Is Tafenoquine Another Drug Disaster In The Making? ..


When he was interviewed by Evan Davis (of the BBC see here)-  GSK’s (former CEO) Andrew Witty said: ‘On the one hand we have wonder drugs and on the other danger drugs”. What he meant was- the pharmaceutical industry has a bad reputation because some of their drugs released on the market can cause immeasurable harm to unsuspecting patients, while others can no doubt help patients. There are the GSK danger drugs- like Seroxat/Paxil and Avandia, and many more from other pharmaceutical companies- Vioxx being one of the most well known examples..

Will GSK’s Tafenoquine will turn out to be a danger drug or a wonder drug? This remains to be seen.

However, according to Dr Remington Nevin (check him here), GSK’s Tafenoquine is already turning out to be quite the danger drug…

How many people will get neuro-toxic side effects from Tafenoquine when it hits the US market? It looks like we’re just about to find out…

http://www.pharmatimes.com/news/gsk,_mmv_submit_malaria_drug_in_the_us_1212942

 

GSK, MMV submit malaria drug in the US

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GlaxoSmithKline and the Medicines for Malaria Venture are seeking permission to market single-dose tafenoquine in the US to prevent relapse of Plasmodium vivax malaria.

The application, which relates to patients 16 years of age and older, is based on data from the GATHER and DETECTIVE trials.

The Phase III DETECTIVE trial showed that a statistically significant greater proportion of patients treated with single-dose tafenoquine (60 percent) remained relapse-free over the six-month follow-up period than patients on placebo (26 percent).

The GATHER trial investigated a single-dose of 300mg tafenoquine on levels of haemoglobin when compared to a 14-day course of 15mg primaquine, and showed that the incidence of decline “was very low and similar between the two treatment groups”, at 2.4 percent versus 1.2 percent, respectively.

GSK and MMV note that, if approved, tafenoquine would be the first new medicine for the prevention of relapse of P vivax malaria in more than 60 years, “potentially addressing the need for a single-dose and effective medicine for this debilitating disease”.

“One of the greatest challenges for patients with P. vivax malaria is preventing relapses,” said Patrick Vallance, president of R&D at GSK.

“Being able to treat patients with a single dose of medicine would be an important step forward in ensuring efficacious treatment, thereby reducing the risk of relapse, particularly in areas with very limited healthcare infrastructure.”

 

 

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What Did They Prescribe Devin Patrick Kelley?: Texas Shooter’s Friend Says ““His parents had him on high doses of ‘psych’ meds from 6th to 9th grade, the time I knew him”…


http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/11/06/texas-church-shooting-who-is-gunman-devin-patrick-kelley.html

Texas church shooter Devin Patrick Kelley served in Air Force, was court-martialed for assaulting wife, child

Shocked former classmates who attended middle and high school with Texas church gunman Devin Patrick Kelley described him Monday as being heavily medicated and someone who kept to himself — despite a deluge of posts on his apparent Facebook profile about weapons and atheism.

Kelley — dressed entirely in black and “wearing a face mask with a white skull on it,” according to Texas Department of Public Safety’s regional director Freeman Martin — burst into the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas on Sunday and killed at least 26 people, one as young as 18-months old.

A former middle school classmate told Fox News that Kelley would complain about his parents and medications during school.

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Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, of New Braunfels, Texas as pictured in his driver license photo.  (Texas Department of Public Safety)

 

“His parents had him on high doses of ‘psych’ meds from 6th to 9th grade, the time I knew him,” said the student, who only wished to be identified as Reid.

The student also said Kelley often posted on his Facebook page about his assault rifle and atheism, and that “a lot of friends quit talking to him by senior year.”

Courtney Kleiber, a New Braunfels High School student who identified herself as Kelley’s “best friend for a number of years,” said in a Facebook discussion about the shooting that Kelley once was heavily involved with the First Baptist Church.

“I was his best friend for a number of years and he was a happy, caring person back then. It’s crazy what time and [mental] illness can do to you,” she wrote.

“Great, now I can’t even look through my senior yearbook without seeing this,” she posted on her Facebook page late Sunday, next to a picture of her and Kelley.

Another classmate who spoke to Fox News and wished to remain anonymous described Kelley as a quiet student, though he had his share of friends.

“He recently added me on [Facebook]. I accepted hence we went to school together, and any time I saw him on my timeline he was sharing stuff about guns and being atheist,” she said. “He was pretty negative. The last post I remember was of a rifle.”

Kelley’s Facebook page has since been taken down.

Chatter amongst other students on Facebook who say they knew Kelley suggested he had a volatile relationship with his parents.

One student said Kelley used to tell her about issues with his dad, while another said they watched Kelley verbally abuse his parents.

Kelley was also a member of his high school’s football team, Reid said. One student said Kelley’s father would go “crazy” if Kelley messed up on the field.

Emergency personnel respond to a fatal shooting at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (KSAT via AP)

Investigators work at the scene of a deadly shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Sunday Nov. 5, 2017.  (AP)

Brittany Adcock, a 22-year-old who told NBC News that she dated Kelley for two months when she was 13 and he was 18, said Kelley would constantly call her after she broke off the relationship.

“He would offer me money to hang out with him quite a bit. There has been one point that I called the police because he was just calling me so much I wanted to report harassment,” Adcock told the network. “One time he told me I should move in with him and his wife and that he would take care of me as long as I walked around topless.”

Kelley had previously served in the U.S. Air Force, and was stationed at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico from 2010 until his discharge in 2014, an Air Force spokesperson confirmed to Fox News.

He was court-martialed in 2012 for assaulting his wife and his child, and later received a bad conduct discharge from the Air Force, in addition to confinement for 12 months, and was reduced in rank.

Law enforcement officers work in front of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs after a fatal shooting, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

Investigators work at the scene of a deadly shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Sunday Nov. 5, 2017.  (AP)

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday said there was a connection between the “very deranged individual” and the church where the slayings took place, telling “FOX & Friends” that people will learn about a link.

“I don’t think the church was just randomly attacked,” he said. “I think there was a reason why the shooter chose this church.”

The gunman was also denied a Texas gun permit, according to Abbott.

“He was rejected either because he did not fully answer all the questions that are required to get a Texas gun permit, or he answered those questions wrong, that we still don’t know,” he said.

Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt told Fox News that Kelley’s former father-in-law did attend the First Baptist Church, but he and his wife were not there Sunday.

His ex-mother-in-law’s P.O. Box was also listed as having a mailing address in Sutherland Springs, the Daily Beast reported.

Kelley previously registered to vote in Colorado in 2014 and listed his address as a parking space in a RV park in Colorado Springs, according to the New York Times.

A woman who lived in the spot next to the address said a man of similar age and description lived in that space for a few months during that time, and that he had a pit bull puppy that was left tied up in the sun all day.

She told the New York Times that there was an incident where police were called because the man — who she never learned the name of — struck the dog in the head, leading to a standoff with police in which the man refused to come out of his trailer for an hour.

Records show Kelley was charged with cruelty to animals in August 2014 but the case was dropped, the New York Times reported.

Kelley worked as a security guard for a Texas waterpark this past summer, according to a resume under his name that appeared online.

The suspect, who is from New Braunfels, a suburb outside San Antonio, was found dead in his car after he sped away from the scene of the shooting and was chased by two Good Samaritans.

Tackitt told Fox News on Monday authorities believe the gunshot wound that ultimately killed Kelley was “self-inflicted,” however, there was also an exchange of gunfire before and during the case.

“All I know is he stopped another resident right over here and said, ‘Lets go we got an active shooter, we need to get him stopped,’ and they were chasing him,” he said. “They were shooting rounds at him and then he went off the road, we don’t know if he was actually hit again or what, but wrecked out. He was from my understanding self-inflicted gun shot wound.”

“No Smoke Without Fire” : GSK’s Controversial HPV Vaccine -Cervarix- Examined In New Documentary ‘Sacrificial Virgins’ .


https://pressdispensary.co.uk/releases/c994243/The-HPV-scandal:-pain-and-suffering-for-young-women–Sacrificial-Virgins-II.html

The HPV scandal: pain and suffering for young women. Sacrificial Virgins II

2017-10-05
 Launch of Pain and Suffering: part two in the trilogy of films, Sacrificial Virgins
 HPV vaccine is by far the world’s biggest source of vaccine adverse reactions
 Film uncovers reasons for HPV vaccine’s poor record
 YouTube: Pain and Suffering

October 05, 2017, London, UK. Press Dispensary. The HPV vaccine – one of the world’s most popular vaccines – is also the world’s greatest source of serious adverse reactions, on a different scale to any other mass-administered vaccine, according to a new film launched today on YouTube. Pain and Suffering, part two of the three-part series Sacrificial Virgins, examines why the reported number of adverse reactions associated with the HPV vaccine is so great, offering a shocking analysis of what may have gone wrong.

