Archive for March, 2009

ADHD Drugs Cause Hallucinations in Children

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Psychiatry Pushes Hallucinogenic Drugs for Profit
by Mike Adams, NaturalNews Editor
January 27, 2009
http://www.naturalnews.com/z025433.html

New research published in the journal Pediatrics reveals that the ADHD drugs prescribed to millions of children are causing them to experience frightening hallucinations. Children on these drugs hallucinated that snakes and bugs were crawling all over them, says Reuters, and some kids taking the drugs experience other bizarre psychotic side effects such as thinking they ran into a wall and falling to the ground even when no wall was present.

ADHD drugs, of course, are powerful psychotropic mind-altering chemicals that are often molecularly identical to street drugs. The industry of psychiatry is virtually owned by Big Pharma, which hopes to drug every child, teenager and adult with at least one mind-altering medication.

The drugs reviewed in this study include: Ritalin and Focalin XR (Novartis), Adderall XR and Daytrana patch (Shire), Concerta (Johnson & Johnson), Strattera (Eli Lilly), Metadate CD (Celltech Pharmaceuticals) and Provigil (Cephalon).

Researchers noticed that only children taking these drugs suffered from hallucinations. Those taking placebo had no hallucinations, and the children who stopped taking ADHD drugs saw their hallucinations cease.

Reuters reports that “…FDA researchers urged doctors to discuss the potential side effects with parents and children to help ease their anxiety if such symptoms should occur.” So instead of getting their kids off these drugs, the FDA thinks parents and kids just need to “talk about the hallucinations” to ease their anxiety.

And if that’s not enough, I suppose, there are anti-anxiety drugs they can both take in order to avoid getting too uptight about the fact that their children are on hallucinogenic drugs.

Stop the insanity!
I’m just going to come right out and say the obvious: These children are tripping out on hallucinogenic, mind-altering street drugs. This isn’t “treatment” for some genuine health problem; it’s a legalized mass-drugging campaign that’s permanently harming the brains of children while earning sick profits for Big Pharma.

The psychiatric pill pushers have managed to turn a generation of children into druggies who are now demonstrating the same symptoms as a street junkie burnout. And rather than trying to get kids OFF these drugs, the FDA, Big Pharma and modern psychiatrists are doing everything in their power to put MORE kids on these dangerous, hallucinogenic drugs!

That this continues in America today is outrageous. In a nation that spends billions of dollars on the so-called “War on Drugs” — see the Drug War Clock at http://www.drugsense.org/wodclock.htm — to ignore the mass drugging of its own children with hallucinogenic street drugs re-labeled as “medication” is unconscionable.

If there’s really a War on Drugs, why doesn’t that war target the biggest drug pushers of all? Big Pharma has put more kids on drugs than any street corner crack dealer could ever hope to achieve. In fact, the entire industry of psychiatric medicine is little more than a legalized drug-dealing network that hides behind the jargon of “medicine” and “therapy.”

Mind-numbed parents lead to drugged children
It’s not just the industry that’s to blame on all this, either: Parents who allow their children to be drugged with these hallucinogenic ADHD drugs are just as much a part of the problem. In the same households where parents are adamantly restricting their child’s use of pot or alcohol, they will literally feed that same kid dose after dose of hallucinogenic street drugs on the advice of a psychiatric medicine quack who’s on the take from Big Pharma.

What are they thinking? Say no to drugs, but say yes to hallucinogenic psychotropic drugs if a corrupt psychiatrist tells you your kid needs them?

Somehow, when speed is labeled under Big Pharma’s brand names, it eludes all rational thinking by parents, doctors, pharmacists and drug war zealots. It is one of the largest sectors of the hallucinogenic drug trade in America, and yet it goes completely unnoticed by virtually everyone.

My latest hip-hop song takes a shot at mind-altering medications with some disturbing, uncensored lyrics. Listen to “SSRIs – S.S.R.Lies” here: http://www.naturalnews.com/SSRIs_S_…

The ugly truth about the War on Drugs
The War on Drugs, of course, was never really about ending drug use in the first place. It was about eliminating the competition for Big Pharma, making sure kids get off generic black market drugs and get onto brand-name Big Pharma drugs. To legitimize this mass drugging of children, the industry of modern psychiatry was created, with all its imaginary (hallucinated?) disorders and dysfunctions used to befuddle the public with seemingly intelligent-sounding technical jargon.

