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As Santa Barbara rampage shows, mass murderers are nearly impossible to predict

This is not the entire article but excerpts I think matter to make the point this fellow probably had been given psycho active prescriptions as a child.

It would be difficult to believe he had not been given such as a child, probably, his Dad would be able to answer this question. Pharmacies to not retain Rx records, which facilitates covering up.

Taken from the CBS NEWS article indicated above, dtd May 27, 2014, written about Santa Barbara mass murderer (using a multitude of weapons, and not just guns), as follows:

In July 2012, 24-year-old Holmes opened fire at a midnight screening of a Batman film, killing a dozen moviegoers. Like Rodger, he too had seen mental health professionals before his rampage. Five months later, 20-year-old Lanza shot 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

Dr. E. Fuller Torrey, a leading expert on severe mental illness, told “60 Minutes” in 2013 that many mass killings turn out to be committed by mentally ill people who were not receiving treatment. “About half of these mass killings are being done by people with severe mental illness, mostly schizophrenia. And if they were being treated, they would’ve been preventable,” he said.

Experts who study mass murderers say the vast majority of lonely and angry people don’t commit violence, which makes it difficult to know who will snap.
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Information gleaned from his manifesto indicates his family made numerous attempts to get him treatment for symptoms of psychiatric illness, but Rodger was resistant. He said he was prescribed an antispychotic drug called Risperidone but refused to take it.
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In his writings, Rodger said he had seen several therapists throughout his life, but it’s unclear what he had been diagnosed with or treated for.

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Suspect in Seattle Pacific University Rampage Researched Mass Shootings

By Erik Ortiz and M. Alex Johnson

The 26-year-old man accused of killing a student and shooting three others at a Seattle college researched on other mass shootings — specifically the Columbine massacre, sources familiar with the investigation told NBC News.

There’s no evidence, however, indicating that the suspect, Aaron Rey Ybarra, had actually visited the Colorado community where two armed high school students slaughtered 12 classmates and a teacher in 1999, sources said.

Police said Ybarra opened fire at Seattle Pacific University shortly after 3 p.m. (6 p.m. ET) Thursday, walking into a lobby of the engineering and math hall, and then firing multiple shots.

A 19-year-old man died at Harborview Medical Center. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray identified him Friday as Paul Lee, a student at the university.

Image: Jon Meis Joshua Trujillo, Seattlepi.com

Seattle Pacific University student Jon Meis, pictured, subdued the the gunman.

Sarah Williams, 19, remained in intensive care Friday following five hours in surgery, while a 24-year-old man remained in satisfactory condition, Harborview Medical Center of Seattle said.

The fourth victim, a 22-year-old man, was treated and released.

The gunman was stopped when a student identified as Jon Meis — working as a desk lobby monitor at the time — subdued him with pepper spray. Police said the suspect had stopped to reload — giving Meis a moment to put a chokehold on the shooter and force him to the ground.

Police records in Mountlake Terrace, a suburb north of Seattle where Ybarra lived with his parents, show that he at one time worked at a gun range and was twice involuntary committed for mental health evaluations after incidents.

In October 2010, Ybarra called 911 and said he wanted to hurt himself and other people, according to an incident report. He was involuntary committed for evaluation after he said he “had a rage inside him” and “has had previous suicidal thoughts,” the report says.

Two years later, in October 2012, Ybarra was discovered lying in the middle of a street “very intoxicated,” according to a separate report, which says Ybarra told officers “he wanted [the] SWAT team to get him and make him famous” because “no one cares about him.”

Heroic Seattle student subdues gunman
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Assistant Mountlake Terrace Police Chief Pete Caw told NBC News on Friday that it wasn’t known what happened after Ybarra was sent to a hospital for mental evaluations in either case.

Police said Ybarra was armed with a shotgun, a knife and extra rounds of ammunition. He wasn’t a student at the school, and investigators are trying to determine why he targeted Seattle Pacific, a private Christian college, some 12 miles from his home.

His decision to attack appeared to have be planned in advance, sources told NBC News.

Sources said Ybarra made a private purchase of a shotgun two years go. He was also described as being angry, anti-social and disaffected.

A bail hearing is scheduled for Friday afternoon. Ybarra was booked into the King County Jail on homicide charges.

Sarah Ford and Andrew Blankstein of NBC News contributed to this report.

