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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

Relentless and Tragic Marketing: Psychiatric Drugs from Before the Cradle to the Grave

by John Breeding, PhD and Amy Philo

Working with others, we strive to alleviate distress and to support and enhance the personal growth, transformation, individuation, self-determination, and clear and expanded awareness of individuals. Necessity dictates that we also spend a lot of time challenging aspects of the mental health profession that do the opposite—creating more distress, suppressing growth and transformation, violating self-determination, and dulling and blinding awareness. We call it psychiatric oppression, the systematic, institutionalized mistreatment of those judged as “mentally ill.” This essay focuses especially on the ever expanding encroachment of psychiatric oppression to more and more of the population, and to individuals who are less and less in need of actual help. This encroachment takes the form of mass marketing for psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry. One key aspect of oppression theory is the claim to virtue. For psychiatric oppression that claim is the notion that mentally ill people need their treatment; its growing extension is the concept of prevention, that potentially mentally ill people need treatment as well!

The Regressive Progression: Treatment to Prevention

“An ounce of prevention is a pound of cure.” Like all great aphorisms, this one, often associated with Ben Franklin, holds wisdom and is partly true, based on assumption. In this case, one must assume the role of victim of unnecessary malady that necessitates a cure…and that there is a felt connection or empathic relatedness to the one who suffers malady. Where these assumptions are not met, the aphorism is false. To wit, for the giant corporation of Halliburton and its government and military operations group, or for the mercenary army of Blackwater, going to war is worth a great deal more than diplomacy.

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Filed under: "prevention", 'ADHD', adverse drug reactions, Amy Philo, anitdepressants and pregnancy, antidepressant side effects, antidepressants, antidepressants during pregnancy, antidepressants during pregnancy studies, antipsychotics, baby, Baby Matthew, big brother, big pharma, bigpharmavictim, Birth Defects, birth defects caused by antidepressant, child endangerment, choking, Christian Delahunty, Christiane Schultz, Collusion, congenital heart defects, Congress, Coon Rapids, courts, dead babies, drugging children, Drugging Vets, ECT, Effexor, Effexor in pregnancy, Elderly, electroshock, eugenics, FDA, FDA Warnings, forced 'treatment', Freedom Commission on Mental Health, heart defects, Indiana, Isaac Philo, Melanie Stokes, Mercy Hospital, mothers act, paxil birth defects, Paxil in pregnancy, pharmacology, Postpartum Support International, PPD, Pregnancy, psychiatric hospital, schizophrenia, screening, SSRI, suicide, Supreme Court, The Future of The United States, toxicity deaths, Zoloft, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

PSI, Texas Red Dirt, and The Pursuit of Unhappiness

I interrupt my regularly scheduled blogcasting for the following, self-indulgent announcement. If you don’t know anything about country music you may want to fast forward. Unless you love to hate Postpartum Support International or anyone who supports pregnant and new moms taking dangerous psychotropic drugs, or unless you enjoy making fun of the DSM (“Diagnostic” and “Statistical” Manual of mental disorders, a.k.a. the billing bible of psychiatry), in which case you may wish to humor me.

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

What is psychiatry if not the pursuit of unhappiness? The logic of those who want to screen the entire population and find those “at risk” of mental illness is basically this: that people can’t be left to their own devices, people cannot ask for help if they need or want it, and that it is the job of our government to ensure that all people are targeted by psychiatry and offered preemptive “help.”

I’d like to take this opportunity to announce that lately I have been very depressed. Why, might you ask am I admitting to this on my Bitter Pill blog? Shouldn’t I be afraid that someone will come and try to give me meds?

No, because quite honestly the cure for this depression has already been discovered and administered in my case. It’s amazing. I have the world’s shortest case of depression ever. In fact I’m not really sure if depression is the best word for it. I think after poring through my copy of the DSM IV (funny how much that reminds me of actual I.V. bags) I’ve decided that none of the four thousand and fifty disorders listed fits me, and I’d like to propose an entirely new disease.

“Scientists” are being called tomorrow to develop the proper brain scan and hormone theories for this one. I know what really causes it but I’d like to know which brain chemicals are associated and therefore which medication I can market to my fellow critics who may soon contract this disease.

