CDC Report Finds Overdose Deaths Rose 21 Percent in 2016

A new report released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals deaths from drug overdoses in America rose 21 percent last year. That jump is more than the last four years combined. For every 100,000 people, almost 20 died from a drug overdose in 2016, compared to 16.3 the previous year, Bloomberg reported.

The report shows deaths from liver disease, suicide, cancer and HIV have decreased. However, the overall death rate continued to increase. Farida Ahmad, the report’s author and mortality surveillance lead at the CDC says this is because people are dying in larger numbers from other causes, such as drug overdoses, or homicides and firearm-related injuries, both of which also rose last year.

 

The CDC measures 20 causes of death in its report, and although there are slight increases in other categories, Ahmad says drug overdoses show “the most stark increase,” WTKR News reported. Every quarter in 2016 saw an increase in the number of deaths related to drug overdoses.

 

These findings come shortly after President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis in America a public health emergency. This allows the Trump administration and Department of Health and Human Services to allocate funding and resources to address the crisis under the Public Health Emergency Act. The order lasts for 90 days and can be renewed every 90 days until deemed unnecessary.

 

The president had been heavily criticized over his handling of the epidemic after he announced he would declare the crisis a national emergency but did not. A declaration of national emergency would have allowed for additional funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Disaster Relief Fund.

 Click Herer to Article Source


Need help with drug & alcohol recovery?  There’s a faith based option online:  CLICK HERE

Long-Term Marijuana Use Changes Brain at the Cellular Level, Say Scientists

In March, long-term marijuana smoker Woody Harrelson surprised fans by announcing he was giving up his chronic pot habit, saying it made him “emotionally unavailable.” Likewise, in June, notorious stoner Miley Cyrus did the same, saying she “wanted to be really clear” while making her new album. Long-term pot smokers who have quit cite similar anecdotal evidence about the chronic effects of weed, but scientists have only recently begun understanding what, if anything, it actually does to the brain.

In a study on mice published Monday in the journal JNeurosci, scientists report that long-term marijuana use does indeed change the brain.

In their study, the researchers from Brigham Young University’s neuroscience department, led by Jeffrey Edwards Ph.D., focused on the brain’s ventral tegmental area (VTA), a region rich with the dopamine and serotonin receptors that comprise the brain’s reward system, looking at how its cells changed as the teen mice they studied received daily THC injections every day for a week. Researchers know that drugs of abuse, like opioids, alcohol, and marijuana, act on the VTA, and it’s thought that the active ingredients in these drugs stimulate the release of dopamine in this area, thereby triggering the flood of pleasure that drugs (as well as friendship and sex) provide — and creating cravings for more.

DEAUVILLE, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 09: Woody Harrelson attends the naming ceremony of his dedicated beach cabana during the 43rd Deauville American Film Festival on September 9, 2017 in Deauville, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)
Woody Harrelson, a long-term marijuana user, said he quit because it made him emotionally unavailable.

In particular, they looked at a type of cell in the VTA known as a GABA cell that marijuana researchers hadn’t looked at before. The cells are named for the type of neurotransmitter they pick up — GABA, short for gamma-aminobutyric acid — which is well-known for its inhibitory properties. Imagine GABA as the high-strung friend who becomes anxious when the rest of the group has too much fun. When GABA is released in the brain, it regulates the levels of happy-making dopamine, making sure revelry doesn’t go overboard.

This friend is a bit of a buzzkill but seems to be necessary to prevent the brain from having too much of a good thing. But, as it turns out, GABA neurons can be incapacitated, too.

This working model shows how chronic exposure to the psychoactive component of marijuana may increase dopamine levels by altering the function of an inhibitory cell type, contributing to the drug's pleasurable and potentially addictive qualities.
Chronic marijuana use might lead to unnaturally high dopamine levels in the brain by messing with GABA neurons.

As the researchers observed these cells in teen mice over their THC-filled week, they saw that the ability of the GABA neurons to regulate dopamine faltered as the trial went on. In contrast, mice who only received a single injection of THC — the Bill Clintons of the group — didn’t show any changes in their GABA neurons, suggesting that the effects seen in the chronic users are a consequence of long-term marijuana use. Those changes led dopamine to linger in the VTA longer than usual, which caused an abnormally drawn-out feeling of reward. And too much of those pleasurable feelings, scientists have found, is what leads to addiction.

miley smoking weed
Miley Cyrus has put her pot-smoking days behind her so her brain would be more “clear.”

The team behind the study hopes that their findings can eventually be used to treat people with cannabis use disorder, defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-5 as a “problematic pattern of cannabis use leading to clinically significant impairment or distress.”

The term problematic, in this case, refers to a range of criteria largely centered around the inability of people to do what they need or want to do because of their addiction to the drug. It’s not clear whether Harrelson and Cyrus had been diagnosed with cannabis use disorder, but their reasons for quitting weed seem to line up.

