Drug Therapy for Emotional Illness – Scams, scams, and more scams
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Many of my readers know that I experienced A Post Partum Psychosis after the birth of my first child in 1989. I detailed the story and my recovery in my first book, A Mother’s Journey, My Story of Healing After Post Partum Psychosis an E-Book available on my web site.
What may not be readily apparent about my story is the fact that I was court ordered to take toxic drugs for fourteen months. I fought this care for 28 days while locked up in a mental hospital. I had been breastfeeding my daughter and wanted to continue nursing her. I made this very clear to all of my family, the doctors, and the legal people. But it didn’t matter. The judge court ordered me to take those drugs, and I was forced to wean my precious baby.
In the past sixteen years I am sad to report that because of high profile cases of mothers killing their own babies while suffering from mental illness, things have gotten even worse in terms of the control the psychiatric profession has over this decision of wether or not to medicate.
It is a difficult situation, and I feel fortunate that I was able to overcome the traumas experienced and move on when so many are caught in the net of control that is embodied by the influence pharmaceutical companies have over individual rights of self determination.
I believed then, and I still believe that 90% of the reason I went psychotic was simply from sleep deprivation. Did you know that not one study has been done on the linkage between sleep deprivation and mental illness in new parents???
During these past sixteen years I have searched and studied and prayed and looked for answers. I have always wanted to have a large family, and I knew that I needed to get to the bottom of this debate in order to do so. The crux of the matter is; new mothers are being cut and drugged during childbirth, they are completely depleted in the post partum, sleep deprived, and overwhelmed. This mix throws everything off in terms of being able to overcome nutritional and sleep deficiencies.
And when mothers crash and burn – everyone runs to Big Pharma to “fix” these deficiencies. Yet, a chemical will never restore a nutritional deficiency. It will never fix sleep deprivation. It will never enable a mother to work through the traumas of a botched medical birth. And quite often the very drugs that are touted as being best to use for depression and anxiety throw the patient into a psychotic and/or diabetic state.
These are the facts. The drug companies know it. They have spent untold millions preparing anti-psychosis drugs for the many people who will crash and burn after taking anti-depressants. It is the biggest scam of our society. And fortunately we have some truth seekers who have been exposing this scam for what it is.
Here is a recent article on the disconnect between drug advertising and the facts of how effective these drugs are…
“In the United States, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants are advertised directly to consumers . These highly successful direct-to-consumer advertising (DTCA) campaigns have largely revolved around the claim that SSRIs correct a chemical imbalance caused by a lack of serotonin (see Tables 1 and 2).
For instance, sertraline (Zoloft) was the sixth best-selling medication in the US in 2004, with over $3 billion in sales  likely due, at least in part, to the widely disseminated advertising campaign starring Zoloft’s miserably depressed ovoid creature. Research has demonstrated that class-wide SSRI advertising has expanded the size of the antidepressant market , and SSRIs are now among the best-selling drugs in medical practice.”
“In short, there exists no rigorous corroboration of the serotonin theory, and a significant body of contradictory evidence. Far from being a radical line of thought, doubts about the serotonin hypothesis are well acknowledged by many researchers, including frank statements from prominent psychiatrists, some of whom are even enthusiastic proponents of SSRI medications (see Table 1).
However, in addition to what these authors say about serotonin, it is also important to look at what is not said in the scientific literature. To our knowledge, there is not a single peer-reviewed article that can be accurately cited to directly support claims of serotonin deficiency in any mental disorder, while there are many articles that present counterevidence.
Furthermore, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), which is published by the American Psychiatric Association and contains the definitions of all psychiatric diagnoses, does not list serotonin as a cause of any mental disorder. The American Psychiatric Press Textbook of Clinical Psychiatry addresses serotonin deficiency as an unconfirmed hypothesis, stating, “Additional experience has not confirmed the monoamine depletion hypothesis”
So what is going on here???
“The FDA has sent ten warning letters to antidepressant manufacturers since 1997 [34–43], but has never cited a pharmaceutical company for the issues covered here. The reasons for their inaction are unclear but seem to result from a deliberate decision at some level of the FDA, rather than an oversight. Since 2002, the first author (JRL) has repeatedly contacted the FDA regarding these issues.”
“The impact of the widespread promotion of the serotonin hypothesis should not be underestimated. Antidepressant advertisements are ubiquitous in American media, and there is emerging evidence that these advertisements have the potential to confound the doctor–patient relationship. A recent study by Kravitz et al. found that pseudopatients (actors who were trained to behave as patients) presenting with symptoms of adjustment disorder (a condition for which antidepressants are not usually prescribed) were frequently prescribed paroxetine (Paxil) by their physicians if they inquired specifically about Paxil ; such enquiries from actual patients could be prompted by DTCA .