It’s all just drug-pushing psychobabble, of course. Disorders like ADHD are purely fictional, having no basis in reality whatsoever, and the brain shrinkage pointed to by psychiatrists who claim ADHD causes stunted growth is actually the result of the amphetamine drugs they put the kids on. It is well documented that drugs like Ritalin cause stunted growth and reduced brain size (http://www.naturalnews.com/021944.html).

The degree of quackery present in the psychiatric industry today is simply staggering. And to think that mainstream doctors defend this quackery is yet more evidence that modern medicine has nothing whatsoever to do with actual science; it’s all based on a Cult of Pharmacology where all drugs are considered good and necessary, regardless of the mountain of evidence showing them to be dangerous and medically useless.

This is where I have to challenge all the so-called “skeptics” out there who attack natural medicine. These skeptics and self-proclaimed quack observers are, in fact, among the greatest quacks of all. Why? Because they aren’t skeptical in the least about psychiatric medicine!

The skeptics are the quacks
Where is the skepticism about this home-grown brand of legalized drug pushing? Where are all the intelligent questions demanding proof that ADHD is a genuine disease and not just something made up to sell more drugs? The skeptics are silent when it comes to psychiatric medicine, and by their silence they reveal themselves to be quacks

Logic, reason and scientific evidence are all thrown out the window on the subject of psychiatric disorders. The most rational-sounding skeptics are instantly transformed into psychobabble-spouting quacks who defend the indefensible — the mass drugging of children with powerful hallucinogenic drugs as “treatment” for some imaginary disease.

Sure, the skeptics will attack meditation, crystals, prayer, intention, chiropractic care and even herbal medicine (all of which can be healing, by the way), but when it comes to the loopy loose logic of psychiatric medicine inventing diseases and drugging up the children with hallucinogenic amphetamines, they swallow the whole thing without blinking an eye!

So much for the credibility of the so-called skeptics and quack busters. It turns out they’re quacks themselves. They’ve simply subscribed to their own form of quackery: Drugs and surgery for all!

The quacks are on crack, and they’re supporting an industry that hands out speed to the children. Meanwhile, the War on Drugs fills the prisons with people who smoked a little weed while completely ignoring the psychiatric pill pushers. Crazy, huh? I’m beginning to think everybody’s on drugs!

Just remember, folks: If you want to sell drugs to kids, just get FDA approval first. It keeps the DEA off your back and will fool parents into thinking your hallucinogenic drugs are “medicine.”

Top Pain Scientist Fabricated Data in Studies, Hospital Says

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

“A prominent Massachusetts anesthesiologist allegedly fabricated 21 medical studies that claimed to show benefits from painkillers like Vioxx and Celebrex, according to the hospital where he worked.

“Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, Mass., said that its former chief of acute pain, Scott S. Reuben, had faked data used in the studies, which were published in several anesthesiology journals between 1996 and 2008. …

“Dr. Reuben’s research work also claimed positive findings for Wyeth’s antidepressant Effexor XR as a pain killer.”

From The Wall Street Journal
March 11, 2009
http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB123672510903888207-lMyQjAxMDI5MzE2MTcxMjE1Wj.html

[Editorial Comments: Another example of medical fraud. While no conclusions can be drawn directly about antidepressants such as Effexor from this information, it certainly raises more doubts about drug safety.

On August 22, 2003 Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, the makers of SSRI antidepressant Effexor, issued a warning to U.S. doctors that Effexor could cause hostility, suicidal ideation and self-harm in patients under the age of 18. In September, 2003 Wyeth sent a similar alert to Canadian doctors telling them Effexor had been linked with a possible increase in suicidal thinking in children. In November, 2005 the FDA’s Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program reported “homicidal ideation” as an adverse event of Effexor ER extended release.

41 persons of the 393 in Sweden who committed suicide in 2007 and were reported to the National Board of Health and Welfare of Sweden got treatment with Effexor. On April 10, 2001 in Wahluke, Washington, 16-year-old Cory Baadsgaard took a rifle to his high school, and held 23 classmates and a teacher hostage while on a high dose of the antidepressant Effexor. On March 22, 2001 in El Cajon, California, 18-year-old Jason Hoffman was on two antidepressants, Effexor and Celexa, when he opened fire at his California high school wounding five.

