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/

Babies’ Mental Health

BabyParents who are concerned about their babies’ mental health, please be aware that there are severe risks in the use of mental health drugs and infants. The drugs carry warnings such as hallucinations, delusions, mania, psychosis, aggression, suicidal thoughts and more. Babies’ mental health is an entire revenue source for prescribing doctors and for pharmaceutical companies. Yet, parents are nearly never told of the true harms that these drugs carry. Nor are they told of the fact that traditional, non-mental health doctors, can perform medical tests to evidence what physical ailment is causing the unwanted behavior in the infant, toddler, child and even adult.

In an article from the Wall Street Journal, titled, “Why Are So Many Toddlers Taking Psychiatric Drugs?”, it is cited that, in 2013, that “over 274,000 infants (0-1 year olds) and some 370,000 toddlers (1-3 years age) in the U.S. were on antianxiety (e.g. Xanax) and antidepressant (e.g. Prozac) drugs. This report also found that over 1,400 infants were on ADHD drugs.” Additionally, in 2014, The New York Times published the figure of over 10,000 toddlers on ADHD drugs.

The article continues to shock the reader by reporting that children going to doctor’s offices for the diagnosis of bipolar disorder had risen 40 fold over the past decade.

One of the most important points, made in this article, written by Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy, Professor of Psychiatry and medicine at Duke University Medical Center, is that there are alternative treatments that are not made available due to the lack of incentives for doctor’s to steer parents in the direction of less harm. Babies’ mental health is being compromised by these mental health drugs and parents are not  given full information on the FDA warnings nor the alternative treatments.

Wayne Ramsay, Attorney at Law, published an article, titled “Psychiatric Drugs: Cure or Quackery?” and in this article, he quotes multiple doctors who give their statements on the harms of psychiatric drugs. Among their statements are the following:

“…all psychiatric drugs have serious long-term adverse effects and tend to produce chronic brain impairment (CBI).” Psychiatrist Peter R. Breggin, M.D.,

As well as this, “There is no evidence that any class of psychiatric drug acts by reversing or partially reversing an underlying physical process that is responsible for producing symptoms.” Joanna Moncrieff, MBBS, MSc, MRCPsych, MD — Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Sciences, University College, London

Mr. Ramsay brings up the point that psychiatric drugs harm the brain and often permanently. He quotes Dr. Breggin as having written that “…except for the brain dysfunction and biochemical imbalances caused by psychiatric drugs, there are no known abnormalities in the brains of people who routinely seek help from psychiatrists…”

Mr. Ramsay’s article discusses nearly every aspect of psychiatric drugs, from the fact that the drugs are harmful, to the fact that there are alternative treatments, that psychiatric drugs do cause harm to the brain, disturb sleep, specifically dreams, deep sleep, how the drugs cause disease, how the FDA is in bed with pharmaceutical companies, the violent effects of the drugs, a review of each class of drugs and more. It is highly informational and factual and quotes leading doctors throughout.

In an article, titled, “Babies on psychiatric drugs: crime with no punishment, by Jon Rappoport, he cites statistics of babies on drugs in 2013, as:

“In the US, babies 0-1 years old are ingesting psychiatric drugs at these rates (for the year 2013):

Anti-anxiety drugs (e.g., Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan)—249,669 babies.

Antidepressants (e.g., Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil)—26,406 babies.

ADHD drugs (e.g., Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta)—1,422 babies.

Anti-psychotic drugs (e.g., Risperdal, Seroquel, Zyprexa)—654 babies.

Meanwhile, major media outlets waffle and wobble about the crime, experts in journals debate the crime, no one in the mainstream calls it a crime, the Department of Justice does nothing, and the pharmaceutical companies make billions.”

The long and short of it, for parents, is to do your homework! Babies’ mental health depends upon parents’ being fully informed. Take a look at the facts that are published all over the net. Look at the actual facts, not conjectures or hypotheses. The bottom line is that there are non medical tests, no brain scan, no chemical imbalance test, no blood test that can evidence one-single mental health disorder. The diagnoses are voted into existence by

 

Sources: Wall Street Journal

http://blogs.wsj.com/experts/2015/02/19/why-are-so-many-toddlers-taking-psychiatric-drugs/

Wayne Ramsay, Attorney at Law

http://www.wayneramsay.com/drugs.htm

Jon Rappoport

https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/babies-on-psychiatric-drugs-crime-with-no-punishment/

 

 

 

Beyond Medications-mental health initiatives and treatments with natural product pharmacy

 PamelaMental health and the proper treatment of all conditions related to this are of utmost importance.

The brain is malleable and reacts favorably to several specific supplements. Prescription dose Folic Acid is most active in the brain and can bind to serotonin receptors. In fact it has affinity for 4 different serotonin receptors.

Another well-known supplement for brain health is fish oil. I am aware many people already take omega-3 fatty acids, but it is important to know that different concentrations affect the brain in different ways. EPA and DHA arrive in the brain via different mechanisms. EPA arrives in the central nervous system via carrier across blood brain barrier and DHA has direct diffusion capability. Data has shown that depending on the concentration and time of day given these supplements affect both elements of depression and anxiety. Thus product selection is of the utmost importance for treating mental health conditions.

Lithium Ornitrate and passionflower also have pivotal roles in mental health treatment. Mood stabilizing activity as well as anxiolytic effects is very reproducible.

There are many alternative options that have proven workability in terms of mental health symptoms.

Pamela Seefeld, R.Ph.

Pharmacognosy Consultant

http://www.botanicalresource.com

Mental Health Problems

Mental Health ProblemsDealing with mental health problems can be intensely painful for the individual and for their family and friends. Common mental health problems such as, Bipolar, ADHD, Binge Eating Disorder, Schizophrenia, Anorexia and Depression can be overwhelming and confusing.

