Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Ritalin - The Hidden Effects...

Ritalin - The Hidden Effects...

Article by Independent Investigative Reporter Jon Rappaport 

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

(Jon Rappoport has worked as an independent investigative reporter since 1982.  He has published articles on medical issues and politics for LA Weekly, Spin, CBS Healthwatch, Stern, and many other newspapers in the US and Europe.  His website is www.nomorefakenews.com.  Mr. Rappoport also writes extensively on the mind-body connection, alternative healing, and the extraordinary use of imagination to build futures in which oppressive power is decentralized.) 

In 1986, The International Journal of the Addictions published a very important literature review by Richard Scarnati. It was called “An Outline of Hazardous Side Effects of Ritalin (Methylphenidate)” [v.21(7), pp. 837-841].

Scarnati listed a large number of adverse affects of Ritalin and cited published journal articles which reported each of these symptoms.

For every one of the following Ritalin effects, there is at least one confirming source in the medical literature:

. Paranoid delusions
· Paranoid psychosis
· Hypomanic and manic symptoms, amphetamine-like psychosis
· Activation of psychotic symptoms
· Toxic psychosis
· Visual hallucinations
· Auditory hallucinations
· Can surpass LSD in producing bizarre experiences
· Effects pathological thought processes
· Extreme withdrawal
· Terrified affect
· Started screaming
· Aggressiveness
· Insomnia
· Since Ritalin is considered an amphetamine-type drug, expect amphetamine-like effects
· Psychic dependence
· High-abuse potential DEA Schedule II Drug
· Decreased REM sleep
· When used with antidepressants one may see dangerous reactions including hypertension, seizures and hypothermia
· Convulsions
· Brain damage may be seen with amphetamine abuse.

Many parents around the country have discovered that Ritalin has become a condition for their children continuing in school. There are even reports, by parents, of threats from social agencies: “If you don't allow us to prescribe Ritalin for your ADHD child, we may decide that you are an unfit parent. We may decide to take your child away.”

This article is worth the 2 minutes it takes to read it

Originally published May 31 2006

Tufts University study shows more than half of psychiatric DSM-IV authors have financial links to Big Pharma

Hollywood star Tom Cruise made national headlines when he launched a verbal assault on the field of psychiatry while appearing on the Today Show with host Matt Lauer in June 2005. Cruise called the field "pseudoscience" and criticized Adderall and Ritalin, the prescription drugs prescribed for ADHD and hyperactivity in children, and also called actress Brooke Shields' decision to medically treat depression "misinformed."
 
The world joined in the battle that ensued after the show: Cruise vs. Shields, Anti-psychiatry vs. Pro-psychiatry. In all the media flux and talking heads that put in their two cents, the central issue was lost: Is psychiatry a genuine field made up of doctors who are helping the mentally ill with safe drugs, or is it truly a "pseudoscience" that exists only to sell dangerous prescription drugs to unsuspecting patients -- all in the name of making money for the pharmaceutical industry?
 
That question may have been answered, thanks to the results of a University of Massachusetts and Tufts University study that was released in April 2006. According to an April 22 Reuters article, the study found that 56 percent of 170 psychiatric "experts" who helped work on the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) -- considered the "bible" of the psychiatric field -- had financial links to drug makers at some point from 1989 to 1994, when the most recent edition of the DSM was released.
 
Those "financial links" included ownership of drug company stock, travel expenses, research funding, consulting fees and payment for gifts. In addition, Reuters reports that all the "experts" who developed parts of the DSM that define schizophrenia, mood disorders and psychotic disorders had these financial links.
 

 

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Russians who cross the powerful are hustled into mental asylums

 
From the Los Angeles Times

COLUMN ONE

Speak Out? Are You Crazy?

In a throwback to Soviet times, Russians who cross the powerful are increasingly hustled into mental asylums, rights activists say.
By Kim Murphy
Times Staff Writer

May 30, 2006

CHEBOKSARY, Russia — Albert Imendayev collected the signatures he needed to run for the legislature last fall in this city on the banks of the Volga River. He met with supporters, prepared his campaign material. He would have made the ballot had it not been for one thing: He was hauled off to a mental asylum.

Only days before he was required to appear at the local election commission to finalize his candidacy, an investigator from the prosecutor's office met Imendayev at the courthouse with three police officers. They kept him locked up until a judge could be found to sign the order committing him for a psychiatric evaluation.

"The hearing took place, and I was taken straight off to the asylum," said the businessman and human rights activist. By the time he was released nine days later, the election filing deadline had passed and he was out of the race.

 Link  http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-psychiatry30may30,0,1538753.story 

Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline Help Send Kids To Prison

Evelyn Pringle: Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline Help Send Kids To Prison
Author: Evelyn Pringle
Published on May 30, 2006, 07:22

In 2003, the pharmaceutical industry passed out $16.4 billion worth of free drug samples to doctors. These so-called free samples are literally killing people. Two young lads who were lucky enough to get free samples of Zoloft are now sitting in prison.

After visits to their family doctors, Christopher Pittman and Zachary Schmidkunz were both sent home with a bag of Zoloft samples with no warnings about the drug's side effects. They both went on to commit murder, were sent to prison, and are now waiting for hearings on their appeals.

