RADIO SHOW: ANTIDEPRESSANTS IN THE MILITARY & ANDREA YATES CASE

Radio Show Monday: Ann Blake Tracy on “The Power Hour” with Captain Joyce Riley

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Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director of the International Coalition for Drug Awareness (www.drugawareness.org and www.ssristories.NET) will be on the international radio show “The Power Hour” with Captain Joyce Riley tomorrow morning, March 9, 2015, from 8:00 – 9:00 AM Central Time. You can access the show on the web from around the world at http://www.thepowerhour.com/ The subject of course will be antidepressants and since Joyce has long been the most vocal advocate for veterans in the country over the past two and a half decades we will be discussing the problems within the military as a result of the high antidepressant use among vets.

Immediately following the interview with Ann Blake Tracy will be a live interview with George Parnham the attorney for Andrea Yates, the Texas mother who drowned her five children as a result of taking the antidepressants Effexor and Remeron and having both abruptly and drastically changed (dropping one by 1/3 of the dose and increasing the other by 1/4 of the dose) just the day before – something the FDA warns can produce suicide, hostility or psychosis.

Without doubt Andrea suffered the REM Sleep Disorder, long known to be the most dangerous withdrawal effect of antidepressants where you act out nightmares in an unconscious state. It has been found that 86% of those being diagnosed with this deadly sleep disorder are currently taking an antidepressant, yet no research has been done to show the percentage of those in withdrawal from antidepressants who are suffering REM Sleep Disorder. Rusty will tell you in a heartbeat that losing their children was without any doubt Andrea’s worst nightmare. The children were her life. She had even quit her nursing career to spend all of her time with them.

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Five Small White Coffins Carry the Yates Children

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,

International Coalition for Drug Awareness

www.drugawareness.org & http://ssristories.net Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!

WITHDRAWAL HELP: You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/ And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one at www.drugawareness.org or sign up for one of the memberships for the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan.

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AMERICA’S MOST POPULAR DRUG IS THE ATYPICAL ANTIPSYCHOTIC ABILIFY

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Meet one of our newest members to join our International Coalition For Drug Awareness Facebook group – investigative reporter Martha Rosenberg.

For those of you new to this battle and unaware of the history of this battle or those who have been involved since the beginning to pave the way you need to know that Martha is an incredible reporter who has been writing about the antidepressants and atypical antipsychotics for many years now. In fact she has written some of the most hard hitting articles on this issue! An example of a recent one is posted below. She has been published widely.

We want to welcome her and thank her publicly for her tireless work in educating the public about these very dangerous drugs!

The following article was emailed to me but originally appeared in Alternet. (Please always keep in mind in learning about the atypical antipsychotics that they too are serotonergic drugs and technically should NOT be used with an antidepressant even though Abilify promotes itself as an add-on drug to antidepressant treatment!!!!!) I would encourage all of you to Google Martha Rosenberg and read and share her information far and wide!

THE MOST POPULAR DRUG IN AMERICA IS AN ANTIPSYCHOTIC — AND NO ONE REALLY KNOWS HOW IT WORKS

MARTHA ROSENBERG, ALTERNET
16 NOV 2014 AT 20:58 ET

Does anyone remember Thorazine? It was an antipsychotic given to mentally ill people, often in institutions, that was so sedating, it gave rise to the term “Thorazine shuffle.” Ads for Thorazine in medical journals, before drugs were advertised directly to patients, showed Aunt Hattie in a hospital gown, zoned out but causing no trouble to herself or anyone else. No wonder Thorazine and related drugs Haldol, Mellaril and Stelazine were called chemical straitjackets.

But Thorazine and similar drugs became close to obsolete in 1993 when a second generation of antipsychotics which included Risperdal, Zyprexa, Seroquel, Geodon and Abilify came online. Called “atypical” antipsychotics, the drugs seemed to have fewer side effects than their predecessors like dry mouth, constipation and the stigmatizing and permanent facial tics known as TD or tardive dyskinesia. (In actuality, they were similar.) More importantly, the drugs were obscenely expensive: 100 tablets of Seroquel cost as much as $2,000, Zyprexa, $1,680 and Abilify $1,644.

One drug that is a close cousin of Thorazine, Abilify, is currently the top-selling of all prescription drugs in the U.S. marketed as a supplement to antidepressant drugs, reports the Daily Beast. Not only is it amazing that an antipsychotic is outselling all other drugs, no one even knows how it works to relieve depression, writes Jay Michaelson. The standardized United States Product Insert says Abilify’s method of action is “unknown” but it likely “balances” brain’s neurotransmitters. But critics say antipsychotics don’t treat anything at all, but zone people out and produce oblivion. They also say there is a concerning rise in the prescription of antipsychotics for routine complaints like insomnia.

