AUSTIN STATESMAN – UNCOUNTED CASUALTIES: IRAQ VETS: HOME, BUT NOT SAFE

Scores of recent Texas war veterans have died of overdoses, suicide and vehicle crashes, investigation finds

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Daniel Pilgrim, 12 , and his grandparents Randy and Judy Pilgrim visit the grave of Daniel’s father, Lance.

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Kimberly Mitchell weeps at the grave of her husband, Chad Mitchell, who died of an accidental prescription drug overdose.

The Austin Statesman ran an incredibly well done & way overdue article today on what is happening to our veterans!!! True investigative reporting – something I thought had died an untimely death in this country! Thank you Austin Stateman!

For the past 20 years I have directed the International Coalition for Drug Awareness, www.drugawareness.org, to track these cases because so many are directly related to the massive use of antidepressants by our military. We have many cases documented in a database put together by our Texas Director which you can find at www.SSRIstories.com

Suicide, homicide, alcoholism & REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

These drugs are being given to a population generally within the age group (under 25) who the FDA has warned has double the chance of suicide if they take an antidepressant. They are dying in their sleep due to interactions between antidepressants & pain killers, or becoming alcoholic as antidepressants produce overwhelming cravings for alcohol. We have been seeing far too many veterans come home & commit murder/suicide on these drugs, or commit mass murders. Many remain unaware that antidepressants have not just suicidal ideation as an increased side effect, but also homicidal ideation. Ideation is constant ruminating thoughts or almost a compulsion … so these are increased compulsions or thoughts that will not be quieted about either killing themselves or others or both. They are even more dangerous for veterans because of the fact that 86% of those diagnosed with REM Sleep Behavior Disorder, where you act out nightmares in a sleepwalk state – some driving many miles to kill others, are those taking antidepressants. Anyone knows that someone recently returning from war is going to have nightmares worse than most. The problems due to meds are absolutely staggering.

Eric Harris unqualified for military service due to antidepressant use

All of this is absolutely insane when you see the changes in policy from just over a decade ago when anyone on one of these drugs would be turned away from the military because they did not want someone on a mind altering drug (especially those that can produce suicide, homicide & paranoia) carrying a gun in a war situation. The use of an antidepressant is why Eric Harris, one of the Columbine shooters, was turned down by the military in 1999. Seeing the extreme dangers can be made obvious in the case of Sgt. John Michael Russel of Sherman while having a toxic reaction to his antidepressant opened fire at a mental health clinic in Iraq killing 5 fellow soldiers. And as more comes out in similar cases we will see these drugs were involved in them as well.

Stan White, a father with a mission

Stan White is a father who has been fighting to get the truth out about what these drugs are doing to our troops. He lost one son in combat & the other to a medication interaction after he returned home. I would hope that families contact him & join together to put an end to this nightmare. You are welcome to find him as one of my friends on Facebook if you cannot find him otherwise.

www.statesman.com/news/news/local-military/texas-war-veteran-deaths-studied/nSPJs/

To read a more extensive report on this problem following are the follow-up stories in the Austin Statesman:

Loved ones cope with veterans’ suicides

Uncounted Casualties: Part II

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Prescription drug abuse, overdoses haunt veterans seeking relief from physical, mental pain

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Which veterans are at highest risk for suicide?

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Suicide among veterans receiving less attention than active-duty deaths

Many family members noticed dramatic changes in their loved ones after they returned from the war and before committing suicide.

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After returning home, many veterans get into motor vehicle accidents

Some say risky driving is related to their time spent overseas.

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About the Author: Ann Blake-Tracy is the author of PROZAC: PANACEA OR PANDORA?, and the director of the International Coalition For Drug Awareness [www.drugawareness.org]. She has testified before the FDA and testifies as an expert in legal cases involving serotonergic medications.

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,

International Coalition for Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org & www.SSRIstories.com
Author: “Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Safe Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

BOOK: Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare! Anything you ever wanted to know about antidepressants is there along with everything drug companies hope you never find out about these drugs. SAFE WITHDRAWAL CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!” on how to safely withdraw from antidepressants & most psychiatric medications is saving lives! Available at www.drugawareness.org

BOOK TESTIMONIALS:

“VERY BOLD AND INFORMATIVE”

“PRICELESS INFORMATION THAT IS GIVING ME BACK TO ME”

“THE ABSOLUTE BEST REFERENCE FOR ANTIDEPRESSANT DRUGS”

“WELL DOCUMENTED & SCIENTIFICALLY RESEARCHED”

“I was stunned at the amount of research Ann Blake-Tracy has done on this subject. Few researchers go to as much trouble aggressively gathering information on the adverse reactions of Prozac, Zoloft and other SSRIs.”

WITHDRAWAL HELP CD TESTIMONIALS:

“Ann, I just wanted to let you know from the bottom of my heart how grateful I am God placed you in my life. I am now down to less than 2 mg on my Cymbalta and I have never felt better. I am finally getting my life back. I can feel again and colors have never been brighter. Thanks for all that you do!!” … Amber Weber

“Used your method of weaning off of SSRI’s and applied it to Ambien. Took 6 months but had been on 15 mg for years so what was another 6 months. I have been sleeping without it for 2 weeks and it is the first time I have been able to sleep drug free for 15 years. What a relief to be able to lay down and sleep when I need or want to. Ambien may be necessary for people at times but doctors giving a months worth of it at a time with unlimited refills is a prescription for disaster. It is so damn easy to become dependent on. Thanks for your council Ann.”… Mark Hill

“I’m so thankful for Ann Blake-Tracy and all her work. Also for taking the time out to talk to me and educate everyone! She has been a blessing to me during this awful time of antidepressant hell!” … Antoinette Beck

 

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS??? UTAH MENTALLY UNSTABLE HEIR TO DRUG STORE FORTUNE ARRESTED IN NEIGHBORHOOD BOMB THREAT

 

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David Charles Baker

Police say that a mentally unstable apparent heir to a drug store company fortune was arrested after four hour standoff in Salt Lake City Sunday. He calls himself Reverend David Baker, but believes the police think he is Jesus Christ. He is also running for president. He states “If Proctor BAKER is not elected to the white house, this country will know 13 years of HELL – the ultimate BURNING MAN – with Turd Blossom still in charge of World Government.” And in several videos posted on YouTube, he claims God is his vice-presidential running mate and he appears to claim that God’s name is Mike Proctor.

A close friend of David’s has just come forward to say that he just lost it about a year ago & they have been holding their breath to see what happened next. They say just before the bomb threat & police standoff  happened Sunday David had threatened to burn her house down and apparently he was wanting to accomplish a suicide by cop which he hoped would become a murder/suicide as he “took cops out with him.”

“His grand picture was that he was going to have some enormous altercation with police involving massive media, and that he was going to be gunned down by police, hopefully in front of a hospital so he could donate his organs,” Ulmer said. “And my guess is that he probably wanted to take a couple officers with him. I mean, he told us this.”

