'Mental Health' DRUGS Cause Mental Health
America's Mental Illness Epidemic:
It Turns Out That The DRUGS Are The Problem
Gary G. Kohls, MD ~ Online Journal Contributing Writer
Tens of millions of innocent, unsuspecting Americans, who are
mired deeply in the mental 'health' system, have actually been
made crazy by the use of or the withdrawal from
commonly-prescribed, brain-altering, brain-disabling, indeed
brain-damaging psychiatric drugs that have been, for many
decades, cavalierly handed out like candy - often in untested
and therefore unapproved combinations of drugs - to trusting
and unaware patients by equally unaware but well-intentioned
physicians who have been under the mesmerizing influence of
slick and obscenely profitable psychopharmaceutical drug
companies, aka BigPharma.
That is the conclusion of two books by investigative journalist
and health science writer Robert Whitaker. His first book,
entitled Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine and the
Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill noted that there has
been a 600 percent increase (since Thorazine was introduced in
the US in the mid-1950s) in the total and permanent disabilities
of millions of psychiatric drug-takers.
uniquely First World mental ill health epidemic has resulted in
the life-long taxpayer-supported disabilities of rapidly
increasing numbers of psychiatric patients who are now
unable to be happy, productive, taxpaying members of society.
Whitaker has done a powerful, albeit unwelcome job of presenting
previously hidden, but very convincing evidence to support his
thesis, that it is the drugs and not the diagnosis that
is causing the epidemic of mental illness disability.
open-minded physicians and many aware psychiatric patients are
now motivated to be wary of any and all synthetic chemicals that
can cross the blood/brain barrier because all of them are
capable of altering the brain in ways totally unknown to
medical science, especially when the patients are taking the
In Whitaker's second book Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets,
Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in
America, he goes much further in advancing this sobering
reality. He documents the history of the powerful forces behind
the relatively new field of psychopharmacology and its major
shaper and beneficiary, BigPharma.
Psychiatric drugs, whose developers, marketers and
salespersons are all in the employ of the giant drug companies,
are far more dangerous than the drug and psychiatric
industries are willing to admit: These drugs, it turns our,
are fully capable of disabling
- often permanently
- body, brain and spirit.
More evidence to support Whitaker's well-documented claims are
laid out in two important new books written by psychiatrist and
scholar Grace Jackson. Jackson did a beautiful job of
researching and documenting, from the voluminous basic
neuroscience research (which is uniformly ignored by the
clinical sciences) the unintended and often disastrous
consequences of the chronic ingestion of any of the five major
classes of psychiatric drugs.
second and most powerful book: Drug-Induced Dementia: A
Perfect Crime, proves beyond a shadow of a doubt, that any
of the five classes of drugs that are commonly used in
psychiatric patients (antidepressants, antipsychotics,
psychostimulants, tranquilizers and
anti-seizure / 'mood-stabilizer' drugs) have shown microscopic,
macroscopic, biochemical, clinical and/or radiological evidence
of brain shrinkage and other signs of brain damage, which can
result in clinically-diagnosable, permanent dementia, premature
death and a variety of other related brain disorders that can
mimic mental illnesses.
Jackson's first book, Rethinking Psychiatric Drugs: A Guide for
Informed Consent was an equally sobering book warning about the
many hidden dangers of psychiatric drugs.
This sad truth is that the seemingly knee-jerk prescribing
(without very much information being given to patients about the
long list of serious long-term adverse effects) of potent
and often addicting/dependency-inducing psychiatric drugs has
become the standard of care in American psychiatry since the
introduction of the so-called anti-schizophrenic 'miracle' drug
Thorazine in the mid-1950s. (Thorazine was the offending drug
that all of Jack Nicholson's fellow patients were coerced into
taking at 'medication time' in the Academy Award-winning movie
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.)
Thorazine and all the other 'me-too' early antipsychotic drugs
are now universally known to have been an iatrogenic (=
doctor or other treatment-caused) disaster because of their
serious long-term, initially unsuspected, brain-damaging
effects that resulted in a number of incurable neurological
disorders such as tardive dyskinesia and Parkinson's disease.
