Dr. Sanjay Gupta is an American neurosurgeon who serves as associate chief of neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia and as assistant professor of neurosurgery at the Emory University School of Medicine.
He is also a media personality on health-related issues, and best known as CNN’s multiple Emmy Award-winning chief medical correspondent, hosting the network’s weekend health program Sanjay Gupta, M.D., and makes frequent appearances.
And he is one of the finest physicians I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Besides that he loves the title of my book on antidepressants and all aspects of serotonin, Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? As the book examines the research to learn if these drugs are the panacea (cure all) the drug manufactures’ marketing would have us believe as doctors hand them out or every ailment known to man , or are they a Pandora’s Box that once opened unleashing all i’s terrible plagues could never be contained again? From the story of Pandora’s Box: “All at once every evil and spiteful thing flew out like a swarm of insects infesting the Earth with pain and sorrow…t:-) hanks to Pandora life on Earth was never quite so joyful ever again.”)
Dr. Gupta as a neurologist and a professor of neurosurgery certainly would understand more about the brain & brain function than most doctors would. With that in mind LISTEN now as Dr. Sanjay Gupta speaks out about the connection between school shootings and antidepressants after the Sandy Hook school shooting….
SCHOOL SHOOTINGS: The Evidence Antidepressants Are The Cause
Because so many are posting our database of cases of school shootings on Facebook with no explanation of the antidepressant connection, I thought I should post it here on our website as a blog so that it is easier to share with others especially with this latest school shooting in Florida and when yet another school violence episode erupts so they too will have this information to share and educate others about the involvement of antidepressants in school shootings.
President Trump’s Official Statement on Florida Shooting: https://www.whitehouse.gov/1600daily/
My Response: THIS IS NOT A GUN ISSUE AND IT IS NOT A MENTAL HEALTH ISSUE! IT IS A DRUG ISSUE – PRESCRIPTION DRUG ISSUE!!! I have worked these cases as an expert for three decades and the common denominator in them all is the use of an antidepressant – drugs that work very similarly to PCP!
PCP & LSD produce hallucinations by mimicking serotonin. And how do antidepressants work? They are designed to gradually increase serotonin so you get a gradual emerging of hallucinations or psychosis. In that way it appears that the patient is going crazy rather than the drug producing the effect thereby distancing the cause and effect and avoiding personal injury lawsuits.
Creative? It sure was! Thankfully if we can get them into court we have been able to show the evidence clearly with even their own experts testifying that what we should expect from the way these drugs act upon the brain is impulsive murder and suicide! The science is clear as a bell! But no one is hearing that because there is too much money being made on these drugs.
This young shooter had been drugged with these drugs for years and most likely got an increase in dose in November when his mother died. This was the same scenario with Eric Harris at Columbine. His dose of antidepressant was increased just two months before the shooting even though when first given one of these drugs (Zoloft) within 3 weeks Eric was reporting that he was having homicidal ideation (a listed side effect which is an obsession with killing). So they gave him a different SSRI antidepressant! Why doctors seem to think that they are going to achieve a different outcome if they spell the name of a drug differently even though they work exactly the same is beyond me!
NOTE: For those of you who follow my work you will notice all of the obvious medication side effects and keep in mind that 63% of autistic children are prescribed antidepressants
WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE FLORIDA SHOOTER:
He is currently on suicide watch. He heard voices telling him what to do in the shooting (hallucinating). He was adopted along with his brother. He was depressed and in therapy after his mother’s sudden death from the flu in November…
“The 19-year-old who is accused of killing 17 people and injuring dozens more when he opened fire on a South Florida high school Wednesday afternoon told investigators that he heard voices in his head, giving him instructions on what to do to conduct the attack, law enforcement sources told ABC News.
“The voices were described as “demons” by law enforcement sources.
“Those who knew suspect Nikolas Cruz described him as a troubled teen who was largely alone in the world. An attorney for the family who had taken Cruz in after his adoptive mother died said he was “depressed” following her death but had been going to therapy, while a student who participated in Junior ROTC with Cruz described him as a “psycho” who was enthusiastic about weapons.”
Family reported he has been “troubled” for years and was in therapy & thought to be on medication. Both parents are dead, his father died when he was four & his mother died suddenly in November of the flu…
“A relative said Cruz, who was adopted at birth along with his biological younger brother by an older couple, has had a hard few years. His father died when Cruz was much younger and his mother died last year, she said.
