Are you depressed about Pfizer?

In British Columbia, Canada there is a class action suit against Pfizer. You can read the article in the Nation Post here:

The plaintiiffs contend that Pfizer’s drug Champix is dangerous, causing depression and possibly suicide – Patricia Clow of Colwood, B.C., says that it caused her daughter to commit suicide. Champix is on the market in US and Canada as a product to help quit smoking.

There are a couple of remarks that stand out to me. The first is:

“In July 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration required Pfizer to insert a ‘black box’ warning into its labelling about the risk of suicide or psychiatric harm.”

The second:

“The agency [Health Canada] also noted, however, that symptoms like depressed mood, insomnia, irritability, frustration, anger and anxiety are often reported while quitting smoking, with or without drug treatment.”

Now I contend that this second statement by Health Canada was more than a little stupid if directed at anyone who retains any ability at all to think: Millions of people quit smoking every year. I have never heard of anyone getting so depressed or irritated or frustrated or angry or anxious that they actually committed suicide – without the help of drugs of course.

As for the first statement, why would you put a drug out on the market where the side effects are more dangerous than what they are used to cure? Here is a bit more information on the side effects of Champix take from the Wikipedia dictionary:

“In November 2007, the FDA announced it had received post-marketing reports that patients using Chantix for smoking cessation had experienced several serious symptoms, including suicidal ideation and occasional suicidal behavior, erratic behavior, and drowsiness. On February 1, 2008 the FDA issued an Alert to further clarify its findings, noting that ‘it appears increasingly likely that there is an association between Chantix and serious neuropsychiatric symptoms.’ It is unknown whether the psychiatric symptoms are related to the drug or to nicotine withdrawal symptoms, although not all patients had stopped smoking. The FDA also recommended that health care professionals and patients watch for behavioral and mood changes.[7] In May 2008, Pfizer updated the safety information associated with Chantix, noting that ‘some patients have reported changes in behavior, agitation, depressed mood, suicidal thoughts or actions.'”

Another point that irritates and depresses me to no end (don’t worry, I won’t commit suicide) is that Pfizer put this drug out and over the next several months numerous ‘results’ came in causing them to put additional warnings on their labels. Are they releasing these drugs and unbeknownst to the public at large using them as guinea pigs?

Please, please don’t take your doctor’s word on a drug – he gets money to push them – do your own research! I’d rather see you alive and smoking – enjoying life – than depressed and dead from suicide.

Posted by greymouser in Articles on Abuses

Get a full medical if you are worried about depression

One should always get a complete physical before taking any mood-altering drug if diagnosed for depression, bipolar disease, ADHD or similar so-called diseases. Insist on a thorough examination. Most doctors in the US and Canada are paid a certain amount of money per visit. They are generally allowed a very short time to do their diagnosis. Because of this, many cannot afford the time to do a proper investigation into your symptoms and will often prescribe a drug such as Prozac or Zoloft or such that handles the symptoms and masks the real cause of the problem.

The other problem that doctors often run into is that patients come in to their offices asking for a drug that they have seen advertised on TV. More often than not the doctor knows very little about the drug and they have been known to hand out a prescription without proper research of their own. Again, given the limited time allowed a doctor by an HMO (Health Maintenance Organization – Group Health), they rarely are able to get enough information to properly diagnose.

In the US and Canada there are licensing boards that are supposed to oversee the quality of care. In Canada, there is not much useful information as to whether a doctor is ethical or not. They tend to protect their own. There is a bit more information on the websites of the licensing boards in the US where each state has its own. Here you can often find out if a doctor has be sued for malpractice or whether he or she has been disciplined and other information.

We suggest that when searching for a doctor, ask your friends or at a local health food store. This will probably be more effective than checking the above sources. Look for one that will take the time to help you find the real problem for you or your family. Getting the proper diagnosis should result in one feeling better, being more energetic and more productive. If one is more productive, well, it snowballs, one will always feel better when they are more productive.

Posted by greymouser in Advices

Miracle Drug?

* Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
* Lowers blood pressure
* Reduces high cholesterol and improves blood lipid profile
* Reduces body fat
* Enhances mental well being
* An effective treatment for depression
* Increases bone density helping to prevent osteoporosis
* Reduce the risk of non-insulin type diabetes
* Helps to control body weight
* Helps osteoarthritis
* Helps co-ordination, reducing the risk of falls

It’s called a 30-minute walk each day.

Posted by greymouser in Advices

Real Source of Psychiatric Disorders

The article in the attached link is rather long and verbose
for the layman but it makes a point about the importance of
checking the physical cause of symptoms.