Abstract:

The ventral tegmental area (VTA) is necessary for reward behavior with dopamine cells critically involved in reward signaling. Dopamine cells in turn are innervated and regulated by neighboring inhibitory GABA cells. Using whole cell electrophysiology in juvenile-adolescent GAD67-GFP male mice we examined excitatory plasticity in fluorescent VTA GABA cells. A novel CB1-dependent long-term depression (LTD) was induced in GABA cells that was dependent on metabotropic glutamate receptor 5, and cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1). LTD was absent in CB1 knock-out mice, but preserved in heterozygous littermates. Chronic injections of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol occluded LTD compared to vehicle injections, however, a single exposure was insufficient to do so. Because Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol depresses GABA cell activity, downstream dopamine cells will be disinhibited and thus this could potentially result in increased reward. As synaptic modifications by drug of abuse are often tied to addiction, this data suggest a possible mechanism for the addictive effects of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol in juvenile-adolescents, by potentially altering reward behavioral outcomes.

ARTICLE SOURCE

“I can do ALL things through Christ” – yes, you CAN even get off drugs & alcohol!

Every single day of my life – without exception – I help, teach and bring awareness to the dangers of prescription drug abuse along with illegal drug and alcohol abuse.  Most who come to me are professing Christians!  How can I say I’m a born again believer and, at the same time, warn people about premature death? I mean, death is life to us who are true believers; it’s a ‘good’ thing, right? It means entry into eternity! Well, yes… but only IF you’re not involved in ongoing sin. Addiction is sin.

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
(1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

The Bible speaks about “drunkards” going to Hell! Drunkard, is defined by anyone who uses a mind altering substance, such as Rx drugs, street drugs and alcohol. God doesn’t categorize saved drunkards from unsaved drunkards. A drunkard is a drunkard and a drunkard is not anyone who is saved. If someone thinks they’re saved and is using any types of drugs (including physician ordered Rx drugs) or alcohol, the Bible speaks another story, doesn’t it? God also tells us to be ‘sober and vigilant’ as well as warning us that our bodies are the ‘Temple of the Holy Spirit’. You smokers out there are in spiritual harm’s way as well, because cigarettes destroy God’s Temple – your body. Frightfully clear, isn’t it? Don’t be tricked by the enemy telling you that you’re soul is safe; it’s not! Ongoing sin separates us from God. When the Bible strictly and specifically warns that addicts (drunkards) will end up in the Lake of Fire, I would step up and believe Him. After all, God is the ONLY One who cannot lie. Stepping up means getting medically detoxed so that you can live without any kinds of drugs or alcohol. Begin right now and schedule yourself for detox! After you get home from detox, get some support for a few months in order to permanently lock out addiction and lock in God. Get FREE!

I can do ALL things through Christ which strengtheneth me.  (Phil 4:13)

I’m here to protect you from someone you never thought would try to harm you!

If you ever go to a doctor or hospital, YOU need to read every word I have to say. I have to tell you that my message hasn’t made me popular because people don’t want to hear bad things about those in whom they have placed their trust.  There’s a flippant word out these days that people trash you with if they don’t want to hear the cold hard facts of life. That word is ‘negativity’.  They take healthy and necessary ‘warnings’ as though those warnings were bullets to their hearts.  Typically, one of the anti-negativity cultists would say, “if you’re going to tell me something negative, please don’t”.  HUH?  If I know something that will harm and kill you, a loved one or a friend, you had better believe I’m not going to keep it a secret!  If you have a problem hearing the truth, then maybe you need some talk therapy to find out why.  Truth saves lives.  What I have to tell you isn’t pretty, but it’s necessary for you to know. So, if you don’t like me, it’s okay.  I only ask that you tuck away what I’m going to tell you until the day when you need the information… and you will need the information.  I am 100% certain that every human being that reads this, will need the advice I bring.  All I ask of you is that you take a couple of minutes to read what I’ve written below. Some things in life need to be discovered by going through trauma and tragedy.  I’ve been there, done that, so I know.

There are legal and medical terms that I would like to define for you right now.  The first is Iatrogenic Addiction.  This is defined as an addiction caused by a doctor.  Then, we have Iatrogenic Death. Iatrogenic death is death caused by your doctor.  So, we have addiction and death directly caused by doctors.  You say, so what?  My reply to that is that in the US, Iatrogenic Death has become the #1 cause of preventable accidental death today! Iatrogenesis is known as the “inadvertent and preventable induction of disease or complications by the medical treatment or procedures of a physician or surgeon.”  Feeling shocked?  The truth is shocking, isn’t it? We know it’s there but we refuse to accept it.  Yes… conventional medicine is actually the leading cause of death. So, going to your doctor could very likely end up with you getting sicker and sicker until that doctor causes your death. Is every doctor set up to kill you? No; however, there are enough of them out there for them to be the #1 cause of death!!! 

  • If your doctor wants to give you Opiates, Benzodiazepines, antipsychotics, antidepressants, stimulants, or hypnotics for more than 3 days, RUN!
  • If your doctor is test happy, RUN!
  • If your doctor spends no time outside of the exam room discussing his/her findings, RUN!
  • If your doctor goes on frequent vacations, RUN!
  • If your doctor refuses to offer you natural healing solutions FIRST, then RUN!
  • If a doctor doesn’t tell you that GMO’s, vaccines and foods that are not organic will give you diseases, sickness and cause an early death, RUN!

