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

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

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

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

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

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

Suicide, homicide, alcoholism & REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

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

Eric Harris unqualified for military service due to antidepressant use

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

Stan White, a father with a mission

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

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

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

Loved ones cope with veterans’ suicides

Uncounted Casualties: Part II

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

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Which veterans are at highest risk for suicide?

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Suicide among veterans receiving less attention than active-duty deaths

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

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After returning home, many veterans get into motor vehicle accidents

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

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

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,

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

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

BOOK TESTIMONIALS:

“VERY BOLD AND INFORMATIVE”

“PRICELESS INFORMATION THAT IS GIVING ME BACK TO ME”

“THE ABSOLUTE BEST REFERENCE FOR ANTIDEPRESSANT DRUGS”

“WELL DOCUMENTED & SCIENTIFICALLY RESEARCHED”

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

WITHDRAWAL HELP CD TESTIMONIALS:

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

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

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

 

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FDA WHISTLEBLOWER SPEAKS OUT – THINK YOU HAVE DRUG SAFETY? BETTER THINK AGAIN!!

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Prescription drugs, taken as prescribed (according to FDA guidelines), are the third leading cause of death in American (according to THEIR figures which could easily be tampered with to keep the figures lower than what they really are). This article will help you to see why we are seeing such a large number of deaths as a result of the FDA’s policies.

Another FDA whistleblower has stepped forward, and what he has to say about the agency’s drug safety reviews is shocking even to the jaded reports my friend Dr. Joesph Mercola. This article is an alarming wake up call for those who have been under the assumption that the FDA has the public safety in mind & is busy protecting our health & safety.

Learn how the FDA bypassed or ignored safety issues on major drug approvals from Ronald Kavanagh, who was a drug reviewer for the FDA in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research from 1998 to 2008
He reveals some of the internal rules of the FDA that are clearly designed to thwart serious safety reviews from the get-go, and other loopholes frequently used by drug companies to circumvent safety investigations
Five years ago, a Subcommittee on Science and Technology report entitled “FDA Science and Mission at Risk” detailed how the FDA cannot fulfill its mission, in part because its scientific base has eroded and its scientific organizational structure is weak
The subcommittee concluded the FDA’s failures place the health of Americans and the financial health of the nation at grave risk

On September 13, 2004 Mark Taylor, the first boy shot at Columbine High School, stood before the FDA and asked them where their protection was the day he and his classmates were shot. He then told them that if they had been doing their jobs Columbine would have never happened. You will find his testimony before the FDA Advisory Committee on the safety of antidepressants in children chilling:

“I am Mark Allen Taylor and I am a victim of the SSRI antidepressant era. I took six to thirteen bullets in the heart area in the Columbine High School shooting when Eric Harris on Luvox opened fire that now infamous day. They almost had to amputate my leg and my arm. My heart missed by only one millimeter. I had three surgeries. Five years later I am still recuperating.

“I went through all this to realize that SSRI antidepressants are dangerous for those who take them and for all those who associate with those who take them. I hope that my testimony today shows you that you need to take action immediately before more innocent people like me, and you, do not get hurt or die horrible deaths as a result. As Americans we should have the right to feel safe and if you were doing your job we would be safe. Why are we worrying about terrorists in other countries when the pharmaceutical companies have proven to be our biggest terrorists by releasing these drugs on an unsuspecting public? How are we suppose to feel safe at school, at home, on the street, at church or anywhere else if we cannot trust the FDA to do what we are paying you to do? Where were you when I and all of my classmates got shot at Columbine?

“You say that antidepressants are effective. So why did they not help Eric Harris before he shot me? According to Eric they “helped” him to feel homicidal and suicidal after only six weeks on Zoloft. And then he said that dropping off Luvox cold turkey would help him “fuel the rage” he needed to shoot everyone. But he continued on Luvox and shot us all anyway.

“So, why did these so called antidepressants not make him better? I will tell you why. It is because they do not work.

“We should consider antidepressants to be accomplices to murder.”

