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After surviving war in Iraq, U.S. troops now being killed by Big Pharma

This has got to stop! Anti-depressants and like drugs are dangerous and very addictive. Harder to get off than rehabbing from alcohol, cocaine and heroin. From my research only through a long process of weaning off with a cooperative doctor is it healthy and possible. Some users who have successfully gotten off them said it took a year or more.

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They survived live fire, explosive devices, terror attacks and grueling desert conditions. But upon returning home to seek treatment for the mental anguish that too often accompanies war, U.S. soldiers are now being killed by the pharmaceutical industry in record numbers.

A recent example is found with the late Senior Airman Anthony Mena, who returned home from Baghdad only to be killed by a toxic cocktail of prescription medications in his apartment in the USA. As the New York Times reports, a toxicologist found eight prescription medications in his blood (http://www.nytimes.com/....).

Those drugs included painkillers, sleeping pills, antidepressants and a sedative. The medical examiner concluded that Anthony Mena died of multiple pharmaceutical toxicity. He was only 23 years old.
Big Pharma killing more soldiers than enemy combatants?

Anthony Mena is just one of a fast-rising number of U.S. soldiers who are being drugged to death by psychiatrists and physicians who dish out painkillers and psychotropic drugs with virtually no regard to their chemical interactions.

Those interactions are never tested in clinical trials (yes, never!). The position of the FDA and Big Pharma seems to be that the more drugs a person takes, the better they'll get, and doctors are trained in med schools to keep prescribing pills with virtually no concern about the extreme toxicity of various pharmaceutical combinations. Their motto is, "For every ill, there's another pill."

Now the body count is rising. Today, one-third of the U.S. Army is on at least one prescription medication, and many of those are psychiatric meds used to treat PTSD.

Think about that astounding statistic for a moment: One-third of the U.S. Army is on synthetic chemicals! Some of those chemicals, by the way, have been linked to suicides and violent behavior, especially in young males. What kind of formula for warfare is that, anyway? Take a young male, put a rifle in his hands and a psychiatric medication in his head, then let him loose on the front lines and see what happens?

An Army report says that 101 soldiers have died from toxic pharmaceutical combinations in 2006 - 2009, but that report almost certainly vastly underestimates the true numbers. Most deaths are traditionally written off as organ failure of one kind or another. Very few pharmaceutically-induced deaths are ever accurately tracked back to the drugs involved... unless you're Michael Jackson, of course.

It makes you wonder: Are more soldiers being killed by Big Pharma than by enemy combatants?

It's not out of the question. The 9/11 terrorist attacks killed just over 3,000 Americans. Yet, according to well-researched estimates based on published scientific studies, FDA-approved prescription drugs currently kill anywhere from 98,000 - 250,000 Americans a year (http://www.naturalnews.com/...). Remember, that's every year!

Big Pharma's link to Nazi concentration camps

Over the last decade, then, FDA-approved prescription drugs have likely killed at least one million Americans and probably many more. That's approaching the level of a chemical holocaust. The last time so many people were killed with chemicals was in the Nazi era of World War II, when Nazi war criminals gassed Jews to death by the millions.

It's no coincidence, by the way, that the very same chemical companies that worked for the Nazi war machine are now some of the world's top pharmaceutical manufacturers. That's not an internet myth, by the way: It's an historical fact. Just Google the history of Bayer and Nazi Germany if you want to learn more: http://www.google.com/....

Or check out the role of IG Farben / Bayer in Auschwitz and other German concentration camps, where this pharmaceutical company relied on slave labor to churn out chemical weapons and experimental drugs used in human medical experiments: http://archive.corporatewatch.org/....

How many civilians have also been murdered? Anti-depressants are the most prescibed medicines and can be doled out and are, by any kind of doctor for any small discomfort complaint we tell them we are concerned about. Suicide is one ghastly side effect, but so are increase alcohol use, over eating, memory loss, numbed down emotions, good and bad, and bizarre behaviour, just to mention a few. They are even prescribed to babies, pregnant women and dogs.

Big media corporations have Dumbed us down and the big Drug corporations are Numbing us down.

It's all about money, greed and control. We, here know they own OUR government and congress. Are you going to let them OWN you too?

(And no I am not a crazy scientologist-they fight against these drugs because THEY cannot successfully recruit (brainwash) new cult members if a person is addicted to these drugs.)

At the very least anti-depressants should come with a warning (like on ciggarettes) of how addictive they are. But the FDA is basically now just a shill to the big drug corporations (thanks to George W. Bush and his deregulations and cut backs for FDA).

