Archive for July, 2012

Aurora shooter was a psychiatric patient

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

Colorado shooting bombshell: Defense says suspect was psychiatric patient

Exposed by The Christian Science Monitor

Information on the Aurora, Colorado shooting suspect, James E. Holmes, was in a defense motion submitted to the judge in which it accused the prosecution of leaking privileged information.

Defense lawyers for the gunman accused in the Colorado movie theater massacre of July 20 revealed in a court filing made public July 27 that their client was a psychiatric patient of a professor at the University of Colorado and that he had sent her a message mailed prior to the shooting. The lawyers said former graduate student James Holmes was being treated by Dr. Lynne Fenton, a board certified psychiatrist at the university’s Anshutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado.

Well, this is interesting.

While the media has not yet revealed that Holmes had been taking psychiatric drugs — we’re waiting for that bombshell. Let us know as soon as you see this in the media.

Psychiatric “treatment” ultimately means psychotropic, mind-altering drugs which are known to cause violent and suicidal behavior.

Psychiatrists justify and prescribe life-damaging treatments, including mind-altering drugs, which mask a person’s underlying difficulties and prevent his or her recovery.

However, there are no blood tests, X-rays, brain scans or any scientific/medical means by which psychiatry’s diagnoses can be verified. Subsequently millions of men women and children have been wrongly diagnosed as mentally ill, and prescribed dangerous and potentially lethal psychiatric drugs.

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 drug treatments.

CCHR recommends that governments implement mandatory toxicology reports that specify a testing for psychiatric drugs in anyone who has committed a homicide or serious violent crime. Also, ensure that where psychiatric mind-altering drugs are implicated in such a crime, the psychiatrist prescribing the drugs be held accountable and that this information is made public.

Help the press and law enforcement to ask the right question: What, if any, prescribed psychotropic drugs Holmes may have been on (or in withdrawal from). Contact your local news media; contact your local law enforcement; contact your legislators; contact your local, state and federal officials. Tell them to ask the right question!

The Aurora Colorado Tragedy

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

The Aurora Colorado Tragedy – Another Senseless Shooting, Another Psychotropic Drug?

We are horrified, saddened and shocked over the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting that has left 12 dead and dozens more wounded (see full story here).

As the world’s leading mental health watchdog, CCHR has for decades investigated hundreds of similar acts of senseless violence in coordination with the press and law enforcement as well as in legislative hearings, such as those held following the 1999 Columbine massacre (ringleader Eric Harris was found to be under the influence of the antidepressant Luvox, Dylan Klebold’s autopsy reports were never unsealed).

And while there is never one simple explanation for what drives a human being to commit such unspeakable acts, all too often one common denominator has surfaced in hundreds of cases — prescribed psychotropic drugs which are documented to cause mania, psychosis, violence, suicide and in some cases, homicidal ideation.

It would be an injustice not to explore all possible reasons for the senseless tragedy, and so we once again present the facts about psychiatric drugs and violence — click here for the full story.

Between 2004 and 2011, there have been over 11,000 reports to the U.S. FDA’s MedWatch system of psychiatric drug side effects related to violence. These include 300 cases of homicide, nearly 3,000 cases of mania and over 7,000 cases of aggression. Note: By the FDA’s own admission, only 1-10% of side effects are ever reported to the FDA, so the actual number of side effects occurring are most certainly higher.

There have been 22 international drug regulatory warnings issued on psychiatric drugs causing violence, mania, hostility, aggression, psychosis, and other violent type reactions. These warnings have been issued in the United States, European Union, Japan, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada.

Nearly every mass school shooting has involved a minor under the influence of such drugs, as well as many other highly cited cases.

In determining what would prompt James Holmes, identified as the 24-year-old gunman in the Aurora, Colorado shooting, to commit such a brutal and senseless crime, the press and law enforcement must ask the right questions, including: What, if any, prescribed psychotropic drugs Holmes may have been on (or in withdrawal from).

Help the press and law enforcement to ask the right questions; contact your local news media; contact your local law enforcement; contact your legislators; contact your local, state and federal officials. Tell them to ask the right questions!

False Memory Syndrome

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Both the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the St. Louis Riverfront Times this week carried stories about possible shenanigans at Castlewood Treatment Center, a private St. Louis facility specializing in the treatment of “eating issues involving post-traumatic stress often caused by sexual abuse.”

