The Conspiracy Show: Mass Shootings and Mind Altering Drugs
“Are money hungry Drug companies creating lone gun terrorists,
then trying to hide their complicity?”
September 16, 2018, with Richard Syrett, Toronto, Canada
Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Bio: Ann is the author or the first book ever written on the adverse effects of SSRI antidepressant medications & other drugs designed to increase serotonin. That book, The Prozac Pandora, a basic introduction to potential problems with this class of drugs, came out in 1991, just before the first FDA hearing on Prozac. By 1994 that had expanded into, Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? The Rest of the Story, a large text on these drugs & the damaging effects of increasing serotonin, which had long been known in medical science as a “stress neuro-hormone.” The book was being ordered by the case by EMTs to hand out on calls after becoming alarmed by how often they were seeing these drugs in all the emergencies they were called out on. A pharmacy students were discoveringenough about these serotonergicdrugs after the book becoming required reading in their pharmacy class that one student even wrote a popular rap song to address it called “Get Off The Pharm!” That first edition was followed by a second edition in 2001 and a third edition on this Prozac family of serotonergic drugs in 2014 available only as an ebook on our drugawareness.org website & titled, Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? Our Serotonin Nightmare!
Since 1992 Ann 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 the types of reactions & how often we are seeing these in the news go to www.drugawareness.org for breaking news cases and www.SSRIstories.NET for our database of thousands of articles on patients on these drugs and the adverse results appearing as headlines. These are cases which Ann Blake Tracy, along with many of our directors, over the years have been gathering since 1990. Then our Texas director, Rosie Meysenburg, along with her husband Gene, began to post the stories into an online database in 2006. With only a handful of individuals gathering the cases it should be clear that this shocking list is only the tip of this iceberg of horrifying antidepressant-induced nightmares!
The Conspiracy Show: Shooters and Drugs
Ann Blake-Tracy is the executive director of the International Coalition for Drug Awareness. She has has specialized since 1990 in adverse reactions to serotonergic medications as well as the new atypical antipsychotics. She has discovered that most lone wolf shooters have been medicated on some form of SSRI antidepressant. Can a possible side-effect be homicidal ideation in the client?
The Conspiracy Show: Shooters and Drugs
Richard continues the discussion with the Executive Director of the International Coalition for Drug Awareness who are warning the public about the dangerous side effects of prescription medication which may include homicidal ideation. She offers alternatives and safe ways for withdrawal.
Links mentioned in the interview:
Safe Withdrawal MP3: Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant/Atypical Antipsychotic!
List of school shootings: https://www.drugawareness.org/ssri-nightmares/school-shootings/
Database of cases: www.SSRIstories.net
Elevated Serotonin = Violence: https://www.drugawareness.org/mutant-mice-key-to-human-violence-an-excess-serotonin/
Dr. Candace Pert: “I am alarmed at the SSRI Monster My Research Created!”…
Dr. John Virapen: “I indirectly contributed to the death of . . . people, whose shadows now haunt me.” https://www.drugawareness.org/mutant-mice-key-to-human-violence-an-excess-serotonin/
Why I Took a Gun to School: https://www.drugawareness.org/why-i-took-a-gun-to-school-1/
Sheriff Bakersfield shooting rampage that left 6 dead is “New Normal”
I can tell the sheriff WHY this is the “new normal”! Perhaps he has forgotten having to pick up Roseanne Barr years ago while under the influence of Prozac when her way to Salt Lake City to kill her parents because her Prozac delusions we’re leading her to believe her parents had sexually molested her at only 6 months of age. Years later while appearing on Oprah this is something that she publicly stated was the result of adverse reactions to her medication. You could tell how difficult it was for her to even discuss and she called it “the biggest mistake” of her life. Of course this was after coming off the drugs and realizing what had happened. I was overjoyed to see her angel mother next to her as she told the world the truth about what happened. Sadly her father passed away before he had a chance to hear it. What these drugs are doing to destroy family relationships in so many ways is absolutely criminal!
