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Frankfurt Celebrates Toronto
Down On The Town
KW & Beyond
German-Canadian Citizenship Law
The Sale of Depression
New Kasseler Store
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The Sale of Depression as a Disease

 (K.A., Toronto) There is an urgent need for people in Canada to learn about the movement to sell "depression" to the public as a medical illness - which it is not. Diabetes is a disease. Cancer is a disease. Depression is not a disease.

There are fantastic mega-millions waiting to be mined in psychotropic drug sales which could easily rival the billions in commodities such as oil…if only the public would accept the pseudo-science of psychiatry and its three hundred plus manufactured diseases.

Some hospitals have launched very brazen initiatives, rather like pilot projects, to test the waters and open the floodgates to drug sales and the financial support of grants from drug companies.

In Vancouver at St. Paul’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital under the direction of Dr. Shaila Misri, pregnant women are being shepherded on to antidepressant drugs in their "Reproductive Mental Health Programmes".

These departments assist pregnant women, nursing mothers and mothers struggling to recover from the life-changing events of having children to use antidepressants. If this does not have satisfactory results, electroconvulsive shock therapy is used!

A brief Internet research reveals the extent of involvement of the drug companies in this initiative:

"Dr. Misri reports that she receives grant/research support from and serves on the speakers’ bureau of GlaxoSmithKline Canada, receives research/grant support from Wyeth-Ayerst Pharmaceuticals and has lectured for Eli Lilly and Company, Astra-Zeneca and Janssen-Ortho."

If a drug company makes 4 billion dollars on one drug alone in one year, a million to a hospital for "research" is minor. This initiative should be very closely inspected by the authorities for conflict of interest.

Antidepressants come with devastating side-effects. There are 100 side-effects listed in the "Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties." One of these side-effects is drug-induced Parkinson’s Disease.

In bold letters is the warning "Potential Association with Behavioral and Emotional Changes, including Self-Harm".

Under "precautions" is the statement "Lactating women should not nurse their infants while receiving paroxetine (Paxil) unless, in the opinion of the treating physician, breast feeding is necessary in which case the infant should be closely monitored". "The safety of paroxetine in human pregnancy has not been established. Paroxetine should not be used during pregnancy unless the potential benefit to the patient outweighs the possible risk to the fetus."

The potential risk to the fetus of paroxetine is outlined in a letter sent to doctors in 2005 from GlaxoSmithKline itself…"An independent…study of delivery outcome following maternal use of SSRI antidepressants in early pregnancy has been conducted utilizing the Swedish national registry data. The findings show an approximate 2 fold increased risk of cardiac malformations."

A 157 page report compiled by the U.S. National Toxicology Programme states…"Third trimester exposure to therapeutic doses of fluoxetine ( Prozac)is associated with an increased incidence of poor neonatal adaptation (e.g. jitteriness, tachypnea (excessive rapidity of respiration), hypoglycemia, poor tone, respiratory distress, weak or absent cry, diminished pain reactivity or desaturation with feeding) as well as increased admission to special care nurseries."

To this warning, a director of the Motherisk Programme at Sick Children’s Hospital, states, "Most women who need antidepressants are not safe without them".

Antidepressants are addictive drugs. This does not seem to be known by the public or by doctors. The actress Liza Minnelli said that coming off Prozac was worse than coming off cocaine. Language has been altered to remove the fear of addiction. The psychiatrists have given this phenomenon the mild name of "discontinuation symptoms" when indeed it is withdrawal accompanied by the horrifying symptoms of addiction.

There is a whole generation of teenagers out there who has been given antidepressants. They are coming into their twenties and having children. Suddenly a woman is pregnant and addicted to antidepressants. A very fast sales job needs to be done by the drug companies to make it safe for a woman to be pregnant and on these drugs. The prospect of having to go through withdrawal while newly pregnant would be a truly horrifying ordeal. Thus we see the birth of a new specialty – prenatal psychiatry (psychiatry applied to all aspects of the cycle of birth) with millions funneled into it by drug companies.

Every Canadian citizen should watch the new documentary "Psychiatry – Industry of Death". This is a no-holds-barred report on the history, goals and aims of psychiatry, their plans and their powers – which are staggering. Psychiatrists are the only group in the society, which can get a person committed against his or her will with no recourse or habeas corpus (a writ requiring a person to be brought before a judge or into court to investigate the lawfulness of his restraint). If you are unfortunate enough to be committed in this way, you have fewer rights than a terrorist. Your family has no choice but to allow this commitment.

It is vital to become informed to understand the new initiative supported by senators and politicians to appropriate more money for psychiatry.

Please contact Citizens Commission on Human Rights for this documentary:

Citizens’ Commission on Human Rights
27 Carlton St
Suite 304, Toronto


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