It is a medical scandal,” asserts the film’s writer and narrator, Joan Shenton. “The Human Papilloma Virus vaccine – or HPV vaccine – is in a class of its own when it comes to causing pain and suffering, and in Sacrificial Virgins we are asking why.

The vaccine is supposed to prevent cervical cancer in later life. In part one of our series, we lifted the veil on that claim. Now, in part two, we look at what adverse reactions really mean and uncover an appalling potential cause for them: replacing long established vaccine additives with new additives or new combinations of additives that have not undergone long-term safety trials.

The leading HPV vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix, are widely administered, often freely in schools or through national immunisation programmes. In the UK, the uptake in adolescent girls is well over 85%(1); in the US, it’s 60% of adolescent girls and boys(2). Japanese rates were comparable with the UK’s until the government suspended the programme in 2013 because of the number of adverse reactions(3).

There has been no such suspension in the UK, US or most countries. Yet UK government records, revealed in the film, show that in the years 2008-2014 reports of adverse events attributed to the HPV vaccine far exceeded reports for any other vaccine, including those on the most common mass vaccination programmes: by April 2017, such reports had reached nearly 9,000, including more than 3,000 “serious” reports(4). No other vaccine comes close.

Christopher Exley, professor of bioinorganic chemistry at the UK’s University of Keele, points to the manufacturers’ choice of new aluminium additives as the probable cause. For 90 years, aluminium “adjuvants” have been added to vaccines, to enhance the body’s immune response, but the formulations in both the leading HPV vaccines are not the traditional ones.

In the film, Professor Exley censures Cervarix for trialling its vaccine without including its new adjuvant mixture – “All of the safety trials for Cervarix did not use the mixture” – and Gardasil for using “a completely new aluminium adjuvant – one which has essentially not been used before.” Exley also criticizes the manufacturers of both vaccines for adding aluminium to the placebo group in their safety trials: “This is clearly crazy. This is clearly something which has been designed … so the whole vaccine looks safe.

Dr Christian Fiala, Viennese specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology, also censures the use of aluminium in the vaccine placebo groups: “This is what basically would be called cheating. In scientific terms, it is called bias.

Pain and Suffering shows how adverse effects can be fundamentally life changing, including severe neurological conditions. The film introduces two young women who suffered exactly such conditions shortly after receiving HPV vaccine treatments. Ruby Shalom, now 16, became almost entirely paralysed as a young teen after receiving her first HPV vaccine injection and Chloe Leanne Brooks became ill after her second injection at the age of 12: she too has suffered a form of paralysis and her condition has deteriorated to the point where, unable to eat, she is now wholly dependent on intravenous fluids, medications and her mother’s care.

Joan Shenton concludes: “There is no smoke without fire. These young women are suffering, like so many others. Society, as well as manufacturers and governments, have to ask if it is right to allow a vaccine which has not even been shown to be effective against cancer to continue to damage girls and young women.

YouTube: Pain and Suffering

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Notes for editors
(1) UK government report: http://bit.ly/HPV-UKgovt
(2) US government infographic: http://bit.ly/HPV-USgovt
(3) The Lancet: http://bit.ly/HPV-Lancet
(4) UK Secretary of State for Health: http://bit.ly/HPV-UKsecState

Sacrificial Virgins is a series in three parts written and narrated by Joan Shenton and directed by Andi Reiss. It is a co-production between Meditel Productions and Yellow Entertainment.

Part one, titled Not for the Greater Good, is now live on YouTube at http://bit.ly/SV-NotGood

Part three, A penny for your pain, will be launched soon and will look at the litigation around the world, including a potential game-changing class action in Japan.

A 30 minute version of Sacrificial Virgins will be presented to international film festivals, starting later in the year.

Joan Shenton has extensive experience of producing and presenting television and radio programmes, including many peak time network documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4, Central TV, and Thames TV.

Joan Shenton’s independent production company, Meditel Productions, has won seven television awards and was the first independent company ever to win a Royal Television Society Award for an episode of Channel 4’s Dispatches. It has produced eight network documentaries for Channel 4, Sky News and M-Net, South Africa on the AIDS debate. “AIDS – The Unheard Voices” won the Royal Television Society Award for Current Affairs.

The HIV/AIDS documentary film, Positive Hell, has won a wide array of film festival awards since 2015, most recently the Special Jury Prize for Global Social Impact at the prestigious Queens World Film Festival in Queens, New York. Like Sacrificial Virgins, Positive Hell was written and narrated by Joan Shenton and directed by Andi Reiss, and is a co-production between Meditel Productions and Yellow Entertainment.

For further information please contact
Joan Shenton, Sacrificial Virgins
Tel: 011 44 79 57 58 55 15
Email: joanshenton@clara.co.uk
YouTube: http://bit.ly/SV-Pain

Woman In Ireland Sues Irish Medicines Regulator, GSK, And Minister For Health Over GSK’s Narcolepsy Causing Vaccine- Pandemrix..


An interesting case is brewing in Ireland over GSK’s Narcolepsy inducing vaccine- Pandemrix. It will be interesting to see how the case unfolds, and to what extent the Irish regulator (formerly- IMB- now the HPRA) and GSK, knew (or were aware), of the risks involved with Pandemrix.

Pandemrix was over sold, over-prescribed and over-hyped. There was really no need for these mass vaccinations at the time, but GSK made a tidy profit from it, they hyped it to the max and used every ounce of their power to promote it- and the public were used as guinea pigs.

This is typical GSK behavior, as can be seen from their Seroxat and Avandia debacles of past years, and perhaps also illustrated by their Tafenoquine human guinea pig experiments of the present.

Pandemrix is yet another useless GSK poison that was rushed to market on dodgy ‘evidence’ of effectiveness.

GSK are truly the Global Serial Killers.


 

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/high-court/woman-suing-state-over-swine-flu-jab-is-one-of-70-cases-initiated-1.3245950

Woman suing State over swine flu jab is one of 70 cases initiated

Kildare woman says she suffered narcolepsey and fainting fits after getting Pandemrix vaccine

Signs posted in Dublin Airport in 2009 warning about swine flu. Photograph: Frank Miller

Signs posted in Dublin Airport in 2009 warning about swine flu. Photograph: Frank Miller

An action by a woman who claims she suffered narcolepsy after receiving the swine flu vaccine is among 70 cases initiated here over the vaccine.

Aoife Bennett is among those suing the Minister for Health, the HSE and Glaxosmithkline (GSK) Biologicals S.A in the High Court over being given the Pandemrix vaccine against “human swine flu” in the period 2009-2010.

Her case was before the Master of the High Court on Thursday when he granted a preliminuiary application to join the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), formerly the Irish Medicines Board (IMB), as a defendant.

Ms Bennett, from Naas, Co Kildare, claims she suffered injuries including narcolepsey and cataplexy disorder, fainting fits, as a result of being given Pandemrix in 2009.

The application to join the HPRA came after her lawyers discovered information about the vaccine’s safety records furnished by GSK in 2009-10 to the then IMB.

The IMB, which became the HPRA in 2014, is a State body whose role is to protect and enhance public health by regulating medical products.

It is alleged the safety reports show a “particularly striking” difference between the number of adverse effects in those given Pandemrix and a similar vaccine also made by GSK.

Had parents been aware of the “vast difference” in the numbers of people who had adverse effects from the respective vaccines, they would not have given their consent to the administration of Pandemrix to their children, it is claimed.

As a result of the documents, Ms Bennett claims the HPRA owes a duty of care to persons given Pandemrix, including relating to how the safety and appropriateness of the vaccine was monitored.

‘Breach of duties’

She alleges that the manner in which the HPRA performed its functions breached those duties.

William Binchy BL, instructed by solicitor Gillian O’Connor, for Ms Bennett secured permission from Master Edmund Honohan to add the HPRA as a defendant.

In a sworn statement seeking to have the authority joined, Ms O’Connor said the application followed examination of 4,500 documents discovered to the plaintiff by GSK.