They are right. With new names and prices and despite their unknown methods of action, Pharma marketers have devised ways to market drugs like Abilify to the whole population, not just people with severe mental illness. Only one percent of the population, after all, has schizophrenia and only 2.5 percent has bipolar disorder. Thanks to these marketing ploys, Risperdal was the seventh best-selling drug in the world until it went off patent and Abilify currently rules.

Here are some of the ways Big Pharma made antipsychotics everyday drugs.

Approval Creep

Everyone has heard of “mission creep.” In the pharmaceutical world, approval creep means getting the FDA to approve a drug for one thing and pushing a lot of other drug approvals through on the coattails of the first one. Though the atypical antipsychotics were originally drugs for schizophrenia, soon there was a dazzling array of new uses.

Seroquel was first approved in 1997 for schizophrenia but subsequently approved for bipolar disorder, psychiatric conditions in children and finally as an add-on drug for depression like Abilify. The depression “market” is so huge, Seroquel’s last approval allowed the former schizophrenia drug to make $5.3 billion a year before it went off patent. But before the add-on approval, AstraZeneca, which makes Seroquel, ran a sleazy campaign to convince depressed people they were really “bipolar.” Ads showed an enraged woman screaming into the phone, her face contorted, her teeth clenched. Is this you, asked the ads? Your depression may really be bipolar disorder, warned the ad.

Sometimes the indication creep is under the radar. After heated FDA hearings in 2009 about extending Zyprexa, Seroquel and Geodon uses for kids–Pfizer and AstraZeneca slides showed that kids died in clinical trials–the uses were added by the FDA but never announced. They were slipped into the record right before Christmas, when no news breaks, and recorded as “label changes.” Sneaky.

And there is another “creep” which is also under the radar: “warning creep.” As atypical antipsychotics have gone into wide use in the population, more risks have surfaced. Labels now warn against death-associated risks in the elderly, children and people with depression but you have to really read the fine print. (Atypical antipsychotics are so dangerous in the elderly with dementia, at least 15,000 die in nursing homes from them each year, charged FDA drug reviewer David Graham in congressional testimony.) The Seroquel label now warns against cardiovascular risks, which the FDA denied until the drug was almost off patent.

Dosing Children

Perhaps no drugs but ADHD medications have been so widely used and often abused in children as atypical antipsychotics. Atypical antipsychotics are known to “improve” behavior in problem children across a broad range of diagnoses but at a huge price: A National Institute of Mental Health study of 119 children ages 8 to 19 found Risperdal and Zyprexa caused such obesity a safety panel ordered the children off the drugs.

In only eight weeks, kids on Risperdal gained nine pounds and kids on Zyprexa gained 13 pounds. “Kids at school were making fun of me,” said one study participant who put on 35 pounds while taking Risperdal.

Just like the elderly in state care, poor children on Medicaid are tempting targets for Big Pharma and sleazy operators because they do not make their own medication decisions. In 2008, the state ofTexas charged Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen with defrauding the state of millions with “a sophisticated and fraudulent marketing scheme,” to “secure a spot for the drug, Risperdal, on the state’s Medicaid preferred drug list and on controversial medical protocols that determine which drugs are given to adults and children in state custody.”

Many other states have brought legal action against Big Pharma including compelling drug makers to pay for the extreme side effects that develop with the drugs: massive weight gain, blood sugar changes leading to diabetes and cholesterol problems.

Add-On Conditions

It’s called polypharmacy and it is increasingly popular: Prescribing several drugs, often as a cocktail, that are supposed to do more than the drugs do alone. Big Pharma likes polypharmacy for two obvious reasons: drug sales are tripled or quadrupled—and it’s not possible to know if the drugs are working. The problems with polypharmacy parallel its “benefits.” The person can’t know which, if any, of the drugs are working so they take them all. By the time someone is on four or more psychiatric drugs, there is a good chance they are on a government program and we are paying. There is also a good chance the person is on the drugs for life, because withdrawal reactions make them think there really is something wrong with them and it is hard to quit the drugs.

Into this lucrative merchandising model came the idea of “add-on” medications and “treatment-resistant depression.” When someone’s antidepressant didn’t work, Pharma marketers began floating the idea that it wasn’t that the drugs didn’t work; it wasn’t that the person wasn’t depressed to begin with but had real life, job and family problems—it was “treatment-resistant depression.” The person needed to add a second or third drug to their antidepressant, such as Seroquel or Abilify. Ka-ching.

Lawsuits Don’t Stop Unethical Marketing

Just as Big Pharma has camped out in Medicare and Medicaid, living on our tax dollars while fleeing to England so it doesn’t have to pay taxes, Pharma has also camped out in the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs. Arguably, no drugs have been as good for Big Pharma as atypical antipsychotics within the military. In 2009, the Pentagon spent $8.6 million on Seroquel and VA spent $125.4 million—almost $30 million more than is spent on a F/A-18 Hornet.

Risperdal was even bigger in the military. Over a period of nine years, VA spent $717 million on its generic, risperidone, to treat PTSD in troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Yet not only was risperidone not approved for PTSD, it didn’t even work. A 2011 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found the drug worked no better than placebo and the money was totally wasted.

