PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, is a mental health condition that often occurs after a person witnessed or experienced a terrifying event. People with PTSD often experience psychophysiological symptoms such as a pounding heart. Researchers from Japan suggest that this particular symptom may be improved by taking fish oil supplements and eating more foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
For their study, the Japanese researchers aimed to determine whether omega-3 fatty acids have a beneficial effect on improving psychophysiological symptoms of PTSD, including an increased heart rate. In conducting their study, they recruited a total of 83 accident survivors. They divided these participants into two groups: a treatment group and a control group. Within 10 days of the accidental injury, they gave the treatment group fish oil supplements containing 1,470 milligrams (mg) docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and 147 mg eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). DHA and EPA are two types of omega-3s almost exclusively found in fatty fish and fish oil. On the other hand, the control group received a placebo.
After three months of supplementation, the participants performed script-driven imagery of their traumatic experience. At the same time, the researchers monitored their heart rate and skin conductance.
Based on their analysis, the researchers reported that heart rate during both rest and script-driven imagery was substantially lower in those who took omega-3s than those who took the placebo. From these findings, they concluded that supplementation of omega-3s might help prevent psychophysiological symptoms of PTSD. The findings of the study were published in the Journal of Affective Disorders. (Related: How exactly does fish oil help the heart? It counteracts the effects of mental stress.)
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Omega-3 fatty acids and mental health
Omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA are polyunsaturated fats known to be responsible for most of the brain and mental health benefits of fish oil, a widely known over-the-counter supplement extracted from fatty fish such as anchovies, mackerel, salmon, and sardines. These two omega-3s are believed to have the most potential to benefit people with mental health conditions.
Various studies have demonstrated different ways of how omega-3s improve mental health conditions, such as depression. For one, omega-3s can easily go through the brain cell membrane and interact with mood-related molecules inside the brain. In addition, omega-3s possess anti-inflammatory properties that may help fight depression. In bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, research has shown that omega-3s may be most beneficial for the depressed phase instead of the manic phase of this disorder. Many studies have also shown that these fatty acids have potential in the treatment or prevention of other psychiatric conditions, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, borderline personality disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and schizophrenia.
Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA also play crucial roles for normal brain function and development throughout all stages of life, starting in the womb. Several studies have associated pregnant women’s fish intake or fish oil use with higher intelligence scores and better brain function for their children in early childhood.
In addition, these fatty acids are also important for maintaining normal brain function throughout life. Having enough amounts of omega-3s in the cell membranes of brain cells help maintain cell membrane health and facilitate communication between brain cells. Some studies have shown that low levels of DHA may lead to learning and memory impairments. Others have associated lower DHA levels in the blood with smaller brain size, which is a sign of accelerated brain aging.
Research shows that taking 1,000 mg to 2,000 mg of omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil every day may be helpful. However, it’s best to talk to a health professional first before taking them because fish oil supplements can affect blood clotting.
Read more news stories and studies on the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids on mental health by going to Omega3.news.
Author: Michelle Simmons
By Carey Wedler
The case for employing 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, or MDMA, to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) grew stronger this week. A study published in the Lancet Journal of Psychiatry documented promising results when used in conjunction with psychotherapy, adding to previous similar findings.
A small study of 26 veterans and first responders suffering from PTSD conducted at the Medical University of South Carolina determined that participants who given substantial doses of the drug “had significantly greater decreases in PTSD symptom severity.” The participants were randomly assigned 30 mg, 75 mg, and 125 mg doses.Those given the two larger sizes showed significant improvement.
Though there were some adverse side effects, including anxiety, insomnia and some fleeting increases in suicidal thoughts, the researchers determined the treatment was overall safe, noting that of 85 adverse effects reported by 20 participants, “four (5%) were serious: three were deemed unrelated and one possibly related to study drug treatment.”
The recently published research is the latest of several studies to explore the possibilities of MDMA in treating psychological issues. It was funded by MAPS, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, which for years has lobbied the government to allow research in into the therapeutic effects of MDMA and other prohibited substances. MAPS is currently sponsoring a collection of studies and facilitating FDA-approved Phase 3 trials on MDMA-assisted treatment for PTSD. They will begin this summer. Further, in August of last year, the agency designated MDMA a “breakthrough” therapy, which could lead to faster approval of the drug.