The HPRA was not represented at Thursday’s hearing but, in her sworn statement, Ms O’Connor said it has said in correspondence the board would not be admitting any culpability in the matter.

Ms O’Connor said the discovery process had revealed the IMB had data concerning the safety records of Pandemrix which is made in Dresden, Germany and a very similar vaccine also used to treat swine flu made in Quebec, Canada, called Arepanrix.

There are some differences in the manufacturing processes between Quebec and Dresden, Ms O’Connor said.

The safety records show the level of adverse effects in those administered Pandemrix ranged between 10 and 7 times higher than the Canadian made product, she said.

Adverse effects

One report from late 2009 stated, of the tens of millions of vaccines administered, there was a serious adverse effect rate of 75.9 per million for Pandemrix compared to 7.9 per million for Arepanrix. The type of adverse effects listed in the reports range from conditions such as convulsions, facial palsy, to stillbirth and fatal outcomes in those who got the vaccines, she said.

Ms O’Connor said the discovered material did not indicate the IMB made the information it had received available to the Minister or the HSE immediately after it was received, or at all.

A representative of the IMB attended all meetings of the National Public Health Emergency Team, which was set up by the Department of Health to oversee the administration of pandemic vaccines, she said.

While discovery is awaited on those meetings, no minutes were recorded regarding adverse effects of Pandemrix at meetings to monitor and oversee the swine flue virus, she said.

A HSE brochure issued to the public in 2009 about swine flu contained information to the effect it was safe to use Pandemrix, it had been appropriately tested and side effects were rare.

Mrs O’Connor said the reality, which she said was known to the Irish Medicines Board, was not all the conclusions contained in the brochure were warranted. Pandemrix was not adequately tested on children and young people before it was licensed, she said.

GSK’s Statement About Their Dodgy Cervarix Vaccine “Patient safety is always GSK’s first priority”…


Do you really believe that ‘patient safety’ is GSK’s first priority?

I would say that Profits are GSK’s first priority…

Take a look at Whistleblower Greg Thorpe’s Department of Justice Complaint from 5 years or so ago (link below) and then decide whether you think ‘patient safety’ is always GSK’s first priority…

https://truthman30.wordpress.com/2015/08/28/whistleblower-greg-thorpes-7th-ammended-complaint/

 


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4909164/Teen-died-HPV-jab-experts-brand-vaccine-useless.html

 

 

Teenager died in her sleep weeks after being given HPV vaccine as experts reveal the lives of thousands of girls have been destroyed by the controversial jab

  • Jasmin Soriat, 19, showed neurological symptoms after having a second HPV jab
  • The teen from Vienna suffered respiratory failure three weeks later
  • Pathologist said the vaccine could have been the cause of her death
  • British teenager Ruby Shallom is also included in the documentary, her family say she was left paralysed  after having the jab
  • The stories of both girls are included in a new documentary in which doctors claim the HPV virus does not even cause cancer 

A teenage girl died in her sleep weeks after being given the controversial human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, a new documentary has claimed.

Jasmin Soriat, 19, a student from Vienna, suffered neurological symptoms after having a second dose of the injection and suffered respiratory failure three weeks later.

A pathologist who examined her body has said the vaccine could have been the cause of her death.

Jasmin’s story is one of ‘hundreds of documented deaths following the HPV vaccine’ according to claims in a new three-part documentary, titled Sacrificial Virgins.

Thousands of girls around the world have suffered adverse reactions, often developing chronic fatigue syndrome.

The family of British teenager Ruby Shallom from Bracknell, Berkshire, also claim she was left paralysed in three limbs after having the HPV jab.

She also appears in the documentary and reveals: ‘The only limb that works now is my left arm… I still go out and see my friends but the pain and fatigue makes it hard.’

However health officials across the globe have always strongly denied there are such devastating effects and say there is not enough evidence.

The jab is given to adolescents because the HPV virus is said to cause certain cancers – and almost all cervical forms of the disease.

But other experts have branded the vaccination ‘useless’ and argue there is no proven link between the sexually-transmitted virus and cancer.

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Jasmin Soriat, 19, from Vienna, died from respiratory failure three weeks after having a second dose of the HPV vaccine

Jasmin Soriat, 19, from Vienna, died from respiratory failure three weeks after having a second dose of the HPV vaccine

These girls are among 'hundreds of documented deaths following the HPV vaccine', according to Joan Shenton, the narrator of documentary Sacrificial Virgins 

These girls are among ‘hundreds of documented deaths following the HPV vaccine’, according to Joan Shenton, the narrator of documentary Sacrificial Virgins 

JASMIN’S FINAL HOURS BEFORE SHE WAS FOUND LIFELESS

Jasmin was a ‘fit, happy and fun-loving’ student, according to local newspaper reports.

But less that one month after her last Gardasil injection, her friend discovered her lifeless body.

She died in her sleep of respiratory failure, on December 10 2007 aged just 19.

She had never had any serious illnesses or lung disease, and had never smoked.

Jasmin did not experience any previous problems after any of her normal vaccinations, her family said.

Searching for answers, her parents reconstructed her final hours of life.

A picture of a regular teenager emerged. She attended a concert then went to a fast food restaurant at midnight. She then got a taxi with her flatmate to her home in Döbling. At 2am, she had a cup of tea.

The next morning, her girlfriend came by to check up on her, but Jasmin, according to the woman, ‘must have died a few hours earlier in her sleep’.

In the three-part film, doctors have spoken out to challenge the widely-accepted theory that the HPV virus causes almost all cervical cancers in later life.

Campaigners are comparing the HPV vaccine to the thalidomide scandal, which saw a morning sickness pill given to women in 1960s and 1970s that was later withdrawn after it was linked to birth defects in infants.

Award-winning producer Joan Shenton, who narrates the documentary which is supported by the pressure groups SaneVax and the UK Association of HPV Vaccine Injured Daughters (AHVID) said: ‘In the face of growing evidence of adverse reactions and public calls for a ban, thalidomide was on the market for five years before authorities around the world called a halt.

‘During those years, manufacturers continued to sell and doctors continued to prescribe. The HPV vaccine has been on the market for longer, since 2008, and is routinely administered, often paid for by taxpayers’ money and distributed through schools and health authorities.

‘It too has severe side effects but, unlike thalidomide, the HPV vaccination is not even proven to work. Our films are intended as an urgent wake-up call.’

Pathologist: Vaccine could have killed Jasmine

Government forensic pathologist Dr Johan Missliwetz was ordered by a court to do a second autopsy on Miss Soriat as the first could not establish the cause of death.

He concluded that the vaccine could have been the cause of her demise.

The doctor, who has now taken early retirement, said: ‘I couldn’t find a reasonable cause of death but had two suspicions. One is a genetic disorder of the heart and the other one, it had to do with vaccination.’

THE 16-YEAR-OLD GIRL LEFT PARALYSED BY THE HPV VACCINE

Ruby Shallom suffered spasms and pain

Ruby Shallom suffered spasms and pain

A 16-year-old British girl left paralysed in three limbs after having the HPV jab also appears in the documentary.

Back in 2014, Ruby Shallom from Bracknell, Berkshire, was vaccinated at school to protect her against cervical cancer as part of the routine NHS programme, MailOnline reported last December.

In the new film she said: ‘The only limb that works now is my left arm… I still go out and see my friends but the pain and fatigue makes it hard.’

Weeks after having the vaccine, the keen horse-rider and runner started to suffer from stomach spasms, dizziness, pain, headaches and fatigue.

Her muscles became weaker and in May 2016 – two years after she was given the jab – she woke up with no feelings in her legs whatsoever.

She is now virtually bed bound – unable to eat, lift or dress herself, incontinent and often too weak to lift her head.

Doctors have been unable to diagnose her with anything and have dismissed it as being psychological, refusing to acknowledge any link to the jab.

When he reported his findings to the drug regulation authorities, he said he received a number of phone calls from senior members of the medical establishment.

‘There was a lot of interventions. Many professors called me up and told me I should stop talking about vaccination tests.

‘I’ve done thousands of autopsies but nobody called me. This was extraordinary.’

WHAT IS HPV?

The human papilloma virus (HPV) is the name given to a family of viruses.

There are over 100 different types of HPV, with around 40 types that affect the genital area.

Different types of HPV are classed as either high risk or low risk, depending on the conditions they can cause.

For instance, some types of HPV can cause warts or verrucas. Other types are associated with cervical cancer.

