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Breggin Book Announcement
check out The 2nd/2008 edition of Dr. Peter Breggin’s outstanding Brain-Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry
see this site: http://www.breggin.com/Braindisabling.2008.html – good summary
From: “angela bischoff” <email@example.com>
Date: January 10, 2008 1:28:02 AM EST (CA)
Subject: [can-survive] America’s Love-Hate Relationship with Drugs
America’s Love-Hate Relationship with Drugs
By Bruce E. Levine, AlterNet, January 9, 2008
While Americans are inundated with coverage of the Democrats’ quibbling
over Barack Obama’s use of marijuana and cocaine as a teenager, a truly
important drug story continues to be neglected: The hypocrisy of Big
Pharma, psychiatry officialdom, and justice institutions regarding
mood-altering (psychotropic) drugs — specifically the denial of the
similarity between illegal and psychiatric drugs.
Read full article: http://www.alternet.org/story/72391/
Drugs for ADHD ‘not the answer’
Treating children who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder with
drugs is not effective in the long-term, research has shown.
A study obtained by the BBC’s Panorama programme says drugs such as
Ritalin and Concerta work no better than therapy after three years of
The findings by an influential US study also suggested long-term use of
the drugs could stunt children’s growth.
It said that the benefits of drugs had previously been exaggerated.
The Multimodal Treatment Study of Children with ADHD has been monitoring
the treatment of 600 children across the US since the 1990s.
Other articles on same topic here:
The full, explosive BBC program, What Next for Craig?, can be seen here:
Scandal of the Alzheimers victims given zombie drugs
By EWAN FLETCHER
More than 100,000 people in Britain suffering from dementia are being
prescribed drugs by doctors and care homes that at best offer few benefits
and at worst are lethal, according to shocking new research.
Please Look After Dad.
Panorama reveals that anti-psychotic drugs frequently prescribed to treat
dementia patients could shorten their lives and if used over long periods
don’t work. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/panorama/7104212.stm
Professor Clive Ballard is quoted as stating: “There were no benefits in
behaviour and there were clearly deteriorations in some of the core
Prescription Abuse Seen In U.S. Nursing Homes Powerful Antipsychotics Used
to Subdue Elderly;
Huge Medicaid Expense
By LUCETTE LAGNADO
December 4, 2007; Page A1
In recent years, Medicaid has spent more money on antipsychotic drugs for
Americans than on any other class of pharmaceuticals — including
antibiotics, AIDS drugs or medicine to treat high-blood pressure.
One reason: Nursing homes across the U.S. are giving these drugs to
elderly patients to quiet symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms
Nearly 30% of the total nursing-home population is receiving antipsychotic
drugs, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, known as
CMS. In a practice known as “off label” use of prescription drugs,
patients can get these powerful medicines whether they are psychotic or
not. CMS says nearly 21% of nursing-home patients who don’t have a
psychosis diagnosis are on antipsychotic drugs.
Read full article here:
For those who followed the Healthy Mind Body Planet Tour I did in 2006, or
anyone interested in mental and general health issues, please take time to
listen and watch our latest podcasts, produced by Kelly Reinhardt of
Toronto talk therapy:
“I’m not depressed, I’m just feeling what’s going on on the earth.
Their destroying the earth, humanity and all the animals. If you
don’t feel that, you’re numbed out.”
boilingfrog note: for me, those words and the manner they were spoke
is the most memorable from the entire tour
People of Kingston, Ontario share their experiences with mental
illness, pharmaceuticals and their alternatives.
Alan Cassels, co-author of ‘Selling Sickness’:
interview with Alan Cassels, co-author of ‘Selling Sickness: How the
World’s Biggest Pharmaceutical Companies Are Turning Us All into
Critical Dialogue with Ghislaine Lanctôt:
Ghislaine Lanctôt was a Medical Doctor that came to understand the
real inner workings of the health industry. In this podcast she
shares her views on how to obtain true health.
Dr. Joel Lexchin interview
The scope of drug industry influence on doctors and the efficacy of
anti-depressants vs. placebo in treating depression
Dr. Abram Hoffer interview
From his office at the Orthomolecular Vitamin Information Centre Dr.
Hoffer explains how orthomolecular medicine began, its successes and the
opposition to it from the medical establishment.
Drug to stop smoking questioned
A pill to help people stop smoking is under the spotlight amid reports
that it can generate suicidal feelings.
Published: 2007/11/27 17:33:16 GMT
FDA: Flu drugs affecting kids’ behavior
Sat. Nov 24, 2:36 AM ET
Government health regulators recommended adding label precautions about
neurological problems seen in children who have taken flu drugs made by
Roche and GlaxoSmithKline.
“We’ll Take Care of You” is the title of an award winning documentary film
(2007 Color 73 min).
The film illustrates, step by step, how Big Pharma orchestrates the
approval, marketing, and sales of killer drugs.
The Vioxx scandal serves here as an example for the business model of drug
The Film won “2007 Best Documentary” at two prominent film festivals, one
in the UK (Swansea International Film Festival) and one in the Usa (Long
Island International Film Expo).
