Over the past several decades, especially since the onset of the mass marketing of psychotropic drugs, millions of unsuspecting, trusting patients have actually been made crazy – and drug-dependent – by chronically ingesting the brain-altering, brain-disabling, synthetic psychotropic drugs that have been handed out like candy by equally trusting and unaware but well-intentioned physicians.
This sad reality is that the widespread prescribing of psychotropic drugs has become the standard of care in psychiatry, family practice and pediatrics ever since the first “anti-schizophrenic” miracle drug Thorazine (now universally known to have been a disaster because of its seriously brain-damaging qualities) came on the scene in the mid-1950s.
Thorazine and all the other ”me-too” knock-off drugs like Prolixin, Mellaril, Stelazine, Compazine, etc, are “tricyclic” compounds similar in molecular structure to the tricyclic “antidepressants” like imipramine and the dangerous, so-called “atypical anti-psychotics” like Clozaril, Zyprexa and Seroquel.
Thorazine (remember “medication time” on the classic film One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest?) was originally developed as an industrial dye. That doesn’t sound so good but that may not be so strange when one considers that Depakote, a popular drug initially intended for epileptics and more recently heavily marketed as a so-called “mood stabilizer”, was originally developed as an industrial solvent, capable of dissolving fat – including, presumably, the fatty tissue in human livers and brains.
It is important to understand the pharmaceutical industry’s bottom-line need to expand market share and increase profits and “shareholder value” wherever and whenever possible, even if it is compromising the long-term health of its customers.
I recommend highly an important article by investigative health journalist Robert Whitaker, the author of the ground-breaking book Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill, that persuasively identifies the source of America’s epidemic of mental illness disability: It is the drugs and not the “disorders” that are causing most of our nation’s epidemic of mental disability. Please read the original Whitaker article carefully at www.madinamerica.com. When you are done (if you are open-minded on the subject, that is) you will want to read Whitaker’s book.
Then, after honestly considering the implications of Mad in America’s thesis – and this is important – pass the word, and this essay, to every concerned person (and even the close-minded ones) in your sphere of influence, especially those who are health caregivers. The major reason that this is important is that we healthcare-givers have been Madison-Avenued into submission by BigPharma, and many of us have not yet heard the word, and it is the solemn duty of those of us in positions of authority or influence to warn others of the dangers.
Sadly, it appears that most of us over-worked, double-booked health care-givers appear to be uninterested in the unwelcome truth that most if not all of the psych drugs that have been so heavily advertised as safe by the captains of industry and promoted as the only “treatment” for mental ill health are actually unsafe, dependency-inducing (ie, addicting), neurotoxic and increasingly ineffective as time goes on.
The other unwelcome and sobering reality is that the people diagnosed as “mentally ill” are often simply those unfortunates who find themselves in acute or chronic states of destabilizing crisis or feelings of “overwhelm” due to any number of preventable and treatable issues such as poverty, abuse, violence, homelessness, joblessness, underemployment, brain malnutrition, addictions and/or exposure to neurotoxic csubstances in their food, air, water or prescription bottles.
Those labeled “mentally ill” are not much different than those of us who are yet to be labeled, only they have become the victims of hopelessness-generating situations like bad luck, bad circumstances, bad company, bad choices, bad government, big business, and an ultra-competitive society that tolerates, indeed celebrates, punitive social systems resembling in many ways the infamous police state realities of 20th century Europe, where people who were different – or just dissidents – were “disappeared” into insane asylums, jails or concentration camps without just cause or competent legal defense. And many of them were drugged into oblivion against their will, appearing “mentally ill” in the process as a consequence of the drug’s brain-altering mechanism of action..
The truth is that most, if not all, of BigPharma’s psychotropic drugs are lethal at some dosage strength and therefore should be regarded as very dangerous. They are a major cause of subtle brain damage, permanent disability, loss of creativity, loss of spirituality, loss of empathy, loss of energy, and they are the cause of a multitude of metabolic problems that can easily sicken the victims into feeling more depressed, anxious, deluded, psychotic, antisocial, paranoid and/or ill in body, brain and spirit.
Long-term, high dosage or combination psychotropic drug usage could be regarded as a chemically traumatic brain injury (cTBI), what is sometimes jokingly – but accurately -referred to as a “chemical lobotomy”. cTBI is a useful way to conceptualize this serious issue, because such chemically brain-altered patients are often indistinguishable from those who have suffered physically traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
America has a mental ill health epidemic on its hands that is grossly misunderstood because it worsens, not by the theorized “disease progression”, but rather because of the increasingly unaffordable, neurotoxic band-aid drugs that are mis-advertised as being therapeutic.
The above article may have contained information about the risks associated with certain psychiatric drugs.
If you are taking one or more of these medications, DO NOT suddenly stop taking them.
Some people can experience serious, even life-threatening reactions during the discontinuation of such drugs.
Any attempt to get off such medications should be done under the guidance and supervision of a qualified health care practitioner who has an understanding of the possible dangers of drug usage, the symptoms that can occur during drug withdrawal and the nutritional and mental health support that is needed.