In 99 per cent of cases, cervical cancer is said to occur as a result of a history of infection with high-risk types of HPV.

Infection with other types of HPV is linked to genital warts, skin warts and verrucas, vaginal cancer or vulval cancer, anal cancer or cancer of the penis, some cancers of the head and neck and laryngeal papillomas (warts on the voice box or vocal cords).

Why do the establishment vaccinate against HPV?

HPV infection – which is spread through close skin-to-skin contact, often during sexual activity – is extremely common. Up to eight out of 10 people will be infected with the virus at some point in their lives, according to Cancer Research UK.

It usually causes no symptoms at all and for most people, the body will clear the infection on its own. But for some it stays around for a long time and is believed to cause cancer, for reasons not fully understood.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), virtually all cervical cancer cases (99 percent) are linked to genital infection with HPV.

It says both HPV vaccines – Cervarix and Gardasil – are ‘highly efficacious’ in preventing infection with virus types 16 and 18, which are together responsible for approximately 70 per cent of cervical cancer cases globally.

Fragments of HPV have been found in cancer cells in studies, hence the theory why the virus causes cancer.

But one of the film’s key arguments is that the presence of HPV in cancer cells does not mean HPV actually causes the cancer.

No proof HPV causes cancer 

Professor Peter Duesberg argues cervical cancers are not caused by HPV

Professor Peter Duesberg argues cervical cancers are not caused by HPV

In the film, Peter Duesberg, a professor of molecular biology the respected University of California, Berkeley said that scientific studies have found that cervical cancers are not caused by the HPV virus.

The academic, who wrote a controversial research paper arguing that HIV does not cause AIDS, said that they prove HPV cannot be found anywhere in the tumour or tumour cells.

‘The [HPV] vaccine should be stopped until it’s proved that it protects against cancer… It has the highest number of side-effects ever of any vaccine,’ he argued.

‘In the US, it has more side-effects reported than all other vaccines combined.

‘Since there is no scientific evidence that it will do anything else than occasionally cause warts, which will be eliminated by the immune system, there is no need for vaccination against this virus.’

He claims the vaccine won’t be properly investigated because GPs and pharmaceutical companies benefit financially. 

Dr Christian Fiala, who specialises in obstetrics and gynaecology in Vienna, also agrees there is no evidence that the HPV vaccine reduces the rate cervical cancer.

‘No-one has shown that the HPV vaccine actually reduces the rate of cervical cancer,’ he said.

‘As long as we have no proof that cervical cancer is caused by HPV, it is fundamentally useless to vaccinate against HPV because the chances are the cancer will occur whether there is HPV or not.’

Previous studies  

An article published in 2015 in the journal Clinical Rheumatology warned that chronic pain conditions are ‘more frequent after HPV vaccination’.

Researcher Dr Manuel Martinez-Lavin warned that fibromyalgia – which causes widespread pain – and a nervous system condition called postural tachycardia syndrome (PoTS), seem to be linked to the jabs.

Symptoms of PoTS include fainting, dizziness, inability to concentrate and fatigue. The condition can be long-term or even permanent

Ruby Shallom, 16, who was left paralysed in three limbs after having the HPV vaccination, features in the new documentary

Ruby Shallom, 16, who was left paralysed in three limbs after having the HPV vaccination, features in the new documentary

Another study, in the European Journal of Neurology examined the cases of six young women who had developed PoTS within weeks of receiving HPV jabs. It, too, suggested there may be a link.

In the US, France, Spain and Denmark, more than 250 court cases are being mounted over HPV vaccinations. Damages have been won in the US and France.

The Japanese government withdrew its recommendation for the HPV vaccine in 2013, after highly publicised cases of alleged adverse events in girls who had been vaccinated.

Officials stick to their stance 

Yet health authorities around the world, including the World Health Organization, have recently extensively reviewed the vaccine and have concluded it is safe.

The UK medicines watchdog, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and Public Health England said the HPV jab is the most effective way to protect against cervical cancer, which kills 900 UK women each year.

Officials estimate that around 400 lives are saved each year as a result of vaccinating girls before they become infected.

MHRA received 3,972 ‘Yellow Cards’ – a scheme where doctors and the public can report side-effects of drugs – between 2010 and 2013. More than 940 were categorised as serious.

The manufacturers of one of the HPV jabs, Cervarix, insists the benefits of vaccination outweigh any risks associated with its use (stock photo)

The manufacturers of one of the HPV jabs, Cervarix, insists the benefits of vaccination outweigh any risks associated with its use (stock photo)

Yet Dr Ian Hudson, MHRA chief executive, wrote to Richard Benyon, the Conservative MP for Newbury, saying: ‘The fact that we have received more reports for HPV vaccine than other vaccines does not in itself raise any particular concerns.’

A spokesperson for GSK, manufacturers of Cervarix, previously told Good Health: ‘Patient safety is always GSK’s first priority. A vaccine is only ever approved for the public if clinical trials show the benefits of vaccination outweigh any risks associated with its use.

‘Governments globally scrutinise clinical trial data through independent medicines review agencies before vaccines can be approved for use. We remain confident in the favourable benefit-risk profile of Cervarix to help prevent cervical cancer.’

Freda Birrell, who heads the pressure group AHVID said the campaign against the jab is growing.

She said: ‘I’d like to see our politicians listen, I’d like to see them recognise that what’s been happening can not be a coincidence.’ 

GSK’s Tafenoquine Scandal Hitting The Mainstream….



Thanks Stewart..

 


http://www.9news.com.au/national/2017/08/30/11/23/australian-veterans-say-they-suffer-toxic-effects-of-anti-malaria-drug

Australian veterans fighting toxic side effects of anti-malaria drugs

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9RAW: Anti-malaria drugs linked to Australian veterans’ chronic brain injuries

Schizophrenia, hallucinations, seizures and self harm are among the disorders allegedly affecting Australian service men and women who trialled controversial anti-malaria drugs.

The drugs were given to the military personnel from 1999 to 2002 while deployed to East Timor and Bougainville as part of international peacekeeping missions.

The precise numbers who received them is uncertain, but campaigners say one drug, mefloquine – also known as lariam – was given to about 1300 servicemen and servicewomen.

They believe another experimental pharmaceutical tafenoquine was issued to 1500 members of the ADF.

Some veterans insist they were compelled to take the drugs.

While the Defence Department says only a small number of veterans have suffered adverse serious effects, there is speculation that hundreds of Australian military personnel may have been diagnosed with chronic brain injuries and psychiatric conditions.

These effects can often be mistaken for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Some veterans who took the drugs have reported suffering bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, major depression and anxiety, seizures, hallucinations and psychosis, suicide attempts and suicide.

Major Stuart McCarthy, right, is being treated for an acquired brain injury after being exposed to mefloquine, developed by US army doctors during the Vietnam War, left. (Main photo: AP). Major Stuart McCarthy, right, is being treated for an acquired brain injury after being exposed to mefloquine, developed by US army doctors during the Vietnam War, left. (Main photo: AP).

Melbourne-based veteran Mick Kruizinga was given tafenoquine after contracting malaria before being given mefloquine on a second tour of East Timor. The 41-year-old former infantry man has since experienced severe health problems.

“The last eight years he has had major problems and he is getting worse,” his wife Naomi Kruizinga told nine.com.au.

She said his health problems include lesions on his brain as well as high toxicity in his blood system.

But the Kruizingas have received little from the Australian Government, with Mick being refused a Gold Card – which entitles holders to health care treatment funded by the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Instead, the family have paid for Mick Kruizinga’s costly and lengthy medical treatment themselves.

Australian soldiers serving in East Timor during 2000 to 2002 were given the anti-malaria drug mefloquine. (Photo: AAP).Australian soldiers serving in East Timor during 2000 to 2002 were given the anti-malaria drug mefloquine. (Photo: AAP).

Campaigner Major Stuart McCarthy, who is undergoing treatment for an acquired brain injury after being exposed to mefloquine and tafenoquine, claims the ADF trialled the drugs on a “captive audience” of volunteers.

McCarthy whose overseas service included the Middle East, Africa and the Asia Pacific, told nine.com.au he volunteered to take the drug while deployed in Bougainville after a “sales pitch” by a high-ranking army doctor.

“We were a captive audience … we believed we could trust him with our health.”

Last week, the Repatriation Medical Authority – the government body that determines Statements of Principles for any disease, injury or death that could be linked to military service – dismissed any relation between brain injury and antimalarial drugs after a government investigation.

