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Thorazine and all the other first generation antipsychotic, “zombification” drugs (aka chemical lobotomy drugs”) are now universally acknowledged to have been an iatrogenic (ie, doctor- or treatment-caused) disaster because of their serious long-term, brain-damaging effects that resulted in a multitude of permanent brain damage manifesting as tardive (delayed) dyskinesia, dysmetria, dystonia, dementia and Parkinson’s disease.

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Tens of millions of unsuspecting Americans, who are mired deeply in the mental “health” system, have actually been made crazy, homicidal, suicidal and neurologically disabled by the use of or the withdrawal from commonly-prescribed, brain-disabling, neurotoxic psychiatric drugs that have been, for several generations now, cavalierly handed out like candy, with false assurances from BigPharma and the FDA. These synthetic prescription drugs are often prescribed in untested and unapproved combinations by unaware but well-intentioned prescribing physicians and physicians assistants who have been under the mesmerizing influence of slick propaganda campaigns that are bankrolled by highly profitable multinational pharmaceutical companies.

That is the conclusion of a multitude of courageous psychiatric and pharmaceutical industry whistleblowers (see some pertinent websites below), including the authors of many powerful books on the subject. Most of these whistleblowers have been black-listed by BigPharma, the FDA, psychiatry, medical journals and even the mainstream media because of the magnitude of the unwelcome information they have revealed. In defense of most prescribing physicians, many of the revelations about the dangers of these synthetic drugs have been hidden from them by the industries who have been making a killing in the past. In any case, the revelations of these whistleblowers’ should be – if there is any justice in this world – shaking up prescribing practitioners, their drug-taking patients, pharmacists and the drug industry, as well as Wall Street investors in BigPharma stocks.

I highlight two of these courageous whistleblowers below.

Practicing psychiatrist and scholar Grace E. Jackson, MD has written two important books that should alert psychiatric drug prescribers and the consumers of those drugs about the many dangers of those drugs. Dr. Jackson has done meticulous review and re-interpretation of the voluminous basic neuroscience research literature as well as the clinical neuropsychiatric literature and has shown how brain damaging and dementia-inducing are many of the drugs that the drug industry has been falsely reassuring us are “safe and effective”.

Drug-induced Dementia: A Perfect Crime

Dr. Jackson’s most dramatically ground-breaking book was published in 2009 and was titled Drug-Induced Dementia: A Perfect Crime. She has documented the often disastrous consequences of the chronic ingestion of any of the 5 major classes of psychiatric drugs (antidepressants, antipsychotics, psycho-stimulants, tranquilizers and anti-seizure/”mood-stabilizer” drugs).
Drug-induced Dementia: A Perfect Crime presents compelling evidence that any of the psychotropic drugs that target brain and nerve cells can cause microscopic, anatomic, biochemical, clinical and radiological evidence of brain shrinkage and other signs of brain damage, which can result in clinically-diagnosable dementia, premature death and a variety of other related brain disorders that can even mimic diagnosable mental illnesses “of unknown cause”. Jackson’s first book, Rethinking Psychiatric Drugs: A Guide for Informed Consent was an equally sobering warning about many of the hidden dangers of psychiatric drugs.

Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill

Investigative journalist and ex-health science writer (for the Boston Globe) Robert Whitaker has devoted many years of his life researching the serious downsides of psychiatric drugs. He has reported his ground-breaking results in two books, the first of which was titled Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill (2002). In Mad in America, Whitaker explored the published literature and discovered that, since psychiatric drugs (the first one being Thorazine) began being widely prescribed in the US in the mid-1950s, there has been a 600% increase in the total and permanent disabilities of millions of psychiatric drug-takers in the United States. This uniquely First World epidemic of “mental health” disability has resulted in the life-long, taxpayer-supported, Social Security disabilities of rapidly increasing numbers of psychiatric patients who are now less and less likely to be able to live happy and productive lives.

In Whitaker’s second book Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America (2010), he provides additional, overwhelming proof of these sobering realities. He documents the history of the powerful forces behind the relatively new field of psychopharmacology and its major shapers, promoters and beneficiaries, namely BigPharma and the medical and psychiatric industries. Psychiatric drugs, whose developers, marketers and salespersons are largely in the employ of the giant drug companies, are far more dangerous than these industries are willing to admit. Psychiatric drugs, it turns out, are fully capable of disabling body, brain and spirit – often permanently.