What remains unmeasured, though, is how many patients seek help from their doctor because antidepressant advertisements have convinced them that they are suffering from a serotonin deficiency. These advertisements present a seductive concept, and the fact that patients are now presenting with a self-described “chemical imbalance”  shows that the DTCA is having its intended effect: the medical marketplace is being shaped in a way that is advantageous to the pharmaceutical companies.
Recently, it has been alleged that the FDA is more responsive to the concerns of the pharmaceutical industry than to their mission of protecting US consumers, and that enforcement efforts are being relaxed . Patients who are convinced they are suffering from a neurotransmitter defect are likely to request a prescription for antidepressants, and may be skeptical of physicians who suggest other interventions, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy , evidence-based or not. Like other vulnerable populations, anxious and depressed patients “are probably more susceptible to the controlling influence of advertisements” .
In 1998, at the dawn of consumer advertising of SSRIs, Professor Emeritus of Neuroscience Elliot Valenstein summarized the scientific data by concluding, “What physicians and the public are reading about mental illness is by no means a neutral reflection of all the information that is available” . The current state of affairs has only confirmed the veracity of this conclusion. The incongruence between the scientific literature and the claims made in FDA-regulated SSRI advertisements is remarkable, and possibly unparalleled.”
An activist group called mind freedom attempted to engage Pfizer in a debate on the efficacy of Anti-Depressants and the serotonin connection. For an interesting insight – go here
The truly sick side to this whole scam is the families who are demolished because of toxic side effects. Compelling evidence exists that prove anti-depressants cause REM sleep disorder, a disociative state in which the patient acts out nightmares while in a sleep state.
Quotes from Ann Blake Tracy:
“As I say in nearly every lecture I give, “What could be more terrible than to chemically induce first of all someone’s most horrifying nightmare and then sleepwalk? In this way the individual acts out the one thing that is the most terrifying thing to them.”
This is clearly why we have cases of such loving and caring mothers, like Andrea Yates, killing their children – that was her worst nightmare. And no one loved Phil Hartman more than his wife Brynn who even went to a friend’s home after shooting him to the friend to come home with her to tell her if she had shot Phil or if she was having a nightmare because she could not tell which was real.
In my opinion the fact that SSRIs are producing the majority of RBD is possibly the most significant piece of research we have ever seen on SSRI antidepressants.”
“But Wyeth’s Effexor has been in the news so much this year you would think someone might have noticed some red flags popping up.
To list only a few:
First we had Andrea Yates go to trial for killing her five children while under the influence of both Effexor and Remeron at maximum dose of each drug.
Then this past spring a woman, who worked for Wyeth, died in a terrible murder/suicide. Her job was to take calls on adverse reactions to Effexor. Her husband, Michael Burgess, while on Effexor, chased her, her daughter and her parents through the house and grounds of the home they shared killing them all before killing himself.
Now, if your job consists of listening to these reactions at work all day long and recording them for the drug maker, and you STILL don’t see the warning signs clearly enough to save your own life and the lives of your family, why would we expect anyone else to notice?
Dr. Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition For Drug Awareness
http://www.drugawareness.org and author of Prozac: Panacea
or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare (800-280-0730)”
I am absolutely disgusted by the control the drug manufacturers have over our lives, the courts, the public mind, and the individuals who have been caught in their money making schemes.
I have been contacted in the past year by two women who have each experienced a post partum psychosis. Both of these women were informed by their doctors that should they decide to give birth to a second child, they will be forced to eat Anti-Psychotic drugs for two years.
It is time to start exposing the lies, distortions, and restoring to the people their rights of self-determination. For starters we should spend some quality time on teaching new moms how to PREVENT emotional illness in themselves. This is the whole purpose of my web site. To teach mothers how to give birth gently at home, nurture themselves with whole foods, make sure they get plenty of sleep, and stay away from drugs and chemicals.
The most powerful anti-depressant on the market is Flax Seed Oil. Taking a tablespoon of this oil every day the final trimester of pregnancy is one of the most powerful things a mother can do to help herself prevent emotional illness. The flax aids the body in the manufacture of B-Vitamins. Everyone who is mentally ill has a B-vitamin deficiency. No drug will ever give the body what it needs in terms of nutrients, and there is plenty of evidence that these drug therapies deplete the body of vitamins, minerals, and proteins as they are metabolized.
It is time for our society to throw off the chains that bind us and move forward towards health and wellness instead of drugging every symptom into mind numbing oblivion.
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