Medical Conditions With Psychiatric Manifestations

The  above article explains how each of the following can manifest as
various psychiatric disorders:

Traumatic Brain Injury: mood and anxiety disorders.
Epilepsy: hallucinations and panic attacks
Multiple Sclerosis (MS): depression and anxiety
Thyroid Disorders: hyperactivity, depression, impaired memory,
paranoid delusions, sleep disorder, weight loss, fatigue, anxiety,
obsessive-compulsive disorder,
Adrenal insufficiency: depression, poor appetite, weight loss,
irritability, delirium and coma
Diabetes: depression, anxiety disorder, eating disorders including
anorexia nervosa

Taken from the above-mentioned article –
Medical Conditions With Psychiatric Manifestations by
O’Brien, Rebecca Flynn; Kifuji, Kayoko; Summergrad, Paul

Here is a personal story from a friend:

“We had a cook working for us. Her daughter had celiac disease
(but not yet diagnosed) and the doctor wanted to put her on psychiatric
drugs because she had difficulty concentrating (she was starving to death).
When she was finally diagnosed with celiac disease, she changed her diet
and seven months later had grown four inches, gained weight and had
leaped ahead two grades.”

In the book, “A Dose of Sanity” by Sydney Walker III, he gives
numerous examples of his own patients where they had been
diagnosed with psychiatric disorders and he always could find
the actual physical ailment that was the cause.

Posted by greymouser in Articles on Abuses

Green Mental Health | Genita Petralli

“My life is dedicated to reclaiming lives from psychiatric drugs and exposing psychiatry for what it is: a gang of white collar drug pushers robbing our society of every resource that supports it right down to our future; the children. To sit on the sidelines and do nothing while I watch people suffer from the effects of psychiatric drugs is not an option.”
Genita Petralli

See more at Alternative to Meds Center

And see the Genita Petralli video clip

Posted by greymouser in Quotes

What is Mental Health?

“Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” – World Health Organization website

Posted by greymouser in Quotes

If you talk to God…

If you talk to God, you are praying;
If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia.

–Thomas S. Szasz, The Second Sin,
Anchor/Doubleday, Garden City, NY. 1973, Page 113.

Posted by greymouser in Quotes

It’s all in your head.

A friend of mine works construction in LA.  He talks to a lot of people – he does like to talk.  He told me a story of a woman he met about 3-4 years ago.  He had gone to her house to appraise some damage to her chimney I expect and as he is wont to do he spoke with her of many things besides the required work.  At one point she told him that she was very upset in life which made it hard to do her job and raise her kids.  She was constantly worried about things and couldn’t really pinpoint what it was that she was worried about.

Upon questioning it was discovered that this woman started each day by reading the newspaper and ended each day watching the news on television.  This was Los Angeles remember….

He asked her to do something that most people would never even consider: stop reading the newspaper and watching the news for one month.  Absolutely no “news” in her life for that amount of time.  It took a bit to get her to agree to this but he assured her that the world would not change that much in a few weeks.

She finally agreed and he .  He had asked that she call at the end of the month period.  She reached him after a week.  He was a bit concerned with her calling as he had already spent quite a bit of time calming her down and trying to convince her to stay away from the ‘news’.  But he was pleasantly surprised: She told him that she had completely kept away from the newspaper and did not watch the news on TV.  The result was that in only one week she felt completely different – she was much calmer and no longer was upset with everything in life.  In just those few days she was handling her job better and was actually enjoying life.

This is not the first story of this nature that I’ve heard and I’m sure that there are many more.

So, what does this have to do with psychiatry?

Big Pharma funds the media and obviously will tell them what can be promoted.  Do the homework – follow the money.  Look at the number of drug advertisements that are in magazines, newspapers and on television.  Money like this cannot be turned away by the media.

Also, you will find many board members crossing from Big Pharma to media conglomerates.  An example of this is: “MMR vaccine manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline has appointed to its Board the head of News International James Murdoch.”

It behooves psychiatry and Big Pharma to keep the media directed the way they want – the more upset the general population are the more drugs they will take.

Do your own research.

Posted by greymouser in Terrorism

Natural Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

“The story of Truehope began with one father’s desperate desire to save his children.”

The pharmaceutical industry would have you believe their drugs are the only cure for mankind’s mental ills. And when someone discovers a more effective way to help people without the harmful side effects of things like suicide and death then organizations such as Heath Canada deems it necessary to stop real help.

Please take some time to read through TrueHope’s website and do what you can to support their efforts to fight the good fight.

TrueHope and EMPowerplus

More great information in the Lethbridge Herald and True Hope’s battle with Health Canada.

Posted by greymouser in Articles on Abuses