Jackson and Whitaker have done powerful service to humanity by presenting previously hidden evidence from the scientific literature to support their theses, that it is the drugs and not necessarily the so-called “mental illnesses” that are causing the epidemics of “mental ilness” disability, suicidality and dementia in America.

Aware, compassionate physicians and their truth-seeking patients should be motivated to be wary of any and all synthetic chemicals that can cross the blood/brain barrier from the blood stream into the brain – whether they be prescription drugs such as antidepressants, antipsychotics, tranquilizers, psychostimulants or so-called “mood stabilizers”, or street drugs such as “synthetic marijuana”, bath salts, OxyContin, dexedrine, Ritalin, cocaine, methamphetamine or heroin. All of them are capable of entering, altering and even damaging the brain, oftentimes long term and sometimes even permanently, in ways previously unknown to medical science and unsuspected by the FDA, especially in cases of polypharmacy and long-term or high dose use.

It is getting harder and harder to fly over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Tragically, the prescribing of psych drugs “for life” has become standard mental health “treatment” for many of the 374 mental illness labels in the 4th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. Putting people on pills for life (and rarely taking them off) has become the community standard of care in American psychiatry – ever since the introduction of the so-called “anti-schizophrenic” “major tranquilizer” “miracle” drug Thorazine in the mid-1950s. (Thorazine was likely the drug that Jack Nicholson’s character Randall McMurphy and his psych unit buddies were coerced into taking at “medication time” in the Academy Award-winning movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”.)

Thorazine and all the other first generation antipsychotic, “zombification” drugs (aka chemical lobotomy drugs”) are now universally acknowledged to have been an iatrogenic (ie, doctor- or treatment-caused) disaster because of their serious long-term, brain-damaging effects that resulted in a multitude of permanent brain damage manifesting as tardive (delayed) dyskinesia, dysmetria, dystonia, dementia and Parkinson’s disease. And now we are seeing the phenomenon being caused by the newer “atypical” antipsychotics. Young children (particularly foster care kids) are being given these drugs off label and some of them are now developing Parkinson’s disease in childhood!

Thorazine and all the other “me-too” drugs like Prolixin, Mellaril, Navane, etc, are synthetic “tricyclic” chemical compounds similar in molecular structure to the tricyclic first generation “antidepressants” like Elavil and the similarly toxic, obesity-inducing, diabetogenic (diabetes-inducing), “atypical” (= second-generation) “anti-psychotic” drugs like Clozaril, Zyprexa and Seroquel.

Just like most ruthless corporations whose first obligation is to their shareholders, BigPharma has a compulsive drive to make as much money as possible by continuously expanding market share, raising drug prices (to whatever exorbitant level the market will bear) and increasing ”shareholder value” (share price, dividends and the next quarter’s financial report) by whatever means necessary.

Both the prescribers and the swallowers of BigPharma’s drugs have succumbed to cunning marketing campaigns. The prescribers get seduced by attractive drug company sales persons of the opposite sex and the free “pens, pizzas and post-it notes” in the office. And the patients get seduced by the unbelievable (if one has intact critical thinking skills) commercials on TV that urge the watcher to “ask your doctor” about the latest unaffordable wannabe blockbuster drug that quickly gloss over the lethal and sub-lethal adverse effects in the fine print. If anyone gets a prescription for a drug that still has patent protection, hey should prepare to pay anywhere from $100 – $300 per month, no matter if the production costs are pennies per pill.

Why is there no mental health disability epidemic in the third world?

Interestingly, Whitaker points out that there is no such epidemic of mental illness disability in Third World nations. Overpriced psych drugs are not handed out as cavalierly as they are in First World nations. Poor people in the third world have very little access to physicians or pharmacies, affordable or not, if they suffer a temporary or episodic mental health problem. Rather, they are first comforted, nurtured, nourished and cared for by caring families in local communities (and not initially drugged!) and, if drugs are eventually used, they are usually used only for the short term – before the patient’s brain structure has been significantly altered.

Third world psychiatric patients are often cured without the use of any drug whatsoever and therefore those populations have far less chronic mental health problems than their counterparts in First World nations.

Jackson and Whitaker – and any number of other whistle-blowing practitioners and authors who have been questioning the knee-jerk use of potentially neurotoxic drugs – are understandably ignored or black-balled by mainstream entities that benefit from the pro-drug culture. Using brain-altering drugs as the last resort, although decidedly best for keeping brains healthy, is not good for either the prescription drug business or the street drug business.

