Angioedema – Bringing Attention to Rare? Blood Disorder?????

Traci before and after

TRACI AFTER

Traci Vaillencourt Before

TRACI BEFORE

I thought I would give you a glimpse of what the medical community and the media does to divert attention from antidepressant side effects and also to cover their behinds for lawsuits. This is the headline of the article in today’s paper about the young woman,, Traci Villaincourt, whose pics I posted yesterday along with information about antidepressant-induced angioedema.

Woman involved in Draper shooting brings attention to rare blood disorder

Here is one important statement from the article: “”We would hospitalize patients and often give them narcotics or morphine just to get them through the pain,” Jones said.

“Jones said that often patients become addicted to the pain medication prescribed for the disorder. King said that is what happened to her sister.”

The following is my comment that likely will not be posted:

“I would like to see the evidence that this disorder was “hereditary” [They said her father had it, but of course what I want to know is if her father, living in the state that has LONG had the highest use of antidepressants was on an antidepressant before being diagnosed with this “disorder” as well.] and not medication-induced which appears to be a major cause of the disorder. Do a Google search for “angioedema and antidepressant” and see what your first result is! Antidepressants have long been known to produce this.

“They have been giving pain killers for this “disorder”?!!!

“No wonder I have had so many over the years go from antidepressant addiction into pain killer addiction since this edema is such a common reaction to antidepressant use.

“It is NOT the edema that causes all the other issues you see with this woman – the crime and violence – it is is the effects of the drugs! That is what changes behavior and produces the physical damage you see.

“I posted all this on Facebook yesterday. Go read the comments from those who have similar pics to share in a before and after antidepressant scenario. You will see the same!!!”

If they can get people to believe this is an “inherited” “disorder” then they do not have to admit they caused it with the drugs they have given you – thus they are not liable legally. Which means you cannot sue them for doing this to you! That is all this is about! That and bringing in new customers dealing with the same reaction to their medication so that they can “treat” them for years for this “disorder”.

One of my close friends whose experience with Prozac first peaked my interest in the SSRI antidepressants changes so drastically in her appearance that I passed her on the street and had no idea it was her! She went from tall and thin and bubbly to short and fat and bizarre looking and dressing as well. Yes she too had all the bloating you see here.

Not listening to my warning that the cancer she developed on her ear would spread if she did not get off the antidepressants causing it that it would spread, she died a few years later of breast cancer produced by her antidepressants.

Appearance will tell you what is going on in the body! Pay attention to these changes in looks because they will tell you a lot.

This reminds me of another friend who went to a raw food diet and I saw her six months later. So shocked I was by her appearance that I asked, “Helen, how old are you?!”

She said, “I am 52.”

I then asked why she only appeared to be only 35! Of course I knew it was because her body had so little output involved in order to metabolize raw foods to obtain her nutrients as opposed to cooked and processed foods. The raw foods still have the enzymes necessary for metabolism intact. She was conserving energy previously used up in metabolism and thereby reducing the advancing of her aging process.

Have I personally made the change in my own life? No. I regret having to admit that because I know better. I have been at about 70% raw for some time, but have not been able to focus on it enough yet (too many of these antidepressant tragedies to deal with) to make the complete change. I am working on it though.

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 long warned can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs! The FDA warns that any abrupt change in dose of an antidepressant can produce suicide, hostility or psychosis. And these reactions can come on very rapidly! Find the CD here: http://store.drugawareness.org/

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!”

Original story: http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=26729107&title=woman-involved-in-draper-shooting-brings-attention-to-rare-blood-disorder&fm=home_page&s_cid=featured-2

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Psychiatric drugs – Long path of uncertainty.

“Through all the experiences with these drugs, I think they should be banned. I don’t believe a one of them helped me in the long run.”

I am 18 yrs old, since the age of 12 I have been on, Ativan, Paxil, Wellbutrin, Zoloft, Zyprexa, Lexapro, Klonopin, Prozac, probably more in fact, I’d say I took most of the popular ones on the market.

Through all the experiences with these drugs, I think they should be banned. I don’t believe a one of them helped me in the long run, temporarily it may have, because some of them were narcotics. But to this day, at 18 yrs old, I know I will never be me again, I know somehow, someway it altered my personality for life, which is the most frustrating feeling a person can have in my opinion, wanting to be what is rightfully yours, yourself.

At the moment, I am coming off Lexapro, and I was only on this drug for 3 weeks, a small dose also, 10MG. Yet, I am having the same withdrawal affects as I did on Paxil, and Zoloft that I took for many months, the ‘shocks’ I like to call them, some people explain them with dizzy spells, electricity racing through the body, as if it releases through the brain, through the rest of your body, It truly makes me sick to my stomach when I see commercials on these drugs saying, Zoloft is not habit forming, Paxil is not habit forming. Because if your body has such horrible symptoms from not having a substance, is that not classified as habit-forming? Not habit forming, but yet if I took one of my pills right now, those symptoms would suddenly cease to exist, if that’s not habit-forming to your body, then I have no idea what is.