In the last few years, the makers of Risperdal, Seroquel and Zyprexa have all settled suits claiming illegal or fraudulent marketing. A year ago, Johnson & Johnson admitted mismarketing Risperdal in a $2.2 billion settlement. But the penalty is nothing compared with the $24.2 billion it made from selling Risperdal between 2003 to 2010 and shareholders didn’t blink. The truth is, there is too much money in hawking atypical antipsychotics to the general population for Pharma to quit.

This story originally appeared at AlterNet.

Read more here:http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/11/the-most-popular-drug-in-america-is-an-antipsychotic-and-no-one-really-knows-how-it-works/

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,

International Coalition for Drug Awareness

www.drugawareness.org & http://ssristories.drugawareness.org
Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!

WITHDRAWAL HELP: You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/ And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one at www.drugawareness.org or sign up for one of the memberships for the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan.

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Overcoming Years of Hypothyroidism With Alternatives

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Thyroid problems is one of the most common after effects of using antidepressants. Hypo-thyroidism is the most common but Hyper-thyroidism is seen as well. Because of that I wanted to share Frances Fuller’s story of overcoming many years of thyroid issues. To overcome this after almost 30 years of suffering with it should show you there is a way to overcome this once it is caused by antidepressants.

If you click on the Alternatives button on the top blue bar at drugawareness.org you will find the products she used to overcome her hypothyroidism.

The Frances Fuller Story

December 19, 2009

I was a competitive swimmer and spent hours in the pool every day. When I was 14, my thyroid was tested and found to be underactive. I was put on Armour’s Thyroid extract. By the time I was 15, the dosage had been increased to a whopping amount – 3 grains/day – which is more than many whose thyroid has been totally removed take as replacement. However, all of the tests indicated that I needed that amount.

In 1968 when I was 25, the doctors decided to try me on a relatively new drug which was synthetic thyroid containing both T3 and T4, two of the three main hormones that are produced by the thyroid gland. Although the dosage began a bit lower than the amount of thyroid extract that I had taken for over 10 years, it was back up to the 3 grains/day within months.

When I moved to Florida in 1996, the doctors could not believe that I needed so much thyroid medication. The tests indicated otherwise. However, the doctor decided to switch me to a different preparation – and did the arithmetic wrong. Not only was I lethargic, but also my hair began falling out!!! That was such a frustrating experience . . .

I went back on the T3 and T4 synthetic thyroid that I had successfully taken for 28 years.

In 2000, I heard Gary Young say, “Chlorine shuts down the thyroid.” The words were like a massive alarm in my brain! I had not only spent my childhood in chlorinated swimming pools, but I had also continued swimming laps daily as an adult – even clocking 2 miles a day (3000 meters) most of that time!!! I immediately decided that I would have to find another form of exercise and stopped swimming in chlorinated pools. Of course, it took a while before I also was able to get a whole house water filter, but I drank bottled water until that time and had to give up my “beloved long hot bath soaks” as we absorb chlorine through the skin in the bath water – along with all the other chemicals in municipal water systems!

I continued to take the T3 and T4 synthetic thyroid replacement medication.

As I began using the Young Living essential oils and NingXia Red, which was introduced in the summer of 2002, I began feeling as if I did not need as much thyroid medication. The dose was decreased ever so slightly, and the blood tests were okay.

My wonderful friend and neighbor is a medical doctor, and she was so helpful in assisting me to slowly reduce the medication . . . and then I moved to Singapore in 2003. There is no preparation with T3 available in Singapore! I stocked up on all that I could purchase in the US and made a decision: I will support my thyroid gland with the Young Living essential oils and the other foods that are supportive of the thyroid.

Gary Young taught that GERANIUM, and MYRTLE are especially supportive – and his blend ENDOFLEX was created to support and balance the entire endocrine system. I also learned that COCONUT OIL is supportive. Fortunately, coconuts are plentiful in the tropics, and I began eating fresh coconut as well as taking a spoonful of oil each day. I also used CEDARWOOD essential oil over the brain stem, on my temples, and on the bottom of the great toes – the reflex point for the pituitary gland.

In 2004 I made the switch to a medication that contained no T3. According to my friend in the US, it is not possible to get off T3 once you are on it – and certainly not after you have been on it for almost 50 years. However, I was able to make the switch without any adverse effects.

As my body became more balanced, I began reducing the amount of thyroid medication in tiny increments with no ill effects – and continued drinking NingXia Red and using the Young Living essential oils.

January 2009 I found that I no longer needed ANY synthetic thyroid medication!!! I was a bit nervous the first morning when I skipped it. However, instead of feeling lethargic, I was fine. What I DID notice immediately was that instead of always feeling “nervous”, I was far calmer and more relaxed. I anticipated needing to take the medication “every other day”, but that was not the case. Once it was discontinued I have never gone back.