 


Here’s an article by a recognized physician, Dr Josh Axe, that you may find frightfully awakening to the crisis with doctors today and iatrogenic addiction and death…

Prescription Death
You may have thought cancer or heart disease takes the lives of more Americans than any other illness or event. But conventional medicine is actually the leading cause of death today!

Iatrogenesis is known as the “inadvertent and preventable induction of disease or complications by the medical treatment or procedures of a physician or surgeon.”

Health Care in America Today

The Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) was created by Congress to analyze scientific and technical issues in America. From 1972 to 1995, the OTA conducted studies on health care, pollution and other such topics.

  • After producing an unfavorable report of US health care, the agency was disbanded by Congress.
  • The OTA’s 1995 report on health care found that:
  • Life expectancy in the US was among the lowest in developed countries
  • Infant mortality rates in the US are poor
  • Technology in US medicine is expensive and unrestrained
  • 67% of physicians in the US in 1990 were specialists
  • The drug industry exacerbates health care costs while new drugs rarely provide more benefit than old
  • The FDA doesn’t consider the effectiveness of new treatments or compare new products to old
  • The FDA does not consider non-drug alternatives
  • The pre- and post-approval processes for drugs is lacking

The report concluded with these statements:

“Only 10-20% of all procedures used in medical practice have been shown to be efficacious by controlled trial,” and “There are no mechanisms in place to limit dissemination of technologies regardless of their clinical value.”

The Nutrition Institute of America funded an independent review of “government-approved” medicine that was published in 2006. Professors Gary Null and Dorothy Smith, along with doctors Carolyn Dean, Martin Feldman and Debora Rasio titled the report “Death by Medicine.”

The researchers found that America’s leading cause of death isn’t heart disease or cancer: its conventional medicine. They found that the iatrogenic death rate in the US (death caused by doctors and/or medical treatments) is 783,936 a year. That’s 84,059 more deaths than those caused by heart disease in 2001 and 230,865 more deaths than those caused by cancer.

Over a decade, the scientists predict that iatrogenic deaths will total about 7.8 million, “more than all the casualties from all the wars fought by the US throughout its entire history,” a death rate equivalent to that caused by six jumbo jets falling out of the sky every day.

They also believe the numbers are actually much higher because most iatrogenic deaths aren’t reported as such: only 5 to 20% of iatrogenic deaths are reported for fear of lawsuits and because codes for reporting deaths due to drug side effects and other medical errors don’t even exist in many cases. The number of deaths due to conventional medicine may be 20 times higher than the numbers depicted here.

The study authors, using the most conservative statistics they could find, broke down iatrogenic deaths over ten years as following:

  • Adverse Drug Reactions 1.06 million
  • Medical Error 0.98 million
  • Bedsores 1.15 million
  • Hospital Infections 0.88 million
  • Malnutrition in Health Care 1.09 million
  • Outpatients 1.99 million
  • Unnecessary Procedures 371,360
  • Surgery-related 320,000

The “Death by Medicine” doctors also took a look at unnecessary medical care over the course of a decade. They found that 89 million people are hospitalized unnecessarily each year and that 17 million iatrogenic events will occur among this number. 75 million Americans receive unnecessary medical procedures over a decade, 15 million of which result in an iatrogenic event. 164 million people will receive unneeded medical treatment within a decade.

So what’s behind these death rates and adverse events? Profit, politics, defensive medicine, lack of research on treatments, one-size-fits-all drugs, lack of doctor-patient time and the abuse and overmedication of our elderly are all culprits.

Conflicts of Interest

Former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine Dr. Marcia Angell has written that pharmaceutical stock and other financial incentives for scientists are twisting medical research and science altogether to suit business goals.

Not only do such credible journals accept studies from researchers with conflicts of interest, when a drug company funds a study, ABC News found that there is a 90% chance that the drug will be deemed effective compared to the 50% rate of this conclusion when a study isn’t funded by a pharmaceutical company.

The US General Accounting Office found that “of the 198 drugs approved by the FDA between 1976 and 1985…102 (or 51.5%) has serious post-approval risks,” including “heart failure, myocardial infarction, anaphylaxis, respiratory depression and arrest, seizures, kidney and liver failure, severe blood disorders, birth defects and fetal toxicity, and blindness.”

Antibiotics

Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 90% of upper respiratory infections are viral; more than 40% of the 50 million prescriptions written each year for antibiotics are prescribed for such infections. Antibiotics have no effect on viruses and the overuse of antibiotics has likely led to the drug-resistant superbugs and the 88,000 deaths due to hospital infections every year.

The CDC does not report on the research that supports nutraceuticals for viral infections and immune system strengthening that could lessen antibiotic abuse, the study authors lament.

Hospitals receive funding based on how many beds they fill. This fact, and the fact that doctors practice defensive medicine to protect themselves from lawsuits, results in unnecessary hospitalizations and many unnecessary screenings and treatments.