Nearly every mass shooting in the last 20 years shares one thing in common, and it isn’t weapons.

What is wrong in America? Ask your doctor. Ask your therapist. Ask the FDA. Ask the drug companies….

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Nearly every mass shooting incident in the last twenty years, and multiple other instances of suicide and isolated shootings all share one thing in common, and its not the weapons used.

The overwhelming evidence suggests the single largest common factor in all of these incidents is that all of the perpetrators were either actively taking powerful psychotropic drugs or had been at some point in the immediate past before they committed their crimes.

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Multiple credible scientific studies going back more then a decade, as well as internal documents from certain pharmaceutical companies that suppressed the information show that SSRI drugs ( Selective Serotonin Re-Uptake Inhibitors ) have well known, but unreported side effects, including but not limited to suicide and other violent behavior. One need only Google relevant key words or phrases to see for themselves. http://www.ssristories.com is one popular site that has documented over 4500 ” Mainstream Media ” reported cases from around the World of aberrant or violent behavior by those taking these powerful drugs…

…On to the list of mass shooters and the stark link to psychotropic drugs:

Eric Harris, age 17 (first on Zoloft then Luvox) and Dylan Klebold, aged 18 (Columbine school shooting in Littleton, Colorado), killed 12 students and 1 teacher, and wounded 23 others, before killing themselves. Klebold’s medical records have never been made available to the public.

Jeff Weise, age 16, had been prescribed 60 mg/day of Prozac (three times the average starting dose for adults!) when he shot his grandfather, his grandfather’s girlfriend and many fellow students at Red Lake, Minnesota. He then shot himself. 10 dead, 12 wounded.

Cory Baadsgaard, age 16, Wahluke (Washington state) High School, was on Paxil (which caused him to have hallucinations) when he took a rifle to his high school and held 23 classmates hostage. He has no memory of the event.

Chris Fetters, age 13, killed his favorite aunt while taking Prozac.

Christopher Pittman, age 12, murdered both his grandparents while taking Zoloft.

Mathew Miller, age 13, hanged himself in his bedroom closet after taking Zoloft for 6 days.

Kip Kinkel, age 15, (on Prozac and Ritalin) shot his parents while they slept then went to school and opened fire killing 2 classmates and injuring 22 shortly after beginning Prozac treatment.

Luke Woodham, age 16 (Prozac) killed his mother and then killed two students, wounding six others.

A boy in Pocatello, ID (Zoloft) in 1998 had a Zoloft-induced seizure that caused an armed stand off at his school.

Michael Carneal (Ritalin), age 14, opened fire on students at a high school prayer meeting in West Paducah, Kentucky. Three teenagers were killed, five others were wounded..

A young man in Huntsville, Alabama (Ritalin) went psychotic chopping up his parents with an ax and also killing one sibling and almost murdering another.

Andrew Golden, age 11, (Ritalin) and Mitchell Johnson, aged 14, (Ritalin) shot 15 people, killing four students, one teacher, and wounding 10 others.

TJ Solomon, age 15, (Ritalin) high school student in Conyers, Georgia opened fire on and wounded six of his class mates.

Rod Mathews, age 14, (Ritalin) beat a classmate to death with a bat.

James Wilson, age 19, (various psychiatric drugs) from Breenwood, South Carolina, took a .22 caliber revolver into an elementary school killing two young girls, and wounding seven other children and two teachers.

Elizabeth Bush, age 13, (Paxil) was responsible for a school shooting in Pennsylvania.

Jason Hoffman (Effexor and Celexa) – school shooting in El Cajon, California.

Jarred Viktor, age 15, (Paxil), after five days on Paxil he stabbed his grandmother 61 times.

Chris Shanahan, age 15 (Paxil) in Rigby, ID who out of the blue killed a woman.

Jeff Franklin (Prozac and Ritalin), Huntsville, AL, killed his parents as they came home from work using a sledge hammer, hatchet, butcher knife and mechanic’s file, then attacked his younger brothers and sister.

Neal Furrow (Prozac) in LA Jewish school shooting reported to have been court-ordered to be on Prozac along with several other medications.

Kevin Rider, age 14, was withdrawing from Prozac when he died from a gunshot wound to his head. Initially it was ruled a suicide, but two years later, the investigation into his death was opened as a possible homicide. The prime suspect, also age 14, had been taking Zoloft and other SSRI antidepressants.