Name and abbreviation nominations for this disorder are now being accepted on The Bitter Pill blog. Let me give you a rundown of this disease and its symptoms, along with the cure that has worked for me so far. Whoever submits the winning entry will receive one frosty mug of Shiner, or in the alternative, a piece of pizza.

Symptom one: extreme disappointment

Symptom two: frustration

Symptom three: sadness

Symptom four: denial

Symptom five: anger

Symptom five: changing the station

Criteria: these symptoms are intense and can last for between two weeks and several years or longer.

If you are confused, here is a chronological explanation.

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1987:

- Prozac hit the market.

- Postpartum Support International was founded.

2001:

- Melanie Stokes was drugged with four triple drug cocktails within a period of about 3 months and electroshocked until she eventually jumped off a building.

- Andrea Yates killed her children under the influence of Effexor.

- A couple of Congressmen decided to introduce The MOTHERS Act.

2004:

- I had my run-in with Zoloft and psychiatry because I was considered “at high risk” of postpartum depression due to a screening I was never told was being conducted on me. Hmm, that reminds me of a certain screening / drugging program…

- Manie McNamee was born, and almost died due to Paxil.

- The FDA issued a black box suicide warning on antidepressants.

2008:

- I started fighting the MOTHERS Act along with thousands and thousands of other people. Published a YouTube video with my story that has had to this date over 44,000 views on YouTube alone, not counting embedded views.

- The MOTHERS Act fight was covered all over the media on TV, internet news, radio, and in various newspapers.

- The MOTHERS Act was slipped into an omnibus package which was subsequently killed.

- Indiana Delahunty died from Effexor.

- Wade Bowen, a modern Texas Red Dirt semi-legend, held a golf tournament and concert which raised $84,000 for Postpartum Support International in one day, along with Stoney LaRue, Cross Canadian Ragweed, and the Randy Rogers Band and others. He then posted what is, in my opinion, an incredibly lame YouTube video with a song called Turn on the Lights. The video does remind me a little bit of my own YouTube video except that it’s about 100 times less interesting and the slides keep repeating the same photos over and over, and the music isn’t as good. This song would never make it onto my iPod playlist. Sorry Wade.

Some reporter from a local Texas paper actually called me prior to the fund raising event to ask for my reaction. At the time I was upset about The MOTHERS Act, but had no idea who Wade Bowen was so I just assumed he was a famous golf star and philanthropist with mental health problems who wanted others to take drugs too.

I had heard of Cross Canadian Ragweed and decided to put them on my short list of people not to support, which includes a few obligatory and fun nicknames for each person or group on the list.

To the reporter I simply stuck to The MOTHERS Act, but had I known how much I would one day like to listen to country music I might have thrown in an “aww shucks” or a “dangit” as well regarding these musicians.

- The MOTHERS Act died with the end of the Congressional session.

2009:

- TIME Magazine covers The MOTHERS Act, with a paragraph about my story.

2010:

- The MOTHERS Act passed in the Health Care reform bill (Despite a total lack of consent of the governed, this highly controversial program was passed within another bill – health care reform – which was hotly contested and is currently the subject of lawsuit after lawsuit based on allegedly unconstitutional provisions. The MOTHERS Act arguably had far more people protesting it than supporting it, but that’s not going to stop it from becoming law thanks to back room deals.)

- Wade Bowen buys a new website for Postpartum Support International.

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By this point in time I must confess it has been really difficult to avoid Cross Canadian Ragweed. Although I really like their music, I force myself to change the station if I realize that they are playing. Fortunately or unfortunately for me, since I boycotted them two years ago, I don’t actually know which songs are really theirs so, at times I can plead ignorance with my conscience.

It’s kind of like how I can’t listen to Queen in the car because I had a car accident while listening to “We Are The Champions” by Queen when I was sixteen. Call it OCD if you want. I don’t care. This avoidance of bad luck serves me well.

I had forgotten all about Wade Bowen until I read that he purchased a new website for Postpartum Support International (check it out and tell me it does not look like they ripped off the look from some drug company website or drug ad), and by this point in time I knew who he was from listening to Texas Red Dirt music on 95.3 The Range in Dallas.