Thorazine and all the other knock-off drugs like Prolixin,
Mellaril, Navane, etc., are synthetic 'tricyclic' chemical
compounds similar in molecular structure to the tricyclic
'antidepressants' like imipramine and the similarly
toxic, obesity-inducing, diabetogenic, 'atypical'
anti-schizophrenic drugs like Clozaril, Zyprexa and Seroquel.
Thorazine, incidentally, was originally developed in
Europe as an industrial dye. That doesn't sound so good
although it may not be so unusual in the closely related
fields of psychopharmcology and the chemical industry,
especially when one considers that Depakote, a popular
drug marketed initially as an anti-epilepsy drug but now is
being heavily used as a so-called 'mood stabilizer'. Depakote,
known to be a hepatotoxin and renal toxin, was originally
developed as an industrial solvent capable of dissolving
fat - including, presumably, the fatty tissue in human
livers and brains.
Some sympathy and understanding needs to be generated for the
various victims of BigPharma's compulsive drive to expand market
share and 'shareholder value' (share price, dividends and the
next quarter's financial report) by whatever means necessary.
Both the prescribers and the swallowers of BigPharma's drugs
have succumbed to BigPharma's cunning marketing campaigns,
the prescribers having been seduced by attractive drug company
representatives and their 'pens, pizzas and post-it note'
freebies in the office, and the patients being brain-washed
by the inane and unbelievable (if one has intact critical
thinking skills) commercials on TV that quickly gloss over the
lethal adverse effects in the fine print while urging the
watcher to 'ask your doctor' about the latest unaffordable
wannabe blockbuster drug.
For a quick overview of these issues, I recommend that everybody
with an open mind read a long essay written by Whitaker
that persuasively identifies the source of America's epidemic of
mental illness disability (a phenomenon that doesn't exist in
Third World nations because costly psych drugs are not
prescribed so cavalierly as in the US).
Whitaker and Jackson (among a number of other ground-breaking
and whistle-blowing authors who have been essentially
black-listed by the mainstream media and mainstream medical
journals) have proven to most critically-thinking
scientists, alternative practitioners and assorted 'psychiatric
survivors' that it is the drugs - and not the so-called
'disorders' - that are causing our nation's epidemic of
mental illness disability. The Whitaker essay, plus other
pertinent information about his books can be accessed at Mad In
America. A recent interview on Wisconsin Public Radio can be
accessed at www.wpr.org (at
their radio archives link) and a long interview with Dr. Joseph
Mercola can be heard here.
After reading and studying all these inconvenient truths, mental
health practitioners must consider the medicolegal implications
for them, especially if the information is ignored or if the
information is dismissed out of hand by practitioners who might
be tempted to not take the time to study this new information.
people who are hearing about this for the first time need to
pass the word on to others, especially their prescribing
healthcare practitioners who should be equally concerned. This
is important because the opinion leaders in the highly
influential (for good or ill) psychiatric and medical industries
have been marketed into submission without hearing all the facts
(which may have been intentionally hidden from them). If that is
the case, they cannot be automatically blamed for proceeding in
a practice that some day might represent malpractice. It
shouldn't have to be pointed out that
it is the solemn duty
of ethical practitioners who are in positions of authority to
fully examine potential malpractice issues and then warn
others, especially their patients, of the dangers.
Sadly, it must be admitted that most of the over-worked,
double-booked care-givers in medical clinics have not yet heard
the news that most if not all of the brain-altering synthetic
chemicals known as psychotropic drugs (which are treated as
hazardous waste unless they are packaged in a swallowable
capsule!) have been marketed as safe and effective - but
only for short-term use.
captains of the drug industry know that the psychotropic drugs
that they present for the FDA-approval have only been tested in
animal trials for days and in clinical trials for 6 weeks. They
also know - indeed they hope - that patients will be taking
their drugs for years (despite no long-term trials proving
safety and efficacy) as the only 'treatment' for mental ill
health. They know that their brain-altering drugs are also
dependency-inducing (aka addicting, causing withdrawal symptoms
when stopped), neurotoxic and increasingly ineffective (a la
'Prozac Poop-out') as time goes by.