These lethal selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants (SSRIs) are being passed out to kids like candy. Dr Thomas Moore, MD, with the Drug Safety Research group, conducted a study on the use of antidepressant drugs with children that showed that in the 4-period of 1998 to 2001, the use of SSRIs with children doubled and in 90% of the cases the drugs were prescribed off-label to kids for uses not approved by the FDA.

For instance, among boys 6 to 12 years old, 52% of the prescriptions were written for treating attention deficit or conduct disorders, and typically, Dr Moore says, in combination with an antipsychotic or a stimulant.

There is "no scientific evidence that says that combination therapy is effective in these disorders and I know of no evidence that it is safe either," he says.

Link http://www.yubanet.com/artman/publish/article_36643.shtml

 

The U.K. is Watching the TeenScreen Controversy

Openmind


Openmind is the much-praised bi-monthly magazine published by Mind.

Openmind magazine gives people who use mental health services, and the people who provide them, an open space to share ideas, inspire each other, complain, express opinions, and even share the odd joke or two.

It's the only not-for-profit, editorially independent mental health magazine in the UK.

Screen test


President George Bush personally backs a drive to screen the entire US population, including preschool children, for undiagnosed mental illness. Thousands of schools are already participating in screening their pupils. But is screening effective, who really benefits and would such a policy ever be accepted in the UK? Adam James investigates

May 10, 2006

.....

It’s now just over two years ago that 15-year-old Chelsea Rhoades arrived at school, was ushered into a classroom and – according to legal documents - told she needed to
take a “test”.

Chelsea duely signed an assent form, and, with other pupils at Penn High School in the US state of Indiana, completed the test. Chelsea was required to answer questions such as whether she felt suicidal or had tried to kill herself. All she had to do was answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Simple. The test took just 10 minutes.

The legal documents state Chelsea was then taken aside by one of the people who had administered the test and told – quite up front – that she had obsessive compulsive disorder and social anxiety disorder. The documents state these diagnoses were made because Chelsea, when filling out the form, had indicated, for example, that she like to help clean the house and did not much like to “party”. Chelsea was told that if her “condition” worsened she should be taken to the local mental health centre for treatment.

The test that Chelsea had completed was, in fact, called Teenscreen, one of dozens of mental disorder screening programmes being implemented across the United States. Since 2001, the makers of Teenscreen say its programme - used to screen for depression, anxiety, and substance abuse - has been used in almost 500 schools, doctors surgeries and youth centre in 43 states. Last year, 122,000 youngsters completed Teenscreen.

The mental health screening policy was introduced by the Bush administration, and its ambitious aim is to screen the entire US population, including preschool children, for mental illness. This policy – effectively President Bush’s War On Mental Illness - was spawned in April 2002 when Bush established a “New Freedom Commission on Mental Health”. Its remit was to investigate the US mental health service and to resolve the problems “that allow Americans to fall through the [mental health] system's cracks.”

The commission reported back to Bush stating that “despite their prevalence, mental disorders often go undiagnosed”. The commission’s subsequent goals included building mental health care that is “consumer and family-driven”, to speed up research and to ensure that “early mental health screening, assessment, and referral to services are common practice.” These goals were greeted by an all-round thumbs up by all main US mental health professional and user groups, from the American Psychiatric Association to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. US government reports spoke of “recovery” and the importance of community-based mental health services. All the right buttons were hit.

Community mental health service cash has since flowed. Last year US government grants included: $92.5m for “mental health transformation” over five years to seven states; $184.5 million over six years for 25 children community mental health services; $17.5 million over five years for a national training center for child and adolescent mental health; $13.2 million over three years for mental health services for older adults; and $7.2 million over three years for projects aiming to divert people with mental health problems away from the criminal justice system and into community services.

While this cash has been welcomed, it is, however, the screening policy that continues to face vehement criticism on a number of fronts.

 Link  http://www.psychminded.co.uk/news/news2006/april06/teenscreen.htm 

Donations tie drug firms and nonprofits

Donations tie drug firms and nonprofits

Many patient groups reveal few, if any, details on relationships with pharmaceutical donors.

By Thomas Ginsberg
Inquirer Staff Writer

The American Diabetes Association, a leading patient health group, privately enlisted an Eli Lilly & Co. executive to chart its growth strategy and write its slogan.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness, an outspoken patient advocate, lobbies for treatment programs that also benefit its drug-company donors.

The National Gaucher Foundation, a supporter of people suffering from a horrific rare disease, gets nearly all its revenue from one drugmaker, Genzyme Corp.

Although patients seldom know it, many patient groups and drug companies maintain close, multimillion-dollar relationships while disclosing limited or no details about the ties.

