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Drugs for ADD and depression are EVIL

You probably know someone on antidepressants. ADD, ADHD, PMDD, SAD- all these “new” diseases are treated with new drugs [actually, often, the same drug with a different name to fit the disease invented by the drug company providing the “treatment” (even they don’t dare say it’s a “cure”)] that have not gotten the proper scrutiny. Below is an interesting article I found. I hope you enjoy and learn from it.

Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Luvox and Similar Drugs: Vital Information
[references and my comments are in brackets]

The information presented here is factual, not theoretical. Where a theory is proposed, it is based on documented fact. All of this data comes from respected physicians and researchers who have chosen to inform the public of the truth about these drugs.

During the Christmas holidays [a few years ago], a man in Boston, Massachusetts got up from his desk, calmly walked into the Human Resources Department of his internet software company and shot seven people to death. Reports that he was on Prozac should not come as a surprise. Virtually every violent mass murder scene in recent years has been the result of individuals on Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Luvox, and similar psychiatric drugs. The school shooting in Littleton, Colorado involved Luvox. The comedian Phil Hartman was murdered by his wife after she was on Zoloft for just a few days. The Atlanta day trader who killed his family and others before killing himself was found with Prozac. There are a number of cases of parents, while on these drugs, killing their children and themselves in the most violent ways. Prozac alone has been involved in 2,500 deaths, most by suicide or violence.[1] That these things have happened is a fact.

The behavior described above may seem unreal. After you read what follows, you will understand exactly how these drugs cause such behavior.

Important: A person wanting to get off of any psychiatric drug like Prozac should taper off gradually with good nutrition and ample vitamins [and competent medical supervision]. Tapering off gradually can lessen the severity of the withdrawal symptoms that can last for weeks or months and may include overwhelming depression, insomnia, fatigue, violent outbursts, and others.

The brain is by far the most complex organ of the body and its mechanisms and actions and their relation to behavior and thought are simply not known with certainty. For many, many years, psychiatrists and the psychiatric industry have been theorizing that brain abnormalities like chemical imbalances are responsible for what they term as mental illness. Many years of theory and research have not produced any proof. In fact, what psychiatric researchers enthusiastically report to the media in an effort to bolster their theories lacks the most basic level of scientific rigor. A good example is the recent reporting of research indicating measurable brain abnormalities among individuals who allegedly have a psychiatric disorder called ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Fred Baughman, Jr., MD, a neurologist and expert in the field, carefully studied the research. Dr. Baughman states that the only legitimate conclusion from theses studies is that the brain abnormalities observed were caused by the psychiatric drugs these individuals were taking (in this case, Ritalin).[2] According to Dr. Baughman, the psychiatrists who performed and reported the studies did not disclose to the media, public, or even fellow psychiatrists the significance of the drugs or even that the subjects were on these drugs. But this is only one example. Psychiatrists have yet to produce any credible proof of the existence of any brain abnormality or chemical imbalance causing any alleged mental illness.

Why would individual psychiatrists and the entire psychiatric industry mislead the public? Because it is a multi-billion dollar industry that has always depended entirely upon the gullibility of the public.

Altering Brain Function
So, what is the danger of taking a psychiatric drug? The danger is that psychiatric drugs have been proven to alter normal activities in the brain and can cause bizarre behavior and even permanent damage in what was, prior to the drugs. a normally functioning system. [Have you or your kid been diagnosed with ADHD? Maybe (s)he’s just bored. Maybe (s)he has a food allergy. Allegies don't always involve sneezing or swelling. Maybe (s)he needs a dietary change, starting with the removal of wheat or caffeine and refined sugar. Or maybe it’s easier to trust your doctor and drug him/her for the rest of their probably shortened life. Is the latter the responsible behavior of an intelligent, caring, loving parent?] An easily observable example is tardive dyskinesia [TD]- an abnormality causing a person to have uncontrollable movements and spasms of muscles in the body or face. This is an abnormality particularly attributed to a class of psychiatric drugs called neuroleptics that include Haldol, Thorazine, and Mellaril. These uncontrollable twitches, spasms and writhing movements are usually permanent and irreversible.[3] This condition has been proven to occur at the amazing rate of five percent per year for patients exposed to this particular class of drugs for 3 months or more. After 5 years of exposure, at least 25 percent of patients will be afflicted. Most long-term patients will eventually develop this malady.[4]