Find the rest of the story on this Bakersfield shooting in he LA Times article below…
Adverse effects can come quickly and with much intensity for people with serious head injuries like Roseanne had when she was only 16. This was a life threatening injury where she was hit by a car leaving her with the hood ornament imbedded in her forehead! So where was her warning? Where is that warning with these drugs? Why was that never given?
Head Injury & Antidepressants
Jason Hairston & Donald Trump, Jr.
Is that lack of warning why Donald Trump Jr’s hunting partner, a former San Francisco 49er, Jason Hairston, also a survivor of a very serious sports related head injury, just days ago killed himself? I have very little doubt! The last stats I heard found that 75% of football players have had head injuries & everyone wonders why it is often men who have these adverse reactions resulting in violence from these drugs?
The only antidepressant I have seen carry very strong warnings about taking it if someone has had a serious head injury is Wellbutrin. Yet the rest of them, as far as I know, have never carried the warning for those with previous head injuries.
McCann Utu, Jr.
This is not new! We have seen serotonin induced violence long before this and in fact Sheriff it was law enforcement and judges who put an end to it then because of the extreme violence they saw as the result of it. And what was it Sheriff? It was PCP, a drug which mimicked serotonin. It was on the market for 7 years with the public being told the drug had a large margin of safety in humans. Obviously as everyone learned that statement was far from correct!
That drug was pulled from the market right about the same time that Congress banned another drug which mimicked serotonin. That drug had produced much suicide across the country along with the Public’s introduction to the violence it could produce in the way of introducing the world to Charles Manson. That drug was LSD, the CIA drug of choice or mind control. The same drug that the CIA used 80% of their initial budget to purchase all of the LSD that Sandoz pharmaceutical had on hand to use in their mind control experiments. We learned later that most of those CIA experiments we’re done on the General Public and the military. Is that what we are seeing again? To me it seems more than obvious.
This is the “new normal” Sheriff because there is just too much of everything that increases serotonin which results in the increase of violence. And that serotonin research indicating an association with elevated serotonin and extreme violence was done right in your own back yard Sheriff at the University of Southern California. It would seem to me it is long overdue that law enforcement and judges wake up to this and step forward once again to protect us from this!
David Katz’s Mother, Elizabeth Katz, Works for the FDA with a PhD in Toxicology
As has been made public David Katz has a history of antidepressant & antipsychotic use along with several stints in psych hospitals throughout his young life. On top of that we have just recently learned that his mother is a toxicology with the FDA!
“More specifically, the records state: “Elizabeth (Katz), who has a Ph.D. in toxicology, is employed by the United States Food and Drug Administration…” Her bio on FDAZilla says that she is from Silver Spring, Maryland.”
The Florida Shooting Takes Me Full Circle
This case takes me full circle from the 1992 suicide of Marc Pizzuto of Columbia, Maryland, whose case is featured in the Prologue of my book Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? Our Serotonin Nightmare right back to Columbia, Maryland also home of the latest Florida shooter David Katz. See the excerpt of the prologue from my book below on the Wesbecker case & on Marc Pizzuto’s case below…and there was another case I worked on right next door to Columbia in Ellicott City in 2004 where Ryan Furlough, a young man on Effexor, poisoned his best friend during a sleep over. Here is a link to that case: (http://ssristories.net/archive/show2b9a.html?item=250)
So the obvious question is: As a toxicologist, how did his mother not see this coming?
David Katz’s mother works as a toxicologist for the FDA and she did not even realize how toxic her own son was to lead him to this action?!!! This is the perfect example of just how completely clueless the world is to the extreme brain toxicity & the lack of warning given to patients & their families when it comes to the SSRI antidepressants and the serotonergic antipsychotics!