The good news is that many critically-thinking scientists, holistic practitioners and assorted “psychiatric survivors” are coming to the realization that it is the drugs – and not the so-called “mental disorders” – that are the major causes of our nation’s epidemics of dementia and mental illness disability – not to mention the uniquely American epidemic of school shootings.

FDA approval doesn’t mean a drug has been safe or effective long-term

I know that most health caregivers working for modern medical facilities are over-worked, often double-booked and therefore can’t find the time to devote any of their reading time to anything other than the mainstream medical literature that has been essentially taken over by BigPharma and its paid academics. Thus, the sobering news related above is easily missed (and too often dismissed as irrelevant). But this issue is too important to ignore any longer. After all, these drugs are potentially lethal substances that are administered in sub-lethal doses and many of them (maybe most of them?) are known to accumulate in brain tissue. In a 4 week animal study from the 1990s, for example, Prozac was found to accumulate in the brain at concentrations 20 times higher than its concentration in the bloodstream! And yet, these drugs are still being deceptively marketed as non-toxic, non-addictive, safe and effective.

The captains of industry know that their patented psychiatric drugs, when they are presented for FDA-approval, have only been tested in animal labs for days or weeks and in clinical trials on human subjects for an average of only 6-8 weeks! They also know that most clinical psych drug trials use currently drugged (and therefore brain-altered) psychiatric patients who have to be taken off their old drugs while being placed on the experimental drug and thus will be in the process of withdrawing from their previous drugs (which, of course will make the end result un-scientific, technically uninterpretable and actually scientifically worthless). Industry executives also know that long-term trials of most psych drugs are never done prior to being granted marketing approval by the FDA.

The fine line between “normal” and “mentally ill”

The truth is that people diagnosed as “mentally ill” for life are often simply those unfortunates who have found themselves in acute or chronic states of potentially reversible crises or temporary “overwhelm” due to any number of preventable, treatable and even curable situations such as being in bad company, or being a victim of poverty, abuse, violence, torture, homelessness, discrimination, underemployment, malnutrition, addictions/withdrawal, electroshock “therapy” and/or exposure to neurotoxic chemicals in their food, air, water or prescription bottles.

Those labeled as the “mentally ill” are not much different from those of us who call ourselves “normal”. But perhaps we “normals” are just lucky enough to have not yet decompensated because of some yet-to-happen, desperation-inducing life situation. And thus we may not have yet been given a billable diagnosis of some so-called mental illness that has a billable code number, and therefore we have not yet been prescribed some prescription drug that could put us on the road to a drug-induced or electroshock-induced permanent mental health disability and/or institutionalization. In other words, if we are lucky enough to remain unlabeled, we are also likely to remain free from the chronic use of brain-altering drugs; and therefore we may remain out of the clutches of “the system”, within which it is very difficult to “just say no to drugs.”

My experience with over a thousand patients who had been labelled with a variety of mental illnesses and sometimes treated with dozens of different drugs has led me to agree with Jackson’s and Whitaker’s assertions. I fully agree with their warnings that the chronic use of brain-altering drugs is a major cause of cognitive disorders, dementia, loss of memory, loss of IQ points, loss of creativity, loss of spirituality, loss of empathy, loss of energy, loss of strength, loss of impulse control and a multitude of metabolic adverse effects (like psych drug-induced obesity, hypertension, diabetes and hypercholesterolemia). There is no question in my mind that these drugs can sicken the body, brain and soul by causing adverse drug effects such as insomnia, somnolence, memory loss, increased depression, mania, anxiety, delusions, psychoses, paranoia, etc. So before filling the prescription, I strongly urge pill-takers to read the product insert information under WARNINGS, PRECAUTIONS, ADVERSE EFFECTS, CONTRAINDICATIONS, TOXICOLOGY, OVERDOSAGE and the ever-present BLACK BOX WARNINGS ABOUT ANTIDEPRESSANT DRUG-INDUCED SUICIDALITY.

America has a drug-induced dementia, suicide, violence and mental ill health epidemic on its hands that should be obvious to every critical thinker that looks at the evidence. But because there are not many in the medical professions with the time (or willingness) to look at the evidence, the epidemic will surely continue to worsen, not because of the increase in “mental illnesses”, but because of the continued chronic use of non-curative drugs that are, in America, too often used as first-line “treatment”. Both psychiatric drug-induced brain disruption and psychiatric drug withdrawal syndromes can be mistaken for mental illnesses of unknown cause.