Anyone seeing any signs of mania here? There is the pyromania, all kinds of delusions of grandeur, mixed with plain old delusions & the manic rage. And where does mania come from when it shows up at this age rather than in the teens or early 20’s? That is right! The biggest cause of Bipolar Disorder on the planet is the use of or abrupt discontinuation of an antidepressant.

Then the signs of elevated levels of serotonin are manifested by the thoughts of suicide, homicide, mania, delusions, violent behavior, etc. Clearly someone needs to be checking medications on this one!!!! Another shattered life! These drugs care not who you are or what your status in life is!

To see the full picture of bizarreness of this case (I did not even mention the sequine dress he was in when arrested!) see the entire articles on this case below:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865563036/40-homes-evacuated-as-police-surround-man-suspected-of-planting-explosives.html?pg=3

http://m.ksl.com/index/story/sid/22276553

http://www.ksl.com/?sid=22283636&nid=148&title=old-friend-of-millcreek-standoff-suspect-says-she-feared-for-life&s_cid=featured-1

Utah a Microcosm for Antidepressant Adverse Reactions

I have always told people to look at Utah as a microcosm to see what these drugs will do. Utah has led the way in the use of SSRIs from the beginning. Most of the world has caught up with them now though when it comes to the numbers on the meds. But without doubt they led the way. Within seven years of the SSRIs flooding across the state Utah went from the lowest divorce rate in the nation to over the nation average. They became the bankruptcy capitol as so many went manic. I recall one man who told me he went through his entire bank account of $2 Million! (Boy that would be the time you would wish you would have had nothing in the bank to begin with!) Unwed pregnancies climbed drastically as did the numbers of diabetics. I was never able to get statistics on alcohol abuse, but I am sure those numbers climbed drastically as well when considering the overwhelming cravings for alcohol produced by SSRIs.

Of course the tragic cases have been growing since the first one I became aware of which was a mother by the name of Gloria Clements in Pleasant Grove, Utah who on Prozac turned the name of that town into a hypocrisy when she took a sledge hammer & beat her 17 year old son to death while he slept. Then she drank something from the garage in an attempt to kill herself. You can go into our database Rosie & Gene Meysenburg set up at www.ssristories.drugawareness.org to see all the cases Rosie & I gathered out of Utah as they are listed by state.

About the Author: Ann Blake-Tracy is the author of PROZAC: PANACEA OR PANDORA?, and the director of the International Coalition For Drug Awareness [www.drugawareness.org]. She has testified before the FDA and testifies as an expert in legal cases involving serotonergic medications.

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,

International Coalition for Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org & www.SSRIstories.com
Author: “Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Safe Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

 

BOOK: Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare! Anything you ever wanted to know about antidepressants is there along with everything drug companies hope you never find out about these drugs. SAFE WITHDRAWAL CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!” on how to safely withdraw from antidepressants & most psychiatric medications is saving lives! Available at www.drugawareness.org

BOOK TESTIMONIALS:

“VERY BOLD AND INFORMATIVE”

“PRICELESS INFORMATION THAT IS GIVING ME BACK TO ME”

“THE ABSOLUTE BEST REFERENCE FOR ANTIDEPRESSANT DRUGS”

“WELL DOCUMENTED & SCIENTIFICALLY RESEARCHED”

“I was stunned at the amount of research Ann Blake-Tracy has done on this subject. Few researchers go to as much trouble aggressively gathering information on the adverse reactions of Prozac, Zoloft and other SSRIs.”

WITHDRAWAL HELP CD TESTIMONIALS:

“Ann, I just wanted to let you know from the bottom of my heart how grateful I am God placed you in my life. I am now down to less than 2 mg on my Cymbalta and I have never felt better. I am finally getting my life back. I can feel again and colors have never been brighter. Thanks for all that you do!!” … Amber Weber

“Used your method of weaning off of SSRI’s and applied it to Ambien. Took 6 months but had been on 15 mg for years so what was another 6 months. I have been sleeping without it for 2 weeks and it is the first time I have been able to sleep drug free for 15 years. What a relief to be able to lay down and sleep when I need or want to. Ambien may be necessary for people at times but doctors giving a months worth of it at a time with unlimited refills is a prescription for disaster. It is so damn easy to become dependent on. Thanks for your council Ann.”… Mark Hill

“I’m so thankful for Ann Blake-Tracy and all her work. Also for taking the time out to talk to me and educate everyone! She has been a blessing to me during this awful time of antidepressant hell!” … Antoinette Beck

 

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Prozac – I feel no desire, passion or love toward anything or anyone.

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carol jansky

In 1989-1990, I took prozac and I got the serotonin surge syndrome and for the past 23 years have been healing from it. At first, I couldn’t talk and I didn’t feel anything for years but now in year 23 I can cry somewhat and get angry and get frustrated but I feel no desire, passion or love toward anything or anyone. I still see no attractiveness in anyone.
This has been a nightmare.

Anne Blake Tracy had been helping me through this until I lost contact with her. Anne if you see this please contact me at the email address above.

carol

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS??? JEFFERSON COUNTY MO MOM SHOOTS THREE DAUGHTERS & HERSELF

 

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Autumn & Alyssa Cochran,

with baby sister Faith Ehlen

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Christina Marie Riggs, Justin & Shelby

The St Louis Missouri Case

Lisa Cochran killed her three daughters by shooting them all in the head with a shotgun she had recently purchased before she shot herself with the same gun. She had gone to her ex-husband’s home & did this in his driveway. She was described as “mentally unstable” & had made multiple suicide attempts previously. Considering that description I would be very surprised to learn that she was not on an antidepressant or in withdrawal from one – especially with the strong presence of Pfizer in the St. Louis area who has long been busy turning the Kansas/Missouri area – the “Land of OZ” into the “Land of ZO”.

From the article below we read: “If the deaths are ruled murder-suicide, this would be the third time this year a mother in the St. Louis area shot and killed her kids before shooting herself.”…”You hear about one or two cases in certain part of the country, but this is happening all within the St. Louis area,” Dr. John Rabun, a clinical instructor of psychiatry at Washington University, said. “It’s uncommon for it to be so close in time in a close locale… It’s an anomaly. It raises eyebrows.”

I would say it is about time it raised eyebrows!!! If it takes three of these in a row in one local area to raise eyebrows we are really in trouble!!!! My comment on the first article below is in response to an attorney who had made the following comment immediately below about this shooting. I felt he was doing a great job of voicing everyone’s thoughts nationwide on these senseless tragedies:

The Attorney: “What in the heck is wrong with people? What an utterly selfish act if this turns out to be a murder suicide. Why kill the children and deprive them of a life? I don’t know if it is drugs like meth or antidepressants or what but you rarely heard of this happening years ago. Today it seems more prevalent. Maybe it is the reporting of these stories but my god, it seems like people have just lost their ever loving minds. Shooting a one year old in the head with a shot gun and your own kids………who does that? You don’t want to live fine, go jump off a bridge, but why commit such a horrific act on defensless children? I do not begin to fathom that level of narcicism. So you think what you will be a good mom in heaven? My god some people have lost their way in this world.”… Attorney Michael Parnas

My comment: “The hang ’em high attitude does not stop these tragedies, but only prolongs this nightmare! (And that is coming from the great great grand daughter of the mayor Tombstone during the OK Coral Days!)

