REM Sleep Disorder: Aspiring Pastor Accused of Stabbing Wife to Death

 

Aspiring Pastor Accused of Killing Wife in His Sleep Blames Cold Medicine: ‘I Can’t Believe I Did This’

A 28-year-old North Carolina man is facing a murder charge after allegedly stabbing his wife in bed — but the newlywed claims he doesn’t remember carrying out the alleged crime because he might have done it in his sleep, PEOPLE confirms.

Matthew Phelps, of Raleigh, called police distraught early Friday morning, declaring that his wife, Lauren, was dead on their bedroom floor covered in blood.

“I had a dream and then I turned on the lights and she’s dead on the floor,” he says in a 911 call obtained by PEOPLE. “I have blood all over me and there’s a bloody knife on the bed and I think I did it. I can’t believe this.”

https://www.google.com/amp/people.com/crime/aspiring-pastor-stab-wife-death-cold-medicine/amp/

 

Warning went out to NC pastors in 2008

What is really extra sad about this is that my article Sorcery and Spirituality http://www.drugawareness.org/articles/spirituality-and-sorcery came from an article a minister, Rev. George Malkmus, at Halleluah Acres, in NC asked me to write for his followers back in 2008. This is an article I ask all the time for everyone to take to their church leaders so that they will have this warning from the scriptures about this terrible plague of these deadly drugs that we were told would deceive the whole world in our day and would be the cause of death for many.

The Deception:

#1 We now know the approval for these drugs was bribed.  “I indirectly contributed to the death of . . . people, whose shadows now haunt me.”…. Dr. John Virapen Listen to him confess that here: http://new.drugawareness.org/meet-dr-john-virapen-the-man-who-bought-prozacs-approval/
#2 But that was only the beginning of the deception. From there it has gotten worse with Dr. Candace Pert whose research made all these drugs possible coming out against them in 1997…I AM ALARMED AT THE SSRI MONSTER I CREATED…. http://new.drugawareness.org/i-am-alarmed-at-the-monster-ssrisnri-antidepressants-i-created-dr-candace-pert/
#3 The serotonin hypothesis is backwards – serotonin never was low in depression, anxiety, etc. Research demonstrated it was elevated in those disorders due to an inability to metabolize serotonin – exactly what antidepressants do – inhibit the reuptake (metabolism) of serotonin! As I explained at the FDA hearing in September of 2004: https://youtu.be/BS-OXxmtFaE?list=PLVC0WUxi0530sZYe8rvs-8fZwP0M-5xdG

September 2004 Mark Taylor & Spoke of Antidepressants on the 700 Club

After we finished testimony at the FDA and learned of the Black Box Warning to be put into place Mark Taylor, his mother, Donna, and I drove down the East Coast to Florida for a case I had there very similar to this young aspiring pastor which had been the result of cold turkey withdrawal from Effexor. On our way we stopped in NC to film a piece with the 700 Club which you can see on the video about Mark and his case against Pharma and the retaliation they have taken against him for speaking out – which has only grown increasingly far worse since the film was put together in 2013:  Mark Taylor’s Fight for Columbine:

 

Dextromethorphan in Cough, Cold & Sleep Medications is Serotonergic

We have been warning about cough medications and antidepressant use forever! The ingredient Dextromethorphan is a serotonin reuptake inhibitor and will magnify the adverse effects of these drugs while on them or in withdrawal from them. I would suspect one would need to avoid them for many years after coming off. Kids call this ingredient Dex and they have been getting high on it for decades. It can produce a PCP effect, but as most of you should now know all of these antidepressants can do that as well. If you have not yet spent hours on our main website to learn all the cautions you need to take, I would suggest you commit yourselves to do that NOW! Something like this is certainly not worth taking a chance on! But learn from this article on this deadly sleep disorder that 86% of these cases involve someone who is currently on an antidepressant or making changes in the dose of an antidepressant. It has long been known as a drug withdrawal state. We do not yet know if this young man was on an antidepressant, but NC has long been known for having one of the highest rates of use nationwide. So chances of him being on one or having been on one in the past are high.  If you look at this case out of Washington State you will see a REM Sleep Disorder explained by a young man who took a gun to school when he was 16 and held his classmates at gunpoint for 45 minutes and today, almost 20 years later still has no memory of it. He was being switched over from a year on Paxil to Effexor…