Last weekend, I am happy to say that I attended a concert at the Fort Worth Stock Yards featuring Stoney LaRue, and I had one last hurrah enjoying “Oklahoma Breakdown” performed live.

A couple of weeks ago, however, I went to a concert with the Randy Rogers Band and Wade Bowen. The entire time I was there I kept thinking, “I can’t believe I am here giving money to Wade Bowen.” Then I left after 45 minutes of being bored and annoyed, partly because I felt like I was listening to a lamer version of my iPod, and partly because I felt an intense inner ethical conflict that practically forced me to put my pool stick down and walk out.

Only two days ago did I stumble again onto the article about the Wade Bowen benefit concert and realize that both Stoney LaRue and the Randy Rogers Band were at that event. Now not only do I have an intense disliking for Wade Bowen (not as a musician), but I also now have to contemplate that both the Randy Rogers Band and Stoney LaRue were at that benefit concert in 2008. Now every time I listen to “Oklahoma Breakdown,” instead of being happy I will have to be sad. And when I listen to “In My Arms Instead” I will have to decide whether to continue listening to one of my favorite songs or go change the station.

Like so many other problems that I have a duty to discuss on this blog, this particular, albeit minor, problem can be blamed almost entirely on psychiatry. This just adds to the already long list of diseases, excuse me, disorders, that they have created.

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Dear Stoney LaRue,

Once upon a time, I stood two feet from you and requested Oklahoma Breakdown for some old lady’s birthday, and you did not oblige. Given that this is your biggest song, I just don’t get you. But I do know how to quit you. It’s Friday and you’re gettin’ tore up, goin’ down by the river in the back of my truck, remember one time, you said it was alright, gonna get juiced down by the riverbed tonight.

(Translation: I have taken your albums and thrown them in the river. I am now drinking a Shiner.)

===

Dear Randy Rogers,

Why is it that I love your music so much on the radio / iPod, yet I was so incredibly bored at both of your concerts I attended, that I left after 45 minutes? Maybe you should consider spicing it up a bit.

Regardless,  I’m deleting you from my facebook account as a band I like. I’m gonna break these chains around my broken heart – not gonna let you wear your crown this time around. There will have to be no more “Kiss Me In The Dark,” I swear I’m gonna change the station or hit forward on my iPod. I am also trashing that guitar chords printout I have for “In My Arms Instead.” And we both know it’s not worth another try, but it’s worth one more goodbye.

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Dear Wade Bowen,

I actually don’t know any of your songs to parody. Sorry.

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Dear Cross Canadian Ragweed,

You are great. Truly great. However since I don’t listen to you anymore, there’s really not much to say other than that  I’d like to suggest Shiner over Zoloft. It has way fewer side effects. And the warning label on beer actually tells women that they shouldn’t drink it while pregnant, unlike the crap that your friends over at PSI like to write online about antidepressants.

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So this is me declaring my selective independence from Texas Red Dirt. I promise from now on that I will still listen to select other Texas Red Dirt bands who don’t go around supporting awful programs and websites that deal in deadly misinformation.

See what I mean by cured?

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

NorthJersey.com, Home of the Pro-Pharma Censors

This is certainly not the first go-round with biased articles in favor of The MOTHERS Act from The Record, a newspaper in Robert Menendez’s home state of New Jersey (home to many of the world’s pharmaceutical companies).

Perhaps I’m biased but I don’t see anything wrong with the following comment which was not posted on NorthJersey’s website under the comments section for the article about Brooke Shields celebrating passage of The MOTHERS Act. I would like to open comments up here on this blog since NorthJersey.com is censoring us (God knows how many of us). So go ahead and comment here and I’ll attempt to post a link. This comment was made in response to Susan Stone’s statement that Carol Blocker is the main supporter of The MOTHERS Act and that they have “thousands” of signatures on a “petition” (the DBSA letter writing software) which has never been made public. Everyone who reads this blog knows the truth about the bill and how it was passed. It’s too bad that NorthJersey.com is censoring comments on The MOTHERS Act.

My unposted comment (I’ve tried about 5 times in the last 24 hours):

Did Carol Blocker donate between $13 and $16 million to the pHARMa front groups who pushed the bill, or God knows how much to DBSA to have them run the “petition?”

