Mental Health Treatment

Mental Health TreatmentLittle do most people know, but there exists a medical test that can evidence if mental health treatment, which is most often a drug, will predictably cause adverse reactions in a patient, prior to giving them the drug. Mental Health drugs carry strong FDA warnings of hallucinations, mania, psychosis, suicidal and homicidal actions and thoughts and more tragic consequences. The medical test is available through your physician and you have the right to ask for it. Mental health treatment is, by law, under the established legal boundaries of Informed Consent (the right to know the risks of the treatment and the right to know about the alternative treatment).

The scientific study of drugs (pharma) and genetics (inherited characteristics) is called “Pharacogenomics”. This study looks at how genetic characteristics influence medication response and can evidence the inability of a person’s body, to absorb and utilize a drug.

Individual’s responses to drugs are largely influenced by drug metabolism and the ability to metabolize is influenced by the activity of enzymes (electron transfer agents in pathways of the body that are responsible for metabolism). Added variables are the more than fifty different genes that affect the behavior of the metabolic enzymes. Even more variables exist and they include a group of enzymes that have several different versions of each enzyme due to one’s genetic make-up. There are, also, proteins, within the body that play a role in whether the body can break down and assimilate a drug or whether the drug will simply act as a toxin

Medical science has known about these variables for years and has had a way to test these variables to determine the dangers that the drugs may cause to the individual patient. The public is not made aware that this test exists. This includes testing for drugs that are prescribed for physical ailments as well as mental health symptoms

Ones hereditary characteristics adds up to a lot of variables that determine whether an individual can predict that they are likely to experience the FDA adverse effect warnings of mania, psychosis, hallucinations, sudden death, paranoia, delusions, suicidal thoughts and homicidal thoughts and more.

The absorption, distribution, metabolism or elimination of the drug is all influenced by hereditary factors.

Mental health treatment has no medical test done, prior to the prescribing of the drugs, to determine that an individual needs that drug. It is unlike medical science used for determining a physical ailment and this, most definitely, excludes mental health treatment from the realm of scientific fact. It is a field strewn with opinion. Individuals have the right to full factual information so that they can better their lives. (search through the site www.mentalhealthrights.org to find out more)

The following is a table, from the FDA, of the many factors that can influence whether a drug will cause an adverse response.

Factors Influencing Drug Response

Intrinsic
Genetic
  Absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion
  Body weight
  Genetic conditions
  Genetic polymorphism of drug-metabolizing enzymes
  Height
  Race
  Receptor sensitivity
  Sex
Physiologic
  Absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion
  Age
  Alcohol
  Body weight
  Cardiovascular function
  Diet
  Diseases/conditions
  Height
  Kidney function
  Liver function
  Receptor sensitivity
  Smoking
  Stress
Extrinsic
Alcohol
Climate
Culture
  Educational status
  Language
  Socioeconomic factors
Definition/diagnostics
Diet
Diseases/conditions
Drug adherence
Medical practices
Pollution
Smoking
Stress
Sunlight
Therapeutic approach

 

Source of Table: Adapted from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. International Conference on Harmonisation: guidance on ethnic factors in the acceptability of foreign clinical data; availability. Federal Register 1998;63(111):31790–31796. http://www.fda.gov/cder/guidance/2293fnl.pdf. Accessed October 17, 2007.

 

Other source of information: Drugs and Genes

Coriell personalized medicine collaborative https://cpmc.coriell.org/Sections/Medical/DrugsAndGenes_mp.aspx?PgId=216

 

 

Kristen Stewart and Luke Montagu Against Mental Health Drugs

Kristen Stewart and Luke MontaguKristen Stewart speaking out against mental health drugs, is quoted as saying “… especially in America, teens are overprescribed and overmedicated. It seems, in many cases, like a lazy catchall solution to dealing with young people’s inherent emotional volatility.”

Not only young people, but individuals of every age are being prescribed mental health drugs, when, in fact, the diagnoses they are given are not based upon science. With no medical test to evidence the existence of depression, bipolar, or any of the mental health disorders, prescribers are getting away with prescribing and billing and the result is a tremendous rise in use of prescription drugs. These drugs carry warnings such as psychosis, mania, hallucinations, suicidal thoughts, violence, and homicidal thoughts, among many others, including the fact that many of them are highly addictive.

Scientific American, tells us that “Antidepressant use among Americans is skyrocketing. Adults in the U.S. consumed four times more antidepressants in the late 2000s than they did in the early 1990s. As the third most frequently taken medication in the U.S., researchers estimate that 8 to 10 percent of the population is taking an antidepressant.”