There are medical professionals that lead the way, in terms of helping people who feel they have mental problems, to understanding the field of mental health.

Dr. Allen Frances, M.D., Chairman of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual Committee, fourth revision, in a 2012 article published in “Psychology Today”, says, “The history of psychiatry is littered with fad diagnoses that in retrospect did far more harm than good…

The motives of the people working on DSM 5 have often been questioned. They have been accused of having a financial conflict of interest because some have (minimal) drug company ties and also because so many of the DSM 5 changes will enhance Pharma profits by adding to our already existing societal overdose of carelessly prescribed psychiatric medicine.”

Dr. Fred Baughman, Child Neurologist, stated “Psychiatry, in all of this time, doesn’t have one case report of one disease validated, not one. What they do is they meet at the Psychiatric American Association. They meet in the DSM committee (The Diagnostic Statistical Manual Committee) and they vote on making new behavioral and emotional disorders and then they vote and then they start immediately calling them diseases and they tell people, they tell the public these are diseases. Total Fraud.”

Most patients would agree with both Dr. Baughman and Dr. Frances, when given some thought, because there isn’t a medical test that can evidence mental health problems in terms of disease or disorders. The evaluation that a physician, psychologist or psychiatrist does in order to place the diagnosis of Depression, or any other diagnosis, is purely subjective. Meaning that it relies, solely, on the observation of the doctor and his or her adjudication of what your symptoms may be adding up to in terms of the choices the doctors have from the DSM.

Medical science uses tests to confirm illnesses such as Diabetes or Cancer. Those test results are used as evidence of ailment and a basis for all treatment.

With no medical test to evidence what is causing your mental health symptoms, you are simply relying on the doctor’s adjudication which is, of course, a vested interest, not a biological or scientific process.

Dr. Frances mentions that the changes in the diagnostical manual will enhance Pharma. A study out of the University of Massachusetts, in 2012, confirms this by having found that, “Three-fourths of the work groups continue to have a majority of their members with financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry.”

Without negating any mental health symptom someone may be experiencing, there is no doubt that anyone of us, at any point in our lives could experience mental health problems. Life is stressful, loss is real, and pain is relentless. There are answers for those who need help. The facts and information that this article provides are the road to full information for you and with that, you may be more likely to make decisions that will truly better your life.

The FDA places strong warnings on the mental health drugs. Warnings such as mania, psychosis, delusions, paranoia, hallucinations, sudden death, suicidal and homicidal thoughts. These and/or similar warnings are in the package insert of every prescription bottle. They are also mental health symptoms in themselves. For example, antidepressants carry warnings of worsening depression and suicidal thoughts. That is a big risk to take when you are only looking for help.

The fact is, and has been, since the 1960s, that there are medical professionals who rely on bona-fide medical testing to help find the underlying physical cause of any unwanted mental health symptom. Hard to believe, but scientifically true. For anything from Anorexia, to Depression, to Anxiety, and more, there are actual physical ailments that are known to cause these mental health symptoms and the more traditional doctors perform medical tests to help evidence the cause and therefore what best treatment options are available to you.

The New York Times, in 2011, published an article, titled, “For Some, Psychiatric Trouble May Start in Thyroid”. This article states, “In patients with depression, anxiety and other psychiatric problems, doctors often find abnormal blood levels of thyroid hormone.”

Dr. Doris Rapp has worked for decades to medically test patients for food intolerances and allergies that were causing her patients extreme anxiety, depression and all sorts of mental health symptoms.

There are a whole host of traditional medical professionals who specialize in helping individuals with mental health problems to find the potential underlying physical cause.

There is an entire center dedicated to this purpose, in Arizona, called “Alternative to Meds Center”, where they have many medical professionals right at the center who work with patients all the time to resolve their mental health symptoms with medical testing and alternative treatments. This is the philosophy at Alternative to Meds Center:

“Our belief is that real underlying causes do exist for why an individual may suffer from addiction, depression, anxiety, lack of ambition, or be incapable of handling emotional pain. Though prescription drugs do have a role in treatment, they often do not address the underlying problems, and carry side effects, making them less than ideal. We believe that many mood disorders are the result of inadequate nutrition, or the inability to metabolize proper nutrition because of a toxicity overload, mutated genes, or damaged enzymes.

A balanced individual should be capable of handling even grave tragedies without those situations turning into chronic mood disorders. We not only address this balance with customized programs for nutrition and detoxification but also with medication tapering, counseling, exercise, supplementation, acupuncture, and yoga. Recreational drug use and ‘self-medicating’ may be due to underlying metabolic problems as well as behavioral ones.”

There are many medical professionals throughout the country who are traditional in their approach and have your best interests in mind when treating you. You do, always, have the right to full information in order to make an informed decision that is for the betterment of your life and quality of your life. That right is assured to you through the universally accepted and legal concept of Informed Consent. You always have the right to know the risks of the proposed treatment and the alternative treatment.

In closing Dr. Frances, in the Psychology Today article, gives us these words of wisdom, “I would suggest… that potential patients be deeply skeptical, especially if the proposed diagnosis is being used as a rational for prescribing medication for you or for your child; and that payers question whether some of these are suitable for reimbursement.”

 

Sources:

Psychology Today, 2012, “DSM 5 Is Guide Not Bible—Ignore Its Ten Worst Changes”, https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/dsm5-in-distress/201212/dsm-5-is-guide-not-bible-ignore-its-ten-worst-changes.

“No Science, No Cures”, Youtube

New York Times, 2011, “For Some, Psychiatric Trouble May Start in Thyroid”

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/22/health/for-some-psychiatric-troubles-may-begin-with-the-thyroid.html?_r=0