Alex Kim, age 13, hanged himself shortly after his Lexapro prescription had been doubled.

Diane Routhier was prescribed Welbutrin for gallstone problems. Six days later, after suffering many adverse effects of the drug, she shot herself.

Billy Willkomm, an accomplished wrestler and a University of Florida student, was prescribed Prozac at the age of 17. His family found him dead of suicide – hanging from a tall ladder at the family’s Gulf Shore Boulevard home in July 2002.

Kara Jaye Anne Fuller-Otter, age 12, was on Paxil when she hanged herself from a hook in her closet. Kara’s parents said “…. the damn doctor wouldn’t take her off it and I asked him to when we went in on the second visit. I told him I thought she was having some sort of reaction to Paxil…”)

Gareth Christian, Vancouver, age 18, was on Paxil when he committed suicide in 2002. Gareth’s father could not accept his son’s death and killed himself.

Julie Woodward, age 17, was on Zoloft when she hanged herself in her family’s detached garage.

Matthew Miller was 13 when he saw a psychiatrist because he was having difficulty at school. The psychiatrist gave him samples of Zoloft. Seven days later his mother found him dead, hanging by a belt from a laundry hook in his closet.

Kurt Danysh, age 18, and on Prozac, killed his father with a shotgun. He is now behind prison bars, and writes letters, trying to warn the world that SSRI drugs can kill.

Woody ____, age 37, committed suicide while in his 5th week of taking Zoloft. Shortly before his death his physician suggested doubling the dose of the drug. He had seen his physician only for insomnia. He had never been depressed, nor did he have any history of any mental illness symptoms.

A boy from Houston, age 10, shot and killed his father after his Prozac dosage was increased.

Hammad Memon, age 15, shot and killed a fellow middle school student. He had been diagnosed with ADHD and depression and was taking Zoloft and “other drugs for the conditions.”

Matti Saari, a 22-year-old culinary student, shot and killed 9 students and a teacher, and wounded another student, before killing himself. Saari was taking an SSRI and a benzodiazapine.

Steven Kazmierczak, age 27, shot and killed five people and wounded 21 others before killing himself in a Northern Illinois University auditorium. According to his girlfriend, he had recently been taking Prozac, Xanax and Ambien. Toxicology results showed that he still had trace amounts of Xanax in his system.

Finnish gunman Pekka-Eric Auvinen, age 18, had been taking antidepressants before he killed eight people and wounded a dozen more at Jokela High School – then he committed suicide.

Asa Coon from Cleveland, age 14, shot and wounded four before taking his own life. Court records show Coon was on Trazodone.

Jon Romano, age 16, on medication for depression, fired a shotgun at a teacher in his New York high school…

Missing from list… 3 of 4 known to have taken these same meds….

What drugs was Jared Lee Loughner on? Age 21, killed 6 people and injuring 14 others in Tuscon, AZ.
What drugs was James Eagan Holmes on? Age 24, killed 12 people and injuring 59 others in Aurora, CO.
What drugs was Jacob Tyler Roberts on? Age 22, killed 2 injured 1 in Clackamas, OR.
What drugs was Adam Peter Lanza on? Age 20, killed 26 and wounded 2 in Newtown, CT.

Those focusing on further firearms bans or magazine restrictions are clearly focusing on the wrong issue and asking the wrong questions, either as a deliberate attempt to hide these links, or out of complete and utter ignorance.

Don’t let them! Force our elected “representatives” and the media to cast a harsh spotlight on this issue. Don’t stop hounding them until they do.

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Add my Sister to the list. She killed herself. She was on Prozac. Kim…I miss you in a way that words cannot convey.

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I am very sorry for your loss. Big hug

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1 dead, others hurt in shooting at Seattle Pacific University before student tackles gunman

From the Seattle Times:

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A gunman killed one student and wounded at least two others inside a hall at Seattle Pacific University Thursday afternoon, unleashing a wave of terror as the school went into lockdown and students scrambled for cover.

One of the victims, a young man who was taken in critical conditon to Harborview Medical Center, was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Another, a 20-year-old woman, was in critical condition and in surgery. Two others, men ages 22 and 24, were in satisfactory condition, one with gunshot wounds and the other, who was not shot, suffered injuries that weren’t immediately described.

Two other people were reported to be hurt, although the nature of their injuries was not known, and they were not taken to Harborview.

