Thursday, July 07, 2005

To the children and young adults who have been told you need a prescription drug to handle a behavior problem…and to their parents:

Certainly parents want to do the best for their children, so when a professional advises, we listen. I am challenging today that we are not always getting the best advice. “I want a second opinion” has not gone out-of-date. Let’s use it.

Start with asking, “A chemical imbalance? Can I see the lab test showing this? You know, blood test, saliva, anything?” Really, if I am to give my child a drug (a stimulant, which the FDA has just acknowledged causes “visual hallucinations, suicidal ideation, psychotic behavior, as well as aggression or violent behavior”)* to handle this “chemical imbalance”, I would like to be sure.

“Oh, no test was done?” Now we know there is no test. The President of the American Psychiatric Association stated in PEOPLE Magazine (11 July), "We do not have a clean-cut lab test.” Dr. Sharfstein also stated on the TODAY show that insurance doesn’t pay for anything but drugs, seemingly his justification for prescribing them to children.

Over eight million schoolchildren are taking a drug of this category (a $1 billion dollar a year industry) despite the fact that there is no medical or scientific test for the chemical imbalance theory. This is child abuse.

We have been denied information on these dangerous suicide and violence-inducing drug side effects. Finally we are getting the truth so we can make truly informed decisions.

(*Smartmoney.com “FDA Eyes Pyschiatric Risks of ADHD Drugs”) This line was not printed

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Excerpts from NYTImes article: THE TV WATCH; Talk Show Rarity: A True Believer's Candor

''Matt, Matt, you don't even -- you're glib,'' Mr. Cruise said. ''You don't even know what Ritalin is. If you start talking about chemical imbalance, you have to evaluate and read the research papers on how they came up with these theories, Matt, O.K.? That's what I've done.'' And, actually, he had a point. Morning talk show hosts are facile and heavily scripted, and too often they recite streams of perceived wisdom as if they were undeniable facts. Mr. Lauer showed grace but not much intellectual skill as he was out-debated by a Hollywood actor who described psychiatry as a pseudoscience and said vitamins and exercise could cure postpartum depression. But Mr. Lauer was also lucky. Mr. Cruise provided exactly what talk show hosts are supposed to elicit from celebrity guests and so rarely do: sincerity.

And he went way off on a tangent with Mr. Lauer, veering away from his movie and new fiancée to defend his attack on Brooke Shields. (He reproached her for relying on antidepressants to treat her postpartum blues.) ''She doesn't understand the history of psychiatry in the same way you don't understand it, Matt,'' the actor said. Mr. Lauer sputtered a response, but Mr. Cruise was adamant. ''And to talk about it in a way of saying, 'Well, isn't it O.K.?' and being reasonable about it when you don't know and I do, I think that you should be a little bit more responsible in knowing what it is.''

Monday, July 04, 2005

FDA’S ANTIDEPRESSANT SUICIDE WARNING HAUNTED BY VICTIMS’ TESTIMONY: WEBSITE OFFERS VOICE FOR ABUSED PATIENTS

“I had two sons—David Lee, age 8 and Billy, 16—and my wife of 20 years—all gone. After being on Prozac for 21 days, my wife shot and killed both of these two boys….”

This testimony from Tucker Moneymaker before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hearing into an antidepressant in 1991 was ignored, along with the stories of dozens of other victims and scientists. A panel of nine psychiatrists, many with financial ties to pharmaceutical companies, heard the chilling testimony but refused to sound the alarm that the antidepressant could cause suicide and violence. Fourteen years later, on July 1, the victims were vindicated after the FDA warned that SSRI antidepressants potentially cause suicide not just in children but also in adults. Last year, an FDA Advisory also acknowledged the drugs could cause hostility and aggression.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) today launched a forum on its website for victims of psychiatric drugs and misdiagnosis to report their abuse and to revisit the 1991 FDA Hearings in a mini-documentary, “The FDA: From Cover Up to ‘Black Box’ Warning.” Last October, the FDA ordered a “black box” label warning that children can become suicidal while taking the drugs.

Since 1991, over 100 children have committed suicide after being prescribed antidepressants and more than 25 people have been killed and 50 wounded by teens’ murderous shooting sprees while taking the drugs. Millions of adults have suffered other side effects including sexual dysfunction and “electric shock-like sensations” while withdrawing from them.

Filmed statements from psychiatric victims and parents whose children committed suicide shortly after being prescribed mind-altering drugs appears as both a public information service and warning.

William: “It was horrible. I would start quivering and shaking. I could not control anything…I had no feelings…Someone could have come and said my mother died. I would not have reacted…I don’t think highly of psychiatric drugs at all.”

Molly: “…’here’s a 17-year-old guinea pig, let’s blast her with 90 mgs [of an antidepressant].’ So when I was released I didn’t know how to function as a zombie. I had no personality. None of my underlying issues had been addressed or resolved so I attempted to kill myself.”

