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Wednesday, August 03, 2016

PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

Antipsychotic drugs used for schizophrenia are not very effective notes Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD

Antipsychotic drugs used for schizophrenia have very little effect on improving the disease notes Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD.

These drugs effect on improving symptoms of the disease when measured on a scale used for schizophrenia (the PANSS) was only 6, when the difference that is considered minimally clinically relevant is 15.

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PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

Getting rid of all antidepressants would improve health, lengthen life says Prof. Peter Gotzsche MD

“Given their lack of benefit, I estimate we could stop almost all psychotropic drugs without causing harm—by dropping all antidepressants, ADHD drugs, and dementia drugs (as the small effects are probably the result of unblinding bias) and using only a fraction of the antipsychotics and benzodiazepines we currently use,” writes Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD.
    “This would lead to healthier and more long lived populations.
    “Because psychotropic drugs are immensely harmful when used long term, they should almost exclusively be used in acute situations and always with a firm plan for tapering off, which can be difficult for many patients.
    “We need new guidelines to reflect this.”

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PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

Many patients have become dependent on antidepressants & psychiatric drugs, Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD

We also need widespread withdrawal clinics because many patients have become dependent on psychiatric drugs, including antidepressants, and need help so that they can stop taking them slowly and safely,” writes Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

SCHIZOPHRENIA & ANTIPSYCHOTICS

Is the cure for schizophrenia worse than the disease asked the father of American psychopharmacology

In an interview that Robert Whitaker did in Salon, he noted that,

In the late 1970s, Jonathan Cole — the father of American psychopharmacology — wrote a paper called “Is the Cure Worse Than the Disease?” that signaled that antipsychotics weren’t the lifesaving drugs that people had hoped.

In it, he reviewed all of the long-term harm the drugs could cause and observed that studies had shown that at least 50 percent of all schizophrenia patients could fare well without the drugs.

He wrote, “Every schizophrenic outpatient maintained on antipsychotic medication should have the benefit of an adequate trial without drugs.”

This would save many from the dangers of tardive dyskinesia — involuntary body movements — as well as the financial and social burdens of prolonged drug therapy.

The title of the paper poignantly sums up the awful long-term paradox.

Abram Hoffer, MD, PhD, who used large doses of niacin to treat schizophrenia, also wrote about this many years ago, noting that schizophrenics do better in countries where they don’t use drugs than in countries where they do use drugs.

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Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Jun 22, 2016 11:11 am | [0] comments

SCHIZOPHRENIA & ANTIPSYCHOTICS

Only 5% of schizophrenics taking drugs recover, but 40% NOT taking drugs recover, Robert Whitaker

A 2007 outcome study found that the recovery rates for schizophrenics taking drugs (antipsychotics) was only 5%, whereas 40% of schizophrenics NOT taking drugs recovered noted author and journalist Robert Whitaker in an interview that he did with Salon.

However, Whitaker found that the National Institutes of Mental Health NEVER issued a press release about this study.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness NEVER issued a press release about this study.

The American Psychiatric Association NEVER mentioned this study in any books or publications.

Was this due to drug company influence?

Why would I ever believe anything that any these organizations say about treating any mental illness including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia or any other condition?

I don’t.

I see them as nothing more than partners with the drug companies to help the drug companies sell more drugs.

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Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Jun 22, 2016 10:01 am | [0] comments

Sunday, June 19, 2016

ANTIDEPRESSANTS

Schizophrenia patients do better in poor countries where they don’t use drugs notes Robert Whitaker

Data from the World Health Organization shows that outcomes for schizophrenia patients are better for poor countries of the world like India, Colombia and Nigeria than for the rich countries, and only a small percentage of patients in those countries were medicated according to author and journalist Robert Whitaker as he noted in a 2010 interview that he did with Joseph Mercola, DO.

(Abram Hoffer, MD, PhD, who used large doses of niacin to treat schizophrenia, wrote about this many years ago, that schizophrenics do better in countries where they don’t use drugs.)