Seattle police arrested the gunman, described as a young man armed with a shotgun and handgun. Police said the gunman walked into the foyer of Otto Miller Hall shortly before 3:30 p.m. and shot three people.

Seattle police Capt. Chris Fowler said a student, who is a building monitor, subdued the gunman as he stopped to reload.

Other students then helped hold the man down until police arrived, Fowler said.

At some point, police said, someone pepper-sprayed the gunman.

A search for a possible second suspect kept medics from getting to injured people inside, said Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore.

But police later said there was only one suspect, who was believed to have been driving a white Chevrolet S-10 pickup, parked on the northwest corner outside Otto Miller Hall.

“It was super-terrifying,” SPU sophomore Kharis Lund said of the fear and uncertainty that swept through the campus. “There were a lot of people crying and calling their parents.”

“A day of tragedy and loss”

The shooting occurred on the second-to-last day of classes at the Free Methodist school on north end of Queen Anne Hill, where there are 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students. A prayer service was being held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the campus church.

At the scene, a somber Mayor Ed Murray said: “Today should have been a day of celebration at the end of the school year here at Seattle Pacific University. Instead, it’s a day of tragedy and of loss. Once again, the epidemic of gun violence has come to Seattle, an epidemic of gun violence that has haunted this nation.”

He thanked first responders, students and staff.

“Friends, we have been here before: Café Racer, the shootings on Capitol Hill, the shootings at the Jewish Federation,” Murray said. “This is a tragic moment for Seattle, a tragic moment for America once again. Our prayers and our thoughts are with the families, and with the entire family of the Seattle Pacific University community.”

SPU President Daniel J. Martin said the emergency-response system that was activated when the shooting occurred has been in operation for several years.

“Certainly, I think that Virginia Tech heightened the awareness of all campuses to be prepared for an event like this to occur,” he said of the 2007 shooting in which a gunman killed 32 people before taking his own life.

Martin said that students and faculty members have drills in case a shooting occurs, and cited those drills as one reason the shooter was apprehended and first responders arrived so quickly.

The students who helped apprehend the suspect “acted without regard to their own safety on behalf of others,” Martin said near the Otto Miller building.

“We are a community and we care for others,” Martin said. “Those that were involved did just that.”

Classes were canceled for the rest of Thursday evening, and officials were working to determine the plan for Friday, Martin said.

“Lockdown” in red letters

SPU students inside and near Otto Miller Hall heard the first blasts.

Ronald E. Lopez was studying in a second-floor laboratory at the hall when he heard what he described as “a loud bang.”

“I prayed in my heart it wasn’t a gunshot, because I’ve been hearing all this talk about gun shootings and I’m tired of it,” Lopez said. “But it of course was a bullet.”

About two doors down from Otto Miller Hall’s entrance, Michaela Stewart was in a first-floor physics class with about 25 or so other students.

“It sounded like it was outside,’’ she said. “We heard a gunshot, but we were all really loud so we didn’t pay attention to it.”

After a few minutes, though, the classroom clock emitted a “loud, obnoxious beep” and flashed the word “lockdown” in red letters.

Her teacher locked the door, and they closed the blinds and turned off the lights. Her teacher told them to carry on, but they started hearing noises from the hall.

“We could hear screaming and moaning in the hallway right outside our door for quite a few minutes,’’ she said.

Some students began to pray. Stewart texted her family, telling them she was OK.

Stewart was unclear how much time passed, but said it seemed like about three minutes later when they were evacuated from the classroom.

“That’s when we saw blood on the carpet, and a guy in handcuffs, completely knocked out on the floor.”

The man was face down, she said, and appeared to be unconscious. He was wearing skater sneakers and jeans.

The students were taken, under police escort, to a bus stop across the parking lot, and then to another building.

Phone text: I’ve been shot

Elsewhere across campus, students and faculty said they heard sirens and received a mass-emergency notice via text.

“Emergency! A campus lockdown has been initiated. This is not a drill,” the text said.

Tom Lane, who works in the school of business, said he got an email and text notification of the lockdown at 3:28 p.m. — right around the time he heard emergency vehicles responding to the scene. At his office across the street and a couple buildings away, the three workers on his floor closed the blinds, locked the doors and gathered in the hallway.

SPU student Gloris Jones, 20, was walking from Otto Miller Hall with her mother, Mary Jones, who is visiting from Michigan.

