Violence in America–another perspective
Natural Forces within us are the true healers of disease.
It seems that lately the incidence of violence in our country is escalating. There are no good ways to evaluate whether this is true, because it is not being studied! However, it is evident to me that the incidence is escalating, and it could be at a rate that is truly frightening. When violence erupts, many people tend to blame the weapon and not the perpetrator or the other causes.
At the same time, the diagnosis of depression or anxiety is increasing. It is estimated that almost 10% of the adult population in the USA is clinically depressed. In the September 20, 2013 edition of Scientific American it is stated that antidepressants have a history of causing violent side effects, and the author further stated that “Once again, antidepressants have been linked to an episode of horrific violence. Aaron Alexis, who allegedly shot 12 people to death at a Navy facility in Washington, DC, received a prescription for the antidepressant Trazadone in August.” In explaining Trazadone, Medline Plus says that the drug “has been associated with new or worsening depression; thinking about harming or killing yourself, or planning or trying to do so; extreme worry; aggressive behavior; and frenzied abnormal excitement.”
In 2010 the Institute of Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) published a study which identified 31 commonly prescribed drugs that are associated with violent acts. Topping the list is Chantix which is used to help one quit smoking, and it is followed by Prozac, Paxil, and ADHD drugs. The ISMP data were collected from the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), and even the people who run VAERS state that only 1 to 10 percent of all side effects are ever reported to VAERS. This means that the fact that more than 1,500 violent acts were actually reported as being linked to any drug is overwhelming.
Five of the top 10 most violence inducing drugs were antidepressants:
Prozac, Paxil, Luvox, Effexor, and Pristiq. Other studies have shown that one in every 250 subjects taking Paxil or Pozac were involved in a violent episode. In 2011, 14 million Paxil prescriptions and 25.5 million Prozac prescriptions were written. This mathematically equates to a minimum of 158,000 incidents of violence induced by these two anti-depressant drugs alone!!!!
So, anti-depressants account for 5 of the top 10 violence inducing drugs, but it is also important to note that two ADHD prescription drugs are also in the top 10. Since antidepressants and ADHD drugs are among the most-prescribed drugs in the USA, and they are so closely associated with violence, we should stop to consider whether the treatment is worse than the disease. This is especially true because we have more natural supplements and herbs to treat these problems, and they do so safely.
(This is beside the fact that ADHD drugs like Ritalin, Vyvanse, Strattera, and Adderall were also responsible for over 23,000 emergency room visits in 2011. That’s an increase of over 400% since 2005! And research over many published studies shows that 75% of the benefits of antidepressants and ADHD drugs can be duplicated by a placebo!)
Last year in Canada a judge ruled that a teenage boy murdered his friend because of the effects of Prozac. Drugwatch.com has published that GlaxoSmithKline has agreed to pay out over $1 billion to settle over 800 lawsuits related to side effects of Paxil, and that doesn’t include the over $3 billion GSK agreed to pay to settle the Justice Department’s investigation to illegal marketing of Paxil and other drugs.
Many people are upset with the gun laws in this country, but what about the number of people killing themselves and others because of drugs? What is an acceptable number for this? In my opinion, and it is only my opinion, Big Pharma is blocking any discussion of the causes of depression and anxiety disorders. The big drug companies and their compatriots in the FDA are not helping because of the enormous amount of money involved in treating depression and anxiety disorders with drugs.
If we are to take the violence in our society seriously, we must know if the people perpetrating this violence are taking drugs and which drugs they are taking. This is much more easily controlled than guns!
So, what can you do and what can society do to treat depression and anxiety? It once again comes down to the family, friends, and honest, informed medical people. Watch what is happening and intervene. Don’t hold back. If it hadn’t been for the intervention of my best friend and dental assistant, I would most likely be dead today. If it hadn’t been for my strong faith in God, I might be dead today.
If you or someone you know is depressed or suffering from “abnormal” anxiety, get a health professional who understands safe and natural treatments for these afflictions. Ask around among your neighbors, friends, families and co-workers for direction to a qualified professional. If you can’t find anyone where you live, please call or e-mail me and I will be glad to help.
The point of all of this is that we are going the wrong way for the wrong reasons in dealing with what appears to be a growing epidemic of violence. We are not looking at the cause, and we are hung up on the symptoms and signs of the violence. You can spend years and years and trillions of dollars and there will still be guns available to those who want to get them. Many more people are killed each year by hammers and knives than by guns. But the cause (biochemical imbalance) can be diagnosed and treated by competent professionals.
What a shame it would be to just forget the disasters of Columbine, Norway, Newtown, the naval Yards, and all the other violence both on a large and small scale. Guns do not cause violence. It may well be that drugs do. Demand that our “leaders” find out and do so right now!
“One of the biggest tragedies of human civilization is the precedents of chemical therapy over nutrition. It is a substitution of artificial therapy over natural, of poison over food, in which we are feeding people poisons trying to correct the reactions of starvation.”
Dr. Royal Lee, 1951
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