I am so glad I had my mom around to save me from the horrors of psychiatric drugs and I only wish that Melanie Stokes could have been spared the horror that befell her due to the idiotic mistreatment she was given by her doctors in the form of several different triple drug cocktails, cold turkey med switches, and repeated electroshock sessions which according to Melanie, were “killing her.”

We have 3,117 Facebook Coalition members and 13,453 public signatures (Name and State listed) on our actual live petition (and I would also like to thank them all).

It was posted in response to the following comment by Susan Stone:

Wednesday May 12, 2010, 12:08 AM – susan__3932 says:
I would like to thank the many national professional groups and thousands of women who signed the petition in support of the legislation which can be seen here: http://perinatalpro.com/listingofsupporters/nationalsupporters.html Please note the research and public awareness campaigns do not require additional funding and will be implemented by HHS and NIH. These life saving initiative – which are now law – will go a long way to informing assessment and treatment of perinatal mood disorders. Thank you all for supporting The Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act. The bill’s lead supporter was none other than Carol Blocker, Melanie Blocker Stokes’ mother. Susan Dowd Stone, MSW, LCSW

Here is a running log of all the comments on their website so far.

  1. Wednesday May 12, 2010, 5:18 PM – AmyR.Philo says:
    This website is not allowing my comments. That’s ok, we can take our comments over to my blog.
  2. Wednesday May 12, 2010, 5:14 PM – Rebecca.R says:
    It is just so wonderful that this legislation has passed. I am grateful to all the advocates who made this possible. It’s tough to do battle against groups who use mother’s mental health to promote their agenda by instilling shame and doubt into already suffering moms. Thank you to Susan Dowd Stone for her fearless leadership in placing mom’s welfare above all else and ignoring those who would seek to implicate a dark motive to this life saving cause!
  3. Wednesday May 12, 2010, 4:10 PM – farallon says:
    This is just a make believe disease that gives some women an excuse for not taking care of their kids. You need to get off your butts and tend to your kids.
  4. Wednesday May 12, 2010, 2:24 PM – Kaerer says:
    I am appalled by the ignorance of some of the comments herein. It is evident that there are many people who have no idea how debilitating this disease can be. This bill’s passage comes from the blood sweat and tears of men and women who know firsthand what is lacking in the treatment of PPD. We should all be thankful for these advocates who have dedicated their lives and in many cases their own personal finances to help the victims of PPD. This bill is to promote AWARENESS, RESEARCH and EMOTIONAL SUPPORT for those who are suffering. It provides women and their families with different options, medication IS ONLY one of those options. The choice to medicate for any condition is still a choice and yes, the side effects must be taken into consideration but there again RESEARCH comes into play. IGNORANCE IS NOT BLISS! Please educate yourselves before making such disparaging comments regarding a bill that so many have worked so hard to pass. PPD victims have suffered long enough!
  5. Wednesday May 12, 2010, 12:41 PM – kkleiman says:
    It is truly rewarding to see how all of the preparation and hard work on behalf of postpartum women can now be put into practice. The effort to promote awareness is not an easy one. It necessitates a deep desire to support and treat women who suffer excruciating levels of distress along with good, accurate information. Without both, there is a great risk for tons of misinformation to get into the wrong hands. Thank you, Susan, for all you have done to facilitate this gratifying outcome.
  6. Wednesday May 12, 2010, 2:42 AM – BTKING says:
    It is estimated that 50% of all Suicides in the USA were those taking Antidepressant medications. My Cousin was one of such Cases. And now I had to have one of my family taken away all because people haven’t woken up to the deadly effects of these medications. Everyone who supports this bill needs to actually do their own research and get the actual scientific data regarding psychotropic medications. If you guys value the lives of your children, their children and the future generation as a whole, you WILL reconsider allowing this bill to threaten the lives of mothers and unborn babies thereof. This information is so hidden because Pharma has paid off media, Congressman, etc. with millions of dollars of drug profits just to keep it so. That is the ONLY reason it is not broadly known. So I implore everyone. Please stop this blatant violation of our basic…human …rights.
  7. Wednesday May 12, 2010, 2:19 AM – LindaKay says:
    Psychiatric drugs harm both mother and child. Babies are dying because their moms took antidepressants while pregnant. Many people get murderous and suicidal thoughts while on them, completely uncharacteristic of the way they were before they took the drugs. There is also a Yahoo forum with over 2300 people, both men and women, complaining of persistant sexual dysfunction after taking SSRIs. Many of them complain of what seems to be permanent genital anesthesia for years after discontinuing the drugs, and they don’t want to live. Antipsychotics and ECT cause major brain damage among other maladies. Melanie Stokes was given all these so-called “treatments” before she jumped out a 12 story window and to her death. Then they named the Mother’s Act after her.
  8. Wednesday May 12, 2010, 2:18 AM – LindaKay says:
    So many women exhaust themselves in trying to live up to the expectations of today’s society. If they are fortunate enough to be able to stay at home with their new babies, they may suddenly find themselves totally alone. If they work outside the home they may come home only to be kept up night after night when their children are sick, and they can become so sleep deprived that they become psychotic, even though otherwise they’d be perfectly normal. I think too much of postpartum depression is attributed to hormones. Much of it can be traced to loneliness, sleep deprivation, and poor nutrition, and I don’t think we need to spend 3 million dollars to find that out. What we DO need to do is encourage moms to take better care of themselves. They need to be with other moms as well as getting enough rest and necessary nutrients. We have to stop pushing them to be supermoms.
  9. Wednesday May 12, 2010, 12:37 AM – AmyR.Philo says:
    I believe I recall a petition you guys started that had about 28 signatures. We also have 4.6% of votes on a survey on my website in a survey for “The MOTHERS Act is life saving” compared to the other 95% opposed – the survey has been running for a while now… Oh and we have 54 groups opposed to the bill. None of them takes any money from pHARMa.
  10. Wednesday May 12, 2010, 12:08 AM – susan__3932 says:
    I would like to thank the many national professional groups and thousands of women who signed the petition in support of the legislation which can be seen here: http://perinatalpro.com/listingofsupporters/nationalsupporters.html Please note the research and public awareness campaigns do not require additional funding and will be implemented by HHS and NIH. These life saving initiative – which are now law – will go a long way to informing assessment and treatment of perinatal mood disorders. Thank you all for supporting The Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act. The bill’s lead supporter was none other than Carol Blocker, Melanie Blocker Stokes’ mother. Susan Dowd Stone, MSW, LCSW
  11. Tuesday May 11, 2010, 11:39 PM – joelfrisco says:
    My wife was misdiagnosed with psychiatric conditions after our first child was born. Simple anxiousness from a formula related choking incident led to drug prescriptions and eventually psychiatric hospitalization due to those drugs. The hospital and doctors who led us through our first birth and post-partum experience educated us almost to the point of death. After the damage of that experience we chose a natural home birth for our second child with much happier results. We don’t need more education, we need the government and medical profession to back off and let Moms be guided by their family, faith and conscience, not pseudo-science and profit motivated businesses.
  12. Tuesday May 11, 2010, 10:43 PM – donnaferr says:
    And how exactly has psychiatry, The industry of Death, helped those who have suffered from depression? It has not. It has done nothing but drug people into apathy so they don’t care. Do not trust any group whose sole handling is to “drug it.”
  13. Tuesday May 11, 2010, 9:47 PM – AmyR.Philo says:
    Spend some time on the UNITE website & blog if you are interested in the full story. Or, you could just keep reading the nonsense from Susan Stone. There are thousands many babies dying from drug exposure and God knows how many mothers dying the same way Melanie Stokes died from drug-induced suicide. This bill does nothing to prevent or lessen that, it will only make it worse.
  14. Tuesday May 11, 2010, 9:47 PM – AmyR.Philo says:
    Susan’s favorite catch phrase is “the bill does not subsidize medication” – whatever that means, the result will be the same, which is more moms being drugged, and more babies being drugged. You would have to be a fool to think fewer mothers will wind up on medication as a direct result of the bill’s passage. Last point for this comment would be that the only reason The MOTHERS Act passed was because it was slipped into the health care bill. They tried the same thing in 2008 with the “Coburn” Omnibus and failed. Only by slipping it in to other legislation did the bill pass. It failed on its own lack of merits for about 8 years because the bill is not worthy of passage. And no matter how you look at it it would never have passed without back room deals and pharmaceutical funded lobbying.