Unnecessary Treatments

  • The media often drives unnecessary treatments and the prescribing of unneeded drugs. While cosmetic surgeries may number the greatest of these, cesarean sections, cardiac surgeries, endoscopies, back surgeries and pain-relieving surgeries are vastly over-used.
  • Dr. Barbara Starfield reports that the overuse of technology creates a “cascade effect” in treating patients: unnecessary outpatient treatment often leads to more visits, more prescriptions, more hospitalizations and deaths.
  • X-rays, CT scans, mammograms and other such diagnostics are costly and cumulatively dangerous, yet they are given regularly to soothe patient fears and often lead to unnecessary surgeries.
  • Pregnant women used to have x-rays regularly until a study found that they increased death in children from cancer by 40%.
  • Coronary angiography, the use of radiation to look at blood vessels and the heart, is another widely practiced diagnostic whose effects are unknown.
  • Dr. John Goffman believes that x-rays, CT scans, mammography and fluoroscopy contribute to 75% of the new cancers diagnosed every year and increases in heart disease. He believes that ionizing radiation will cause 100 million premature deaths from 2006 to 2016.
  • Orthopedic surgeon Dr. John Sarno says that many back surgeries are based on abnormal x-rays even though multiple studies have found that there is often no connection between abnormalities on x-rays and back pain.

Chemotherapy

Professor Ulrich Abel analyzed the use of chemotherapy for epithelial cancer and published the results in 1989. He found no direct evidence that chemotherapy helps people with advanced carcinoma to survive; only a slight benefit in patients with small-cell lung cancer; and perhaps some slight benefit in those with ovarian cancer.

He said that the belief that chemotherapy can prolong survival is an “opinion based on a fallacy which is not supported by clinical studies.”

High-dose chemotherapy (HDC) is still a treatment of choice, however, for breast cancer unchecked by normal doses, even though a March 2000 study found that HDC held no benefits and even slightly reduced survival rates.

Women and Conventional Medicine

The “Death by Medicine” doctors take special note of the unnecessary procedures practiced on women in America. 19th-century views of women, the idea that women’s reproductive organs were the basis of physical and mental illnesses have leftover influences on medicine today.

Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman has studied this influence on conventional medicine. She reports that:

  • thousands of “preventive” mastectomies are performed every year
  • more women than men are prescribed drugs
  • women are more often given preventive medications that result in side effects than men
    one-third of women are given hysterectomies before they’ve even gone through menopause
  • fetal monitoring is common practice even though the CDC doesn’t recommend it, it’s use isn’t supported by research and it may result in higher rates of cesarean section
    menopause and childbirth are considered medical conditions rather than normal biological practices
  • the one-third of post-menopausal women on synthetic hormones don’t experience heart disease prevention or cognitive benefits but do experience increased risk of cancer, heart disease and stroke
  • Obstetric-gynecologic surgeries represent 23% of all US surgeries performed in 1983, reports the study authors. Cesarean sections take top billing and hysterectomies come in second place.
  • They estimate that 640,000 cesarean sections are performed each year in the US and that these increase mortality rates 3 to 4 times and disease rates by 20 times compared to vaginal deliveries.

Sick Care System

The “Death by Medicine” doctors say that the overuse of medical testing, technology, surgery and drugs does little to prevent disease and results in the most US deaths.

What is more important to consider, they say, is the practice of preventive medicine, changes that would address the root causes of disease: stress and its effects on the immune system, a compromised brain/body connection, lack of physical activity, denatured and processed food intake, and exposure to environmental toxins.

Sources
Life Extension Foundation (2006)
National Institutes of Health (2004)
Journal of American Medical Association (1998)
Center for Science in the Public Interest (2004)


Please visit IatrogenicAddiction.com for more information.

Opiates & Benzos

Opiates are the MOST abused drug in the US today. In some people, addiction will begin in just 3 days or less. Most will be addicted within 4-6 weeks. After that, they will need detox to get them out of their addiction. The 6 week point is the point where doctors will escalate the addiction by increasing dosages and adding other opiates or other drugs that potentiate the effect of the opiates.  Examples of other drugs would be: antidepressants, Soma, and benzodiazepines such as ativan, klonopin and xanax, hypnotics, neurontin, lyrica and more. These monster doctors are fully aware of what they are doing to you, but do it anyone because addiction is an easy ride for them. All they do is keep giving you your Rx’s each month, collect $880.00 and up in insurance money for each of your visits. When you die, there are 4 to replace you in that notorious hell of a waiting room.

One of the immediate effects of opiates are drowsiness, lethargy, memory loss, paranoia, fear, respiratory depression and oftentimes nausea. One of the reasons for memory loss is due to a condition known as hypoxia. Hypoxia is oxygen loss to the brain and is caused by the opiates causing shallow and decreased respirations. An obvious sign of opiate use that is evident in ALL who are taking opiates is what is called ‘pinprick or pinpoint pupils’. One look and a trained eye knows; you don’t need to ask. The addict thinks you can’t possible know. This is a big giveaway of opiate abuse and cannot be disguised. Dark glasses won’t cover this up. If you’re stopped by a cop, you can be arrested for a DUI and probably do time in jail for it. If you do go to jail, most courts will not help you out with withdrawal. They will let you go cold turkey which is not fun and could bring seizures, heart attack, stroke and death. It’s noteworthy to mention that you can also be arrested for a DUI with taking Benzos… even at small doses – only once daily – over a long period of time (longer than 3 months). Most likely, your pupils will be dilated and will be quite evident to the trained eye. Those benzo eyes are everywhere! Constriction can happen also, based on other medications or drugs the person is taking.