Former FDA Reviewer Speaks Out About Suppression of Safety:

According to FDA whistleblower Ronald Kavanagh people would be shocked if they knew just how malleable safety data is. As examples, he points out that human studies are typically too short and contain too few subjects to get a clear picture of potential risks. In such a scenario, even a single case of a serious adverse event must be taken very seriously, and data from other longer term safety studies also need to be carefully analyzed. [This “even a single case of a serious adverse event must be taken very seriously” was our reasoning in putting the SSRIstories.com database in place. We did not want even one of these tragic cases to go unnoticed!]

The nation is at risk if FDA science is at risk…

“On one occasion, the company even told me they were going to call upper management to get a clear requirement for approval that they did not want to fulfill eliminated, which I then saw happen. On another occasion a company clearly stated in a meeting that they had “paid for an approval,” Kavanagh says.

Pediatric drugs also end up posing unnecessary risks due to the FDA’s failure to adequately review safety risks, and the many scientific loopholes employed by pharmaceutical companies. For example, the following flawed parameters are typically used in pediatric drug studies:

Dosages are based on approved adult dosages, without regard for metabolic differences between a developing child’s body and an adult
Exposure studies oftentimes use overweight children, and include too few children to adequately evaluate risks
No allowances are made for race, age, puberty, or actual weight
Dangers to pregnant women and their developing fetuses are also frequently ignored. The cost to us all is great whether we have taken these dangerous & deadly drugs or not, we all pay the price in higher insurance costs, higher taxes to support those now disabled and loss in productivity and contribution to society by those lost to the deadly effects of these unsafe drugs. All in all, the FDA appears to be engaged in a systematic hush-operation designed to give just about anything Big Pharma develops the green light. Essentially, dangerous drugs are given a rubber stamp of approval—the necessary go-ahead to make obscene profits while killing and injuring hundreds of thousands daily. It is, quite simply, inexcusable. The mainstream media has a lot to answer for as well, as their lack of reporting on these issues contributes to the problem by keeping a lid on reality.

Do I believe our media should be held accountable? Without a doubt! I have seen sections of newspapers discontinued for continuing to publish my information on antidepressant, major television shows canceled for doing a show on this subject, etc. This failure to warn on their part leaves blood on their hands as well. We NEED investigative reporters willing to cover the truth about something as critical as our health like Martha Rosenburg, the author of the original article containing this interview with an FDA whistleblower for the online news magazine Truth-Out. Our very lives are at stake in this. This is why Our International Coalition for Drug Awareness site is dedicated to the Washington Post reporter Morton Mintz who was awarded for his reporting keeping the deadly drug Thalidomide off the market in the United States. He is author of the incredible book giving us a very early warning of this approaching nightmare via the FDA, titled appropriately A Therapeutic Nightmare: A report on prescription drugs, the men who make them, and the agency that controls them (1965). In a telephone conversation in 1994 Morton Mintz told me to not to waste my time, energy, & resources publishing my book Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare because no one would bother to read it & heed the warning just as they had not read his book & heeded the warning contained there. Then to my utter shock & amazement he told me that only 5000 copies of his book sold – an absolutely amazing book that I would recommend everyone have a copy of in their library!

This FDA whistleblower goes on to say that the FDA works to discredit whistleblowers & then even make it clear that speaking out may not only cost them their jobs, but also cost them their lives. Is that what has happened to Columbine survivor Mark Taylor? In face the evidence seems quite clear that this is the case. He may have survived 7 – 13 bullets at Columbine, but surviving the pharma mafia after speaking out against these drugs is another story! Pray for Mark! PLEASE!!!

Click here to continue reading the Dr. Mercola article: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/08/13/drug-safety-whistleblower.aspx#_edn1

Read original article by Martha Rosenburg here: http://truth-out.org/news/item/10524-former-fda-reviewer-speaks-out-about-intimidation-retaliation-and-marginalizing-of-safety

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

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Get Off the Pharm – Written & Performed by Phil Garrison

Thursday, 18 December 2008

“Get Off the Pharm”

Sent to us by Pharmacy student Phil Garrison after taking a class where the book Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? by Ann Blake-Tracy, with an astounding 21 pages of references to medical research in the back, was required reading. Link to 2014 issue at half price: https://store.drugawareness.org/product/prozac-panacea-or-pandora-our-serotonin-nightmare-2014-ebook-download/

We are sure you will absolutely love this as much as we do!!!! I can still visualize the new drug rep he sings of in the bright yellow bikini with the names of the drugs all over it!!! LOL!!!