I carefully monitored my body for the telltale signs of underactive thyroid – lethargy, weight gain, falling hair, and dry and flaky skin. Not one of the signs appeared!!! I began sleeping better at night.

It has now been one year (lacking a few days) since I discontinued thyroid medication. [Note: I discontinued the medication January 2009.] I have not gained any weight. My hair is thicker than before. I feel wonderful all the time. My skin is moister than it was years ago. It is pretty amazing to feel the way I do at soon-to-be 67 years without a single medication.

I use the following Young Living products especially for thyroid support – and of course, I use a lot of oils because I love them and feel I am healthier because of them!

ENDOFLEX 1 drop over thyroid 3 times a day
ENDOGIZE 1 capsule morning and 1 capsule evening
THYROMIN 1 capsule morning
NINGXIA RED 180ml (6oz) each day
I also use GERANIUM, CEDARWOOD, and YLANG YLANG daily along with a variety of other Young Living oils and blends.
Frances Fuller 19 December 2009

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FACTS ABOUT THE THYROID

The following is taken from articles and/or answers I have written to individuals. Much of it is based upon lectures by Dr. D. Gary Young and the Essential Oils Desk Reference.

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ENDOFLEX blend assists in balancing the glands of the endocrine system. I personally use it, neat, right over the thyroid (at the base of the neck below the “Adam’s apple) 2-3 times a day.

THYROMIN is a capsule specifically supports the thyroid.

ENDOGIZE is a capsule that supports the entire endocrine system. It contains DHEA, which is a precursor for growth hormone. It is not a hormone. However, the Singapore government (sometimes) requires that you sign a form in order to bring into the country anything that contains DHEA, whether it is a cream or something that is ingested.

Located at the base of the neck just below the Adam’s apple, the thyroid is the energy gland of the human body. It produces T3 and T4 thyroid hormones that control the body’s metabolism. The thyroid also controls other vital functions such as digestion, circulation, immune function, hormone balance and emotions.

The thyroid gland is actually controlled by the pituitary gland which signals the thyroid when to produce the thyroid hormone. The pituitary gland, in turn, is directed by chemical signals sent by the hypothalamus gland, which monitors hormone levels in the blood stream.

A lack of thyroid hormones does not necessarily mean that the thyroid is not functioning properly. In some instances, the pituitary may be malfunctioning because of its failure to release sufficient TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) to spur the thyroid to make thyroid hormone.

Other cases of thyroid hormone deficiency may be due to the hypothalamus failing to release sufficient TRH (thyrotropin releasing hormone).

In cases where thyroid hormone deficiency is caused by a malfunctioning pituitary or hypothalamus, better results may be achieved by using supplements or essential oils that stimulate the pituitary or hypothalamus, such as cedarwood.

People with type A blood have more of a tendency to have weak thyroid function.

Hypothyroid (Hashimoto’s disease) This condition occurs when the thyroid is underactive and produces insufficient thyroid hormone. Approximately 40% of the US population suffers from some milder forms of this disorder to some degree and these people tend to also suffer from hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). In its severe form, it is referred to as Hashimoto’s disease.

Hashimoto’s disease affects the thyroid, limiting its ability to produce thyroid hormone.

The following symptoms occur: – Fatigue – Yeast infections (Candida) – Lack of energy – Reduced immune function – Poor resistance to disease – Recurring infections – Falling hair

Hyperthyroid (Graves disease ) When the thyroid becomes overactive and produces excess thyroid hormone, the following symptoms may occur: Symptoms of hyperthyroidism: – Anxiety – Restlessness – Insomnia – Premature gray hair – diabetes mellitus – arthritis – vitiligo (loss of skin pigment)

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Disclaimer: Please remember that anything discussed here does not constitute medical advice and cannot substitute for appropriate medical care.

Sharing experiences with essential oils is an effective way of learning to utilize these powerful gifts from Nature. With this knowledge we can take control of our personal health. However, we are required by law in the USA to state, “These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease”.

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org & http://ssristories.drugawareness.org
Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

WITHDRAWAL HELP: You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/ And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one at www.drugawareness.org or sign up for one of the memberships for the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan.

WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!

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PROZAC: Police Release Findings in Sparks NV School Shooting

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12 Year Old Jose Reyes,

Sparks Middle School Shooter – 3 Days on Prozac

Thanks to our Washington Director of the International Coalition for Drug Awareness for bringing this information to us. If you will watch the video posted below, Why I Took a Gun to School, you will meet Jay and his son and see why this is such a big issue for Jay.

The Sparks Nevada student, Jose Reyes, was only 12 when he shot and killed a teacher, Michael Landsberry, who was attempting to stop the shooting, and wounded two other students before killing himself. He had been placed on generic Prozac only three days earlier and wrote two suicide notes.

