Our Mental Ill Health Epidemic: The Drugs Might Be the Problem

Our Mental Ill Health Epidemic:

The Drugs Might Be The Problem

Gary G. Kohls, MD

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.

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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.

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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? at -?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 Whitakerarticle 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

positionsof authority or influence to warn others of the dangers.

Sadly, it appears that most of?us over-worked, double-booked?health

care-giversappear 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, 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, 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.

For more information of these important topics check out these

websites: www.mindfreedom.org, www.breggin.com, www.icspp.org,

www.newstarget.org, www.psychrights.org, www.benzo.org.uk,

www.quitpaxil, org, www.cchr.org, www.wildscolts.com,

www.endofshock.com and www.madinamerica.com and follow the

links.

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Disclaimer

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.

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