Recognize that the real problem is that psychiatrists fraudulently diagnose life’s problems as an “illness”, and stigmatize unwanted behavior or study problems as “diseases.” Psychiatry’s stigmatizing labels, programs and treatments are harmful junk science; their diagnoses of “mental disorders” are a hoax – unscientific, fraudulent and harmful. All psychiatric treatments, not just psychiatric drugs, are dangerous, and can cause crime.

It is vital that you and your friends and associates watch the video documentary “Making A Killing – The Untold Story of Psychotropic Drugging”. Containing more than 175 interviews with lawyers, mental health experts, the families of psychiatric abuse victims and the survivors themselves, this riveting documentary rips the mask off psychotropic drugging and exposes a brutal but well-entrenched money-making machine. The facts are hard to believe, but fatal to ignore. Watch the video online at http://www.cchr.org/#/videos/making-a-killing-introduction.]

German Gunman Under Influence of Psychiatric Drugs

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Scotland on Sunday reports German Gunman Under Influence of Psychiatric Drugs

Growing Reports of Drug Induced Shootings Highlighted in 10 minute mini documentary

The Winnendon, Germany school shooting, which left 17 dead including the gunman, appears to be the latest in the chain of psychiatric drug-induced school shootings highlighted in a new documentary entitled Psychiatry: Prescription for Violence — created by the mental health watchdog, Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR).  A March 15 article in Scotland on Sunday, revealed that the shooter, Tim Kretschmer, “had been suffering from depression, even attending a clinic and receiving medication for the condition.”

With 54 dead and 105 wounded from recent school shooters under the influence of psychiatric drugs documented to cause suicidal behavior, mania, psychosis, hallucinations, hostility and “homicidal ideation,” CCHR is calling on Germany’s law enforcement and press to fully investigate the school shooter’s psychiatric drug history. Last November, Pekka-Eric Auvinen joined the growing list of school shooters under the influence of psychiatric drugs documented by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to cause suicidal behavior and homicidal thoughts. In other instances, the shooter’s medical records were never made public, so their psychiatric drug use remains in question. School shootings committed by individuals under the influence of psychiatric drugs include:

  • DeKalb, Illinois – February 14, 2008: 27-year-old Steven Kazmierczak shot and killed five people and wounded 16 others before killing himself in a Northern Illinois University auditorium. According to his girlfriend, he had recently been taking Prozac, Xanax and Ambien. Toxicology reports showed that he still had trace amounts of Xanax in his system.
  • Omaha, Nebraska – December 5, 2007: 19-year-old Robert Hawkins killed eight people and wounded five before committing suicide in an Omaha mall. Hawkins’ friend told CNN that the gunman was on antidepressants, and autopsy results confirmed he was under the influence of the “anti-anxiety” drug Valium.
  • Jokela, Finland – November 7, 2007: 18-year-old Finnish gunman Pekka-Eric Auvinen had been taking antidepressants before he killed eight people and wounded a dozen more at Jokela High School in southern Finland, then committed suicide.
  • Cleveland, Ohio – October 10, 2007: 14-year-old Asa Coon stormed through his school with a gun in each hand, shooting and wounding four before taking his own life. Court records show Coon had been placed on the antidepressant Trazadone.
  • Blacksburg, Virginia – April 16, 2007: The psychiatric drug history of Seung-Hui Cho in the Virginia Tech Massacre was never made public. Initial reports stated that “depression medication” was found among Cho’s belongings. But neither his toxicology reports, nor his recent medical history were ever released to find out whether Cho had been in withdrawal from psychiatric medication. (33 were killed and 29 injured, but this was not included in the total of dead and wounded cited above.)
  • Red Lake Indian Reservation, Minnesota – March 21, 2005: 16-year-old Native American Jeff Weise, reportedly under the influence of the antidepressant Prozac, went on a shooting rampage at home and at his school, killing nine people and wounding five before committing suicide.
  • Greenbush, New York – February 2004: 16-year-old Jon Romano strolled into his high school in east Greenbush and opened fire with a shotgun. Special education teacher Michael Bennett was hit in the leg. Romano had been taking “medication for depression.”
  • El Cajon, California – March 22, 2001: 18-year-old Jason Hoffman was on two antidepressants, Effexor and Celexa, when he opened fire at his California high school wounding five. Hoffman had also undergone an “anger management” program.
  • Williamsport, Pennsylvania – March 7, 2000: 14-year-old Elizabeth Bush was on the antidepressant Prozac when she blasted away at fellow students in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, wounding one.
  • Conyers, Georgia – May 20, 1999: 15-year-old T.J. Solomon was being treated with a mix of antidepressants when he opened fire on and wounded 6 of his classmates.
  • Columbine, Colorado – April 20, 1999:  18-year-old Eric Harris was on the antidepressant Luvox when he and his partner Dylan Klebold killed 12 classmates and a teacher and wounded 23 others before taking their own lives in the bloodiest school massacre in history. The coroner confirmed that the antidepressant was in his system through toxicology reports while Dylan Klebold’s autopsy was never made public.  Harris and Klebold underwent “anger management” and “death education” classes.
  • Notus, Idaho – April 16, 1999: 15-year-old Shawn Cooper fired two shotgun rounds in his school narrowly missing students; he was taking a mix of antidepressants.
  • Springfield, Oregon – May 21, 1998: 15-year-old Kip Kinkel murdered his own parents and then proceeded to school where he opened fire on students in the cafeteria, killing two and wounding 22. Kinkel had been on Prozac.  Kinkel also underwent “anger management” classes.

