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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Biological Psychiatry—Greatest Health Care Fraud in History

2.11.10 – Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD – Medications and medication checks are what they are all about today, which with no disease/abnormality to make normal or more nearly so, are exogenous chemicals put into the normal body and brain

Biological Psychiatry—Greatest Health Care Fraud in History

By Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD

February 11, 2010

In Revising Book On Disorders Of the Mind, Benedict Carey (NY Times, A-1, February 10, 2010) writes, “Far fewer children would get a diagnosis of bipolar disorder.”  Were this to result from a re-write of psychiatry’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), Rebecca Riley of Hull, Massachusetts, diagnosed ADHD and ‘bipolar at 2 ½ years of age, multiply drugged and dead at 4, might still be alive today.  I am a physician (a neurologist), who like all real physicians diagnoses and treats organic/physical diseases—demonstrable abnormalities–gross (a mass, tumor), microscopic (cancer cells) or chemical (diabetes, gout, PKU).  Whether a physical abnormality is present or not determines whether a disease is present or not—the physical abnormality is the disease.  Nor is this ever altered by a rewrite of or any article or text, as is characteristic of psychiatry.  Because psychiatrists go to medical school, learn of things normal, abnormal (diseases, pathology) and how to tell the difference (diagnosis), their legerdemain leads the naïve, trusting, public-at-large to believe that the ‘diseases’/ ‘disorders’/ ‘chemical imbalances’ they diagnose from their magical DSM are actual diseases and that the poisons they reflexively prescribe actually balance a chemical imbalance within the brain that these charlatans neither know or understand.  Nor are they interested any longer in understanding the Mind that Carey’s title references.

Medications and medication checks are what they are all about today, which with no disease/abnormality to make normal or more nearly so, are exogenous chemicals put into the normal body and brain (as in Rebecca Riley’s)—poisons.  In fact, all drugs are poisons.  Only those that make a disease/abnormality normal or more nearly normal can be called medications (e.g., insulin for diabetes, penicillin for an infection).  Carey continues: “For months they (revisions) have been the subject of intense speculation and lobbying by advocacy groups…” Since when do physicians determine diagnoses by the “lobbying of advocacy groups…”?  I never did.  Do cardiologists?  Cancer specialists?  Will advocacy groups determine your diagnoses?  Your child’s?  “Your treatment?” Psychiatrist Michael First, an editor of the DSM-IV, states, “Anything you put in that book, any little change you make, has huge implications not only for psychiatry but for pharmaceutical marketing, research, for the legal system, for who’s considered to be normal or not, for whose considered disabled… the more disorders you put in, the more people get labels…” If this does not send shivers down your spine you are asleep or already drugged.  Psychiatrist, Jack McClellan of the University of Washington confessed, “The treatment of bipolar disorder is meds first, meds second and meds third…” Exactly Rebecca Riley’s prescription.

On Nov 10, 2008, Supriya Sharma, Director General of Health Canada (like our FDA) wrote  “For mental/psychiatric disorders in general, including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and ADHD, there are no confirmatory gross, microscopic or chemical abnormalities that have been validated for objective physical diagnosis…” On March 12, 2009, Donald Dobbs of the FDA reluctantly confessed, “I consulted with the FDA new drug review division responsible for approving psychiatric drug products and they concurred with the response you enclosed from Health Canada.”  In other words, ‘no disease’!  And yet the CDC reports that 4.5 million children 5-17 years of age were diagnosed with ADHD as of 2006 and that diagnoses were increasing at 3% per year.  Diagnoses of so-called ‘childhood bipolar disorder’ rose from zero in the mid-nineties to between 2 and 3 million today, largely due to the disease-mongering efforts of Biederman, et al of the Harvard/Massacheusetts General Hospital Department of Pediatric Psychopharmacology.

In 2009 Gould et al reported that that the rate of sudden cardiac deaths in children on amphetamines/psychostimulants for the fraudulent, non-existent ‘disease’ ADHD is 7.4 times as prevalent as in children taking no such medication, while Ray et al reported that the rate of sudden cardiac deaths in adults on antipsychotics is twice that in a normal control population.

