ANTIDEPRESSANTS OFFER LITTLE MORE THAN PLACEBO

Artists depiction of a synapse.

Artists depiction of a synapse.

ANTIDEPRESSANTS OFFER LITTLE MORE THAN PLACEBO

Furthermore, antidepressant effects are little more than placebo. Many studies-as confirmed in The Emperor’s New Drugs by Dr. Irving Kirsch-show that SSRI’s are only slightly better than placebo and when you add in an active placebo-one that has side effects-the difference nearly vanishes. More importantly an antidepressant’s effectiveness correlates with side effects. The more side effects the patient experiences, the better the antidepressant effect. As Dr Kirsch explains most studies at best show only 25% of any antidepressant is actually from the drug itself, 75% of the effect is from placebo.

Dr Kauffman comments on Dr Kirsch’s work: Therefore, Irving Kirsch, Ph.D., of the University of Connecticut, with other authors, obtained data submitted to the FDA on every placebo-controlled clinical trial on the six most widely used SSRIs, and published a meta-analysis on 47 trials, finding a small, clinically insignificant effect [1] 

LESS THAN PLACEBO OR WORTHLESS

When unpublished drug trials are factored in with all adult controlled clinical trials in a meta-analysis antidepressants are shown to be ineffective or less effective than placebo![2] [3]

MURDER AND SUICIDE

 Kauffman goes on to say: At most, 11%–30% of patients with depression or related conditions who take SSRIs actually benefited beyond the placebo effect on normal doses. Of the perceived benefit, 32%–67% can be attributed to the placebo effect. Adverse effects, mostly dose-dependent, will appear in up to 75% of patients on normal doses. Of these, studies suggest that suicidality will be observed in an additional 2%–13% (1 in 50 to 1 in 9) of patients on normal doses.

The actual suicide rate could be about 123/100,000 (1 in 813) higher in patients on SSRIs than in those on tricyclics or placebo. Studies show that many more suicides are on normal doses of SSRIs beyond what is seen on placebo or many non-SSRI antidepressant drugs. Available data suggest that actual murders may be committed at about the rate of 250/100,000 (1 in 400) SSRI-treated patients beyond what is seen on placebo or many non-SSRI antidepressant drugs, and that many more murders will be attempted on normal doses as well. While correlation does not prove causation, and results of court trials are not medical science, the data for suicide are solid, and the association of murder with suicide is very suggestive. Now that there is a stronger Black Box warning, physicians who ignore it may be liable for damages; the warning primarily protects the manufacturers of SSRIs.[4] [Emphasis mine]

SOMETHING’S ROTTEN IN DAN MARK

Take the case of Mr Daniel Mark who was started on an SSRI after his wife of twenty years died. He struggled with classic signs and symptoms of depression for which the prescribed drug had no effect. So the DIB essentially doubled the dose after about a month on it. A week later Dan was found dead with a single gunshot wound to the head. The case of Mr Mark is played out daily all across America.

Forgive me for sounding naive but if you are depressed, and your doctor puts you on an ANTI-depressant, and we accept the fact that depressed people sometimes commit suicide, then shouldn’t one’s suicide rate decrease once your ANTI-depressant kicks in? That however, is not what we see. Instead the suicide rate increases in all patients but especially in teenagers. If you are successfully treating depression in a population then you should not expect the rate of suicide to go up. This one single uncomfortable fact should be all the warning one needs to question the logic in prescribing these medications. It tells me there is something very wrong with these drugs-that they in fact do the opposite of what their intended action is. They depress not anti-depress. Doesn’t it just make sense?

THE ARMED FORCES GO POSTAL: SUICIDE RATES OFF THE CHARTS

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Figure 1 SUICIDE RATES PER 100,000

The suicide rates per 100,000 people among active-duty personnel in the Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force. The statistics show an increase in suicide rates since 2001, compared with the relatively steady rate of suicide among the U.S. civilian population.[5]

A study released by the Army in June 2009 indicated that nearly as many American troops at home and abroad committed suicide in the first six months of 2006 as the number who had been killed in combat in Afghanistan during the same time period.[6]

Currently an average of 18 American servicemen commits suicide every single day.[7]

Say what? Please reread the above sentence and let it soak in.

MODERN TROOPS NOW MEDICATED

Before the Iraq war American soldiers were not prescribed psychiatric drugs in the field. As the Frontline documentary the Wounded Platoon shows by 2007, 20,000 troops were on some form of antidepressant and sleeping pill. These medications were given to psychiatrically traumatized soldiers to allow them to stay in combat conditions. Just think, as many as 20% of our combat troops are now on psychiatric medications.[8]

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the signature traumatic event a modern serviceman can receive in the field. It usually occurs from an improvised explosive device (IED). There are as many as 200,000 American soldiers who have this diagnosis. The current treatment protocol is to load them up on SSRI’s and AAP’s.

The use of psychiatric medications among 18 to 34-year-olds (both troops and their spouses) soared by 42 percent between 2005 and 2009, Army Times is reporting. Navy Times reports that psychiatric drug use is skyrocketing among military personnel and that violent behavior (suicides) is a well-known side effect. Prescriptions for stimulants, including amphetamines and drugs to treat attention-deficit disorders, more than doubled. And claims for anti-psychotics like Seroquel and Abilify nearly doubled from 2005 to 2009 among beneficiaries ages 18 to 34, the Tricare data show. Seroquel is often used to treat nightmares and sleeping problems related to post-traumatic stress disorder.[9]

With our armed forces awash in powerful mind-altering psychiatric drugs, many of them become victims of polypharmacy. As I mentioned previously once you add layer upon layer of antidepressant and antipsychotic meds on a patient, one being prescribed to treat the side effects of another, we have a time bomb on our hands.