Think that is not enough of one of these drugs to cause a murder/suicide? Then you need to read the transcripts of the Tobin vs Glaxo case in Cheyenne, WY where Donald Schell took only two pills of the antidepressant Paxil before rising early the morning after the second pill to shoot his wife, visiting daughter and baby granddaughter, before shooting himself. After hearing all the evidence with the majority of it coming from Glaxo’s expert witness, Dr. John Mann, the jury ruled that the two pills of Paxil were the main cause of this tragedy and awarded $6.4 Million to the family for that.

I encourage you to listen to the only school shooter who has survived to tell his story before a camera. See the second link below to watch his video “Why I Took a Gun to School” from the Gary Null movie The Drugging of Our Children.

Original article: http://www.policeone.com/active-shooter/articles/7187751-Police-release-findings-in-Nev-school-shooting-rampage/

Why I Took a Gun to School: http://www.drugawareness.org/recentcasesblog/why-i-took-a-gun-to-school-1

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org & http://ssristories.drugawareness.org
Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

WITHDRAWAL HELP: You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/ And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one at www.drugawareness.org or sign up for one of the memberships for the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan.

WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!

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SSRI Antidepressants: Central Utah: Ann Blake Tracy Will Lecture Monday Afternoon

 

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For all those in the Central Utah Area

Ann Blake Tracy Will Be Speaking Monday Afternoon

May 19, 2014 in the Richfield, UT area at the Joseph Town Community Center, 25 East 100 North, in Joseph Utah at 4.00 p.m. This is open to the public so bring all you know to help educate those around you to the many problems we all are facing due to the widespread prescribing of serotonergic medications.

Several of those in the area have arranged this lecture. These are those who have suffered horrific tragedies including the suicides of a father and then his son both from Zyprexa and another whose family was directly affected by a young father who killed his baby and attempted to kill himself while taking an antidepressant.

Just over the last Christmas holiday a family in the area lost a loved one to an accidental drug interaction/overdose of Celexa, Valium, Klonopin, and Ambien, who was a well known prosecuting attorney in Las Vegas.

Lisa Ann Willardson

Lisa Ann Willardson – Death From Drug Interaction

http://www.ablxboston.com/national/41289-las-vegas-prosecutor-lisa-ann-willardson-died-of-accidental-drug-overdose-just-hours-after-judge-boyfriend-was-found-guilty-of-misconduct.html

The point it that no matter the size of a community all are being hard hit via the deadly affects of these serotonergic drugs. It is long overdue that everyone become educated to the serotonin lies that are destroying so many innocent lives! Anyone with questions about the lecture can call Sandy at 435-527-8877

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org & http://ssristories.drugawareness.org
Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

WITHDRAWAL HELP: You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/  And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one at www.drugawareness.org or sign up for one of the memberships for the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan.

WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS? Santa Rosa Man Stabs Himself While Driving

 

SANTA ROSA MAN STABS HIMSELF TO DEATH DRIVING DOWN FREEWAY

 

Santa Rosa driver dies of self-inflicted stab wounds – A 46 year old man has died of his self-inflicted wounds. While being pursued by CHP the man stabbed himself dozens of times before plowing into two other vehicles. The following is my posted comment on the case:

“The very first antidepressant-induced suicide attempt case I testified in was in Santa Rosa. The judge in the case was one of the finest I have gone before since I began testifying in the cases in 1992. Prozac was found to be the cause of the suicide attempt as these drugs have been found to be the cause of suicides and murders in thousands more similar tragedies since. You can find a small database here of about 5000 cases: www.ssristories.drugawareness.org

“From the reports of how this suicide took place you can almost bet it is another induced by an antidepressant. It was far from what most would consider a “typical” suicide. For someone to switch so drastically in behavior it must be either something like a brain tumor or caused by a chemical reaction. And considering the extremely widespread prescribing of antidepressants for absolutely anything, they would be the more likely cause.

“And you want to know who is going to pay for this? I know who should pay for all of it – a drug maker, but I also know how good they are at getting away with what their drugs do to people. When I did the Leeza Gibbons Show on mothers on antidepressants killing their children we were told as we stepped onto the stage that we could use the word “antidepressant” but we could not use the brand names of those drugs (Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Effexor, etc.) because of their advertisers. Now with that policy in mind check the advertising on your evening news and tell me if you really think you will hear much about the problems with antidepressant drugs.

“These drugs are the most similar in action we have seen to PCP – Angel Dust. No one would have been surprised by this man’s actions had they known someone had been secretly slipping him PCP daily.”

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20140506/articles/140509717

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org & http://ssristories.drugawareness.org
Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

WITHDRAWAL HELP: You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/  And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one at www.drugawareness.org or sign up for one of the memberships for the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan.

WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!

The FDA also now warns that any abrupt change in dose of an antidepressant can produce suicide, hostility or psychosis. These reactions can either come on very rapidly or even be delayed for months depending upon the adverse effects upon sleep patterns when the withdrawal is rapid!