Director Yale Psychiatric Institute concedes "I don't think drugs can prevent full-blown psychosis"_NYT

ALLIANCE FOR HUMAN RESEARCH PROTECTION (AHRP)
Promoting Openness, Full Disclosure, and Accountability
 
FYI
Our criticism of a high risk, speculative drug experiment conducted on
healthy children and adolescents at Yale University's Psychiatric Institute
was validated by a federal investigation: and our criticism is now validated
by the principle investigator, Dr. Thomas McGlashan. Dr. McGlashan, who now
concedes that his screening test proved unreliable. Furthermore. he said:
"I'm more pessimistic about all this now. I don't think the drugs can
prevent full-blown psychosis, only delay it." He added, "I think more than
ever we need to follow a group of prodromal adolescents who get no drug
treatment to see more clearly what happens and refine our understanding of
what the prodrome is."

A profile of Dr. McGlashan, Director of Yale Psychiatric Institute and
professor of psychiatry, was published in The New York Times Science
section, "A Career That Has Mirrored Psychiatry's Twisting Path."  The
profile follows a Times news report (May 1) revealing that this
controversial (we maintain, unethical) experiment failed. The authors
reported that "the drugs were more likely to induce weight gain than to
produce a significant, measurable benefit. [And] more than two-thirds of the
participants dropped out, rendering the trial inconclusive."

This unethical experiment was funded by Eli Lilly and the National Institute
of Mental Health. The children (12 years old +) did not qualify for a
diagnosis of any mental illness. Yet, they were exposed for one year to the
severe risks and health hazards linked to Lilly's antipsychotic drug,
Zyprexa (olanzapine) merely  because the Yale investigators presumed the
adolescents were "at risk" of schizophrenia-without scientific evidence to
back up that presumption. See: http://www.ahrp.org/cms/content/view/157/80/

 Link http://www.ahrp.org/cms/  
 

The Plan to Drug American School Children - critical reading

OpEdNews.com
May 14, 2006
THE PRESIDENT’S NEW FREEDOM COMMISSION ON MENTAL HEALTH 
The Plan to Drug American School Children

by George Stone

(Note: George Stone has a master's degrees in anthropology and social work. He is a licensed clinical social worker with 35 years experience in therapy and supervision specializing in family & brief therapy and has practiced privately and publicly with patients ranging from poor to middle class, with urban and rural families, and with Black, Hispanic, White, Asian American, Native American and Alaska Native families. He is dedicated to keeping families together by helping them solve their own problems without using psychiatric medication or hospitalization, and to returning children home if they are in psychiatric custody.)

MEDICALIZATION: Convincing Healthy People They Are Sick
This paper outlines the deliberate marketing of harmful drugs to children as a direct result of the drug industry take over of the American mental health system. My point of departure is Ivan Illich’s broader assertion that “The medical system has become a major threat to health.” (1976) Time has proven Illich to be a prophet: medicine is now the leading cause of death in America. (Null 2005) What is wrong in American medicine is also wrong in psychiatry. Pharma marketeers claim psychiatric drug treatment is a scientific miracle. However, the outcome evidence on psychiatric treatment shows otherwise: the recovery rate for treated schizophrenia has fallen from 70% in the mid-nineteenth century to 11% today, while the death rate for the “new” atypical antipsychotic drugs is double that of the older typical class. These outcomes contrast with 49-51% recovery Third World countries, like India and Nigeria, where these drugs are not used consistently. (Whitaker 2004) The suicide rate for treated schizophrenia in the UK has increased 20 fold since the introduction of antipsychotic drugs in 1954. (Healy et al 2006) Five times as many people are being defined as permanently mentally ill (disabled) today than before the introduction of drug treatment. (Whitaker 2005) Yet, inspite of these ominous facts, millions of American children are routinely being given these dangerous drugs.

How did this happen?

The drugging of American children is not accidental. It is a part of the larger problem of the premeditated medicalization of modern life discussed by Illich (1976), McKnight (1999) and others. However, the issue goes beyond the use of drugs: it is about freedom. The massive pharmaceutical corporations, which barely existed before World War II, are the most profitable legal businesses in human history. They have the money, the plan and the ruthless determination to medicalize our lives to sell us as many drugs as possible. They are a major threat to the basic human rights, as well as the health, of every person on the planet.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

SSRIs not a cure-all for kids: professor - Australia 2004

SSRIs not a cure-all for kids: professor
By Krystyna Pollard
463 words
30 October 2004
English
© 2004 Australian Associated Press Pty Ltd. All Rights Reserved

SYDNEY

A leading expert in suicide prevention has warned a popular new drug may not be effective for depressed children.

A leading expert in suicide prevention has warned a popular new drug may not be effective for depressed children and could instead increase violence and aggressive behaviour.

Speaking at the 11th Annual Suicide Prevention Australia National Conference in Sydney, director of the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention Professor Diego De Leo warned SSRIs may not be a cure-all for depressed kids.

SSRIs, or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, are the new popular group of drugs which present fewer side-effects than previous Tricyclic drugs.

Prof De Leo said prescriptions for the drugs were on the rise across the board, with some given to children presenting signs of suicidality as young as 10 or 11 years old.

The drugs had the specific indication for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), he said.

"The problem with SSRIs and children is that we have very limited evidence that these drugs really may counteract effectively depression in this age group," he told AAP after his speech to the conference.

"Prescribing these drugs to children hasn't provided evidence for improvement in depression, and has provided evidence that cannot be neglected today on possible suicidality, increasing aggression and violent behaviour.