The authority ruled there is insufficient evidence that exposure to the antimalarial drugs mefloquine, tafenoquine or primaquine causes chronic brain injury.

Retired Colonel Ray Martin said the decision was disappointing.

He told the Townsville Bulletin: “Sadly it often takes decades for the devastating effects of toxic substances to be fully recognised”.

A file photo showing survivors of a shooting rampage by US soldier Robert Bales in 2012. This month he asked a military court for a special hearing to explore evidence his actions were linked to taking mefloquine. (Photos: AP).A file photo showing survivors of a shooting rampage by US soldier Robert Bales in 2012. This month he asked a military court for a special hearing to explore evidence his actions were linked to taking mefloquine. (Photos: AP).

“The concern today is that hundreds of servicemen and women who have been badly affected by mefloquine are still being misdiagnosed and mistreated, almost two decades on after being used as experimental guinea pigs.”

Mefloquine and tafenoquine were developed by the US military’s anti-malarial drug program at the start of the Vietnam War in the 1960s.

By the late 1990s mefloquine was known for serious side effects and ceased to be produced in many countries. It has been linked to many murders, suicides and war crimes over the past two decades and is now used as a drug of last resort by the ADF.

Earlier this month, US Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales who was convicted of killing 16 Afghan civilians during a shooting rampage in 2012, asked a military court in Virginia for a special hearing to explore evidence that his actions may have been linked to mefloquine, reported the New Observer.

Last year an inquiry by the ADF’s Inspector General reported the “drug trials were conducted ethically and lawfully”, that soldiers volunteered to participate, and that anyone who was sick could be treated for free.

But today the effects of the anti-malarial drugs on service men and service women from a range of countries is under renewed scrutiny.

Concerns have sparked a number of high-level inquiries being held in the US, Canada, Germany and Britain. Germany has gone as far as banning the use of mefloquine.

Dr Jane Quinn, a neuroscientist and neurotoxicologist at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst NSW, who moved to Australia from Britain, has expert knowledge and a tragic personal link to the issue.

Her late husband Major Cameron Quinn, a British Army officer, was given mefloquine during a training exercise in Kenya in 2001.

She told nine.com.au he suffered depression, nightmares and long-term personality change for years before taking his own life in 2006.

Dr Quinn subsequently campaigned for mefloquine to be axed by the British armed forces. Since moving to Australia, she works as a senior lecturer and helps veterans and their families confront the debilitating effects of the drug.

After taking Lariam my husband was a changed man forever. He went from someone who had never had any mental health problems to a man who started to suffer bouts of suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety and volatile behaviour,” she said.

Dr Quinn is certain the controversial drug was behind his death.

“I am convinced that the side-effects of Lariam killed my husband. Since his death I have become aware of many other soldiers who have suffered dreadful psychological problems after taking this drug.

“I find it hard to understand why a drug known to cause permanent brain damage and serious psychological problems is still being given to soldiers, or anyone.”

A spokesperson for the Department of Defence told nine.com.au: “Defence has published a significant amount of information on this matter as part of ongoing efforts to assist those with concerns regarding the use of mefloquine in the ADF.”

“That information includes details on the deadly impact of malaria, anti-malarial medications, research publications, an IGADF (Inspector General of the ADF) inquiry report, and the support services that are available, and can be found at www.defence.gov.au/Health/HealthPortal/Malaria/default.asp.”

Myth Busting New Post On SSRI Dangers From AntiDepAware..


The royal college of psychiatry UK would have you believe that anti-depressants are nothing but a positive thing for mental health patients. They’d have you believe that these pills are relatively harmless, mostly effective, and that the benefits outweigh the risks. They’d like you to think that SSRI’s are ‘saving lives’ and ‘helping millions’. They don’t want you to know that some people might become homicidal, aggressive, volatile or even commot murder because of them.

They don’t want you to know the truth, because the truth about side effects undermines the psychiatric profession and its ideology and power (and we can’t have that now can we?).

Well, the website Antidepaware does want you to know the truth about SSRI’s, check out the new post from the Antidepaware website here…

 

http://antidepaware.co.uk/great-myth-buster/

The Great Myth Buster

On Wednesday July 26th, BBC showed a thoughtful, well-researched Panorama documentary called A Prescription for Murder?. The programme was directed and introduced by Shelley Jofre (left), who, several years ago, exposed The Secrets of Seroxat.

Most of the recent documentary was devoted to the so-called “Batman killer” James Holmes (right), a neuroscience graduate who shot dead 12 people and injured 70 in a Colorado cinema in 2012. He had been taking the SSRI antidepressant Sertraline (Zoloft), along with Clonazepam, a benzodiazepine.

In the run-up to the programme, two significant interviews were published. In the Sunday Times on July 23rd, Katinka Blackford Newman (left) was interviewed by Oliver Thring.

Katinka, who was one of the principal researchers on the Panorama documentary, was the author of The Pill That Steals Lives. At its launch a year ago, I was privileged to have met David Carmichael, who had travelled from Canada.

In 2004 David (right), who had never shown any symptoms of psychosis before being prescribed Seroxat, strangled his 11-year-old son Ian. He was judged to be “not criminally responsible on account of a mental disorder” for murdering his son and, in 2009, he received an absolute discharge. Caroline Scott’s interview with David was published in the Daily Mail on the day before the documentary was shown.

Another guest at the launch of Katinka’s book was Leonie Fennell, who had travelled from Ireland. In 2009, Leonie’s son, 22-year-old student Shane Clancy (left) fatally stabbed his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend, injured two others, then died after stabbing himself 19 times. Shane had no history whatsoever of violence, self-harm or mental instability of any sort. However, a few weeks before the tragedy, Shane had gone to see a doctor as he was feeling low after breaking up with his girlfriend, and was prescribed the antidepressant Citalopram (Celexa). At Shane’s inquest, the jury decided that Citalopram had probably caused Shane’s death and thus rejected a suicide verdict.

Although most of the Panorama documentary was devoted to James Holmes, both David and Leonie appeared in short interviews with Shelley Jofre.

But, before the documentary had even been shown, the Science Media Centre orchestrated a campaign of mis-information and denigration against the programme. Among the psychiatrists enlisted to provide “expert comments” were Allan Young (right) and Carmine Pariante, both of whom have financial links to pharmaceutical companies that make antidepressants. Moreover, the two professors are employed by Kings College, London, which recently welcomed the UK managing director of Pfizer (makers of Sertraline) on to its board.

Another contributor was Wendy Burn (left), the new president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, who also wrote an article for The Times, published the morning after the broadcast, entitled “Stop this dangerous scaremongering over antidepressants”.

There was little criticism of the programme after it had actually been shown.

But then, on Twitter, the Royal College of Psychiatrists (@rcpsych) announced that Wendy Burn and Carmine Pariante would be holding an hour-long Q and A session on August 3rd, using the hashtag #ADsMythBuster (right). It seemed as if the college’s intention was to use Twitter to “bust” what they regarded as “myths” surrounding antidepressants.

The questions started to come in well before the session, but no replies were tweeted before the appointed hour.

It wasn’t long before the first myth was busted by Wendy and Carmine. The surprise was that this particular myth had been perpetrated for many years by their colleagues, as well as other prescribers: “The old idea that ADs correct a chemical imbalance in the brain is an over-simplification and we do not support this view.”

I felt optimistic, and asked, to no avail: “Now that you’ve busted the “chemical imbalance” myth, are you going to bust the “no causal link with violence” myth next?

Alas, it was not to be. This was the nearest we would get to a proper myth buster during the hour. Before long, the assertion that “ADs do have measurable biological effects; increasing new brain cells & reducing stress hormones” produced a number of retorts, both serious and light-hearted, from those who found this quite difficult to believe.

Asked about withdrawal, the reply was: “Not everyone gets withdrawal symptoms. You must come off ADs slowly over 8-12 weeks with support of your doctor.” This response was queried by a participant, who was told: “Everyone is different & you need to plan this with your doctor. Most people are okay with 8-12 weeks to reduce and stop”.

Somebody asked about the best ADs for a mother to use before and after birth and was told: “Preferred choice are SSRIs esp Fluoxetine in pregnancy & Sertraline in breastfeeding”. The questioner was not told that the best option was to avoid antidepressants altogether during this period.

When a question was asked about whether antidepressants can be used to treat bi-polar, the reply was “Yes they can, but preferably with a mood stabiliser”. Aine O’Beirne (left) was quick to retort: “You say use SSRIs to treat Bipolar when SSRIs are one of the causes of Bipolar epidemic”.