I understand there are real severe mental health issues, many that can be helped by medications. I just pray that you have a good doctor, ask for the smallest dosage and if possible , make a plan to be on them the least time possible.
My concern is sincere as I have family members who are caught in the addiction of so many of these drugs and cannot get off them without great pain, time, effort, disruption of daily living from the horrific, sometimes deadly withdrawal symptoms.

The Big Pharmas are killing us 'softly.' Pay Attention!

Peace.

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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)
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    emmasnacker, A Voice, jm214

    "Time is for careful people, not passionate ones"

    by roseeriter on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 03:41:39 AM PST

  •  Please take our expensive, dangerous chemicals (2+ / 0-)
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    Spoc42, tobendaro

    but don't smoke pot.

    Now.... MOST psych meds are NOT addictive. My work is greatly complicated by people NOT taking their meds. If these meds were 'addictive' that wouldn't be an issue.

    However - Benzodiazepines are terribly addictive and are usually used for treating anxiety. They relax people but don't "treat" anything, really.

    And "Over the last Decade" republicans have made a point of fast-tracking medications and returning dangerous meds - like VIOXX - to the market DESPITE all the people they have killed.

    Linking Our Big Pharma to Nazi's is something I'd get a lot of bitter, whiny complaints about, as well as a few indignant HR's.

    There may be more than a grain of truth to it, but people will be upset and totally miss the bigger picture.

    Happens all the time.

    In 21st Century America, marijuana is still considered more dangerous than guns.

    DK4 Cannabis Reform Guidlines

    by xxdr zombiexx on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 04:15:39 AM PST

    •  Knowing several people on anti-depressants (2+ / 0-)
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      who have tried to get off them and cannot without horrific side affects, tells me that there is an addiction- I have heard continuously the same excuse I've heard from alcoholics, I need them, denials and having lived with both it is like walking on egg shells.
      Something in these drugs has to be addictive if they are so difficult to get off.

      Not being a doctor or chemist and the secrecy in the Big Pharma, poor research techniques etc., how else would one know if these were not addictive?

      I know about addiction from experience with ciggarretes and seeing almost everyone around me who is addicted to something. And I see anti-depressants as the worse by far.

      My eyes are wide open.

      "Time is for careful people, not passionate ones"

      by roseeriter on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 04:27:15 AM PST

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      •  you habitually misspell cigarettes. (7+ / 0-)
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        DFWmom, roseeriter, grrr, borkitekt, DvCM, Mrs M, aoeu

        Interesting.

        I have worked in mental health for 26 years. I have pretty much seen it all: hospitals, out-patient clinics, community-based treatment.

        Withdrawal symptoms for aburpt stoppage of certain psychtopic medications is a real reaction, but people are NOT addicted to them. Compliance would never be an issue if they were.

        Cigarette smokers don't intentionally miss doses or "forget" to smoke.

        Anti-depressants aren't addictive. They are often mis-prescribed to people who have been poorly assessed and diagnosed. They are the WRONG medications for come people. And yeah, Big Pharma has some blame in that with all their advertising.

        And your grasp of the dynamics and variety of mental illnesses needs some work.

        In 21st Century America, marijuana is still considered more dangerous than guns.

        DK4 Cannabis Reform Guidlines

        by xxdr zombiexx on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 05:28:43 AM PST

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        •  thanks for the spell check (1+ / 0-)
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          Joieau

          Like I said, I am not a doctor but I have scleroderma and have been on many drugs that cause very bad side affects that caused symptoms much worse than the disease. I took myself off all those drugs and NONE of them caused bad withdrawal symptoms.

          So in my 'untrained' mind but with my powers of observation (and I DO have strong observation gifts..) and the number of people I know VERY well who have tried to get off these drugs and have not been successful and with my personal research of people who are trying to get off them, had bad experiences and seen very few success stories , ONE must wonder why? The few that have gotten off say they are so happy to return back to real emotions etc.

          If it is not addictive what causes that difficult withdrawal? And having some knowledge of the evil of money, power, bad drugs , my conclusion, until someone proves otherwise, is as I stated- these drugs are addictive.

          "Time is for careful people, not passionate ones"

          by roseeriter on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 05:41:51 AM PST

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          •  and for the record (1+ / 0-)
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            Joieau

            Big Pharma is renown for making up diseases which they did with "chemical imbalance" for depression.