DISARM THE VICTIMS?

This practice of using centrally acting psychiatric drugs on our soldiers and citizens is criminal and irresponsible. Dr Tracy has been saying for decades how these drugs cause bizarre homicides and suicides of epic proportions. Yet nobody was listening. Turn on any television set after yet another school shooting and all you hear is how we need to have our guns taken away. Or that violent video games cause homicidal ideation. What a bunch of hogwash. If you back away and think about statements like that without getting emotional you should immediately see how dim-witted they are.

WE ALREADY KNOW THE CAUSE OF SCHOOL SHOOTINGS

That guns cause violence is even more ridiculous when we examine the evidence. The use of the SSRI’s increased from the introduction of Prozac® in 1987 (with many “me too’s” which soon followed) to widespread use in children and adults in the 90’s and onward. Right along with the increase in SSRI use came increased rates of road rage, mass murder and suicides. We have never seen shootings like these prior to the introduction of the SSRI’s except for rare isolated cases where you found a brain tumor in the suspect like the case of Charles Whitman who shot up the University of Texas, Austin with a deer rifle killing 14 students while hiding out in the bell tower. He had earlier killed his mother and wife. Well Timmy what’s different now? The answer may be staring right at us. It turns out that the rates of SSRI induced mania in children is much higher than in adults, up to 6% depending on the drug. This strange drug induced mania in kids and young adults is the pivotal reason why we are seeing this epidemic of murders.

Dr Breggin:

According to the manufacturer, Solvay, 4% of children and youth taking Luvox developed mania during short-term controlled clinical trials. Eric Harris of Columbine fame was on 200mg of Luvox at the time of the shootings. He was also noted to be tremulous-a sign of drug toxicity. His dose was increased to his murderous level 2.5 months prior to the shootings. Mania is a psychosis which can produce bizarre, grandiose, highly elaborated destructive plans, including mass murder. Interestingly, in a recent controlled clinical trial, Prozac produced mania in the same age group at a rate of 6%. These are very high rates for drug-induced mania–much higher than those produced in adults. Yet the risk will be even higher during long-term clinical use where medical supervision, as in the case of Harris, is much more lax than in controlled clinical trials. These drugs also produce irritability, aggression or hostility, alienation, agitation, and loss of empathy.

Reports suggest that Eric Harris may have had a relatively good family life. If so, it adds to the probability that he was suffering from a drug-induced manic reaction caused by Luvox. The phenomenon of drug-induced manic reactions caused by antidepressants is so widely recognized that it is discussed several times in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders of the American Psychiatric Association and many times in The Physicians’ Desk Reference.

SO FAR WE SEE THAT SOON AFTER THE INTRODUCTION OF THE SSRI’S IN 1987 WE START TO SEE INCREDIBLY BIZARRE BEHAVIOR OF A SORT NOT NORMALLY WITNESSED. THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE WARNING SHOT FOR US TO HEAR AND TO TAKE STEPS TO BE ON ALERT AS THESE DRUGS START TO PERMEATE SOCIETY. IN THE NEXT SECTION WE’LL TALK ABOUT SANJAY GUPTA AND THE LORDOTIC LUMMOX TOM RIDGE WHO BOTH HAD MOMENTS OF CLARITY AND TRUTH WHEN THEY MENTIONED HOW DANGEROUS THESE DRUGS ARE RIGHT ON THE DYING DINOSAUR MEDIA ONLY TO BE SQUASHED. NEXT WE’LL GO OVER A SHOCKING STUDY WHICH PROVIDES FURTHER PROOF OF THE DANGERS THE PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS CAUSE. LASTLY, THERE MAY BE A MORE SINISTER MOTIVATION AS TO WHY NOBODY IS TALKING ABOUT THE 4,000 POUND HAMSTER IN THE KITCHEN EATING YOUR POT HOLDERS I.E., THE MEDIA BLACKOUT ON VIOLENCE AND SSRI USE. THIS YOU’VE GOT TO READ.



[1] Joel Kauffman SSRI drugs: More Risks Than Benefits? Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons Volume 14 Number 1 Spring 2009. (http://www.drugawareness.org/ssri-facts/scientific-studies/kauffman-ssri-study) 04/25/2012

[2] The Dangers of Taking Antidepressants with Aspirin (http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/11/04/antidepressants)

[3] Peter Breggin, MD. Antidepressant-Induced Suicide, Violence, and Mania: Risks for Military Personnel Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, Volume 12, Number 2, 2010

[4] Joel Kauffman IBID

[5] U.S. military branches (2001-09) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (latest figures through 2006)

Credit: Adrienne Wollman (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=131096642) 04/29/2012

[6] IBID

[9] IBID

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Dr. Christopher Rasmussen (aka Reality Renegade) is the author of his upcoming book, "InflaNATION: Industrial Diners & A Doc In The Box." By deliberately avoiding harmful industrial foods and the Commercial Sick Care System with its Pills and Procedures paradigm, Dr Rasmussen cured himself of a deadly disease-which became the reason for writing this book. In the book, he provides the facts you must know and the solutions to regain your health, maintain wellness, and outlive your parents' generation in an extraordinarily toxic world.

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