 

Psychiatric drugs fare favorably when companies pay for studies

 
Psychiatric drugs fare favorably when companies pay for studies 
Posted 5/24/2006 11:37 PM ET
 
 By Marilyn Elias, USA TODAY
 
Drug companies fund a growing number of the studies in leading psychiatric journals, and drugs fare much better in these company-funded studies than in trials done independently or by competitors, researchers reported Wednesday.
 
 About 57% of published studies were paid for by drug companies in 2002, compared with 25% in 1992, says psychiatrist Igor Galynker of Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.
 
 

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Study: ADHD drugs send thousands to ERs

Study: ADHD drugs send thousands to ERs

By LINDA A. JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer 28 minutes ago

Accidental overdoses and side effects from attention deficit drugs likely send thousands of children and adults to emergency rooms, according to the first national estimates of the problem.

Scientists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated problems with the stimulant drugs drive nearly 3,100 people to ERs each year. Nearly two-thirds — overdoses and accidental use — could be prevented by parents locking the pills away, the researchers say.

Other patients had side effects, including potential cardiac problems such as chest pain, stroke, high blood pressure and fast heart rate.

Deep Brain Stimulation--Absent legal restraints, medical experiments cross ethical boundaries

DBS--Absent legal restraints, medical experiments cross ethical
boundaries

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Disclosure, and Accountability http://www.ahrp.org/cms/

Critics are raising concerns that the latest electrical brain
stimulation technologies--vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) and deep brain
stimulation (DBS)-which appear indistinguishable from the electric
neuro-stimulation technologies that had been largely abandoned in the
1970s, might once again be used as harmful behavior control
technologies.
[See excerpt below]

These radical invasive experimental surgical implants are driven
primarily by commercial interests. Indeed, FDA's approval of VNS for
depression was over the objections of all FDA safety officers.
[1] See:
http://finance.senate.gov/press/Gpress/02_2006%20report.pdf:

Psychiatry's return to psychosurgical treatment modalities for
depression is a tacit acknowledgement of its failed therapeutic
armamentarium. It confirms psychiatry's predilection for exposing mental
patients to risks of harm in highly speculative, radical, invasive,
experimental surgical procedures: "a
1999 poll of American Psychiatric Association members shows that
psychiatrists are becoming more open to this physically invasive
treatment
model: 74 percent said they would consider neurosurgery for their
patients."
[Danielle Egan, 2005]
See:
http://www.thismagazine.ca/issues/2005/01/magicalmystery.php

The Risk of Suicide With Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors in the Elderly

The Risk of Suicide With Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors in the Elderly
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Juurlink, David N; Mamdani, Muhammad M; Kopp, Alexander; Redelmeier, Donald A
6198 Words
01 May 2006
American Journal of Psychiatry
 

Relative to other antidepressants, SSRIs were more strongly associated with suicides of a violent nature (hanging, gunshot, jumping, stabbing, vehicle collision, blunt trauma, explosion, electrocution, and self-immolation) than other antidepressants (Figure 3). A tendency toward violent suicide was apparent only during early therapy with SSRIs, whereas nonviolent suicide was equally common among patients treated with SSRIs and other antidepressants. FIGURE 2. Suicide Risk Among Elderly Ontario Residents After Initiation of Treatment With SSRI Antidepressants Versus Other Antidepressants, by Subgroups.

Dr. Peter Breggin: FDA Warns that Paxil Makes Depressed Adults Suicidal

Dr. Peter Breggin: FDA Warns that Paxil Makes Depressed Adults Suicidal

Dr. Peter BregginSun May 21, 4:29 PM ET

FDA Warns that Paxil Makes Depressed Adults Suicidal
By Peter R. Breggin, M.D.

Getting the FDA to move forward by presenting it with scientific data is like using a peacock feather to tickle a sleeping giant tortoise on its shell. Many people die before the agency opens its eyes and then it barely reacts at all.  

  Bloated with conflicts of interest, under the best of conditions the FDA is barely able to drag itself along the ground. Slowly, oh, so slowly, it inches its way toward the obvious conclusion it can never quite reach: Antidepressants cause suicide; therefore, they aren't antidepressants at all. These drugs don't cure depression--and they frequently cause or worsen it. Regarding the most dreadful risk of depression, suicide, so-called antidepressants put depressed people of all ages at much greater risk of killing themselves.

 

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Prescription: Suicide?"

"Prescription: Suicide?" documents the lives of six families whose children killed themselves on anti-depressant drugs.  The FDA recently placed "black box warnings" on many of these drugs after immense pressure from such families and other concerned citizens and celebrities who have been voicing concerns about this subject for years.  They have fought the big pharmaceutical giants and won some victories.

You should know just how serious this concern is, and pass it on to others who need to know.  None of us wants to feel that we could or should have done something to prevent another's suffering, or death - and failed to do so.

Click here for trailer:
    http://www.prescriptionsuicide.com/trailermp4.html 

Also, below are a number of links to recent articles and websites that have sprung up regarding
the new evidence of the dangers of anti-depressant medications.  "Fortune" magazine, "TIME"
magazine, have both published articles in recent months on this dangerous phenomenon.