This message is a public service announcement provided by the Citizens Commission on Human Rights International (CCHR ®). CCHR was established in 1969 by the Church of Scientology to investigate and expose psychiatric violations of human rights. Click here to watch the “Prescription for Violence” DVD by CCHR to find out more about the dangerous connection between violence and psychiatric drugs. Or click here to read more about the link between hostility, violence, suicidality and psychiatric drugs. For more information, contact CCHR St. Louis at www.cchrstl.org.

Don’t let drugmaker hide records

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/article980559.ece

St. Petersburg Times
A Times Editorial
Don’t let drugmaker hide records
Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Beyond arbitrating private disputes, the courts play a key role in protecting the public interest. A federal magistrate in Orlando is deciding whether to open records of the drug company AstraZeneca or allow the maker of the blockbuster drug Seroquel to hide potentially embarrassing information. This should be an easy call. If the documents would inform the public about risks of the drug, alert the public to a faulty FDA review or warn the public about less-than-forthcoming marketing practices of the drugmaker, they should be opened. Even when handling private lawsuits, the courts should be looking after the public interest.

Thousands of personal injury lawsuits have been filed against AstraZeneca by patients who claim the drug led to weight gain and diabetes. Some 6,000 cases have been consolidated in the U.S. District Court in Orlando for pretrial hearings. The drug, which racked up $4.45 billion in sales last year, has been approved by the FDA for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder but has been prescribed for a wide range of problems such as insomnia and depression.

The company sought to keep a raft of internal documents sealed. But just hours before a hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge David Baker, the company and plaintiffs’ lawyers came to an agreement to open about 100 documents. St. Petersburg Times staff writer Kris Hundley reported that among these docments was a discussion by Seroquel marketing managers on “burying” the results of unfavorable clinical trials and a 2006 voice mail message from the company’s “scientific alignment manager” that told sales reps to “neutralize customer objections” when doctors asked about a link between Seroquel, diabetes and weight gain.

This agreement still allows AstraZeneca to keep documents secret that should be disclosed. Fortunately, Judge Baker made clear his role is not just to rubber stamp a deal made between private parties. When an attorney for the drugmaker argued that communications between the FDA and AstraZeneca should be shielded from public view, Baker raised appropriate concerns. He said the public has an interest in learning about the FDA’s administrative process and whether it “is running a slipshod operation.”

Exactly right.

The public also has an interest in knowing the results of unpublished clinical studies that AstraZeneca doesn’t want to release, and in seeing the notes of its sales reps that indicate how the drug was marketed. AstraZeneca is being sued not just by patients who say the drug caused them medical problems but by four states for the off-label marketing of Seroquel.

If the company believes that the lawsuits are baseless, then it should open its records for all to see. If it continues to refuse, then the court should order the documents unsealed. The public has the right to know if a drug company is putting sales before safety — and if the FDA is acting in the public interest.