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Thursday, February 04, 2016

PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

If you ask me, no one should take antidepressants, Peter Gotzsche, MD

“If you ask me, no one should take antidepressants,” writes Prof. Peter C. Gotzsche, MD in Chapter 16 What can patients do? of his excellent book Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial.

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Friday, November 27, 2015

PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

Risk of suicide caused by SSRI’s grossly underestimated, Peter Gotzsche, MD

“It is clear that the risk of suicide caused by SSRIs has been grossly underestimated in the trials, and there are many reasons for this,” writes Prof. Peter C. Gotzsche, MD in Chapter 16 What can patients do? of his excellent book Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial.

  • “Fraud.
  • “The investigators didn’t report suicide attempts or didn’t even look for them.
  • “Many suicidal events have been coded as something else.
  • “By only recruiting people at very low risk of committing suicide for their trials, the drug industry has taken great care not to get in trouble.
  • “The companies have urged investigators to use benzodiazepines in addition to the trial drugs, which have prevented some of the violent reactions that would otherwise have occurred.
  • “Some trials have run-in periods on active drug, and patients who don’t tolerate it aren’t randomised.
  • “Most patients were in antidepressant treatment before they were randomised, which leads to withdrawal symptoms in the placebo group that predispose to suicide.
  • “Events occurring shortly after active treatment is stopped were rarely registered.
  • “Many trials are buried in company archives and these are not the most positive ones.
  • “Patients are carefully monitored in trials and drug intake is likely to be stopped before a serious problem develops.
  • “Patients in trials have contact with other people and get hope, therefore the risk of suicide is less than in real life.”

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Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Nov 27, 2015 3:30 am | [0] comments

PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

Likely to have been 15 times more suicides on antidepressant than reported by FDA, Peter Gotzsche MD

“There are likely to have been 15 times more suicides on antidepressant drugs than reported by the FDA in its meta-analysis of 100,000 patients in 2006,” writes Prof. Peter C. Gotzsche, MD in Chapter 16 What can patients do? of his excellent book Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial.

“There were only five suicides in FDA’s analysis of 52,960 patients on SSRIs (one per 10,000 patients), but an internal Lilly memo from 1990 described nine suicides in 6,993 patients on fluoxetine in the trials (13 per 10,000).

“An analysis of prescriptions written by general practitioners in the UK immediately after the drugs came on market is similarly revealing. The patients had an average age of 50 and 79% had depression, but although the follow-up was only about six months, there were 90 suicides among patients receiving fluoxetine, sertraline or paroxetine, which was 24, 17 and 27 suicides per 10,000, respectively.”

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

‘Virtually all trials of psychotropic agents are flawed’ says Peter Gotzsche, MD

“Virtually all trials of psychotropic agents are flawed, not only because of the unblinding problem, but also because of their design,” writes Prof. Peter C. Gotzsche, MD in Chapter 3 titled Depression of his excellent book Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial.

“This was recognised decades ago, but drug trials and reviews have continued to pretend the problem doesn’t exist, likely because the psychiatrists choose to ignore everything that threatens the myths they have built up around their profession.

“There are many tricks.

“Some studies exclude patients who improve in the placebo lead-in period; some studies use active drugs in this period and exclude people who experience troublesome side effects; and some studies have both types of ‘cleansing,’ which was the case for one of the very few trials of fluoxetine in children that purported to have shown an effect.

“But even with this extremely biased design, the children fared no better on the drug than on placebo on self-rating scales or on ratings by their parents.

“The ‘effect’ was only seen on a secondary scale filled out by the psychiatrists who were paid by Lilly to run the trial!”

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PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

Survey found 60% felt emotional numb on antidepressants says Peter Gotzsche, MD

“In a survey of 1,829 patients on antidepressants in New Zealand, 62% reported sexual difficulties, 60% felt emotionally numb, 52% felt not like themselves, 39% cared less about others, 47% had experienced agitation and 39% had experienced suicidality,” writes Prof. Peter C. Gotzsche, MD in Chapter 3 titled Depression of his excellent book Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial.