How “homicidal ideation” warning was added to Effexor
This scenario reminds me of the 2002 Effexor-induced mass murder/suicide in Ardmore, PA which moved the manufacturer to add “homicidal ideation” as a warning to their antidepressant Effexor – one of the two antidepressants Andrea Yates was on at maximum dose of both drugs when she drowned her five children.
In this PA case the husband took the microphone at church on a Sunday evening to accuse his wife publicly of having an affair with her best friend’s husband – all a delusion brought on by the toxic effects of the antidepressant. The police had to be brought in to get him down from the podium. (http://ssristories.net/archive/show2ee9.html?item=1925)
How Does a Serotonergic Agent Produce Psychosis?
Now why of how would an antidepressant produce hallucinationsor psychosis? When these drugs increase serotonin they gradually take those who cannot clear all that serotonin out quickly enough to keep from preventing the same type of psychotic break that LSD or PCP would produce. This happens because those two drugs, once prescription drugs which are now illegal, mimic the neurotransmitter, serotonin in the brain. So as antidepressants or atypical antipsychotics increase serotonin you get the same end result.
Now how does this case tie in with this shooting in Florida Sunday?
Two days later the officer in charge called and spoke with Michael Burgess to check up on him and make sure things were okay. They had a nice conversation and a half hour later Mr. Burgess shot his wife, her teenage daughter, then chased her elderly parents through the house and out in the yard where he gunned them down before shooting himself.
His wife, Cassandra Burgess, worked for the manufacturer of Effexor doing what? She took adverse reaction reports for Effexor!
Calling in the adverse reaction report for this PA mass murder/suicide
I called in the adverse reaction on this case & explained I had an adverse reaction to report on Effexor. The woman said, “Okay, and the adverse reaction was?”
I replied, “Mass murder/suicide.”
She said, “Oh! Okay….(catching her breath) And patient name?”
I said, “Michael Burgess.”
She repeated, “Michael”….then screamed, “Michael Burgess?!!!! Did you know his wife worked right here in this office?!”
Of course I already knew but replied, “You mean to tell me she worked right there next to you taking adverse reactions day in and day out and she did not see this coming in her own husband soon enough to save her life, the life of her daughter or her parents or his?!!”
She said very softly, “I guess not.”
The officer also told me someone could have knocked him over with a feather because there is NO WAY he would have believed the man he had just spoken to was about to do this.
So if a toxicologist for the FDA can miss this coming in her own son soon enough to save these young lives in Florida, how safe are any of us interacting with so many on these drugs?!!!! As an expert in these cases since 1992 you do not want me to answer that question for you! These people do not come with serotonin meters on their foreheads! How do we know when that level reaches a toxic level? Take a look at what we have seen and documented so far: www.ssristories.net
And what is even worse is that most people and even most doctors do not know that in order to come off these drugs safely to avoid triggering a psychosis from withdrawal you must taper EXTREMELY SLOWLY over months or years! (See withdrawal information below)
And what is even worse is that most people and even most doctors do not know that in order to come off these drugs safely to avoid triggering a psychosis from withdrawal you must taper EXTREMELY SLOWLY over months or years!
Original articles: https://patch.com/maryland/baltimore/jacksonville-shooting-7-things-know-david-katz?utm_source=amp&utm_campaign=amp&utm_medium=mobile
David Katz: 7 Things To Know About The Jacksonville Shooter
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How sad! They conned Howie Mandel with these drugs too?! When I saw his picture that was my comment before even seeing what this article was about.
Why? Because he has “Prozac Eyes” indicating what type of so called “medication” (spelled D-R-U-G) they gave him, leading him to believe it would “help” him of course. What a crock! We have already lost at least two great comedians to antidepressants. We lost Phil Hartman to a Zoloft/Tramadol murder/suicide & lost Robin Williams to a Remeron induced suicide after it caused a REM Sleep Disorder. In REM Sleep Disorder 86% of those being diagnosed with this deadly sleep disorder in which the patient acts out their nightmares, are on antidepressants! How many are they going to kill with these drugs before this stops?!