Jones received a text message from a friend who said he had been shot. She sent back five or six messages to the SPU senior, but he didn’t reply.

“I don’t even know where he is,” Gloris Jones said as she hugged her mother. “And you want to make sure he’s OK.”

Lund, 19, said she was in her dorm room at Emerson Hall when she heard sirens.

“We thought that’s a lot of sirens, just for something in the neighborhood,” Lund said.

Next, she got a mass text from the school reporting the campus was on lockdown, it was not a drill and that a shooter was on campus.

Lund said she and several other people in the room locked the doors, closed the blinds and got on the floor.

“It was super-terrifying,” Lund said. “There were a lot of people crying and calling their parents.”

The group in the room remained cautious until they heard a media report that the shooter was apprehended.

Lund said her room is a short distance from Otto Miller Hall, and on the same street. But she did not see what happened, she said.

Gunshots next door

SPU student Jordan Heff was in class when he heard gunshots coming from a classroom next door.

“I was in physics and people heard a loud bang — we thought it was a science experiment. We heard crying and yelling outside our door. We walked out and there were blood stains all over the carpet.”

Max Osgood, a 19-year-old freshman from Anchorage, said he and about 25 other students were in a physics class when they heard “something that sounded like a door slam or a desk fall over.”

“And then we heard a lot of screaming that someone had been shot,” Osgood said.

When a classmate poked his head out of the classroom’s door, Osgood said, a voice from the hallway screamed, “Shut the door and lock it!”

For the next four to five minutes, Osgood and his classmates — with the doors locked and blinds pulled shut — listened to muffled screams and moans emanating from the hallway.

“We could hear people yelling about bleeding, stuff like that,” he said.

Finally, there was a bang from a back door-well. Some classmates screamed. A couple of armed Seattle cops burst through the door, leading the frightened class out of the building. Osgood and other students caught glimpses of the carnage as they went.

A bloodied girl was being loaded onto a stretcher. Carpeting was splattered in blood. And two police officers were holding down a man with black hair.

“He wasn’t moving at all,” Osgood said. “… in handcuffs, with a couple of cops kneeling on his back.”

The students were led across the street and into another building, where they were kept in lockdown for at least 45 minutes, Osgood added.

“It’s pretty rattling,” Osgood said. “And then on top of that, all of this happened right outside of classroom. It was very scary. A lot of people were freaking out. It’s just really weird. You never think anything like this will happen to you — especially after the shooting that happened at UCSB a couple weeks ago. It’s just bizarre.”

As soon as he could, Osgood said, he called his parents, his brother and his close friends in Alaska to let them know he was safe.

“I made sure I was the first to let them know what happened, so that they didn’t see it on Twitter or something.”

Violent crime is rare in the SPU area. Over the past four years, Seattle police recorded only 14 violent crimes, slightly more than three incidents a year: seven threats, six assaults and one robbery. Of the 252 incidents in the area, about 90 percent were property crimes — car prowls, auto thefts and bike thefts, police records show.

While no Seattle public schools are directly near SPU, buses returned students to some because drivers were are unable to get to their homes or after-school programs due to police road closures. Those schools were identified as Blaine, Queen Anne, Coe, John Hay.

In addition, Lawton Elementary in Magnolia was designated as a shelter-in-place as a precaution.

Steve Miletich: 206-464-3302 or smiletich@seattletimes.com

What has happened to the young people’s minds?

