Friday, April 27, 2007

Harry's Coming!

I can't deny it. I'm a Harry freak.

And I just saw pictures from the movie that's coming out in July -- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. So, here's my pick of the best photos.

All I can say is it's a good thing the movie's coming out before the book, or I'd have to read the book on one sitting to finish it before going to the movie. This way I'll be able to take my time.

(Okay. Who's planning on cheating and reading the last chapter first? Not ME. I've sworn all my friends to secrecy too, not to let on what happens if they get there before me.)

Harry, en route to Hogwarts

Sirius Black

Crazy Luna

and Hermione.

Less than 3 months away!

A good, stable adult with love and tolerance in his heart is about the best therapy a child can have.~~~L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Scientology religion

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Good article on Associated Content on Tom Cruise's fundraiser for the New York Detox program.

I was delighted to hear he raised something like 1.3 million for the program. That means a lot more fire fighters, police and first responders who need the program will be able to take part in it. The whole program is free of charge to these people, and it basically gives them back their lives.

A good, stable adult with love and tolerance in his heart is about the best therapy a child can have.~~~L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Scientology religion

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Pharmalot: The New Face Of Antidepressants?

Another disturbing point

Pharmalot: The New Face Of Antidepressants?: "April 18, 2007
The New Face Of Antidepressants?

For the past three years, the controversy over antidepressants has largely centered on exploring links between the pills and suicidal behavior, particularly in youngsters. But there has also been considerable chatter about homicidal thoughts.

Several killings around the country have prompted defense lawyers to blame an antidepressant for a killing. Most famously, this occurred in South Carolina, where 12-year-old Chris Pittman claimed Pfizer's Zoloft prompted him to kill his grandparents. And one of the Columbine killers was prescribed Luvox.

Drugmakers deny such links. And antidepressants remain popular, because psychiatrists say depression can lead to suicide, possibly masking the affects one of these pills may have. And despite FDA black box warnings, many simply feel a potential benefit outweighs a potential risk.

Now, though, the Virginia Tech shooter, Cho Seung-Hui, may cause drugmakers a new round of grief over the antidepressants as reports surface that he was being treated for depression and had been prescribed a medication for psychological problems."

Is Psychiatry Responsible?

I found the footage of Cho's video that he sent in after the first 2 murders on Monday, particularly disturbing.

We expect our experts to be expert; to be able to produce a product. In our technological age if the software doesn't work, you hear incredible rants about it.

So how come we are so willing to excuse the incompetence of the psychiatric profession?

Is life just getting worse and that's why we have more horrific violent crime? I don't think so.

Read on:

Thoughts on the Rise of Mental Illness in America: "In an article titled 'Anatomy of an Epidemic: Psychiatric Drugs and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America' by Robert Whittaker (Cambridge MA), published in 'Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry', Volume 7, Number 1, Spring 2005, Mr. Whittaker begins:

'Over the past 50 years, there has been an astonishing increase in severe mental illness in the United States. The percentage of Americans disabled by mental illness has increased fivefold since 1955, when Thorazine — remembered today as psychiatry's first 'wonder' drug — was introduced into the market. The number of Americans disabled by mental illness has nearly doubled since 1987, when Prozac — the first in a second generation of wonder drugs for mental illness — was introduced . There are now nearly 6 million Americans disabled by mental illness, and this number increases by more than 400 people each day. A review of the scientific literature reveals that it is our drug-based paradigm of care that is fueling this epidemic. (emphasis mine - ed.) The drugs increase the likelihood that a person will become chronically ill, and induce new and more severe psychiatric symptoms in a significant percentage of patients.'"

Cho Seung-Hui May Be 9th School Shooter Under Influence of Psychiatric Drugs

CCHR reveals: "Cho Seung-Hui May Be 9th School Shooter Under Influence of Psychiatric Drugs -- Documented to Cause Homicidal Ideation, Suicide, Psychosis, Mania and Hostility

In the wake of yesterday's shooting rampage at Virginia Tech by gunman Cho Seung-Hui, state legislators, civic and human rights activists are asking why Congress has failed to investigate the link between psychiatric drugs and school violence, given the high rate of psychiatric drug use by the shooters. According to breaking news from investigators at Virginia Tech, Cho may have taken depression drugs—documented by the Food and Drug Administration to cause suicidal behavior, mania, psychosis, hallucinations, hostility and “homicidal ideation.” (link) If Cho Seung-Hui’s psychiatric drug use is confirmed, it would bring the total to 61 killed and 77 wounded by psychiatric drug-induced school shootings."

If this is true, the FDA has added yet another crime against humanity to their long list.

Is it really worth the kickbacks. How can they look at themselves in the mirror; how can they get up in the morning knowing what they have done.

And what about the psychs who invent the "diseases" that the pharmaceutical companies can invent drugs to handle.

And when do we ALL say ENOUGH.