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

Antidepressants don’t work for depression, Peter Gotzsche, MD

“We have used antidepressant drugs for more than 50 years, but it is unlikely that they have a real and useful effect on depression, whereas their many harmful effects are not in doubt,” writes Prof. Peter C. Gotzsche, MD in Chapter 3 Depression of his excellent book Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial.

More Harm Than Good

Antidepressants cause more harm than good

“Antidepressants cause more harm than good,which the remainder of this chapter is about.”

The subheading for this section in the book is “Antidepressant drugs don’t work for depression”.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

DSM-IV created three false epidemics: ADHD, autism and childhood bipolar disorder, Peter Gotzsche MD

“Allen Frances, chairman for the DSM-IV task force [for creating the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders which define psychiatric conditions], now believes the responsibility for defining psychiatric conditions needs to be taken away from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and argues that new diagnoses are as dangerous as new drugs: “We have remarkably casual procedures for defining the nature of conditions, yet they can lead to tens of millions being treated with drugs they may not need, and that may harm them,” writes Prof. Peter C. Gotzsche, MD in Chapter 2 What does it mean to be mentally ill? of his excellent book Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial.

3 False Epidemics

This created 3 false epidemics

“Frances noted that DSM-IV created three false epidemics because the diagnostic criteria were too wide: ADHD, autism and childhood bipolar disorder.”

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PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

Psychiatry Has Spiraled Out of Control, Peter Gotzsche, MD

“Very few leading psychiatrists are willing to admit that their specialty has spiralled out of control and when issues of overdiagnosis and overtreatment are brought up, their standard reply is that many patients are underdiagnosed,” writes Prof. Peter C. Gotzsche, MD in Chapter 2 What does it mean to be mentally ill? of his excellent book Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial.

“In a 2007 survey, 51% of 108 Danish psychiatrists said they used too much medicine and only 4% said they used too little.”

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PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

1% of US children up to only four years of age are on psychotropic drugs, Peter Gotzsche, MD

“In the United States, 1% of children up to only four years of age are on psychotropic drugs, although the first three years of life are a period of rapid neurodevelopment, and about a quarter of the children in American summer camps are medicated for ADHD, mood disorder or other mental health problems,” writes Prof. Peter C. Gotzsche, MD in Chapter 2 What does it mean to be mentally ill? of his excellent book Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial.

“It is psychiatry that has become insane, not our children.

“Some child psychiatrists brag that they can make an initial assessment of a child and write a prescription in less than 20 minutes, and for some paediatricians it takes only five minutes.”

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PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

It Should Be Forbidden To Make a Second Diagnosis While Someone Is On Drugs, Peter Gotzsche, MD

“It should be forbidden to make new diagnoses while the patient is in treatment with psychotropic drugs, and if psychiatrists cannot resist the temptation, they should by default call it a likely drug-induced disorder,” writes Prof. Peter C. Gotzsche, MD in Chapter 2 What does it mean to be mentally ill? of his excellent book Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial.

“Doctors need to realise that it’s impossible to judge whether a patient truly also suffers from these additional “illnesses,” as long as the patient is under influence of mind-altering chemicals.”

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Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Nov 11, 2015 2:10 am | [0] comments

PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

All Psychiatric Diagnoses and Interventions Can Cause Harm, Peter Gotzsche, MD

“I have heard several senior psychiatrists say it cannot hurt anyone to get a diagnosis. Such people shouldn’t work as psychiatrists,” writes Prof. Peter C. Gotzsche, MD in Chapter 2 What does it mean to be mentally ill? of his excellent book Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial.

“All professional interventions in citizens’ lives, including giving people diagnoses, can cause harm.

“It is a paradox that public debates and reports in the news media are dominated by the beneficial effects of diagnoses and interventions when the first thing we know about any intervention is that it can be harmful.

