Every time there are reports of a mass shooting, there are a number of people who automatically question whether the suspect had mental health issues or was taking prescription medications such as antidepressants.
While history has shown that the most notorious mass shooters in this century were taking antidepressants or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) before they carried out the deadly rampages, there are a number of killings that have been linked directly to the dangerous drugs. In fact, the pharmaceutical companies behind the most popular SSRI’s have paid hundreds of millions of dollars in damages:
Eli Lilly Paid Secret Settlements to Survivors After Man on Prozac Went on Shooting Rampage in 1989
Joseph T. Wesbecker, 47, carried out a mass shooting in which he shot 20 workers at Standard Gravure Corp. in Kentucky, in September 1989. Eight of the victims were fatally wounded, and Wesbecker ended the rampage by shooting and killing himself.
Just one month earlier, Wesbecker had started taking the antidepressant Prozac, which included side effects such as “obsession with suicide and dangerously violent behavior,” according to an article in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
When the survivors of the shooting filed a lawsuit against Eli Lilly arguing that it had known about the propensity of Prozac to cause violent outbursts and suicidal tendencies, the company convinced the victims to agree to secret settlements outside of court.
GlaxoSmithKline Paid $6.4 Million to the Family of a Man Who Murdered Three Family Members Hours After Taking Paxil in 1998
Donald Schell, 60, was prescribed the antidepressant Paxil to treat depression in Wyoming in February 1998. Within hours of taking the first dosage, he burst into a fit of rage and fatally shot his wife, Rita; their daughter, Deborah Tobin; and their 9-month-old granddaughter, Alyssa.
Schell then shot and killed himself. His remaining family members filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the pharmaceutical company behind Paxil, and they were awarded $6.4 million based on “the company’s failure to sufficiently warn doctors and patients that the effects of the drug could include agitation and violence.”
GlaxoSmithKline Also Paid $3 Million to the Widow of a Man Who Committed Suicide After Taking Paxil in 2010
Stewart Dolin, 57, was working as a corporate attorney in Illinois when he was prescribed the generic version of the antidepressant Paxil for depression and anxiety. While taking the drug, he committed suicide by jumping in front of a Chicago Transit Authority train.
His widow, Wendy Dolin, filed a lawsuit against GlaxoSmithKline, arguing that the company failed to warn her husband’s doctor that the drug he was being prescribed would increase his risk of suicidal behavior, which led to his death.
“This for me has not just been about the money. This has always been about awareness to a health issue, and the public has to be aware of this,” Wendy Dolin told the Chicago Tribune after she was awarded $3 million in compensation.
While the cases mentioned above are notable because they received significant media attention, there is still an overwhelming number of lawsuits that stemmed from cases in which pharmaceutical companies paid millions of dollars for failing to warn doctors that the antidepressants they were prescribing could drive patients to kill themselves and others.
According to reports, the first lawsuit involving a Paxil suicide case went to trial in 2001, and since then, GlaxoSmithKline has paid more than $390 million in settlements or verdicts for Paxil-related cases. If that is the price they are willing to pay, then the profit they are making off of the controversial drug must be incredible.
Rachel Blevins is an independent journalist from Texas, who aspires to break the false left/right paradigm in media and politics by pursuing truth and questioning existing narratives. Follow Rachel on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Steemit and Patreon. This article first appeared at The Free Thought Project.
Ironically, the same Greek mathematician who invented the syringe 2,000 years ago also created the very first vending machine. Some of the oldest vending machines dispensed holy water in Egyptian temples, but these days mostly what you get is sodas and junk food snacks. It only makes sense that most vending machines dish out junk science “food stuff” that causes cancer, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and dementia, because it’s more or less toxic “pellets” for lab rats that don’t know any better, provided by Big Food.
Nothing in America creates more patients for life than Big Pharma’s partner in crime – junk food. And how does Big Pharma “manage the symptoms” of JFD (junk food disease)? Well, of course, by dispensing chemical junk-science drugs for the pain and anguish.
Even though you need a prescription from a medical doctor to get your hands and mouth on these toxic “vended” drugs, it doesn’t take much more than any given moron telling the doctor they’ve got pain, depression or anxiety, and voila, just like inserting a dollar and pushing a big button with a trademark symbol on it, the rat takes its medicine, and round and round it spins on the wheel called chronic sick care.
Deadly prescription drugs are CONVENIENT and easily obtained, just like vended junk food and soda
To grab a quick coke, a bag of chips, and a candy bar, you don’t need a brain at all, just pull out a couple one dollar bills (or your credit card) and insert into the hole with the blinking arrow. Then wait for a bleep noise, and push the buttons featuring the pictures of the items your taste buds and weeping belly are craving. Reach down into the bottom slot when the junk bags and cans drop, open the packaging, and shove or pour ingredients into mouth.
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To grab a quick fix of heroin (opiates), you don’t need a brain at all, just pull out your medical coverage card and insert it into the slit beneath the office clerk’s window in the waiting room at the doctor’s office. Then wait for your name to be called, follow the nurse to a special room, and when the doctor finally comes in, say, “I am depressed,” “I am stressed,” or “I have pain.” Some doctors even have their own medication vending machine (in-house pharmacy) so you don’t have to drive extra miles to a drug store.
Today’s medical doctors are not allowed to give nutritional advice, or the American Medical Association will come shut them down, and even if they were, they don’t know the right things to say, because they weren’t educated that way in medical college. So instead, M.D.s just sling experimental, addictive drugs at symptoms of deeper rooted sicknesses, along with immune-system-destroying antibiotics and carcinogenic vaccines.
That’s why any medicine that wrecks your health is easy to come by, just like junk food in vending machines. The money isn’t made off the “vending” products, the money is made off the sick fools who are repeat offenders and keep going back to the well for more poison – it’s called chronic sick care or symptom management. Fact: Prescription drugs are the fourth leading cause of death in America, even when “taken as directed.”
Doctors can all be replaced by robots since they don’t engage in any human behavior
Ever notice you’re not really allowed to speak your mind to a medical doctor? He or she will ask you a few questions, and as you begin complaining about your problems, they shut you up, run the stethoscope over your body, check your temperature, and blood pressure, and then it’s down to business as usual. “I’m going to write you two prescriptions, one for the (fill in pain, anxiety, or depression here), and one for the (fill in mucus, coughing, headache, inflammation, rash, or fever).”
You see, there’s really no intellectual discussion or human interaction necessary at all. Plus, you’ll probably just suggest some drugs you saw advertised on television, and the pill pusher will scribble his/her John Hancock on a little slip of paper and you’re all set. Well, just as easily, there could be medication vending machines all over the USA, where you just slide in your medical coverage card, push the buttons that have symbols and pictures of your health ills, wait for the happy beep, and grab your chemical drugs.