Dangerous RBD Sleep Disorder From Antidepressants

During normal REM sleep the muscles in the body become paralyzed and only keeps the necessary functions of the body working such as respiration, heart beat, etc. There are a small group of cells in the brain stem that control REM (dreaming sleep). When these cells become injured or diseased, people do not experience the muscle paralysis associated with REM sleep, which can lead to REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD)-a serious condition in which the afflicted violently act out their dreams.
In this sleep state known as RBD, people have been known, not only to drive, but to do things completely uncharacteristic of themselves such as fight like a military person although never serving in the military, become promiscuous, but also even to murder those close to them and to take their own lives in this sleep state. Murder and suicide have long been known to be a symptom of REM sleep disorder. This is an unconscious state without normal inhibitions and full of automatic behavior based on whatever dream you may be having.
This link http://www.oddee.com/item_96680.aspx will show you some of the MANY possibilities when you are acting out your dreams or nightmares while experiencing RBD. At drugawareness.org we have many of these types of cases which were induced by the use of antidepressants. Keep in mind that the most common side effect of antidepressants is insomnia, especially in withdrawal, so those in antidepressant withdrawal often have their chances of experiencing RBD increased by being prescribed drugs similar to Ambien.
Over 80% of those who go into RBD hurt themselves or others. I have one book I have written on RBD and am finishing up an ebook now. Although rare in the past we are seeing more and more of this deadly disorder. While drugs similar to Zolpidem (Ambien) are found in 3% of these cases what few are aware of is the research by America’s two foremost experts on this disorder showing that 86% of the cases they are diagnosing with RBD are patients currently taking an antidepressant. But because RBD has long been known as a “drug withdrawal state” the risk of RBD in antidepressant withdrawal or Zolpidem and similar drugs could be far greater!
The worst of this disorder is when it is a nightmare you are experiencing when you go into this sleepwalk state. For two decades I have listened to people repeat over and over to me after coming safely off an antidepressant, “I acted out my worst nightmare on this drug!” And, as I testified before the FDA, this previously rare sleep disorder of RBD is exactly what comedian Phil Hartman’s wife experienced when she shot her famous husband under the influence of two serotonergic drugs: Zoloft and Ultram (Tramadol).
Please note that there is a Facebook group antidepressant-induced REM Sleep Disorder at:
Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director, International Coalition for Drug Awareness

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Brittany Murphy Cause of Death? Serotonin Syndrome?

NOTE FROM Ann Blake-Tracy:

Brittany Murphy‘s husband and mother are saying they do not think Brittany
died as a result of the drugs she was taking. Let me explain why they are wrong.
What a shame they do not have this information.

#1 Brittany had mitral valve prolapse where a heart valve does not close
properly like the drugs Fen-Phen and Redux produced that killed so
many people. And what did Dr. Heidi Connelly from the Mayo Clinic find that
these drugs did to produce the heart valve problem?

She found that it was the increased levels of serotonin produced by
the drugs that caused a gummy gooey glossy substance to build up on the heart
valves so that they could not close properly.

What do Prozac (Sarafem) and Robitussin both increase? Serotonin levels
and taken together they can produce serious reactions or even kill you due to
the elevated levels of serotonin the mix of these two drugs can
produce.

#2 The day after Brittany died a new study was released demonstrating an
increase in heart failure for women taking antidepressants and anti-anxiety
medications. Brittany was on both Sarafem (Prozac marketed for PMS) and Klonopin
(an anti-anxiety medication – not sure who told Brittany‘s husband that this
drug is an anti-seizure med).