  15. Tuesday May 11, 2010, 9:45 PM – AmyR.Philo says:
    Re: Susan Stone’s claims… Google Susan Stone MOTHERS Act Evelyn Pringle and find out all about her. As for a “minority” of people protesting, on the contrary, we have over 13,000 signatures against the bill and I have yet to see any public petition for the bill other than a listing of groups (many of whom are pharma front groups) who are in favor of it. The DBSA sponsored “petition” was a cap-wiz letter campaign for which all “petition signatures” were privately sent letters to Congress members. DBSA is a pharmaceutical funded front group. And Susan Stone’s favorite nonprofit PSI has many major members with pharmaceutical conflicts of interest.
  16. Tuesday May 11, 2010, 8:56 PM – farallon says:
    Postpartum depression is another of the new imaginary diseases psychiatrists make up. You had a baby, get over it and take care of the kid.
  17. Tuesday May 11, 2010, 4:02 PM – kps says:
    It is obvious that there is still much work to be done since ignorance is still rampant. This bill’s passage is the result of tireless efforts of advocates that have dedicated their professional and personal lives to the cause and the courage of women who relive the horror of this illness in order to educate and help others.This bill promotes awareness, research and support for those who are suffering. It avails women and their families with options, only one of which is medication. The decision to medicate for any condition is an individual choice for which side effects must be considered. Knowledge is power. It is time for all women to have ALL the resources to eradicate the “4 million years of evolutionary suffering” Karen P. Sackstein, CPA – PPD Survivor
  18. Tuesday May 11, 2010, 3:56 PM – susan__3932 says:
    Indeed the bill does NOT subsidize medication or encourage its usage. What it DOES do is promote more research, public awareness, education and services for pregnant and new mom’s struggling from these disorders. The minority who characterized the bill as a diabolical attempt to medicate America’s mothers, did not succeed in discouraging support with these misrepresentations, but instead stimulated the debate that further clarified the legislation’s true purpose and garnered more support from mothers, legislators and those from organizational and professional communities dedicated to helping them. You can read the bill here: http://perinatalpro.com/ppdlegislation/readthebills324.html Susan Dowd Stone, MSW, LCSW
  19. Tuesday May 11, 2010, 11:40 AM – AmyR.Philo says:
    You can’t trust people who tell you that antidepressants are safe or effective. The New Jersey Website Speak Up When You’re Down tells moms to use antidepressants for several months after all symptoms go away, and says it’s ok to use them while breastfeeding (it’s not). To learn the truth about The MOTHERS Act go here: http://uniteforlife.wordpress.com/ Read how much money was funneled to the supporters of The MOTHERS Act from Pharmaceutical companies in recent years – over $13 million was spent.
  20. Tuesday May 11, 2010, 11:38 AM – AmyR.Philo says:
    This article makes me so sad, for all of the moms who are going to be told to listen to people like Susan Stone who commented above, and her friends who love to tell women to go on medication to treat or prevent PPD. Read this Mother’s Day blog entry http://tinyurl.com/2v5x6co from Christiane Schultz about the pain she is going through her second Mother’s Day after losing her son Matthew two hours after he was born to Effexor exposure during pregnancy. She also got pregnant after Matthew died but before she could wean off of Effexor and lost that baby as well. In fact, all of the babies she has had with the antidepressant Effexor have had some kind of problem from the exposure, including PPHN with one baby which nobody even told her about.
  21. Tuesday May 11, 2010, 11:33 AM – csrv says:
    Everyone is trying to save tax dollars. 4 million years of evolution has gotten us this far without postpartum issues. We all have own own little neurosis’s to deal with. Stop this spending when we can’t afford it!
  22. Tuesday May 11, 2010, 9:15 AM – susan__3932 says:
    As a speaker at yesterday’s event, celebrating the historic passage of this legislation, I encourage all women to continue to now encourage funding of this bill! You may demonstrate your support by going to http://perinatalpro.com/ppdlegislation.html and signing the petition in support of its funding! Sincerely, Susan Dowd Stone, MSW, LCSW Chair, President’s Advisory Council, Postpartum Support International, National Board Member, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition Author/Editor Perinatal and Postpartum Mood Disorders: Perspectives asnd Treatment Guide for the Healthcare Practitioner (Springer, 08).