“I know he did have some issues, and he may have been taking medication,” said Cruz’s aunt, Barbara Kumbatovich, whose sister died in November. “He did have some kind of emotional difficulties.”
He had obsession with guns, killed small animals, was on medication according to his aunt.
“Roger Cruz died over a decade ago and Lynda struggled with the boys, said Barbara Kumbatovich, a former sister-in-law. “She did the best she could. “They were adopted and had some emotional issues,” she said.
“Kumbatovich said she believed Nikolas Cruz was on medication to deal with his emotional fragility. “She was struggling with Nikolas the last couple years,” she said.
“After his mother died, Cruz moved in with a friend, whose family in Broward took him in and even gave him own bedroom. He worked at a dollar store and went to a school for at-risk youth, said Fort Lauderdale attorney Jim Lewis, who is representing the family.
“Cruz had his AR-15, but the family asked that gun remain locked up in a cabinet, Lewis said. On Wednesday morning, Cruz slept in and gave only a cryptic reason why.”
Shocking 1999 Pharmacist Comment on Antidepressants & School Shootings
In about 2000 I was contacted by a pharmacist who said the nicest woman in town had come regularly to get her prescription of Prozac from him until she went to prison for killing her husband. This was one message I received from him that I think the whole world needs to hear……
“The symptoms I see in patients who use/abuse serotonergic drugs of any form…could aptly be described as the “Hitler syndrome” (over-confidence in one’s own policies or decisions, no fear of consequences, criminal behavior, death of people close to the abuser as the preferred method of solving problems in the abuser’s life, coldness and lack of humanity). I feel that in twenty years or less we will be confronted not with one Hitler but with thousands or millions… numbers so great that we will be forced to interact with their distorted thinking on a daily basis. (Littleton, CO., Riverton,KS., Jonesboro, AR., eventually little Hitlers in every town in America will grow up into BIG HITLERS) It is happening right now. The most insidious factor about long-term serotonin abuse is that it enhances the individual’s persona to the point that they are able to manipulate others into their way of thinking just as Hitler did. This causes the distorted thinking, abnormal behavior, and loss of morality to spread like a contagion to otherwise normal people who have not even been exposed to the drugs. Those on the drugs are converted by the pharmacologic/physiologic processes into sociopathic demagogues.
“Do you have any comments on these thoughts, Ann? Please respond. Tell me we are not the only ones who see what is happening to our world!”
In Answer to: “Where do these school shooters come from? Broken homes?”
The Question: “Where do these school shooters come from? Broken homes?”
My answer: No! They come from their local doctor’s office after they have been given drugs very similar in action to a slow fuse version of PCP (Angel Dust) or LSD. If you watch the video below of the only school shooter to ever speak out about what happened to him while his father sits with him supporting him, you will see no broken home, no previous problems with behavior. This was a wonderful family on a farm in western Washington state with a shy 16 year old boy preparing to finish his Eagle Scout soon and then leave on a two year mission for the LDS Church. His shyness was the reason a doctor prescribed Paxil for him.
It is NOT mental illness. It is NOT guns or any other type of weapon…
It is not mental illness. It is not guns, but rather drugs we are calling “medications” which have suicidal and homicidal ideation listed as side effects! And I make that statement after being called as a court expert on these shootings since 1992 and spending 25 years tracking and documenting the shootings.
From several of the posts on these school shootings on our main web site at www.drugawareness.org I give you the following evidence to prove it is the drugs!
Database With Documentation of School Shooters on Antidepressants
Click Link Below to View Database With Medications Listed & News Story on Each Case
REM Sleep Disorder (RBD) – 86% Antidepressant-Induced
REM Sleep Disorder (RBD) is a condition during which, one lacks to normal paralysis during sleep thus allowing one to act out their worst nightmare in a dream state. It is also known that 80% of those going into the REM Sleep Disorder hurt themselves or someone else, including both murder and suicide. Yet how many are aware that 86% of those being diagnosed with this most deadly of all sleep disorders have been found to currently be taking an antidepressant? We do have a Facebook group on this disorder:
To date no research has been done to show how often this happens in antidepressant withdrawal even though RBD has long been known to be a drug withdrawal state. It should be expected to be far higher in withdrawal and yet we already have 86% involving patients currently taking these drugs.