Those mental institution patients that you’ve seen in movies or documentaries with weird repetitive movements of body parts have this affliction. They did not have it before being put on the drugs at the institution. The very thing that makes them appear the most crazy was caused by the drugs! Considering the level of occurrence of tardive dyskinesia and the ease of observing it, surely measures would be taken to warn of the dangers of these drugs, right? These drugs started being given to patients in the 1950’s and the FDA required no such warnings until 1985. Millions of people are now permanently afflicted with TD. It took the FDA 30 years to require a uniform warning for such an obvious, easily observable occurrence.[5]

What did the psychiatrists prescribing these drugs say about the twitches and spasms? They said it was just part of the patients’ mental illnesses.[6] In other words, “crazy people act weirdly.” Now, when a person on Prozac or similar psychiatric drug murders his friends and himself, psychiatrists say that depressed people do these things. They are not telling the truth. There have been more adverse reaction reports on Prozac than any drug in history. [Note, however, there is no reference for this sentence.] There have been 2,500 deaths, most due to suicide or violence.[7] Companies like Eli Lilly [with apologies to my friends who work there], which makes over 100 million dollars per month on Prozac, do not want you to know what follows.

How Prozac and Similar Drugs Affect the Brain
In a person’s brain are substances that enable the transmission of nerve impulses from one nerve cell (neuron) to another. These substances are called neurotransmitters. One of the main neurotransmitters is called serotonin. These neurotransmitters are released from the end of one neuron and travel across the small space between neurons to special, receptors of the other neuron. In this way, impulses are carried from one nerve to another in the brain as a part of normal function. This process is highly complex and not fully understood, involving billions of nerve cells. Prozac alters the normal functioning of this system. [Doctors and drug companies say that it “may” rebalance what “may” be imbalanced.]

Prozac is in the class of drugs called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI). “Reuptake” is the process by which excess serotonin that has been released by one neuron is taken back into the neuron that released it. Prozac blocks that process of taking back the excess serotonin (thus, reuptake inhibitor). This causes a higher level of serotonin to remain in the space between neurons. This causes an effect initially that is not unlike that of amphetamines and cocaine.[8] One difference with cocaine and amphetamines is that they block the reuptake of several neurotransmitters including serotonin.[9] More importantly, street drugs leave the body fairly quickly but Prozac accumulates in the brain to as much as 100 times the levels found in the blood and can take weeks or longer to leave the system even after the drug is discontinued.[10] Consider the last time you drank too much alcohol. What if it took weeks for the alcohol to leave your system? One further note is that hallucinatory drugs like LSD cause many of the same observable effects on serotonin as Prozac. This would account for what many users of Prozac describe as hallucinatory experiences.[11]

Permanent Alteration of Brain Function
Changes in natural systems often cause unexpected reactions. It was originally thought that wearing a back brace all the time would lessen the occurrence of back injuries in normal people in certain types of work. In fact, this practice caused a weakening of the muscles that normally support the back and resulted in injuries. Likewise, increasing the level of serotonin as described has been shown in animal studies to be compensated for by a reduction of serotonin receptor sites (where the serotonin is received). These studies show that these receptor sites are lost permanently.[12] This would indicate permanent brain damage. According to Peter Breggin, MD, neither the FDA nor any of the drug companies are interested in studying this issue.[13]

Formerly Unexplainable Behavior
Ann Blake Tracy, Ph.D., author of Prozac: Panacea or Pandora, has documented a vast number of cases of individuals on Prozac who have experienced violent thoughts and anger toward those around them unlike anything they had ever experienced before taking the drug. Some experts claim that this anger is related to the restless energy and anxiety created by the drug. Perhaps it is related to altered perceptions as many users have related LSD type experiences. Regardless, many users experience violent thoughts and anger toward those in their vicinity. This alone would account for some violence. But what about those violent acts that seem unexplainable and really beyond belief? The answer lies ahead.