All the lab-made concoctions that never really heal anyone, but only do more harm (think junk food in vending machines here) could easily be dished out by machines, including blood thinner, cholesterol meds, SSRIs, opiate-based painkillers, ADD and ADHD drugs, insulin, and even the syringes full of vaccines and deadly flu shots. Does it really take someone with a medical degree to sling these out? After all, anyone can administer a mercury-loaded flu shot these days.
Got pain or anguish? Just put your dollars in the pharma-vendor (M.D.’s pocket) and push the panic button (simply say you have pain, anguish, or depression) and voila – your medication is dispensed by the med-vending-machine (they actually already have them in China). Addicted to cocaine, heroin, or fake news CNN? No problem. Just go to med-vendor and press “panic.” After all, medical doctors today are just glorified drug pushers making six figures. Go to BigPharmaNews.com to find out more about medication “vending” machines called American medical doctors.
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Originally posted: https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-01-07-american-medicine-has-become-chemical-drug-vending-machine.html
Author: S.D. Wells
Warning for humanity: The madness is spreading by design as the masses are deliberately poisoned with toxic pharmaceuticals, pesticides, 5G wireless, hormone disruptors and toxic vaccines
“Walking along a street in any crumbling urban area in this country you see miserable faces staring blankly as they trudge through their lives on the road to nowhere or wasting time absorbed by trivialities and bullshit emanating from their iGadgets,” writes Jim Quinn in an especially prescient post on The Burning Platform Blog:
The lives of so many are a meaningless march of misery and mindless repetition of daily chores. There is an overwhelming cloud of sadness permeating the lives of the masses as our repulsive culture, built on fulfilling desires, consumerism, selfishness and greed, ultimately results in delusional, disappointed and desperate human beings.
Quinn explains the collapse of cognizant civilization as arising out of “social indoctrination” and the organized programming of children via the disastrous public education system:
Our society did not become so ludicrous, misguided and defective overnight. It has been decades in the making. And it can be attributed to the purposeful effort by those in control of the government in destroying our educational system and replacing it with a social indoctrination system. Children are no longer taught how to think, but how to feel. Children are being raised by the state as nothing more than cogs in the machine.
Children who question authority or do not act in a subservient manner are immediately diagnosed with ADD and drugged into submission. The public-school system doesn’t want high performers, critical thinkers or anyone questioning their government mandated orthodoxy. The ruling class (aka Deep State) wants controllable, malleable, non-thinking automatons to do the menial low paying jobs, buy cheap foreign crap with their credit cards, and be dependent upon the state for their miserable existence.
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His assessment is correct, but there’s another layer to this that makes the public school indoctrination possible: The mass poisoning of human beings with brain damaging chemicals.
The coordinated mass poisoning of humanity
The mass poisoning of humanity isn’t an accident: It’s a coordinated, engineered assault on the human mind, carried out by globalist corporations and swept under the reg by “captive” government regulators that have long since sold out humanity. The purpose of the mass poisoning is to weaken the human mind and spirit, crushing any outbursts of consciousness, awakening, innovation or revolutionary ideas that might challenge the status quo.
All humans must be chemically restrained and prevented from breaking free of their chemical prisons, the globalists believe. This is the only way to prevent humanity from rising up and overthrowing the globalist cabal that depends on mass indoctrination and subservience for its own continued existence.
They’ve built prisons for our minds, and those prisons are constructed out of tiny, toxic molecules that now inundate the food supply, common medicines, personal care products and even the open skies. Here’s a short list of the primary vectors of this mass poisoning that’s now driving the human race to the point of utter madness and collapse:
- Toxic food is sprayed with brain-damaging pesticides, herbicides and fungicides, often right before harvest. This guarantees the maximum potency of toxic chemicalsin the food raw materials that are used to manufacture cereals, baby food, corn tortillas, breads and thousands of other common grocery items.
- Toxic medicine is deliberately engineered to alter brain function in the name of “treatment.” From the mass drugging of children with ADHD medications to the exploding prescriptions of SSRI antidepressants for adults, Big Pharma’s chemicals are altering the brains of over 100 million Americans… with catastrophic results on mental stability and cognition. And yes, flu shots are still intentionally formulated with mercury, an extremely toxic heavy metal that damages the neurology of all living beings.
- Toxic personal care products are intentionally made with brain-suppressing fragrance chemicals, cancer-causing additives and hormone-disrupting molecules that help push the population toward transgenderism, the enemy of sustainable sexual reproduction (which has sustained the human species since its inception). These toxic chemicals inundate laundry products, shampoos, deodorants, skin lotions and cosmetics, saturating the human body with chemicals that damage the nervous system and promote cancer.
- Toxic disinformation is mercilessly broadcast by the propaganda networks (CNN, NYT, MSNBC, etc.), “weaponizing” false information that burrows into the minds of the masses, whose brains have been weakened by chemical assault. When the mind no longer functions, individuals become incapable of questioning disinformation and are easily recruited into becoming the thought police / speech police that now typify the Left Cult, which is full of obedience-demanding “progressives.”
- Toxic culture hammers the “softened up” masses with utterly toxic, self-destructive cultural memes such as transgenderism or narcissism. Seeking peer approval, the groupthink masses are easily corralled into narrow fields of social behavior. Social media is used to reinforce obedience and attack independent (or even rational) thinking. An especially shocking example of this is the fact that indoctrinated progressives now claim that men have vaginas, that genetics do not determine sex, that men can get pregnant and that all children are born “genderless,” then “assigned” an arbitrary gender after birth. These are not metaphors or allegories, they are believed to be biological facts by the brainwashed left-wing masses that now dominate news, culture, education and the voting population.
As Quinn explains, the tech giants have transformed social media into a “social concentration camp:”
Combining the power of the surveillance state with the devious underhanded methods of Google, Facebook and Twitter has created a social concentration camp with government armed guards and social justice warrior corporations providing the propaganda.
Social media is nothing more than virtue signaling and peacocking by people trying to pump up their own egos. The incessant narcissism broadcast by the “beautiful” people results in others comparing their lives to these shallow egocentric elitists. When normal people spend their days comparing their plain lives to the fake awesome lives of strutting egomaniacs, they become depressed and unhappy with their own lives.
Until people put down their gadgets, spend time living in the real world with real people and stop idolizing shallow faux icons, they will become even more mentally unstable.
Unleashing the animalistic mob that’s driven by lower brain stem function
Inside every human brain that’s capable of higher thought is an animalistic brain — the “reptilian brain” — that’s driven by sex, violence, lust, power and self-centered behavior. When the bombardment of chemical and cultural toxins obliterates the higher brain function of which humans are capable, it unleashes the animalistic lower brain function that we now see dominating our crumbling society.
