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New Research Finds Antipsychotic Drugs Do More Harm Than Good

Posted by on Aug 7, 2016 in Featured, In the News | 0 comments

by Bruce Boyers A new, in-depth research paper entitled The Case Against Antipsychotics makes use of an extensive battery of research and statistics to make a case against antipsychotic medication that can leave no doubt as to its harmfulness. More importantly, it also leaves no doubt as to antipsychotics’ lack of effectiveness in the treatment of psychosis. The research cited in the paper encompasses a 60-year period. The paper was authored by award-winning medical journalist Robert Whitaker and published by non-profit group Mad in America Foundation. Prior to Antipsychotic Medication Introduction According to common psychiatric reasoning, people diagnosed with schizophrenia were, prior to the advent of the first antipsychotic drug in 1955, destined to become chronically ill and be confined to mental hospitals. Actual facts and figures cited in the paper completely contradicts this reasoning. A majority of patients hospitalized for a first episode of schizophrenia from 1945 to 1955 recovered and could be discharged within 12 months. Two-thirds of such patients could be found living normal lives five years after initial hospitalization—at a time when there was no disability system for financial support for people not able to work. Only a third of these former patients would become chronically ill, unable to function outside a mental hospital. After Antipsychotic Medication Introduction The National Institute of Mental Health conducted a study of antipsychotics in 1961, after the drugs had been in use 6 years. In the trial, 270 patients were given common antipsychotic medications for the time, while 74 were given placebos. At the end of six weeks, the drug-treated patients were reported to have had a greater reduction of psychotic symptoms—evidence of the drugs’ short-term effectiveness. However, placebo patients also improved during this time. And checking back on patients after having been discharged for 1 year, it was discovered that patients who received placebo treatment were less likely to be hospitalized than those who were given the drugs. Because of these findings, a separate study was conducted in the late 1960s to discover if psychotic treatment outcomes had improved since the arrival and application of antipsychotic drug therapy. This study found that 45% of the psychotic patients treated without the use of antipsychotic drugs in 1947 at Boston Psychopathic Hospital did not relapse over the next five years, and that 76% were successfully living normal lives at the end of that same period. Jump up to 1967, and we find that only 31% of the patients treated at the same hospital with antipsychotic drugs remained relapse-free for five years, and as a group they were much more dependent on welfare and other such forms of support. Into Modern Times In the late 1970s, another long-term study was begun. Anxiety symptoms for the medicated and non-medicated patients were the same at two years. But over the next two-and-a-half years, anxiety symptoms noticeably dropped back in the un-medicated group, and worsened in the medicated patients. This difference remained the same throughout the remainder of the study. There were other consistent differences as well. Over the 20-year span of the study, non-medicated people were found to have better cognitive function. At the 10 and 15-year follow up, medicated patients were more likely to be psychotic. Patients stable on medication had fairly high subsequent relapse rates, whereas none of the non-medicated patients...

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High-Risk Anxiety Drugs Now Responsible for Record Overdoses

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

By Bruce Boyers According to a recent article on Mercola.com, drugs prescribed for anxiety have hit record overdose levels in the US. A recent study conducted by researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine found a 500 percent increase in anxiety medication overdoses between 1996 and 2013. During that same period, prescriptions for anxiety medications—the actual effectiveness of which have never been proven—tripled. Anxiety medications include Valium, Ativan and Xanax and fall under the classification of benzodiazepines or “benzos.” The long list of dangerous side effects of these drugs can be found online. Over the study period, the number of pills prescribed to each adult increased as well. This suggests that Americans may be taking the drugs for longer periods, or taking higher doses. Both options increase the risk of overdose. Supporting the research in this study is data from the CDC, which found that anxiety drugs accounted for 31 percent of narcotic overdose deaths in 2011. Highly Addictive It is no surprise that overdose rates for anxiety medications are so high, given that they are highly addictive. The effects produced are similar to heroin and marijuana. Withdrawal from anxiety medications include, ironically, extreme states of anxiety—some of which are far worse that those which required “treatment” to begin with. Other withdrawal symptoms include perceptual distortions; hallucinations both visual and auditory; skin crawling; hypersensitivity to light, sound, taste and smell; muscle twitches and jerks; and psychotic symptoms. The risks for these drugs are even greater for the elderly. It was found that older adults using such medications for 3 months or more had a 51 percent greater risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally a study conducted in 2012 found that adults over the age of 65 who took anti-anxiety medications were 50 percent more likely to develop dementia over a 15-year period. Because of the addictive nature of anxiety medications and the difficulty of withdrawing from them, international guidelines recommend short-term use. But this recommendation is continually ignored, as reported in Current Opinions in Psychiatry: “Despite repeated recommendations to limit benzodiazepines to short-term use (2–4 weeks), doctors worldwide are still prescribing them for months or years. This over prescribing has resulted in large populations of long-term users who have become dependent on benzodiazepines and has also led to leakage of benzodiazepines into the illicit drug market…” Combined with Painkillers A common illegal method of obtaining a “high” is to combine anxiety medication with painkillers such as Vicodin and OxyContin. This is an incredibly deadly combination—so deadly that in 2014 the state of Ohio used a mix of the 2 drugs in a death-row execution after conventionally used drugs failed. Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights has been documenting the risks of unproven and dangerous psychiatric drugs for...