A real-life story of a famous and successful man is but one of millions of stories and has led to more public awareness of the harms of the mental health drugs and the lack of science behind the diagnosing and prescribing. Luke Montagu, an education and media entrepreneur , was prescribed antidepressants at the age of 19, when he was not depressed and had never had the diagnosis of depression. He was a college student who had just had sinus surgery that resulted in him having headaches and not feeling quite himself. A doctor put him on Prozac and from there he was put on a number of drugs for a number of diagnoses. One pill that made him feel wired and another to counteract and get him to sleep. When he checked himself into a medical facility to try to come off of the drugs, he was tapered off too fast and went through a “tidal wave of horrific symptoms”. The FDA makes clear, in their warnings, that these drugs are highly addictive and Montagu’s real-life story communicates just that. He has formed a group called the Council For Evidence-Based Psychiatry, because what he learned through his own experience is the following:

“Psychiatry is a corrupt and dishonest business: it treats so-called illnesses that don’t exist with drugs that don’t cure and can cause great harm. And once you have been harmed, it then diagnoses further illness and prescribes yet more drugs. I know they can help some people in the short term, but they’re just psychoactive like alcohol or cocaine – they can make you feel better initially, but over the long term they cause dependence and destroy your physical and mental health.”

CEP’s mission is “ To reduce psychiatric harm by communicating the latest evidence to policymakers and practitioners, by sharing the testimony of those who have been harmed, and by supporting research into areas where evidence is lacking.”

Sources: Scientific Americanhttp://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-rise-of-all-purpose-antidepressants/

Council for Evidence-Based Psychiatry
http://cepuk.org/2015/07/18/rapid-withdrawal-misprescribing-benzodiazepine-leads-1-35m-settlement-luke-montagu-cep-co-founder/

ADHD Symptoms

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAFor those parents who have been told their child has ADHD symptoms and needs to take medication (i.e. Mental health drugs), there is hope. A new book, written by the mother of a six year-old boy who was diagnosed with ADHD, documents the success of treating those symptoms through nutrition. ADHD symptoms can be daunting for parents, teachers and children, such as the ones described in the East Hampton Star article on this new book.  The Star reports that the child’s symptoms included troubling behavior, violent, lack of focus on schoolwork and other areas, difficulty playing quietly and fidgety.

This six year old had even been sent to the principal for kicking a teacher. At home, it was no better as one incident was described when “her son repeatedly smashed his baseball bat into his bedroom door.” These types of violent situations are not unfamiliar to parents in this day in age. Unfortunate as it may be to hear, parents across the country are experiencing this kind of trauma and they often feel that the only resort is to listen to the medical authorities and Pharma who tell them their child needs to be given mental health drugs. Those drugs carry adverse effects, documented by FDA clinical trials that include sudden cardiac arrest, suicidal thoughts, homicidal actions, diabetes, hallucinations and more.

Soozy Miller, author of “ADHD to Honor Roll”, offers her real-life experience with the difficult choice of what can be done to help a child with ADHD symptoms that doesn’t put him at risk for the adverse effects of the drugs. First, she needed to find the correct kind of medical help. Meaning, a doctor who was willing to look for a medical cause for her son’s behavior. The doctor she worked with is a functional medicine doctor who approached the situation as a true doctor, in terms of medical testing and evidence of physical weaknesses. In the case of Mrs. Miller’s child, he was becoming toxic from sugar.

Dr. Doris Rapp broke ground on this area in the 1960s as she evidenced the dramatic change in child behavior when nutritional deficiencies, intolerances and allergies were evidenced by medical test and remedied through dietary and environmental changes. For any parent who is interested in witnessing the severe change in behavior that can be caused by nutrition and environment, go to YouTube and search for “Dr. Doris Rapp, Phil Donahue show” and watch this video interview with the children, right there, on film, exhibiting the violent, manic and troubling behavior when either given the food that makes them toxic or exposed to environmental factors that affect them adversely. There is proof-positive, with medical testing and the simplicity of helping the child change his eating habits, that there is help that can last a lifetime and bring a lot of positive future for the child; whereas, the use of the mental health meds can prevent the child from having a future.

Loving parents have the right to this information and Mrs. Miller’s new book offers parents a way to benefit from another family’s struggle to help their child and a chance to share in this family’s success in having helped their son change his behavior and to do better in school. Her son is now able to do his homework on his own and he even made honor roll at school.

