Don't do drugs!

But if you are really upset, maybe you need some "meds."

We live in a distressing world that has lost its bearings, its values. You might even say that our society is fundamentally psychotic. We are surrounded by folks clinging to archaic, often dangerous, religious fantasies in desperate attempts to ward off the meaninglessness that would otherwise pervade their lives. In this context, those of us who cannot engage in the delusional incantation of childish fairy tales are left without comfort in the face of genuine horrors, horrors like 9/11, inevitable nuclear proliferation, war, the continuing population explosion, environmental disaster, the obscenely (and increasingly) skewed concentration of wealth leading to global slavelization, ongoing genocides, the coming epidemics, etc. On top of this—or maybe because of it—many of us have lost our sense of community, belonging, and meaning.

When reality is too much to bear, take Oblivinol! (Click this image to learn more about the myth of chemical imbalances and ''mental illness.'')

Psychiatric Diagnoses

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But, we are told, if we are depressed than maybe we suffer from some kind of chemical imbalance in our brains. All we have to do is tweak our neurotransmitters, and "Voilà!" Our supposedly biochemically imbalanced serotonin system can be corrected, eliminating our mental "illness," our "dis-ease." No need to feel bad; we can medicate away any undue, emotional discomfort. No fuss, no mess. No need even to take action and fix the problem. To paraphrase the old M&M commercials, "Distress melts in your mouth! Not by your hand."

It is no measure of health
to be well adjusted to a
profoundly sick society.
      ——J. Krishnamurti

Indeed, everyday we are offered drugs that can turn off our healthy nervous system's painful cry in a dehumanizing and threatening world. And we call these drugs "medicines." That's right. Medicines! What's the difference between them and the opiates like heroin? Because these drugs don't make us dopey and, in fact, enable us to keep working when we might otherwise collapse, they are "good" drugs. As Aldous Huxley foresaw, there would one day be government sanctioned drugs that enable us to turn off our normal human responses and accommodate ourselves to life in a world that we continue to make less and less livable. But if you take your meds, you can ignore the problems and continue to function.

[P]sychiatrists and psychologists refuse to entertain the idea that society as a whole may be lacking in sanity. They hold that the problem of mental health in a society is only that of the number of 'unadjusted' individuals, and not of a possible unadjustment of the culture itself.
                                                         ——Erich Fromm, M.D.

However, as with drugs like heroin, cocaine, and alcohol (the "bad" drugs) that are also often used to blot out aspects of Reality, the prescription drugs that can alleviate distress can also cause terrible problems, problems that are often worse than what they were prescribed to solve.

And in any case, chemicals that enable you to ignore the warning signs of real problems are not medicines; they are dangerous drugs!

Yes, there may be times when our normal responses are overwhelming and temporarily dampening them may be helpful. The prescription drugs may enable us to function in a crisis that would otherwise be overwhelming. Under extreme stress, they may be able to help prevent a breakdown or erratic behavior that might make a bad situation worse.

But we all know that that is NOT how the prescription drugs are generally used. They are marketed as a cure for a mental "illness" and they are typically prescribed for open-ended periods of time. That is, using them has become "a way of life" for many, many people.

 

Warning!

A guide to coming off psychiatric drugs.Though the empirical evidence (presented or linked to on this and other Yoism pages) shows that the antidepressants are NOT very effective and that some people will be seriously harmed by them and the so-called ADD/ADHD drugs (e.g., Ritalin, Adderall), keep in mind that withdrawal from any psychoactive drug that your body has become accustomed to can be destabilizing and dangerous. The human body adjusts to drugs that are taken regularly. Abrupt withdrawal from such drugs and other substances can cause problematic reactions, e.g., DT's when withdrawing from alcohol and convulsions when withdrawing from barbiturates. Just so, withdrawal from the regular use of psychiatric drugs can cause serious problems. If you are taking such drugs and wish to withdraw, it may be very important to obtain guidance from folks who know how to do so safely.
 
