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Obamacare Chaos: Our ticket to FREEDOM!

Fascism 5A couple of years ago, in fact it was March 21st, 2010, the Health Care Bill passed the House of Representatives, I had Amy on my radio show and we talked about what is was going to mean for Moms.  I was feeling completely dejected that day.  At the last minute The Mothers Act had been slipped into the bill and the feeling of doom that passed over my heart is not something I would like to feel again.

Since that time, during all of the ups and downs of the various fights to get Obamacare defeated, especially on the day the Supreme Court made the final decision to allow it to exist as a Tax on the American People, I have felt this increasing sense of helplessness.

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On the day that Ted Cruz made his epic speech calling for it to be defunded on the Senate Floor, I felt some last minute hope that somehow the Bill would be defeated simply by not being funded.  But the next day…well, darkness filled my heart.  Medical Fascism was now a reality in America.

One of the things that those of you who do not follow the political scene as closely as we do need to know is that many activists were screaming at the top of our lungs about what this bill was going to do to the American Family.

road to ObamaCareAs the past few years have clicked by, Amy had major changes in her life and we relocated to Utah and neither of us has had much time or energy to do much more than take care of our families and try not to get too sad about what is going on in the wonderful world of American Medical Fascism.

So, the day after Ted Cruz made his speech about defunding Obamacare was about the low point for me. I remember feeling so lost and really concerned about my children and grandchildren’s future.

But since the first week of October I have had an increasing sense of optimism restored to my heart.  As the web site roll out has been so devastatingly bad, I have carefully followed the story with increasing joy.  The millions of families who have lost health care, the presidents backpedaling on rules of engagement, the call for the health insurance industry to be bailed out, and the obvious mess that is roiling through our society are proof to me that our freedom and autonomy as parents will be found in the chaos.

FascismHow will freedom be found in the chaos?

Well, if the Medical Care System is so messy, dysfunctional, and chaotic that no one knows who is paying for what and millions are looking for care, and millions more are not able to find care because the doctors are unwilling to accept more patients, to me that is the answer for the average family who simply just want to live.  To birth, to feed, to educate, to heal, and to grow as a family without a slew of highly paid busybodies messing with them at every juncture.

I also believe that as parents realize the overpriced mess that is awaiting them at the hospital when they go to birth the baby and the dysfunctional nothingness of Common Core awaiting them at the local public schools, we are going to see a vast migration of families moving to home birth and home school.

I am grateful for the choices made regarding taking on the task to learn new and difficult skills.  Give the radio show a listen.  Amy and I were talking about these issues four years ago and have some serious solutions for those parents who find themselves overwhelmed by the chaos.

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Click HERE to listen to my interview with Christian Delahunty on The Jenny Hatch Radio Show

Filed under: 2014, anitdepressants and pregnancy, antidepressants, Jenny Hatch, mothers act, Obama cares, , , ,

The Land of Oz

by Nancy Rubenstein Del Giudice

When Dr. Oz announced on his popular mainstream television show, “Depression is not a disease,” and that not only can SSRIs lead to disaster for many but that the Serotonin theory of depression is fraud, the silence was thundering.