            I have been severely depressed in the past and I know most depression results from bad diet, traumatic experiences, loss of a loved one and FEAR-based egos.

            Depression can be worked through if one dares to face one's personal demons- and we all have those demon-memes- BUT because it does take a lot of personal self reflection, time and work, most feel defeated too quickly and beg for help, which in our society today is equal to a quick fix, be it a pill, alcohol, food, money, shopping, gambling, drugs- pick your self-medication, we all do it.

            And is there a spell correctly drug out there yet?  LOL!

            I do appreciate your comments and the work you've done in mental illness. I am trying to help from outside the box because I do understand human nature and life etc.
            I am a metaphysician (life thinker) by choice:-)

            "Time is for careful people, not passionate ones"

            by roseeriter on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 05:55:14 AM PST

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            •  Yep - Big Pharma (3+ / 0-)
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              is so busy creating illnesses to repackage older drugs for that they have interfered - in my point of view -  with the writing of the new Diagnostic and Stat manual that insurance companies use to code illnesses for paying and that provides all those little numbers for specific illnesses. Like Schizophrenia, Paranoid type 295.30

              Big pharam shouldn't have any say in it whatsoever.

              Depression also comes from genetic-based illness that causes the over-hyped 'chemical imbalance'. Some folks are just going to be depressed, medication WILL be necessary - which ones is an ongoing effort between a good MD and a client - but therapy cannot be ruled out. Meds are little more than a tool to help a person be able to engage in the work of therapy.

              Big Pharma doesn't talk about that.

              In 21st Century America, marijuana is still considered more dangerous than guns.

              DK4 Cannabis Reform Guidlines

              by xxdr zombiexx on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 06:10:04 AM PST

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              •  Yes, some depression is most definitely related (1+ / 0-)
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                Joieau

                to physical, chronic illness, as was my case. Once I was diagnosed with SD my depression disappeared in a nano-second!
                That took over 15 years and one suicide attempt. So I do understand.

                One must pay attention to oneself and one's body and its just too much work for most to do that because of so many distractions and the way our world is spinning out of control these days. But to just accept the obvious HARM being done by the Big Pharmas and at such speed and numbers of fatalities is so sad to me.

                too many have stopped truly caring about their fellow human beings and thats unacceptable, but sadly I do understand the whys.

                "Time is for careful people, not passionate ones"

                by roseeriter on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 06:26:30 AM PST

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          •  Perhaps you need to (0+ / 0-)

            examine how, exactly, you're defining "addictive." I lost both my mother and my little sister to their addiction to medical care. The drugs that came with were just 'proof' that they were getting what they considered good medical care. And both were of the strange opinion that no matter what prescription drug they'd been prescribed for whatever ailment, it was something they had to take religiously every day for the rest of their too short lives.

            You've got a complaint, the doctor prescribes a drug. You take the drug and are back at the doctor's office the next week with complaints about a side effect of the drug. So you get another drug to counter the side effect of the first drug, and then you're back the next week with yet another side effect of the second drug... and so on and so forth. I finally had enough of spending good money traveling across three states every few months to deal with whatever complaint had them hospitalized this time. Once, Mom's new doctors tried to impose a cold turkey situation in-hospital to figure out which drugs she needed and which she didn't, but my sister was busy smuggling her drugs to her during visiting hours.

            So I packed up the drugs she took every day - they fit into just one standard case-size canned goods box - and dumped them out on the doctor's desk. Told him Mom had a problem he was aiding and abetting. He pulled out the desk reference and we went through all of them - she ended up with 3 medications she actually needed. She got a new doctor and 6 months later was timing her daily doses by what soap opera was on TV again.

            These people I loved were not physically addicted to any of these drugs. They were severely psychologically addicted to them and any other drug they saw advertised on TV, just had to have it even if they had no idea what it was for. All those many doctors and all those many drugs didn't make their lives any more comfortable or one second longer. I call it "suicide by medical addiction," it's accomplished by people who don't feel important unless they're sick. So they spend their lives sick. And they die young of being sick. Very, very sad. But I don't think there's a pharmaceutical drug to cure that...

  •  the bayer links above don't work (1+ / 0-)
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    that is because you have copied and pasted way too large of a chunk from writer Mike Adams at laleva.org. Did you have his permission to do this? You need to read the rules about diary posting.

    The other link just goes to the diary you wrote Tuesday.

    It is okay to be passionate, but taking your time and being careful is what makes a good diary, roseeriter.

    Anti-depressants, while perhaps over-prescribed, are life saving in some cases, and most certainly are not addicting.