 

 

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International Radio Show Wednesday: Ann Blake Tracy on The Power Hour with Joyce Riley

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7:00 AM Pacific Time: Guest: ANN BLAKE TRACY, Executive Director of the International Coalition for Drug Awareness joins today to discuss the mass drugging of our military. The show is now archived at:  http://archives2014.gcnlive.com/Archives2014/apr14/PowerHour/0423143.mp3

Ann has been has been researching, writing, and lecturing about serotoneric medications since 1990. And since 1992 has been testifying in court cases involving antidepressants & the newer atypical antipsychotics in both the US & Canada. (See complete bio below)

Website: http://www.drugawareness.org & http://www.ssristories.net

To call the show live: 1-855-995-6923 – International Callers: 00+ 1+ 612-465-7370

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Ann Blake-Tracy

Executive Director of the International Coalition for Drug Awareness (www.drugawareness.org)
Author: Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare

Withdrawal CD: Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!

Ann has specialized since 1990 in adverse reactions to serotonergic medications (such as Prozac, Sarafem, Zoloft, Paxil, Luvox, Celexa, Lexapro, Effexor, Cymbalta, Pristiq, Serzone, Remeron, Anafranil, Fen-Phen, Redux and Meridia as well as the new atypical antipsychotics Zyprexa, Geodon, Seroquel, Risperdal, and Abilify), as well as pain killers, and has testified before the FDA and congressional subcommittee members on antidepressants. Last May she testified, along with other experts, before the Danish Parliament on the brain damage produced by antidepressants.

Since 1992 she has testified as an expert witness in Prozac and other SSRI related court cases around the world. Some of the more high profile cases she has worked on would be the murder/suicide of comedian Phil Hartman and his wife Brynn, the Columbine & Red Lake School shootings,
Andrea Yates – the Texas mother who drowned her five children, the Atlanta Day Trader, Princess Di’s death, the murder/suicide of the royal family of Nepal, Anna Nicole Smith’s son Daniel’s death, etc.

Ann Blake-Tracy will amaze you with documentation as to how often these drugs have lurked silently behind the scenes of major headlines worldwide!! To get an idea of how often and the types of reactions we are seeing in the news go to www.drugawareness.org for breaking news cases and www.ssristories.net www.ssristories.drugawareness.org for our database of 1000’s of articles on patients on these drugs and the adverse results appearing as headlines which Ann Blake Tracy and our Texas director, Rosie Meysenburg have been gathering since the introduction of the first SSRI antidepressant, Prozac. With only two individuals gathering the cases it makes it clear that this shocking list is only the tip of this iceberg!

Her first book on the issue was published in 1991. What scientists are just now learning about these drugs she spelled out in this book and other early writings. She has participated in innumerable radio, television, newspaper and magazine interviews since 1989.

We know of no one with such extensive experience and expertise on all of these issues surrounding the SSRI antidepressants as Ann Blake-Tracy. She knows this issue like no one you have ever met! Her latest book on the Prozac family of antidepressants: “PROZAC: PANACEA OR PANDORA? – Our Serotonin Nightmare” (2001) is the product of many, many years of intensive research, and the cases of approximately 1,000 patients on a long-term basis.

Ann Blake Tracy also has an hour and a half long audio tape and/or CD, “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!,” which explains the safest withdrawal methods from these antidepressants discovered via trial & error over the past two decades and how to rebuild the body and brain after the use of these drugs – the product of many years working with patients in withdrawal from antidepressants and patients with serious adverse reactions to antidepressants.

Ann Blake Tracy has appeared on or consulted for television presentations for FOX News, Court TV, the History Channel, CNN, PBS programs, Dateline and 20/20, the Geraldo Show, the Leeza Gibbons Show, the Montel Williams Show, the Maury Povich Show and numerous local news programs. She has also appeared on many national radio shows over the past 20 years such as NPR, Coast to Coast, the Jeff Rense Show, and the Alex Jones Show. Internationally she has appeared in the US, Canada, Finland, UK, Russia. Ireland, and is currently working on one in Germany and another in Australia.

Ann has also appeared in two major film documentaries released the end of 2005, The Drugging of Our Children, by award-winning documentary filmmaker Gary Null, which contains interviews with Michael Moore and Neil Bush agreeing on the subject of the horrors of giving our children drugs; (This movie is available in its entirety in the link below) and the movie Prescription Suicide, a look into the lives of families who experienced firsthand the tragedy of antidepressants, produced by five-time Emmy Award winning Hollywood producer Robert Manciero. And she has just done an interview for the sequel to American Addict, which is currently the number one movie on Netflix.

The Drugging Of Our Children (Full Length)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26e5PqrCePk&authuser=0

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org & http://ssristories.drugawareness.org
Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

WITHDRAWAL HELP: You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/  And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one at www.drugawareness.org or sign up for one of the memberships for the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan.

WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!

The FDA also now warns that any abrupt change in dose of an antidepressant can produce suicide, hostility or psychosis. These reactions can either come on very rapidly or even be delayed for months depending upon the adverse effects upon sleep patterns when the withdrawal is rapid!

