Archive for February, 2008

The theory that mental disorders derive from a “chemical imbalance” in the brain is unproven opinion, not fact

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

People in desperate circumstances must be provided proper and effective medical care. Medical, not psychiatric, attention, good nutrition, a healthy, safe environment and activity that promotes confidence will do far more than the brutality of psychiatry’s “treatments.”


The following quotes from the cookbook, Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon, show the severe mental (and physical) consequences of dietary and nutritional imbalances. Look no further for a “chemical imbalance” than your kitchen cupboard. One highly recommends this book for its sane approach to diet and nutrition. Why is this information not more widely known? Perhaps because vitamins are a lot less expensive than psychiatric drugs and require no doctor’s prescription. Follow the money to find the fraud.

“All the water-soluble B vitamins work as a team to promote healthy nerves, skin, eyes, hair, liver, muscle tone and cardiovascular function; they protect us from mental disorders, depression and anxiety.” p.38

“Low cholesterol levels have been linked to aggressive and violent behavior, depression and suicidal tendencies.” p.12

“Cholesterol is also needed to produce a variety of steroids that protect against cancer, heart disease and mental illness.” p.17

“A diet high in unfermented whole grains, particularly high-gluten grains like wheat, puts an enormous strain on the whole digestive mechanism. When this mechanism breaks down with age or overuse, the results take the form of allergies, celiac disease, mental illness, chronic indigestion and candida albicans overgrowth.” p.453

“Food allergies afflict a large portion of our population and can cause such diverse complaints as sneezing, itching, arthritis, nervous disorders, concentration problems, insomnia, headaches and chronic fatigue. More recently, diseases like cancer, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and schizophrenia have been linked to food allergies.” p.56

“Gluten intolerance is associated with a family history of alcoholism, arthritis, Down’s syndrome and mental disorders such as schizophrenia and dementia.” p. 56

“Those who possessed enough will power to remain fat-free for any length of time [on the Pritikin diet] developed a variety of health problems including low energy, difficulty in concentration, depression, weight gain and mineral deficiencies.” p.4

“Lowfat diets are associated with increased rates of depression, psychological problems, fatigue, violence and suicide.” p.222

“When the endocrine system thus becomes disturbed [by a diet high in refined carbohydrates like sugar], numerous other pathological conditions soon manifest — degenerative disease, allergies, obesity, alcoholism, drug addiction, depression, learning disabilities and behavioral problems.” p.22

“Sugar consumption is associated with hyperactivity, behavior problems, lack of concentration and violent tendencies.” p.24

“Sugar consumption rapidly depletes vitamin B1.” p.38

“…sugar and white flour, being mildly to severely addictive, are harder to renounce.” p.25 [read the book to find out how to remedy this condition!]

“The most widely used artificial sweetener — aspartame or Nutra-sweet — is a neurotoxic substance that has been associated with numerous health problems including dizziness, visual impairment, severe muscle aches, numbing of extremities, pancreatitis, high blood pressure, retinal hemorrhaging, seizures and depression.” p.51

“According to some researchers, at least 40 percent of all Americans suffer from a deficiency of the thyroid gland with its accompanying symptoms of fatigue, weight gain, frequent colds and flu, inability to concentrate, depression and a host of more serious complications like heart disease and cancer.” p.117

“Deficiencies [of vitamin B12] can manifest as the living hell of depression, multiple sclerosis, dementia and psychiatric disorders, such as obsessive-compulsive behavior and manic-depression.” p.227

“The evidence points to MSG sensitivity of epidemic proportions among the general population. But for most people the symptoms are vague: depression, headache, mild nausea, pressure around the eyes, tingling of the face, behavioral disturbances in children and mood swings, accentuating those already present in adolescents and also in adults.” p.383

“Inquiry into the dietary history of patients diagnosed as schizophrenic reveals the diet of their choice is rich in sweets, candy, cakes, coffee, caffeinated beverages and foods prepared with sugar. These foods, which stimulate the adrenals, should be eliminated or severely restricted.” p.283

Nourishing Traditions

The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats

Sally Fallon, with Mary G. Enig, Ph.D.

Revised Second Edition, New Trends Publishing, 2001

ISBN 0-9670897-3-5

Swedish Investigation Reveals 52% of Women Committing Suicide Were on Antidepressants

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

But in U.S., Legislation May Result In More New Mothers Prescribed these Dangerous Drugs

SAINT LOUIS: Due to innovative patient safety legislation in Sweden passed in 2005, expanding the information available in the country’s Medical Drugs Registry, researchers were able to uncover that a staggering 52% of all women who committed suicide in Sweden in 2006 were taking antidepressants (Psychiatric Services, “Ethnic Differences in Antidepressant Treatment Preceding Suicide in Sweden,” Jan 2008). Although concerns about suicidal / violent side effects plague the antidepressant market worldwide, instead of increasing the scrutiny of these deadly risks, as was done by the Swedish legislators, the U.S. Congress is being coerced by vested into enacting legislation to get more women on these dangerous drugs.

Already, the consumption of antidepressants is 4,000% greater in the U.S. than in Sweden, raking in a profit of $13.5 billion in 2006. The latest attempt by the psychiatric and pharmaceutical industries to increase their customer base for these drugs is a bill called the “Mother’s Act”. This bill calls for increased screening of new mothers for “postpartum depression”—a diagnosis that stigmatizes effects of pregnancy and childbirth as “mental illness” and needing “treatment” with powerful, mind-altering drugs. The mental health watchdog, Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), says that with the international controversy surrounding the suicide and violence inducing effects of antidepressant drugs, Congress must withdraw support from the Mother’s Act and instead enact similar regulations to Sweden that would make prescription data available for an analysis of how many women and children committing suicide were taking these drugs.

Another report published this month in the New England Journal of Medicine sheds light on exactly how these vested interests have been able to mislead the public for so long about the safety and efficacy of antidepressants. The researchers revealed that negative studies on antidepressants are either not being published, or are skewed in a way that makes them appear positive.

CCHR says the issue of buried side effects is particularly important given the current push by vested interests to prescribe these drugs to new mothers for “postpartum depression”, which cannot be confirmed through any physical tests, and may be a manifestation of hormonal changes, lack of sleep, nutritional deficiencies and a myriad of other situations accompanying pregnancy and birth which do not require the prescription of dangerous, psychotropic drugs.

For more information on the dangers of psychiatric drugs, read CCHR’s publication, The Report on the Escalating International Warnings on Psychiatric Drugs. To learn more about financial ties between psychiatrists and drug manufacturers, read Psychiatric Diagnostic Manual Link to Drug Manufacturers.