#3 Flu-like symptoms are often symptoms of a toxic reaction to medications.
This is never stressed enough to patients! In treating the flu-like symptoms,
that could easily have been a toxic reaction to meds, with Robitussin which
contains the serotonergic agent dextromethorphan, it could have pushed Brittany
over the edge leading to multiple organ failure that comes from elevated levels

of serotonin – the same thing that killed Anna Nicole Smith’s young son,
Daniel.

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Murphy had mitral valve prolapse, a common condition where a heart valve does
not properly close, but doctors said the actress “would live a long and healthy
life,” Monjack said.

He said his wife took the anti-seizure medication klonopin ever since an
episode she had while filming “8 Mile.” She also occasionally took Sarafem, a
drug aimed at pain and mood swings during menstrual periods, Monjack said.

He said he did not think a harmful interaction of drugs played a role in his
wife’s death. She had been sick with flu-like symptoms in the days before her

death and had been taking Robitussin, but nothing more, he said.

Brittany‘s mom, husband say drugs didn’t kill her

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Simon Monjack, left, husband of deceased actress Brittany
Murphy and Murphy‘s mother Sharon pose with a portrait of the actress in Los
Angeles, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010. Monjack said the portrait by photographer Bruce
Weber was Murphy‘s favorite photo of herself. (AP Photo/Chris
Pizzello)

A month after Brittany Murphy‘s mysterious death, her mother and husband say
they are convinced the actress died of natural causes, not drugs or an eating
disorder.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Sharon Murphy and Simon
Monjack said that Murphy did not use drugs or alcohol and that they are awaiting
a determination from coroner’s officials that will end speculation prescription
medicine caused Murphy‘s death on Dec. 20 at age 32.

Monjack said some of the prescription medications found in the couple’s
Hollywood Hills home belonged to him.

Murphy had mitral valve prolapse, a common condition where a heart valve does
not properly close, but doctors said the actress “would live a long and healthy
life,” Monjack said.

“She had a fear of dying,” Sharon Murphy said. “She would not take too much
caffeine. She wouldn’t even have a glass of champagne on New Year’s. She was
just high on life, and people see that as something else I guess.”

Murphy, the star of varied films such as “Clueless,” “8 Mile,” “Sin City” and
the television series “King of the Hill,” was buried in a private funeral on
Christmas Eve. At the service, Monjack told mourners that the actress was his
best friend and soul mate, sentiments he repeated during the Tuesday
interview.

Monjack, who married Murphy in 2007, said police and coroner’s officials have
not contacted the family to say his wife’s death was from anything other than
natural causes.

Authorities continue to investigate her death but do not suspect foul play.
An autopsy was inconclusive and coroner’s officials are awaiting the results of
toxicology and tissue tests before determining what killed the actress.

Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said Tuesday that he had not seen Murphy‘s
autopsy report, but the condition of her heart would be looked at before her
cause of death is determined.

Sharon Murphy described the wait for answers as torture. “We wish we knew,”
she said.

“She was alive one minute and she was dead the next,” Monjack said.

The pair worked frantically to save Murphy‘s life the morning she died, as
revealed in a heart-wrenching 911 call where Sharon Murphy implores, “Brittany,
please come back!” as Monjack performs CPR.

Sharon Murphy said she has largely ignored tabloid reports that have
suggested her daughter abused drugs or had an eating disorder. She said her
daughter had always been petite and ate often, but burned it off with an active
lifestyle.

Monjack, who has read some of the reports, called them lies based on
anonymous sources who weren’t close to Brittany Murphy or him. He said he is
considering suing some British outlets for “outright fabrications.”

He said the rumors of her drug use were unfounded and had cost his wife roles
in some major films.

He said he is also considering whether to sue the Los Angeles County
Coroner’s Department over an initial report that was obtained by celebrity Web
site TMZ.com, which
listed several prescription medications found in Murphy‘s home. Monjack said
most of the medicines listed in the report were his.

He said his wife took the anti-seizure medication klonopin ever since an
episode she had while filming “8 Mile.” She also occasionally took Sarafem, a
drug aimed at pain and mood swings during menstrual periods, Monjack said.