Sunday, July 03, 2005

THERE IS NO TEST FOR "CHEMICAL IMBALANCE

In an explosive admission, American Psychiatric Association President Steven Sharfstein did a 180-degree turn around on his TODAY show interview (27 June) and admitted that there is no way to test for a "chemical imbalance" as the cause for mental disorders. PEOPLE Magazine (11 July), quoted Dr. Sharfstein as conceding, "We do not have a clean-cut lab test."

This came after Tom Cruise raised the question on the TODAY show about the validity of Psychiatry. Dr. Sharfstein on a later show could not conclusively say there was any test for chemical imbalance w hich means the prescribing of antidepressants for behavior problems is fraudulant.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Anti-depressanats not for Post-Partum Depression

DOCTORS LAMBAST SHIELDS’ DANGEROUS POSITION ON PAXIL
Medical doctors today struck out against the dangerous position actress Brook Shields has taken in promoting the antidepressant Paxil for treatment of post partum depression (PPD). “Ms. Shields does not address the tremendous body of medical opinion against antidepressants being prescribed for PPD, nor does it appear she was medically advised of this. The Food and Drug Administration warns that these drugs can cause hostility, anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, and mania, which is a public health warning ignored in recent media coverage,” said Anthony P. Urbanek, M.D., a surgeon from Nashville.
Today, the FDA issued a warning that adults who use the antidepressants could also be at risk of suicidal behavior. After analyzing hundreds of studies, the FDA updated its website with a notice about a higher-than-expected rate of suicide attempts in adults taking the drugs.
Julian Whitaker, M.D., the founder of the Whitaker Wellness Center in California, said, “PPD should be treated as a medical, not psychiatric condition. Add psychiatric drugs to the hormonal imbalance that occurs at birth and you’ve potentially created a time bomb. Texas mother Andrea Yates was prescribed antidepressants for PPD, became psychotic and drowned her five children. New mothers need to be warned of this risk.”
A statement by Edward G. Ezrailson, Ph.D., at the time of Ms. Yates’ trial, warned the drugs she was prescribed caused involuntary intoxication, leading to the murder of her children. Last year, Dena Schlosser, who had been prescribed two psychotropic drugs known to cause violent behavior, killed her 10-month daughter by severing her arms. Since September 2002, the FDA has been issuing more and more warnings about psychiatric drugs, side effects that both psychiatrists and manufacturers have underplayed or withheld. Additional warnings have now been added to antidepressants, antipsychotic drugs and stimulants.
Psychiatrist Nancy Mullan, who practices non-drug alternatives to health care problems, warned, “There is a terrific plummet in hormones when giving birth which needs to be normalized. Blood sugar imbalances, nutrient deficiencies, low adrenal gland function, thyroid imbalance and copper and zinc deficiencies should all be tested for. The last thing you need is an antidepressant masking or messing with this.”
The Physicians Desk Reference also warns that Paxil can be secreted through breast milk.
Ms. Jan Eastgate, International President of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, a psychiatric watchdog established by the Church of Scientology, says, “This is not a celebrity issue; it’s about the failure of psychiatrists and doctors that have bought into psychiatric marketing of PPD as a mental ‘disorder’ to inform women about the dangers of these drugs despite the FDA issuing very strong drug warnings.”

FDA ALERT ON VIOLENCE- AND SUICIDE-INDUCING STIMULANTS
June 28, 2005: The Food and Drug Administration says that “ADHD” stimulants cause visual hallucinations, aggression, violent and suicidal behavior….
Since the 1980s, Citizens Commission on Human Rights has exposed the dangers of stimulants such as Ritalin prescribed for the psychiatric invention, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). For years psychiatry has promoted the notion of a “chemical imbalance” to prescribe psychiatric drugs to over eight million schoolchildren - a $1 billion dollar a year industry - despite the fact that no medical or scientific test has ever validated psychiatry’s theories about chemical imbalances. Medical experts say there is no evidence that ADHD exists as a physical, neurobiological disease and that prescribing cocaine-like stimulants for something that cannot be physically diagnosed is child abuse.
On June 28, 2005, The FDA finally ordered labeling changes to methylphenidate [Ritalin] products, including Concerta to warn that these drugs can cause “psychiatric events.” These are described as “visual hallucinations, suicidal ideation, psychotic behavior, as well as aggression or violent behavior.” Click HERE to read the article.
Bruce Wiseman, president of CCHR in the U.S., says, “Parents have been denied information on these dangerous suicide and violence-inducing drug side effects for years, unwittingly placing their children at risk. The public awareness raised in the media recently about these and other psychiatric drugs and Congressional Hearings into why such information has been withheld, may finally mean that parents will be able to make truly informed decisions about protecting their children's health, instead of being further victimized by psychiatry's smoke-and-mirrors history of fraud and deceit."

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