“After acting as an expert witness in these cases for over 20 years I can tell you that you are right, people have lost their minds on meds – antidepressants that work like a slow fuse LSD or PCP. These moms are going gradually insane. Antidepressants produce REM Sleep Behavior Disorder where these moms act out their worst nightmare. Andrea Yates was the third nurse in a row to go to court in a three month period for killing her children on these meds. While she was in court a female physician on the same antidepressant stabbed her two sons.

“One of the two antidepressants Andrea was on at maximum dose has both homicidal & suicidal ideation (compulsive thoughts) listed as potential side effects. The company added that warning after one of their own employees, whose job it was to take adverse reaction reports daily on that antidepressant, Effexor, was killed by her husband on Effexor who also killed her daughter, her parents, & himself. Google ssristories where you will find 1000s of similar cases worldwide.” …. Ann Blake-Tracy

The Christina Riggs Case

We hope soon to find a good enough copy of the Leeza Gibbons Show on the subject of mothers on antidepressants killing their children to post on our www.drugawareness.org site. I appeared as a guest expert on that show along with Robert Kirkwood who had just lost his wife & two small children in an Effexor-induced murder/suicide like this Missouri case above.

Also appearing on the show was defense attorney John Wesley Hall Jr. & Carol Thomas, respectively the attorney for & the mother of Christina Riggs. Christina also appeared on the show via satalite from prison – a mother on antidepressants who killed her two small children & attempted to kill herself. The state of Arkansas finished Christina’s failed murder/suicide attempt when they executed her not long after the show. Ironically they used the same chemical she had used in an attempt to kill herself after she killed her children. Her last words were: “Now I can be with my babies, as I always intended” … Christina Marie Riggs

There are FAR TOO MANY of these cases to reference anymore! This nightmare of mothers on these so called “medications” taking the lives of their children must end!

Christina’s story …

arkie.littlerockmamas.com/index.php/2010/04/28/the-christina-riggs-case/

Articles on Lisa Cochran who just killed her 3 children & herself …

www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/police-jefferson-county-mom-sent-goodbye-email-before-killing-daughters/article_c103b902-f812-11e1-825b-

0019bb30f31a.htmlhttp://www.theglobaldispatch.com/faith-ehlens-family-comes-forward-with-statement-30974/

www.theglobaldispatch.com/lisa-cochran-described-as-unstable-by-ex-husbands-family-98832/

About the Author: Ann Blake-Tracy is the author of PROZAC: PANACEA OR PANDORA?, and the director of the International Coalition For Drug Awareness [www.drugawareness.org]. She has testified before the FDA and testifies as an expert in legal cases involving serotonergic medications.

Ann Blake-Tracy, Executive Director,

International Coalition for Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org & www.SSRIstories.com
Author: “Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Safe Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

BOOK: Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare! Anything you ever wanted to know about antidepressants is there along with everything drug companies hope you never find out about these drugs. SAFE WITHDRAWAL CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!” on how to safely withdraw from antidepressants & most psychiatric medications is saving lives! Available at www.drugawareness.org

BOOK TESTIMONIALS:

“VERY BOLD AND INFORMATIVE”

“PRICELESS INFORMATION THAT IS GIVING ME BACK TO ME”

“THE ABSOLUTE BEST REFERENCE FOR ANTIDEPRESSANT DRUGS”

“WELL DOCUMENTED & SCIENTIFICALLY RESEARCHED”

“I was stunned at the amount of research Ann Blake- Tracy has done on this subject. Few researchers go to as much trouble aggressively gathering information on the adverse reactions of Prozac, Zoloft and other SSRIs.”

WITHDRAWAL HELP CD TESTIMONIALS:

“Ann, I just wanted to let you know from the bottom of my heart how grateful I am God placed you in my life. I am now down to less than 2 mg on my Cymbalta and I have never felt better. I am finally getting my life back. I can feel again and colors have never been brighter. Thanks for all that you do!!” … Amber Weber

“Used your method of weaning off of SSRI’s and applied it to Ambien. Took 6 months but had been on 15 mg for years so what was another 6 months. I have been sleeping without it for 2 weeks and it is the first time I have been able to sleep drug free for 15 years. What a relief to be able to lay down and sleep when I need or want to. Ambien may be necessary for people at times but doctors giving a months worth of it at a time with unlimited refills is a prescription for disaster. It is so damn easy to become dependent on. Thanks for your council Ann.”… Mark Hill

“I’m so thankful for Ann Blake-Tracy and all her work. Also for taking the time out to talk to me and educate everyone! She has been a blessing to me during this awful time of antidepressant hell!” … Antoinette Beck

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ANTIDEPRESSANT??? SIX DEAD AS MAN KILLS ANOTHER MAN RANDOMLY THEN KILLS WIFE, 3 CHILDREN & SELF

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Besides all the killing he apparently set his home on fire as well because the bodies of his wives & children had to be pulled out of the burning home. So there was arson, mass murder & suicide, random killing using a bat (baseball bats seem to be very common in antidepressant murders), extreme violence requiring much strength, it happened in the early morning hours, & was all done by a man who had no previous record of violence. It also took place in Oregon where there has been one of the highest uses of antidepressants in the country. So there is a long list here of symptoms of elevated serotonin – clues pointing to the involvement of an antidepressant.

Then the text he sent his father-in-law before killing himself is very odd indicating possible hallucinations of someone else doing the killings while he tried to stop them. “Please forgive me,” the text said. “They took control of my body and did it. I BEGGED THEM NOT TO BUT THEY DID. I’m so sorry.”

These killings also happened very quickly & are so very simjilar to the case out of England I posted just weeks ago where he stabbed his wife, father-in-law, two children, the wife’s friend & her child, before stabbing himself 40 times & slashing his throat & wrists 20 times. We know that was a Prozac-induced murder/suicide attempt. This is much too similar and a case that should be investigated for the involvement of an SSRI without a doubt.

To read the full story click link below:

www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2012/09/salem_man_kills_stranger_wife.html

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BAN ON DRIVING FOR ANTIDEPRESSANT USERS? STUDY INDICATES 70% INCREASED RISK OF ACCIDENTS

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As usual early warnings about driving risks went unheeded.

FINALLY someone has done a study to investigate the problems with antidepressants & car accidents….and it only took 25 years since the drugs were introduced to get around to someone doing it! Let’s put it on record here that I approached a group focusing on prescription drug DUIs in 1991 asking them to seriously consider looking at the problems with Prozac & driving. Obviously it fell on deaf ears as so many other warnings I have given over the years.