Please share and spread Phil’s message! In doing so we may be able to finally cut the extremely high rate of adverse reactions among medical personnel – doctors, nurses, pre-med students, etc.

Written & Performed by Phil Garrison of Five Branches University

(c) 2008
Two versions of a rap I did back in 2008 for my Pharmacology class at Five Branches University.

Lyrics (c) 2008 Philip G. Garrison
Produced by Philip G. Garrison

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Get Off the Pharm

lyrics: (c) 2008 Philip G. Garrison

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1st Verse

I went to the Doc to see what’s wrong with me,

He turned out to be a pill-pusher MD,

As he reached for his pen with the drug name on it,

I said, “Stop right there, mon frer, I don’t want it!”

He said, “You must be crazy,” as I broke for the door,

Crashed into somebody, and landed on the floor,

With a slutty type of woman lookin’ down at me,

She had the names of different drugs displayed on her bikini.

She said, “Hey Doc, I was hopin’ you were free,

‘Cause I’m the new Rep’ from the drug company.”

I thought, “Damn…this has gone too far,”

As I raced out the door and hoped into my car.

Turned on the radio, tryin’ to catch the news,

But…all that did was just give me the blues.

With a story of a mom who killed her whole fami-ly,

(While) she was on the same drug the Doc had tried to give me.

An S-S-R-I that made her crazy in the head,

Like Eric Harris was takin’ when he shot those kids dead.

So before you take a drug that might mess up your dome,

Think about Columbine and Google serotonin syndrome,

The human brain is more than just a chemistry lab,

‘n’ drugs can cause hallucinations like an LSD tab.

But drugs are big business in the U-S-A,

So they try to push ’em on you even if you’re okay.

2nd Verse

Before we get into hardcore pharmacology,

Let me break down some terminology…

An agonist is a drug with a response that may be

An increase or decrease in cellular activity,

(But) this all depends on the receptors it binds to,

Receptors all do different things: let me remind you.

Antagonists still bind, but their job is opposite,

Nothing can bind to the receptor where they sit

Efficacy is the degree of maximal effect,

Like…how hard a person tries to earn your respect.

Potency is similar but with a slightly different bent,

The amount of drug needed to produce a response of fifty-percent.

I went…to the pharmacology class,

Chillin’ out at school with my man Chris Ras.

The subject is vast–and requires concentration…

Like the Henderson-Hasselbalch equation,

Like Beta-2 receptors cause broncho-dilation,

If you give epinephrine to a member of the population.

And Beta-1 causes heart rate to get tachy,

‘Cause your body responds like you’re under attack, see?

And while we’re on the subject, one last thing I’d like to mention,

Beta blockers are the drugs often used for hypertension.

And if you’re unclear about how they work,

It’s like being stuck in line, while some big fat jerk,

Ties up the on-ly available cashier,

You don’t get the simile, let me make it more clear:

The cashier is the receptor and the jerk is the drug,

And my rhyme’s so tight, you might say it’s snug.

3rd Verse

I rock from A-to-Z: from Advair to Zocor,

Even though I pass on Flomax, I still flow more,

Than a river, non-toxic to your liver,

My delivery’s so cold it makes a polar bear shiver.

Don’t ingest Celebrex–I wrecks ill text,

You must hit the Prednisone, ’cause you look all vexed,

Whack cats sleep on this, like they’re dosed on Ambien,

Real heads peep on this, ’cause they know I came to win.

(If) MCs step I leave ’em dead like IV’s of Levophed

My rhyme’s like Oxycontin, many fools addict-ed.

I come harder than a senior on a dose of Viagra,

Take on drug companies, watch ’em fall like Niagra.

Just hit you with the facts, illest rapper on wax,

Val-i-um and Xa-nex try to help you relax,

But…trouble comes when it’s time for cessation,

Symptoms like anxiety, insomnia, and agitation.

You know how they roll, they say, “Take your medication,”

In every doctors office, in this medicated nation,

You’re probably better off just to take a vacation,

Or find another way to reach a state of elation.