Pop culture is now devoid of higher thought or the celebration of individuality. Rather, it celebrates and promotes sex, lust, fame, violence, narcissism and the destruction of others. Any last semblance of morality, work ethic, self-discipline, individual achievement or honor is long gone. In its place, the left-wing “progressive” culture pushes all the traits, behaviors and mental models that resemble the brain function of animals, not humans.
Today’s human children are cognitively retarded compared to the children elephants. They are less intelligent than child dolphins, and they are less compassionate than chimpanzees. Most of today’s children have less survival instinct than a newborn dog, deer or armadillo. The youthful masses of modern society are trained for mass indoctrination and obedience by a sick, authoritarian society where every individual is a slave to their electronic device that tells them what to think and feel.
I was at a Thanksgiving dinner over the last few days, and at one event, a 14-year-old boy spent the entire time glued to his mobile phone, utterly oblivious to the reality taking place around him. From his point of view, the entire point of a Thanksgiving dinner was to take photos of “cool” things that could be shared with his fake friends on social media in order to gain social standing in a virtual world. The actual events taking place in the real world — with his real family — were of no value to him. Like all youngsters, he has been trained to dissociate himself from reality and focus all his attention on a fictional construct where the “friends” and “likes” and even the lives of those he admires are all faked.
Reality is of no interest to those children anymore. And whatever their mobile phones tell them is relevant is what matters most in their lives. The mobile phone has become a prison that enslaves children, and parents sit by and willfully allow this mental kidnapping of their children to take place right in front of them. Those parents are no longer raising their own children, they are merely surrogate care providers who are raising obedient zombie children for the authoritarian State.
No way back: Poisoned minds have turned the human race into a “suicide cult”
Survival is arguably the strongest instinct in healthy human beings, yet the survival instinct has now been obliterated by the mass poisoning of human minds, launching humanity down a path of self-destruction. This “suicide cult” is now a deranged, lunatic mob of emotionally charged, cognitively suppressed automatons who obediently follow whatever commands they are given by popular sources.
The coordinated censorship of independent voices by the evil tech giants guarantees that children and teens will no longer encounter any information that encourages them to speak out as individuals. Even the twisted encouragement by parents who tell children to “be themselves” by coming out as gay or transgender is nothing more than a sick, new form of mass conformity buoyed by the adornment of adults who now indoctrinate their own children into transgenderism in order to achieve social standing among their peers. “Look at my little Tommy, he used to be a girl. Isn’t that amazing? He’s such a unique individual.”
Except it isn’t unique at all. It’s just one more twisted fad being pushed by a mentally ill society that has decided the exploitation of children to push adult sexualization agendas is suddenly socially acceptable. The fact that such exploitation of children is now applauded in mainstream America is further evidence of the collapse of sanity and the power of social conformity to convince living beings to destroy their own children. Only human are so foolish. No animals deliberately destroy their own children, because that would be suicidal. Yet humans now celebrate it on daytime television such as Good Morning America, which recently featured a trans male child parading around in women’s clothes while adult audience members applauded with glee.
Take a close look at the picture below, and read the caption, noting how the media asks him to describe what “inspires him to express himself.” Thus, the twisted abuse and exploitation of children with adult sexualization themes is now framed as “individuality” and “courage” rather than the child abuse it clearly has become:
All these efforts to twist the minds of humans have been shockingly successful, and they have put humanity on a catastrophic path of self-destruction at every level of existence. Global “progressive” society is killing itself, and it’s all by design. Here are just a few of the ways this is being accomplished:
- Learned helpless / the teaching of victimization – Children and college students are now taught to be helpless victims who cannot think for themselves, rather than capable individuals who can solve problems.
- Cultural invasion and occupation – The globalist left-wing call for open borders is designed to overrun First World nations with Third World masses who have proven they are only good at destroying nations and civilizations, not building them up into successful, sustainable systems.
- Chemical suicide / infertility explosion – The mass inundation of humanity with toxic chemicals is causing a deliberate implosion in fertility, leading to dramatic drops in birth rates and reproductive sustainability. This is all part of the depopulation plot to accelerate the elimination of the human species.
- The vilification of sexual reproduction – The sheeple are now being taught that sexual reproduction is abnormal and weird. Only gay sex or transgenderism is now accepted as “normal.” Anyone who attempts to sustain the human race through traditional procreation is designated a bigot, racist or purveyor of hate speech.
- Fomenting race wars and hatred – What used to be “tolerance” of the political Left has now become outright bigotry and racism, with the mass indoctrination of children, teens and college students to hate white people and decry them for being born with white skin. Even white people have signed up for the brainwashing, professing their “white guilt” and apologizing for “white privilege” while the racist Left pushes for the complete elimination of white people from all public offices or positions of power. What used to be called “eugenics” is now called “equality.” Adolf Hitler would be proud.
- Fiscal suicide and a global debt time bomb – The coming global debt implosion will wipe out entire nations, destroy national economies and send much of the world into a Venezuela-like scenario of mass poverty and starvation. This will, of course, lead to the concentration of power in the hands of corrupt government — the very same government that currently allows for the mass weaponization of the food supply as a means to decimate the human population and make way for the rise of the labor robots that will soon replace human workers.
- The destruction of reason – As an added layer on top of everything else, the very foundations of logic and reason are under assault by “progressives” who claim that mathematics, science, physics and even the rules of logic are racist and rooted in a “White patriarchy” which must be relentlessly attacked by irrational Leftists who equate stupidity with equality.
- Ecological mass destruction – The mass pollution of the planet with pesticides, GMOs, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing chemicals is already obliterating ocean ecosystems. The mass pollution of the soils with concentrated toxic waste and human feces (concentrated in cities) is called “Biosludge,” and it is a government-approved form of mass chemical pollution. (See Biosludged.com for the full film, coming out in days.)
Solutions? There is no solution except to survive the coming collapse
Considering what you’ve learned here, you might wonder what the solutions are to reverse course, save humanity and put us back on a path to sustainability and abundance. After twenty years of analyzing current events and human behavior, I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that there is no solution except to survive the coming global collapse.
The self destruction of the human race can no longer be stopped. We are long past the point of achieving a sufficient critical mass awakening that might turn things around and end the insanity. Human societies are now inescapably headed into a shared, global catastrophe that can only end in mass financial, political, ecological and cultural collapse.
With that collapse will come global pandemics, disease wipeouts, social unrest, political chaos and mass starvation. This outcome is now inescapable, and some believe the world is being deliberately pushed in this direction to achieve both a global population wipeout and the establishment of global government that rises out of the engineered crisis to “save” humankind.