When I first began interviewing patients about their reactions to the SSRI antidepressants in the early 90’s I stopped driving on freeways whenever possible. Why? Because patient after patient reported that although back then it was not allowed for pilots to fly planes while on SSRIs, they while on Prozac were:

#1 “flying their cars” down freeways,

#2 “having compulsions to ram other cars” as they drove the freeway, and

#3 “dreaming while driving” and having little recollection of how they got from Point A to Point B.

I also began watching my rear view mirror closely to make sure no one dreaming on Prozac had neglected to include my car in their dream so that they could react properly & allow for it being in front of them.  And  I began watching for cars coming at me going the wrong direction since so many attempted suicide reports came in of crossing into oncoming traffic & driving on the wrong side of the road to attempt suicide.

I would also encourage you to read the Road Rage document written by Rosie Meysenburg & posted in the mid 90’s on our www.drugawareness.org website.

From this recent study we learn:

“They have found that taking common antidepressants such as Prozac and Seroxat [Paxil] heightens the risk by 70 per cent.

AND in looking at drugs like Xanax, Valium, Ambien, & the newer atypical antipsychotics like Zyban, Abilify, Geodon, Risperdol, etc. the antidepressants are far worse: “Those taking a common group of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) which include Prozac and Seroxat [Paxil] were 72 per cent more at risk.”

But what if someone had just started on an antidepressant?

According to the study: “Even patients who have only been on the pills for a few hours are far more likely to have a crash if they get behind the wheel.”

Now keep in mind that patients are told when they are given an antidepressant that it will take two weeks before the “beneficial” effects begin to appear. Bear in mind that the adverse effects DO NOT wait two weeks to appear. This is one example. The Paxil-induced murder/suicide case of Donald Schell is another glaring example after the jury ruled after hearing all the evidence (which few have ever heard), that taking only two Paxil pills over two days was the main cause of him shooting his wife, daughter, infant granddaughter, & himself. (Read more on this case called Tobin vs Glaxo Smith Kline at www.justiceseekers.com)

Two years ago I got a report out of Utah where the officer in a Ogden, Utah area reported that in a one month period he had 150 DUIs issued. ONE of those involved alcohol & all the rest were prescription drugs! But many remain unaware that you can face a DUI for driving while taking one of these medications. And now these researchers were so completely appalled by what they found in the way of impairment of driving skills by antidepressants that they are recommending that users be banned from driving!

Ban all antidepressant users from driving?

“Researchers say the study shows that doctors should be banning patients from getting behind the wheel as soon as they put them on a course of drugs.”

Now that would certainly clear up traffic congestion in Utah, Oregon, Washington, Michigan, Florida, & North Carolina – long known as hot spots for these meds! But the use of these drugs is so widespread at this point it would likely clear the traffic nationwide & if imposed in Australia, 25% of the Australian parliament would have to take a cab to work. I am sure far more American law makers would have to do the same!

What is even more frightening to consider is that truck drivers, bus drivers, taxi drivers, and now pilots are allowed to take these medications that severely impair driving skills.

Revisiting Princess Di’s Death

Remember that Princess Di’s driver, Henri Paul was on Prozac. When I saw his blood alcohol level of three times the legal limit coupled with the reports from his family that he was not a drinker yet was drinking hard enough to be on a medication like antabuse, I knew he had to be taking Prozac. It was the only thing that added up. (See my article on SSRIs & alcohol cravings as an excerpt from my book just below the book picture at www.drugawareness.org)

So I called the police in Paris & explained that Prozac was the only thing I knew that would cause someone to crave alcohol like that & raise the level of alcohol so high in a man who was reportedly a non-drinker. The following week the Paris police announced publicly that they had confirmed that Henri Paul was indeed on Prozac at the time of the crash that took the lives of Princess Di & Dodi Al-Fayed. This report only adds to my conclusion that Prozac was the main cause for their deaths with the chances of an accident being increased by 70% with Prozac alone & who knows by what percent with the alcohol cravings producing a synergistic effect between the alcohol & Prozac & forcing the blood alcohol content even higher than normal.

Was there a failure to warn by manufacturers? Without a doubt!

“Although some manufacturers put warning notices on boxes telling patients their judgment may be impaired, they don’t specifically tell them not to drive.
“But it is now thought that the same chemical changes that improve mood among those who take the pills also slows down reaction times.”

That last sentence should read: “But it is now thought that the same chemical changes that DESTROY mood among those who take the pills also slows down reaction times.” But if they have not yet read my book, Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? Our Serotonin Nightmare they likely are not yet aware of that fact either.

Read full article here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2202434/Taking-Prozac-Don-t-drive-Pills-raise-risk-having-accident-70.html#ixzz26ln3sPqE

About the Author: Ann Blake-Tracy is the author of PROZAC: PANACEA OR PANDORA?, and the director of the International Coalition For Drug Awareness [www.drugawareness.org]. She has testified before the FDA and testifies as an expert in legal cases involving serotonergic medications.

Ann Blake-Tracy, Executive Director,

International Coalition for Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org & www.SSRIstories.com
Author: “Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Safe Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

BOOK: Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare! Anything you ever wanted to know about antidepressants is there along with everything drug companies hope you never find out about these drugs. SAFE WITHDRAWAL CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!” on how to safely withdraw from antidepressants & most psychiatric medications is saving lives! Available at www.drugawareness.org

BOOK TESTIMONIALS:

“VERY BOLD AND INFORMATIVE”

“PRICELESS INFORMATION THAT IS GIVING ME BACK TO ME”

“THE ABSOLUTE BEST REFERENCE FOR ANTIDEPRESSANT DRUGS”

“WELL DOCUMENTED & SCIENTIFICALLY RESEARCHED”

“I was stunned at the amount of research Ann Blake-Tracy has done on this subject. Few researchers go to as much trouble aggressively gathering information on the adverse reactions of Prozac, Zoloft and other SSRIs.”

WITHDRAWAL HELP CD TESTIMONIALS:

“Ann, I just wanted to let you know from the bottom of my heart how grateful I am God placed you in my life. I am now down to less than 2 mg on my Cymbalta and I have never felt better. I am finally getting my life back. I can feel again and colors have never been brighter. Thanks for all that you do!!” … Amber Weber

“Used your method of weaning off of SSRI’s and applied it to Ambien. Took 6 months but had been on 15 mg for years so what was another 6 months. I have been sleeping without it for 2 weeks and it is the first time I have been able to sleep drug free for 15 years. What a relief to be able to lay down and sleep when I need or want to. Ambien may be necessary for people at times but doctors giving a months worth of it at a time with unlimited refills is a prescription for disaster. It is so damn easy to become dependent on. Thanks for your council Ann.”… Mark Hill

“I’m so thankful for Ann Blake-Tracy and all her work. Also for taking the time out to talk to me and educate everyone! She has been a blessing to me during this awful time of antidepressant hell!” … Antoinette Beck

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SALT LAKE TRIBUNE & DESERET NEWS: 1997 Ann Blake-Tracy DISCUSSES ANTIDEPRESSANT-INDUCED BRAIN DAMAGE

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Several articles by me, Ann Blake-Tracy, were published in the Citizens’s Section of the Salt Lake Tribune & Deseret News in 1997 & 1998. The publishers just could not seem to get enough of what I was writing about these drugs until pressure was brought to bear to discontinue that section of the news. Gee, I wonder why? But here is a copy of what I believe may have been the very first article I wrote for them. Note I was discussing the brain damage from antidepressants back in the 90’s as these new studies are only bringing it out now.