It has long been known that sleep is important for health. Proper functioning of serotonin in the brain is important for good sleep. The deepest level of sleep is called REM sleep, which stands for Rapid Eye Motion (the eyes move rapidly in this state). While dreams can occur in other levels of sleep, nightmares usually only occur during REM sleep.[14] According to Dr. Tracy, Prozac and related psychiatric drugs cause a drastic reduction in REM sleep and many individuals on these drugs start experiencing vivid nightmares.

Depriving a person of enough REM sleep over time can cause the reaction of the person going into an REM sleep state while awake.[15] But there is one other factor that is critical in understanding the whole picture. Normally, when asleep, the muscles are weak and more or less paralyzed. You may dream that you are running or moving, but your muscles are still. This is due to a built-in mechanism that causes a person’s muscles to remain weak and still during sleep. A study in 1989 showed this paralysis of the muscles during sleep to be related to a particular neurotransmitter.[16] This mechanism can apparently be bypassed by a person on psychiatric drugs like Prozac and he can appear to be alert and awake but actually be in a deep sleep state. Dr. Tracy documents a case of a person on Prozac for six weeks who appeared awake and alert but whose brain waves indicated he was actually in deep sleep![17] Dr. Tracy has written of cases where people in this “sleep walk” state actually had more strength and agility than when awake.

Dr. Tracy has documented many cases of former users of Prozac who claim that while on the drug, everything seemed like a dream and unreal. Many users have done things that were completely out of character and have no recollection of them. Many former users liken finally getting off of the drug to waking up from a dream.

What seem to be unexplainable violent acts by individuals on Prozac are now easy to understand:

1) Drug effects including altered perception cause the person to have violent thoughts and anger toward those around him. 2) He further has disrupted sleep and vivid nightmares. 3) At some point, the REM sleep deprivation forces him into an REM sleep state while awake. 4) Because of a bypass of the normal mechanism that causes the muscles to remain still during sleep, he unknowingly acts out the violence of his nightmare in a “sleep walk” state. If he does not kill himself (many of these mass murders include suicide) he may not even remember the incident. [Note, I most certainly do not want to absolve individuals of responsibility for their actions. I further find “insanity” defenses reprehensible, but that is another story.]

The Drug Approval Process Is Flawed
The company seeking approval of a psychiatric drug is responsible for carrying out the drug studies used for FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approval. This same company, with hundreds of millions and possibly billions at stake, chooses the facilities and psychiatrists employed to carry out these studies and even designs and oversees the studies. Is there any possibility that the deck isn’t loaded? According to Peter Breggin, MD, it doesn’t matter how many studies fail as long as there are 2 that can be used to show that the drug is effective).[18]

According to Dr. Breggin, the studies used to get approval for Prozac were woefully inadequate and run poorly by psychiatrists who had financial conflicts of interest. Not only were there numerous irregularities and a larger number of studies that failed rather than succeeded, but the final results had to be reworked several times in order to make them acceptable. In the final analysis, the studies used for FDA approval included a mere 286 individuals who were exposed to Prozac for a maximum of 6 weeks (even though the drug is often prescribed indefinitely).[19]

The FDA is supposed to protect the public. The individuals involved in the drug approval process are supposed to be objective and unbiased. However, according to a USA Today report on September 25, 2000, conflicts of interest are the norm rather than the exception regarding approval of drugs. In a two and a half year period, more than half of the individuals involved in drug approval decisions had financial ties to the companies or the drugs being judged! In this time period, conflict of interest restrictions were waived more than 800 times. A psychiatrist can be making hundreds of thousands of dollars as a consultant to a drug company and be involved in regulatory decisions regarding drugs introduced by that company! The amount of money involved in current, ongoing conflicts of interest in the drug approval process cannot even be known by the public... In 1992, a decision was made to keep such records secret. Prozac was under discussion at that time.[20]

History Should Be Remembered
Time, and time again, a new drug is promoted as being safe and effective. Users claim great things. Before long, terrible side effects and addiction or worse result. Finally, after a long list of casualties, it becomes a controlled substance and an illegal street drug. This is especially the case with drugs promoted by the psychiatric industry.