Check: http://www.rense.com/general63/thin.htm

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Think Ritalin Is Safe? – Read
What Novartis Says About
Its Own Product!
By Joel Bainerman
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If your child’s doctor or a child physiatrist diagnosis your child as suffering from ADD/ADHD – and recommends that you give your child Ritalin each morning before school in order to counter the negative effects of ADD/ADHD, then you should be aware of all the facts surrounding Ritalin. Instead of taking the advice of your doctor – or anyone else whether Ritalin is safe, simply read the packaging label Novartis puts inside each box of Ritalin. I did, and this is what it says: Ritalin is a mild central nervous system stimulant. The mode of action in man is not completely understood, but Ritalin presumably activates the brain stem arousal system and cortex to produce its stimulant effect. There is neither specific evidence which clearly establishes the mechanism whereby Ritalin produces its mental and behavioral effects in children, nor conclusive evidence regarding how these effects relate to the condition of the central nervous system. Even the company can’t verify that it is effective – or that it does what the user is told is says it does by our doctors. The company can also not guarantee that these drugs will not have a negative effect on the central nervous system of the user. In other words, in Novartis’s own words- not enough research has been done to determine if Ritalin is safe- or if it is even effective. Ask yourself this question: would you allow your child’s foot to be x-rayed if the technician told you before the procedure that “we can’t be 100% sure that the x-ray won’t cause your child’s foot to develop a deadly disease over time- and if this happens- we may have to amputate it”? What if you picked up a chocolate bar in the supermarket and it said: “The manufactures of this product can’t guarantee that by eating this chocolate bar a person won’t suffer massive convulsions and die.”? Would you buy it and give it to your child to eat? The company that manufacturers Ritalin clearly states that they haven’t investigate fully how these stimulants may interfere with the central nervous system of children? They are telling you in advance that these drugs have not been fully tested- nor are they guaranteed not to cause complications in the future- nor do they even know fully about the mechanisms that causes the change in mental and behavioral effects in the user. The warnings continue: Sufficient data on safety and efficacy of long-term use of Ritalin in children are not yet available. By the company’s own admission – the drug has not been tested sufficiently – and nobody can testify to the safety of this medication long term. One has to wonder that if the company who produces and markets these drugs isn’t doing this research work to determine the long term effects of Ritalin usage- who will? Who has the ability and financial resources to ensure medicines approved for human consumption have no long term negative effects- other than the manufacturer? So, if they say they haven’t done this- shouldn’t we believe them and not buy their product? In the next line, we read: Although a causal relationship has not been established, suppression of growth (i.e., weight gain, and/or height) has been reported with the long-term use of stimulants in children. In the previous sentence Novartis claimed that they have not done any research on long-term use of Ritalin to determine if it is 100% safe. One sentence later – they claim that “a causal relationship” between suppression of growth (notice how they don’t mention the growth of the child’s brain – which one has to assume – from age seven on – is still in the process of growing?) has not been reported. Perhaps Novartis has done long term research – but only revealed a part of their results – and not told us about the part of their research that questioned whether their products are safe for long term use? The warning continues: Clinical experience suggests that in psychotic children, administration of Ritalin may exacerbate symptoms of behavior disturbance and thought disorder. Safe concomitant use of anticonvulsants and Ritalin has not been established. Use cautiously in patients with hypertension. Blood pressure should be monitored at appropriate intervals in all patients taking Ritalin, especially those with hypertension. In most cases- children are not tested for any of these disorders or medical conditions. So, despite the wide-spread claim by most of the medical establishment recommending Ritalin use that “Ritalin is completely safe” it appears the company that manufacturers the drug believes differently. It is clear from the list of potential dangers that this drug carries with it that the company has not done sufficient research on how these medications affect the body’s central nervous system. If it did – it would not use words such as “may cause” and “has not been established”. If blood pressure needs to be constantly monitored during Ritalin use – there is a danger of something- which Novartis probably knows- but has decided not to put on its warning labels. Considering these warnings on the package, if Ritalin were being prescribed to a fully-grown adult- it would be cause enough for concern. But keep in mind we are talking here about a drug that is being given primarily to children from seven years old and up. Will these drugs adversely affect how the body organs in these children develop and grow? These drugs are supposedly supposed to counteract a chemical imbalance in the brain. Will they have any affect on how those brains grow and develop? Has Novartis investigated this so we know 100% for sure that they will not? Even if Novartis has tested them and was less than 100% convinced that they were completely safe- would they inform us about their concerns on their own package- or would they just use words such as “can cause” and “may have implications”? Are you prepared to simply “not know” and hope these drugs are completely