Do I believe the brain damage associated with these medications is permanent? NO! But I am an eternal optimist also. I firmly believe there are several alternative treatments that can turn this damage around.  Certainly it will take time & effort, but I believe it can be done. I also believe the drug manufacturers are who should foot the bill for the necessary treatments to assist in healing from the effects of their deadly drugs. Now to the article:

CITIZEN’S Section of the Salt Lake Tribune & Deseret News

December 3, 1997

Since my book, PROZAC: PANACEA OR PANDORA? was the catalyst for Ruth Lehenbauer’s article (Citizens, September. 24) which has triggered a two month long debate on the pros and cons of antidepressants, it seems only fitting and proper that I respond to this latest article by the U of U Mood Disorders Clinic (CITIZEN’S, December. 3). [The most popular serotonergic medications are: Prozac (fluoxetine), Zoloft (sertraline), Paxil (paroxetine), Luvox (fluvoxamine), Effexor(venaflexomine), Serzone (nefazadone), Anafranil (clomipramine), Fen-Phen (fenfluramine), & Redux (dexfenfluramine).]

Candace B. Pert, Research Professor, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, D.C

While the Mood Disorders Clinic defends these drugs, the discoverer of the serotonin binding process which made this whole group of serotonergic medications possible, Dr. Candace Pert, stated in TIME (October. 20), “I AM ALARMED AT THE MONSTER that Johns Hopkins neuroscientist Solomon Snyder and I created when we discovered the simple binding assay for drug receptors 25 years ago. Prozac and other antidepressant serotonin-receptor-active compounds may also cause cardiovascular problems in some susceptible people after long-term use, which has become common practice despite the lack of safety studies.”

“…the public is being misinformed…”

“The public is being misinformed about the precision of these selective serotonin-uptake inhibitors when the medical profession oversimplifies their action in the brain and ignores the body as if it exists merely to carry the head around! In short, these molecules of emotion regulate every aspect of our physiology. A new paradigm has evolved, with implications that life-style changes such as diet and exercise can offer profound, safe and natural mood elevation.”

Dangers:

Prozac’s FDA approval was based on only six week safety studies. Latest figures on Prozac show 39,000 adverse reaction reports filed with the FDA. Not even close was runner-up Norplant, a contraceptive, with 24,000 reports. The FDA’s “serious” side effect classification includes death, hospitalization, cancer, and permanent disability. Again Prozac placed in the number one position with 8,600 adverse reaction reports. And again second place didn’t even come close as Coumadin accumulated 4,800 reports. The fact that four antidepressants (Prozac #1, Paxil #4, Zoloft #7, Effexor #19) rank in the top 20 for side effects emphasizes their basic toxicity and potential for danger.

Withdrawal:

In the December THE WASHINGTONIAN Thomas Moore, author of DEADLY MEDICINE, discussed antidepressant withdrawal and stated, “Few drug companies are likely to volunteer to pay for an expensive study that has a good chance of revealing a new drug hazard.” During clinical trials investigators of Effexor found that 35% experienced withdrawal. [With the high rate of withdrawal I see with Effexor it sounds to me like those investigators had blinders on!!!!] Withdrawal can go unnoticed with the other serotonergic medications because in longer-term use severe withdrawal is often delayed several months. Patient and physician alike, mistake the symptoms of withdrawal as the reemergence of the symptoms of depression. The patient is given the drug again and the withdrawal symptoms disappear. The reintroduction of the drug stops the drug withdrawal – your first evidence of drug dependence!

Among patients, Prozac and Zoloft have gained a reputation for addictiveness and withdrawal. Paxil is gaining a reputation worldwide for serious withdrawal. (Obviously the two researchers for Paxil, who were just indicted on 172 counts of fraudulent research, missed that aspect of this popular Prozac clone.) One of the side effects of serotonergic drugs is joint and muscle pain (part of the cause for the recall of the first SSRI introduced in Norway) which becomes more pronounced in withdrawal leading to a diagnosis of MS or fibromyalgia. Patients continue to report withdrawal symptoms of nausea and vomiting, electrical shocks throughout the body, burning pains, severe insomnia leading to mania, crying, anger, anxiety or adrenalin rushes, chronic fatigue, nightmares, suicidal thoughts, etc.

Brain Damage:

Elevated levels of serotonin, exactly what these drugs are designed to produce, are associated with brain damage, psychosis, mania, mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, mental retardation, constriction of the bronchial tubes and arteries to the heart, etc. The new NIH study on brain damage and fenfluramine would naturally cause scientists to suspect the possibility of brain damage with other serotonergic medications.

Thomas Moore adds, “The safety of antidepressants is supposedly proven by the fact that they have been taken by more than 20 million Americans. Yet virtually no meaningful research has been conducted on their long-term risks. . . . there is no evidence that antidepressants prevent suicide – and dark hints that they may even encourage it. When society turns a blind eye to the dangers of drugs and rushes to embrace a pharmaceutical cure for nearly every condition, there is almost no end to the harm that may result.”

Sexual Promiscuity:

The unrestrained sex drive leading to promiscuity as a result of Prozac is easily explained. The drug produces a form of insanity known as mania. Sexual promiscuity, even among those who would never consider it normally, is a major symptom of mania, as is alcohol consumption, rages leading to domestic abuse, delusions of grandeur (often mistaken for increased feelings of self confidence), wild spending, various types of criminal behavior, etc. Although the drug manufacturer estimates that approximately 1% of Prozac users develop mania, FDA reports of mania continue to come in, indicating higher figures. Fieve, who specializes in manic depression, estimates in his book PROZAC that 2% of Prozac users experience mania. So we currently have approximately 750,000 cases of mania induced by Prozac. How many will other SSRIs produce?

Far more frightening is that the latest study being used to defend Prozac for use among children admits that twice that number of children or 6% involved in this study were dropped because they developed mania within only eight weeks of Prozac use. If that figure also ends up being two times higher, we will have 12% of the children who use Prozac experiencing these devastating symptoms of mania.