“If this were not the case, it could not have any potentially beneficial effect.”

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PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

Screening for Depression is Harmful, Peter Gotzsche, MD

“When I – as invited speaker at large scientific meetings for psychiatrists – have pointed out how harmful screening for depression is, they didn’t pay the slightest attention,” writes Prof. Peter C. Gotzsche, MD in Chapter 3 Depression of his excellent book Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial.

“This organised denial has shocked me, particularly when the professor at my own hospital – in reply to my remark that screening leads to treatment of many healthy people with antidepressants – said that it didn’t matter because antidepressants have no side effects!

“Really?

“To a substantial extent, the “risk groups” comprise those who have lived more than five decades, and antidepressants kill many of these (see Chapter 14).”

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

Psychiatric drugs kill more than 500,000 people 65 and older each year, Peter Gotzsche, MD

“Psychiatric drugs are so harmful that they kill more than half a million people every year among those aged 65 and over in the United States and Europe (see Chapter 14),” writes Prof. Peter C. Gotzsche, MD in Chapter 1 Introduction of his excellent book Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial.

“This makes psychiatric drugs the third leading cause of death, after heart disease and cancer.”

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PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

Many People Are Wrongly Diagnosed With Schizophrenia, Peter Gotzsche, MD

“Very many people are wongly diagnosed with schizophrenia,” writes Prof. Peter C. Gotzsche, MD in Chapter 2 What does it mean to be mentally ill? of his excellent book Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial.

“A 1982 study found that two-thirds of 1,023 African-Americans with schizophrenia didn’t have symptoms necessary for this diagnosis according to current guidelines.

[In other words, 67% were misdiagnosed with schizophrenia.]

“In 1985, the chief psychiatrist at Manhattan State Hospital reviewed the records of 89 patients with schizophrenia and concluded that only 16 should have gotten the diagnosis.”

[In other words, 82% were misdiagnosed with schizophrenia.]

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PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

One-Fourth of Healthy People [Wrongly] Got A Psychiatric Diagnosis, Peter Gotzsche, MD

“It’s not surprising that when therapists were asked to use DSM criteria [Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders] on healthy people, a quarter of them also got a psychiatric diagnosis,” writes Prof. Peter C. Gotzsche, MD in Chapter 2 What does it mean to be mentally ill? of his excellent book Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial.

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

NUTRITIONAL TREATMENT FOR SCHIZOPHRENIA

Doctors tell schizophrenics they will never get well, Abram Hoffer, MD, PhD

In this audio clip from 2005, Abram Hoffer, MD, PhD says that the standard mantra that psychiatrists tell schizophrenic patients is, "You will never get well. You will never get off medication. And you will never finish high school."
To me, this is exactly what modern medicine does with blood pressure, with cholesterol, with diabetes, and often, with anxiety and depression.
They tell people, "You will have to take these drugs for blood pressure... cholesterol... etc. every day for the rest of your life."
As noted in the 1993 book "Coronary Heart Disease: The Dietary Sense and Nonsense, an evaluation by scientists", doctors become the unwitting salesmen for drug companies.
They assume they have been given the scientific facts, when instead, much of the research is nothing more than propaganda for the drug companies. Read the entire article | Email this article
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NUTRITIONAL TREATMENTS

Abram Hoffer, MD, PhD: Doctors get NO training about nutritional treatments in medical school

Doctors get NO training about nutritional treatments in medical school, and almost NO training about nutrition notes Abram Hoffer, MD, PhD.
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Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sun, Dec 28, 2014 11:20 am | [0] comments

METHOD VS RESULTS

Doctors are more interested in the method than the results says Abram Hoffer, MD, PhD

Doctors are more interested in the method than the results says Abram Hoffer, MD, PhD in this audio from a speech he gave in 2005.
Thus, they ignore nutritional therapies because they don't like the method, but they never consider the results. Read the entire article | Email this article
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Saturday, December 27, 2014

