-injury-press-releases/paxil-maker-held-liable-in-murder-suicide.php

http://www.drugwatch.com/prozac/lawsuit.php

http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-1089/luvox+oral/details/list-sideeffects

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/MindMoodNews/adderall-psychosis-suicide-college-students-abuse-study-drug/story?id=12066619

http://www.drugs.com/mtm/luvox.html

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Children and ECT
23 Jun
4

Not a Joke: Electroconvulsive Therapy Recommended for Children

Children and ECT

Psychiatry’s insistence on injurious treatment is reason enough to ban their profession. Our children must be protected from their experimentation and abuse.

ECT is described by psychiatric whistleblower Peter Breggin as “a psychiatric treatment in which electricity is applied to the head and passed through the brain to produce a grand mal or major convulsion. The seizure brought about by the electric stimulus closely resembles, but is more rigorous or strenuous than that found in idiopathic epilepsy or in epilepsy following a wide variety of insults to the brain.”

Permanent Damage Caused by ECT

Dr. Breggin points out that ECT damages the brain and the mind, often causing permanent gaps in memory for important events in the patient’s life, his educational background and his professional skills. There have been cases where people have actually lost their identity. He goes on to state that these victims of ECT suffer from continuing cognitive difficulties, and unwanted personality changes. Going above and beyond the call of duty, Dr. Breggin has created a free ECT Resources Center to help patients and their families recognize the danger of this so-called “treatment.”

The Man Who Wants to Electroshock Children

There are very few psychiatrists who are willing to point out the dangers of this barbaric practice. In fact, there is one man who highly recommends the treatment… for children. Dr. Edward Shorter, ECT proponent, writes in the online Psychology Today publication: “There has been an unwritten taboo in psychiatry, and a reaction of shock and horror in the general population, to the idea of giving convulsive therapy to those under 18. “But is this unfavorable reaction wise? Are we denying children access to a treatment that is safe and effective in adults?” (One wonders how willingly Dr. Shorter himself would submit to this “safe and effective” treatment.) He continues: “This denial is not compatible with good medical ethics, which demand that we make effective treatments of proven benefit available to all, regardless of social class, gender, economic status, or age. We do not deny the elderly hip transplants or heart transplants because they are elderly. “But we deny children access to convulsive therapy…This is ageism in reverse, and terribly unfair.” This is not a tongue-in-cheek opinion, but the actual words of a published psychiatrist. Why all this denial of electro shock therapy’s use on children? Dr. Shorter partially blames the parents for their “prejudice” against this torturing of their offspring.

The Penicillin of Psychiatry

In an unintentional slam against his own profession, Dr. Shorter declares that “Convulsive therapy is the penicillin of psychiatry.” Many would agree that a barbaric practice originally used on pigs bound for slaughter would equal psychiatry’s version of a miracle cure. Here is one adult’s recollection of the ECT treatment he received as a child: “I was six years old [in 1944]. My mother had been locked up in a mental hospital just before I was born, and I was a ward of the state. A psychiatrist at Bellevue Hospital in New York, Dr. Lauretta Bender, had just begun her infamous series of experiments with shock treatment on children, and she needed more subjects. So I was diagnosed as a “childhood schizophrenic,” torn away from my foster parents, and given 20 shock treatments… I was dragged down the hallway crying, a handkerchief stuffed in my mouth so I wouldn’t bite off my tongue. And I woke [after the shock treatment] not knowing where I was or who I was, but feeling as if I had undergone the experience of death. After four months of this. I was returned to my foster home. Shock treatment had changed me from a shy little boy who liked to sit in a corner and read to a terrified child who would only cling to his foster mother and cry. I couldn’t remember my teachers. I couldn’t remember the little boy I was told had been my best friend. I couldn’t even find my way around my own neighborhood. The social worker who visited every month told my foster parents that my memory loss was a symptom of my mental illness. A few months later, I was shipped to a state hospital to spend the next 10 years of my life.” Psychiatry’s insistence on injurious treatment is reason enough to ban their profession. Our children must be protected from their experimentation and abuse.

SOURCES:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/how-everyone-became-depressed/201312/electroconvulsive-therapy-in-children http://www.breggin.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=40 http://www.madinamerica.com/2014/02/electroshocking-children-stopped/

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