And here is the article:

Brooke Shields hails passage of postpartum depression bill in Ridgewood visit
Monday, May 10, 2010
Last updated: Tuesday May 11, 2010, 6:21 AM

BY MARY JO LAYTON
The Record
STAFF WRITER

Actress Brooke Shields and former New Jersey First Lady Mary Jo Codey joined U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez in Ridgewood Monday to announce the passage of federal legislation to help women suffering from postpartum depression.

Shields, left, suffered debilitating postpartum depression  following the birth of her daughter Rowan Francis in 2003.

AMY NEWMAN/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Shields, left, suffered debilitating postpartum depression following the birth of her daughter Rowan Francis in 2003.

Menendez, D-NJ, is advocating for $3 million to launch the program which calls for more research to better understand what causes the disorder that affects up to 20 percent of all new mothers and up to 16,000 women in New Jersey each year.

The law encourages the Department of Health and Human Services to make grants available for agencies to provide outpatient, inpatient and home-based health services for women with or at risk for postpartum conditions.

“We need to be able to educate, increase support services and research why it happens so new moms can feel safe rather than scared and alone,” said Menendez, a key sponsor of the legislation.

The law, The Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act, was named after a Chicago woman suffering from postpartum depression who jumped to her death in 2001.

Shields, a statuesque former model and film and TV star, suffered debilitating postpartum depression following the birth of her daughter Rowan Francis in 2003. Shields had suicidal thoughts and was finally treated with medication and therapy, experiences she recounted in her book “Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Post-Partum Depression,” published in 2005.

“I was in such a sad, sorry, scared and devastated state,” she said. “I was guilty. It was the worst time of my life.”

She encouraged women to report symptoms to their physicians so treatment can begin as soon as possible.

“Don’t diminish it,” she said. “Don’t be afraid to be honest.’’

Elements of the law were taken from New Jersey legislation championed by Codey and adopted into law in 2006.

New Jersey was the first state to require the screening of new moms for post-partum depression.

Following the birth of her first son, Codey suffered suicidal thoughts and worried she would harm her infant. She suffered through postpartum depression again when her second son was born and was also successfully treated.

She praised Menendez for raising awareness and harnessing more research dollars for women suffering from the disorder.

Franklin Lakes resident Sylvia Lasalandra recounted her battle with postpartum depression 10 years ago following the birth of her daughter, Melina. “I lost the first nine months of my daughter’s life,” she said.

In 2005, she self-published A Daughter’s Touch: One Woman’s Journey Through Postpartum Depression’’.

“I cry for the women too afraid to ask for help,’’ she said. “The MOTHERS Act means they will no longer be ignored.’’

E-mail: layton@northjersey.com

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Yes, We Can Pretend We Did It All On Our Own (The MOTHERS Act – How at least $13 to $16.4 million in pHARMa dollars buys a bill)

pHARMa: Putting a price on the lives of American moms and babies

Oh, what did you see, my blue eyed son?
And what did you see, my darling young one?
I saw a newborn baby with wild wolves all around it
I saw a highway of diamonds with nobody on it
I saw a black branch with blood that kept drippin’
I saw a room full of men with their hammers a-bleedin’
I saw a white ladder all covered with water
I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken
I saw guns and sharp swords in the hands of young children
And it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, and it’s a hard
It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.

- Bob Dylan

Two days ago, The MOTHERS Act and several other dangerous psych programs passed the house after being stuck in the 2400 page Senate Health Care Bill. Today, President Obama, a former co-sponsor of The MOTHERS Act in the Senate, signed the bill into law.

Two years and two months ago Dr. Ann Blake Tracy, Camille Milke and I, as heads of CHAADA, UNITE, COPES and ICFDA collaborated on a press release to be sent to the public, media and Congress regarding our opposition to The MOTHERS Act. We created a petition and within days we had hundreds of signatures from around the country. I spent the next two months calling people all day and sending emails, writing press releases and trying to update my website with the numerous radio shows where we would spread the word about the fight to save America’s mothers from an invasive government screening program.

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