Apparently I did not share enough about these deadly drugs with Elizabeth Vargas when I worked with her years ago on the 20/20 special she did on the Zoloft-induced murder/suicide of comedian Phil Hartman & his wife, Brynn. I served as the expert in that case & thought I had shared enough about these drugs that she would be warning anyone about them. Guess not.
OCD is simply Hypoglycemia! The brain cannot function properly when it does not have normal blood sugar levels. When that happens the brain becomes over-stimulated because the body kicks in adrenaline in response to the low sugar levels. All you have to do is change your diet and make sure you’re eating regularly & it will go away.
And as for the germ THEORY….it is just that, a THEORY!!! I was supposed to die of cancer 45 years ago. Because I couldn’t afford a coffin I decided to try something different. I went very strict vegan consuming mainly only fruits and veggies. Within a month the pains of the cancer were gone and within a year I was Back On My Feet Again healthier than ever after several years of being sick before. Since that time I have had no need to see a doctor. Yep, that’s right. Not having to see doctors for that many years has been very peaceful and pleasant.
All Howie would need to do to keep any germ from settling in his body is to not put anything into his body that germs are going to grow on. What a shame that they can take something with such a simple solution and turn it into something as major as this has been for him! It makes me sick! And if Howie thought OCD was tough to handle, just wait until he tries to get off that drug they gave him for it! That is when all hell breaks loose!!! I hope he learns that you have to take months, and more often years, to wean slowly enough to safely come off that stuff!
Ann Blake-Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness, www.drugawareness.org & www.SSRIstories.NET
Author: Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? Our Serotonin Nightmare!
This is for every parent who has lost a child by “getting help” for their children when all that happened was the “system” murdered their child with an antidepressant known to DOUBLE their chances of suicide! PLEASE SHARE BUT ONLY DO SO WITH THE WARNINGS BELOW ON THE EXTREME DANGERS OF RAPID WITHDRAWAL!!!
Why would I use the term “murdered” or even pre-meditated murder”? I do that because after working since 1992 as an expert in court cases involving these drugs I am aware of internal company memos in which their own scientists warned them these drugs were actually causing suicide! And the company’s written memo in response to those scientists was that company could not afford to lose their antidepressant so the scientists would have to tell people that these suicides were being caused by an “underlying depression”, not their new antidepressant – their precious Golden Goose!
And I am also keenly aware of court testimony by their own pharmaceutical experts in a mass murder/suicide that when you chemically interfere with the metabolism of serotonin, which is what they admit these antidepressants are designed to do as “serotonin reuptake inhibitors.” They inhibit the metabolism of serotonin. And when you inhibit the metabolism of Serotonin, thus causing it to build up in the brain, you should EXPECT TO PRODUCE IMPULSIVE MURDER OR SUICIDE as an end result according to decades of research!
This testimony before the FDA in September of 2004 will give you the truth:
See link to original news story below…..and keep the following information in mind as you read what happened in this case. Then ask what on Earth we are doing to the future generation with our mass drugging of children!
A shocking 63% of Autistic children are given antidepressants! So should anyone be surprised by this kind of action taken by a child on one of these drugs? Not when you look at the science behind it….
#1 Autism is a condition of ELEVATED serotonin
#2 63% of Autistic children have been prescribed
#3 ELEVATED serotonin has long been known to produce…
EFFECTS OF HIGH SEROTONIN LEVELS IN VARIOUS ILLNESSES:
Research over the last 50 years show that increased serotonin levels produce impulsive behaviour, murder and suicide, arson, violent crime, reckless driving, depression, anxiety, irritability, pains around the heart, insomnia, abuse of alcohol and other drugs, difficulty breathing and tension.