For some parents, it may seem as though your child’s doctor would have already discussed this type of alternative treatment with you, but according to a U.S. News & World Report, that is not necessarily the case. In a recent article, David Magnus, director of the Stanford Center of Biomedical Ethics in Stanford, California, is quoted as saying “Risks are not being adequately discussed by physicians with their patients”.

The article continues by letting us know that even research shows that doctors are not talking enough to patients about the risks and potential harms of treatment, to their patients. Financial pressures on the doctors is mentioned as a possible reason for why doctors are “glossing risk” factors of medical treatment when they discuss the treatment with their patients. Dr. David Newman, an emergency room doctor and director of clinical research at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, New York, says, “There’s good data to tell us that when patients are engaged in their decisions about their medical care and informed appropriately about harms, benefits and alternatives, they chose less care, not more — and they usually chose it in a way that actually improves their outcome,”

What Dr. Newman is talking about is covered under the legal concept of Informed Consent. Every individual, worldwide, has the right to know the risks and alternatives to any proposed treatment. That right is assured to you by law and with the love that you have for your child and for your family, you deserve full information, prior to any decision-making.

 

Sources:

East Hampton Star, “Mother’s Book Offers Hope for Managing ADHD”,   http://easthamptonstar.com/Education/2015507/Mothers-Book-Offers-Hope-Managing-ADHD

U.S. News & World Report, “Talking to the Doctor About Treatment Harms”, http://news.yahoo.com/talking-doctor-treatment-harms-143750319.html

 

 

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Definition

Post Traumatic Stress DisorderIn an NBC news report, 2010, the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder definition that was given was “an undeniably real sickness whose symptoms — flashbacks, vivid nightmares, intrusive thoughts, exaggerated startle response, emotional numbness — can be debilitating.”

There is absolutely no denying that our military servicemen and women go through experiences that we civilians cannot imagine surviving. They have fought for our country and our freedom and the life that we live. Veterans have earned the right to safe treatment for the lasting effects of war that intrudes on their lives so horrendously.

In an article, published by The Denver Post, 2013, titled, “Back Home: Vets try alternative medicine to treat PTSD, brain injuries”, we learn that there are successful treatments that offer alternatives to pharmaceutical intervention.

After all the pharmaceuticals carry strong warnings that are, in themselves, the same mental health symptoms that the veteran is trying to cure.

In the Denver article, an insight into these alternatives is offered. “Lisa Davila, who specializes in patient-centered care at the Denver VA Medical Center, said some alternatives might offer a solution to prescription pill dependency that can lead to abuse and suicide.

‘There is a big need, it is a valid way to not take as many narcotics,’ she said. ‘We need to look at alternatives. I have learned that our veterans are wanting that, and they’re open to that.

‘I think we realize that we just need some more resources, that the model of care has evolved. We need to look at the whole person and in order to do that we need more choices. We need more aspects of care that maybe 10, 20, 30 years ago seemed a little out there or not well researched,’ Davila said, ‘but the research is showing that this is beneficial and with the way things are going, we can do a lot of good for our patients without medication.’”

In an article, written by three Ph.Ds, titled, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) for PTSD, the alternative treatments are referred to as complementary and alternative. The doctors define this approach as “treatments not considered to be standard in the current practice of Western medicine.” The complementary end of this is that the treatment is used in combination with more conventional treatment.

The use of alternative treatment for mental health problems is said to be “common and increasing”. There shows an increasing rate of alternative therapies used to manage anxiety, depression and other mental health symptoms. At times, over the last couple of decades, alternative treatment is being used more than conventional.

Some of the alternative treatments for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder were reported to include Acupuncture, Meditation, Relaxation and Yoga.

The article says that “The top 5 uses of CAM were for, in order: stress management, anxiety disorders, PTSD, depression, and back pain.

The types of treatments used most often in specialized PTSD programs were: mindfulness, stress management/relaxation, progressive muscle relaxation, and guided imagery, all of which were offered more than 50% of treatment programs.”

Additionally, in the previously mentioned Denver article, it states that, “During emotional hearings about the alleged overprescription of narcotics at the Tomah VA hospital, many who testified noted there are safer ways to treat pain.

One treatment mentioned was acupuncture.

… a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association published in 2012 found the practice effective at easing chronic pain. The military uses it to treat wounded soldiers on the battlefield, and the VA now covers acupuncture for veterans back home.”

For our nations’ heroes, for those who fight for our country and their families that courageously wait at home, keeping a home for our military men and women, there is hope and there are alternative treatments that will help without the dangerous side effects of mental health drugs.