MDMA has a history of use in conjunction with psychotherapy. As journalist Don Lattin has explained:
Earlier, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, a growing number of psychotherapists began quietly using MDMA, then called ‘ADAM,’ as a therapeutic tool for individuals and couples. After the 1985 ban, some of these therapists kept doing this work in a psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy underground, risking criminal action and the loss of their professional licenses.
He also pointed out that “couples have been using this drug, with or without a therapist, legally and illegally, for decades.”
This makes the recent study published Tuesday unsurprising but promising. As the researchers concluded:
“Active doses (75 mg and 125 mg) of MDMA with adjunctive psychotherapy in a controlled setting were effective and well tolerated in reducing PTSD symptoms in veterans and first responders.”
By Heather Callaghan, Editor
We’ve written before about the power of essential oils like lavender essential oil. Essential oils are the condensed, aromatic compounds that occur naturally in plants. Many, many of them have profound effects on the senses and our emotional state. They can be be inhaled from the hands or in diffusers, used in body care products or applied on the skin if diluted in carrier oils like jojoba oil.
But now, orange essential oil can join the list and even has its own research to back up claims.
There is growing awareness about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As you may know, it is not just confined to the battlefield – but also in the battlefield of life. While researchers offer a conservative estimate of 8% of the population struggling with post-traumatic stress, my estimation as a Self-Referencing practitioner is that it is much, much higher.
Cassandra Moshfegh, research assistant in Paul Marvar’s laboratory at the George Washington University, will present work on orange essential oil and PTSD at the American Physiological Society’s annual meeting this week.
Orange essential oil is made from the peels of the citrus fruit and is one of the most inexpensive essential oils in existence. In fact, a bottle of organic orange essential oil – which is made from many peels – can be cheaper than a couple bags of oranges.
Moshfegh said (emphasis added),
Relative to pharmaceuticals, essential oils are much more economical and do not have adverse side effects.
The orange essential plant oil showed a significant effect on the behavioral response in our study mice. This is promising, because it shows that passively inhaling this essential oil could potentially assuage PTSD symptoms in humans.
Science Daily reports:
The researchers tested the effects of orange essential oil using Pavlovian Fear conditioning, a behavioral mouse model used to study the formation, storage and expression of fear memories as a model for PTSD. Mice were exposed to the orange essential oil by passive inhalation 40 minutes before and after fear conditioning. Typically mice freeze in fear when they hear a certain audial tone later, a response that diminishes gradually over time.
Twelve mice received the tone by itself, 12 mice received water and fear conditioning, and 12 mice received an orange essential oil and fear conditioning. Mice exposed to orange essential oil by passive inhalation showed a significant reduction in freezing behavior and stopped freezing earlier than the water-exposed, fear-conditioned mice. They also showed significant differences in the types of immune cells present after fear conditioning. The immune system contributes to the inflammation associated with chronic stress and fear, so immune cells are a marker of the biochemical pathways involved in PTSD.
Initial results do show changes in gene expression after exposure to orange oil hinting that essential oils help PTSD. It is not clear if other variations of orange oil or tangerine oil have the same effects. Obviously, further research is warranted, and in humans, too, to see the specific effects of orange essential oil in the brain and nervous system.
In the meantime, here are a few easy recipes to play with that will at the very least, soothe the senses.
Soul Soothing “dream-sicle” Bath or Shower
- 4 drops of orange essential oil and
- 3 drops of vanilla oil added to bath or on shower surfaces
Can also add this to a diffuser with some lavender at night.
Anti-Insomnia “Pillow Spray”
In a 2 oz spray bottle, add vodka and 5-10 drops each of the following: orange essential oil, marjoram, lavender, a few drops of vetiver and spruce and blue tansy (if you can find it reasonably priced).
Shake before use. Spray in room before you go to bed or on a handkerchief that you keep next to your pillow.