NUTRITIONAL TREATMENT FOR SCHIZOPHRENIA

Father cures son of schizophrenia with niacin in 1960, Abram Hoffer, MD, PhD

In this audio clip from 2005, Abram Hoffer, MD, PhD talks about a father, who was a doctor, who cured his 12-year-old son of schizophrenia in 1960 using Dr. Hoffer's nutritional therapy which includes large doses of niacin. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Dec 27, 2014 11:55 am | [0] comments

NUTRITIONAL TREATMENT FOR SCHIZOPHRENIA

Abram Hoffer, MD, PhD tells stories of people recovering from schizophrenia with niacin

In this audio clip from 2005, Abram Hoffer, MD, PhD tells stories of people recovering from schizophrenia with niacin. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Dec 27, 2014 11:50 am | [0] comments

NUTRITIONAL TREATMENT FOR SCHIZOPHRENIA

Janet Downing cures her son with schizophrenia for 10 years with niacin, Abram Hoffer, MD, PhD

In this audio clip from 2005, Janet Downing, a mother, tells how she successful treated her 25-year-old son of schizophrenia using Dr. Hoffer's nutritional therapy which includes large doses of niacin.
Although her son had been diagnosed 10 years earlier, the treatment worked from the first dose. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Dec 27, 2014 11:45 am | [8] comments

NUTRITIONAL TREATMENT FOR SCHIZOPHRENIA

Abram Hoffer, MD, PhD tells of 56-year-old woman with schizophrenia successfully treated with niacin

In this audio clip from 2005, Abram Hoffer, MD, PhD tells the story of a 56-year-old woman with schizophrenia who was successfully treated with niacin, and her partner was also successful treated even though he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia for a long time.
The drugs the woman had been put on caused her to gain 25 pounds, and made her feel dizzy.
She commented that the treatment, that is, the drugs, were worse than the disease. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Dec 27, 2014 11:42 am | [0] comments

NUTRITIONAL TREATMENT FOR SCHIZOPHRENIA

Abram Hoffer, MD, PhD: 90% recovery from schizophrenia with proper treatment vs 0% with drugs alone

In this audio clip from 2005, Abram Hoffer, MD, PhD states that with proper nutrition, shelter, respect and nutritional therapy which includes large doses of niacin, 90% of newly diagnosed schizophrenics will recover versus 0% who are given drugs alone.
And yet, modern psychiatry has failed to realize this and continues to believe that schizophrenics will NEVER get better.
This is exactly the same as modern medicine failing to realize that nutritional therapies are effective for blood pressure, for cholesterol, for depression, for anxiety, for sleep problems, and for alcohol and drug addiction.
However, because medical school does not teach doctors about nutritional therapies, and only teaches them to use drugs, they have failed to recognize this. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Dec 27, 2014 11:40 am | [0] comments

NIACIN

Niacin may increase lifespan, Abram Hoffer, MD and Linus Pauling, PhD live to 92 and 93

Abram Hoffer, MD, PhD took large doses of niacin for 57 years (1952 - 2009) and lived to be 92-years-old.

Linus Pauling, a Nobel Prize-winning chemist, also took large doses of niacin and lived to be 93-years-old.

In this audio clip, Dr. Hoffer talks about a woman who is 111-years-old who had been taking niacin for 41 years, and who attributes her longevity to niacin. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Dec 27, 2014 11:20 am | [13] comments

Saturday, April 23, 2011

PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

Antidepressants and antipsychotic drugs do more harm than good

Psychiatric drugs such as antidepressants and antipsychotic drugs do more harm than good.

Here are a few comments made by author Robert Whitaker, author of "Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America" in an interview he did with Joseph Mercola, DO of Mercola.com.

There are also a couple of quotes from Abram Hoffer, MD PhD.

Joan Mathews Larson, PhD has also talked a lot about this. Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Apr 23, 2011 9:40 am | [0] comments
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