Most of you may have no idea who Del Shannon is because you are too young. But for us older folks we know that next to Elvis, who was also a victim of these prescription drugs, Del was the voice of early Rock and Roll & was loved worldwide! When he was inducted into the Music Hall of Fame in 1999 it was said, “It would have been better if this had happened while he was still alive, He sure deserved it!!”
This battle for truth about antidepressants began for me the end of 1989/ beginning of 1990. My first booklet, “The Prozac Pandora,” came out in 1991 just before the September 1991 FDA hearing on Prozac.
In those early days I somehow ended up as kind of a mix between historian & librarian for our unofficial anti-antidepressant group. I saw early on how important it was to be documenting what was happening as a result of Prozac, then Zoloft and Paxil, etc, etc, adnauseam. So I began gathering everything and as a result we have an extensive amount of media that no other group has on these drugs.
For years we were the only group working to raise awareness of the dangers of antidepressants. Back then there was actually media coverage on the drugs until about 1997 when they made it legal for pharmaceutical companies to advertise their medications. It was after that that the negative media reports began to disappear. You can find much of those media reports, testimony from victims being given before the FDA during the 1991 FDA hearing, the February & September 2004 FDA hearings & the 2006 FDA hearing on SSRI antidepressants already posted on our YouTube channel. There is still much much more to come as soon as we get help to do the editing and posting of all those videos & audio.
So I am encouraging all of you to go there & subscribe & share those videos as often as you can to help push the channel up in the search engines so that it will be easier for someone suffering from the adverse effects of antidepressants to find the answers they need as to what is happening to them before it is too late for them.
I also feel that it is very important for all of you to know what has already been accomplished and what we know about the birth and development of these SSRI and SNRI antidepressants so that we can better understand what needs to be done next in order to put an end to this Serotonin Nightmare we all suffer.
The Christopher Pittman Case
FInd just one example posted below of an earlier tragedy, mentioned in the title of this post, which CBS’s 48 Hours did a special on covering the case of a 12 year old boy who shot the two people he loved the most in the world, his grandparents, & then burned their home down with them in it and fled in their truck.
I was in touch with a good friend of the grandparents, the local coroner, until his passing a few years ago. He was totally convinced it was the Paxil & Zoloft that led Chris to do what he did. This was very obviously a case of an antidepressant-induced REm Sleep Disorder but how could a 12 year old know that when most doctors do not?
In answer to the question someone just asked about this case posted on our YouTube channel….”Why wasn’t Chris living with his father in Florida?”…
I replied, “That is explained in the video. His mother who had abandoned him as a baby came back home & then left the family again after a very short time causing him to be depressed.
“For years in Florida, & now worldwide, the first answer for what would be a normal reaction to this situation was a prescription for an antidepressant. So Chris was started on Paxil. All antidepressants CAUSE argumentative behavior, as if that is not already bad enough when kids begin going into puberty. So Chris wanted to go be with his most favorite people in the world – his paternal grand-parents in SC. The biggest problem with that is that the doctor in SC, rather than recognizing the serious adverse reactions he was having from Paxil & weaning him off the antidepressant, switched him to another one which works the exact same way even though it was spelled differently. The FDA warned in 2005 that any abrupt change in dose of an antidepressant, whether increasing or decreasing the dose, can produce suicide, hostility or psychosis. Chris had just had Paxil ABRUPTLY discontinued and Zoloft ABRUPTLY started at least doubling Chris’s chances of suicide, hostility or psychosis.
I was a guest on “Court TV” when they covered Chris’s case. They covered two other cases going on at the same time – a 16 year old girl in Idaho & a 16 year old boy in NM. Both had shot & killed their families & both were on Zoloft. As they related these three cases back to back with such similar outcomes they were so shocked by it all that on the air they spontaneously said out loud, “What is it with Zoloft and kids?!”
Clearly when one looks at how rare it is to find a school shooter who is NOT taking an antidepressant, the whole world needs to be asking that same question!!
A federal judge has ruled that the court case filed on behalf of Missouri Foster children for mass drugging with mind altering psychiatric drugs will proceed! The other two groups in America drugged to a similar extent with mind altering drugs are the military and the elderly. (Prisoners are basically in the same category as well but have more say over wether or not they are forced to take the drugs.) And in each of these groups those being harmed by these drugs have little to no say in taking the drugs which are basically being forced upon them. Trial is scheduled for Jan. 14, 2019.
“There are clearly plausible allegations that (the Missouri officials) … actually knew of the serious risk of harm,” Laughrey wrote. “Yet they have not adopted any systematic administrative review because (Missouri) can’t find the medical records of the children. But the absence of the medical records itself creates an unreasonable risk of harm and the Defendants are aware of that risk as well.”