In a roller bottle, add a carrier oil like almond oil and…
Experiment with amounts.
You may also place a couple drops of orange and a drop from cedar or vetiver and mix in your hands with a sploosh of vodka. Rub hands together and dab on wrists and shoulders (may stain so be careful). The ladies will love it, too!
In a roller bottle, add a carrier oil like almond oil and…
- 5 or more drops of orange oil
- 3 drops of Jasmine (great for emotions!)
- Optional: a drop or two of Vanilla or Rose
Kitchen Therapy Cleaner
In a spray bottle filled with either straight vodka or half water and half distilled white vinegar, add 10-20 drops of orange essential oil making a soothing degreaser for the kitchen. Cedar or vanilla drops optional. Shake before use.
In a 2 oz. spray bottle, add straight vodka and 5-10 drops of orange essential oil. Shake before use. Spray on cloth and wipe down.
- Do not use on face even if diluted – increases sun sensitivity. Can use in shampoo or soap diluted.
- Never use undiluted on skin.
- Never use orange essential oil around cats!
DISCLAIMER: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Originally Posted: http://www.naturalblaze.com/2017/04/orange-essential-oil-helps-ptsd.html
The FDA gave permission on November 29 for large-scale, Phase 3 clinical trials of Ecstasy for people suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Many people swear the currently-illicit street drug has saved their lives, and if the trial is successful, it would establish Ecstasy as a legitimate prescription drug. 
Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), the organization funding the trial involving 230 participants, has in the past studied Ecstasy’s effects on veterans, sexual assault victims, police, and firefighters suffering from PTSD. Said researcher Michael Mithoefer:
“We can sometimes see this kind of remarkable improvement in traditional psychotherapy, but it can take years, if it happens at all. We think it works as a catalyst that speeds the natural healing process.”
Dr. Charles Marmar, the head of psychiatry at New York University’s Langone School of Medicine, agrees that PTSD is tough to beat, so more treatments are needed. He said:
“I’m cautious but hopeful. If they can keep getting good results, it will be of great use. PTSD can be very hard to treat. Our best therapies right now don’t help 30% to 40% of people. We need more options.” 
Early Phase 2 Trials
Created in 1985, MAPS is a small nonprofit that advocates for the legal medicinal use of MDMA, LSD, marijuana, and other banned drugs. The organization sponsored 6 Phase 2 studies involving 130 PTSD patients with the stimulant.
Patients, on average, struggled with symptoms for 17 years.
In at least 2 of the trials, participants reported a 56% decrease in severity of symptoms after being administered 3 doses of MDMA under a psychiatrist’s guidance. By the end of the trial, 2/3 of the participants no longer met the criteria for having PTSD. When researchers conducted follow-up exams, they discovered that the participants’ improvements lasted more than a year after therapy.
The researchers, led by Mithoefer, have applied for breakthrough therapy status with the FDA to speed the approval process. If approved, MDMA could be available by 2021.
The Unfortunate History Of Ecstasy
Ecstasy didn’t start out as a party drug.
Its euphoria-inducing effects were first discovered by chemist Alexander Shulgin in the 1970’s. Shulgin distributed the drug – nicknamed Adam – to psychologists he knew who, in turn, started using it in their psychotherapy sessions. MDMA appeared to be useful in treating anxiety disorders, including PTSD, but before a clinical trial could be launched, Adam hit college campuses and dance clubs under the name Ecstasy.
In 1985, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) classified it as a Schedule I drug, meaning it has no medicinal purpose, barring its legal use.
Reservations And Reassurance
The team has proposed to the FDA that MDMA would be used a limited number of times under the guidance of trained psychotherapists as part of a broader course of therapy. This proposal has some in the scientific community worried about the habit-forming nature of the drug.
Andrew Parrott, a psychologist at Swansea University in Wales who has studied the brains of chronic Ecstasy users, said:
“It sends the message that this drug will help you solve your problems, when it often just creates problems. This is a messy drug we know can do damage.”
He warned that giving psychotherapists the authority to administer MDMA could trigger a wave of abuse similar to the opioid crisis.
