CNN: Teen in coma from severe brain injury recovers with alternatives

Grant Virgin (16), Given Up for Dead by Doctors

Luckily His Parents Did Not Give Up!

Thanks to my son for sharing this story and video from my most favorite of all medical investigative journalists, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, from CNN! One of the most open, honest and sincerely questioning interviews I ever did on the subject of antidepressants and children was done by Dr. Sanjay Gupta. He has a very open mind and is clearly searching for truth in all areas to help others. Please see the video and story airing tonight and tomorrow on CNN with Dr. Gupta in the link below. DO NOT MISS THIS INSPIRING VIDEO AND NEWS REPORT! It is well worth reading and watching!!!

Do antidepressants and other psychiatric meds cause brain damage?

And if so, what do we do about it?

Because in May I testified before the Danish Parliament on the issue of brain damage being caused by the use of antidepressants, I believe anything to help us learn more about recovering from brain damage is critical. Anyone interested in these medications and how they affect themselves as patients or their loved ones on the medications should be hyper vigilant when it comes to this issue.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatments

Hyperbaric oxygen is another absolutely incredible treatment for brain injury. If you go to our website and click the links on Dr. Paul Harch you can see before and after brain scans of those who have used hyperbaric oxygen. That link can be found in alternative treatment #7 at

Essential Aromatherapy Oils

What did Princess Di use to ward off some of the adverse effects of her Prozac? She used essential aromatherapy oils. And this CNN story featuring a young man given up for dead after a tragic hit and run accident and slipping into a coma reminds me so much of my friend Connie Bertoldo’s son when she was told that IF he did recover he would only be a vegetable after his traumatic brain injury from a 4 wheeler flipping and landing on top of him.

When Connie called for help wanting to know what oils would help, I rushed to the hospital with all the Young Living oils I knew would help with brain injury. She continued to use the oils on her son as she sat with him rubbing them on his feet and brain stem area and also down his spine whenever she could. Only one, the combination of oils called Brain Power, she would apply to his thumb and press it against the roof of his mouth in order to apply it as close to the brain as possible. (Keep in mind that all oils are not okay to use internally. The Young Living Oils are therapeutic grade oils and we knew which ones to use internally and which ones could not be used that way.)

The doctors could not believe Connie’s son’s miraculous recovery. But like the parents in this CNN story she did not tell them all she was doing to help him in using alternatives. Although I think she did in the end.

I also remember little Lazarus (Lazzie), the little black Chi-weeny dog (Chihuahua/Dachshund) we got from my sister. He was only between six and eight weeks old when he ran under a rocking chair at exactly the wrong time. As he did the rockers came down on his tiny head crushing it. The injury was so bad they heard his head crack and blood was coming out of his mouth, etc. They too were told there was no hope for him and he should just be put to sleep or he would die from the brain injury soon anyway.

That is when my niece, Kindred, called sobbing and begging me to hurry and bring my oils to see if they could help him. When I got there he was still crying out in pain. So I immediately covered his little head with all the oils known to stop pain, bruising, and swelling to prevent any further brain damage from occuring – like Valor, Peppermint, Lavender, and Helichrysum and Frankincense. I also applied Brain Power to the roof of his little mouth with my pinky finger. His crying stopped quickly. I then took him hom with me and stayed up all night layering the oils over and over this way on his little head.

To everyone’s amazement he recovered rapidly and was just as normal as he could be the rest of his life and was so full of life and so much fun! My sister told me he was mine because he would never have lived had I not known what to do for him. So I named him the most fitting name I could think of, Lazarus, because it was as if he had come back to us from the dead. Our sweet little Lazzie, with all the joy he brought to us, was worth every bit of that effort and so much worth the effort I had expended in learning about the oils in order to know what to do to help him!

Merrill Osmond Recovers Using Aromatherapy – Learn More

What a shame people are not told that there are many alternatives, used freely in other countries, that are restricted in ours because the pharmaceutical giants want no competition because they know how well these alternatives work …. Check out this Pharma link to learn more about the oils that brought little Lazzie back to us and the same oils that helped Merrill Osmond (Yes one of the famous Osmond Brothers and brother to Donnie and Marie. His story is on our site also.), when I worked with him to be able to wean off his medications after 20+ years on them, you can go to the alternatives section of our website at And there you can listen to an NPR radio interview I and Kathy Farmer, an expert in the oils, did on the subject of antidepressant adverse effects and how the oils help with that.