Vaccination is a controversial topic we’ve discussed,

Many Doctors these days make you think they’re a must,

But your child’s life depends on in whom you place your trust,

That’s why I educate with the rhymes I bust.

Verse 4

Many people in our country have some type of chronic pain,

While it is their loss, it’s the drug companies gain,

They got: codeine, and morphine, and Vicodin too,

And depending on the pain, one of these drugs they’ll sell you.

Or…they might try an NSAID instead,

‘Till you pass black stools, ’cause you upper GI bled,

They inhibit prostaglandins, thus reducing inflammation,

But injure the GI and decrease platellete aggregation.

Cortio-steroids also work for many types inflammation,

Decrease of immunity is an important consideration,

A course of just 10 days, will suppress it for a year,

So if you have an infection, yell it in the doctor’s ear.

If you’re scheduled for surgery, you better tell them too,

‘Cause if you catch an infection, man, you might be through,

Inhibition of phagocytosis by neutrophils is serious

Cushing’s syndrome and psychosis: side-effects you might experience.

Heart disease is a cause of many deaths per year,

So drug companies try to use this fear,

If cholesterol is high, they want to put you on Statins,

But the ones who benefit are the ones who own the patents.

People need more education and nutrition advice,

Improper intake of food is a national vice,

So before you’re on a drug that makes you pay the price,

Change your life-style and diet, no need to think twice.

Digitoxin is a heart-drug from the foxglove plant,

For Congestive Heart Failure when you start pant,

Lasix helps water retention: another a goal of therapy,

As is improvement of cardiac contractility.

They work by inhibition of the Na-K pump,

But they still have side-effects so you still might crump,

‘Cause they mess with the way that your heart goes thump,

Better save yourself now and take that junk-food to the dump.

5th Verse

By now I hope you’ve learned just a little bit more,

About the nature of the game, I came to settle the score,

Anti-biotics that you’re on, create microbial war

You could become a casualty, without knowing what for.

Do your research, wake up, and make a choice for your health,

‘Cause the person you save — just might be yourself,

Don’t spend another dollar of your hard earned wealth,

For another empty vial on the medicine shelf.

You might think I’m a cynic for the rhymes I drop,

I’m just givin’ you the facts, and I just don’t stop,

Now you know who’s the master of medical hip-hop,

Rock mics skill-fully, when I flip I never flop.

You must be a sheep, if you’re still on the pharm,

I tried to liberate your mind, and reveal potential harm,

I guess maybe you’re just in a pharmaceutical haze,

Like the latest drug craze, I leave you all in a daze.

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Columbine victim and school shooter join forces

Sunday, 09 March 2008

Mark Taylor’s

testimony before the FDA 9/13/2004

I am Mark Allen Taylor and I am a victim of the SSRI antidepressant era.

I took six to thirteen bullets in the heart area in the Columbine High

School shooting when Eric Harris on Luvox opened fire that now infamous day.

They almost had to amputate my leg and my arm. My heart missed

by only one millimeter. I had three surgeries. Five years later I am still recuperating.

I went through all this to realize that SSRI antidepressants are

dangerous for those who take them and for all those who associate

with those who take them.

I hope that my testimony today shows you that you need to take

action immediately before more innocent people like me, and you,

do not get hurt or die horrible deaths as a result.

As Americans we should have the right to feel safe and if you were

doing your job we would be safe. Why are we worrying about terrorists

in other countries when the pharmaceutical companies have proven to

be our biggest terrorists by releasing these drugs on an unsuspecting public?

How are we suppose to feel safe at school, at home, on the street, at

church or anywhere else if we cannot trust the FDA to do what we are

paying you to do? Where were you when I and all of my classmates got shot at Columbine?

You say that antidepressants are effective.

So why did they not help Eric Harris before he shot me?

According to Eric they “helped” him to feel homicidal and suicidal after only

six weeks on Zoloft. And then he said that dropping off Luvox cold turkey

would help him “fuel the rage” he needed to shoot everyone.

But he continued on Luvox and shot us all anyway.

So, why did these so called antidepressants not make him better?

I will tell you why. It is because they do not work.

We should consider antidepressants to be accomplices to murder.

See Mark’s book “I
Asked, God Answered … a Columbine Miracle.”

See Mark's book

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