Non-Pharma Alternatives to Antipsychotics for Dementia

by Bruce Boyers

A recent report by the British Psychological Association (BPS) has presented non-pharmaceutical alternatives for the treatment of dementia and Alzheimer’s patients. The goal of the research is to reduce antipsychotic over-prescription to the elderly—a situation that has persisted despite mounting evidence that these drugs are extremely harmful to the patient.

The researchers wrote, “In practice, antipsychotic medication is often used as a first-line treatment for behavioral difficulties rather than as a secondary alternative, despite the evidence that antipsychotic drugs have a limited positive effect and can cause significant harm to people with dementia. Interventions offered should aim to lessen the distress and harm caused by these difficulties and increase the quality of life of those living with dementia and their care givers.”

Warnings from Many Sources

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Citizens Commission on Human Rights Launches Petition for a Congressional Investigation into the Role of Psychiatric Drugs in Military Suicides and Sudden Deaths

By CCHR International
May 5, 2014

“Psychiatric drugs are that one thing that makes our modern warfare so much more deadly for our returning soldiers than any past war….” — Hannis Latham, Former Sergeant in the U.S. Army

“Psychiatric drugs are that one thing that makes our modern warfare so much more deadly for our returning soldiers than any past war….” — Hannis Latham, Former Sergeant in the U.S. Army

Hundreds of impassioned protesters, including veterans, marched against the American Psychiatric Association which held more than 65 sessions on psychiatric treatment of military personnel, veterans and their families. Citizens Commission on Human Rights launched a petition requesting the U.S. House of Representatives Veterans Affairs Committee to investigate with public hearings the role of psychiatric drugs in veteran suicides, sudden deaths and recent shootings at Fort Hood and the Washington Navy Yard.

The international mental health watchdog, Citizens Commission on Human Rights’ (CCHR) organized a march through the streets of New York protesting the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and that it is ignoring the psychotropic drug connection to hundreds of sudden deaths of soldiers and vets. This culminated in the opening of an exhibit that centers around The Hidden Enemy: Inside Psychiatry’s Covert Agenda, a documentary which covers psychiatric drug abuse in the military and includes interviews with veterans brought to the brink of suicide after being prescribed cocktails of psychiatric drugs documented to cause violent and suicidal behavior. (Watch Chapter 7, “Epidemic: Suicide,” of the documentary here.) A petition was released at the opening of its exhibit at the Foxwoods Theater on 42nd Street in New York, May 3. Click here to sign the petition.

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Army Admits Fort Hood Shooter Was on Psychiatric Drugs

Connection between violence and SSRI medication emerges yet again

Info Wars – April 3, 2014

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Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley acknowledged that Fort Hood gunman Ivan Lopez was taking psychiatric medication before the shooting, underscoring yet again the clear and consistent connection between mass shooting incidents and SSRI drugs.

“Was he on any sort of medications….SSRI’s, anti-depressants, anything of that nature,” a reporter asked Milley, to which the General responded, “He was on medications that’s correct.”

In a subsequent report, officials also admitted that Lopez had been prescribed Ambien, a sleeping pill associated with accidents and aggressive outbursts.

34-year-old Lopez, who shot dead three colleagues and injured 16 others before turning the gun on himself, returned from Iraq suffering from “mental problems,” according to officials.

The obvious link between psychiatric drugs and violent outbursts is a common theme that crops up in almost every mass shooting incident, yet the media is routinely loathe to make the connection.

After it emerged that Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis “had been treated…. by the Veterans Administration for his mental problems,” the press showed little interest in discovering what drugs Alexis had been taking. The only medication currently offered by the VA for mental problems are SSRI drugs.

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales was also taking anti-depressant drugs when he massacred 16 Afghan civilians in 2012. SSRI medication, which is known to cause violent outbursts, is routinely used to treat PTSD, which goes some way to explain why there are so many stories about both active duty and returning troops carrying out acts of inexplicable violence on a regular basis.

Despite it being reported that prescription drugs were found in the apartment of ‘Batman’ shooter James Holmes days after the Aurora massacre, it took nine months to find out exactly what those drugs were. Like Columbine killer Eric Harris, Holmes had been taking Zoloft, another SSRI drug linked with violent outbursts.

As the website SSRI Stories profusely documents, there are literally hundreds of examples of mass shootings, murders and other violent episodes that have been committed by individuals on psychiatric drugs over the past three decades. The number of cases is staggering, but the media has completely failed to generate a national conversation about the issue due to its obsession with exploiting mass shootings to demonize the second amendment.

Pharmaceutical giants who produce drugs like Zoloft, Prozac and Paxil spend around $2.4 billion dollars a year on direct-to-consumer television advertising every year. By running negative stories about prescription drugs, networks risk losing tens of millions of dollars in ad revenue, which is undoubtedly one of the primary reasons why the connection is habitually downplayed or ignored entirely.

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Israeli Drug Company Agrees to Pay $27.6 Million for U.S. Psychiatrist’s Prescribing of Antipsychotic Drug

AllGov.com – March 19, 2014

An Illinois doctor who had become notorious for overprescribing a powerful antipsychotic medication was paid to push the drug by its Israeli manufacturer, according government prosecutors who have settled the case out of court.Teva Pharmaceuticals

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. has agreed to pay more than $27.6 million to settle allegations that it provided Chicago psychiatrist Michael Reinstein with financial incentives to prescribe clozapine to patients.

Clozapine [also known as Clozaril] can cause serious side effects, including seizures, heart-muscle inflammation and a reduction in white blood cells.

Reinstein was found to have prescribed more clozapine to patients in Medicaid’s Illinois program than all of the doctors in the Medicaid programs of Texas, Florida and North Carolina combined, according to ProPublica.

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The Drugging Of America —19 Mind-Altering Facts

ZeroHedge – February 15, 2014
By Michael Snyder

The American people are the most drugged people in the history of the planet.  Illegal drugs get most of the headlines, butpsychiatric-drugs-antipsychotics the truth is that the number of Americans that are addicted to legal drugs is far greater than the number of Americans that are addicted to illegal drugs.  As you will see below, close to 70 percent of all Americans are currently on at least one prescription drug.  In addition, there are 60 million Americans that “abuse alcohol” and 22 million Americans that use illegal drugs.  What that means is that almost everyone that you meet is going to be on something.  That sounds absolutely crazy but it is true.

We are literally being drugged out of our minds. 

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Children illegally seized and drugged

Allison Folmar’s fight for parents’ rights

Parents who have taken their children off of psychiatric drugs after seeing the dangerous effects on their child have been charged with medical neglect and had their children forcibly removed from their custody.

The charge of “medical neglect” is an oxymoron when it comes to the issue of psychiatric labels and drugs because A) there are no medical/scientific tests to prove any child diagnosed “mentally ill” has a medical condition of “mental illness” as none exists and B) Because the psychiatric drugs prescribed against the parents will have been documented

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