Research into the effects of Ecstasy on the brain has shown that the drug causes the brain to release a flood of “feel-good” hormones and neurotransmitters that trigger feelings of trust, love, and well-being. MDMA has also been shown in studies to quash fear and negative emotional memories that can rob PTSD sufferers of a good quality of life. Patients say MDMA helped them view past traumas with greater clarity and address their problems.
Ann Mithoefer, Dr. Mithoefer’s wife and a psychiatric nurse, said:
“The medicine allows them to look at things from a different place and reclassify them. Honestly, we don’t have to do much. Each person has an innate ability to heal. We just create the right conditions.”
Those conditions include a comfy futon surrounded by candles, fresh flowers, and soothing music.
Could some PTSD suffers wind up hooked on Molly? Nothing is beyond the realm of possibility, but it seems like a small risk compared to the many stories from former firefighters and servicemen and servicewomen who lost their families, became heavily addicted to opiates, or nearly committed suicide, only to be saved by MDMA.
There are only 2 drugs on the market that are approved to treat PTSD, both of which barely worked better than the placebos in trials. The drugs did nothing for fireman Edward Thompson, who was deeply traumatized by repeatedly having to respond to gory accidents on the job. He turned to benzodiazepines, alcohol, and opioids to cope, but his symptoms only got worse. 
Thompson said he was in a constant state of panic that no amount of booze or drugs could numb. In 2015, after therapy failed, his wife took his children and left, and he was contemplating jumping in front of a bus. But it only took 3 sessions of MDMA and psychotherapy to help him gain clarity and work through his problems.
He said he has no plans to ever use the drug again. He got what he needed from it and won’t use it “for fun.”
“It gave me my life back, but it wasn’t a party drug. It was a lot of work.”
His wife came back with his kids and said that without MDMA therapy for her husband, “He’d be dead.” 
 New York Post
Originally Posted: http://naturalsociety.com/fda-approves-phase-3-clinical-trial-ecstasy-ptsd-sufferers-1938/
Author: JULIE FIDLER
The murderous rampage that recently took place in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where three officers were gunned down, was triggered by swift, violent, chemical changes in the shooter’s brain. After the rampage, investigators learned that the shooter, Gavin Long, was taking multiple mind-altering prescription drugs to cope with PTSD. The scene played out in horror. The drugs drove him over the brink, subduing his mind and propelling him toward senseless rage.
Baton Rouge killer took Lunesta and Ativan, psychotropic pharmaceuticals tied to homicidal ideation
Gavin Long was an honorably discharged Marine, but the medical care he received was not honorable in any way. Gavin Long got no real help for his PTSD. Instead, he was subjected to the violent side effects of the prescription psychotropic drugs, Lunesta and Ativan. This is one of the ways America’s veterans and soldiers are being destroyed from the inside out. They are not given real time to cope, reflect and heal from the sights and harsh realities of war. They are quickly turned into subjects of medical experimentation when they get home, as mind altering drugs continue punishing their brains on a chemical level.
These drugs are the greatest danger to American soldiers, police officers and citizens, because of their documented, cruel and inhumane side effects. At the end of the day, a killer pulls the trigger, but what causes him to be homicidal, suicidal, careless, violent and savage? This is largely because of the drugs he is told to take, which include a long list of egregious, punishing side effects. The side effects are listed in plain view for doctors and patients to reject, but both parties continue to believe in the medication, as if they are caught up in some sadistic illusion.
The overlapping side effects of Lunesta and Ativan alone include the initiation of aggressive behavior, agitation, sudden changes in behavior, hallucinations, suicidal thoughts and homicidal ideation. It is unbelievable that these drugs are even considered medications.
Never before has American society seen such insane acts of violence as it has in the past two decades. Something sinister is damaging the minds of those who are already trying to cope with psychological problems. Something sinister is pushing their brains past the tipping point. The evidence is there, and the side effects are listed. Why isn’t this medical travesty addressed after these shooters go off with no rhyme or reason? The triggers are being pulled in these killers’ minds through a process of chemical changes that are initiated by pharmaceutical psychotropic drugs. Could it be any more obvious?