The Post-Dispatch says, “A third woman has sued Castlewood Treatment Center in west St. Louis County, saying she was brainwashed by staff members. During a three-month stay at Castlewood to treat an eating disorder in 2010, Brooke Taylor of St. Louis was falsely led to believe she had been sexually abused and had multiple personalities.”

With a third lawsuit filed against Castlewood for nearly the same reasons, we could quote the old saying, “where there’s smoke, there’s fire,” but we won’t; we’ll wait for the attorneys to wage words over that one.

The Riverfront Times says, “Taylor is the third former patient to accuse the center of planting false memories, and manipulating her into a long and expensive course of treatment. … Taylor’s suit … (says) that her memories were implanted through hypnosis and psychotropic drugs.”

Ah, we’ll bet you were wondering when we would get to the part about psychiatric drugs.

If you review the CCHR booklet about the side effects of psychiatric drugs, you will notice that some of the common side effects – of either taking or withdrawing from these drugs – are hallucinations, abnormal thoughts, nightmares, confusion, delirium, and delusions.

If you review the CCHR booklet about psychiatry and terrorism, you will notice that part of the process of brainwashing someone involves the use of mind-altering psychiatric drugs. In fact, the primary method of implanting false memories in someone involves the simultaneous use of pain, psychiatric drugs, and hypnosis.

OK, what are we saying here? Well, we’re not evaluating for any of the three victims who have filed lawsuits; nor are we accusing Castlewood of criminal behavior. But we are noticing that they were in a hospital for treatment, implying some amount of pain; and that the deadly combination of pain, psychiatric drugs and hypnosis, whether intentional or accidental, produces a known state of extreme suggestibility, and may even be accompanied by hallucinatory visions. We’re just saying…

There is even an expression for the condition. The psychiatric practice of implanting false memories, often called “false memory syndrome” or “repressed memory syndrome”, is not unusual. This is one of the fraudulent schemes perpetrated by some psychiatric and psychological practitioners to create new mental illnesses for which they can be reimbursed. Since the mid-1980’s, hundreds of criminal and civil cases have been filed based on false recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse.

After a survey of more than 1,000 therapists, a San Diego psychologist concluded that psychologists and psychiatrists are “creating the very problem that they would then have to treat.” The result, he warns, is that they are “propagating a cottage industry of discovering child abuse in their patients.”

Fraud can only exist in the presence of tolerance. Wherever psychiatric fraud is taking place, it is occurring under the knowing eyes of psychiatrists who are either participating or allowing it to happen. Or who are just giving their patients psychotropic drugs that are known to cause hallucinations.

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Mary Richardson Kennedy’s Suicide

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

The estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. had three antidepressants but no alcohol in her system when she hanged herself in May, according to an autopsy report released Friday, July 6, 2012.

Mary Richardson Kennedy, 52, had trazodone, venlafaxine and desmethylvenlafaxine in her system when she killed herself in a barn at her family’s estate in Bedford, according to the Westchester County Medical Examiner’s report.

Trazodone hydrochloride, brand name Desyrel: The mechanism of Trazodone HCl’s antidepressant action in man is not fully understood; however, like all antidepressants of this type, suicidal thoughts or behavior are possible side effects, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.

Venlafaxine, brand names Dobupal, Efectin, and Effexor, is an antidepressant of the serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) class. Like all antidepressants of this type, suicidal thoughts or behavior are possible side effects, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. Norepinephrine is a hormone secreted by the adrenal gland that increases blood pressure and rate and depth of breathing, raises the level of blood sugar, and decreases the activity of the intestines. Norepinephrine is very similar to its cousin, adrenaline. Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors boost levels of norepinephrine in addition to serotonin.

Desmethylvenlafaxine, brand name Pristiq, is a synthetic form of venlafaxine, with the same side effect warnings. Pristiq has also been implicated with higher rates of discontinuation syndrome (withdrawal adverse effects) than are seen with other similar antidepressants.

The fact missed by most is that psychiatric, mind-altering drugs have been found to be the common factor in an overwhelming number of acts of random senseless violence and suicide. The scientific research documenting the connection between violence, suicide and psychiatric drugs is overwhelming.

As usual, Mary Kennedy’s suicide was attributed to her “mental illness.” With three suicide-inducing drugs in her system at the time of her death, one wonders through which profit-motivated looking glass her death is being viewed.