God designed the heart and mind to coexist without drugs, therefore He knows far above what doctors, psychiatrist, substance abuse counselors and the media know about the damage that happens to an addicted heart and mind. In my humble opinion, I think denial is the worst enemy of someone on opiates or benzodiazepines. They are so afraid of being without their best ‘friends’ (drugs), that they try to deny the addiction. The problem is, the addiction will not deny them the right to suffer and die.

Remember: The fact that your doctor prescribed these dangerous drugs, does NOT release you from liability. You must always do your research and be accountable. Opiates and Benzos are BIG BIZ! Doctors cash in on that. Don’t be a cash cow. If you’re in an addiction, run from the doctor who gave it to you and find a medically supervised detox facility to get you off of these drugs. It’s the ONLY safe way of doing it. Please don’t be fooled by those who say you can do it yourself; you can’t.

Are all doctor malicious and trying to addict you for the sake of the almighty dollar and easy money? Are all doctors out for the lifestyle of the rich and famous?  Of course not; however, the majority must be because doctors are now the #1 cause of preventable accidental death her in the US… now surpassing car accidents! So, your answer is in the statistics.

American Psychiatrist leon Eisenber, the “Scientific Father of ADHD” Admitted on his Death Bed that “ADHD is a Fictitious Disease”.

Psychiatry’s Darkest Aspects In The Big PharMonopoly

A question: Why has there been such a dramatic rise in mental disease and invariably increased prescribed psychiatric drug use in recent years? Could it simply be because more people are getting mentally disabled? Or could it be due to a number of other dark and sinister aspects at work related to psychiatry’s connection to Big Pharma’s profit machine?

In light of this here are some of psychiatry’s darkest aspects in the Big PharMonopoly

The baseless chemical imbalance theory
Big Pharma has made trillions in psychiatric drug sales on the chemical imbalance theory. This widely accepted principle is based on the idea that mental diseases are caused by an imbalance of chemical neurotransmitters in the brain. However, there is no scientific evidence to support this theory. For example, there is no evidence proving that the accepted cause of depression is an imbalance of the neurotransmitter serotonin.

Although rigorously promoted by Big Pharma, psychiatrists, sales and marketing reps… the portfolio-expanding, money-spinning pharmaceutical drug treatment model of mental disease is therefore based on fiction: With the baseless chemical imbalance theory, the tragedy is that patients have not been cured. As they continue to suffer, what about the dangerous side effects of these drugs?

On the encouraging side, research suggests that chemical changes rather than imbalances are the causes of mental disease.

Fictitious Diseases
If ever there’s a case of psychiatry and Big Pharma rearing its ugly head it’s in the way of disease mongering through inventing fictitious mental diseases. ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is said to be a classic example. Just before he died, Leon Eisenberg, the originator of ADHD, confessed that it was a fictitious disease.

Another ‘trick’ used by corrupt psychiatry and Big Pharma is to change the name of a drug and use it to treat another mental disorder in the hope of getting a better sales return. This has worked for a number of drugs. For example, Abilify was originally meant to be the wonder drug for treating schizophrenia, but failed to make the mark on anticipated sales. So Abilify was then used to treat severe depression in conjunction with other drugs and sales skyrocketed, in spite of comments from health professionals saying the drug doesn’t work, and that there’s no evidence for its efficacy!

You may be wondering how the psychiatric industry and Big Pharma got away with it. Simple, the FDA approval body gave the thumbs up to this drug on the basis that its effects were unknown: The board members had been rigged with psychiatrists having financial ties to the pharmaceutical company selling the drug. This process, with its CONflict of interest and corruption, has been repeated many times over the years to influence the FDA’s approval of other drugs.

Further, from R & D, approval bodies, drug manufacture, sales and marketing, to treatment … corruption occurs at all levels in psychiatry.

The DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Model)
The DSM is a catalogue used to identify and treat mental diseases. Since its origination in the 1930’s the DSM’s number of identified mental diseases has gone up from 30-odd to currently over 370. Based on patients’ symptoms mental diseases have been added to the catalogue over the years by votes from various boards of psychiatrists having no convincing objective scientific evidence to support their claims.

No wonder it has been said that psychiatry and Big Pharma’s pill-for-every-ill mentality has created a number of fictitious diseases solely for increased drug sales…

Enforced psychiatric treatment and the 6 year old boy locked up in a psychiatric hospital for ‘throwing a temper tantrum’

Corruption occurs in psychiatry through using false pretenses to enforce psychiatric treatment. Thus, in some circumstances, people may be putting themselves in a vulnerable position when placing their full trust in the psychiatrist. For instance, some parents have trusted psychiatrists to know what’s best for their child’s health, only to result in dire straits for the child, as in the recent case of a 6 year old boy who got locked up in a psychiatric hospital for ‘throwing a temper tantrum.’