Link to original CNN news story and video:

Family says fish oil helped son recover from traumatic brain injury

(In reading this story everyone should keep in mind that the Omega 3 oil from flax seed works just as well as fish oil in making these changes in the brain. That was made very clear to us as when attending a worldwide conference at the National Institutes of Health in 2002. They explained that we only hear more about fish instead of flax because the fish industry has more money to fund the studies)

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

The FDA also now warns that any abrupt change in dose of an antidepressant can produce suicide, hostility or psychosis. These reactions can either come on very rapidly or even be delayed for months depending upon the adverse effects upon sleep patterns when the withdrawal is rapid! You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here:



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Posted by: “Ann Blake-Tracy”

Mon Mar 12, 2012 11:39 pm (PDT)


Okay things are beginning to come out about this case … SO LET’S LOOK AT THEM….

#1 Very significant is that two years ago this soldier suffered Traumatic Brain Injury. Anyone who has had a brain injury should NEVER be given an antidepressant according to neurologist, Dr. Jay Seastrunk. The brain is far more vulnerable to seizure activity after such an injury and taking a stimulant (An ANTI-depressant or the opposite of a depressant IS A STIMULANT!). Remember that a manic psychosis is a continuous series of seizures in the brain which is basically what REM Sleep is also. (Keep that in mind as you read below about REM sleep.)

#2 In this article Dr. Johnathan Shay describes what he calls Berserk: “Berserkers … have this curious quality of icy and flaming rage; all they want to do is destroy, they want nothing to get in the way of their unmediated destruction and killing, and they are truly insensitive to pain. They are totally beyond the society of their own military forces and disconnected from them.”

“It’s a painful and destructive thing and usually fatal for the soldier… The term “berserk” is an Old Norse word describing the frenzied trance in which some warriors fought.”

Now what he has just described as “berserkness” is what is a perfect description of “homicidal ideation” – a compulsion to kill – continuous thoughts of killing and continuous thoughts of methods of killing – coupled with rage. Both rage & homicidal ideation are listed side effects of antidepressants which are prescribed at a shocking rate to our military! The main drug anyone would think of producing this type of reaction is PCP (Angel Dust) & antidepressants are the most similar drugs in action to PCP the world has ever seen!!

#3 Another quote from this article states: “And sleep is unmistakably the fuel for the frontal lobes of the brain, and when you’re out of gas in the frontal lobe you become a moral moron — a catastrophe with no moral restraint.” Combat stress, or PTSD in its most virulent form, tends to disrupt sleep.”

PTSD in its most virulent form does disrupt sleep but what disrupts sleep even more is antidepressants. One of the first things noted about the first SSRI antidepressant on the market, Prozac, was how it repressed REM Sleep. Now for those of you who have read my book, Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare, know after reading the chapter on the REM Sleep Behavior Disorder (RBD) that antidepressants cause this disorder where you act out nightmares. More recent research demonstrates that 86% of those being diagnosed with RBD are currently taking an antidepressant even though it has mainly been known as a drug withdrawal state. So those in withdrawal have an even greater chance of going into this sleepwalk nightmare we call RBD!

Close friends of mine had a son leave for Iraq a couple of years ago. The young man called his father, a social worker, to ask about taking an antidepressant. Why? Because he was told by Army personnel that he would need one in order to go to Iraq! Knowing a little about my work after learning a close friend of his was stabbed, along with his mother & sister, by their father, who then shot himself after only five days on Zoloft, he was concerned about antidepressants. A veteran himself, his father’s response was level headed. He told his son that if he ever needed to have his thoughts together & control over his actions & NOT be under the influence of a mind altering drug it would be while carrying a gun & facing what he would in Iraq.

Now what was most alarming to me was that so much pressure had been put on this young man by his superiors to take these drugs that even after all he had witnessed in his own personal life they had pushed him to the point that he would even feel like he needed to ask his father this question!!! Clearly our troops are being pressured into taking these drugs & have been drugged out of their minds for many years now – even to the point of this is the first war in which we are losing more troops to suicide than combat!!

I urge you to share this information with local reporters & everyone you know as a warning of the most deadly aspects of these drugs we mistakenly call “antidepressants”! Send them to read my FDA presentations how how these drugs can produce such violence at (located just under the picture of my book on the right side) & to our database of cases like this one at so they can see the evidence that does exist & is presented in courtrooms in these cases. None of this should remain hidden from the public because this is a public safety issue!!!

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” & CD on Safe Withdrawal “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”


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