Like ammunition going off in the brain, these prescription drugs create homicidal thoughts, sharpening violent impulses. On his 29th birthday, with no regard for life and with no dignity, Gavin Long took down three police officers before being taken out himself.
What the mainstream media fails to report, time and time again, is the shooters’ dependence on psychotropic drugs and how they create the most awful environment within patients’ minds, propelling them to act on violent beliefs and impulses.
Gavin Long joins a growing list of killers who were hooked on psychotropic “medications” prior to their rampages. The shooter in Orlando was also on psychotropic drugs, furthering the sickening trend of prescription drug-induced violence.
There have been at least 134 drug regulatory agency warnings from 11 countries, decrying the dangerous side effects of psychotropic drugs. Over 150 studies from 17 different countries point out the violent dangers of antidepressants, which include delusions, self inflicted harm, hostility toward others and homicidal ideation.
Knowing this, why has the use of these drugs skyrocketed by 400 percent since 1988? Why are 11 percent of all Americans, 12 years and over, on some kind of psychotropic drug today?
Why aren’t we going after and banning every single dose of these “medications” that propel violence and murder? Shouldn’t these pills be forbidden, rounded up, locked into a vault, buried deep within the Earth and melted down into magma?
Author: L.J. Devon
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/054796_Gavin_Long_psychotropic_drugs_behavioral_changes.html#ixzz4FcRVIVMZ
Veterans in the U.S. are discovering the fight for freedom and liberty is far from over once their tour of duty is completed. In repayment for risking their lives — as well as mental well-being — veterans are facing increasing rates of inadequate medical and psychological care, homelessness and poverty. Some are taking matters into their own hands — and finding how truly limited and distorted personal liberties are in America.
Off-Grid, Eco-Friendly, Debt-Free
Tyler Truitt knows firsthand about hypocrisy in “The Land of the Free.” Last January, the 27-year-old Marine Corps veteran, and his girlfriend Soraya, decided to create a sustainable and self-sufficient lifestyle in Huntsville, Alabama. He brought in a 550-gallon rainwater storage tank and solar panels. Next came the composting toilet, which was installed within their single-wide manufactured home. The structure has a propane water heater as well as a propane grill for cooking.
With a desire to live frugally and debt-free, Tyler plans to complete his physics degree at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, a program he began in 2008 before enlisting in the Marines.
But having the freedom to live off-grid isn’t as simple as it might appear. The couple opted for renewable means with their home, but the city believes it endangers the public.
In late March 2015, several armed plain clothed officers served a citation to the couple, claiming the structure violated a Huntsville zoning law that forbids trailers outside of mobile home parks. On top of that, the home was condemned as being unsafe because the heating, plumbing and electrical systems do not conform to building codes — in other words, they were not hooked up to city utilities.
Says Kelly Schrimsher, communications director for Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle:
“The purpose behind these requirements is public safety,” Schrimsher told AL.com “This includes ensuring that occupants of a residential dwelling have safe, potable, running water and electricity, particularly in the wintertime. The city has posted the property as ‘Unsafe’ for this reason.”
The city also requires either a septic tank or sanitary sewer line.
In a recent interview with Truth In Media, Tyler points out:
“It’s certainly frustrating, but not surprising. My oath was to support and defend the Constitution of the United States (and the freedom that represents), from all enemies, both foreign and domestic. What I have come to realize in the last few years is that the biggest threat is a domestic one. We are in danger of having our liberties taken away by the very governments which are sworn to protect us. To me, the responsibilities that oath entails will follow me until I die. Just because I’m no longer on some sandy battlefield far from home doesn’t mean my responsibility to keep fighting and standing up for what I believe in goes away. Our city officials need to realize this too.”
The fight isn’t over. The couple continues to reside in their home, which they view as an act of civil disobedience against an unjust law that discriminates against low-income families, who don’t have the resources to build a posh house.
The first court date for the building code violations is set for July 29th.