Psychiatric Drugs and Your Child.  What should you do?

And what should you
do if you are ever faced
with this situation?

Don't  do drugs  send your child to school!

Truancy:  The new way to stay away from drug pushers.



The New York Times on the Marketing of ADHD

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Unbelievable! Now they're medicating toddlers by the thousands!



If you think we're exaggerating,
even a little, check this out:


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The following video presents a conversation about the SSRI's, the most popular "antidepressants." The main speaker is the late Loren Mosher, M.D., the first Chief of Schizophrenia Studies at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Schizophrenia Bulletin, one of the most respected psychiatric research journals. With Dr. Mosher, you will see Daniel Kriegman, Ph.D., a psychologist and founder of Zuzu's Place. The third discussant is Bob Whitaker, author of the acclaimed Mad in America: The Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill and more recently Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America. As with the so-called "anti-psychotics," the benefits from the so-called antidepressant drugs are grossly overrated; they are almost completely ineffective placebos! And the negative effects—too often, tragic negative effects—are actively hidden from public view.

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SSRI's: Drug Pushers, Users, and School Shooters

Speakers (in order of appearance):

Loren Mosher, M.D., first Chief of Schizophrenia Studies at NIMH

Dan Kriegman, Ph.D., founder of Zuzu's Place

Bob Whitaker, author of Mad in America and Anatomy of an Epidemic

Excerpted from "The Truth about "Schizophrenia": Loren Mosher and Bob Whitaker visit Zuzu's Place."

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Antidepressant Warning

22 March 2004 - A few months after filming the video above, the Food and Drug Administration confirmed the concerns that the speakers were raising. The FDA issued warnings for the popular antidepressants, saying the drugs could invoke suicidal tendencies among patients taking them.

The agency asked [politely?] the makers of 10 of the drugs to include the new warning in packaging materials.

The agency's investigation focused on children taking the drug. But the new warning applies to both children and adults taking the medications, FDA officials said. The agency said it wasn't clear the drugs led to suicide. [The pharmaceutical companies the FDA oversees provide half of the FDA's budget! How can they be clear about anything?] The drugs of concern are all newer-generation antidepressants: Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Effexor, Celexa, Remeron, Lexapro, Luvox, Serzone and Wellbutrin.

[A few months after the FDA's warnings, Dr. Loren Mosher passed away from an illness that had not started to produce symptoms at the time the video was made.]

Almost all school shooters and other random mass shooters were on SSRI's or just stopped taking them.

The effects of too much Prozac and other antidepressants.

In case you still think we are exaggerating,
consider this CBS News report

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Or these reports from the
radical, left-wing Fox News

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Or this report from NBC News

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Or this BBC Special on Seroxat
(sold in the US as Paxil)

Did GSK trial data mask Paxil suicide risk?

08 February 2008
From New Scientist Print Edition
Jim Giles

An inappropriate analysis of clinical trial data by researchers at GlaxoSmithKline obscured suicide risks associated with paroxetine, a profitable antidepressant, for 15 years, suggest court documents (897kb, requires Acrobat Reader) released last month. Not until 2006 did GSK alert people to raised suicide risks associated with the drug, marketed as Paxil and Seroxat.

An analysis of internal GSK memos and reports, which were released to US lawyers seeking damages, suggests that the company had trial data demonstrating an eightfold increase in suicide risk as early as 1989. Harvard University psychiatrist Joseph Glenmullen, who studied the papers for the lawyers, says it's "virtually impossible" that GSK simply misunderstood the data - a claim the company describes as "absolutely false".

Glenmullen's report rests on documents obtained by lawyers in Los Angeles, who are bringing around 30 cases against GSK linking suicides and suicide attempts to the use of Paxil. The report was under seal at a district court in Sacramento, California, until 18 January, when the judge agreed to make parts of it public.

Several pages from the report were withheld by the judge, but Chuck Grassely, a Republican senator for Iowa, wrote to GSK on 6 February asking that the missing sections be made public.