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Medical Study Definitively Finds Antidepressants Cause Far More Harm than Benefit

Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in Featured, Get Informed | 0 comments

by Bruce Boyers According to a new study published in leading medical journal The Lancet, antidepressants are not effective in actually treating depression. Moreover, according to a report on the study in Natural News, the study also claims that antidepressants significantly increase suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts, and factually carry far more risks than benefits. One antidepressant in particular, Venlafaxine (Effexor), was specifically shown to increase suicidal tendency risk in children and teens. Natural News is calling this a “bombshell study”—simply because while evidence of severe antidepressant side effects has been voluminous since the 1980s, the medical community has mostly chosen to ignore it, instead promoting the so-called “benefits” of these dangerous drugs. Drugging Children Another reason these findings are highly significant is that antidepressant use is currently at an all-time high, including prescriptions to children. Study authors confirmed that drugging children with powerful, mind-altering drugs is completely unpredictable—a fact which has led to international guidelines encouraging doctors to stick to non-drug approaches for depression. Known for Decades Almost from the beginning of their prescription, there has been mounting evidence of dangerous antidepressant side effects. All the way back to 2004, The US Food and Drug Administration implemented “black box” warnings for antidepressant users under the age of 24. The labels plainly warn that a user’s chances of becoming suicidal, or having preexisting suicidal thoughts and behavior intensified, are greatly increased by antidepressant use. Despite such warnings, physicians have continued to irresponsibly issue prescriptions for these dangerous medications. Doctors have also increasingly prescribed antidepressants for “off-label”—meaning uses for which the drugs were not even intended. This was confirmed in a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), which found that almost half of those people prescribed antidepressants weren’t even found to suffer from depression. Antidepressants have been prescribed for anxiety, sleeping problems, pain, panic disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). They have even been prescribed for digestive problems, eating disorders, migraines and menopausal symptoms. Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights has for many years been warning against antidepressant side effects, and has documented the severe lack of scientific evidence underlying these...

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Recent Study Aims to Reduce Enforced Psychiatric Admission

Posted by on Jun 4, 2016 in About Psychiatry, In the News, Patients' and Parents Rights | 0 comments

by Bruce Boyers It’s incredibly interesting that it’s taken over 100 years for psychiatry to make this discovery, but a recent study has found that compulsory psychiatric admission – defined as institutional admission against the will of the patient – “has a strong effect on psychiatric patients and their relatives, and can be traumatic.” This was according to Mark de Jong, MD, Psychiatrist, Yulius Academy, Yulius Mental Health Barendrecht, the Netherlands, who conducted the study. Dr. de Jong’s study analyzed methods for the reduction of compulsory psychiatric admission. He pointed out that “Compulsory admission also conflicts with human rights, principles of autonomy, shared decision making, and recovery focused care.” He also stated that due to an increase in compulsory admissions in several European countries, interventions that prevent patients from being forcibly admitted are urgently needed.The study found that advanced planning for severe mental health crises resulted in a 23% reduction in risk of compulsory admissions. Dr. de Jong felt that this figure was “clinically relevant.” He also was of the opinion that the taking into account of patient desires and preferences along with the involvement of family and friends, were both highly important factors in treatment.The focus of the study was the evaluation of study trials involving severe mental illness. Dr. de Jong commented, however, that he and his team only discovered 13 such trials that actually measured the intent to reduce compulsory admissions. “In light of  human rights and the effect compulsory admissions have on psychiatric patients and their relatives, this number is both small and disappointing. This demonstrates the urgent need for more research in this field, for the benefit of psychiatric patients with severe mental illnesses and their relatives.”For almost 50 years, Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights has been documenting the inhumane treatment of psychiatric patients, including enforced institutionalization, and enforced treatments involving drugs, electroshock therapy and other dangerous...