“The biggest thing I believe people can do to help right now is to call the city officials and local government representatives and tell them that affordable housing and self-sustained living are not a crime. We have to let our officials know they will be held accountable to the people for their actions,” said Tyler.
If you would like to support Tyler and Soraya in their fight for justice, contact the following officials and make your voice heard:
- Mayor Tommy Battle: (256) 427-5000
- Judge Sonny Rodenhauser: (256) 427-7810
- City attorney Peter Joffrion: (256) 427-5026
- City administrator: (256) 427-5009
- Community development director Ken Benion: (256) 427-5400
- Zoning administrator Jim McGuffey: (256) 564-8008
- City council member Richard Showers Sr.: Richard.email@example.com
- City council president Mark Russell: Mark.firstname.lastname@example.org
- City council member Jennie Robinson: Jennie.email@example.com
- City council member Bill Kling Jr.: firstname.lastname@example.org
- City council member Will Culver: Will.email@example.com
The couple has also established a GoFundMe campaign to help with legal expenses.
Regrettably, Tyler isn’t the only veteran fighting for his personal freedom. Kristoffer Lewandowski is experiencing persecution as well.
Disabled Marine Faces Life Sentence in Prison
Kristoffer served three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan before he was honorably discharged for medical reasons from the Marine Corps.
Suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Kristoffer is considered 100% disabled due to the severity of his condition. His VA medical team ordered a protocol that included 13 pharmaceutical pills a day, which ultimately took their toll on Kristoffer’s liver. The pills were literally killing him.
Out of desperation, and knowing marijuana has been shown to be exceptionally effective for treating PTSD without side effects, he grew six plants for his own use.
Whitney, Kristoffer’s wife, told Truth In Media:
“He was on his way out of the military and just wanted to see if it would help with [his mental health issues]. He was taking 13 pills a day, and it was just killing his liver. He was having all these issues with his body and he just wanted to try something more natural to just see if he could do without that many pills a day.”
She also said the medical marijuana was “absolutely effective.”
Then, in June 2014 Kristoffer suffered a PTSD episode. Removing herself and three children to a neighbors’ house, Whitney hoped to reduce the tension of the situation. When the neighbors called the police in an effort to get help for the veteran, the officers instead searched the house, which prompted Kristoffer’s arrest and subsequent drug investigation after finding the marijuana plants.
Total weight of the illicit plant matter was under an ounce.
Since Oklahoma has some of the harshest laws against cannabis in the United States, Kristoffer was charged with a felony for marijuana cultivation — which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.
This veteran needs help, not prison time.
Sign the petition to Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin to pardon Kristoffer.
Additionally, information and updates can be found on the Free KRIS Facebook page.
Also, have a look at the Weed for Warriors Project, which “aims to allow Veterans the freedom to use medical marijuana as a recognized medical alternative to harmful psychiatric drugs without any discrimination or unjust actions against the individual.”
Originally Published: http://wakeup-world.com/2015/07/15/veterans-continue-the-battle-only-this-time-with-their-own-government/
Author: Carolanne Wright
Earlier Natural News reported that the Army specialist who shot and killed three and wounded more than a dozen people at Fort Hood April 2 before taking his own life was taking the powerful delirium drug Ambien.
As reported by Britain’s Telegraph:
A U.S. soldier who shot dead three comrades and wounded 16 others before killing himself was on a cocktail of prescription drugs and had managed to smuggle a semi-automatic handgun on to one of America’s largest military bases.
Did no one see warning signs – that is, the SSRI drug?
At the time of the shooting, Lopez was in the process of being examined for post-traumatic stress disorder, though he had only been deployed to Iraq for four months and had not seen any combat or been involved in any combat actions, according to Pentagon officials and general-staff officers familiar with his case.
Still, despite his non-combat experience, his claims of injury most likely were a call for help that dangerous mind-altering medications ultimately only exacerbated – though just last month Lopez had been cleared by mental health personnel at Fort Hood following examinations with the finding that he was no threat to himself or to others.
A reporter from Infowars.com asked specifically about the names and types of drugs Lopez had been prescribed. The Army’s reponse, given by Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley: “He was on medications, that’s correct.”