Please pass this information on to people you know and love.  They can make up their own minds, but
not unless they have the information with which to do so. 

Bitter Pills / Time Magazine:
http://www.time.com/time/pacific/magazine/article/0,13673,503051121-1130228-1,00.html

Trouble In Prozac Nation / Fortune Mag
http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/2005/11/28/8361973/index.htm

Interview with author of Mad in America
http://www.thestreetspirit.org/August2005/interview.htm

Safe Harbor
http://www.alternativementalhealth.com/

Label Me Sane
www.labelmesane.com
 
 

From Old Bedlam to Modern TeenScreen

 
Psychiatric Stigma - Legitimizing Abuse, Degradation and Death;
From Old Bedlam to Modern TeenScreen,
Psychiatry Continues to Harm in the Name of Help
         
By Jeanyne Wanner
 
 
 
 
 



Running mates - Endorphins come easy for kids on the track, and so do the health benefits

 
Dr. Daniel Marks, assistant professor of pediatric endocrinology (hormones) :
 
“Prevention’s the key,” he adds. “Besides, studies show kids study better if they’re allowed to run around. My prescription is running, not Ritalin.”

Monday, May 22, 2006

Outrage! Preschoolers used as guinea pigs in psychotropic drug tests

 

Click here: Outrage! Preschoolers used as guinea pigs in psychotropic drug tests

 

 

As ClinicalTrials.gov reveals, in 2005, Massachusetts General Hospital conducted an 8-week trial study that recruited children as young as four years old to be drugged and monitored, including having their blood drawn, to see if their tiny four-year-old bodies would tolerate a powerful psychotropic drug (Seroquel). 

Friday, May 19, 2006

Too Young To Know

Too Young To Know

The sounds of the 90's, looks of the 90's, and trends for the most part have faded away except for one. It was then that medicating children for problems such as ADD started.

"There was a big (Ritalin) explosion in their usage and probably a lot of times they were used too often it was almost trendy for a time if your child had behavioral problems to get your child put on Ritalin," said Doctor Chris Smith.

And now, it's evolved into much more.

Now children are medicated for depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and ADHD just to name a few.

"I think there are over-uses of psychiatric medications in general," said Smith.

That's causing the amount of medications on the market to continue multiplying. And that growth comes as more and more Americans and children are found abusing prescription drugs.

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse says over 15 million Americans are abusing prescriptions. That's more than cocaine, hallucinogens, inhalants, and heroin combined. 

More:

 

Thursday, May 18, 2006

The Plan to Drug American School Children

OpEdNews.com
May 14, 2006
THE PRESIDENT’S NEW FREEDOM COMMISSION ON MENTAL HEALTH 
The Plan to Drug American School Children

by George Stone

(Note: George Stone has a master's degrees in anthropology and social work. He is a licensed clinical social worker with 35 years experience in therapy and supervision specializing in family & brief therapy and has practiced privately and publicly with patients ranging from poor to middle class, with urban and rural families, and with Black, Hispanic, White, Asian American, Native American and Alaska Native families. He is dedicated to keeping families together by helping them solve their own problems without using psychiatric medication or hospitalization, and to returning children home if they are in psychiatric custody.)

MEDICALIZATION: Convincing Healthy People They Are Sick
This paper outlines the deliberate marketing of harmful drugs to children as a direct result of the drug industry take over of the American mental health system. My point of departure is Ivan Illich’s broader assertion that “The medical system has become a major threat to health.” (1976) Time has proven Illich to be a prophet: medicine is now the leading cause of death in America. (Null 2005) What is wrong in American medicine is also wrong in psychiatry. Pharma marketeers claim psychiatric drug treatment is a scientific miracle. However, the outcome evidence on psychiatric treatment shows otherwise: the recovery rate for treated schizophrenia has fallen from 70% in the mid-nineteenth century to 11% today, while the death rate for the “new” atypical antipsychotic drugs is double that of the older typical class. These outcomes contrast with 49-51% recovery Third World countries, like India and Nigeria, where these drugs are not used consistently. (Whitaker 2004) The suicide rate for treated schizophrenia in the UK has increased 20 fold since the introduction of antipsychotic drugs in 1954. (Healy et al 2006) Five times as many people are being defined as permanently mentally ill (disabled) today than before the introduction of drug treatment. (Whitaker 2005) Yet, inspite of these ominous facts, millions of American children are routinely being given these dangerous drugs.

How did this happen?

The drugging of American children is not accidental. It is a part of the larger problem of the premeditated medicalization of modern life discussed by Illich (1976), McKnight (1999) and others. However, the issue goes beyond the use of drugs: it is about freedom. The massive pharmaceutical corporations, which barely existed before World War II, are the most profitable legal businesses in human history. They have the money, the plan and the ruthless determination to medicalize our lives to sell us as many drugs as possible. They are a major threat to the basic human rights, as well as the health, of every person on the planet.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Video on Paxil - must see


 


Scientific support was lacking for 96% of the psychiatric drugs prescribed off-label

"In fact, scientific support was lacking for 96% of the psychiatric drugs prescribed off-label."
 
