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Should Doctors be held Accountable for Iatrogenic Addiction?


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Can we K.I.S.S. this one today (K.I.S.S. = Keep It Simple Stupid)?  Sometimes, simple is better. Let’s begin to answer this question with the actual definition of Iatrogenic Addiction.  By definition, Iatrogenic Addiction is any addiction caused by medical treatment (e.g., liberal use of opiate analgesics in a hospital setting or by a physician that leads to opiate addiction).  For a moment, let’s take this to an analogy of whether or not a criminal should be accountable for killing someone by poisoning them with arsenic.  Is the victim the one who caused this poisoning or is the murderer?  Is the victim in the wrong because he ate the delicious mashed potatoes that were so skillfully prepared by his culinary school trained girlfriend?  Should the murderer go free because the victim should have known that his girlfriend was a psychopath and she intended to poison the him by putting arsenic in the potatoes?  Is it the victim’s fault because he didn’t know the murder’s intent?  Is there any shared liability between the victim and the murderer?

There are Iatrogenic Addictions that happen as a side effect of treatment; however, without exception, each and every physician, physician’s assistant and nurse practitioner, all know that the ongoing prescribing of painkillers, tranquilizers, sleeping medications and psychiatric medications will undoubtedly always cause Addiction, organ failure, stroke, heart attack and death by accidental overdose (overdose caused by the building up of toxic drugs in the body).  There is absolutely no excuse.  Do I personally believe prescribing medical professionals and pharmacists should be accountable in a court of law for Addicting and Killing their patients?  YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Psychiatry is NOT a Medical Practice by Fred Baughman, Jr, MD, Child Neurologist


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Our emotions—be they elation, depression or anxiety—are a barometer of how we are doing at the game of life. If you reject what your feelings and emotions are telling you, these signals become muddled and lose their attachment to specific failures or successes. Psychiatrists often claim depression, anxiety, and other painful emotions are endogenous—arising from within and not traceable to life events. If they don’t take the time to hear a patient’s life history surely they will not discover the roots of these feelings.
 
Intent on making disease pronouncements and on drugging their patients, psychiatrists never take time to understand their patients. Instead, they quickly apply the DSM ‘disease’ label, scribble a script and then go on to the next normal if troubled patient. But be certain of one thing—there are no diseases in psychiatry.
 
Even in extreme emotional chaos, recovery may be made and a sense of well being achieved through a long road back, with every life’s hurdle needing to be met and surmounted. In any event the failures at life must, sooner or later be confronted and the hard work of life, with the assist of loved ones, family and friends, must be done, and must be done successfully—no shortcuts.
 
This is why the illusion of psychiatric drugs as ‘treatment’ is such a dangerous illusion—it never requires that those life hurdles be successfully met. These drugs are chemical poisons that always damage the brain—our main organ of adaptation—and do so increasingly with dose and time. They are pain pills for the mind—targeting symptoms and emotional pain but never a defined physical abnormality or disease as in the practice of medicine. Does this really make sense—to damage our organ of adaptation and call it ‘treatment.’ This is why—unlike the actual practice of medicine—there are no psycho-pharmacologic cures.
 
Psychiatry and/or psychology should stick to helping people face the struggles of life without lies about psychiatric diseases. They could then participate with loved ones, family and friends in real cures. Unfortunately, their allegiance is no longer to their patients but to Big Pharma, a reality they never divulge to patients.
 
Meanwhile, the drugs over time with accumulating patient-years of exposure surely damage the body and brain to the point that such damage goes from occasionally evident to permanent and truly physically and neurologically disabling. The result is invariably a net poisoning, never a cure and always does net harm, often shortening the patient’s life.
 
The number of Americans on government disability due to mental illness has been skyrocketing from 1.25 million in 1987 to over 4 million today. It is an iatrogenic, physician-psychiatrist induced epidemic that will only mount in the future. This utter, complete fraud based on the fiction of psychiatric diseases has to stop. There is no way to reform psychiatry which is no longer separable from the pharmaceutical industry. Psychiatry is not a legitimate part of the medical profession that deals with the healing and normalization of physical abnormalities. It must be banished from the house of medicine. Until it is banished, medicine and all medical school faculties remain co-conspirators in psychiatric/psychotropic poisoning for wholly illusory, invented diseases—for profit! Given that the ‘patients’ are normal to begin with—disease-free—and that the drugs they are consigned to are poisons there is no conclusion to reach but that net harm invariably results.
 