Drugging millions of Americans with psychiatry’s mind-altering drugs has become one of the most dangerous and insidious situations facing American life — the corresponding increase in acts of violence and suicide are terrorizing our society.

Watch the CCHR documentary “Psychiatry’s Prescription for Violence.” Documenting the impact of a multibillion dollar psychiatric-pharmaceutical industry, this powerful and graphic video contains interviews with experts, parents and victims. Dramatic recordings of actual 911 calls made by desperate family members—and even by a killer himself—convey the chilling reality behind today’s headlines. Here is the shocking truth underlying the current wave of violence devastating our homes, schools and communities.

Settlements and Lawsuits Galore

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

We’ve mentioned the GlaxoSmithKline settlement this past week where GSK will pay a $3 billion fine, the largest health-care fraud settlement in U.S. history (to date) for illegally marketing psychiatric drugs Wellbutrin and Paxil for off-label use, and making false representations regarding their safety and efficacy, among other criminal and civil charges.

Of course, GSK’s gross profit for 2011 was over $32 billion, so they may be bleeding but they’re not dead yet.

The St. Louis Business Journal this week discusses the settlement’s impact in Missouri: GSK will pay $31.9 million to Missouri’s Medicaid program under the settlement.

Meanwhile, Missouri residents are being asked if they had any children who took Celexa or Lexapro between 2002 and 2009 and were under the age of 18 at the time, because they may have a claim against the manufacturer, Forest Labs.

Forest Labs, the manufacturer of the antidepressants Celexa and Lexapro, paid the government a settlement in 2010 because it illegally promoted Celexa for use in children and adolescents despite the fact it had not been approved for marketing in the United States. Forest Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Forest Labs, based in St. Louis, Missouri, also was penalized for only publicizing positive Celexa study results in adolescents to doctors, while choosing to withhold the negative results.

If your child took Celexa or Lexapro between 2002 and 2009 in Missouri, was under the age of 18 at the time he/she took it, and you paid for the prescriptions of Celexa or Lexapro for your child, you may qualify to be the next class representative in a class action in Missouri. Click here to find out more about this.

Click here for more information about Celexa and Lexapro side effects.

Of course, 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.

It is vital that you, your family, 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 here.

Knacking

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Recently I read this marvelous wordsmithing in the book Kraken by China Miéville:

“You have to persuade the universe that things make sense a certain way. That’s what knacking is.”

So, having a knack for something means, in this sense, making the universe work the way you imagine it should. Of course, the normal meaning of knack is a clever skill or special talent.

That may or may not have anything to do with CCHR or psychiatry, I just could not ignore the opportunity to pass it along.

On the other hand, we might observe that pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is knacking when they try to make their criminal activities go away by saying, “The complaint to which you refer concerns events in 1999, 13 years ago. It does not reflect what would be allowed in GSK today.”

The complaint, of course, is the US government’s allegations of criminal and civil charges against GSK resulting in the settlement announced this week, with GSK fined $3 billion for promoting off-label prescription of the antidepressant drug Wellbutrin, among other charges. (Read more about this here and here.)

Wellbutrin, generic term bupropion, is a newer antidepressant of the type Norepinephrine-Dopamine Reuptake Inhibitors. As a short-acting antidepressant and amphetamine-like drug similar to Ritalin and Dexedrine, it is also marketed in slow-release form as Zyban for people trying to quit smoking. While Wellbutrin is not FDA-approved to treat ADHD, doctors still prescribe it for this.

The FDA approved Wellbutrin as an antidepressant in 1985 but because of the significant incidence of seizures at the originally recommended dose (400-600 mg), the drug was withdrawn in 1986. It was reintroduced in 1989 with a maximum dose of 450 mg per day.

It can cause seizures and at rates of four times that of other antidepressants. Fatal heart attacks in those with a history of heart-rhythm disturbances have occurred. Other side effects include agitation, insomnia, increased restlessness, anxiety, delusions, hallucinations, psychotic episodes, confusion, weight loss and paranoia. Teens have abused the drug by crushing and snorting it, causing seizures.

One might say that the continued production and prescription of Wellbutrin itself is criminal, although that was not one of the government’s allegations.

Click here for more information about the side effects, often called adverse reactions, of psychiatric drugs.