harmless for your children? The company which produces and sells these drugs has given the public plenty to be concerned about. Parents who take the decision to medicate their children with Ritalin should be equally concerned. The Company isn’t finished warning parents of what their products may do to their children (may do- they don’t know because they haven’t investigated the issue fully): Human pharmacologic studies have shown that Ritalin may inhibit the metabolism of coumarin anticoagulants, anticonvulsants (phenobarbital, diphenylhydantoin, primidone), phenylbutazone, and tricyclic drugs (imipramine, clomipramine, desipramine). The safety of using methylphenidate in combination with clonidine or other centrally acting alpha-2 agonists has not been systemically evaluated. Not being a scientist I don’t know what the implications of these warnings are- but they sound as if they are serious enough to warrant further investigation. Novartis certainly has or else they wouldn’t have mentioned it on their packaging labels- probably so that they could not be sued for not informing the public of these potential drawbacks. However if most parents are like me – and aren’t scientists – these words have absolutely no meaning. Yet it sounds like there are a lot of potential complications related to Ritalin use- and that the company is disclosing them- so that nobody can come back to them years later and say, “you never told us about these potential complications.” The instructions for use on the package then states: Ritalin should be given cautiously to emotionally unstable patients, such as those with a history of drug dependence or alcoholism, because such patients may increase dosage on their own initiative. Which I guess means that Ritalin and drug and alcohol abuse go hand in hand. The label continues: Chronically abusive use can lead to marked tolerance and psychic dependence with varying degrees of abnormal behavior. Frank psychotic episodes can occur. Careful supervision is required during drug withdrawal, since severe depression as well as the effects of chronic over activity can be unmasked. Long-term follow-up may be required because of the patientís basic personality disturbances. Patients with an element of agitation may react adversely. Prescription should not depend solely on the presence of one or more of the behavioral characteristics. When these symptoms are associated with acute stress reactions, treatment with Ritalin is usually not indicated. Long-term effects of Ritalin in children have not been well established. At least the company is honest – and unlike your doctor who told you that the reason your child should be medicated with Ritalin is because he/she has a “chemical imbalance in the brain.” Novartis recognizes that the drug is being given for “behavioral characteristics” – which cannot be confused with “chemical imbalances in the brain.” They are also honest enough to inform us that they themselves have not investigated whether there are any long-term effects of Ritalin. So despite the canard we hear from so many physicians and child psychiatrists who claim, “Ritalin is completely safe, don’t worry” as least as far as Novartis knows – it isn’t for long term use- simply because nobody has investigated if the drug is or is not safe when consumed over long periods of time. Those are the unknown potential future side effects that could result from long term use. Here is what Novartis admits are the known side effects that occur the first day the drug is consumed: Nervousness and insomnia are the most common adverse reactions but are usually controlled by reducing dosage and omitting the drug in the afternoon or evening. Other reactions include hypersensitivity (including skin rash, urticaria, fever, arthralgia, exfoliative dermatitis, erythema multiforme with histopathological findings of necrotizing vasculitis, and thrombocytopenic purpura); anorexia; nausea; dizziness; palpitations; headache; dyskinesia; drowsiness; blood pressure and pulse changes, both up and down; tachycardia; angina; cardiac arrhythmia; abdominal pain; weight loss during prolonged therapy. Toxic psychosis has been reported. Although a definite causal relationship has not been established, the following have been reported in patients taking this drug: instances of abnormal liver function, ranging from transaminase elevation to hepatic coma; isolated cases of cerebral arteritis and/or occlusion; leukopenia and/or anemia; transient depressed mood; a few instances of scalp hair loss. In children, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, weight loss during prolonged therapy, insomnia, and tachycardia may occur more frequently; however, any of the other adverse reactions listed above may also occur. Notice how the issue of loss of appetite is right at the end of this list. This issue alone should have parents wondering if the drug is worth the benefit. For a young child not to eat during the school day ñ and to return home after not having eaten anything but was consumed before the drug was administered in the morning – means that child will not receive the nutrition and vitamins that food provides. If proper nutrition is not maintained- how can the brains and bodies of our children develop normally? If Ritalin retards their appetite- isn’t that concern enough not to administer these drugs to small children? Just so you understand what Novartis has told us, the Swiss multinational drug company has warned all parents that if you give your child Ritalin- the drug could cause your children to lose their hair, abdominal pains, nausea, liver damage, cerebral arthritis, dizziness, palpations, skin rash, fever, cardiac arrhythmia. hypersensitivity, urticaria, fever, anorexia; headache, blood pressure and pulse changes, and weight loss- not to mention anemia, a depressed mood, and insomnia. That is quite a risk to take just so that the teacher won’t call you at home and complain he can’t sit still in class. Joel Bainerman is a parent who recently took his child off Ritalin after learning of the potential dangers of this narcotic.