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New safeguards imposed before allowing psych med prescriptions

Posted by on May 29, 2016 in Blog, Featured, In the News | 0 comments

State of California Demands Foster Children Rights Regarding Drugging by Bruce Boyers The State of California has just taken major strides to greatly limit or curtail the rampant drugging of foster children with dangerous psychiatric medications. New safeguards have now been imposed that require very careful monitoring and screening before allowing psych meds to be prescribed. For many years, foster children have been prescribed psych meds in an effort to sedate and reduce behavioral issues—with no measures taken to actually get to the roots of such problems or genuinely provide help to these at-risk children. Additionally, children have suffered severe side effects from these meds, including obesity, diabetes, extreme lethargy and tremors. Allowing Children Speak for Themselves Doctors will now have to provide convincing arguments—instead of scant data which was previously just rubber-stamped—in order to receive court approval for prescriptions of powerful psychiatric medications. And for the first time, foster children will be offered the opportunity to speak for themselves as to how such medications actually make them feel. Judge Jerilyn Borack of Sacramento, California’s juvenile court, who helped craft the new rules, said in a statement to the state’s Judicial Council, “Why do these children need medication? Is there something else we can do? That’s what we’ve tried to address.” Severely Specific Guidelines Included in these new rules will be the requirement for doctors to fully state their rationale for prescriptions, along with showing if all necessary lab tests were performed. A specific explanation about how the medication is expected to improve symptoms will be required. Alternative, non-pharmaceutical treatments will have to be explored and provided to the court, along with evidence of how the child responded to these and previous pharmaceutical treatments as well. And maybe most importantly, doctors will need to explain whether the child agrees or not to the drug treatment. Other States California is not the only state to begin confronting the issue of foster children being liberally prescribed powerful, dangerous psych meds. Officials in the State of Pennsylvania recently announced that measures are now being taken to address the large number of children on Medicaid, especially those in foster care, currently being prescribed psychiatric medications. The new steps include requirements for pre-authorization for antipsychotics, the development of guidelines for psychiatric medication use, and the additional step of the state Department of Human Services (DHS) monitoring the drugs children are taking. The Citizens Commission on Human Rights has for years been documenting the extreme dangers of prescribing powerful psych meds to...

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Antidepressants: The Cure that Becomes the Cause…of Suicide

Posted by on May 28, 2016 in In the News | 0 comments

A very interesting article from The Roanoke Times details a horrifying side effect of antidepressants: suicidal thoughts and actions. One might consider that the very extreme of depression would be suicidal thoughts and, finally, the act itself. It comes as rather a shock, then, that a drug labeling itself as “antidepressant” would actually trigger those very thoughts. Not long after the antidepressant Prozac was introduced in 1987, the article’s authors began hearing about tragic events related to the drug. Case in point: the physician’s daughter, 40 years old, married with 2 teenage daughters and employed as a nurse who, in 1990, hanged herself. Her father was convinced it was because of Prozac. That same year an article appeared in the American Journal of Psychiatry reporting on 6 patients who suddenly developed “intense violent suicidal preoccupation after 2-7 weeks of fluoxetine treatment.” Fluoxetine is, of course, Prozac. The article’s authors contacted Prozac’s manufacturer, Eli Lilly, at the time. They discovered that the company’s position was that there was no support for the supposition that Prozac could cause suicidal thoughts or behavior either in depressed or non-depressed patients. Here’s the fascinating part, though: Today, while some health professionals still maintain that antidepressant medications will not trigger suicidal thoughts, the Food and Drug Administration requires them to be accompanied by strong black box warnings, similar to this one for fluoxetine: “Antidepressants increased the risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior in children, adolescents, and young adults in short-term studies. … In patients of all ages who are started on antidepressant therapy, monitor closely for worsening and for emergence of suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Advise families and caregivers of the need for close observation and communication with the prescriber.” The article’s authors point out that such a warning came too late to protect many who, trusting in their doctors and the pharmaceutical industry, ended up taking their own lives. For example in 1991 one mother said, “I suspect the drug fluoxetine may be implicated in the death by self-immolation* of my daughter … fluoxetine intensified my daughter’s anxiety to an unbearable degree and provoked self-injurious and highly dangerous behavior that had not been present before taking the drug and that eventually proved lethal.” Antidepressants are but one of many psychiatric drugs that actually carry as a side effect the very disorder they claim to solve. Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights has for many years warned against the dangers of psychotropic drugs being used to treat unproven “disorders.” —————————————————————– *immolation: the act of killing or offering as a sacrifice, especially by...