 

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Utah Highway Patrol Reports Large Increase in Wrong-Way Drivers on Freeway

Police Officer Spikes

UHP Responds to SIX Wrong Way Drivers in Three Days

For a long time now I have warned that Utah could be used as a microcosm of what the rest of the country can expect to see soon as a result of antidepressant use. (A few other states could fit that profile as well also due to their high use of antidepressants.) But this trend of high speed wrong-way drivers is one that no one wants to see coming to their neighborhood! As the trooper states in the article below “It’s unfortunately very common.” When we first began to document these cases of wrong-way drivers using antidepressants I never ever dreamed we would get to the point where news reports would say it was now very common!

Please see this first part of the article and then read my comment on that article below to understand more about the connection….

RECENT UPTICK IN WRONG-WAY DRIVERS ON INTERSTATE A CONCERN FOR TROOPERS

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Highway Patrol is seeing a disturbing trend: drivers heading the wrong way at freeway speeds.

“It’s unfortunately very common,” UHP Sgt. Donavan Lucas said Friday. “Why? I don’t know. The on-ramps and off-ramps are pretty self-explanatory.”

It’s a trend that is a real danger to public safety and officers.

During a three-day stretch last month, from Feb. 6 to Feb. 9, state troopers responded to six calls of drivers heading into oncoming traffic on the interstate. Three of the drivers were arrested for investigation of DUI….

….“Somebody that’s impaired doesn’t have any idea of what they’re doing or where they’re going,” Lucas said.

Original article: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865598720/Recent-spate-of-wrong-way-drivers-on-interstate-a-concern-for-troopers.html

My comment: “They don’t know why they are seeing an increase in wrong-way drivers? Has anyone considered toxicology tests on these people or recent medication history?

“For years I have taken reports from those on antidepressants that tell me they have driven the wrong way on a freeway at high speeds. They report the same in recent abrupt withdrawal from antidepressants.

“And for two decades I have documented tragic accidents where those on antidepressants have driven the wrong way on freeways at high speeds and had accidents killing others. Considering the strong negative impact these drugs have on blood sugar this reaction should not surprise anyone.

“Might be a good idea to check the connection to these prescription drugs before something worse happens.”

I do know that about five years ago one officer reported that of the 150 DUIs he had handed out that month only three involved alcohol while all the rest involved the use of prescription medications.

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org & http://ssristories.drugawareness.org
Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

WITHDRAWAL HELP: You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/  And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one at www.drugawareness.org or sign up for one of the memberships for the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan.

WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!

The FDA also now warns that any abrupt change in dose of an antidepressant can produce suicide, hostility or psychosis. These reactions can either come on very rapidly or even be delayed for months depending upon the adverse effects upon sleep patterns when the withdrawal is rapid!

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UT NAMI Calls for Full Medicaid Expansion

 

NAMINATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI)

Yesterday a rally was held on Capitol Hill in Salt Lake City to promote a bill that would bring in federal funding to medicate even more people in Utah through Medicaid!!! SALT LAKE CITY — The Capitol rotunda echoed Thursday with voices touting the importance of treatment for mental health and substance abuse disorders. And joining in the chorus were cries for full Medicaid expansion.

Among those was my old friend from talk radio days, now Senator Jim Dabakis, pointing out that the Fed is offering almost half a billion dollars to medicate more in Utah!!! Jim should know better but even he was shouting to take the money.

“Washington has a check for $430 million made out to the state of Utah,” Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, said to an excited and thunderous crowd.

“Speaker Lockhart, take the money,” Dabakis shouted. “It’s simple. We need that money. We don’t need ideological points. We don’t need political points. Our families, 120,000 of them, are desperate for that money. This is not the time to play political games. Take the money.”

My posted comment on this in Utah media is: “Oh my gosh! Utah has still not woken up to this Pharmacuetical lobbyist group that calls themselves National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)?!

“Senator Charles Grassley led the probe into NAMI about six or seven years ago which found at least 75% of NAMI’s funding comes directly from drug companies. So embarrassed by this revelation was the national head of NAMI that he stepped down from his position. If Medicaid Expansion is approved who benefits? The drug companies and NAMI do!

“But what about patients? Reading the book “Mad in America” would answer that or reading a package insert for these “medications” will demonstrate they increase mental illness rather than cure it, thus making an even larger market for Pharma. For instance Postpartum psychosis normally occurs in one of 1000 yet take an antidepressant for postpartum depression and the chance of psychosis is increased 1000% to one of 100 (find 1% psychosis in the antidepressant package insert) Or stop the antidepressant rapidly and the FDA warns you can produce psychosis.

“So, simply have the government expand funding for medications which produce psychosis and sell more anti-psychotic medications – simple math? Welcome to marketing in America!”