The only reason psychiatry exists today is due to its illusions of diseases and illusions of cure and ‘treatment’ by extremely expensive, always-damaging drugs. Psychology and related professions should be re-invigorated, starting with the few of courage and honesty in their ranks who have not capitulated to psychiatry and the ‘chemical imbalance’ model. 

12 Shocking Facts About the Dangers of Psychiatric Drugs


Every day, doctors and psychiatrists dole out behavior-modifying medicines for a variety of psychiatric disorders. The disorders range from depression and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder) to bipolar and anxiety disorders. The sordid story behind how these medications work, how they come to market, and how they interfere with the lives of users is a complicated web. However, the next 12 facts will highlight the devastating story behind psychiatric drugs and how they affect millions of people in the United States alone.

1. No Physical Test Can Prove the Existence of a “Mental Disorder”

No blood, urine, or chemical imbalance exam can test for the presence of a mental disease or illness. Even x-rays or brain scans can’t show the presence of a “mental disorder.”  This leads many to believe that healthy patients have a great possibility of being diagnosed with supposed “disorders” even if they are only displaying minor symptoms. Many of these symptoms include stress and difficulty concentrating — issues that can often be chalked up as a natural response to everyday stress.

2. The Psychiatric Industry is a $330 Billion Industry

That’s a huge number and many forces are at work to preserve and grow it. While most physicians are not mercenary in their approach to prescribing medications, there is an argument to be made for the possibility of a conflict of interest when it comes to the rise of psychiatric prescriptions.

3. Worldwide, Over 100 Million People Take Psychiatric Drugs

That seems like an astoundingly high number. What’s going on that so many among us feel the need to be medicated?

4. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: 23 Soldiers and Vets Commit Suicide Every Day

The most shocking part of this statistic is that it exists despite the use of antidepressants.  These suicides are often due to post-traumatic stress disorder coupled with the inability to cope with civilian life.  So far, the solution has just been more psychiatric drugs.

5. Worldwide, 17 Million Children Take Psychiatric Drugs

To say that this is a dangerous epidemic is an understatement. Regulatory agencies in Europe, Australia, and the United States have issued warnings about the potential for anti-depressants to cause suicide or hostility and rage.

6. 10 Million of These Kids are in the United States

That means the United States has 30% more children than the rest of the world on addictive stimulants, antidepressants, and other mind-altering drugs.  That’s not a number one position to be proud of.

7. FDA Warnings Have Been Issued for Ritalin and Concerta

And they aren’t alone, and other psychiatric stimulants have had similar warnings issued for their effects on children.  What’s the problem? Well, for starters, these drugs may cause psychotic behavior, heart attack, stroke and sudden death. If that’s not enough, add suicidal thoughts and inclinations toward violent behavior to the list.

8. Antidepressants Come With a Warning Label

In 2004, the FDA finally ordered a “black box” label on all antidepressants to warn of psychiatric drugs’ increasing suicide risk in children and adolescents. Being an adult, however, doesn’t guarantee safety. In 2006, the FDA increased the age to include young adults up to age of 25.

9. Children Five and Under Are the Fastest Growing Group Being Prescribed Antidepressants

Think of all the kids under five you know — they’re the target for these drugs.  Now picture this, from 1995-1999, antidepressant use increased 580% in ages 6 years and younger. It grew 151% in the 7-12 age group during the same time period.  Without action, it’s only going to go up from there. Do you think children should take these drugs? Watch this video and decide for yourself…

10. 10% of Teens Abuse Ritalin and Adderall

That’s according to a U.S. news report.  No surprise, these drugs have a tendency to be highly addictive.  Unfortunately, because kids are prescribed these drugs en masse, availability isn’t much of an issue. They don’t need to over to skid row to pick this stuff up.

11. General Physicians Prescribe 70% of Psychotropic Drugs

No offense to family practice physicians, but should they be the ones prescribing the majority of these mind medicines? Pragmatically, this statistic literally means that a majority of these drugs get used without a psychiatric evaluation to determine if they’re necessary, appropriate, or safe.