"With new questions about when GlaxoSmithKline knew about risks for suicidal behavior compared to when it let the public know about those risks, it seems like it'd be in the drug maker's best interest to provide every bit of information about this issue," said Grassely. "At this point, any sense that more information is being withheld only leads to more suspicion about what went on and what still might be going on. The public has a right to know what there is to know about this and other drugs."

The analysis focuses on the "washout" phase preceding a trial, when subjects stop taking most or all medications to avoid confusion with results from the trial itself. Because the washout occurs before patients randomly receive either the drug or the placebo control, adverse events during this time can't be attributable to the trial and so are seldom if ever included in final results.

However, GSK researchers submitting data on Paxil to the US Food and Drug Administration in the late 1980s and early 1990s included suicides and suicide attempts from the washout period in the results for the placebo arms of trials, but not from the Paxil arms. Glenmullen alleges that these extra "placebo" suicides negated suicides attributed to Paxil in the trials, making the drug appear safer than it really was. He says that if the washout results had been excluded, the data would have showed that Paxil increased eightfold the risk of suicidal behaviour in adults.

GSK spokeswoman Mary Anne Rhyne says inclusion of the washout data "was intended to present the full picture of events that occurred in all phases of the clinical trials - starting from the time patients were enrolled, before they were randomised." She says that even without the washout data, Paxil still came out as safe as the placebo in this trial. She accused Glenmullen of incorrectly analysing the data to reach the opposite conclusion, but didn't respond to a request for numerical proof that Glenmullen's verdict was wrong.

Glenmullen suggests that the FDA would have acted differently had the use of the washout data been made more explicit. Rhyne says that material still under seal shows the FDA to be fully aware of how the washout data was being used. But Glenmullen quotes Martin Brecher, the FDA official who reviewed Paxil's safety, as agreeing during a pre-trial hearing that the use of the washout data was "scientifically illegitimate."

Independent researchers say it was wrong to use washout data as GSK did. "I can't imagine circumstances in which it would be appropriate," says Bruce Psaty of the University of Washington in Seattle.

"But," you say, "Surely this fraud by GlaxoSmithKline was an aberration, right? MY doctor uses 'evidence based medicine' to treat ME."

There is, however, no way your doctor can do that when the real evidence that is accumulating is that such research distorting behavior on the part of drug companies (and/or the researchers hired by them) has become pervasive, so pervasive that there are vast areas of medicine that we can not be sure are evidence based! For example, here is solid evidence reported in The New York Times that research into the treatment of ordinary medical illnesses is thoroughly contaminated, in this case the treatment of diabetes.

The "evidence" your doctor relies on, unbeknownst to your doctor who was taught to trust the scientific research published in academic journals, is now just as contaminated. Here are some more examples of serious misconduct surrounding the research generated by Pfizer, and Eli Lilly, and AstraZeneca, and Janssen, and GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, and AstraZeneca. And those are just examples of their misconduct that we know about, i.e., that they have been caught for.

Marcia Angell, former Editor-in-Chief of the New England Journal of Medicine takes on the drug companies.
[Also see Angell on Psychiatry,
Part One and Part Two.]


Another CBS report: Drugging foster
kids for convenience and profit

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Surprise, surprise, surprise. Oh goodness! What a shock.

It turns out that the doctor (Joseph Biederman, M.D.) featured in the video on the right is guilty of fraud. Biederman "pioneered" the toxic drugging of millions of little children for "bipolar disorder." While he was doing this, he received 1.6 MILLION dollars from drug companies, and lied about it. In fact, his revelation, while under congressional investigation, of the previously undisclosed 1.6 million is also a lie; the records reveal that he apparently received considerably more money!

Here's just one example. Federal rules require researchers studying a drug to disclose earnings from the company that makes the drug if they received more than $10,000 from that company. So Biederman, who in 2000 had a grant from Eli Lilly to study their drug, Strattera, told the congressional investigators that he received less than $10,000 from Lilly that year. Therefore, he did not have to tell Harvard or his research subjects about the conflict in interest. Lilly however, reported that they had paid him more than $14,000 that year.