 

Sources:

NPR News in Milwaukee, April, 2015, “Veterans in Wisconsin Try Acupuncture as an Alternative to Narcotics”, http://wuwm.com/post/veterans-wisconsin-try-acupuncture-alternative-narcotics

 

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) for PTSD, Jennifer L. Strauss, PhD, Ariel J. Lang, PhD, and Paula P. Schnurr, PhD

The Denver Post, Back Home: Vets try alternative medicine to treat PTSD, brain injuries, 2013, http://www.americanhomecomings.com/news/2013/08/27/veterans-turn-to-alternative-medicine-to-treat-ptsd-brain-injuries/

NBC news report, 2010

 

Mental Health Drugs

Mental Health DrugsMental health and mental health drugs are the subjects of a great deal of news headlines in the last decade. Violence associated with mental health drugs has become a great concern to the mental health profession, lawmakers, advocates and the general public. Mental health drugs carry FDA warnings of homicidal thoughts and aggression as well as violence.

Unfortunately, it takes a real strong intention to be able to delve into this subject. Unforgivably and unforgettably, there are so many lives that have been lost due to the adverse effects of mental health drugs.

For our own sakes, we may want to develop that strong will sooner than later and simply read through the following facts and information. Our communities, our schools, our malls, and families and friends are at stake and time has passed, long enough, that we may not want to hesitate to take a stance on this issue. The media will bombard us with too much of the same vested message that overlooks these vital facts.

Fox News report, March 2015, “Most people with mental health disorders do not hurt other people, studies show. Other factors, such as feelings of isolation or anger, or drug and alcohol abuse, are often involved when people commit unimaginable acts, such as deliberately crashing a plane, said Seena Fazel, a professor of forensic psychiatry at the University of Oxford in England.

Germany’s Spiegel magazine reported that police found information suggesting that Lubitz had a mental health problem, though this has not been confirmed.”

In the world of mental health advocacy there are many advocates who have read every single headline of mass violence to see what the media is and isn’t reporting. Most of the time, the details on what mental health drugs the individual was taking, are not printed, delayed in being revealed and/or downplayed. FDA warnings of homicidal thoughts, aggression and violence, placed on mental health drugs, are there because individuals in the clinical trials did, in fact, experience those effects and enough of them experienced those effects in order for it to end up as an official warning.

Here are some of the latest headlines on the subject of violence and mental health: “Mother Charged in Baby Murder Has History of Mental Illness”; “Fleeting Stability for a Woman Charged With Killing Her son”; “Intruder who held brothers at knifepoint is jailed for 10 years”…for violence and long standing and serious mental health issues; “paranoid schizophrenic who drowned 16 bottles of Stella before knifepoint robbery jailed”. This is only in a period of a couple of weeks. It’s a new and frightening trend to see in our headlines that mental health is being linked to violence without the mention of the cause of the violence, from the drugs.

ETN Global Travel Industry News published an article on April 2, 2015, “What psychiatric drugs did Germanwings killer pilot Andreas Lubitz do?”

Within the article, it relays the following,” How can I kill myself, how can I secure the cockpit door from the inside? This research was done by the Lufthansa/Germanwings killer pilot on his home computer prior to him crashing the aircraft last week.

The following article was published today in Global research:

Even at normal doses, taking psychiatric drugs can produce suicidal thinking; violent behavior; aggressiveness; extreme anger; hostility; irritability; loss of ability to control impulses; rage reactions; hallucinations; mania; acute psychotic episodes; akathisia; and bizarre, grandiose, highly-elaborated destructive plans, including mass murder.

“Withdrawal from psychiatric drugs can cause agitation, severe depression, hallucinations, aggressiveness, hypomania, akathisia, fear, terror, panic, fear of insanity, failing self-confidence, restlessness, irritability, aggression, an urge to destroy, and, in the worst cases, an urge to kill.” – From Preventive Psychiatry E-Newsletter # 296:Drug Studies Connecting Psychotropic Drugs with Acts of Violence, – unpublished.”

 

Sources:

Fox News, 2015, “Germanwings crash: Mental illness alone does not explain co-pilot’s behavior, experts say”, http://www.foxnews.com/health/2015/03/30/germanwings-crash-mental-illness-alone-does-not-explain-co-pilot-behavior/

eTN Global Travel Industry News, April 2, 2015, “What psychiatric drugs did Germanwings killer pilot Andreas Lubitz do?”.

http://www.eturbonews.com/57236/what-psychiatric-drugs-did-germanwings-killer-pilot-andreas-lubi