These drugs have made me high, they have made me low, they’ve made me hallucinate, paranoid, delusional, scared to death, crazy, suicidal, apathetic, detached, and most of all, they’ve made me not me. Which angers me more than anything. I look at the these drug industries, just like I look at a corporations like Phillip Morris. Who distribute harmful habit-forming substances to the ignorant. For the simple purpose of making handfuls of money, cause I believe that is the root of all evil. I am sympathetic to people who suffer with any form of mental illness, cause in the long run, it gets very hopeless if these drugs don’t work for you, cause you know there is something wrong, you take these drugs, they may work, they may not. If they don’t, then what? Do you continue looking for a simple-answer locked up inside a small pill.

That you really don’t understand what place they play in your body. Or do you stay with your natural self, and still feel terrible, That’s where the hopelessness comes from to many, although, I believe there is other possibilities,

For each individual out there, this will differ, some can cope simply by talking, others reading, some people take the destructive route, which I have, and many others continue to, drugs, alcohol. But even as I did take these various routes, there was/is something missing, but people must look, and continue to look. Although it’s a difficult way to live, there is still hope, I don’t think the answer lies inside a man-made pill. But that’s me, I am reluctant to recommend these drugs to people finding out they have a form of mental illness and are recommended medication, for the simple reason of uncertainty.

So many things can go wrong on them, At this point in history I truly don’t know if man-kind is ready to start messing with what makes up everything we are, the brain. It seems as if humans likes to start messing with things before they fully understand them, which I think is very dangerous. That seems logical to me, But when I ask doctors, why am I having these symptoms, from this drug, that is supposed to be so safe, I get, “I don’t know.”

As for me I will stop taking all these drugs, There is a few of them on my list above that I would do about anything to get off the market. So, ask questions, do research, don’t jump onto the long road of experimenting with this uncertain branch of drugs, for your son, daughter, yourself, or any loved one for that matter.

Joe
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3/24/2001 – Med school study reveals unethical practices

Thanks to Daryl Duhamel in Canada for sending us an article from Canada’s
National Post newspaper.

The National Post online alert.

March 23, 2001

Med school study reveals unethical practices
Unnecessary exams, practising on dead at teaching hospitals

Margaret Munro
National Post

Medical students frequently face pressure to act
unethically and most say they have seen their clinical teachers acting
unethically as well, a study by researchers at the University of Toronto has
found.

The study surveyed 108 medical students and found that
47% said
they “very frequently,” “frequently” or “occasionally” felt pressure to act
unethically. Almost two-thirds of the students had also seen their teacher
behave unethically.

The study listed some of the unethical activities,
including practising procedures on dying patients and conducting unnecessary
examinations on unconscious ones.

Some students at the University of Toronto’s teaching
hospitals were asked to conduct vaginal exams on patients under general
anaesthetic without their consent. One described being told to perform an
unnecessary “femoral stab,” which involves locating a vein, on a dying
patient who was in a vegetative state and without getting any family consent.

Another watched as a woman who had asked not to be given
narcotics as she gave birth was given the potent drugs without her knowledge.
The study was conducted by five young doctors who recently trained at the
university. The results will be published in the British Medical Journal on
Saturday.

“It’s not as if it happens every day,” says co-author
David Robertson, who is about to graduate from the medical school. But it is
disturbing to know it happens at all, he says.

The students, some of whom reported being “scared to
death” of professors barking orders at them, also described how patients’
identities and medical problems were described in public places. The students
were also expected to perform procedures they were not competent to handle,
such as closing wounds, assessing unstable patients and giving psychotherapy.
They also report that patients were sometimes asked to return to clinics for
unnecessary follow-up visits that were only for the students’ benefit.

U of T medical school officials say they are familiar
with the study’s findings and are working to put an end to such
“reprehensible” activities.

“We’re aware of it and distressed by it and trying to
stamp it out,” said Dr. Rick Frecker, associate dean of
the university’s undergraduate medical education.

Dr. Frecker said no action was taken against professors
involved, as the identities of the students and doctors were protected as
part of the study, which was conducted a few years ago.

He said there would be serious repercussions for
professors if the students were to bring such cases of unethical behavior to
his attention today.

Dr. Frecker said he was approached a few years ago by Mr.
Robertson and a group of concerned students wondering what
could be done about the unethical activities and coercion that have long been
part of medical training. He said he encouraged the students to document
specific cases in a bid to raise awareness of the problem.

He and other university officials were surprised to learn
yesterday that the findings will be showcased in the
prestigious British Medical Journal, which is publishing the students’
findings and has an editorial and commentary condemning the “hypocrisy” in
the medical profession.

“There may have been a time when doctors could get away
with being trustworthy in public, but despicable in private, but this is an
age where no secret is kept for long and really all doctors should know
better,” says the commentary by Andrew West and colleagues at Oxford
University.

“The medical profession urgently needs to learn respect
for the living and for the dead, and thereby earn the public respect that is
its lifeblood,” they conclude.

In the editorial, medical ethicist Len Doyal, of the
Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry, says the Toronto findings are
likely relevant to medical education in schools around the world. They
reinforce the need for detailed codes of acceptable activities in medical
education to prevent abuse of both patients and students, he wrote.

Mr. Robertson said in an interview that such policies
need to be backed by a culture that is receptive to change.

He said the University of Toronto medical school is
“moving in the right direction.”

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