12. Some Reports Show Antidepressants are No Better than Placebo

While published reports do show 94% effectiveness, taking a look at the total reports submitted to the FDA, only 50% reported positive outcomes. That being said, around 50% of patients would be better off taking a placebo. In addition, 31% of the 74 FDA-registered studies have never been published.  Sound like a complicated number soup yet? It is, a 2009 analysis showed traditional pharmaceutical drugs yield inconsistent results.

A Final Thought…

While not everyone will succumb to the negative effects of psychiatric drugs, the risk of negative side effects cannot be ignored and should absolutely be thoroughly discussed and understood. In some cases, natural remedies for mood support may be a viable option.

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Your Rights – Know Them!


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The Right To Be Informed

In general medicine the standard for informed consent includes communicating the nature of the diagnoses, the purpose of a proposed treatment or procedure, the risks and benefits of the proposed treatment, and informing the patient of alternative treatments so he can make an informed, educated choice. Psychiatrists routinely do not inform patients of non-drug treatments, nor do they conduct thorough medical examinations to ensure that a person’s problem does not stem from an untreated medical condition that is manifesting as a “psychiatric” symptom. They do not accurately inform patients of the nature of the diagnoses, which would require informing the patient that psychiatric diagnoses are completely subjective (based on behaviors only) and have no scientific/medical validity (no X-rays, brain scans, chemical imbalance tests to prove anyone has a mental disorder).

All patients should have what is called a “differential diagnosis.” The doctor obtains a thorough history and conducts a complete physical exam, rules out all the possible problems that might cause a set of symptoms and explains any possible side effects of the recommended treatments.

There are numerous alternatives to psychiatric diagnoses and treatment, including standard medical care that does not require a stigmatizing and subjective psychiatric label or a mind-altering drug. Governments should endorse and fund non-drug treatments as alternatives to dangerous drugs that have been proven no more effective than placebo, and more dangerous than most street drugs. Although CCHR International does not condone or promote any specific practitioner, medical organization, practice or group, we have found the below resources to be helpful for individuals looking for more information on the following topics:

INFORMATION ABOUT NON-DRUG APPROACHES TO MENTAL HEALTH AND/OR SAFELY GETTING OFF PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS
 

Safe Harbor includes links to find medical doctors (by zip code) who can assist with helping people safely get off of psychiatric drugs and medical personnel who will treat people without the use of psychiatric drugs
http://www.alternativementalhealth.com

Alternative to Meds Center — Residential psychiatric medication withdrawal with medical and naturopathic oversight in Sedona, Arizona
http://www.alternativetomeds.com

Green Mental Health — Holistically-centered mental health care system which reflects traditional environmental, humanitarian, and health conscious values
http://greenmentalhealthcare.com

Soteria House — Alternative and non-drug solutions for people diagnosed schizophrenic
http://www.moshersoteria.com

ALTERNATIVES TO PSYCHOTROPIC DRUGS FOR CHILDREN

The Block Center — Find and treat underlying health problems in children and information on how children can safely get off of psychiatric drugs
http://www.blockcenter.com

DrugFreeChildren.org — Informational website on issues surrounding the use of “chemical restraints” on children
http://www.drugfreechildren.org

The Doris J. Rapp Education Corporation — Vital information on environmental factors affecting health in children and adults
http://www.drrapp.com

AbleChild — Parents for a label and drug-free education
http://www.ablechild.org

MENTAL HEALTH PATIENTS RIGHTS GROUPS

Mind Freedom International — is a nonprofit organization that works to win human rights and provide alternatives for people labeled with psychiatric disabilities
http://www.mindfreedom.org/about-us

COMPLEMENTARY/ALTERNATIVE HEALTH

Whitaker Wellness Institute — Health care for a longer, more active life with a focus on elderly care
http://www.whitakerwellness.com

Institute for Progressive Medicine — Conventional and complementary therapies
http://www.iprogressivemed.com

The American College for the Advancement of Medicine — A nonprofit medical society dedicated to improving complementary and alternative medicine
http://acam.org

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES & MENTAL HEALTH

American Academy of Environmental Medicine — Promotes optimum health through prevention and safe and effective treatments
http://www.aaemonline.org

Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry — Lead toxicity: What are the physiologic effects of lead exposure?
http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov

DRUG INFORMATION

MedlinePlus — Information on drugs, supplements and herbal information
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginformation.html