In one research study, patients with poor serotonin metabolism (which therefore produces high serotonin levels) were observed to suffer from irritability and sleeplessness, tending to sleep on the edge of consciousness, awake at the slightest provocation and not be able to return to sleep. Other symptoms observed were pains around the heart, difficulty breathing and worsening of bronchial complaints. They tended to suffer spontaneous abortion. One of the main functions of serotonin is the constriction of muscle tissue.
Serotonin levels are high in schizophrenia, autism, mania, mood disorders including depression and anxiety, organic brain disease, mental retardation, Alzheimer’s and anorexia.
ORIGINAL NEWS STORY: http://www.wdrb.com/story/36927841/i-did-it-to-kill-people-11-year-old-louisville-girl-crashes-truck-into-home
Fairport on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 5:22 AM the day after the FBI paid a visit to this home John Beilman, 6o, shot and killed his disabled daughter Nichole, 27, before killing himself.
According to John’s brother John did everything for his daughter as she was completely incapable of doing anything for herself. “I think there was a long period of depression,” Metildi said of his brother. “He didn’t have a lot of good to look forward to, vacations or places to go to. You just saw a different person once this all started. The excitement was gone…I really felt there was depression and sadness and anger there.”
A Connection to the Vegas Shooting?
The following articles have several statements repeating that the FBI visit to this man to issue a search warrant the day before had nothing to do with this murder suicide and any link to the Las Vegas shooting. Apparently the FBI had questions about the shooting which most would not realize would likely prompt someone who is on an antidepressant to take an extra pill or two.
That would be the most likely reason for this murder suicide. We know the FDA has warned that abrupt changes in dose of an antidepressant, whether increasing or decreasing the dosage, can cause suicide, hostility or psychosis.
But that wouldn’t be quite as intriguing as a conspiracy theory involving the Las Vegas shooting. People don’t realize that the conspiracy goes far deeper than what they’re looking at when it comes to these drugs and what they’re doing to our society!
Las Vegas Death Toll Will Continue to Rise
I do hope everyone realizes the extreme far-reaching effects of any tragedy like the Las Vegas shooting. Hundreds upon hundreds and in this case more likely thousands will end up taking antidepressants to cope with what happened. All those hospitalized that night most likely left the hospital with a prescription for an antidepressant. The families and Friends of all those who lost their lives that day, all those who were injured, and all those traumatized by what happened that night, along with the families and friends of all those who were critically injured have a very high chance of being placed on antidepressants as a result of this tragedy. Overtime we sadly know from past experience that this massive prescribing will lead too many more deaths as a result.
When 9/11 happened the prescribing of antidepressants DOUBLED nationwide! And pharmaceutical companies were offering free samples within days after 9/11 . We watch the same thing happened in Colorado after Columbine. Pharma loves a good tragedy since it brings in so much of an increase in business for them!
Thursday morning a popular professor at UCLA was gunned down in a murder/suicide by Mainak Sarkar, an ex-PHD student who had apparently killed his wife in Minnesota first and then drove 2000 miles to kill this professor and another who was not on campus that day. I held off sending this out yesterday but today there are so many clues pointing to an antidepressant connection that I am sending it out and expect to hear he had been “treated” AKA drugged with these serotonergic drugs known to produce both suicide and homicide.
Clue #1: Killed a family member first and went on to kill more.
Clue #2: Drove 2000 miles to kill again. Reminds me of the Atlanta Day Trader, Mark Barton, who, on Prozac, killed his wife and two children at home and then drove to work to go on a shooting spree. (Not as far a drive, but we do have cases where they travel a long ways to commit these crimes.) In Mark Barton’s case I was on the verge of having an independent autopsy done when his mother, confused and still in shock over the loss of her family, changed her mind. So it was not until six months later we got answers when police finally released the info that they found Prozac pills scattered throughout the van he was driving. Was he taking more and more thinking it would stop him from doing what he was doing or was he mad that they did not work? I have always wondered why that was. (For additional info on that shooting go to www.SSRIstories.NET)
Clue #3: His wife was a medical student – another common thread is a family member in a medical or psychological/social profession.