The lawsuit claims psychotropic drugs are often prescribed as “chemical straight-jackets” for some of Missouri’s 13,000 foster care children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or conduct disorder, even though there are few or no federally approved uses for the drugs among children. The plaintiffs also contend little research has been done on how the drugs affect children’s brains and the drugs could cause dangerous side effects, such as suicidal thoughts.”
This is wonderful news that legal action is being taken in behalf of the children! It is long overdue! What has been done to children in this situation four decades is absolutely criminal. The people behind this in many of these cases are literally guilty of murder. Such was the case of little 6 year old Gabriel Myers in Florida who impulsively hung himself under the influence of these drugs. So strong were the adverse reactions he was having to the drugs that he had been switch to a new home after suffering the side effect of homicidal ideation focused on a two year old in the home just two weeks before he suffered the side effect of suicidal ideation which took his life. So while this lawsuit is a big step in the right direction it does not go quite far enough to obtain Justice for these children.
Merry Christmas everyone! Possibly my most favorite singer of all time…”My Christmas” with Andrea Bocelli …. Enjoy a wonderful Christmas concert….
Keep in mind while listening that singing or humming hymns will stimulate the pineal gland helping you to reverse the negative effects of serotonergic drugs by helping you to begin metabolizing serotonin once again!!!
Under current treatment for mental illness, man drives car into Christmas shoppers at 60 mph injuring 19. When I saw this early yesterday morning I mistakenly thought they must discussing the Melbourne case identical to this which happened last year about the same time and in the same place! Unlike the other case, shockingly no one has died in this case as yet.
“We understand he is on a mental health plan
and receiving treatment for a mental illness,”
I have been alarmed by the high number of cases out of Australia as I have watched the news there closely over the past several tears. The answer why added up when I recently learned that 18% of the population there are on antidepressants. And a decade ago it was reported that 25% of their Parliament had admitted to being on the drugs as well! So considering those figures two cases like this happening just a year apart does not surprise me. And I hope everyoneis noticing that we are seeing vehicles used more and more in these cases.
A damaged vehicle at the scene of an incident on Flinders Street, in Melbourne, Australia, 21 December 2017. The car, understood to be a white Suzuki SUV, ploughed into pedestrians in central Melbourne.
SSRIstories.NET is a database of the cases our group at the International Coalition for Drug Awareness has gathered over the past 2 1/2 decades, including nearly every school shooter and mass shooter in the country. The question remains in all of these cases as to the level of consciousness of the perpetrator – something that is never tested in the court cases and should be. (Tragically in this case that is no longer an option.) Testing is still back in the dark ages with blood levels of drugs rather than brain waves which will detect the level of consciousness and therefore culpability. These are drugs that accumulate in brain tissue at an alarming rate. Testing the blood tells us nothing about the level of toxicity.
EXCESS SEROTONIN PRODUCES EXTREME VIOLENCE
What so many were not aware of is that an increase in serotonin by an accompanying decrease in one’s ability to metabolize serotonin was long known to produce both impulsive murder and suicide. See this study out of the Southern California:
08/11/1996 – Mutant Mice May Hold Key To Human Violence – An Excess Of Serotonin, A Chemical That Helps Regulate Mood And Mental Health, Causes Mayhem
ANTIDEPRESSANTS PRODUCE SLEEP DISORDER KNOWN TO
INCLUDE BOTH MURDER AND SUICIDE
What the world remains unaware of is the fact is that 86% of those who are diagnosed with the most deadly sleep disorder known as REM Sleep Disorder (RBD) are currently taking antidepressants. REM Sleep Disorder is a condition in which there is no paralysis during sleep thus allowing the patient to act out the dreams or nightmares they are having. Tragically 80% of those going into this sleep disorder hurt themselves or others including both murder and suicide as a result.
This is possibly the most deadly of all reactions one can have to antidepressants. Even more frightening though is to learn that before the introduction of the SSRI antidepressants RBD was known mainly as a drug withdrawal effect. Thus the chances of going into this dangerous reaction should be expected to increase as one goes into withdrawal. This is why it is so important to avoid as much of the withdrawal effects as possible by very, very gradually tapering off the antidepressant.