To a question about side-effects causing sexual problems, the reply was: “Yes they are common with SSRIs, usually improves but if not discuss with your doctor”.

And when they were asked about the length of treatment, the professors answered: “Patients are taking ADs for longer according to the correct guidelines for treatment & this is a good thing”.

The reply to a question about the record high numbers of antidepressants prescribed was: “We believe it’s because more people are coming forward & reduced stigma – this is a good thing”.

The person who asked about the benefits of taking antidepressants was told: “Sadness improves within days, new studies show that improvement is faster than we originally thought – within weeks”.

And to the person whose antidepressants weren’t working, the answer was: “There are recommended combinations of ADs & other meds for patients who don’t respond”.

To a question about the link with violence, Wendy and Carmime (right) stuck with the ridiculous line: “In adults there is no evidence ADs increase hostility & aggressiveness”. This prompted my question: “Did you actually watch “Panorama” last week?

I asked several questions, and received replies to two of them. The first, about sanctioning members for not following NICE Guidelines, elicited the response: “The guidelines are guidelines not the law, we encourage people to follow them”.

In the other, I asked “Is it acceptable to compel somebody to take ADs in order to be given sickness benefit?”. The reply, “Nobody should be forced to have any treatment to be given sickness benefit”, gave me encouragement, although this message needs to be passed on to the guilty GPs.

It was obvious that only a small proportion of questions could be answered, but I had a feeling that the more difficult ones were avoided in favour of those for which pre-prepared replies were available.

One of the most frustrated participants was Lucy Johnstone (left), who submitted the three questions that had the most re-tweets, but never received an answer to any of them. Eventually, to the question “Why are rocketing prescribing levels not reducing rates of depression and suicide, if the drugs are effective?”, Lucy commented: “71 retweets & 88 likes. Deserves an answer”.

A complete list of questions and answers has been compiled by James Moore, while Aine has published a selection on Storify.

The following day, the overriding impression was that if the College saw their “MythBuster” session as a PR exercise, then they had failed. The reaction of Fiona French (right), writing in the BMJ, was typical: “The online support community submitted many, many intelligent and probing questions. The responses were few in number and lacking in substance. We were advised that the Royal College ‘thinks’ the benefits of antidepressants outweigh the harms but no supporting evidence was provided.”

My contribution was to suggest that: “Next time @rcpsych need an #ADsMythBuster, they should call @PGtzsche1.”

I was, in fact, referring to Professor Peter Gøtzsche (top), one of the world’s most knowledgeable and influential professors in this field. In September 2015, I attended a conference in Copenhagen which Peter had organised. The theme of the event was Psychiatric drugs do more harm than good. I wouldn’t have expected the Pharma-influenced Royal College of Psychiatrists to agree, but the arguments were compelling.

In January 2014, Dr David Healy (left) published an article on his website which Peter had written, and in which he blew apart 10 myths that GSK, Lundbeck, Eli Lilly, Pfizer, etc would like us to believe. Here is Peter’s article:

At the Nordic Cochrane Centre, we have researched antidepressants for several years and I have long wondered why leading professors of psychiatry base their practice on a number of erroneous myths. These myths are harmful to patients. Many psychiatrists are well aware that the myths do not hold and have told me so, but they don’t dare deviate from the official positions because of career concerns.

Being a specialist in internal medicine, I don’t risk ruining my career by incurring the professors’ wrath and I shall try here to come to the rescue of the many conscientious but oppressed psychiatrists and patients by listing the worst myths and explain why they are harmful.

Myth 1: Your disease is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain

Most patients are told this but it is completely wrong. We have no idea about which interplay of psychosocial conditions, biochemical processes, receptors and neural pathways that lead to mental disorders and the theories that patients with depression lack serotonin and that patients with schizophrenia have too much dopamine have long been refuted. The truth is just the opposite. There is no chemical imbalance to begin with, but when treating mental illness with drugs, we create a chemical imbalance, an artificial condition that the brain tries to counteract.

This means that you get worse when you try to stop the medication. An alcoholic also gets worse when there is no more alcohol but this doesn’t mean that he lacked alcohol in the brain when he started drinking.

The vast majority of doctors harm their patients further by telling them that the withdrawal symptoms mean that they are still sick and still need the medication. In this way, the doctors turn people into chronic patients, including those who would have been fine even without any treatment at all. This is one of the main reasons that the number of patients with mental disorders is increasing, and that the number of patients who never come back into the labour market also increases. This is largely due to the drugs and not the disease.

Myth 2: It’s no problem to stop treatment with antidepressants

A Danish professor of psychiatry said this at a recent meeting for psychiatrists, just after I had explained that it was difficult for patients to quit. Fortunately, he was contradicted by two foreign professors also at the meeting. One of them had done a trial with patients suffering from panic disorder and agoraphobia and half of them found it difficult to stop even though they were slowly tapering off. It cannot be because the depression came back, as the patients were not depressed to begin with. The withdrawal symptoms are primarily due to the antidepressants and not the disease.

Myth 3: Psychotropic drugs for mental illness are like insulin for diabetes

Most patients with depression or schizophrenia have heard this falsehood over and over again, almost like a mantra, in TV, radio and newspapers. When you give insulin to a patient with diabetes, you give something the patient lacks, namely insulin. Since we’ve never been able to demonstrate that a patient with a mental disorder lacks something that people who are not sick don’t lack, it is wrong to use this analogy.

Patients with depression don’t lack serotonin, and there are actually drugs that work for depression although they lower serotonin. Moreover, in contrast to insulin, which just replaces what the patient is short of, and does nothing else, psychotropic drugs have a very wide range of effects throughout the body, many of which are harmful. So, also for this reason, the insulin analogy is extremely misleading.

Myth 4: Psychotropic drugs reduce the number of chronically ill patients

This is probably the worst myth of them all. US science journalist Robert Whitaker demonstrates convincingly in “Anatomy of an Epidemic” that the increasing use of drugs not only keeps patients stuck in the sick role, but also turns many problems that would have been transient into chronic diseases.

If there had been any truth in the insulin myth, we would have expected to see fewer patients who could not fend for themselves. However, the reverse has happened. The clearest evidence of this is also the most tragic, namely the fate of our children after we started treating them with drugs. In the United States, psychiatrists collect more money from drug makers than doctors in any other specialty and those who take most money tend to prescribe antipsychotics to children most often. This raises a suspicion of corruption of the academic judgement.

The consequences are damning. In 1987, just before the newer antidepressants (SSRIs or happy pills) came on the market, very few children in the United States were mentally disabled. Twenty years later it was over 500,000, which represents a 35-fold increase. The number of disabled mentally ill has exploded in all Western countries. One of the worst consequences is that the treatment with ADHD medications and happy pills has created an entirely new disease in about 10% of those treated – namely bipolar disorder – which we previously called manic depressive illness.

Leading psychiatrist have claimed that it is “very rare” that patients on antidepressants become bipolar. That’s not true. The number of children with bipolar increased 35-fold in the United States, which is a serious development, as we use antipsychotic drugs for this disorder. Antipsychotic drugs are very dangerous and one of the main reasons why patients with schizophrenia live 20 years shorter than others. I have estimated in my book, ‘Deadly Medicine and Organized Crime’, that just one of the many preparations, Zyprexa (olanzapine), has killed 200,000 patients worldwide.

Myth 5: Happy pills* do not cause suicide in children and adolescents

Some professors are willing to admit that happy pills increase the incidence of suicidal behavior while denying that this necessarily leads to more suicides, although it is well documented that the two are closely related. Lundbeck’s CEO, Ulf Wiinberg, went even further in a radio programme in 2011 where he claimed that happy pills reduce the rate of suicide in children and adolescents. When the stunned reporter asked him why there then was a warning against this in the package inserts, he replied that he expected the leaflets would be changed by the authorities!

Suicides in healthy people, triggered by happy pills, have also been reported. The companies and the psychiatrists have consistently blamed the disease when patients commit suicide. It is true that depression increases the risk of suicide, but happy pills increase it even more, at least up to about age 40, according to a meta-analysis of 100,000 patients in randomized trials performed by the US Food and Drug Administration.

Myth 6: Happy pills have no side effects

At an international meeting on psychiatry in 2008, I criticized psychiatrists for wanting to screen many healthy people for depression. The recommended screening tests are so poor that one in three healthy people will be wrongly diagnosed as depressed. A professor replied that it didn’t matter that healthy people were treated as happy pills have no side effects!