The British Medical Journal, the leading medical publication worldwide,
described as “really interesting”.
If you are taking prescription drugs you should see this compelling
documentary, or else… you may be the next victim of drug company greed.
More information on this eye opening documentary can be found at:
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From Canadian Press: Suzanne Young, Sarnia; died from heat
Heat victim couldn’t afford AC fee
SARNIA — Neighbours say a mentally ill woman found dead in her sweltering apartment couldn’t afford air conditioning.
Police cited excessively hot temperatures in Suzanne Young’s apartment as a possible factor in the 49-year-old’s death. “It is possible that the heat contributed to her death,” said coroner Dr. David Eden. He added there was no reason to suspect foul play. Young was found in her bed on the weekend by a neighbour who became concerned after not seeing her take her usual morning walk. “We were all wondering where she went because the last day we saw her was Thursday,” said Timothy Duquette, who lives in the area. Shanna MacDonald, who adopted Young’s 15-year-old daughter as a child, said Young was on medication for mental illness, including schizophrenia. Friends said Young was living on social assistance and cleaned up the parking lots at two local coffee and convenience stores for extra money. Because of her fixed income, Young could not afford the $50 monthly fee charged by her landlord to cover electricity costs of a window air conditioner, said her friend Jane McNevan.
HORRIBLE AND INEXCUSABLE – another state-sanctioned crime of neglect/indifference/discrimination against poor women & psychiatric survivors like Suzanne Young
– Don Weitz
Antipsychotic Drugs Cause Rapid Weight Gain, Abnormal Eating Behavior
by David Gutierrez
(Originally published here March 5 2007)
Researchers may have discovered why certain antipsychotic medications, such as those used to treat schizophrenia, lead to extreme weight gain. A study published in the “Proceedings of the National Academy Of Sciences” suggests that these drugs increase the activity of the enzyme AMPK in the parts of the brain that regulate eating behavior.
Patients taking the antipsychotic drugs olanzapine (sold under the brand name Zyprexa by Eli Lilly and Co.) and clozapine (sold as Clorazil by Novartis AG) have been known to gain so much weight that they are placed at increased risk for obesity-related disorders such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
“Their use has been hampered primarily by the fact that for some of them there is this horrible gain, largely due to just eating too much from increased appetite,” said Dr. Solomon Snyder, a professor of neuroscience at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where the study was based.
“It’s a big increase and it occurs with very little doses of the drug,” he said.
The results of the study, which involved experimentation on mice, suggest that the antipsychotics interfere with the protein histamine, leading to an increase in AMPK activity. Histamine is an important actor in local immune responses — including allergy symptoms — that has long been suspected to play a role in controlling weight.
“Unfortunately, Zyprexa, which everybody agrees is the best therapeutic agent, gives the worst weight gain, along with clozapine, the parent drug in the class,” he said.
“We’ve known for a long time that antipsychotic drugs cause severe blood sugar imbalances and even increase the risk of diabetes,” Adams said
“Now scientists are pinpointing the biochemical mechanism by which these drugs cause massive weight gain, an average of 22 pounds in the first year. That’s enough to make anyone depressed — which, of course, often leads to stronger, more dangerous drugs being prescribed. As a result, antipsychotic drugs actually create their own repeat revenue by keeping patients depressed and overweight.”
Britain’s Largest Pharmaceutical Company Concealed Clinical Test Results That Suggested Paxil Unsafe, Says BBC
by Beau Hodai
(Originally published here January 31 2007)
The BBC television series Panorama accused pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline this week of covering test results that link the antidepressant, Paxil, with increased suicidal tendencies in teens.
Paxil, Seroxat or Paroxetine, as the drug is generically known, is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), and has been available on the U.S. market since 1992. Paxil was once GSK’s most profitable product- grossing $1.9 billion in 2005 alone.
In 2004, GSK was faced with numerous class-action lawsuits in the both Europe and the United States on behalf of parents and children who claimed that the pharmaceutical company covered up evidence from clinical trials that suggested that Paxil was ineffective and even unsafe for juvenile use.
An internal document leaked earlier that year revealed that GSK had been warned about the potential ill effects of the drug’s application to children. The company was advised that it would be “commercially unacceptable” to release the data because it could “undermine the profile” of the drug.
As a result of a lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Elliot Spitzer, GSK agreed to release all clinical data pertaining to the antidepressant and pay $2.5 million in restitution.
Panorama also claimed that GSK utilized ghostwriters to skew the reports of ‘independent’ academics.
Child psychiatrist Dr. Neal Ryan of the University of Pittsburgh, was one such ghostwriter employed by GSK. Study 329 was one of several studies conducted on Paxil between 1993 and 2003. Dr. Ryan was one of the co-authors of the study.
Study 329 revealed that, out of 190 patients between the ages of 12 and 18 years, 11 children on Paxil displayed elements of suicidal behavior, versus only two on placebo.