Klonopin has been cited in several celebrity overdose deaths, but with many
other medications mixed in.

He said he did not think a harmful interaction of drugs played a role in his
wife’s death. She had been sick with flu-like symptoms in the days before her
death and had been taking Robitussin, but nothing more, he said.

Monjack and Sharon Murphy remain in the Hollywood Hills home where Brittany

Murphy collapsed a month ago. They share grief and memories of Murphy, speaking
highly of each other. Monjack calls Murphy his soul mate; Sharon Murphy calls
her daughter “my other half.”

DVDs of some of Brittany Murphy‘s films lay near the entertainment center,
and several framed photographic portraits of the actress that Monjack shot adorn
the walls and other areas of the living room.

“I’m comforted by these photographs,” Monjack said. “I’m comforted by the
transformation from girl to woman that I witnessed.”

The couple planned to display for exhibition some of the
photographs, which can be seen at http://www.simonmonjackphotography.com.

It was just one of the couple’s plans, which included starting a family and
moving to New York. Sharon Murphy said her daughter was talking about having a
child the night before she died. Monjack said they already had baby names picked
out.

Now the pair are planning a public memorial to celebrate Brittany Murphy‘s
life, which will be held in the Los Angeles area at the end of February. Monjack
and Sharon Murphy said they have asked many of the actress’ friends to refrain
from making public comments, but that they expect the memorial will remind
people of her talents and beauty.

Monjack said the memorial will coincide with the launch of the Brittany
Murphy Foundation, a charitable group that he said will support arts education
for children and other causes his wife believed in.

Both Monjack and Sharon Murphy said they expect respect to grow for Brittany
Murphy‘s work and life, once questions about her death are settled. The actress
had completed two unreleased films before her death but their prospects are
uncertain.

Sharon Murphy expressed reluctance about their release because of the
filmmakers’ inexperience, but Monjack said he would approve if the releases were
respectfully done and the profits donated to the Brittany Murphy Foundation.

“I think the dust will settle, the truth will come out,” Monjack said. “I
think people will come to realize the genius of Brittany Murphy and come to
regret the way they treated her while she was alive.”

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I Traded Depression for Paxil Psychosis

“I never had a single psychotic episode or symptom until I had taken Paxil and started to become aggressive and delusional.”

 

Hi. I am a 27 year old male with clinical depression, about four months ago my therapist had a Dr. that she works with prescribe me an anti-depression regimen of Paxil, Klonopin, and later Zyprexa.

I had no idea why an anti-psychotic was later included in my treatment until I began doing a little research on SSRI’s. I never had a single psychotic episode or symptom until I had taken Paxil and started to become aggressive and delusional.

I discontinued the Zyprexa (the Dr. did not like that) after reading the prescribing information and found it also had a serotonergic enhancing effect, since it was in my opinion the effects of excess serotonin which were causing my psychotic symptoms in the first place. The combination put me in a dream like state and was causing me wild mood swings ranging from extreme euphoria to severe depression with suicidal thoughts.

I also acquired a bizarre craving for aspartame and would secretly eat it right out of the Equal packets at work.

I also did terrible things to my coworkers like intentionally breaking or tampering with their tools without a hint of guilt because I decided they deserved it. I knew I would never be suspected of it since lying came so easily for me with the medication.

My doctor said there were no drug interactions with the “new generation” antidepressants and over the counter products are all O.K.. Well, I don’t believe that is exactly the case, after taking a cough syrup containing dextromethorphan (HBr) I developed symptoms which I now think were serotonin syndrome. I became very euphoric in a sort of drunken giddy way, felt like I had a fever and was sweating, my joints all hurt and my right hand was clenched and painful to open as well as my jaw, I was dizzy and felt anesthetized (like the feeling of taking a narcotic painkiller like Percocet) and confused, I was having mild hallucinations/visual disturbances ( I went right through two red lights on my way home from work while looking right at them), my pulse kept fluctuating for no reason between bradycardic and tachycardic, my hands and ankles had also swollen and I could not remember what I had done 5 min before. I had difficulty standing and spent the rest of the night sitting in a chair in the dark staring and at some point I suspected something was wrong. My muscles felt very tense so I took 4 of my clonazapam and a doxylamine tablet (I thought maybe I was having an allergic reaction and it was the only antihistamine I had in the house).