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Micronutrients: For Once, an Effective Treatment for ADHD

Posted by on Feb 24, 2016 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

by Bruce Boyers A study recently published in the Journal of Adolescent Psychopharmacology and presented at several prestigious international conferences, highlights highly effective treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) with micronutrients—vitamins and minerals—instead of medication. This study demonstrates a tangible clinical benefit, feasibility and—most importantly—safety of broad-spectrum micronutrients in the treatment of childhood ADHD. Drugs used to treat ADHD, such as Ritalin and Adderall, are fraught with side effects such as serious sleeping problems and decreased appetite. In fact, a recent study shows that side effects of such medications far outweigh benefits. In order to qualify for the micronutrient study, children needed to be medication-free. They were treated with 36-ingredient micronutrients for eight weeks, then taken off for four weeks, with the on-off cycle repeating itself over a six-month period. The study, conducted as a graduate study by University of Canterbury (New Zealand) psychology graduate Dr. Heather Gordon, showed results so effective that some parents were reluctant to take their children off the micronutrients for four weeks, which the study required. “When they came off the micronutrients, some children’s symptoms returned within days, which was a good indication of their effectiveness,” Dr. Gordon reported. Gordon also reported that side effects, if any, were mild and transitory, and they didn’t have a single child drop out of the trial. She also stated that there was improvement in anxiety, mood, irritability and other psychiatric symptoms which are not often seen with medications. At the end of the 6-month trial, an astonishing 79 percent of those tested were identified in the study as “much improved” or “very much improved.” Benefits included improved levels of hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsive behavior. Benefits were sustained throughout the day, and the sustained benefits also had a positive impact on sleep. Benefits touched even non-ADHD areas such as emotional symptoms, conduct problems and social behavior. Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights has long been pointing out the lack of proper diagnosis of psychological “disorders” and the dangers of their generalized chemical...

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ADHD Drugs Carry Health Risks That Far Outweigh Any Benefit

Posted by on Jan 29, 2016 in Alternatives, Featured, Get Informed | 0 comments

by Bruce Boyers New Research Findings…… Recent research has found that drugs such as Ritalin, Concerta, Medikinet, and Equasym, used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), carry health risks that far outweigh any possible benefit. Side effects of such drugs include serious sleeping problems and decreased appetite. Interestingly, lack of sleep actually exacerbates the symptoms of ADHD. Ask any teacher: Trying to study or focus is much more difficult for a student who hasn’t slept and is tired. These drugs were also responsible for some 23,000 emergency room visits in 2011. It comes as no surprise that such drugs would present serious problems, given that the disorder they are designed to treat is highly questionable. There is no test or any other objective method for testing for ADHD symptoms—children are “diagnosed” with the disorder most often based on observations of parents and teachers. The list of symptoms that could lead to ADHD diagnosis includes difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and hyperactivity. The problem is that all children can display these symptoms at one time or another. They could also be symptoms of lifestyle factors, too much sugar, toxic exposure or even normal childhood behavior. Hence misdiagnosis is rampant. Nearly 10 percent of U.S. children have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Interestingly the same study found that such drugs may lead to modest improvements in ADHD symptoms—but that the evidence behind these conclusions was of “very low quality.” Natural Methods of Address Other research points to regular physical activity–such as that found in after-school programs–as a natural solution for ADHD symptoms. Dr. Joseph Mercola, natural health expert and best-selling author, also lists dietary methods for overcoming ADHD-like symptoms within this same article. These include eliminating gluten, avoidance of processed foods, food additives and GMO ingredients, and the addition of proper dietary supplements. Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights has long been pointing out the lack of proper diagnosis of psychiatric “disorders” and the dangers of their harmful chemical...