Feel free to join us on Facebook to learn more about this disorder on our Antidepressant-induced REM Sleep Disorder group:
This RBD is the adverse reaction comedian Phil Hartman’s wife, Brynn, suffered causing her to shoot her famous husband while he slept just three weeks after her doctor cut her dose by half. The FDA issued withdrawal warnings along with the Black Box Warning for suicide the end of 2004. They warned that abrupt changes in dose can produce suicide, hostility and/or psychosis. With antidepressants the psychosis is almost always a manic psychosis referee to as Antidepressant Withdrawal Mania. And far too many suffer this reaction thus earning themselves a label of “Bipolar Disorder” when in fact it is an acute toxic reaction brought on by the shock of the abrupt withdrawal and should subside. Instead most are led to believe they are Bipolar and are medicated for years for this adverse drug reaction. You can find an MP3 on this subject explaining detail how this happens and natural ways of treating it: https://store.drugawareness.org/product/bipolar-disorder-streaming/
We also have a Facebook group dealing with this reaction:
‘We are killing innocent people’: Stunned doctor warns of opioid danger, even when taken as prescribed
Three months after 21 year old Parker Stewart married his sweetheart, Madilyn, he and his younger sister both went in for a tonsillectomy. On the third day after surgery he told everyone he was feeling fine and went to bed and never woke up. Pain medication he had been given and taken as prescribed had shut his breathing down and he died in his sleep.
What should be of particular interest to those taking antidepressants and atypical antipsychotics with so often disease sleep apnea resulting in the explosion in sales of CPAP machines is the fact that something that predisposes someone to the repression of respiration.
“…a person who suffers from sleep apnea — a condition in which a person’s breathing is shallow or undergoes abnormally long pauses while sleeping — is known to have a greater chance for a dangerous reaction to even a prescribed dose of painkillers, he explained.
“Measured risk factors are whether a person is known to snore loudly, frequently feels tired during the day even after good sleep, has any observed pauses in breathing at night, has high blood pressure, has a body mass index of more than 35, are over 50 years old, have a large neck size (more than 17 inches around for a man or more than 16 for a woman), or are male.
“A person is considered to be at greater threat of post-surgery complications with painkillers if they can answer yes to three or more of those factors.
“In hindsight, Gardner said, she believes her son “had possible sleep apnea.” Even when he was a young boy, she said, Stewart snored loudly.”
Shooting Pills Is Far More Lethal Than Shooting Bullets!
Comment from Kranny-Utah: “Why aren’t these trained doctors better educated in school, let alone by Big pharma reps, about these lethal side-effects, not only of opioids, but of all toxic drugs?
These harmful side-effects aren’t new to the medical/pharmaceutical industries. Barbara Starfield M.D. published an article in a 2002 JAMA (Journal of American Medical Association), the medical journal that doctors should be familiar with, about drug-related deaths due to patients taking drugs as prescribed, and not abused. Taking statistics from the year 2000, she reported that over 250,000 deaths were attributed to drug interactions and medical procedures, making it the third leading cause of death in the United States, behind only heart disease and cancer deaths. Imagine what that number is today? Ignorance is driving too much of this current plague.
My comment in response: “Thank you kranny!!! You took the words right out of my mouth! I head the International Coalition for Drug Awareness where we focus on this very issue. Would love to have you join us.
Interesting to note is another study done by pharmacists in 1995, due to concern that the drugs they were dispensing were killing too many, was published in “Drug Topics.” They concluded that the death toll for taking prescription meds “as prescribed” was 200,000. So according to the JAMA study you quote, over a five year period the death toll increased by 50,000. Now if the deaths continued to increase only at that rate (although I would expect it to have increased at a much higher rate over the last few years) we should now, 17 years later, have a death toll of at least 420,000 annually.
Losing 420,000 per year would be like having at least two 9/11 tragedies hit this country every week! We went to war for how many years over only one 9/11? Where is the outcry for all of these senseless pharmaceutical deaths?! And people are concerned about guns?! It appears to me that shooting pills is far more lethal!
How to Make the Problem Worse!
With the information finally coming out on how very serious and very lethal these pain killers are the next move is logically to wean patients off these deadly and highly addictive drugs. But what are the new recommendations to help those with pain? What is being recommended are drugs patients who have used both types of drugs say these are FAR MORE DIFFICULT to withdraw from than these pain killers are!! Those drugs now being recommended for pain are antidepressants or Neurontin (gabapentin) or Lyrica. These patients are being led from the frying pan into a raging fire!!!