  •  the links to bayer do not work. (2+ / 0-)
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    roseeriter, DvCM

    that is because you have copied and pasted way too large of a chunk from writer Mike Adams at laleva.org, which was a re-post of his writing at naturalnews.com. Did you have his permission to do this? Perhaps permission was not necessary, but at least cite correctly where it came from. You need to read the rules about diary posting.

    The other link just goes to the diary you wrote Tuesday.

    It is okay to be passionate, but taking your time and being careful is what makes a good diary, roseeriter.

    Anti-depressants, while perhaps over-prescribed, are life saving in some cases, and most certainly are not addicting.

    The reason people have trouble getting off of them is because they have not learned life coping skills that address the reason they went on them in the first place.

    Also, it takes time to build up in the body's system for them to work when you first begin taking them. And it takes time to step down slowly from them to get completely out of your system when you go off of them.

    The trouble you have witnessed is most likely people afraid to back to the anxiety or depression they felt when they started on them. It is scary to let go of the meds and be afraid of a relapse. This is why counseling is important, to learn coping skills to prevent relapse.

    •  Seems to be a time-lapse with links (0+ / 0-)

      because they did work earlier.
      I do know there is some value with some meds for some people, BUT these meds are the most prescribed drugs and are over used and I find that OBSCENE and feel Big Pharma is abusing TOO many citizens and needs to be addressed.

      Sadly, these days no one seems to be accountable no matter HOW BIG the injustice. And Big Pharma is doing GREAT HARM to too many people.

      Kind of like the banksters, wall street, government etc., etc.

      "Time is for careful people, not passionate ones"

      by roseeriter on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 06:17:32 AM PST

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    •  Seems to be a time-lapse with links (0+ / 0-)

      because they did work earlier.
      I do know there is some value with some meds for some people, BUT these meds are the most prescribed drugs and are over used and I find that OBSCENE and feel Big Pharma is abusing TOO many citizens and needs to be addressed.

      Sadly, these days no one seems to be accountable no matter HOW BIG the injustice. And Big Pharma is doing GREAT HARM to too many people.

      Kind of like the banksters, wall street, government etc., etc.

      "Time is for careful people, not passionate ones"

      by roseeriter on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 06:20:19 AM PST

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      •  I find your comments about anti depressants (0+ / 0-)

        and mental illness (particularly depression) ignorant, to say the least.

        Anti depressants helped me.  I was not addicted to them.  When I went off them, I didn't abruptly stop the medication but weaned off them slowly.  No side effects.

        They have a long half life and cannot be stopped abruptly.

        The alternative to not taking them, for some of us, is a crippling disease that affects all facets of our lives.

        And possibly death.

        •  You obviously did not read all the comments (0+ / 0-)

          I know they help some people and thank god you are off. They are addictive and people who have been on them 10 years or longer cannot get off them without horrendous side effects.

          There should be a warning label and short term use noted.
          I have a friend who has been on prozac for thirty years. Not only can she not get off them her memory is shot to hell and she can only manage to play a computer game now day in and day out.

          Your ignorant if you are only going by your own experience. Find out about all the others who are having serious problems with them.

          You were just a lucky one.

          "Time is for careful people, not passionate ones"

          by roseeriter on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 09:03:26 AM PST

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  •  Anti-depressants are pushed at way too many people (1+ / 0-)
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    I have chronic arthritis and a number of endocrine problems. If I had a dollar for every time someone tried to give me either anti-depressants or similar drugs with horrible and potentially deadly withdrawal problems.

    I saw what was happening to other people on support groups who did take these drugs. People ended up in the ER with symptoms so severe their body was shutting down. Tales of horrific withdrawals. People who suddenly became suicidal or developed bizarre impulses like gambling and risky sex that they never had before.

    What is so terrible about this is that most of these people didn't need anti-depressants because they were not depressed. These things are being recklessly given to people with back pain, severe fatigue or cognitive problems that are caused by other medical problems and can be resolved by tweaking or adding other medications that actually treat their conditions. Anti-depressants just mask symptoms unless your actually depressed.

    Any drug that you can not just stop taking cold turkey without damaging your body or ending up in the ER must have a warning label.

    •  I agree. My PCP is always (0+ / 0-)

      trying to give me them- for sleep problems, aches and pains so I can cope. After telling her what I know about them she stopped and I found a better doctor.
      It's outrageous.

      "Time is for careful people, not passionate ones"

      by roseeriter on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 08:58:24 AM PST

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