Well, I made it through the night and gradually over the next day my symptoms faded. I had seen my doctor the day before when these symptoms were just beginning and tried to explain it to him. He seemed to think I may have been imagining these symptoms and said he couldn’t do anything for me if I was not going to take the medication. He told me that all medications have side-effects, and gradually they diminish (but mine were getting worse).

This all happened a week ago and I have been tapering off them with my doctor’s reluctant approval. I still feel a little strange he (Dr.) said I will for at least several days while my body adjusts to being without the drugs.

I am not so sure which was worse depression or psychosis! I guess it’s a toss-up to which symptom you are more willing to put up with.

KPK

 

1/1/2001

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Paxil, Klonopin, Zyprexa and Cough Syrup-A Deadly Mix

“I am not so sure which was worse–depression or psychosis.”

 

Hi I am a 27 year old male with clinical depression. About four months ago my therapist had a doctor that she works with prescribe me an anti-depression regimen of Paxil, Klonopin, and later Zyprexa.

I had no idea why an anti-psychotic was later included in my treatment until I began doing a little research on SSRI’s. I never had a single psychotic episode or symptom until I had taken Paxil and started to become aggressive and delusional.

I discontinued the Zyprexa (the Dr. did not like that) after reading the prescribing information and found it also had a serotonergic enhancing effect, since it was in my opinion the effects of excess serotonin which were causing my psychotic symptoms in the first place. The combination put me in a dream like state and was causing me wild mood swings ranging from extreme euphoria to severe depression with suicidal thoughts.

I also acquired a bizarre craving for aspartame and would secretly eat it right out of the Equal packets at work I also did terrible things to my coworkers like intentionally breaking or tampering with their tools without a hint of guilt because I decided they deserved it and I would never be suspected of it since lying was so easy with the medication.

My doctor said there were no drug interactions with the “new generation” antidepressants and over the counter products are all O.K.. Well, I don’t believe that is exactly the case, after taking a cough syrup containing dextromethorphan (HBr), I developed symptoms which I now think were serotonin syndrome. I became very euphoric in a sort of drunken giddy way, felt like I had a fever and was sweating, my joints all hurt and my right hand was clenched and painful to open as well as my jaw, I was dizzy and felt anesthetized (like the feeling of taking a narcotic painkiller like Percocet) and confused.

I was having mild hallucinations/visual disturbances (I went right through two red lights on my way home from work while looking right at them), my pulse kept fluctuating for no reason between bradycardic and tachycardic, my hands and ankles had also swollen and I could not remember what I had done 5 min before. I had difficulty standing and spent the rest of the night sitting in a chair in the dark staring and at some point I suspected something was wrong my muscles felt very tense so I took 4 of my clonazapam and a doxylamine tablet (I thought maybe I was having an allergic reaction and it was the only antihistamine I had in the house) made it through the night and gradually over the next day my symptoms faded.

I had seen my doctor the day before when these symptoms were just beginning and tried to explain it to him, but he seemed to think I may have been imagining these symptoms and said he couldn’t do anything for me if I was not going to take the medication. He said all medications have side-effects, and gradually they diminish (but mine were getting worse) this was a week ago and I have been tapered off them with my doctors reluctant approval.

I still feel a little strange he (Dr.) said I will for at least several days while my body adjusts to being without the drugs. I am not so sure which was worse–depression or psychosis. I guess it’s a toss-up to which symptom you are more willing to put up with. Anyway I will continue with therapy maybe wait for the “next generation” of depression medication before I take that route again.

 

Years 2000 and Prior

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