From the Los Angeles Times

MEDICINE

When there's little proof a prescription drug will work

'Off-label' medicines are becoming more popular even though they often lack scientific support, a new study shows.
By Shari Roan
Times Staff Writer

May 15, 2006

Millions of Americans each year are prescribed drugs that are not approved for their specific medical condition, a practice that is legal and logical in many cases. But a new study has found that fully 20% of all prescriptions are written for such nonapproved uses and that most of these — three-quarters — are not well-supported by scientific studies.

This widespread use of medications "off-label" could threaten patients' safety while escaping the attention of federal regulators, some experts suggest.

"What surprised me about this study is that in many cases there is a paucity of scientific studies supporting the drug's use off-label," says Kenneth I. Kaitin, director of the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development. "It's an issue that should be discussed in the medical community." Still, Kaitin says, it's unclear whether consumers are being put at undue risk. "There has not been a significant problem with off-label prescribing that I'm aware of," he says.


Treatments: Evidence Can Be Lacking for Drug Effectiveness

 
May 16, 2006
Vital Signs

Treatments: Evidence Can Be Lacking for Drug Effectiveness

More than a fifth of drug prescriptions written by office-based doctors were for medical problems that had not been included in the Food and Drug Administration's approval of the drug, according to a study published last week.

Fewer than a third of these prescriptions were supported by strong evidence of effectiveness.

The data for the study were drawn from the 2001 National Disease and Therapeutic Index, a continuing survey of practices among office-based physicians.

  

Friday, May 12, 2006

Antidepressant May Raise Suicide Risk

 
May 12, 2006

Antidepressant May Raise Suicide Risk

After analyzing data from clinical trials, GlaxoSmithKline has sent letters to doctors warning that its antidepressant drug Paxil appears to increase the risk of suicide attempts in some young adults.

The company said it had changed the labeling on the drug to reflect the finding of the study, which analyzed clinical trial data involving some 15,000 people. The study found that reported suicide attempts were rare but significantly more common in adults who took the drug for depression than in those who received placebo pills.

The Glaxo researchers reported only one suicide in the trials, a number so small it says nothing about the drug's risk, experts said.

In October 2004, the Food and Drug Administration ordered drug companies to place a strong warning on antidepressant labels after studies suggested that some drugs increased suicidal thinking or behavior in children and adolescents. But the Glaxo study — the first by a drug company to find a link between antidepressants and suicidal behavior in adults, experts say — is likely to persuade some skeptics that the risk is real and not confined to minors.


Thursday, May 11, 2006

TeenScreen and Psychiatry - Pseudo-Science or Scam?

thepeoplesvoice.org
TeenScreen and Psychiatry - Pseudo-Science or Scam?
05/10/06
By: John Carey

Enron, WorldCom, TeenScreen. What do these groups have in common? They all have run huge scams on the public in their pursuit of power and the almighty dollar.

TeenScreen is based on the flawed pseudo-science of psychiatry. The controversial screening program asks young people invasive questions about their lives and their feelings, then compares the answers to lists of symptoms from psychiatry's bible of "mental disorders", the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition (DSM IV).

[More:]

The DSM has been thoroughly discredited, even by psychiatrists and other professionals. In an article entitled DSM: Diagnosing for Money and Power, Ofer Zur, Ph.D., and Nola Nordmarken, MFT, state that "The DSM is more a political document than a scientific one. Decisions regarding inclusion or exclusion of disorders are made by majority vote rather than by indisputable scientific data."

Recent media has exposed corruption in those psychiatric researchers who created the DSM IV. USA Today reported in April '06, "A majority of the medical experts who created the "bible" for diagnosing mental illness have undisclosed financial links to drugmakers". http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/2006-04-19-conflicts-experts_x.htm

Psychiatry claims to have a science, but what do their leaders say? Rex Cowdry, the director of the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health in 1995 said, "We do not know the causes (of psychiatric disorders). We don't have methods of curing these illnesses yet." Norman Sartorius, president of the World Psychiatric Association, said in 1994, "The timewhen psychiatrists considered that they could cure the mentally ill is gone. In the future, the mentally ill will have to learn to live with their illness."

If you go to a medical doctor with a broken arm, you would have pain in your arm and you might be irritable. A medical doctor uses these symptoms and an x-ray to confirm the problem, and after six weeks in a cast you are cured - at least until the next time you try out your child's skateboard.

The psychiatric approach is to VOTE on diseases. Stealing legitimacy from the medical community, they group symptoms and give them ominous and frightening names. From 1952-94, the DSM grew from 112 disorders/diseases to 374 by VOTING! After gay activist picketing in 1973, psychiatrists voted to remove the mental "disorder" known as homosexuality from DSM. Since there was no science in adding it, it was easy to remove.

Some of the other "scientific" diseases being foisted onto the public are "Caffeine-Related Disorder", "Mathematics Disorder" and "Sibling Rivalry Disorder." When I was mean to my brother, my mom punished me - she didn't know of today's "scientific method" - giving me a daily dose of Prozac.

Link http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/cgi-bin/blogs/voices.php/2006/05/10/teenscreen_and_psychiatry_pseudo_science

Friday, May 05, 2006

Is Bush Adopting Hitler's Approach to Children and Education?