Happy pills have many side effects. They remove both the top and the bottom of the emotions, which, according to some patients, feels like living under a cheese-dish cover. Patients care less about the consequences of their actions, lose empathy towards others, and can become very aggressive. In school shootings in the United States and elsewhere a striking number of people have been on antidepressants.

The companies tell us that only 5% get sexual problems with happy pills, but that’s not true. In a study designed to look at this problem, sexual disturbances developed in 59% of 1,022 patients who all had a normal sex life before they started an antidepressant. The symptoms include decreased libido, delayed or no orgasm or ejaculation, and erectile dysfunction, all at a high rate, and with a low tolerance among 40% of the patients. Happy pills should therefore not have been marketed for depression where the effect is rather small, but as pills that destroy your sex life.

Myth 7: Happy pills are not addictive

They surely are and it is no wonder because they are chemically related to and act like amphetamine. Happy pills are a kind of narcotic on prescription. The worst argument I have heard about the pills not causing dependency is that patients do not require higher doses. Shall we then also believe that cigarettes are not addictive? The vast majority of smokers consume the same number of cigarettes for years.

Myth 8: The prevalence of depression has increased a lot

A professor argued in a TV debate that the large consumption of happy pills wasn’t a problem because the incidence of depression had increased greatly in the last 50 years. I replied it was impossible to say much about this because the criteria for making the diagnosis had been lowered markedly during this period. If you wish to count elephants in Africa, you don’t lower the criteria for what constitutes an elephant and count all the wildebeest, too.

Myth 9: The main problem is not overtreatment, but undertreatment

Again, leading psychiatrists are completely out of touch with reality. In a 2007 survey, 51% of the 108 psychiatrists said that they used too much medicine and only 4 % said they used too little. In 2001–2003, 20% of the US population aged 18–54 years received treatment for emotional problems, and sales of happy pills are so high in Denmark that every one of us could be in treatment for 6 years of our lives. That is sick.

Myth 10: Antipsychotics prevent brain damage

Some professors say that schizophrenia causes brain damage and that it is therefore important to use antipsychotics. However, antipsychotics lead to shrinkage of the brain, and this effect is directly related to the dose and duration of the treatment. There is other good evidence to suggest that one should use antipsychotics as little as possible, as the patients then fare better in the long term. Indeed, one may completely avoid using antipsychotics in most patients with schizophrenia, which would significantly increase the chances that they will become healthy, and also increase life expectancy, as antipsychotics kill many patients.

How should we use psychotropic drugs?

I am not against using drugs, provided we know what we are doing and only use them in situations where they do more good than harm. Psychiatric drugs can be useful sometimes for some patients, especially in short-term treatment, in acute situations. But my studies in this area lead me to a very uncomfortable conclusion:

Our citizens would be far better off if we removed all the psychotropic drugs from the market, as doctors are unable to handle them. It is inescapable that their availability creates more harm than good. Psychiatrists should therefore do everything they can to treat as little as possible, in as short time as possible, or not at all, with psychotropic drugs.

At least Wendy Burn and Carmine Pariente admitted the first of Peter Gøtzsche’s myths. I look forward to a time when Myths 2-10 are dispelled by those who are at present prescribing a ridiculously high and ultimately harmful number of antidepressants.

* I am not comfortable with the phrase “happy pills”, but I have left the original text intact. It is possible that, in this context, the phrase emanates from a literal translation from Danish.

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Chris Cornell’s Wife Issues Statement, Blames Anxiety Medicine for Suicide


Interesting article about the death of Soundgarden lead singer, Chris Cornell. I loved Soundgarden when I was a teenager. RIP Chris,

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/chris-cornells-wife-issues-statement-w483179

 

Statement, Blames Anxiety Medicine for Suicide

“When we spoke after the show, I noticed he was slurring his words,” Vicky Cornell says. “He was different”

Vicky Cornell, the wife of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, issued a statement Friday morning where she remembered her late husband, who died Thursday morning at the age of 52, and speculated whether his suicide was the result of taking too much of his anxiety medication.

“Chris’s death is a loss that escapes words and has created an emptiness in my heart that will never be filled. As everyone who knew him commented, Chris was a devoted father and husband. He was my best friend,” Vicky wrote.

“His world revolved around his family first and, of course, his music second. He flew home for Mother’s Day to spend time with our family. He flew out mid-day Wednesday, the day of the show, after spending time with the children. When we spoke before the show, we discussed plans for a vacation over Memorial Day and other things we wanted to do.”

However, following Soundgarden’s concert Wednesday night, Vicky noticed a change in her husband’s demeanor when they talked on the phone after the show.

“When we spoke after the show, I noticed he was slurring his words; he was different. When he told me he may have taken an extra Ativan or two, I contacted security and asked that they check on him,” she continued. “What happened is inexplicable and I am hopeful that further medical reports will provide additional details. I know that he loved our children and he would not hurt them by intentionally taking his own life.”

An attorney for the Cornell family, Kirk Pasich, reiterated Vicky’s belief that an extra dosage of Ativan, an anxiety medication often employed by recovering addicts, altered Chris Cornell’s mental faculties after the Detroit show. Pasich added that the Cornell family is “disturbed at inferences that Chris knowingly and intentionally took his life.”

“Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris — or if any substances contributed to his demise,” Pasich said. “Chris, a recovering addict, had a prescription for Ativan and may have taken more Ativan than recommended dosages. The family believes that if Chris took his life, he did not know what he was doing, and that drugs or other substances may have affected his actions.”

Pasich added that side effects of Ativan include “paranoid or suicidal thoughts, slurred speech and impaired judgment”; Vicky Cornell noted her husband’s slurred speech following the Detroit concert in her statement.

She added, “The outpouring of love and support from his fans, friends and family means so much more to us than anyone can know. Thank you for that, and for understanding how difficult this is for us.”

Hours after Cornell’s death at a Detroit hotel, a medical examiner’s report confirmed that the singer had died by suicide.

Chris Cornell, lead singer for Soundgarden, has died at age 52. Watch here.

EU health chief: children suffered ‘terrifying experiences’ from swine flu vaccine side effects


https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/health/eu-health-commissioner-narcolepsy-swine-flu-vaccine/

EU health chief: children suffered ‘terrifying experiences’ from swine flu vaccine side effects

European Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis said he wanted to prevent any more children suffering narcolepsy as a result of taking the swine flu vaccine Pandemrix.European Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis said he wanted to prevent any more children suffering narcolepsy as a result of taking the swine flu vaccine Pandemrix. (AFP PHOTO/Emmmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

The EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety has told i how Europe is preparing for another swine flu pandemic he hopes will avoid the previous “terrible outcome” where narcolepsy was triggered in around 100 British children following their vaccination against the disease.

Vytenis Andriukaitis, a heart surgeon, said the European Union, in conjunction with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other agencies, is drawing up new plans following “lessons learned” on how the 2009/10 swine flu outbreak was handled.

A main goal is to “increase flexibility” by addressing the response needed for pandemics of differing severity, from unknown to mild, moderate or severe.

“More research will be conducted together with other independent and EU-funded research to shed light on the causes of narcolepsy, such as how the vaccine might be able to trigger or unmask the condition.”

Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety

Following the last outbreak, there were huge delays in delivering the pandemic vaccine, Pandemrix, to certain countries. Communicating the risk versus benefits of the vaccine was considered extremely difficult and some nations reported a loss of public confidence in vaccination, in general, the EU found.

It has promised to increase transparency of the decision-making process, especially in relation to vaccine procurement. Although millions of people received the swine flu vaccine Pandemrix in 2009 without complications, it was subsequently shown to have devastating side effects in a number of people, especially children.

Around 1,700 adults and children across Europe are now registered in the EU database of adverse drug reactions as suffering from the lifelong neurological condition narcolepsy following their vaccination.

Mr Andriukaitis said he was upset about hearing from some of the children and their families at a recent meeting in Brussels where they called on him to launch a pan-EU wide inquiry into the cases that were triggered by use of the Pandemrix vaccine to treat the 2009/10 swine flu outbreak.

Almost 1,700 adults and children in total across Europe are registered in the EU database of adverse drug reactions who now suffer from the lifelong neurological condition as a result.

Earlier this month, the government lost a five-year legal battle at the Court of Appeal over vaccine injury payments.