“The obvious link between psychiatric drugs and violent outbursts is a common theme that crops up in almost every mass shooting incident, yet the media is routinely loathe to make the connection,” Infowars.com reported.
Earlier, The Associated Press reported:
The gunman, who served in Iraq for four months in 2011, had sought help for depression, anxiety and other problems. Before the attack, Lopez had been undergoing an assessment to determine whether he had post-traumatic stress disorder….
The married suspect had arrived at Fort Hood in February from another base in Texas. He was taking medication, and there were reports that he had complained after returning from Iraq about suffering a traumatic brain injury….
Is this to be the military’s answer to its rising incidents of psychological problems in uniform – medication? Because if so, someone needs to throw a red flag – the Defense Department’s got a suicide problem, and throwing more medication at the problem is liable to make it worse.
According to National Journal and other reports, 22 veterans a day, on average, are committing suicide; since the beginning of the year, more than 2,000 have done so, based on Veterans Administration figures.
It’s gotten out of hand
Quite clearly, the military is facing what advocates call a “suicide epidemic.” As reported by NJ:
To help address the growing problem, Democratic Sen. John Walsh of Montana introduced legislation last week that includes provisions to force the Pentagon to reexamine troops who were discharged for PTSD-related behaviors – which can include nightmares, flashbacks, changes in personality, sleeping disorders, and suicidal thoughts.
The bill also expands veterans’ eligibility to enroll in VA health care from five to 15 years after leaving the military. The current system doesn’t take into account the fact that some veterans have a delayed reaction to trauma after they leave the service, according to veterans’ advocates.
But will that be enough? The military already has a number of suicide awareness and prevention programs. What is not addressed in any of them is the military’s penchant for putting its mentally disturbed members on SSRI-type medications that can push them over the edge.
What is also unclear is the numbers of veterans who have killed themselves this year were placed on one or more of these mood-altering drugs. Nobody seems ready, willing or able to find those statistics.
Source: http://www.naturalnews.com/044588_Fort_Hood_mass_shooting_psychiatric_drugs.html#ixzz2xwY0IVcX Author: J. D. Heyes
Chronic stress causes harmful long-term changes in brain; exercise to avoid stress, stay happy and healthy
(http://newscenter.berkeley.edu)Chronic stress generates long-term changes in the brain that may make people more prone to mental problems, such as anxiety and mood disorders, according to researchers from the University of California, Berkeley.
Doctors have already known that people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other stress-related problems have brain abnormalities like differences in the amount of gray matter versus white matter. But this new work helps scientists as they try to discover how those changes are made.
Daniela Kaufer, UC Berkeley associate professor of integrative biology, and her colleagues found through a series of experiments that chronic stress causes the body to produce fewer neurons and an excess of myelin, white matter, “which disrupts the delicate balance and timing of communication within the brain,” according to UC Berkeley’s press release.
The researchers focused only on one part of the brain called the hippocampus, which plays a role in various emotional disorders and regulates memory and emotions, but their results could have wide-reaching implications for conditions such as schizophrenia, autism, depression, suicide and PTSD.
Kaufer’s findings could explain how stress is related to some changes in brain connectivity, for example, in people with PTSD. “You can imagine that if your amygdala and hippocampus are better connected, that could mean that your fear responses are much quicker, which is something you see in stress survivors,” she said. Other connections, such as to the prefrontal cortex, which moderates responses, might not be as strong, so the ability to shut down responses is impaired, leading people to have much larger responses than they normally should.
The decreased number of neurons could also explain how chronic stress affects learning and memory.
Kaufer is continuing her research on the effects of stress on the brain, as well as different therapies to treat that stress, including exercise and antidepressants. Some natural methods to help mitigate chronic stress include finding times to laugh, gardening, enjoying time outside and exercising, which can include biking, walking, hiking, rock climbing or anything else that’s fun or takes your mind off of stress. Yoga and meditation are great ways to deal with stress too.
The study is titled “Stress and glucocorticoids promote oligodendrogenesis in the adult hippocampus” and was published in Molecular Psychiatry.
