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Whitney Houston and Psychiatric Drugs – Xanax

A post by Peter Breggin:

Often when I think about how much I love my wife, Ginger, I wish I could sing to her. But I cannot sing. Instead, I imagine Whitney Houston singing to Ginger in her incredible soaring voice. Whitney became the voice expressing how much I love my wife. That is how much Whitney came to mean to so many of us who knew her only through her music. She became the music about love we carry in our hearts.

Whitney’s passing has raised the specter that she was taking the benzodiazepine Xanax (alprazolam) at the time she died.

If it turns out that Whitney was under the influence of Xanax (alprazolam), then there’s a good chance she would be alive today if that drug had never been put on the market.

Although Xanax is the most commonly prescribed benzodiazepine, and in my experience the most dangerous, the same harmful effects can be caused by all benzodiazepines, including Valium, Ativan, Klonopin, Serax, Halcion, Dalmane, and Halcion. When I address Xanax, I’m also talking about all of these drugs.

Reports that Xanax and other benzos are not usually lethal when taken alone are vastly misleading. Xanax is rarely taken alone. Why? Because as much or more than any other prescribed drug, Xanax causes medication spellbinding. It corrupts judgment, memory and self-control, so that individuals have no idea how badly they are being impaired. Eventually it erodes all mental faculties, often without the person fully grasping this loss of function. The impairment of judgment and self-control causes people to overdose on drugs or alcohol without intending to, leading to coma, cardiovascular collapse and death. The Xanax-induced memory impairment causes them to forget how many pills or how much alcohol they have already taken, again increasing the lethal risk.

Xanax has been called “alcohol in a pill” because its effects are so similar to alcohol. However, as will be documented, Xanax can be far more dangerous than alcohol. It should not be prescribed to patients with alcohol problems, because it becomes a powerful impetus for alcohol abuse.

At critical moments in their lives when individuals are suffering from serious emotional problems, their ability to deal with them is further compromised as a result of Xanax-induced medication spellbinding and cognitive deficits. In acute distress, they often have no idea what is happening to them. They have no idea how impaired they have become, they forget what they’ve already taken, or increase the dose, or increase or add other medications or alcohol.

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In Memory of Matthew Schultz

Please watch Matthew Schultz’s memorial video above. Today is his 3rd Birthday.

Here’s a pic of me with Christiane Schultz and her adorable son Daniel last weekend in L.A. It strikes me how often Christiane talks about how Matthew saved his little brother’s life. So RIP Matthew and RIP Simon. May God help us all as we fight back against the drugging of expecting mothers.

God Bless the Schultz family.

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The People vs. The Therapeutic State

“Although we may not know it, we have, in our day, witnessed the birth of the Therapeutic State.” –Law, Liberty, and Psychiatry: An Inquiry Into the Social Uses of Mental Health Practices, by Thomas Szasz

Recently I was contacted about a woman who is in a mental institution because she was in the opinion of a state psychiatric evaluation, incompetent to stand trial. This is a blatant violation of due process. The woman I speak of wants a trial. She would rather be sent to prison than be in an institution. At least if she were in prison, she would have had an opportunity for a trial before a jury, and could exhaust her appeals process were she convicted. But from inside an institution she never has an opportunity to present her defense.

What I have found out about this particular case is not only frustrating to say the least, but frightening. Not that I didn’t already know that this occurs frequently, but it is endlessly frustrating no matter how many times I come into contact with this.

Coincidentally I ran across the following blog recently and thought I would share. Perhaps it will be of some use to readers who may be looking for help on legal opinions with matters of a similar nature.

With that topic in mind – psychiatric coercion and how it has become a tool of the government, I would like to take a moment to brag about the fact that last weekend I was fortunate to spend some time with Maryanne Godboldo, the Detroit mother who stood up to police and CPS in order to save the life of her daughter. What I found out is that the truth about what happened to her is far different than what you may have heard. Some articles on the topic stated that Ariana was disabled from birth or other such misstatements. The truth is that Ariana was perfectly normal until after she received a series of vaccines at the age of 11, which caused encephalitis. And the drugs that were given to her for her mental problems that resulted from the vaccine reaction only made her worse.

I wrote a paper last Spring while I was still in law school, which discusses the disparity between the rights given to parents in parental rights termination proceedings and the rights given to accused criminals for minor crimes. I used Maryanne’s story to illustrate how blatantly pro-psychiatry CPS can be, and how parents can be wrongfully accused of Medical Neglect for simply refusing to poison their children with psychiatric drugs. I was so honored to be able to meet Maryanne and tell her that she is my hero, and hear first-hand her side of the story.

In our country we value freedom over all other rights. But for Maryanne, as it should be for all of us, it is obvious that our children’s lives are far more valuable than anything else.

Please watch this video of Maryanne Godboldo’s story. When I am able to get some photos of us together sent to me, I will post them here & update this article.

After you’ve seen that, if you’re not crying, and are in the mood for another serious discussion… here are two videos I recently did with John Breeding. You can find them on the Psychetruth YouTube channel (become a subscriber here).

Here is one about the dangers of breastfeeding on psychiatric drugs.

In this video John and I discuss our article from Pathways magazine,  “The Pill Merchants: The Relentless and Tragic Marketing of Psychiatric Drugs.”

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