“Even when they have negative studies that show that this drug Seroxat is going to harm some kids they still spin that study as remarkably effective and safe for children,” said Karen Barth Menzies, a partner in the law firm of Baum Hedlund, representing several families in a U.S. class action lawsuit against GSK.
Menzies provided legal council, pro bono, to Christopher Pittman, who, in 2005 at age 12, killed both of his grandparents while under the influence of Zoloft (Sertaline, manufactured by Pfizer), another SSRI antidepressant.
“Originally we had planned to do extensive media relations surrounding this study until we actually viewed the results,” read an internal GSK email discovered amongst the thousands of documents released by GSK pursuant to the 2004 Spitzer settlement. “Essentially, the study did not really show it was effective in treating adolescent depression, which is not something we want to publicize,” said the email.
In a press release Monday, GSK said: “In developing Seroxat, GSK has always been strongly conscious of the duty it owes to the millions of patients, including those under the age of 18, who suffer from depression and we refute any allegation that we have failed in this duty.
“GSK utterly rejects any suggestion that it has improperly withheld drug trial information. Results from its pediatrics studies were documented and submitted to regulators in accordance with regulatory requirements.”
“Drug companies engage in censorship, bribery, corruption, fraud, suppression of negative studies and all varieties of unscrupulous tactics to prevent the public from knowing the truth. I’ve documented numerous examples in my book that show both drug companies and the FDA engaging in deliberate scientific fraud,” said Adams.
June 14, 2007
The Globe and Mail
Dear Editor –
Your informative article re the drugging of children under the “care” of Ontario Children’s Aid Societies is another shameful and disturbing example of psychiatry-and-state sanctioned child abuse (“Nearly half of children in Crown care are medicated”, June 9). No doubt tens of thousands of other children in Ontario and other provinces are being drugged with the super dangerous stimulant Ritalin and other addictive psychiatric drugs after they’ve been labeled with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder (‘ADHD’) – another so-called “mental disorder” exposed as a fraud by pediatric neurologist Fred Baughman Jr. – and other pseudo-medical diagnoses For authoritative information re the devastating effects of psychiatric drugs on children, I urge readers and child advocates to read these consciousness-raising books: Your Drug May Be Your Problem (1999) by psychiatrist Peter Breggin and social scientist-researcher David Cohen, and The War Against Children (1994) by Dr. Breggin and Ginger Ross Breggin (1994).
Saturday’s Globe and Mail has a shocking article about how the provincial government sanctions the over-medication of children who are wards of the Crown.
Psychotropic drugs are being prescribed to nearly half the Crown wards in a sample of Ontario children’s aid societies, kindling fears that the agencies are overusing medication with the province’s most vulnerable children.
“These children have lots of issues and the quickest and easiest way to deal with it is to put them on medication, but it doesn’t really deal with the issues,” said child psychiatrist Dick Meen, clinical director of Kinark Child and Family Services, the largest children’s mental health agency in Ontario.
Children who are removed from parental care under court order typically have to deal with a wide range of psycho-social issues that all too often manifest as behavioural problems. Rather than giving them the support they need to deal with the trauma of removal – let alone the traumas that spurred the removal order in the first place, assuming it was truly justified – government-sanctioned workers turn to controlling medications instead. The article goes on:
“There are lots of other kids like that,” said Dr. McKay, one of the experts on the government panel. “If you look at the group homes, it’s close to 100 per cent of the kids who are on not just one drug, but on drug cocktails with multiple diagnoses.
“There are too many kids being diagnosed with…a whole range of disorders that are way out of proportion to the normal population. …It’s just not reasonable to think the children in care would have such over-representation in these rather obscure disorders.”
The report from a government investigation into the case obtained by The Globe uncovered group home staff untrained in the use and side effects of the psychotropic drugs they were doling out; no requests from the psychiatrist to monitor the boy for problems, and little evidence of efforts to treat the boy’s apparent mental-health issues other than with heavy-duty pharmaceuticals.
There needs to be a complete moratorium on prescribing such medications for children, together with calling a public inquiry into the over-medication of children in care, the over-medication of children because of teacher/school pressure, and the problematic of completely inadequate oversight of Children’s Aid Societies and their workers throughout this province. For once, won’t someone in power truly think of the children who have none.
A new blog has just been started in advance of the upcoming World Congress of Psychiatry in Dresden, Germany. The basic position taken by the “Outlaw Psychiatry Now!” blog is, “psychiatry is a tool for oppression used against ordinary people under the cover of “Medical Specialty” to secure and perpetuate the rule of big business.” Among many other things, the blog recalls the verdict of the Foucault trial on the state of psychiatry that was held 9 years ago in Berlin:
Psychiatry cannot pretend to the art of healing, having violated the Hippocratic Oath through a conscious use of harmful drugs, which caused in particular the world wide epidemic of tardive dyskinesia, as well as other interventions which we recognize as tortures: involuntary confinement, forced drugging, four point restraints, electroshock, all forms of psychosurgery and outpatient commitment.
Much more is on the blog, including testimony, activism and advocacy.