The truth is that the people diagnosed as 'mentally ill' for
life are often simply those unfortunates who find themselves in
acute or chronic states of crisis or 'overwhelm' due to any
number of preventable, curable and treatable (without the use
of drugs) bad luck accidents such as poverty, abuse,
violence, torture, homelessness, discrimination,
underemployment, brain malnutrition, addictions / withdrawal,
brain damage from electroshock 'therapy' and / or exposure to
neurotoxic chemicals in their food, air, water or prescription
Those labelled as the 'mentally ill' are just like us 'normals'
who have not yet decompensated because of some yet-to-happen,
crisis-inducing, overwhelming (however temporary) life
situation. And thus we have not yet been given a billable code
number accompanied by the seemingly obligatory - and
unaffordable - drug prescription or two signifying we are
now chronically mentally ill. Unlabelled, we are likely to
remain off prescription drugs, but with a label, and in 'the
system', it is hard to 'just say no to drugs'.
The victims of hopelessness-generating situations like simple
bad luck, bad circumstances, bad company, bad choices, bad
government, big business, and a competitive society that
generates a few winners but mostly losers. America tolerates,
indeed celebrates, punitive and thus fear-inducing social
systems resembling in many ways the infamous police state
realities of 20th century European totalitarianism, where people
who were different or just dissidents were thought to be
abnormal and therefore 'disappeared' into insane asylums, jails
or concentration camps without just cause or competent legal
defense. And many of them were and are drugged with disabling
psychoactive chemicals against their will.
The truth is that most, if not all, of BigPharma's psychotropic
drugs are lethal at some dosage level (the LD50, the
lethal dose that kills 50 percent of lab animals, is calculated
before efficacy testing is done), and therefore the drugs must
be regarded as dangerous.
The chronic use of these drugs is a major cause of cognitive
disorders, brain damage, loss of creativity, loss of
spirituality, loss of empathy, loss of energy, loss of strength,
fatigue and tiredness, permanent disability and a multitude of
metabolic adverse effects that can readily sicken the body,
brain and soul by causing insomnia or somnolence, increased
depression or anxiety, delusions, psychoses, paranoia, mania,
before filling the prescription, it is advisable to read the
product insert labelling under
WARNINGS, PRECAUTIONS, ADVERSE
EFFECTS, CONTRA-INDICATIONS, TOXICOLOGY, OVER-DOSAGE and the
ever-present BLACK BOX WARNINGS ABOUT SUICIDALITY.
Long-term, high dosage or combination psychotropic drug usage
could be regarded as a chemically traumatic brain injury (TBI)
or, as drugs like Thorazine were known in the 1950s and 60s, a
'chemical lobotomy'. That is a useful way to conceptualise this
serious issue, because such chemically brain-altered patients
are often indistinguishable from those who have suffered physically traumatic brain injuries or been subjected to
ice-pick lobotomies which were popular in the 1940s and 50s -
before the drugs came on the market.
America has a mental ill health epidemic on its hands that is
grossly misunderstood because it is worsening, not by the
supposed disease progression, but because of the neurotoxic,
non-curative drugs that are somehow regarded as first-line
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Dr. Kohls is a family physician who, until his retirement in
2008, practiced holistic mental health care. His patients came
to see him asking for help in getting off the psychotropic drugs
that they knew were sickening and disabling them. He was
successful in helping significant majorities of his patients get
off their drugs using a thorough and therefore time-consuming
program that was based on psychoeducational psychotherapy, brain
nutrient therapy, a drastic change away from the malnourishing
and often toxic Standard American Diet (SAD) plus a program of
gradual, closely monitored drug withdrawal.
Dr. Kohls warns against the abrupt discontinuation of any
psychiatric drug because of the common, often serious withdrawal
symptoms that can occur with the chronic use of any
dependency-inducing psychoactive drug, whether illicit or legal.
Close consultation with an
aware, informed physician who is hopefully familiar with dealing
with drug withdrawal syndromes (starting with the original
prescribing physician), who will read and study the above books
and become aware of the previously unknown dangers of these
drugs and the nutritional needs of the drug-toxified and
Dr. Kohls is a member of MindFreedom International and the
International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology.
He is the editor of the occasional Preventive Psychiatry
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