There were no reports on the news. Talk of John Stewart, yes, but not Dr. Oz.  This is no joke.
No congressional sub-committee was convened to investigate for purposes of prosecution, no recalls were announced from the FDA… and the beat goes on.
Out popped the pills from manufacturing plants.  The Italian coffee machine turns itself on as the alarm sings and the drug rep dresses for a full day of selling doctors on friendship.
At the television station, life goes on as usual.  The show is what matters.  People are thankful for the pharmaceutical sponsors who pay them well and treat them so finely.
My point is that Dr. Oz’s show was orchestrated.  In my humble opinion.
Here is a list of 10 issues:
1.  It has been known (well known to those who cared to find out) that the Serotonin Theory was debunked as far back as the 80s, and possibly earlier.  Check out Robert Whitaker and Ann Blake Tracy on this.
2.  No, Dr. Oz did not organize a small coup and fool the sponsors (who make the drugs) by deviously airing this important public announcement.  It was scheduled and advertised, and the pharmaceutical companies paid for it.
3.  Check out the timing.  The patents have run out.
4.  They have a new theory which probably refers to the new Ketamine drugs; same old fraudulent science based on the false notion of pathology.
5.  They have pictures!  Oh goody brain scans!  They are SO interesting that I don’t even care that there are no control groups.  WAIT A MINUTE, this is not science! And…..there is no science in the brain scan industry.  Lots of pretty pictures of flickering brains, but let’s be real.  Apply basic scientific method and you’ll find absolutely nothing.  We just don’t know enough about the brain.
6.  Is it possible that Dr. Oz has known for a long time that these drugs cause suicide, violence, depression, and mania?  Well, put it this way; I hope he did.  Because if he didn’t, and he is a practicing cardio-thoracic surgeon, if he doesn’t understand these drugs and their metabolic effects… then isn’t he a danger to his patients?  One out of four or five of his patients are taking an SSRI.  Cold turkey withdrawal from an SSRI can CAUSE a heart attack, so to suppose these drugs are not relevant to a heart surgeon simply doesn’t make sense.
7.  If these drugs are so bad (and they are), what does this say about the branch of “medicine” that relies upon them; the psychiatric profession.
8.  If depression is not a disease (though in some cases depression can be a symptom of a real disease), then aren’t doctors who tell their patients that it IS a disease (in order to gain their compliance) culpable?  They should be.
9.  The most dangerous times for people taking antidepressants is either in the beginning (where many are told their adverse reaction is so called mental illness) and in withdrawal (see Beyond Meds, a highly informative site).  Dr Oz’s show is likely to have caused at least a few people to cold turkey and maybe a couple of physicians to cut off prescriptions.  That happened in Britain with Benzodiazapenes and this continues to be a public health disaster.  The show was irresponsible.
10.  Where is the tipping point?  Could this be an “ah ha” moment that politicizes people?  The pharmaceutical companies don’t think so. They expect the American public to “baaah” along like the sheep we are.  If you are not already an activist, it is time to become one, and welcome to the matrix.
I may not be Sue Grafton, but this is not the Land of Oz.  This is America.  So let me end with a quote from a great American to inspire us all in our quest for good health and freedom.
“Genius is common sense in it’s work clothes”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Filed under: antidepressants, SSRIs, suicide

Zoloft Fails to Outperform Placebo: Class Action

In the studies submitted to the FDA for approving Zoloft (a drug that has killed numerous families, babies, mothers, children), the drug maker covered up the fact that Zoloft failed to outperform placebo, according to a new consumer fraud lawsuit filed by the firms Baum, Hedlund Aristei & Goldman and Pendley Baudin & Coffin.

Many of you already know about the Irving Kirsch reports which examined the combined total of all antidepressant studies including those which were never submitted to the FDA. What you may not be aware of, is the level of manipulation required to achieve the appearance of the effect that Zoloft was as good as or better than placebo in the faked studies that were submitted. If you know of all the horrible effects (aka “side effects”) of antidepressants, you may be wondering, “Where is the supposed benefit if it is all negative, deadly stuff that we are dealing with?”

The answer is, there are no benefits compared with a placebo. According to Attorney Michael Baum of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, the alleged benefits were “achieved” in studies by “unblinding” which means that study researchers know who is on the drug versus who is on the placebo. When the defective unblinded subjects were removed from the study, analyses showed that Zoloft failed to outperform placebo.

This is a travesty and something that one would hope could be caught by the FDA before this drug was ever approved.

The class action is for patients who were prescribed Zoloft for depression.

For more information, see the press release here: http://www.baumhedlundlaw.com/consumer-class-actions/zoloft-placebo-efficacy-class-action.php.

Filed under: antidepressants, Baum, Baum Hedlund, SSRIs, Zoloft

Canadian Regulation on Fetal Exposure to Psychotropic Drugs – Public Input Needed

Amery and Christiane Schultz have been asked to provide input on proposed recommendations regarding psychotropic drugs in pregnancy in Canada. Amery & Christiane are hard-working activists affiliated with UNITE and MADNAP. Please send any comments you may have to amy@uniteforlife.org by Thursday of this week (November 10, 2011), or call 817-793-8028.

See the following note from Amery:

I am looking for input as to what you feel should be included in recommendations for establishing protocols surrounding women being treated with and babies exposed to psychotropic medications during pregnancy. These recommendations will be presented to both the Canadian Pediatric Association as well as the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada. We have found a good ally who is proposing that we address the National Conference of the Canadian Pediatric Association.

Filed under: antidepressants, Pregnancy

Indiana, Isaac, Andrea, Pathways, Watchdog Radio and The MOTHERS Act

Happy Birthday Indiana (7/26/08)
R.I.P.

Here is a quick recap of what’s been going on since the last time we posted an article.

Dr. John Breeding and I have an article out this Summer in Pathways Magazine, “The Pill Merchants: The Relentless and Tragic Marketing of Psychiatric Drugs.” It is the featured cover story. Dr. Breeding did a video interview titled, “Drugged: Before the Cradle to the Grave,” which you can watch on their site and on their YouTube channel. Pathways To Family Wellness is widely read by families and health care practitioners who have a holistic approach to wellness. Our longer version of the article was originally published on this blog and the UNITE website.

While we’re talking about anniversaries…

July 8, 2011 – my son turned 7! Hooray for Isaac, and thank you to everyone who spoke out about what antidepressants did to you or your loved ones. We owe you!