Staff and administrators lacking empathy
Psychiatry’s darkest aspects in the Big PharMonopoly include a number of staff and administrators lacking in empathy towards the care and treatment of psychiatric patients. Once again, that hoary old chestnut ‘it’s in the money’ may well be at influence here, tied to corporate and political agendas…

Such is the said corruption related to the hospital where the 6yo boy was committed. This psychiatric hospital and a chain of others under the ownership of Universal Health Services, in the Unites States, are under criminal investigation for medical fraud. The upshot of this alleged fraud is that the hospitals with their staff and administrators have used whatever methods they can to hold patients. Thus, beds are filled for collecting the patients’ insurance payments until they run out.

Whatever the result of this investigation it clearly shows how parental rights are under fire. Parents have to stand up to this or the circumstances will not change and may even get worse. If you are a parent concerned for your child and want to get involved, then have a look at this.

Biased approaches
As with other branches of medicine, psychiatry is heavily sponsored and controlled by the Big Pharma medical/pharmaceutical establishment; from academic training, R & D, approval bodies, marketing, sales, to diagnoses and treatment… taking the blinkered approach that they ‘know what’s best.’

Alternative, natural health approaches with its advocates are looked upon as ‘enemies,’ as they threaten to undercut the state-sponsored medical / pharmaceutical drug cartel’s businesses. Hence, regardless of its efficacy, there is a war on natural health.

Making it extremely difficult for competitors
On similar lines to the above, through its ability to meet high costs for R & D, sales and marketing, then there’s the obligatory systems, procedures and protocols, the medical/pharmaceutical establishment have monopolized the health industry by making it extremely difficult for their competitors to compete with.

Finally
Discernment is the key if you or your loved ones are in need of treatment. Having been indoctrinated and tied into the money spinning medical/pharmaceutical establishment the doctor may not recommend what’s best. Maybe an alternative natural health based approach is needed instead. Do your research, and then consult with health professionals before deciding what to do…

Then there’s the case of standing up for the right to health freedom and not have to be subjected to any enforced healthcare.

The bottom line is that nobody should be able to tell you what to do with your body (or your child’s).

This insightful video nicely summarizes how the Big PharMonopoly came about and helps to put things into perspective:

Source: http://www.naturalblaze.com/nbcitation5.html

Do NOT Trust any Doctor!!!

This post is brief and to the point today.  It’s all said in the poster I made today. Please take it to heart.

VictoryRetreatMontana.com        IatrogenicAddiction.com

Are Painkillers the ‘Respectable’ Addiction, or is There No Such Thing?

Celebrity drug overdoses frequently shine the spotlight on the lethal danger of narcotic use and addictions in the entertainment industry. However, the problem spans across all age, gender, social, and economic groups every day.

A person usually begins taking a narcotic during the treatment of a legitimate medical problem that needs more than an aspirin to kill the pain. These drugs are highly effective. They help people recover from surgery and horrible accidents. If you have a chronic pain condition, the heavy duty pain killers that work (namely narcotics like Vicodin, OxyContin, Percocet, Demerol) become your sole source of life-without-pain. Since they’re prescribed by a doctor, covered by health insurance, effective for pain relief and available at the pharmacy – why not take them?

And therein lies the beginning of an abuse pattern. Narcotics are addictive. You depend on them long enough for pain relief and you develop a physical and mental addiction to them. It’s a slippery slope.

There is no one-size-fits-all number of doses or number of days or weeks that define whether the narcotic use has morphed into addiction. One clue may be that the person can no longer get refills or get it prescribed as they had been and they find new clever ways to obtain the drug. Another is that the regular dosage doesn’t satisfy and the person takes twice the amount prescribed or more. The person’s overall lack of mental sharpness and alertness can be another indication. The medical community has imposed new regulations that make it more difficult for patients to get narcotics, but someone who is addicted or in a whole lot of pain will usually find a way anyhow.

I currently suffer with chronic pain. Do you? Do you find yourself thinking that it’s not worth the fight? Why not just take the _______ (fill in the blank with your pain killer) and feel better? Why deny yourself the relief? It’s a grey area at times.

My own mother suffered for decades with narcotics addiction. The day she died she was found on the floor next to her bed with a syringe and a vial labeled Demerol on her sheets. Her passing was sad, but after witnessing so many close encounters she had with death because of her addiction, it wasn’t surprising to us that she left this world that way.

It appears that a painkiller addiction is as hard to break as a crack cocaine addiction. The major difference is that narcotics are legal and purchased at the local pharmacy instead of on the streets (at least in the beginning).But this I know to be true: being doped up is easier for other people to detect than the person taking the drugs; you think you can _____ (fill in the blank with activities like drive, take care of your children, etc.) fine when you’ve taken the narcotics, but you are impaired whether you want to admit it or not; it gets easier and easier to tell yourself that you NEED the pill as time goes on.

What then are we supposed to do? Be in pain all the time?

I say NO! We are supposed to be careful! We are supposed to take milder pain killers like Aleve, Tylenol or Advil while we work, drive, take care of children, ______ (fill in the blank) and as often as we can in place of taking the hard stuff.

Please don’t wreck your life and possibly others by toying with narcotics. Only use them when you absolutely have to. They can become an idol in your life that you believe you can’t do without.