All of this, and more, is in these New York Times articles.

Frontline 2008: The Medicated Child
Using flimsy science to drug our children with toxic chemicals

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More Manufacturing Mental Illness &
the Magical Medical Invention
of Minimal Brain Disorder.

Here you can view the earlier
birth of a pharmaceutical market:
Ritalin 1970 and Cylert 1975


Duped and brainwashed by Big Pharma and its doctored ''research,'' doctors function as drug pushers for the producers.



Unfortunately, Big-Pharma is able to punish whistleblowers who expose their wrongdoing! For example, consider the case of Jim Gottstein who is under attack from one of the biggest corporations in the world. Having spent close to three hundred thousand dollars to defend himself, he is still being threatened with loss of his license to practice law, massive civil penalties, and possibly jail. Jim needs our help!Attorney James Gottstein's legal defense bills approach $300G as Eli Lilly sues him for exposing Lilly's wrongdoing!

Sometimes, Only Court Jesters Are
Allowed Prime Space in the Public Square
from which to Speak the Truth.

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Chris Rock Put It Succinctly (but not politely ;-)

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Here's Bill Maher's Version

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And let's not forget the pooch.

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Now There Are Even Special
Meds for Distressed Environmentalists!

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And Here's Robin Williams' Version
Given the information on this page that documents the dangers of anti-
depressants, we cannot help but wonder if Robin's suicide was caused,
in part, by psychiatric drug (mis)treatment. We may never know.
In any case, rest in peace Saint Robin. We miss you already.
(Warning: Like Chris Rock, above,
his "prescription" is not very polite)

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Back to the serious side, we find creative drug pushers
breaking new ground with bogus, minimally effective
"treatments" with more side effects than main effects!

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The Drugging of our Children

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As you travel down the SuperDrugway of Life . . .
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Drugs and medication require

Drugs and medication require a lot of atention in order to settle out which is good and which isn't. Drugs are very known for their negative effect on organisms but how many of us know of the different side effects that medication offers us ?

Once an error is clearly

Once an error is clearly and fully understood, it need not be repeated. Addiction is to the false Self. Drugs and Alcohol are just self-medication trying to alleviate the pain caused by that addiction.

Don't do drugs but pop pills

Don't do drugs but pop pills from a prescription? Isn't it the same thing? Even meds can make one end up in a drug addiction treatment center. Especially if we're talking about antidepressants. These pills can really cause addiction and start killing the unique part of a person turning that person into a vegetable.

When it comes to doing drugs

When it comes to doing drugs we have the freedom of choice. Once we start doing drugs and feel their effects all over our bodies and minds the choice is not ours anymore, we become victims for self destruction. Let's start learning from others mistakes. They don't have the freedom of choice now because they are not even responsible for their actions...

Doing drugs.

What you say is true. Drugs "unmoor" us from our natural biological anchorings. Once that is done, our normal, natural biology cannot be said to be guiding us in decision making, including the decision to use or not use drugs. This is a problem. And it should be taken VERY seriously, whether the drugs in question are dispensed by psychiatrists or obtained illegally.

But it is similar to the problem of trying to know what influences you and your comment. You are under the influence of a large amount of cultural belief about drugs, including their dangers (some of which are very real). Since the cultural propaganda that has led to, or influenced, your comment has reduced your ability to evaluate drugs objectively --- and since culturally held and transmitted beliefs have led to far worse tragedies than drugs could ever produce (e.g., religious and ideological mass murder) --- should we not simply dismiss your comment as you would dismiss the choices made by those who have used drugs and whose decisions are thus influenced by drugs?

Again, the issue you raise is legitimate and should be taken seriously. However, the way in which you present it (especially in your comments on other pages) with a conclusion that you feel is SO obvious and certain may not be so obvious at all, as the objective, scientific evidence on this page demonstrates.

Dan