July 31, 2007 – Andrea Roberts and her entire family died because of Zoloft.

Today, CCHR Watchdog Radio has a podcast with an interview I did concerning The MOTHERS Act.

I recommend googling Maria Bradshaw and CASPER out of New Zealand. Maria’s son Toran Henry was a victim of psychiatric drug-induced suicide. Maria has done a tremendous amount of activism and research to benefit others, teaming up with the likes of Sheila Matthews and Bobby Fiddaman. She has recently gotten heavily into the research on antidepressants and infant deaths as well.

Along that line I would like to commend Amery Schultz for his continued efforts to bring light to the dangers of antidepressants amongst doctors in Canada.

And Bobby Fiddaman has been absolutely tremendous on just about every front in this regard.

Last but not least, a quick shout-out to Dr. Doug Bremner who is making waves with his new book The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg.

And a quick note to let everyone know that although this blog has been quiet, much is going on behind the scenes. There are a couple of major things coming within the next several months. Last summer my time was mostly spent doing legal research on laws like the New Jersey Mothers Act. This summer has been spent trying to settle into a new house and get some trial experience while winding down in law school. I’m happy to report that I am learning a lot, although I am working way too many hours!

Stay tuned because we have some great things coming down the pipeline.

Please share this post in honor of Indiana Delahunty, and Andrea Roberts and her family.

-Amy

Filed under: antidepressants, Congress, Melanie Stokes, mothers act, PPD, Pregnancy, suicide

TIME Magazine on Psych Drugs and Violence

Top Ten Legal Drugs Linked to Violence

By Maia Szalavitz Friday, January 7, 2011

When people consider the connections between drugs and violence, what typically comes to mind are illegal drugs like crack cocaine. However, certain medications — most notably, some antidepressants like Prozac — have also been linked to increase risk for violent, even homicidal behavior.

A new study from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices published in the journal PloS One and based on data from the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System has identified 31 drugs that are disproportionately linked with reports of violent behavior towards others.

Please note that this does not necessarily mean that these drugs cause violent behavior. For example, in the case of opioid pain medications like Oxycontin, people with a prior history of violent behavior may seek  drugs in order to sustain an addiction, which they support via predatory crime. In the case of antipsychotics, the drugs may be given in an attempt to reduce violence by people suffering from schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders — so the drugs here might not be causing violence, but could be linked with it because they’re used to try to stop it.

Nonetheless, when one particular drug in a class of nonaddictive drugs used to treat the same problem stands out, that suggests caution: unless the drug is being used to treat radically different groups of people, that drug may actually be the problem. Researchers calculated a ratio of risk for each drug compared to the others in the database, adjusting for various relevant factors that could create misleading comparisons.

10. Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq) An antidepressant which affects both serotonin and noradrenaline, this drug is 7.9 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.

9. Venlafaxine (Effexor) A drug related to Pristiq in the same class of antidepressants, both are also used to treat anxiety disorders. Effexor is 8.3 times more likely than other drugs to be related to violent behavior.

8. Fluvoxamine (Luvox) An antidepressant that affects serotonin (SSRI), Luvox is 8.4 times more likely than other medications to be linked with violence

7.Triazolam (Halcion) A benzodiazepine which can be addictive, used to treat insomnia. Halcion is 8.7 times more likely to be linked with violence than other drugs, according to the study.

6) Atomoxetine (Strattera) Used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Strattera affects the neurotransmitter noradrenaline and is 9 times more likely to be linked with violence compared to the average medication.

5) Mefoquine (Lariam) A treatment for malaria, Lariam has long been linked with reports of bizarre behavior. It is 9.5 times more likely to be linked with violence than other drugs.

4) Amphetamines: (Various) Amphetamines are used to treat ADHD and affect the brain’s dopamine and noradrenaline systems. They are 9.6 times more likely to be linked to violence, compared to other drugs.

3) Paroxetine (Paxil) An SSRI antidepressant, Paxil is also linked with more severe withdrawal symptoms and a greater risk of birth defects compared to other medications in that class. It is 10.3 times more likely to be linked with violence compared to other drugs.

2) Fluoxetine (Prozac) The first well-known SSRI antidepressant, Prozac is 10.9 times more likely to be linked with violence in comparison with other medications.

1) Varenicline (Chantix) The anti-smoking medication Chantix affects the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor, which helps reduce craving for smoking. Unfortunately, it’s 18 times more likely to be linked with violence compared to other drugs — by comparison, that number for Xyban is 3.9 and just 1.9 for nicotine replacement. Because Chantix is slightly superior in terms of quit rates in comparison to other drugs, it shouldn’t necessarily be ruled out as an option for those trying to quit, however.

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