One in ten people might survive what’s coming, and no one will survive with their individual liberty intact. Following the global collapse of modern society, a dystopian, globalist-run police state society will rise to power. It will be modeled after China’s authoritarian social score system that monitors the online speech, purchasing behaviors, physical movements and psychological profiles of every citizen, then blocks access to societal infrastructure (travel, home loans, public education, etc.) for those who do not sufficiently conform to the demands of the State.
We are living in the last days of anything resembling human freedom, and yet the blind continue to lead the blind, with obedient left-wing Brownshirts demanding more censorship of independent media, more attacks on independent voices and the complete crushing of individual liberty or even free market economics.
It is only by a very narrow path of unlikely events that any region of the world might emerge from this with anything resembling liberty or freedom. If any region is to survive the globalist takeover, it will be America with its Second Amendment mass armament of citizens and the desire of its citizens to resist tyranny with force. Within the United States, the only regions still capable of such resistance against globalism are the Idaho / Wyoming / Utah regions, Texas and perhaps portions of the Deep South. The East and West Coasts are already lost to globalists, and the brainwashed youth who inhabit the politically progressive regions of the country are beyond reformation or rescue. Montana, Colorado and Arizona are largely controlled by sellout Leftists, and even once-rural areas like Michigan are now run by insane, self-destructive Democrats.
Now might be a good time to take a serious look at strategic relocation so that you and your family have at least a slim chance to live in a free society after the coming global collapse. From here forward, any individuals who dare to speak the truth, defend freedom or protect their borders are all considered enemy combatants by the globalists. Plan accordingly and prepare to fight for your very right to exist.
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Millions believe depression is caused by ‘serotonin deficiency’, but where is the science in support of this theory?
“Depression is a serious medical condition that may be due to a chemical imbalance, and Zoloft works to correct this imbalance.”
Herein lies the serotonin myth.
Americans, as consumers in one of only two countries in the world that permits direct-to-consumer drug advertising, you have undoubtedly been subjected to promotion of the “cause of depression”; a cause that is not your fault, but rather a matter of too few little bubbles passing between the hubs in your brain! Don’t add that to your list of worries, though, because there is a convenient solution awaiting you at your doctor’s office… right?
What if I told you that, in 6 decades of research, the serotonin (or norepinephrine, or dopamine) theory of depression and anxiety has not achieved scientific credibility? You’d want some supporting arguments for this shocking claim. So, here you go:
The Science of Psychiatry is Myth
Rather than some embarrassingly reductionist, one-deficiency-one-illness-one-pill model of mental illness, contemporary exploration of human behavior has demonstrated that we may know less than we ever thought we did. And that what we do know about root causes of mental illness seems to have more to do with the concept of evolutionary mismatch than with genes and chemical deficiencies.
In fact, a meta-analysis of over 14,000 patients and Dr. Insel, head of the NIMH, had this to say:
“Despite high expectations, neither genomics nor imaging has yet impacted the diagnosis or treatment of the 45 million Americans with serious or moderate mental illness each year.”
To understand what imbalance is, we must know what balance looks like, and neuroscience, to date, has not characterized the optimal brain state, nor how to even assess for it.
A New England Journal of Medicine review on Major Depression, stated:
” … numerous studies of norepinephrine and serotonin metabolites in plasma, urine, and cerebrospinal fluid as well as postmortem studies of the brains of patients with depression, have yet to identify the purported deficiency reliably.”
The data has poked holes in the theory and even the field of psychiatry itself is putting down its sword. One of my favorite essays by Lacasse and Leo has compiled sentiments from influential thinkers in the field – mind you, these are conventional clinicians and researchers in mainstream practice – who have broken rank, casting doubt on the entirety of what psychiatry has to offer around antidepressants:
Humble Origins of a Powerful Meme
In the 1950s, reserpine, initially introduced to the US market as an anti-seizure medication, was noted to deplete brain serotonin stores in subjects, with resultant lethargy and sedation. These observations colluded with the clinical note that an anti-tuberculosis medication, iproniazid, invoked mood changes after five months of treatment in 70% of a 17 patient cohort. Finally, Dr. Joseph Schildkraut threw fairy dust on these mumbles and grumbles in 1965 with his hypothetical manifesto entitled “The Catecholamine Hypothesis of Affective Disorders” stating:
“At best, drug-induced affective disturbances can only be considered models of the natural disorders, while it remains to be demonstrated that the behavioral changes produced by these drugs have any relation to naturally occurring biochemical abnormalities which might be associated with the illness.”
Contextualized by the ripeness of a field struggling to establish biomedical legitimacy (beyond the therapeutic lobotomy!), psychiatry was ready for a rebranding, and the pharmaceutical industry was all too happy to partner in the effort.
Of course, the risk inherent in “working backwards” in this way (noting effects and presuming mechanisms) is that we tell ourselves that we have learned something about the body, when in fact, all we have learned is that patented synthesized chemicals have effects on our behavior. This is referred to as the drug-based model by Dr. Joanna Moncrieff. In this model, we acknowledge that antidepressants have effects, but that these effects in no way are curative or reparative.
The most applicable analogy is that of the woman with social phobia who finds that drinking two cocktails eases her symptoms. One could imagine how, in a 6 week randomized trial, this “treatment” could be found efficacious and recommended for daily use and even prevention of symptoms. How her withdrawal symptoms after 10 years of daily compliance could lead those around her to believe that she “needed” the alcohol to correct an imbalance. This analogy is all too close to the truth.
Running with Broken Legs
Psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Carlat has said:
“And where there is a scientific vacuum, drug companies are happy to insert a marketing message and call it science. As a result, psychiatry has become a proving ground for outrageous manipulations of science in the service of profit.”
So, what happens when we let drug companies tell doctors what science is? We have an industry and a profession working together to maintain a house of cards theory in the face of contradictory evidence.
We have a global situation in which increases in prescribing are resulting in increases in severity of illness (including numbers and length of episodes) relative to those who have never been treated with medication.
To truly appreciate the breadth of evidence that states antidepressants are ineffective and unsafe, we have to get behind the walls that the pharmaceutical companies erect. We have to unearth unpublished data, data that they were hoping to keep in the dusty catacombs.
A now famous 2008 study in the New England Journal of Medicine by Turner et al sought to expose the extent of this data manipulation. They demonstrated that, from 1987 to 2004, 12 antidepressants were approved based on 74 studies. Thirty-eight were positive, and 37 of these were published. Thirty-six were negative (showing no benefit), and 3 of these were published as such while 11 were published with a positive spin (always read the data not the author’s conclusion!), and 22 were unpublished.
In 1998 tour de force, Dr. Irving Kirsch, an expert on the placebo effect, published a meta-analysis of 3,000 patients who were treated with antidepressants, psychotherapy, placebo, or no treatment and found that only 27% of the therapeutic response was attributable to the drug’s action.