Politics:

Drug companies go to great lengths to get new drugs approved and to get the most out of their patent time on a new drug. Physicians who could lose their next drug research project, and therefore their livelihood, feel pressured to defend drugs. The U of U Mood Disorders Clinic exists because of the millions they bring in for the university in drug research money. Prescription drugs are now the third leading cause of death in America (between 200,000 to 250,000 deaths per year) and Utah uses two to three times the national average of mind-altering prescription drugs. Taking the death toll into consideration as well as the fact that Prozac has more adverse reaction reports than any drug in the history of the FDA, I have trouble understanding why conscientious caring physicians would have any problem with critical information getting out to the public about these drugs. You would think they would be concerned about this serious health risk and emphasize along with Dr. Pert and myself the use of safe and effective alternatives such as diet, exercise, proper sleep, etc.

These prescribing physicians [in the article this was in reponse to] made a dangerous error in their article when they referred to Paxil as peroxate, when it is paroxetine, and Zoloft as sertrole, when it is sertraline. Although this may seem insignificant or petty to the reader, when a drug is misspelled on the prescription pad it can cause a fatal drug reaction or interaction.

About the Author:  Ann Blake-Tracy is the author of PROZAC: PANACEA OR PANDORA?, and the director of the International Coalition For Drug Awareness [www.drugawareness.org]. She has testified before the FDA and testifies as an expert in legal cases involving serotonergic medications.
Ann Blake-Tracy, Executive Director,

International Coalition for Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org & www.SSRIstories.com
Author: “Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Safe Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

BOOK:  Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare! Anything you ever wanted to know about antidepressants is there along with everything drug companies hope you never find out about these drugs. Find the book & the CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!” on how to safely withdraw from antidepressants & most psychiatric medications. Available at www.drugawareness.org

BOOK TESTIMONIALS:

“VERY BOLD AND INFORMATIVE”

“PRICELESS INFORMATION THAT IS GIVING ME BACK TO ME”

“THE ABSOLUTE BEST REFERENCE FOR ANTIDEPRESSANT DRUGS”

“WELL DOCUMENTED & SCIENTIFICALLY RESEARCHED”

“I was stunned at the amount of research Ann Blake-Tracy has done on this subject. Few researchers go to as much trouble aggressively gathering information on the adverse reactions of Prozac, Zoloft and other SSRIs.”

WITHDRAWAL HELP CD TESTIMONIALS:

“Ann, I just wanted to let you know from the bottom of my heart how grateful I am God placed you in my life. I am now down to less than 2 mg on my Cymbalta and I have never felt better. I am finally getting my life back. I can feel again and colors have never been brighter. Thanks for all that you do!!” … Amber Weber

“Used your method of weaning off of SSRI’s and applied it to Ambian. Took 6 months but had been on 15 mg for years so what was another 6 months. I have been sleeping without it for 2 weeks and it is the first time I have been able to sleep drug free for 15 years. What a relief to be able to lay down and sleep when I need or want to. Ambien may be necessary for people at times but doctors giving a months worth of it at a time with unlimited refills is a prescription for disaster. It is so damn easy to become dependent on. Thanks for your council Ann.”… Mark Hill

“I’m so thankful for Ann Blake-Tracy and all her work. Also for taking the time out to talk to me and educate everyone! She has been a blessing to me during this awful time of antidepressant hell!” … Antoinette Beck

 

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BLUEBERRIES RID BELLY FAT & AID IN PROCESSING BOTH FAT & SUGAR

BLUEBERRIES RID BELLY FAT & AID IN PROCESSING BOTH FAT & SUGAR

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“Blueberries may actually inhibit the formation of fat cells and change the way we process fat and sugar.

Since antidepressants produce incredible weight gain, problems with blood sugar, constipation, vision, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, memory loss, cancer, immune problems, brain health, etc. I thought this information on Blueberries & their benefits would be interesting to you as one of the options to rebuilding your health post antidepressants.

Inhibition of fat cell formation & processing both fats & sugars

“Blueberries may actually inhibit the formation of fat cells and change the way we process fat and sugar.

“There are many, many reasons blueberries are a great addition to anyone’s diet. If potential weight loss isn’t something you are looking for, here are some other excellent benefits:

Digestion & Constipation

“Blueberries have insoluble fiber which assists the digestive process by moving food through the intestines. This of course aids elimination (which of course can also be beneficial to anyone trying to lose weight).

Vision

“Blueberries have been found to slow down visual loss. They may also help prevent degenerating diseases of the eye due to their antioxidant properties. These berries contain a special group of antioxidants called carotenoids and flavonoids. In addition, blueberries are rich in vitamins C, E and A as well as minerals selenium, zinc and phosphorous. These nutrients are very beneficial for ocular (pertaining to the eye) health.

Heart Disease

“Again, thanks to their antioxidant properties, blueberries are another great food for cardiovascular health. They have a high fiber content which assists in dissolving the bad cholesterol. Blueberries also strengthen the cardiac muscles.

Brain Health

“The many nutrients in blueberries can help prevent the degeneration of brain cells as well as restore the health of the central nervous system. They have even had a very positive affect on people with Alzheimer’s. Blueberries can actually keep you memory sharp. Researchers have found that diets rich in blueberries can even improve learning capacity and motor skills of aging animals.

Cancer

“Blueberries can also have a very positive effect on certain types of cancers. One study showed that compounds in blueberries can inhibit colon cancer cell proliferation and cause the cancer cells to die.

Immune

“The high vitamin and antioxidant nutrients in blueberries make it an excellent immune protector. A strong immune system means fewer infections. With winter around the corner, and all the colds and flu that accompany it, now is the time to fortify your body.

“The blueberry is a stellar example of another great food from Mother Nature. Yes, there are all kinds of excellent supplements to aid with various body problems, but the diet is the key to long-term health. So go out and enjoy some blueberries!”

healthandvitality.vites.com/reduce-belly-fat-with-blueberries

 

Ann Blake-Tracy, Executive Director,

International Coalition for Drug Awareness

www.drugawareness.org & www.SSRIstories.com

Author: “Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the FullImpact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Safe Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

BOOK:  Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare! Anything you ever wanted to know about antidepressants is there along with everything drug companies hope you never find out about these drugs. Find the book & the CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!” on how to safely withdraw from antidepressants & most psychiatric medications. Available at www.drugawareness.org

BOOK TESTIMONIALS:

“VERY BOLD AND INFORMATIVE”

“PRICELESS INFORMATION THAT IS GIVING ME BACK TO ME”

“THE ABSOLUTE BEST REFERENCE FOR ANTIDEPRESSANT DRUGS”

“WELL DOCUMENTED & SCIENTIFICALLY RESEARCHED”

“I was stunned at the amount of research Ann Blake-Tracy has done on this subject. Few researchers go to as much trouble aggressively gathering information on the adverse reactions of Prozac, Zoloft and other SSRIs.”

