Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Stephany's views about the woman who killed her baby while taking antipsychotics

I copied this part of Stephany's post "The drugging of mothers: woman kills infant, allegedly taking psych meds for psychosis" because she describes how psychiatry is being practised today and this is from a woman who has witnessed and experienced the severe harm psych medications are doing.
I'm not anti-psychiatrist but with the amount of data available silencing is not an ethical attitude if one is concerned with the well-being of patients.

My thoughts

"This is a sad and gruesome story, and one that adds fuel to the discussion that has 2 sides. I've witnessed violence and aggression in people loaded up on psychiatric medications and I've seen them become calm and non-aggressive off of medications. Over the last decade, it has been my experience, not because I wanted it---to observe several psych wards and hundreds of people with the dx of Schizophrenia and psychosis. I have no vested interest in a pharmaceutical company and I am not what some people think: a anti-med scientologist. I'm just a mom who witnessed more than the average person, actually more than admittedly by inpatient psychiatrists---most told me they had not been inside state institutions or clinics --just their immediate revolving door psych wards, where indeed the door revolves because these meds cause symptoms as much as they want to believe they don't, people must understand what I witnessed is withdrawal psychosis when people go off of antipsychotics.

I am extremely concerned over the possibility of women and children being medicated by reason of a blanket screening for depression which could end up in wrong diagnosis and medication treatment that can cause extreme situations. It's what happened to my daughter at age 11, and Zoloft sent her running down roads and attempting to jump from cars on the freeway. Psychiatrists confirmed and agreed it was the Zoloft (anti depressant)back in 2001 that caused her extreme agitation and suicidal thinking/and resulting risky behaviors."
"What medication was she taking? antidepressants? antipsychotics? were her medications changed too quickly? increased? decreased? all of these are factors that cannot be ignored. Of course this article is hearsay, but gives food for thought until all facts come out."

How can physicians remain silent? Can anybody explain it to me?

Monday, July 27, 2009

Hulu within the United States

Whenever I see it I feel part of the "rest of the world".

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

GlaxoSmithKline denies accusations of profiteering from the swine flu drug Relenza

I was watching BBC today and heard it:

"Price balance

Chief executive Andrew Witty denied accusations that the firm was profiteering from the demand for the swine flu drug.

He told the BBC that the firm had invested up to $2.5bn (£1.5bn) in the past three years to ensure that it could meet the government's demand for the drug.

And Mr Witty added that the firm was not charging more than it did for other seasonal flu drugs.

It was reported that the firm was charging the NHS £6 for each dose of Relenza, which cost it £1, but the company said this was "wrong".

Mr Witty would not be drawn on the costs of manufacturing the drug, but said typically the production cost was about 25% of the sale price.

"We are trying to strike a balance between society and our shareholders, who want to see a return on the risks we take.""(emphasis mine)

I heard that! The phrase I have emphasized is at BBC's site.
Is it me or this phrase sounds a little bit hypocrite?

Valproate Sodium, Depakote, lowers baby's IQ

Liverpool, UK - 22 July 2009:

"Interim results of a study being conducted by scientists at the University of Liverpool suggest that children aged three years and younger, who are born to women taking the anti-epileptic drug sodium valproate whilst pregnant, are likely to have an IQ of six to nine points lower than average.

The research, in collaboration with Emory University in the US and the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, tested more than 300 three-year-olds in the UK and US, whose mothers took one of four anti-epilepsy drugs (AEDs) whilst pregnant. The preliminary findings suggest that children exposed to the drug sodium valproate had lower IQ results than children exposed to other AEDs, regardless of the mother’s IQ. The results also took dosage, duration of pregnancy and mother’s consumption of folic acid whilst pregnant, into account."

"Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at the University, Gus Baker, said “Our research looked at how exposure to sodium valproate and other AEDs in the womb affected children’s everyday life – in particular their IQ, memory and language abilities from one to six years of age.”"

Whole article here.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Corporate crime in the pharmaceutical industry by John Braithwaite

Click to enlarge and see some of the laboratories listed.

Excerpt from the preface:

"This book is an industry case study of corporate crime. It attempts to describe the wide variety of types of corporate crime which occur within one industry. When I tought a course on corporate crime at the University of California, Irvine, in 1979 I found that students had an amorphous understanding of the subject as an incomprehensible evil perpetrated by the powerful. Part of the purpose of this book is to fill this gap by describing many examples of corporate crime, examples which show the depth and seriousness of the crime problem in the pharmaceutical industry."

The book, published in 1983, is costing U$ 613,00 at Amazon and was not reprinted.
Do you have any idea why?
Anyway... There is a .pdf version that can be downloaded here.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

The vast majority of people don't have a clue about what we are talking about

Whenever I try to talk about the death of people because of psych-drugs the same old happens: people don't know and I look like a lunatic.
I always tell to those who have to know because they work as psychologist or something related to go to Philip Dawdy's Furious Seasons because his blog is the best when we are talking about the horrors, yes horrors, that psych-drugs are causing.
Still people don't have a clue and don't want to know about it: it's too boring talking about it. I don't know but I was watching "The Constant Gardener" and there is this speech:

Arthur "Ham" Hammond: "So who has got away with murder? Not, of course, the British government. They merely covered up, as one does, the offensive corpses. Though not literally. That was done by person or persons unknown. So who has committed murder? Not, of course, the highly respectable firm of KDH Pharmaceutical, which has enjoyed record profits this quarter, and has now licensed ZimbaMed of Harare, to continue testing Dypraxa in Africa. No, there are no murders in Africa. Only regrettable deaths. And from those deaths we derive the benefits of civilization, benefits we can afford so easily... because those lives were bought so cheaply.""

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Michael Jackson's cocktail to death

I've just found it at Susan's blog.
Her post is very good.
Of course it's not enough evidence and, as I heard yesterday while I was discussing about psych-drugs,:

"The benefits overweight the risks."
"If one person has committed suicide it does not mean that all of those who take antidepressants will do the same."
"I know many people whose lives was saved by an antidepressant."
"If not antidepressants what do you think is the cure for depression?"
"If the FDA leaves the drug at the market it's not harmful."
"There is not enough evidence proving these drugs are not safe."

I believe I will never stop hearing these arguments and they are strong for those who don't have a clue about what is really at stake when these drugs are prescribed.
Mr. Obama, where is the change? You are drugging your children and destroying lives and, please, don't tell us you don't know. You have received money from pharmaceutical industry during your campaign. Gradual change? Do you want more people to... blah blah blah...

Kayoko Kifuji got a license to kill again

Rebeca Rilley parents are waiting for trial. Read it all at Furious Seasons.
I'm sorry for not writing. Last month I wrote too little and I'm not planning to be back this month.
I get too sad and angry. I'm not visiting my blog friends either. I have to be out for while because it's hard not to see any change.
I never forget any of my blog friends and you are all part of my life since you are the only who can understand what makes me so sad and angry about the use of psych-drugs and, of course, because you are all amazing people.
Love you all.

Bill Maher anti-pharma

"Vioxx reliefs the pain by killing you."

"Have you noticed that every prescription drug has a X or a Z in the name?... Are Americans really that dumb?... "I'm not a doctor but I can see that this is serious medicine!""

"I think they come up with a pill before they come up with a disease."

See the video and know about "Flacidix"

Bill Maher: using Duke University study contradicts himself

"A new Duke University study that shows that exercise is just as effective a cure for depression as Paxil and Zoloft."

I'm sorry Bill but you are claiming that Paxil and Zoloft are effective for depression but they are not.