Psych Drug Dangers — CCHR International’s psychiatric drug side effects search engine includes reported side effects of psychiatric drugs to the US FDA
http://www.cchrint.org/psychdrugdangers

REPORTING SIDE EFFECTS OF DRUGS

Medwatch — The FDA safety information and adverse event reporting program
http://www.fda.gov/medwatch

HEALTH OPTIONS & INFORMATION

Naturalnews.com — Independent news on natural health, nutrition and more
http://www.naturalnews.com

Natural Solutions — Natural remedies and healthy solutions
http://www.naturalsolutionsmag.com

Natural Health Education
http://www.thepeopleschemist.com

LEGAL RESOURCES

Bailey Perrin Bailey — Large civil litigation firm specializing in personal injury litigation
http://www.bpblaw.com

Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman — Wrongful death and personal injury lawyers
http://www.baumhedlundlaw.com

Vickery Waldner & Mallia LLP — Wrongful death and medical negligence lawyers
http://www.justiceseekers.com

Weitz & Luxenberg P.C. — Personal injury and medical malpractice lawyers
http://www.weitzlux.com

FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE INFORMATION

THOMAS — Legislative information from the Library of Congress
http://thomas.loc.gov

Real Disease vs. Mental “Disorder”


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Psychiatric disorders are not medical diseases. There are no lab tests, brain scans, X-rays or chemical imbalance tests that can verify any mental disorder is a physical condition.  This is not to say that people do not get depressed, or that people can’t experience emotional or mental duress, but psychiatry has repackaged these emotions and behaviors as “disease” in order to sell drugs. This is a brilliant marketing campaign, but it is not science.

“…modern psychiatry has yet to convincingly prove the genetic/biologic cause of any single mental illness…Patients [have] been diagnosed with ‘chemical imbalances’ despite the fact that no test exists to support such a claim, and…there is no real conception of what a correct chemical balance would look like.” —Dr. David Kaiser, psychiatrist

“There’s no biological imbalance. When people come to me and they say, ‘I have a biochemical imbalance,’ I say, ‘Show me your lab tests.’ There are no lab tests. So what’s the biochemical imbalance?” —Dr. Ron Leifer, psychiatrist

“All psychiatrists have in common that when they are caught on camera or on microphone, they cower and admit that there are no such things as chemical imbalances/diseases, or examinations or tests for them. What they do in practice, lying in every instance, abrogating [revoking] the informed consent right of every patient and poisoning them in the name of ‘treatment’ is nothing short of criminal.” —Dr. Fred Baughman Jr., Pediatric Neurologist

“Psychiatry makes unproven claims that depression, bipolar illness, anxiety, alcoholism and a host of other disorders are in fact primarily biologic and probably genetic in origin…This kind of faith in science and progress is staggering, not to mention naïve and perhaps delusional.” —Dr. David Kaiser, psychiatrist

While “there has been no shortage of alleged biochemical explanations for psychiatric conditions…not one has been proven. Quite the contrary. In every instance where such an imbalance was thought to have been found, it was later proven false.” —Dr. Joseph Glenmullen, Harvard Medical School psychiatrist

“The theories are held on to not only because there is nothing else to take their place, but also because they are useful in promoting drug treatment.” —Dr. Elliott Valenstein Ph.D., author of Blaming the Brain

“There is no blood or other biological test to ascertain the presence or absence of a mental illness, as there is for most bodily diseases. If such a test were developed…then the condition would cease to be a mental illness and would be classified, instead, as a symptom of a bodily disease.” —Dr. Thomas Szasz, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, New York University Medical School, Syracuse

“I believe, until the public and psychiatry itself see that DSM labels are not only useless as medical ‘diagnoses’ but also have the potential to do great harm—particularly when they are used as means to deny individual freedoms, or as weapons by psychiatrists acting as hired guns for the legal system.” —Dr. Sydney Walker III, psychiatrist

“No biochemical, neurological, or genetic markers have been found for Attention Deficit Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Depression, Schizophrenia, anxiety, compulsive alcohol and drug abuse, overeating, gambling or any other so-called mental illness, disease, or disorder.” —Bruce Levine, Ph.D., psychologist and author of Commonsense Rebellion

“Unlike medical diagnoses that convey a probable cause, appropriate treatment and likely prognosis, the disorders listed in DSM-IV are terms arrived at through peer consensus.” —Tana Dineen Ph.D., Canadian psychologist

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