WITHDRAWAL HELP CD TESTIMONIALS:

“Ann, I just wanted to let you know from the bottom of my heart how grateful I am God placed you in my life. I am now down to less than 2 mg on my Cymbalta and I have never felt better. I am finally getting my life back. I can feel again and colors have never been brighter. Thanks for all that you do!!” … Amber Weber

“Used your method of weaning off of SSRI’s and applied it to Ambian. Took 6 months but had been on 15 mg for years so what was another 6 months. I have been sleeping without it for 2 weeks and it is the first time I have been able to sleep drug free for 15 years. What a relief to be able to lay down and sleep when I need or want to. Ambien may be necessary for people at times but doctors giving a months worth of it at a time with unlimited refills is a prescription for disaster. It is so damn easy to become dependent on. Thanks for your council Ann.”… Mark Hill

“I’m so thankful for Ann Blake-Tracy and all her work. Also for taking the time out to talk to me and educate everyone! She has been a blessing to me during this awful time of antidepressant hell!

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STUDY: 75% OF THOSE TAKING ANTIPSYCHOTIC MEDS SHOW LOSS OF BRAIN MATTER!

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Our most recent post was on the extreme increase in the use of antipsychotic medications – especially in children: Since 1993 use in children (who have no choice in the decision) skyrocketed by 800%, in teens by 500%, and in adults by 200%. Now a new study just out demonstrates brain damage in 75% of those who take these drugs!!

THE IMPACT UPON SOCIETY

Think it does not affect you because you are not on them? Better think again because we will all pay to care for those suffering brain damage from these drugs in higher taxes, higher insurance rates, disability payments, etc. and in reduced productivity & creativity via the contributions these people could have made to our society had their brains remained intact and functioning.

SEROTONIN-INDUCED OXYGEN DEPRIVATION

PRODUCING CELL DEATH

Of course my first question would be, “How many of those patients tested had previously been on antidepressants BEFORE they were given antipsychotics to treat their antidepressant-induced psychosis which antidepressants are so prone to produce?” Why would I want to know that? Because antidepressants ALSO decrease the blood flow to the brain as will any other drug that increases serotonin. The main function of serotonin is constriction of smooth muscle tissue such as the veins & arteries that carry oxygen to the brain.

CORKSCREW BRAIN CELLS FROM ANTIDEPRESSANTS

As early as a decade ago in February of 2000 Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia published research indicating that several serotonergic medications within only four days use caused a shriviling up of brain cells or taking on of abnormal corkscrew shapes. (What a nice technical way to express that these drugs literally screw up the brain!) The drugs featured in this research were all serotonergic – the antidepressants Prozac and Zoloft, and the diet drugs Redux and Meridia which have now been pulled from the market due to the brain damage produced by these drugs (see below for that explanation).

BRAIN CELL DEATH? PERMANENT OR TEMPORARY?

The lead researcher in this study concluded: “We don’t know if results with four days of drug treatment are clinically significant,” Dr. Kalia says. “We don’t know if the cells are dying. That’s the key question. We need to do more studies to prove cell death. These effects may be transient and reversible. Or they may be permanent.” (Please see my comments below on the question of permanent damage or temporary.)

POPULAR DIET PILLS PULLED DUE TO BRAIN DAMAGE

Another piece of information few have is the fact that Fen-Phen & Redux were pulled from the market due to the massive brain damage they caused, not the heart valve damage or PPHN that so many assumed was the reason they were pulled from the market. Just two weeks before the removal of those drugs  from the market the National Institutes of Health (NIH) had finished an extensive study on Redux & brain damage which the manufacturer, Wyeth, was suppose to have completed as part of the drug’s approval a full year before.

The NIH study results demonstrated some of the most massive brain damage you could imagine! JAMA published the study August 27 1997, titled, “Brain serotonin neurotoxicity and primary pulmonary hypertension from fenfluramine and dexfenfluramine. A systematic review of the evidence.”

BRAIN SEROTONIN NEUROTOXICITY?!!

PLEASE note that term in discussing ANY drug that increases serotonin! Make the connection between elevated serotonin and neurotoxicity – brain damage!

Within a couple of weeks after pubication that NIH study the drugs were off the market! But tragically that left MANY patients in horrific cold turkey withdrawal which naturally resulted in many suicides, murder/suicides, and deep depression which most had never suffered from before taking these serotonergic diet pills. These cases went mostly unnoticed or recognized as related to the drugs or the cold turkey withdrawal from these drugs. At that point many of those patients ended up on antidepressants which helped to stop the withdrawal, but of course should be expected to continue the damage to the brain via the excess serotonin they too produce. This is an example of a dangerous senario all those on antidepressants need to be aware of – the potential abrupt withdrawal of the drugs they are taking being pulled with little to no warning.

IS THERE HOPE AFTER SUCH DAMAGE?

I have long contended that this brain damage does not have to be permanent. I do believe there is hope for recovery, but I think you have to work at it. Just stopping the drugs producing the damage is not enough. Please go to www.drugawareness.org/alternatives to see just how many options there are to restoring one’s health and brain function after the use of these drugs. You can even see brain scans before and after some of the treatments showing recovery.

I would also refer all to our website link to alternatives we have found to help and also to a special done by Dr. Sanjay Gupta from CNN, who, after interviewing with him I have much respect for as a brilliant and open minded scientist and good human being. The link to information on that special is located here: http://www.drugawareness.org/cnn-teen-in-coma-from-severe-brain-injury-recovers-with-alternatives/

Read the study on antipsychotics & brain damage, along with references here: www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S014976341200125X

Read article from Jefferson Medical College on corkscrew shaped brain cells here: http://www.antidepressantsfacts.com/Thomas-Jefferson-University-Hospital.htm

Read NIH study on Fen-Phen & Redux, Brain serotonin neurotoxicity and primary pulmonary hypertension from fenfluramine and dexfenfluramine. A systematic review of the evidence, here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9272900

 

Ann Blake-Tracy, Executive Director,

International Coalition for Drug Awareness

www.drugawareness.org & www.SSRIstories.com

Author: “Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the FullImpact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Safe Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

BOOK:  Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare! Anything you ever wanted to know about antidepressants is there along with everything drug companies hope you never find out about these drugs. Find the book & the CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!” on how to safely withdraw from antidepressants & most psychiatric medications. Available at www.drugawareness.org

BOOK TESTIMONIALS:

“VERY BOLD AND INFORMATIVE”

“PRICELESS INFORMATION THAT IS GIVING ME BACK TO ME”

“THE ABSOLUTE BEST REFERENCE FOR ANTIDEPRESSANT DRUGS”

“WELL DOCUMENTED & SCIENTIFICALLY RESEARCHED”

“I was stunned at the amount of research Ann Blake-Tracy has done on this subject. Few researchers go to as much trouble aggressively gathering information on the adverse reactions of Prozac, Zoloft and other SSRIs.”