Eli Lilly, the maker of Prozac, also produced heroin, methadone, and LSD.[21] Heroin was supposed to be the safe alternative to morphine. Later, methadone was prescribed to get people off of heroin, but it was just as addictive. LSD, initially produced for use by the CIA in mind control experiments, was promoted as being safe for psychiatric use.[22] Eli Lilly also introduced Darvon in 1957 and promoted it as non-addictive. Twenty years and many deaths later, warnings were finally required. In the late 1950’s, Parke, Davis & Company introduced PCP (angel dust) as a painkiller. “Medical studies” had shown that PCP had a large margin of safety![23] Valium was supposed to be safe, then found to be very addictive. Xanax was introduced as a safer drug to replace Valium, but it turned out to be even more addictive.[24] The same story goes for cocaine and amphetamines- once promoted as safe and effective, they are now controlled substances.

Prozac and similar psychiatric drugs cause an alteration in normal brain functioning. Studies indicate that this alteration could be irreversible. Prozac has had a larger number of adverse reaction reports than any drug in history. Such adverse reactions include attempted suicide, violence, aggression, and paranoia. There have been 2,500 deaths associated with Prozac, most through suicide or violence. Individuals on Prozac or similar psychiatric drugs have carried out most of the horrendous mass murders witnessed in recent times. The formerly unexplainable violent acts committed by persons on Prozac and related psychiatric drugs are understandable when one considers the following progression: 1) drug effects and altered perception cause the person to begin having violent thoughts and anger toward those around him, 2) he further has disrupted sleep and vivid nightmares, 3) at some point, the REM sleep deprivation forces him into an REM sleep state while awake, and 4) because of a bypass of the normal mechanism that causes the muscles to remain relatively still during sleep, he unknowingly acts out the violence of his nightmare. The regulatory bodies involved in the approval of psychiatric drugs like Prozac have shown themselves to be unable to adequately protect the public. Furthermore, many of the individuals involved in the testing and approval of psychiatric drugs are psychiatrists who are being paid by the companies introducing the drugs. The promotion of these drugs has been so effective that there are medical doctors prescribing these drugs widely without any knowledge of the dangers.

As you read this, there are slick television ads promoting Prozac or similar dangerous psychiatric drugs to uninformed and unsuspecting people in your area. [They tell you to “ask your doctor” when you diagnose yourself as being “sick” based on their intentionally broad checklist. If your doctor won’t prescribe their product, since you’ve already diagnosed yourself, you need only go to another one who will.] Your friends, family and associates are at risk. You can do something about it. Copy this document and send it to everyone you care about and anyone who could make a difference. Question the FDA regulatory and approval process. Question the legality of prescription drug advertisements. Most importantly, THINK FOR YOURSELF and BE AWARE of your place in your surroundings. Thank you.

1. The Aftermath, Ann Blake Tracy, Ph.D.
2. History of the Fraud of Biological Psychiatry, Fred A. Baughman, Jr., MD
3. Toxic Psychiatry, Peter Breggin, MD, 69
4. Talking Back to Prozac, Peter Breggin, MD, 95
5. Ibid, 194
6. Ibid, 220
7. The Aftermath, Ann Blake Tracy, Ph.D.
8. Talking Back to Prozac, 78
9. Ibid, 30
10. Prozac: Panacea or Pandora, Ann Blake Tracy, Ph.D., 120
11. Ibid, 113
12. Talking Back to Prozac, 179
13. Ibid, 181
14. Prozac: Panacea or Pandora, 190
15. Ibid, 190
16. Ibid, 191
17. Ibid, 206
18. Talking Back to Prozac, 47
19. Ibid, 46
20. USA Today, September 25, 2000
21. Prozac: Panacea or Pandora, 30
22. Ibid, 30
23. Ibid, 25
24. Ibid, 147