The judgment was handed down following the battle between the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the family of an anonymous child known as ‘John’, following his diagnosis of the incurable neurological condition and an application in 2012 to the government’s compensation scheme under the Vaccine Damage Payment Act.

The DWP had appealed against an order ordering it to pay John, now 14, £120,000 compensation. Many other families, whose cases had been put on hold pending the outcome, should now receive the same compensation.

“I was very sorry and sad to hear again of the terrifying experience of the children and their families – and I expressed my personal words of sympathy to them [in Brussels],” Mr Andriukaitis told i.

EU funding

“In the Commission, we are funding research into the sleep disorders, including narcolepsy, with nearly EUR 30 million allocated through the Seventh Framework and Horizon 2020 research programmes.”

Mr Andriukaitis said epidemiological studies relating to Pandemrix vaccination in several European countries had indicated an increased risk of narcolepsy in vaccinated – as compared with unvaccinated – individuals.

“Patient safety is paramount to me – I am a medical doctor. It is also the absolute priority of the Commission.”

Vytenis Andriukaitis

The commissioner said the marketing authorisation holder, responsible for reviewing and assessing data to support a medicinal product, has committed to continue to collect and submit any new data related to narcolepsy to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), including after the expiry of Pandemrix authorisation in 2015.

“Patient safety is paramount to me – I am a medical doctor,” Mr Andriukaitis said. “It is also the absolute priority of the Commission. And I would like to reassure you that a medicine, including a vaccine, can only be placed on the EU market after an authorisation has been granted based on a positive assessment of the benefit-risk balance related to its use.

“But this is not enough. This is why, after the initial authorisation, the safety of a product is followed during its whole life-cycle. The Commission and the Member States work together in the Health Security Committee to strengthen pandemic influenza preparedness and crisis management in the EU by updating national pandemic influenza preparedness plans. To this end, work on a guide for influenza pandemic plan will be finalised in the committee soon.”

Further research needed

Mr Andriukaitis said GSK, the makers of Pandemrix, has carried out further research into the link between its drug and narcolepsy.

“More will be conducted together with other independent and EU-funded research to shed light on the causes of narcolepsy, such as how the vaccine might be able to trigger or unmask the condition. All data will be reviewed by EMA’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use as soon as they become available.

“As European decision-makers, our constant objective is to prevent such terrible situations from occurring again.”

Claire Crisp, whose daughter Mathilda needs round the clock care after she developed narcolepsy following her Pandemrix vaccination, said she could only take comfort in another swine flu vaccination program if various measures were guaranteed.

They include “complete transparency” on behalf of the manufacturers GSK and the EU with respect to the content of the vaccine and potential side effects with the information available to every consenting patient.

“I am not anti-vaccine. I am pro-health, pro-science and pro-choice when it comes to vaccinations,” she said.

“Parents should have access to information pertaining to the content of vaccines and whether or not clinical trials were completed. The lack of transparency and honesty on behalf of GSK and the British government harmed hundreds of children who have been devastated by an incurable neurological disorder that requires round the clock treatment. This must never happen again.”

What is swine flu?

Swine flu is an infection caused by any one of several types of swine influenza viruses, the best known arguably the H1N1 virus. It is a respiratory disease caused by influenza viruses that infect the respiratory tract of pigs and result in a barking cough, decreased appetite, nasal secretions, and listless behavior.

The virus can be transmitted to humans.

Swine flu was initially seen in humans in Mexico in 2009. The virus appeared to be a new strain of H1N1 which resulted when a previous triple reassortment of bird, swine and human flu viruses further combined with a Eurasian pig flu virus, leading to the term “swine flu”.

Unlike most strains of influenza, H1N1 does not disproportionately infect adults older than 60. This was an unusual and characteristic feature of the H1N1 pandemic. Even in the case of previously very healthy people, a small percentage will develop pneumonia or acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).

Psychiatric Drug Carnage…


https://www.adn.com/opinions/2017/01/12/misguided-mental-health-system-needs-an-overhaul/

Misguided mental health system needs an overhaul

Esteban Santiago is taken from the Broward County main jail as he is transported to the federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S., January 9, 2017. Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel via REUTERS

Esteban Santiago is taken from the Broward County main jail as he is transported to the federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S., January 9, 2017. Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel via REUTERS

The glaring failures surrounding Esteban Santiago, resulting in the tragic killing of five people and wounding of eight others in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, prompts me to make some points about our misguided mental health system.

First, psychiatrists have no ability to predict who is going to be violent. In a Jan. 3, 2013, Washington Post article, “Predicting violence is a work in progress,” after reviewing the research, writer David Brown, reported:

• “There is no instrument that is specifically useful or validated for identifying potential school shooters or mass murderers.”

• “The best-known attempt to measure violence in mental patients found that mental illness by itself didn’t predict an above-average risk of being violent.”

• “(S)tudies have shown psychiatrists’ accuracy in identifying patients who would become violent was slightly better than chance.”

• “(T)he presence of a mental disorder (is) only a small contributor to risk, outweighed by other factors such as age, previous violent acts, alcohol use, impulsivity, gang membership and lack of family support.”

In hindsight, the danger Santiago represented seems clear, but psychiatrists simply cannot predict violence.

Second, the mental health system clearly did not help Santiago. The system is fundamentally misdirected towards drug treatment for the completely unproven, and likely untrue, theory that what gets diagnosed as mental illness is the result of some brain defect.

It seems fair to assume what would most likely have benefited Santiago was help dealing with his traumatic war experiences. Because of patient confidentiality we don’t know, but it seems likely Santiago was instead just given psychiatric drugs.

Third, it is known psychiatric drugs are the cause of just the sort of inexplicable mass-shootings perpetrated by Santiago. As the International Society of Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry said in a statement following the Sandy Hook school massacre:

• Christopher Pittman was on antidepressants when he killed his grandparents.

• Eric Harris, one of the gunmen in the Columbine High School shooting, was taking Luvox. His partner, Dylan Klebold, had taken Zoloft and Paxil.

• Doug Williams, who killed five and wounded nine of his fellow Lockheed Martin employees, was on Zoloft and Celexa.

• Michael McDermott was on three antidepressants when he fired off 37 rounds and killed seven of his fellow employees in the Massachusetts Wakefield massacre.

• Kip Kinkel was on Prozac when he killed his parents and then killed two children and wounded 25 at a nearby school.

• In 14 recent school shootings, acts committed by persons taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs resulted in over 100 wounded and 58 killed.

• In other school shootings, information about the shooter’s prescription drug use and other medical history were kept from public records.

Fourth, the over-reliance on psychiatric drugs is extremely harmful and counterproductive. These drugs are so physically harmful that those diagnosed with serious mental illness by the mental health system have a lower life expectancy of 20-25 years.

In addition, it has been shown a noncoercive approach, that selectively uses neuroleptics (mismarketed as “antipsychotics”), can achieve an 80 percent recovery rate, while our system of “drugs for everyone forever” results in only a 5 percent recovery rate.

Dr. Loren Mosher, former chief of the Center for Studies of Schizophrenia at the National Institute of Mental Health, testified in one of my cases that he probably had more experience with unmedicated psychotics than anyone alive. He said he has never had to involuntarily commit anyone because he always made it a point to establish a relationship with his patient so they could agree on a course of action.

He testified that if somebody was about to do grievous harm he would stop them in any way needed, but he had never had to because of his approach.

Locking people up and drugging them against their will is not the answer. In addition to the drugs, the violence against patients by the mental health system begets violence from some of them.

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We need noncoercive programs that help people deal with their problems and the traumatic events in their lives. We need to make people feel safe, listen to what they are telling us are their problems, and what assistance they would like.

Even the craziest person is telling us something useful if we take the time to listen and interpret. There are places that successfully do not use force against psychiatric patients.

We should start doing what works and provide noncoercive, truly helpful services for people diagnosed with serious mental illness.

Jim Gottstein was a plaintiffs’ attorney in the 1 million-acre mental health lands trust litigation, resulting in the creation of the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority. For the past 14 years, he has donated his services to the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights. He has won five Alaska Supreme Court cases regarding involuntary commitment and forced drugging on the grounds both are unconstitutional or illegal.

The views expressed here are the writer’s and are not necessarily endorsed by Alaska Dispatch News, which welcomes a broad range of viewpoints. To submit a piece for consideration, email commentary@alaskadispatch.com. Send submissions shorter than 200 words to letters@alaskadispatch.com. 

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