This was followed up by a 2008 review, which invoked the Freedom of Information Act to obtain access to unpublished studies, finding that, when these were included, antidepressants outperformed placebo in only 20 of 46 trials (less than half!), and that the overall difference between drugs and placebos was 1.7 points on the 52 point Hamilton Scale. This small increment is clinically insignificant, and likely accounted for by medication side effects strategically employed (sedation or activation).
When active placebos were used, the Cochrane database found that differences between drugs and placebos disappeared, given credence to the assertion that inert placebos inflate perceived drug effects.
The finding of tremendous placebo effect in the treatment groups was also echoed in two different meta-analyses by Khan et al who found a 10% difference between placebo and antidepressant efficacy, and comparable suicide rates. The most recent trial examining the role of “expectancy” or belief in antidepressant effect, found that patients lost their perceived benefit if they believed that they might be getting a sugar pill even if they were continued on their formerly effective treatment dose of Prozac.
The largest, non-industry funded study, costing the public $35 million dollars, followed 4000 patients treated with Celexa (not blinded, so they knew what they were getting), and found that half of them improved at 8 weeks. Those that didn’t were switched to Wellbutrin, Effexor, or Zoloft OR “augmented” with Buspar or Wellbutrin.
Guess what? It didn’t matter what was done, because they remitted at the same unimpressive rate of 18-30% regardless with only 3% of patients in remission at 12 months.
How could it be that medications like Wellbutrin, which purportedly primarily disrupt dopamine signaling, and medications like Stablon which theoretically enhances the reuptake of serotonin, both work to resolve this underlying imbalance? Why would thyroid, benzodiazepines, beta blockers, and opiates also “work”? And what does depression have in common with panic disorder, phobias, OCD, eating disorders, and social anxiety that all of these diagnoses would warrant the same exact chemical fix?
As a holistic clinician, one of my bigger pet peeves is the use of amino acids and other nutraceuticals with “serotonin-boosting” claims. These integrative practitioners have taken a page from the allopathic playbook and are seeking to copy-cat what they perceive antidepressants to be doing.
The foundational “data” for the modern serotonin theory of mood utilizes tryptophan depletion methods which involve feeding volunteers amino acid mixtures without tryptophan and are rife with complicated interpretations.
Simply put, there has never been a study that demonstrates that this intervention causes mood changes in any patients who have not been treated with antidepressants.
In an important paper entitled Mechanism of acute tryptophan depletion: Is it only serotonin?, van Donkelaar et al caution clinicians and researchers about the interpretation of tryptophan research. They clarify that there are many potential effects of this methodology, stating:
“In general, several findings support the fact that depression may not be caused solely by an abnormality of 5-HT function, but more likely by a dysfunction of other systems or brain regions modulated by 5-HT or interacting with its dietary precursor. Similarly, the ATD method does not seem to challenge the 5-HT system per se, but rather triggers 5HT-mediated adverse events.”
So if we cannot confirm the role of serotonin in mood and we have good reason to believe that antidepressant effect is largely based on belief, then why are we trying to “boost serotonin”?
All you have to do is spend a few minutes on survivingantidepressants.org or beyondmeds.com to appreciate that we have created a monster. Millions of men, women, and children the world over are suffering, without clinical guidance (because this is NOT a part of medical training) to discontinue psychiatric meds. I have been humbled, as a clinician who seeks to help these patients, by what these medications are capable of. Psychotropic withdrawal can make alcohol and heroin detox look like a breeze.
An important analysis by the former director of the NIMH makes claims that antidepressants “create perturbations in neurotransmitter functions” causing the body to compensate through a series of adaptations which occur after “chronic administration” leading to brains that function, after a few weeks, in a way that is “qualitatively as well as quantitatively different from the normal state.”
Changes in beta-adrenergic receptor density, serotonin autoreceptor sensitivity, and serotonin turnover all struggle to compensate for the assault of the medication.
Andrews et al calls this “oppositional tolerance,” and demonstrate through a careful meta-analysis of 46 studies demonstrating that patient’s risk of relapse is directly proportionate to how “perturbing” the medication is, and is always higher than placebo (44.6% vs 24.7%). They challenge the notion that findings of decreased relapse on continued medication represent anything other than drug-induced response to discontinuation of a substance to which the body has developed tolerance. They go a step further to add:
“For instance, in naturalistic studies, unmedicated patients have much shorter episodes, and better long-term prospects, than medicated patients. Several of these studies have found that the average duration of an untreated episode of major depression is 12–13 weeks.”
Harvard researchers also concluded that at least fifty percent of drug-withdrawn patients relapsed within 14 months. In fact:
“Long-term antidepressant use may be depressogenic . . . it is possible that antidepressant agents modify the hardwiring of neuronal synapses (which) not only render antidepressants ineffective but also induce a resident, refractory depressive state.”
So, when your doctor says, “You see, look how sick you are, you shouldn’t have stopped that medication,” you should know that the data suggests that your symptoms are withdrawal, not relapse.
Longitudinal studies demonstrate poor functional outcomes for those treated with 60% of patients still meeting diagnostic criteria at one year (despite transient improvement within the first 3 months). When baseline severity is controlled for, two prospective studies support a worse outcome in those prescribed medication: One in which the never-medicated group experienced a 62% improvement by six months, whereas the drug-treated patients experienced only a 33% reduction in symptoms, and another WHO study of depressed patients in 15 cities which found that, at the end of one year, those who weren’t exposed to psychotropic medications enjoyed much better “general health”; that their depressive symptoms were much milder”; and that they were less likely to still be “mentally ill.”
I’m not done yet. In a retrospective 10-year study in the Netherlands, 76% of those with unmedicated depression recovered without relapse relative to 50% of those treated.
Unlike the mess of contradictory studies around short-term effects, there are no comparable studies that show a better outcome in those prescribed antidepressants long term.
First Do No Harm
So, we have a half-baked theory in a vacuum of science that that pharmaceutical industry raced to fill. We have the illusion of short-term efficacy and assumptions about long-term safety. But are these medications actually killing people?
The answer is yes.
Unequivocally, antidepressants cause suicidal and homicidal behavior. The Russian Roulette of patients vulnerable to these “side effects” is only beginning to be elucidated and may have something to do with genetic variants around metabolism of these chemicals. Dr. David Healy has worked tirelessly to expose the data that implicates antidepressants in suicidality and violence, maintaining a database for reporting, writing, and lecturing about cases of medication-induced death that could make your soul wince.
What about our most vulnerable?
