(Exercising Your Mind) In the United States, reports showed in 2005, that properly administered pharmaceuticals kill 125,000 to 145,000 people each year! This number is higher than the death rate for all gun-shot fatalities including accidents, crime, suicide and police aggression, and much higher than all illegal-drug related deaths combined.
Tabers Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary calls this phenomenon iatrogenic illness; meaning death and illness caused by doctors. These disturbing statistics reach far into the mental health branch of Medicine, with the compounding tragedy of permanently disfiguring side effects induced by a great many psychiatric “treatments”.
What then justifies dispensing such dangerous synthetics in the absence of medical proof of mental illness, when the dangers associated with drugs are so prevalent, and while better means are available?
First, the lack of medical proof to qualify the use of any drug is quite clear in the latest Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV-Text Revision (DSM IV-TR), published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). For example, the “Associated Laboratory Findings” section for Schizophrenia reads “No laboratory findings have been identified that are diagnostic of Schizophrenia”.
The same heading for another common disorder, Bipolar-I similarly states “There appear to be no laboratory features that are diagnostic of Bipolar I Disorder…”
Second, there is no mistaking that these drugs are very harmful when one takes time to read the manufacturer’s printed warning label for the class of drugs used to “treat” these disorders; drugs called neuroleptics (neuro=nerve, leptic=seizing) a.k.a. anti-psychotics.
One such label for a commonly prescribed neuroleptic named “Abilify” states: “Serious side effects can occur with any anti-psychotic medicine, including Abilify. Tell your doctor or healthcare professional right away if you have or develop any conditions or side effects such as:
Very high fever, rigid muscles, shaking, confusion, sweating, or increased heart rate and blood pressure may be signs of neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) which is rare but potentially fatal.”
Abnormal or uncontrollable facial movements may be signs of tardive dyskenesia (TD), which may be permanent.
Another drug called “Clozaril” as cited in the 2006 Physician’s Desk Reference, causes bone marrow suppression and agranulocytosis; removing the body’s white blood cell production and ability to defend against infection resulting in death. Clozaril also has a special reputation for withdrawal problems, not unlike many other “psych-meds” including toxic psychosis.
In fact, it is well known amongst psychiatrists that all psychiatric medications may actually cause every one of the disorders they are intended to treat.
Third, more effective remedies exist which are much safer and easier to use. Of particular note is “Orthomolecular Psychiatry”, pioneered in Canada in 1952 by Abram Hoffer, M.D., Ph.D. and Humphrey Osmond, M.D..
Orthomolecular treatment has successfully alleviated the causes and symptoms of schizophrenia and other mental illnesses utilizing high doses of vitamin B3 (Niacin), ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and other substances that are naturally present in the body.
The two previously mentioned physicians and many other celebrated doctors including Carl Pfeiffer, M.D., Ph.D., Bradford Weeks, M.D., Hyla Cass, M.D. and Udo Erasmus, PhD., have documented tens of thousands of patients completely healed by Orthomolecular Therapy and are avid supporters of this movement.
The term Orthomolecular, which means the best or right molecules, was coined in 1968 in the journal Science by Linus Pauling, Ph.D. in an article titled “Orthomolecular Psychiatry”. Pauling won the Nobel Prize in 1954 for chemistry and the Peace Prize in 1962. He is the only person so far to have won two unshared Nobel Prizes. David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. co-wrote a book with the name Orthomolecular Psychiatry with Pauling in 1973.
We must continue to ask why these so-called xenobiotics so widely prescribed without clinical data supporting their effective use? Why are these “medications” used while they elicit such a high rate of adverse reactions? Why are we not using safer, more effective remedies which are obtainable? Any one or combination of the following speculations may be plausible.
Perhaps the economic relationship between the Psychiatric Industry, “Big Pharma”, and regulatory agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration(FDA) are responsible.
Yet another factor could be the misinformation promulgated to Medical Practioners through “education”. It may even be attribute to what some people argue as the ignorance and blind acceptance so characteristic of modern society and those who fall victim to such practices.