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Ethics of Clockwork Orange – Treatment of Juvenile Delinquents with Psychiatric Drugs

Posted by on Dec 1, 2015 in Featured, Get Informed | 0 comments

by Bruce Boyers It may sound like a real life sequel to the 1962 novel, “A Clockwork Orange” and one of the most irresponsible acts imaginable—to treat at-risk kids with dangerous mood-altering psychiatric medications, simply in an effort to make them less aggressive and “more manageable.” Yet a new study focusing on the Pennsylvania juvenile correction system finds that over a seven-year period, enough antipsychotics were ordered to “treat” one-third of the confined youth, on average, at any given time. This was according to a PublicSource analysis of drug purchasing information obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, which operates Pennsylvania youth correctional facilities. Children are much more vulnerable to severe side effects from antipsychotic psychiatric drugs, with common brand names such as Abilify, Clozaril, Geodon, Invega, Risperdal, Seroquel, Zyprexa and Fanapt. Such side effects include obesity, diabetes, stroke, cardiac events, respiratory problems, delusional thinking and psychosis. They are so powerful they can actually cause brain shrinkage. There have been 72 warnings from eight countries (United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and South Africa) explicitly stating that antipsychotic drugs cause harmful side effects. These include the following (note that some warnings cite more than one side effect, so the list below may not be equal to the total number of warnings): 17 warnings on antipsychotics causing heart problems 15 warnings on antipsychotics causing death/sudden death 9 warnings on antipsychotics causing weight gain 8 warnings on antipsychotics causing involuntary movements or movement disorders 7 warnings on antipsychotics causing strokes 7 warnings on antipsychotics causing withdrawal symptoms 6 warnings on antipsychotics causing convulsions, seizures or tremors 5 warnings on antipsychotics causing diabetes 5 warnings on antipsychotics causing birth defects 4 warnings on antipsychotics causing agitation 1 warning on antipsychotics causing mania and psychosis 1 warning on antipsychotics causing sexual dysfunction Doctors and juvenile justice experts stated that they’re confident the drugs are being used off-label (“Off-label” means the medication is being used in a manner not specified in the FDA’s approved packaging label, or insert) in these state facilities to induce sleep or to reduce anxiety or aggression. Like guinea pigs in a bad experiment, experts say few patients are aware that they are receiving a drug off-label. And doctors are not required to tell a patient that a drug is being used off-label. Dr. Mark Olfson, a leading research psychiatrist from Columbia University Medical Center who reviewed the research data, stated that “Most of antipsychotic use is likely for sedation and behavioral control.” Dr. Olfson went on to state, “The new findings will hopefully spur much-needed institutional reforms.” Six state-operated youth development centers and forestry camps housed thousands of at-risk kids—mostly black and white males—from 2007 through 2013, the time period of the study. The sites are sterile barbed-wire-enclosed lock-downs, or cabins located so far out in the wilderness they’re considered secure even without fences. The report was commissioned by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, which had been give a recent study showing that about one-fifth of Pennsylvania foster-care youth were taking antipsychotic medications in 2012. That report alarmed the department enough to move forward with this recent study. As the Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights has found, psychiatric drugs do far more harm than good.    ...

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Placebo More Effective Than Psychiatric Drugs

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

by Bruce Boyers New Studies Confirm – Placebo More Effective Than Psychiatric Drugs If you search drugs.com, a site that lists drugs, their purposes and side effects, and then further search about antidepressants or related mental health medications, you’ll make an interesting discovery. Part of the purpose of any antidepressant or anxiety medication is stated thusly: “_____ [name of drug] affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with [disorder supposedly treated with drug].” Please carefully note the phrase “may be unbalanced”—for it has never actually been clinically proven that there exists a chemical imbalance and that this unproven theory causes any of these disorders. Hence it comes as no surprise that a new series of studies are concluding that the placebo may be the most powerful medication of all when it comes to depression and other mental health problems. If your first impulse is to laugh, you’d be correct. A placebo is a “fake” pill (usually sugar) given in drug trials to show the difference between those given a medication and those not given a medication. So these opinions and studies are suggesting that those not given a medication, but instead given a phony medication, show better treatment results than those given the actual drug. Interestingly these studies are also finding that those who do not respond well to placebos, also do not respond well to antidepressants. Along with this, there is even news that some people are more responsive to the intention to treat depression than they are to depression medication. According to this article, a mounting number of experts are suspicious of the effectiveness of antidepressants at all, and of the intentions of pharmaceutical companies in actually treating depression and mental disorders in the first place. The sheer lack of science associated with these medications, along with their laundry lists of dangerous and harmful side-effects, has long been documented and warned about by the Citizen’s Commission on Human...

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