I have countless patients in my practice who report new onset of suicidal ideation within weeks of starting an antidepressant. In a population where there are only 2 randomized trials, I have grave concerns about postpartum women who are treated with antidepressants before more benign and effective interventions such as dietary modification and thyroid treatment. Hold your heart as you read through these reports of women who took their own and their childrens’ lives while treated with antidepressant medications.
Then there is the use of these medications in children as young as 2 years old. How did we ever get the idea that this was a safe and effective treatment for this demographic? Look no further than data like Study 329, which cost Glaxo Smith Klein 3 billion dollars for their efforts to promote antidepressants to children. These efforts required ghost-written and manipulated data that suppressed a signal of suicidality, falsely represented Paxil as outperforming placebo, and contributes to an irrepressible mountain of harm done to our children by the field of psychiatry.
RIP Monoamine Theory
As Moncrieff and Cohen so succinctly state:
“Our analysis indicates that there are no specific antidepressant drugs, that most of the short-term effects of antidepressants are shared by many other drugs, and that long-term drug treatment with antidepressants or any other drugs has not been shown to lead to long-term elevation of mood. We suggest that the term “antidepressant” should be abandoned.”
So, where do we turn?
The field of psychoneuroimmunology dominates the research as an iconic example of how medicine must surpass its own simplistic boundaries if we are going to begin to chip away at the some 50% of Americans who will struggle with mood symptoms, 11% of whom will be medicated for it.
There are times in our evolution as a cultural species when we need to unlearn what we think we know. We have to move out of the comfort of certainty and into the freeing light of uncertainty. It is from this space of acknowledged unknowing that we can truly grow. From my vantage point, this growth will encompass a sense of wonder – both a curiosity about what symptoms of mental illness may be telling us about our physiology and spirit, as well as a sense of humbled awe at all that we do not yet have the tools to appreciate. For this reason, honoring our co-evolution with the natural world, and sending the body a signal of safety through movement, diet, meditation, and environmental detoxification represents our most primal and most powerful tool for healing.
Also by Kelly Brogan, M.D.
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About the author:
Dr. Kelly Brogan is boarded in Psychiatry / Psychosomatic Medicine / Reproductive Psychiatry and Integrative Holistic Medicine, and practices Functional Medicine, a root-cause approach to illness as a manifestation of multiple-interrelated systems. After studying Cognitive Neuroscience at M.I.T., and receiving her M.D. from Cornell University, she completed her residency and fellowship at Bellevue/NYU. She is one of the nation’s only physicians with perinatal psychiatric training who takes a holistic evidence-based approach in the care of patients with a focus on environmental medicine and nutrition. She is also a mom of two, and an active supporter of women’s birth experience. She is the Medical Director for FearlessParent.org, and an advisory board member for GreenMedInfo.com. You can visit her website at kellybroganmd.com.
Originally posted: https://wakeup-world.com/2018/08/11/depression-its-not-your-serotonin/
By Jack Burns
More than 200,000 Americans have died from prescription opioid overdoses since 1999 and as the epidemic continues, it raises serious questions about why the United States government has failed to stop it in the last 20 years. According to a recent report, many influential politicians are receiving incentives from drug manufacturers to, in essence, look the other way.
Purdue Pharmaceuticals, the maker of OxyContin, has contributed millions of dollars directly and countless more dollars indirectly to lawmakers to keep its drugs flying off pharmacy shelves. Rightly considered “blood money” by critics, the contributions are made in an effort to buy off state and federal legislators.
The Sackler family, the private owners of Purdue, have made billions off of a drug that has killed citizens both young and old alike—the sum total of whose deaths amount to the population size of a small metropolitan city. Yet nothing has been done to even slow the death rate attributed to opioids, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ response has been to push for more federal involvement in states that have attempted to allow solutions such as cannabis.
An investigative report from the Daily Caller revealed that Purdue has given $2.3 million to politicians to ensure that the drug pipeline for the “drug cartel” stays open, further enriching the Sackler family—and that is just what is traceable.
Purdue and the Sacklers have disbursed $2.3 million to nearly 300 U.S. candidates and political organizations since 1996, and Congress, until recently, has done very little to combat the opioid epidemic, TheDCNF’s investigation found. The OxyContin-backed politicians often held leadership positions, chairmanships, or served on committees that have oversight of the pharmaceutical industry. Conversely, the Sacklers have never publicly donated to addiction rehabilitation centers, a previous DCNF investigation found.
For those holding out hope that the federal government will do anything about the burgeoning crisis in opioid overdose deaths, the future does not look promising. While President Trump has claimed that he wants to “Make America Great Again” and he plans to “Drain the Swamp” of corrupt politicians, his administration has moved in the opposite direction, and appears to be solidifying the pharmaceutical industry’s hold on Washington.
“It’s blood money, literally,” Public Citizen’s Health Research Group founder and senior adviser Sidney Wolfe told TheDCNF. “It’s money earned off people’s lives being spent. This is dirty, bloody money.”
As The Free Thought Project has reported, the appointment of pharmaceutical insider and one-time drug executive Alex Azar to the role of Health and Human Services Secretary was a figurative slap in the face to any family who has lost a loved one to opioid overdose.
Not only has Azar mocked the usefulness of the only natural alternative to opiates (cannabis), but in a recent speech to the American Federation of Hospitals, Azar made no mention of the overdose epidemic. Instead, he focused his attention on making sure the prices of drugs were transparent.
It is not the price of drugs that are killing Americans. It is the fact that opioids continue to be prescribed at record levels, inflating the profits of killer companies such as Purdue and other opioid manufacturers, which include Insys Pharmaceuticals.
Both Purdue and Insys have been investigated by the federal government, and the investigations resulted in Purdue paying out millions of dollars in damages and Insys’ CEO facing numerous felony charges. Yet nothing seems to be able to stop the spread of opioids and no one in the federal government seems to be making a legitimate attempt to end the kryptonite effect opioids are having on our society.
Americans continue to mourn the dozens of people who were killed and hundreds wounded by a crazed lunatic in Las Vegas on Sunday, and as is usually the case when guns are involved in a mass murder incident, the usual suspects are once more calling for gun bans.
“Nowhere but America do horrific large-scale mass shootings happen with this degree of regularity,” said U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn. “Last night’s massacre may go down as the deadliest in our nation’s history, but already this year there have been more mass shootings than days in the year.”
“This must stop,” he continued. “It is positively infuriating that my colleagues in Congress are so afraid of the gun industry that they pretend there aren’t public policy responses to this epidemic. There are, and the thoughts and prayers of politicians are cruelly hollow if they are paired with continued legislative indifference. It’s time for Congress to get off its ass and do something.”
Of course, to Democrats, the only ‘appropriate’ “public policy response” is to ban something — unwanted speech, guns, Trump supporters, and now, most likely, country music festivals in Vegas.