If one poison doesn’t get you that the next one will.  Or, as in the case of Rebecca Riley, are we doomed by diagnosis—374 of them in the DSM-IV.  How many there will be in the 2013, DSM-V?

Physicians are supposed to diagnose and treat diseases—physical abnormalities, and they are supposed to be patient advocates.  Here we learn that psychiatrists do not diagnose or treat actual diseases and that that they advocate not for their patients but for Big Pharma—the pharmaceutical industry.  They are, in fact, an arm of Big Pharma and of government and will control us with their diagnoses and drugs whenever asked to do so and whenever more profit is called for.

Their disease-mongering insists that one in four adults—approximately 57.7 million Americans— experience a mental health disorder in a given year, that one in 17 lives with a serious mental illness and that one in 10 children live with a serious mental or emotional disorder.

Will you sit still for diagnosis and drugging?  Are we lemmings or what?

Veterans’ families question cause of deaths: Post-traumatic stress syndrome treatment cited

Veterans’ families question cause of deaths
Post-traumatic stress syndrome treatment cited

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Stan and Shirley White’s son Andrew, a Marine reservist, died at home 2 1/2 years after he returned from Iraq. Janette Layne lost her husband, Eric, in similar circumstances after his return from Iraq.

More than a year later, they still don’t know if the medication their loved ones were taking for post-traumatic stress disorder contributed to their deaths.

Andrew White and Eric Layne were taking Seroquel, Klonopin and Paxil, along with prescription painkillers.

Three other West Virginia servicemen have died in their sleep while undergoing PTSD treatment after returning from Iraq.

Investigators from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs looked into the deaths. Stan White, who actively researches similar deaths and PTSD-related medications, contacted Sen. Jay Rockefeller, who requested the investigation.

The investigators interviewed the White and Layne families and visited Huntington Veterans Affairs, the Charleston Community Based Outpatient Clinic and the Cincinnati VA residential program, where Layne was treated. They reviewed autopsy and toxicology reports for both patients.

In August, they concluded that White and Layne received care that met “community standards” at the VA facilities, and that the men died from a combination of prescribed and non-prescribed medicines.

“In the presence of PTSD, other mental health conditions, and uncertain use of medications by patients, we are unable to draw conclusions about the relationship between medication regimens and these deaths,” the investigators wrote.

That’s not good enough for some family members.

“I don’t have a direct answer as to why he died,” Janette Layne said of her husband. “Nobody has told me what caused his death.”

The medical examiner listed “overintoxication of medicines” as the official cause of death for both Layne and White. The amounts of prescribed medications in both men’s systems were within acceptable limits, said Janette Layne.

They also had taken some painkillers that hadn’t been prescribed for them, according to Stan White and Janette Layne.

Narcotic painkillers are a leading cause of accidental overdose, and those painkillers can be especially dangerous when used in combination with other drugs.

“These drugs need to have a warning that you cannot mix them with painkillers,” Stan White said. “At no time, were we ever warned that Andrew should not mix them with painkillers.”

Stan White and Dr. Fred Baughman, a California neurologist who questions the use of medications to treat mental disorders except in rare circumstances, plan to visit Washington this month, armed with the stories of nine servicemen whose deaths mirror Andrew White’s situation.

The soldiers are from West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York. Some of their families will go to Washington with White and Baughman and meet with their state representatives.

The prescriptions were given by doctors at VA facilities in Huntington, Charleston and a residential program in Cincinnati where Layne had just completed an eight-week in-patient treatment. White’s doctor instructed him to take as much Paxil and Seroquel as needed, Shirley White said.

“They said he had lethal amounts in his system,” she said. “So, no, we don’t have answers.”

A second look

Stan White hopes to convince policy-makers in Washington to take a second look at pharmaceuticals prescribed to PTSD sufferers.

How safe are the combinations? How carefully should they be dosed? Should people with PTSD, which sometimes includes forgetfulness and memory loss, be given prescriptions that require careful monitoring?

Despite last August’s report, the Whites are convinced there is a connection to their son’s death.