If you are there already or know someone who is, please don’t let your addiction to narcotics kill you like it has so many others. Will you seek professional help? Can you take steps to be free?

Copyright 2010 Beth Livingston. Used by permission. CBN.com


The above article, in my opinion, is well balanced and provides a summary of what the average person (consumer) needs to know; however, I disagree on one point. I believe that the ONLY instances where Opiates can come into play are during the following situations:

  • For the first 3 days post-op
  • For the first 3 days after an extreme physical trauma
  • During the last few days of the dying process – IF it’s painful. Then, the risks do not outweigh the benefits. It’s just mercy.

Chronic pain should NEVER be a reason for Opiates.  There are too many other options… including my favorite… NATURAL ALTERNATIVES. Suffering with chronic pain will not kill you; however, the deadly, addictive medicines that are being used in our country today, WILL kill you.

withdrawal-baby

National Alliance for Rx Drug Addiction Survivors (NARDAS)

NARDAS is an alliance that we have recently formed that will:

  1. Bring Awareness to the dangers Rx Drug Addiction

  2. Educate patients on physician induced addiction (Iatrogenic Addiction) which is the #1 cause of preventable accidental death in the US right now

  3. Advocate for those affected

  4. Provide support to it’s victims and their families

  5. Educate doctors about prescription drug addiction and detox

  6. Offer alternative methods of dealing with pain, anxiety, insomnia, hyperactivity, etc

  7. Encourage detox to those affected

  8. Organize a Membership so members can bring awareness to their communities

  9. Alert people to the dangers of Rx drugs, resulting damage to the body and mind and  the dangers of withdrawal

  10. Encourage safe medically supervised detoxification in a hospital or detox facility

  11. Prevent the initiation of addictive medications

  12. Educate in natural alternative therapies

  13. Arrange online meetings for discussion groups

Holding doctors criminally accountable for the forced addiction of innocent and trusting patients, MUST HAPPEN. Doctors are medical professionals to whom you go to for healing – not further suffering that leads to an untimely death.

Among a host of other major health problems, here are just a few that come from addictive and dangerous Rx drugs:
1) addiction will quickly happen (usually in approximately 2 weeks)
2) the torment of increasing episodes of withdrawal, requiring more drugs and increased dosages which = more side effects
3) inexplicable and bizarre physical and mental symptoms will always occur that they won’t tell you the drugs are responsible for. Rather, they put you through extensive, expensive and unnecessary testing for diseases that don’t exist, after which they give you and more addictive and psychotropic medications that further endanger your physical and emotional health
4) stroke, heart attacks, seizures, psychosis, hallucinations, mental ‘illness’ that is simply a result of the drugs’ side effects
5) an untimely preventable ‘accidental’ death

About these drugs and their effect on you and your psyche:
They’re lethal. Their harm far outweighs their short lived ‘good’. They will romance you for a short time until it begins to destroy and ultimately end your life – slowly, and with the panic of terror. You will be dumbed down and your existence is all about having the drugs and getting the drugs. The suffering is beyond belief. Some of the side effects of particular drugs will last a lifetime. All too many lose their lives. There is no respect of person, age, sex, or position in life. When doctors prescribe these dangerous drugs, they are now giving them to man, woman and child.

Many of these dangerous drugs cause you to feel a euphoria that stops you remembering past hurts and emotional pain. That NEVER lasts… it’s only temporary and will eventually bite you. Most victims of Rx drug addiction enter into it innocently because they trust their doctor. It’s a betrayal like no other. I term it a chemical rape! It is an UNINTENTIONAL drug addiction. Much like any addiction, it takes hostages of the victim and the people who love them. There is no eye in this storm; you need God Himself to lead you out and bring you to safety.

The short term and seemingly quick fix for you, produces a long term high income for your greedy doctor. The death toll is currently up to a staggering 783,936 innocent victims this past year – in the US alone. The suffering is well beyond these numbers. Left behind are grieving loved ones who feel unspeakable guilt that they should have known what they couldn’t have known at the time. Parents find their cold and lifeless kids bodies, foaming at the mouth on the bed in the home and bedroom they designed for their comfort, security and joy. Children can’t find the mom or dad they used to know as loving and caring – due to the effect the drug has on them, or, due to death. The personality of people become buried. These victims are criticized for their ‘drug seeking behavior and doctor shopping’ when doctors fully understand that they HAVE NO CHOICE in order to stop the torture of withdrawal. Everyone who becomes addicted to prescription drugs is owned by their addiction. They have little to no time for their careers, children, activities of daily living, their friends, or their families whom they once cherished. Everything falls apart.

What can be done? Together, we need to work cohesively, from the bottom up rather than from the top down. Why? It’s because Big Pharma and Big Med have become too powerful and are untouchable at this point. So, we educate you, the people, on how to never allow doctors to addict you. We help and support those addicted as to ways on how to get out and stay out. We offer alternative suggestions for ways to manage life’s challenges that got you there in the first place. We give support and comfort to the grieving loved ones left behind. Everyone is given a chance to tell their story or to speak on behalf of your loved one who lost their life. THIS NEEDS TO CHANGE BECAUSE THERE IS AN ABUSE OF POWER THAT THEY SHOULD NEVER HAVE HAD IN THE FIRST PLACE. It can change when you hit doctors where it hurts more – their wallets!  If you’ve been injured by an addiction give to you by your doctor, or, a loved one has died of an accidental prescription drug overdose, please contact a malpractice attorney today.