May 4, 2006
 
Is Bush Adopting Hitler's Approach to Children and Education?  
by Judy Aron 
 
I have heard it said that once you bring the name of Hitler into an argument that you have lost the argument. The notion is that his regime was so horrible and so extreme, that one could never make an accurate comparison. I am sorry, but I disagree with that theory. I do believe that those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it. Hitler’s government serves us well as an example of how not to do things. Bad repressive government is always bad repressive government, no matter who is at the helm.
 
Coming from a family comprised of some Holocaust survivors, I have heard repeatedly in my life what warning signs to look for and how easily people can be propagandized, as well as how easily government can be taken over and people can be suppressed.
 
That being said, some of the laws coming out of Congress and our States are getting pretty scary. Some have evolved over the course of many administrations, some come as a result of legislators who are really clueless, and others come from a purposeful agenda. Sometimes that agenda may come from corporate America, as evidenced by heavy campaign financing and lobbying of their interests. I am not talking about any kind of conspiracy to enslave us all, but perhaps it is time for our legislators to re-read our Constitution and stop relying on the judiciary to tell them when something is wrong, unethical, or unconstitutional. Unfortunately, people are asleep enough and busy dealing with their own problems that they don’t have time to see what’s going on, or even check up on the people they voted for, if they voted at all.
 
It is necessary to recognize that there are very real socialist and fascist factions working in our government, and they can take a miserable idea and make it look like a really good one. It’s easy enough to build a socialist infrastructure if you lay the groundwork under the guise of helping those in need. After all, programs designed to help the sick and needy could benefit us all, right? Propaganda done well can push any agenda, especially if there is money behind it. Taking a look at even a few things like eminent domain, education, immigration, surveillance, and censorship, and a picture begins to unfold that is not very pretty, and it certainly doesn’t come close to what our founding fathers intended.
 
Just examining education and its relation to healthcare, we ought to be very mindful of the path we are traveling in this country. As we speak, legislatures around the country are considering legislation
1. that establishes health center and clinics in our schools
2. that deals with “early intervention” of mental health issues of children – utilizing screening programs for all
3. that deals with “school readiness” and universal pre-school, which is government run/funded education and institutionalization of 3 and 4 year olds
4. that places more psychologists, therapists and other “psych” professionals in our schools
5. that removes certain authority and rights of parents
6. that places more government mandates on education
 

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Antidepressant suicide risk up five times for seniors

 
Antidepressant suicide risk up five times for seniors
Medical Studies/Trials Published: Wednesday, 3-May-2006    
 
 
 
According to Canadian researchers seniors who are prescribed antidepressants such as Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft are almost five times more likely to commit suicide during the first month on the drugs than those given other medication to treat depression.
The new study adds to the controversy already surrounding popular selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors, or 'SSRI' drugs.
 
Dr. David Juurlink, lead author of the study by the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), says doctors are far too liberal with such drugs.
 
The authors linked population-based coroner's records with patient prescription records, doctors billing claims, and hospital data for more than 1.2 million Ontario residents 66 years of age and older from 1992 to 2000.
 
During the first month of therapy, SSRI antidepressants were associated with a five times higher risk of completed suicide than other antidepressants.

An alternative to Ritalin prescribes exercise instead

 Link  http://tinyurl.com/r8bdf

An alternative to Ritalin prescribes exercise instead

Adrienne Albani had tried a number of drugs to treat her son John's attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, but all had negative side effects. In frustration, the Dedham mother enrolled her son last spring in the DORE Center, an alternative treatment program in Needham for children with ADHD, dyslexia, and other learning difficulties.

Through daily balance and hand-eye coordination exercises, John, now a seventh-grader, saw his focus sharply improve, along with his writing and reading. He no longer blurted answers in class, and found he could do his homework quietly by himself without being distracted.

Albani said she was doubtful, at first, of the center's contention that physical exercises like tossing a beanbag and balancing on a wobble board could improve his focus and mental processing. But after just six months in the two-year program, which costs $4,500, her son had shown impressive gains, she said.

''I was skeptical because it's not a proven treatment," she said. ''But it's helped him so much."

The DORE program is based on recent research suggesting that many learning disorders involve a part of the brain, called the cerebellum, increasingly believed to play a role in both movement and mental processing. Some studies have indicated a link between an underdeveloped cerebellum and learning difficulties, raising hope that physical drills specifically stimulating that part of the brain can reduce learning and attention problems.


Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Antidepressant Drugs: As Lethal as Antidepressants and ADHD Drugs {01}

 

ANTI-PSYCHOTIC DRUGS FOUND AS LETHAL AS ANTIDEPRESSANT
AND ADHD DRUGS ON KIDS

Psychiatric Abuse

Video: Mother whose son died from
anti-psychotic drugs in 2002
 

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An extensive article published in USA Today  revealed that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recorded 45 child deaths attributed to new anti-psychotic drugs, yet experts say the death toll could easily be as high as 450,  as only 1 to 10% of adverse reactions are ever reported to the FDA. Equally alarming is that the number of anti-psychotic drugs prescribed for 2 to 18-year-olds grew from under 500,000 in 1995, to approximately 2.5 million in 2002  —  a 400% increase, while sales of anti-psychotic drugs have soared 1,500%, from $500 million in 1991 to more than $8 billion in 2003.  