As I did a quick search for NAMI just through one newspaper there to see if anything was ever printed about Senator Grassley’s probe of NAMI’s funding I was shocked to pull up on just the first page three obituaries calling for donations to be made to NAMI!!! And why is that shocking? It is shocking because I have little doubt that all three of these people died from the so called “treatments” that NAMI is promoting – the same “treatment” these people are rallying to bring more money to fund while WE foot the bill, thus making us a party to those deaths!

The most horrific of those three deaths I know was produced by these drugs. That was gruesome murder of Joyce Dexter, 84, the grandmother of 21 year old Zachary Weston who under the influence of Zoloft and Zyprexa stabbed his grandmother 111 times, even slicing her abdomen open,  just over a year ago. http://www.drugawareness.org/zoloft-zyprexa-grandson-stabs-grandmother-111-times/ Two years before the attack Zach was court ordered “to undergo a mental health evaluation and complete any recommended treatment” after shoving his mother in an argument.

This is the type of “treatment” this money NAMI is rallying Utah law makers for currently will fund. So now the question is: “Just how many more grandmothers will suffer a similar fate as Utah accepts this absolutely staggering amount  of money?” And if you think Utah is the only state or the US the only country, in which pharmaceutical front groups like NAMI are accomplishing the same type of funding for Pharma, you need to think again!!!

If you read my 2004 report before the FDA Advisory Committee on antidepressants http://www.drugawareness.org/fda-testimony/dr-ann-blake-tracys-september-13-2004-to-the-fda you will see that the neurotransmitter, serotonin, which is increased by antidepressants is almost identical chemically to the hallucinogenics LSD or PCP.  Serotonin mimics LSD or PCP. Elevated serotonin is what is found in psychosis, schizophrenia, mania (Bipolar), suicide, depression, anxiety, Autism, anorexia, drug and alcohol abuse, violent crime, impulsive acts with no concern for punishment, argumentative behavior, rage, pedophilia, etc.  Antidepressants are designed to gradually increase serotonin levels over time and because it  is a gradual process it gives the appearance that the patient is going insane rather than the fact it should be an expected result of the drug itself! Making the situation even more disturbing is the fact that abrupt withdrawal from an antidepressant is known to produce suicide, hostility or psychosis, according to FDA warnings on withdrawal. Most general practitioners are unaware of this and mistakenly increase the dose or stop medication all together not knowing the withdrawal must be painstakingly slow and thus only making matters worse.

Original article: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865596984/Hundreds-attend-Rally-for-Recovery-call-for-full-Medicaid-expansion.html

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org & http://ssristories.drugawareness.org
Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

WITHDRAWAL HELP: You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/  And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one at www.drugawareness.org or sign up for one of the memberships for the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan.

WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!

The FDA also now warns that any abrupt change in dose of an antidepressant can produce suicide, hostility or psychosis. These reactions can either come on very rapidly or even be delayed for months depending upon the adverse effects upon sleep patterns when the withdrawal is rapid!

 

 

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Ann Blake Tracy Interviewed on Jeff Rense Show 1/22/2014

 

jeff show with me

Listen to latest interview with Ann Blake Tracy on the Jeff Rense Show from just a few weeks ago …. and just in case you think anyone is immune from this serotonin nightmare let me share that I learned yesterday that a friend, only 41 years old, was buried last Thursday after dying in her sleep. I will need to check her current medications but a year ago it was a few including Neurontin and Topamx after having an initial reaction to Reglan which caused seizures for her. Of course before that Lexapro caused her adverse reactions. She was already hypoglycemic and Reglan causes serious blood sugar reactions that for her led to seizures. Then some idiot doctor had told her to drink Dr. Pepper for that of all things!!!! She had just gotten married on Christmas so will her poor new husband be next as doctors rush to medicate him for his loss?

There is MUCH more that is associated with this case that I will share as soon as I am able to do a little more investigation. She and I had discussed it several times. She clearly understood the dangers of antidepressants worrying often about her mother and sister who are both still on the drugs but yet still tragically placing her faith in the new drugs she was being given. Even worse is the fact that we were working to tie in the murder of her infant daughter years ago by another young child to antidepressants as well. For her I will continue the search for that information. I have little doubt at this point as the information we have gathered currently is overwhelming, but I want a final confirmation. And when I do … what we now know to be a nightmare with these drugs will prove to be the worst nightmare any of us could ever imagine!

Then this morning I awoke to more tragic news – the suicide of a dear friend who I did not realize had become “depressed” over the recent loss of his mother. Although antidepressants are NOT approved for situation depression – depression brought on by something like a death or relationship break-up, etc. – I am sure there were plenty of doctors offering him an antidepressant to get him through this. He was Jewish and it has been my experience over the past 25 years of specializing in antidepressants, that Jewish people generally do not handle these drugs well. It is likely due to the P450 2D6 liver enzyme system impairment that can run through various races and families thus making it more difficult to metabolize the antidepressant. When that happens of course it will cause the drug to build to toxic levels faster than it would for most. He too was way too young … (Click link below to continue and to listen to the radio interview)

http://members.drugawareness.org/?p=4809

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