Need HELP? Call my appointment hotline at 406-407-7179 for a FREE discussion on how we can help you. Going forward, there is never a set fee.. only a donation of any size that you can easily afford. We are a non-profit corporation set up to bring some sanity to your life and to help you through that dark tunnel and back into the Light. Until our alternative rahab is completed, which is a Bible based Christian Retreat for those who have problems with addiction, we continue to support you and coach you by phone, Skype, text and email. There is Victory over Rx Drug Addiction. It can only come through the one and only true Living God… Jesus Christ Himself!

May the Lord give you the wisdom and strength to make the right decision in taking the road of joining us. Change must happen. Together we can see this through.

Interested in Membership, or have any comments?  Please fill out the form below! The First Year is FREE!

Snorting Your Prescription Painkillers

Insufflation – better known as snorting – causes drugs to enter your bloodstream quickly, giving you a more intense and faster high. People with chronic pain or those who have a painkiller addiction, seek a way to chase the high they once had. As you may know, the euphoria leaves after a short while, which leaves your body with a desperate need for that high again. What people do is increase their dosage on their own in order to bring back the euphoria. Many even make the decision to crush up their tablets and snort them. They think that it’s the fastest way to reach that desired euphoria again.; however, it’s not.

If you think snorting is a behavior of street Rx drug users, think again.  There are all too many little grannies who are doing it due to the extreme and desperate need for the body to maintain a high.

Why is Snorting Drugs Bad?
Snorting painkillers is significantly more dangerous than taking them as a pill or tablet by mouth, and the decision to crush up your hydrocodone could very well cost you your life.

5 reasons why snorting painkillers could likely cause you to lose your life:

1. It’s Harder to Control the Dosage
The process of crushing and snorting painkillers makes it easier for the drugs to be absorbed into your blood stream. This, in turn, creates a faster and more unpredictable high. Though this might sound appealing when you’re craving a Vicodin (or other opiate) fix, you’ll have zero control over the end result.

Don’t wait
Get treatment before your prescription drug use becomes life-threatening. Let me tell you, it will.

Accidental overdoses are the leading cause of accidental injury deaths, and prescription painkillers are the most frequent source of the overdose. Every time you snort painkillers, you put your life at risk. One American dies every 19 minute for an accidental overdose.

2. Time is running out

Addiction begins with tolerance, which uncontrollably pushes you to use larger doses than you initially were given. At this desperate point, all to many begin to snort.
Once you become addicted to painkillers, quitting without medically supervised detox becomes impossible–and especially dangerous.

3. Respiratory and Sinus Irritation

Snorting these potent substances will cause your sinuses and respiratory system to become extremely irritated causing frequent illness and then, disease. If you’re not careful, you could even choke (to death) as you attempt to snort the drugs.

The damage ranges from mild to life-threatening, but some of the ways snorting painkillers can affect your breathing include:

  • Chronic sinus infections and congestion.
  • Changes in your voice.
  • Frequent nose bleeds.
  • Sleep apnea and snoring.
  • Awakening due to congestion at night.
  • Lung infections, pneumonia, and similar complications.
  • Sores in and around your nose and mouth.

Why not manage the damage today by getting help to get healthy again. As long as you can still breathe, t’s never too late.

4. Intensification of Other Risk Factors

The fact that snorting painkillers is dangerous doesn’t mean that taking pills by mouth is okay… even for people with a valid medical prescription. Signs that your life is headed to total darkness:

  • Depression
  • Difficulties with motivation.
  • Anxiety and Panic Attacks.
  • Trouble concentrating.
  • Sleeping too much… not enough.
  • Changes in appetite and taste.
  • Gastrointestinal distress, such as frequent unexplained vomiting.
  • Constipation / Diarrhea
  • Cardiovascular problems.
  • Increased vulnerability to infections.
  • High-risk behavior, such as doctor shopping and stealing drugs.
  • Difficulty relating to others.
  • Worsening of chronic pain due to the drugs diminishing your overall health.
  • Trouble staying awake during the day, and disruptions in sleep during the night.
  • Vivid goulish dreams.
  • Chronic Heartburn.
  • Palpitations.
  • Apathy.
  • Headache.
  • Severe Agitation
  • Hallucinations – both auditory and visual
  • Skin crawling
  • Having to take a lot of time off from work.
  • Disconnecting from family and friends who don’t use.

5. Unpredictable Effects

The effects of painkiller use are well-known when these drugs are administered orally. But because painkillers were never designed to be snorted, it’s hard to predict how snorting painkillers might affect you.

No matter how much you believe you are in control of your painkiller use, snorting these dangerous drugs robs you of control, and can yield deadly unanticipated side effects and death. These drugs can even place you in a vegetative state for the rest of your life.
Personal factors, such as your cardiovascular health and age, can alter the effects of the drugs.


VictoryRetreatMontana.com – An up and coming alternative method to healing addiction through God’s principles.