“I think the goal of talking before Congress is that we don’t think the VA is approaching treatment in the right way,” Shirley White said.

Both White and Baughman urge increased counseling resources for returning veterans, including counselors available after work hours. Working veterans can’t repeatedly miss work for ongoing appointments.

“I’m not a doctor. The medicine might be needed at first, but the soldiers need therapy and counseling,” Stan White said. “I really think that’s the key to this thing.”

Stan White and Baughman track soldiers and veterans who die in their sleep or slumped at work stations. They contact the families when they hear about such deaths to ask about psychiatric diagnoses and medications. Military casualty officers won’t release details.

They found three others from West Virginia. Jeremy Harper, 19, of Dunbar died Jan. 1, 2005, at Walter Reed Army Medical Center while being treated for PTSD. Nicholas Endicott of Logan County, who died at a military hospital in Bethesda, Md., also suffered from PTSD. Derek Johnson, 22, of Hurricane died last year while taking the three drugs.

Baughman notes Seroquel’s link to fatal heart arrhythmias and irregularities. He’s now researching the death of Chad Oligschlaeger, 21, a Texas Marine who died in May while taking six medications for PTSD, including Seroquel.

“I’m telling you right now, these drugs are unfit for human consumption, across the board,” Baughman said. “Their side effects take two to three pages to list.”

Faces behind the figures

When Eric Layne died Jan. 26, 2008, Janette Layne was pregnant and was caring for their 1-year-old son, Shamus. She and her husband served together in the National Guard in Iraq. His PTSD symptoms surfaced shortly after their homecoming.

“We had no idea what post-traumatic stress disorder was. We thought it was something old Vietnam veterans on the side of the street had,” Janette Layne said. “We were working, we had jobs and were well-fed and clean. We couldn’t imagine that would ever be us.”

As Eric Layne became increasingly depressed, angry and short-tempered, his wife encouraged him to seek treatment through the VA. He was reluctant, partially because he sensed an underlying message in the military to “just suck it up,” she said.

“It’s ironic. Eric didn’t want to go and he didn’t want to take medicine,” she said. “They told him just to come and talk. He left with a prescription and the PTSD just got worse.”

When Eric Layne lost his job in the fall of 2007, he entered an eight-week residential care program in Cincinnati where his medications were strictly monitored. He came home on the weekends, and his wife scarcely recognized the detached, exhausted man he had become.

The night he completed the program and came home for good, the Laynes agreed Eric would see a doctor about the side effects of the medicine.

He died that night.

“I’ll never forget that day. I picked up Shamus from day care and a woman asked me if the baby was going to be a boy or girl. When I said she was a girl, the woman said, ‘All you need is a dog and you’ll have the perfect family,'” Janette Layne said. “That night Eric passed away.”

She was overwhelmed with single-parent responsibilities when she delivered their daughter, Jubilee, in May.

The Whites and several other members of a veterans’ family support group stepped up. They scheduled times to visit with her and watched the children so she could run errands or take classes.

“If not for them, I don’t think I could do it,” Janette Layne said.

The Whites spend Thursday evenings with the children, and Shirley White often calls on the weekends to see if she can come over.

“It’s been good for both of us,” Shirley White said. “Some days, just getting up is such an ordeal. Then I remember that we have Thursday to look forward to. Janette and her children have pretty much got us through this year.”

Just 21 months apart, Shamus, 2, and Jubilee require constant attention. The children squeal with delight when they see the Whites. Shamus asks Stan White if they can have chicken nuggets, a treat he often picks up at McDonald’s. In warmer weather, they visit the playground down the road.

“It’s not just they help with the kids. I truly love Shirley and Stan,” Janette Layne said. “They’re the parents I never had.”

Stan White, who teaches ski lessons at Canaan Valley during the week, said he thought Shamus was ready to learn. The Whites’ involvement with her children comforts Janette Layne, who worries about their future without a father.

“I just want there to be more awareness in the military. There are so many broken homes and children without fathers,” she said. “Families are suffering and sometimes they don’t even know what it’s from. When you get home [from military duty] is when the real work begins.”

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