Who is Christopher Dorner, and what happened to his head?

Wikipedia says Chris is:

Christopher Jordan Dorner (June 4, 1979 – February 12, 2013)[3][4] was a former LAPD police officer and United States Navy Reserve officer who was charged in connection with a series of shooting attacks on police officers and their families from February 3–12, 2013. The attacks left four people dead, including three police officers, and left three police officers wounded. Dorner was the subject of the largest manhunts in LAPD history,[5] spanning two U.S. states and Mexico.[6]

On February 11, 2013 the Riverside District Attorney filed charges against Dorner for the murder of a police officer and the attempted murder of three other officers.[7] The following day, Dorner died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, during a stand-off with police at a cabin in the San Bernardino Mountains.

The Over-Prescribing of Psychoactive Drugs to Children: A Scourge of Our Times

Dr Ronald Ricker and Dr Venus Nicolini, from Huffington Post writes:

Today, the administration of psychoactive drugs to children (6-17) is all too common and growing at an alarming rate. These drugs often cause the opposite of the intended effect, often condemning children to a life of misery and ill health. The prescription of these drugs is said to treat “chemical imbalances” which were said to cause ADHD, Depression and Bi-polar disorder. It turns out, however, that what we were calling “disease-causing chemical imbalances,” is simply incorrect . The sad irony is, the inappropriate use of these medications is in fact creating different chemical imbalances, which do cause mental disorders, many of which are both life-long and debilitating.

Furthermore, it is now clear that often we are diagnosing ordinary childhood and adolescent behavior as mental disorders (Wait, children are supposed to be bursting with energy? It’s normal for a teenager to be moody and aloof?). This diagnosing is not only based on this idea of “chemical imbalances,” but also a general and pervasive notion that every non-acceptable behavior is due to a mental illness. And last, but certainly not least, the prescribing of these medications by doctors is based on the disinformation provided them by the FDA, drug manufactures and often fraudulent studies, all in the name of making money, on the backs of our children.

In a recent lecture, respected journalist, writer and Nobel Prize Nominee, Robert Whitaker (PBS, Boston, June 15, 2010) highlighted not only the appallingly unscientific methodology used in the development, prescription and use of psychotropic drugs in school-aged children, but also how hopelessly corrupt and failed the systems that should be regulating the safety of medicines are in this country.

Unfortunately, many drug companies exist for one reason: to make money. As such, the people who run these companies have developed a worldview bereft of any more notion of ethics or morality than British Petroleum. Some drug companies’ success is not based on a drug’s usefulness or the safety of its products, but whether it makes money. The path to more money is simple: find new uses for their old drugs, invent new drugs and find new markets for both new and old drugs. Unfortunately, children are today’s newest market.

The FDA requires a “Successful Drug Trial” to approve new medications. “Trial” is often a misnomer, as the word implies some notion of impartiality and unknown outcome. These “trials” often are more like kangaroo courts. In one “trial,” in this case to prove the usefulness of Prozac, corruption and dishonesty were the rule. Children who responded to placebos were removed from the data, as were negative responders to the actual drug. This meant that the only children who were left in the study group were so-called “positive responders.” And, even then, the researchers and doctors, whose “research” funding was provided by the makers of Prozac, were the very ones to decide which subjects, if any, actually did respond “positively” to the drug. This, of course, is a massive conflict of interest. The doctors, researchers and drug companies all want the same thing — FDA approval and to make more money.

In a 2004 article published in perhaps the most prestigious British medical journal, Lancet, said the trial studies used to provide proof of the usefulness of anti-depressant drugs in children, were “nothing but fraudulent.” Following that assessment, all anti-depressants but Prozac were banned in the UK for use on children. (The fact that Prozac was not banned was based on very dubious, some say dishonest, research as documented above).

The true damage caused by the use of anti-depressant drugs like Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, etc. (AKA of SSRI’s: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) by school-aged children is only found by legitimate, longer studies, like those that continued from 17 months to six years. In one study, 25 percent of children who had been on SSRI’s for three years were re-diagnosed with the much more serious disorder of Bi-polar disease. This number increased to 50 percent after six years of SSRI use. Long-term use of new anti-psychotics may lead to even greater problems than the initial disease. Diabetes, morbid obesity and early death have all been linked to the use of these drugs. And, as written by us in a previous blog both short and long term use of stimulant drugs such as Adderall), have numerous serious side effects.

What should be a major concern, especially for parents, is the ever-widening definition of what constitutes a childhood mental disorder, a “chemical imbalance” and what, if any, drugs should even be considered to treat these “imbalances.” They should also be very concerned about whether these drugs even work (most don’t), and, even more importantly, the long-term outcome of the use of these drugs.