“Lithium: The Gift That Keeps Giving in Psychiatry” is the headline for a panel at the 2017 annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). The psychiatrists tout the value of this prescription neurotoxin—including as a natural cure found in drinking water. This drug is FDA-approved to suppress manic episodes and it is also prescribed without FDA approval to level depression and to prevent suicide, all of which lacks a sound scientific basis.
A screenshot of the Facebook of the Oregon shooter, taken by a colleague of mine before the site was taken down, has the following comment from the shooter: “Chris Harper Mercer, August 16: I have a pill bottle with like five types of pills mixed in. I don’t know which ones are the sleep aids, so I just took four of each.”
What are the worst pollutants you are likely to encounter in this lifetime? Lead poisoning from exposure to paint dust as a child in an old home? Chronic exposure to food additives and genetically modified foods?The accumulating effects of air and water pollution, and the hole in the ozone layer?
Why do we human beings suffer so much from the demoralizing emotions of guilt, shame and anxiety? Over many centuries, answers have varied from our biological humors (Hippocrates) to biochemical imbalances (modern psychiatry) and from original sin to existential awareness of death.
Psychiatric drugs are more dangerous than you have ever imagined. If you haven’t been prescribed one yet, you are among the lucky few. If you or a loved one are taking psychiatric drugs, there is hope; but you need to understand the dangers and how to minimize the risk.
Without knowing it, your psychiatric drug, and some nonpsychiatric drugs, could be exposing you to the risk of tardive dyskinesia (TD). The disorder is rampant and causes tragic injuries. In February of this year, I was the medical expert in a $1.5 million jury verdict on behalf of a child who will be tortured and disabled for the remainder of his life by the tardive dyskinesia induced by Risperdal and Zyprexa.
On Feb. 11, 2014, a Chicago jury awarded $1.5 million to an autistic child who developed a severe case of tardive dyskinesia and tardive akathisia while being treated by psychiatrists with Risperdal and then Zyprexa between 2002 and 2007. The drug-induced disorder was diagnosed when he was 15 years old and by then had become disabling and irreversible.
When I gave and supervised shock treatment or electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) during my psychiatric training, patients expressed these desperate words to me – “Please, no more shock treatments!” After two or three of the treatments, they would stop expressing anything, and their shock “therapy” would go on without complaint.
Researchers at Laval University in Quebec City, Canada have published a new study of current psychosurgery at their facility, but the project suffers from most of the unconscionable defects associated with the abusive practice of lobotomy in the 1950s. In the U.S., I know of only two places, Harvard and Brown, where they at least put on a show of conducting a genuine experimental protocol with multiple “safeguards” for informed consent and patient rights.
What’s going on in America? From the government shutdown to violence in DC perpetrated by out-of-control citizens, we seem to be moving toward chaos.