Clue #4: Swollen face. The edema is clearly evident in his face…not just an overweight problem.
Clue #5: Holding a grudge for years focused on an individual and then killing randomly several people.
Clue #6: Wearing all black (a common thread in many of these antidepressant-induced suicides and murders).
Almost more frightening than the double murder – suicide though was the massive police presence in swat uniforms on campus holding guns on all the students! We desperately need to make sure as a society that those who are on these medications known to produce both murder and suicide are NOT in uniforms and carrying loaded guns!
SEE UPDATES ON THIS CASE BELOW:
Murder/suicide at UCLA covers campus with swat teams: http://abcnews.go.com/US/ucla-lockdown-shooting/story?id=39533673
Police identify UCLA shooter: https://www.yahoo.com/news/policeidentify-ucla-shooter-140221083.html
Wife was a medical student: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3621726/The-PhD-student-shot-UCLA-professor-dead-Indian-rubber-engineer-killed-thesis-supervisor-wouldn-t-let-graduate-committed-suicide.html
NOW THAT WE HAVE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION HERE IS AN UPDATE:
According to police, Sarkar had accused Klug of stealing his computer code and giving it to someone else. A source familiar with the relationship called the accusation “absolutely psychotic” and said that Klug had bent over backward to help Sarkar finish his dissertation and graduate.
Sarkar had struggled with severe mental problems, including depression and an inability to study, which compromised his work at UCLA, the source said.
(This statement also indicates the False allegations against those the patient initially felt close to and cared for.)
“A source familiar with Sarkar’s relationship with Klug told the Los Angeles Times that Sarkar’s accusation was “absolutely psychotic,” and added that Sarkar had “severe mental problems, including depression and an inability to study, which compromised his work at UCLA.”
“He did say prescription medication, possibly Valium or a similar sedative, was found in the St. Paul, Minnesota apartment where Sarkar had lived.”
Deadly Drugs – www.SSRIstories.NET
SSRIstories.NET is a database of the cases our group at the International Coalition for Drug Awareness has gathered over the past 2 1/2 decades, including nearly every school shooter and mass shooter in the country. The question remains in all of these cases as to the level of consciousness of the perpetrator – something that is never tested in the court cases and should be. (Tragically in this case that is no longer an option.) Testing is still back in the dark ages with blood levels of drugs rather than brain waves which will detect the level of consciousness and therefore culpability. These are drugs that accumulate in brain tissue at an alarming rate. Testing the blood tells us nothing about the level of toxicity.
EXCESS SEROTONIN PRODUCES EXTREME VIOLENCE
What so many were not aware of is that an increase in serotonin by an accompanying decrease in one’s ability to metabolize serotonin was long known to produce both impulsive murder and suicide. See this study out of the Southern California:
ANTIDEPRESSANTS PRODUCE SLEEP DISORDER KNOWN TO
INCLUDE BOTH MURDER AND SUICIDE
What the world remains unaware of is the fact is that 86% of those who are diagnosed with the most deadly sleep disorder known as REM Sleep Disorder (RBD) are currently taking antidepressants. REM Sleep Disorder is a condition in which there is no paralysis during sleep thus allowing the patient to act out the dreams or nightmares they are having. Tragically 80% of those going into this sleep disorder hurt themselves or others including both murder and suicide as a result.
This is possibly the most deadly of all reactions one can have to antidepressants. Even more frightening though is to learn that before the introduction of the SSRI antidepressants RBD was known mainly as a drug withdrawal effect. Thus the chances of going into this dangerous reaction should be expected to increase as one goes into withdrawal. This is why it is so important to avoid as much of the withdrawal effects as possible by tapering off the antidepressant very, very slowly. Feel free to join us on Facebook to learn more about this disorder on our Antidepressant-induced REM Sleep Disorder group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/106704639660883/
Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
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!
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