WITHDRAWAL HELP CD TESTIMONIALS:

“Ann, I just wanted to let you know from the bottom of my heart how grateful I am God placed you in my life. I am now down to less than 2 mg on my Cymbalta and I have never felt better. I am finally getting my life back. I can feel again and colors have never been brighter. Thanks for all that you do!!” … Amber Weber

“Used your method of weaning off of SSRI’s and applied it to Ambian. Took 6 months but had been on 15 mg for years so what was another 6 months. I have been sleeping without it for 2 weeks and it is the first time I have been able to sleep drug free for 15 years. What a relief to be able to lay down and sleep when I need or want to. Ambien may be necessary for people at times but doctors giving a months worth of it at a time with unlimited refills is a prescription for disaster. It is so damn easy to become dependent on. Thanks for your council Ann.”… Mark Hill

“I’m so thankful for Ann Blake-Tracy and all her work. Also for taking the time out to talk to me and educate everyone! She has been a blessing to me during this awful time of antidepressant hell!

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STUDY: ANTIPSYCHOTIC PRESCRIPTIONS IN CHILDREN HAVE SKYROCKETED

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SINCE 1993 ANTIPSYCHOTIC USE IN CHILDREN HAS SKYROCKETED BY 800%, IN TEENS BY 500%, AND IN ADULTS BY 200%!!!!!!!!!!

Prozac, the first smash hit in SSRIs in the US, hit the market the end of 1987. It quickly became common knowledge among psychiatrists that the drug rapidly triggered mania & many refused to prescribe it because of that. In fact I recall arguing with those who were proposing prescribing Lithium along with Prozac to guard against the manic reactions from Prozac. This practice is not safe due to the potential of Serotonin Syndrome when mixing the two drugs. Well somewhere along the years since then that information about the strong potential for SSRI or SNRI antidepressants to trigger mania seems to have been lost as far as doctor’s prescribing practices go.

Part of what happened was the Oprah Show in 1993 where Dr. Jim Goodwin was a guest who brought with him children he was treating with SSRIs. Dr. Goodwin became known as the Pied Piper of Prozac because he had openly stated that virtually all of his 800 patients were taking either Prozac or Paxil. From that point on the use of SSRIs in children skyrocketed. Doctors complained that women dragged their children to doctors’ offices quoting the Oprah Show & telling the docs to put their kids on antidepressants. Due to the strong potential of these drugs to induce psychosis, coupled with the children’s higher vulnerability to adverse reactions, it is easy to see why so many would become psychotic on the drugs, thus increasing the use of the antipsychotics.

In 2000 Dr. Malcomb Bowers led a study at Yale showing that 8% – 11% of those hospitalized in general hospital psychiatric wards were there due to antidepressant-induced psychosis labeled as Schizophrenia or Mania/Bipolar Disorder. The researchers were quick to point out in this study that the psychosis was so rarely recognized as being medication-induced that even they were shocked by what they found because they knew the true figure of those hospitalized for an antidepressant-induced psychosis should be expected to be FAR greater than the 8% – 11% they found. In fact this antidepressant-induced psychosis is so common that even Osama Bin Laden’s son was diagnosed schizophrenic & his doctors clearly stated it was due to his use of antidepressants! (Read his story here: www.ssristories.drugawareness.org/show.php?item=4348)

Now do I think it was “just a coincidence” that Eli Lilly & Pfizer first introduced Prozac & Zoloft, known to induce psychosis, & then the next mind altering medications they introduced to the market were Zyprexa & Geodon – the first two “new & improved” antipsychotics known as atypical antipsychotics? Because I was not born yesterday it was very clear to me that their plan was to provide new “treatments” for this whole new market their SSRIs were creating. The biggest problem with these new & improved antipsychotics is that they are serotonergic – almost like a mix of an SSRI antidepressant with an older antipsyhcotic. In fact the atypical antipsychotic, Symbyax, is a combination of Lilly’s Prozac & Lilly’s Zyprexa. (In fact this is one of the drugs little Gabriel Myers, the 7 year old foster boy in Florida, was taking when first threatened to kill another little 2 year old foster boy, then killed himself a week or two later while still in foster care.) Since manufacturers spend far more on marketing than they do research we see how well that worked for them as we look at the figures in this new study:

“Since 1993, the rate of antipsychotic drug prescribing to children increased by a factor of nearly eight, while prescribing to teens quintupled and in adults nearly doubled, according to a new study.”

The market created by their SSRI antidepressants was not big enough it seems as 2/3 of the prescriptions were given out off label (something for which the drugs were not approved) for ADHD. The companies have now paid out billions in fines to the government over the past few years due to that off label marketing for these atypical antipsycotics. As this TIME article points out below “every major manufacturer of atypical antipsychotics has been involved in the illegal marketing of the drugs” and “each ultimately paying hundreds of millions to billions in fines for their sales and marketing tactics.” (Of course any of us would go to prison for what they are being allowed to pay fines for …)

Read more of the TIME article here: http://healthland.time.com/2012/08/09/antipsychotic-prescriptions-in-children-have-skyrocketed-study/#ixzz25vn1ECiI
Ann Blake-Tracy, Executive Director,

International Coalition for Drug Awareness

www.drugawareness.org & www.SSRIstories.com

Author: “Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the FullImpact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Safe Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

 

BOOK:  Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare! Anything you ever wanted to know about antidepressants is there along with everything drug companies hope you never find out about these drugs. Find the book & the CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!” on how to safely withdraw from antidepressants & most psychiatric medications. Available at www.drugawareness.org

BOOK TESTIMONIALS:

“VERY BOLD AND INFORMATIVE”

“PRICELESS INFORMATION THAT IS GIVING ME BACK TO ME”

“THE ABSOLUTE BEST REFERENCE FOR ANTIDEPRESSANT DRUGS”

“WELL DOCUMENTED & SCIENTIFICALLY RESEARCHED”

“I was stunned at the amount of research Ann Blake-Tracy has done on this subject. Few researchers go to as much trouble aggressively gathering information on the adverse reactions of Prozac, Zoloft and other SSRIs.”

WITHDRAWAL HELP CD TESTIMONIALS:

“Ann, I just wanted to let you know from the bottom of my heart how grateful I am God placed you in my life. I am now down to less than 2 mg on my Cymbalta and I have never felt better. I am finally getting my life back. I can feel again and colors have never been brighter. Thanks for all that you do!!” … Amber Weber

“Used your method of weaning off of SSRI’s and applied it to Ambian. Took 6 months but had been on 15 mg for years so what was another 6 months. I have been sleeping without it for 2 weeks and it is the first time I have been able to sleep drug free for 15 years. What a relief to be able to lay down and sleep when I need or want to. Ambien may be necessary for people at times but doctors giving a months worth of it at a time with unlimited refills is a prescription for disaster. It is so damn easy to become dependent on. Thanks for your council Ann.”… Mark Hill

“I’m so thankful for Ann Blake-Tracy and all her work. Also for taking the time out to talk to me and educate everyone! She has been a blessing to me during this awful time of antidepressant hell!” … Antoinette Beck

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