By my dear friend Mike Adams
(NaturalNews) Drug researchers are working on a mind-altering chemical that could erase your memories. It’s all being pursued under the umbrella of “mental health” with claims that this could help victims of emotional trauma. The idea that you can “heal” a patient by chemically lobotomizing them is, of course, entirely consistent with the core mythology of modern medicine: If something’s wrong, you should poison it, burn it, irradiate it or cut it out… and then pronounce the patient “healed!”
In the case of memory-erasing drugs, scientists are reportedly working on a drug that would remove certain proteins from the brain’s “fear center.” This is based on the ludicrous idea, by the way, that memories are recorded solely by physical proteins in the brain — an idea that’s obviously based on an entirely outmoded mechanistic model of the human mind and brain.
Then again, modern medical science seems to be hopelessly stuck in the Dark Ages, believing that there must be a chemical cure for everything. Hence the ongoing waste of billions of dollars searching for a cancer cure as if it were some sort of acquired infection.
“Erasing a memory and then everything bad built on that is an amazing idea, and I can see all sorts of potential,” said Kate Farinholt, executive director of the mental health support and information group NAMI Maryland, in a Baltimore Sun story (http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/…). But even she can see this approach could be fraught with danger: “Completely deleting a memory, assuming it’s one memory, is a little scary. How do you remove a memory without removing a whole part of someone’s life, and is it best to do that, considering that people grow and learn from their experiences?”
Torturing mammals in the name of “science”
In order to pursue this work on a memory-erasing drug, researchers used electroshocks on mice (which are mammals, of course) to “train” them to fear an audible tone. They noticed this electroshock torture resulted in the build-up of proteins in the brain’s fear center (amygdala), so now they’ve leaped to the wild conclusion that proteins = memories and therefore the way to treat fearful memories is to chemically remove the proteins.
This is such sloppy quack science that I can’t believe it even got published by a scientific magazine. It’s the same sloppy thinking that caused medical doctors to leap to the erroneous conclusion that cholesterol is bad for you. That’s one medical myth that has made Big Pharma hundreds of billions of dollars in cholesterol-lowering drugs that harm far more people than they help. See this animation video to learn more: http://naturalnews.tv/v.asp?v=2D691…
Western scientists, ever stuck in the world of the physical, are easily misled into thinking that mental processes are solely based on proteins and chemicals rather than the far more profound neural network phenomena that really drive the functioning of the mind. Memories are not merely logged in the brain with proteins. If they were, our skulls would be as large as houses, filled with proteins from all the memories of our lives. In reality, memories areholographically recorded throughout the neural network of our brain which also interfaces with the non-physical human mind — an entity of consciousness that extends beyond the physical realm (and which virtually the entire conventional scientific community has so far failed to acknowledge because they ridiculously believe that they, themselves, are biological automatons who lack consciousness).
More drugs for soldiers
Right now, U.S. soldiers are being drugged out of their minds with amphetamines and antidepressants. PTSD is the latest financial windfall for Big Pharma because more trauma means more profits from prescribing more drugs.
Just imagine how these “memory erasing drugs” might be used if they existed. First, they send you off to war, and if you somehow manage to survive that, they erase your memories when you come back home so you can’t talk to the press about what really happened.
It’s the perfect crime for a police state society: Destroy peoples’ memories with the excuse of calling it “mental health treatment.”
These drugs could be used on political prisoners, of course. Got someone speaking out against the government? Just arrest them, diagnose them with some mental disorder such asOppositional Defiance Disorder, then force-feed them drugs that erase their memories.
A few months later, release them back into the world as mind-numbed zombies, where they are sure to go along with the rest of the crowd that’s already lining up for vaccines, TSA pat-downs and mind-altering pharmaceuticals.
A memory-erasing drug is the ultimate Big Brother weapon because it could be used to destroy the personality of free-thinking individuals without blatantly killing them in the process.
No wonder pharma researchers are already working on this drug. It could be a powerful weapon in the corporate war on the people of our world — a war that’s already being waged against peoples’ bodies and could soon extend to their very memories.
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