But isn’t it curious that in the face of a real epidemic that has killed more people than guns ever could — the opioid epidemic — none of these would-be authoritarians are calling for any bans on Big Pharma. (Related: Democrats waste NO time politicizing Las Vegas shooting in quest to ban ALL guns.)
As reported by Natural News founder/editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger:
According to federal statistics, opioid prescription drugs killed 33,091 Americans in 2015 alone. Estimates put those numbers above 36,000 deaths for 2017.
The death toll at the Las Vegas Mandalay massacre was 59 (so far). Though a horrifying tragedy, opioid drugs alone are killing 560 times more people each year than died in the Vegas tragedy.
This means that opioid drugs alone are causing the near-equivalent of two Las Vegas massacres PER DAY in terms of the number killed.
That’s obscene. It’s criminal. But there are currently no calls at all to ban this highly dangerous, highly lethal class of drugs. Could it be because Big Pharma is such a big contributor to political campaigns?
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks industry donations to political parties and candidates, Big Pharma contributed nearly $60 million in 2016 alone. In the 2014 election cycle, the figure was nearly $30 million, and in 2012 — a presidential year — donations were nearly $50 million. So in just three election cycles, Big Pharma contributed somewhere in the neighborhood of $140 million to political action committees, individual politicians and other political organizations. It’s no wonder everyone on Capitol Hill is going soft on opioids.
In recent days, as reported by The National Sentinel, the Trump administration made some progress in curbing over-prescribing of opioids, which has been a major contributor to the epidemic. A presidential panel, the Commission on Combatting Drug Addition and Opioid Crisis headed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, detailed new partnerships with researchers across academia, government, prescribers and patients to curb by half the amount of time needed to make available prescriptions that are not addictive.
“Over-prescribing can lead to excess pills falling into the wrong hands,” said PhRMA CEO Stephen J. Ubl. He added, “given the scope of this crisis, we believe it’s the right thing to do,” adding that it is “candidly an unprecedented step for the industry.”
His company will begin backing limits on opioid supplies to seven days rather than the traditional 30-day prescription cycle. And while that’s a good first step, it certainly isn’t a ban.
And no politician is calling for one, either, despite a mounting death toll that is so large it is overwhelming local medical examiners.
J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for NaturalNews.com and NewsTarget.com, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.
Author: JD Heyes
Originally posted: https://www.naturalnews.com/2017-10-09-opioid-prescription-drug-deaths-dwarf-shooting-deaths-yet-theres-no-call-to-ban-big-pharma.html
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“It’s time to take your medicine, honey.” “But Mom, it’s making me feel weird and horrible, and I’m not getting any better.” “Well, it’s what the doctor prescribed, so it’s what we have to do.” Have you ever been told to listen to your gut? There’s a reason for that. Actually, several reasons.
Many “Western” medicines are made in laboratories using chemicals and are highly experimental, and worse yet, they’re never tested on humans, except when they’re actually prescribed, applied, or injected into them. Humans are the ultimate guinea pigs in America, while Big Pharma pockets trillions in profit. How did this all come to be? Simple answer: After WWII, Nazi scientists were hired fresh out of prison to work on pharmaceuticals, vaccines, chemotherapy, and chemical food additives, in order to fuel the most insidious business on earth–allopathic medicine. It’s no conspiracy theory either. The horror that took place at the Holocaust in Germany was continued, on a lesser scale, in the United States, for money.
Think about it. There is NO OTHER REASON our U.S. based pharmaceutical companies hired convicted mass murderers to fill the highest positions at Bayer, BASF, and Hoechst. Fritz ter Meer, convicted of mass murder, served just 5 prison years, then conveniently became the chairman of Bayer’s supervisory board (yes, THAT Bayer–that makes children’s medications and the most popular aspirin). Carl Wurster of BASF helped manufacture Zyklon-B gas, the powerful pesticide used to execute millions of Jews–this freak went to work on chemotherapy, the biggest medical scam of the century. Kurt Blome, who admitted to killing Jews with “gruesome experiments,” was hired in 1951 by the U.S. Army Chemical Corps to work on chemical warfare. Get it?
In other words, Big Pharma’s evil seeds, which the FDA calls medicine, were first planted in the United States 65 years ago. Many of the “mad scientists” who tortured innocent human beings in the Holocaust were hired and promoted by U.S. Presidents to catapult what we call “Western Medicine,” and its ultimate goal of creating sickness, and then treating its symptoms for profit.
Take heed, my friends, because THESE are the 8 most DANGEROUS MEDICINES on Planet Earth. It’s called the “War Against the Weak.”
War Against the Weak
#1. SSRIs – highly experimental, never proven safe or effective, and can completely block serotonin, leading to thoughts of suicide and even homicidal and suicidal acts of horror.
#2. MMR vaccine (measles, mumps, rubella) – associated with causing autism and other central nervous system disorders and a myriad of health issues. When the LIVE measles virus gets into the body, the immune system is severely compromised, and the other chemical adjuvants and genetically modified ingredients attack the child, causing permanent and sometimes fatal results.
#3. Influenza vaccine (flu shot) – contains up to 50,000 parts per billion of mercury, in addition to formaldehyde, MSG, and aluminum. Can cause pregnant women to abort and have miscarriages
#4. Antibiotics – annihilate good gut bacteria and therefore severely decreases immune system. Doctors inappropriately prescribe antibiotics for viral infections and make matters much worse!
#5. HPV vaccine (human papillomavirus) – known to send teens into anaphylactic shock and comas. Thousands of families have sued the manufacturers for millions of dollars for chronic and permanent health damages.
#6. Chemotherapy – annihilates the immune system and often leads to the body forming new cancers, especially in the blood. Nazi scientists knew in the 1950s that chemotherapy only makes cancer temporarily recede, only to come back with a vengeance in other parts of the body! (Still, Western Medicine calls this successful)
#7. “RotaTeq” rotavirus vaccine – extremely toxic (oral) vaccine contains LIVE rotavirus strains (G1, G2, G3, G4, and P1), plus highly toxic polysorbate 80 and FETAL BOVINE SERUM. Also contains parts of porcine circovirus – a virus that INFECTS PIGS.
#8. Polio vaccine (oral and injected with needle) – It’s a cold, hard, scary fact that millions of Americans were injected with CANCER when they got the polio vaccine. Plus, the oral and nasal versions of the vaccine have been spreading polio in India and leaving many children paralyzed for life.