For more information on these extremely serious topics check out these websites: www.madinamerica.com,

http://www.breggin.com, www.cchrint.org,

www.drugawareness.org,

www.psychrights.org,

www.mindfreedom.org,

www.benzo.org.uk,

www.quitpaxil.org,

www.endofshock.com, and follow the links.

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Preventive Psychiatry E-Newsletter # 445

Statin Drugs Cause Brain Dysfunction

Dr. David Brownstein – Holistic Family Medicine

http://blog.drbrownstein.com/statins-cause-brain-dysfunction/

Statins are the most profitable medications in the history of Big Pharma. They are promoted as the go-to medications to prevent/treat heart disease. A recent study found nearly 100% of men and 62% of women aged 66-75 should take a statin medication even if their cholesterol level is normal. (1)

Listening to conventional cardiologists, the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and many other mainstream groups would have you believe that statins should be placed in the water supply. If statins significantly lowered the risk of heart disease–they don’t–and if statins were not associated with adverse effects–they areؘ–then I could entertain a discussion on the widespread use of statins. However, statins are associated with a wide range of serious adverse drug reactions which should cause any health care provider to think twice or at least to use caution when prescribing this class of medication.

Let’s look at some of the adverse drug reactions from statins. The following numbers come from the FDA Adverse Events Reporting System. The information was compiled by Philip Blair, M.D. When I saw the huge numbers of serious reactions reported for statin users gathered from Dr. Blair’s data analysis, I said, “holy cow”. Dr. Blair explained that the FDA data, reported by practicing physicians in the trenches, shows frequent associations between statins and numerous serious conditions. Keep in mind that very few adverse drug reactions—from 1-10%–are actually reported to the FDA. This information was first reported to me by my colleague Duane Graveline, M.D. Dr. Graveline suffered two transient global amnesia events and chronic neuropathy all due to taking a statin medication. He has written an excellent book about his experience with Lipitor. The book is titled, “Lipitor, Thief of Memory.” (For more on this important – and black-listed – book, see: http://www.amazon.com/Lipitor%C2%AE-Thief-Memory-Duane-Graveline-ebook/dp/B00466HYIA

Statins work by poisoning an enzyme (HMG-CoA reductase) which is needed to produce cholesterol, adrenal and sex hormones, memory proteins and maintain cell energy. The highest concentration of cholesterol in the body is found in the brain. Can you guess an organ that will suffer when cholesterol production is blocked? If you guessed the brain, you would win the prize.

All of the following events occurred from 2004 to 2014 and were gathered from the FDA Adverse Events Databases.

· Brain function: There were 36,605 reports of brain dysfunction which included memory impairment, transient cases of global amnesia, confusion, paranoia, disorientation, depression, and dementia related to statin use. Remember, this number is thought to represent only 1-10% of the true number of adverse drug reactions.

Can you imagine how quickly the FDA would pull a vitamin from the market place if is shown to cause tens of thousands of cases of brain dysfunction?

I have seen many patients suffer with a decline in brain function from taking a statin drug. Knowing how statins work—they poison an enzyme needed to make cholesterol—would allow anyone to predict that brain problems will be more common from statin use.

Folks, statins are responsible for many more adverse effects. In fact, there are well over 100,000 adverse event reports related to statins. In addition to the brain, statins negatively affect the functioning of the liver, kidneys, and muscles. I will report more about these other adverse drug effects in later posts.

I wrote in my book, Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do, “You can’t poison a crucial enzyme or block an important receptor for the long-term and expect a good result.”

Perhaps we could live with all these adverse drug reactions if statins significantly lowered the risk for cardiovascular disease. But, they don’t. Statins have never been convincingly shown to prevent a first heart attack in both men and women. In men, the best of the statin studies show a 1-4% reduced risk of preventing a secondary cardiac event. In women, the numbers are worse.

It is shocking to me that so many health care providers and nearly all cardiologists would ever prescribe these medications for any patient. Heart disease patients are not developing heart disease due to a statin-deficiency syndrome. Perhaps these health care providers should start doing what doctors were taught to do: Search for the underlying cause of the illness and address that.

More information about statins can be found in my book along with recommendations about what you can do to avoid taking a statin medication.

1. JAMA Int. Med. Published online November 17, 2014.

2. Duane Graveline, M.D. Lipitor, Thief of Memory

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