The anti-psychotic drug deaths mark the third major category of lethal psychiatric drugs being prescribed to millions of American children; antidepressants now require the FDA’s  “black box” warning for causing suicidal reactions in children and teens; an FDA advisory committee has warned that ADHD drugs should carry “black box” warnings for causing  strokes, heart attacks and sudden death in children.   More than a dozen warnings have been issued internationally on psychiatric drugs causing children and adolescents side effects including liver damage, cardiac failure, strokes, hallucinations, psychosis, mania, violence, suicide and death.  Yet these drugs continue to be prescribed to more than 17                                                                         million children worldwide.  

The psychiatric watchdog organization, Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), says psychiatrists have created a multi billion-dollar child drugging market that puts profit above children’s lives.  Psychiatrists fraudulently promote childhood behaviors as “diseases”, or “illnesses” requiring the administration of powerful, mind-altering drugs despite the lack of any blood test, brain scan or “chemical imbalance” test that can prove any mental “disorder”  is a medical condition.    

Psychiatry’s financial incentive for pathologizing behaviors and manufacturing “diseases” was disclosed last month in the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, which found 100% of the psychiatrists determining the criteria for so-called “mood disorders” (which includes “bipolar disorder” and “schizophrenia/psychotic disorders”) for inclusion in the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical of Mental Disorders (DSM) were financially involved with drug companies that manufacture the drugs.     

Earlier anti-psychotic drugs caused a fatal toxic reaction called neuroleptic malignant syndrome, killing an estimated 100,000 Americans.  It took 20 years before the APA issued a warning letter in 1985 to its members, and then only after several highly publicized lawsuits that “found psychiatrists and their institutions negligent for failing to warn patients of the drug-related risk.”  

Parents have charged that they have been left at the mercy of psychiatry’s misinformation and that children are dying because of it.   Ellen Liversidge whose son died in 2002 after falling into a coma from an anti-psychotic drug, states,  “There was no warning on the label and no warning from the doctor… Do we need to have so many more people killed?  Do we need a whole bunch more newspaper articles?  What is it going to take for the FDA to act?”   

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights was established by the Church of Scientology in 1969 to investigate and expose psychiatric violations of human rights.   It has been the most effective organization in the world in helping enact informed consent laws on the dangers of psychiatric drugs prescribed to millions of unsuspecting men, women and children. 

For more information, log onto http://www.cchr.org or contact Marla Filidei at 800-869-2247

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

TeenScreen Shuns Medical Science

Link http://www.sierratimes.com/06/03/21/24_54_74_7_20054.htm
TeenScreen Shuns Medical Science
Mary Collins
 
TeenScreen is a “mental health” screening system. Using a computer program, teenagers are asked questions to root out the symptoms of “mental illness”. Those students giving the right (or wrong) answers to the questions are then delivered to persons trained to spot psychiatric “disorders”, usually employees of a local “mental health” treatment facility.
TeenScreen claims to be funded mainly by private foundations, the identities of which are carefully kept secret. For reasons that might be made clear if only their identities were known, the hidden supporters of TeenScreen are in favor of widespread mental health screening and referral to treatment. TeenScreen’s critics claim that the operation is nothing but a slick marketing tool designed to bring new customers into the multi-billion-dollar psychiatric “mental health” industry. Whatever the reasons for screening, there is no doubt that TeenScreen and all other screening programs are good for business, and could potentially deliver hundreds of millions in profit to the makers of psychiatric drugs.
 
David Shaffer, TeenScreen’s author, recently refused to appear in a public forum to present TeenScreen and answer the public’s questions. TeenScreen executives Laurie Flynn and Leslie McGuire earn their pay singing the praises of TeenScreen at every opportunity yet refuse to honestly address the serious questions and controversy.
 

Antidepressants linked to suicide among seniors

 
Antidepressants linked to suicide among seniors
 
Tom Blackwell
CanWest News Service; National Post

TORONTO - Elderly people who take a popular type of antidepressants are almost five times more likely to commit suicide than those on other antidepressants, concludes a major new Canadian study that adds to the controversy around the drugs known as SSRIs.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Psychiatry's "Bible" under Attack

Link
http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2006-04-19-manuals-drugmakers_x.htm

USA TODAY
Study: Medical manual's authors often tied to drugmakers
April 19, 2006
By Dan Vergano

A majority of the medical experts who created the "bible" for diagnosing
mental illness have undisclosed financial links to drugmakers, says a
study out Thursday.

And some panels overseeing disorders that require treatment with
prescription drugs, such as schizophrenia and "mood disorders," were
100% filled with experts financially tied to the pharmaceutical
industry, says the study published in the journal Psychotherapy and
Psychosomatics.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM) is the
American Psychiatric Association's diagnosis manual. It is also used as
the basis for insurance payments for psychiatric treatments, including
drugs.

"No blood tests exist for the disorders in the DSM. It relies on
judgments from practitioners who rely on the manual," says lead study
author Lisa Cosgrove of the University of Massachusetts Boston.