Sure, people are paranoid of infectious diseases and for good reason. The American medicine industry has exacerbated the WORST cases on record to scare the living hell out of everyone into injected their known carcinogens for “protection.” It’s racketeering and it’s illegal, but the vaccine manufacturers are immune to lawsuits, protected by a massive slush fund and their own secret court of law. If you or your child is severely injured by vaccines, you CANNOT sue the vaccine manufacturer. You will have to take that case to the Office of Special MASTERS of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, which is commonly called the highly secretive “Vaccine Court.” This corrupt “court” administers a no-fault compensation program (yes, you read that correctly), that serves as an alternative to your Constitutional rights. Established back in 1986, after drug companies lost massive profits in high-profile lawsuits due to vaccines severely damaging a number of children, who suffered seizures and brain damage, linked to the DPT vaccine.
Before you EVER consider swallowing or injecting chemical toxins called “medicine” again, visit at least one Naturopathic Physician and find out if the health problem or problems are nutritional based, because odds are, they are!
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Originally Posted: http://www.naturalnews.com/054524_dangerous_medicine_Big_Pharma_deadly_side_effects.html
Author: S. D. Wells
Roughly 43 million people in the United States are at risk of anaphylactic reactions, and the high price of EpiPens is placing life-saving medication beyond their reach.
On August 24, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called Mylan’s pricing “outrageous,” saying, “It’s just the latest troubling example of a company taking advantage of its consumers.”
What Clinton did not mention is that Mylan has a history of donating to the Clinton Foundation.
Mylan lobbying yields results
Mylan was already hiking EpiPen prices in 2009, when it participated in a Clinton Foundation effort to lower the cost of HIV drugs. Mylan agreed to bring the price of four drugs to 28 percent lower than the competition. It is unclear if that promise was ever kept.
Clinton Foundation records also show that Mylan has donated between $100,000 and $250,000 to the Foundation, but do not state when the money was received. Mylan CEO Heather Bresch is also the daughter of West Virginia senator and Clinton supporter Joe Manchin.
The revelations may fuel concerns about the inter-connectedness of the Clintons with Big Pharma and other large financial interests. And they may reflect Mylan’s proven strategy of peddling political influence for financial gain.
Shortly after acquiring EpiPen, Mylan increased its lobbying spending from $270,000 (in 2007) to $1.2 million (in 2008). The results of this lobbying included new FDA recommendations that EpiPens be sold two to a package (instead of one), and that the devices be prescribed not just to people with confirmed allergies, but to all patients considered “at-risk.” Congress also passed a law designating large grants to states that required schools to keep EpiPens on hand.
Company profits, patients lose
There’s no doubt that Mylan’s policies have yielded enormous returns. The company’s stock price has more than tripled since 2007, and 40 percent of its profits now come from EpiPen sales.
During the same time period, executive salaries ballooned. Bresch’s salary rose from $2.4 million in 2007, to $19 million in 2015 – a nearly 700 percent increase!
“This outrageous increase in the price of EpiPens is occurring at the same time that Mylan … is exploiting a monopoly market advantage that has fallen into its lap,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., who has called on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate.
Mylan’s profits are ensured by EpiPen’s patented-drug delivery system, which makes it hard for new competitors to break into the market. The drug inside EpiPens – epinephrine – is actually a very inexpensive generic drug. It is chemically identical to the hormone adrenaline, which fills a wide variety of functions in the body.
Supplements such as Adrenal Strength are said to replenish the body and promote a healthy stress response.
In spite of a firestorm of criticism, Mylan still refuses to lower the drugs’ price. Instead, it has begun issuing $300-off coupons for EpiPens, as well as promising to offer the devices free to anyone making up to 400 percent of the federal poverty line. But critics charge that such policies unfairly place the burden on patients to learn about and apply for discounts – and that they do not spare pharmacies or insurers the full price of the drug. The company still makes its outlandish profit.
Mylan also boasts of giving away 700,000 free EpiPens to schools over the past four years. But critics note that the company reaps enormous tax benefits from such policies; in fact, Mylan actually received a tax refund in 2014 – as well as free advertising.
And the majority of schools that stock EpiPens are still paying through the nose.
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The mind-blowing criminal racket of the FDA: hiding prescription dangers from the public so the politically connected elite can make millions
In a new report by Health Ranger Mike Adams, former FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg has been named in a massive conspiracy lawsuit involving Johnson & Johnson, a Wall Street hedge fund and the commonly prescribed drug Levaquin.
As reported by Natural News, the former head of the FDA is accused of using the federal agency to run a massive conspiracy in order to generate millions of dollars in drug company profits for her husband’s hedge fund firm – according to the lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
Hamburg is accused of having engaged in a wide-ranging conspiracy whilst acting as FDA commissioner – approving an extremely dangerous drug known to cause severe and even deadly side effects, called Levaquin.
Problems with Levaquin
According to DrugWatch, Levaquin is an inherently dangerous and actually deadly antibiotic that has been linked to aortic dissections, or tears, and aneurysms. These conditions weaken the walls of the aorta and may lead to a rupture of leak – which can often be life-threatening.
Levaquin has also been linked to permanent, painful nerve damage known as peripheral neuropathy and tendon ruptures that have been known to leave people disabled. During Hamburg’s tenure as FDA Commissioner from 2009 to 2014, more than 5,000 people died as a result of consuming Levaquin and other dangerous drugs that were approved by the FDA and sold by Johnson & Johnson.
Thousands of others are suffering and dying from the dangerous side effects of Levaquin, suffering debilitating, life-threatening illnesses as a result.
Hamburg and her conspiracy
It is thought that Hamburg made the decision to approve this drug in order to financially benefit her husband’s hedge fund, which held very large financial positions in Johnson & Johnson, between the years of 2009 to 2015.
As reported by Natural News, the lawsuit alleges that over 5,000 people died as a result of this greedy, selfish decision to protect her husband’s financial position rather than allow the plaintiffs and the general public to know more about the dangers of the drug being prescribed on a daily basis.
Meanwhile, as reported by Blacklisted News, it is thought that Hamburg actually bribed her way into the FDA by paying off Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. The lawsuit regarding the alleged conspiracy also accuses Hamburg of giving President Obama “gratuities” and Hillary Clinton “political contributions,” leading to her being nominated for the position at Mrs. Clinton’s recommendation.
So with all that said about Big Pharma, the dangers of antibiotics and the fact that you can’t trust a drug approved by the FDA, what are the alternatives to taking antibiotics when you have a bacterial infection?
Most people are prescribed an antibiotic at some point or another, but there are several natural alternatives that will do the same job.
For example, oregano and the oil found in this common herb have been found to fight bacteria that cause digestive infections and certain yeast infections. Meanwhile, certain types of honey – in particular Manuka honey – are known for their healing properties and have the ability to fight infection.
The latest scandal involving the FDA shows that the phrase “FDA-approved” means little when it comes to the safety of Big Pharma drugs – and we should take measures to avoid taking these drugs whenever possible, for the good of our health.
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Author: Sarah Landers