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Making Little Murderers

by Alan Caruba on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

This is article 386 of 693 in the topic Healthcare

If anything good comes from the Newtown massacre, it will be a national discussion of the role of various psychological medications that have been foisted on a generation or two of young Americans in the nation’s schools. Particularly dangerous have been a group called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs).

While the White House and other gun-banning groups grab the spotlight by putting the blame on guns, columnist Dr. Jerome R. Corsi recently reported that SSRIs have played a role in “some 90 percent of school shootings over more than a decade…according to British psychiatrist Dr. David Healy, a founder of RxISK.org, an independent website for researching and reporting on prescription drugs.”

A visit to one of Dr. Healey’s websites, ssristories.com, provides more than 4,800 news stories  involving some level of violence in which antidepressants are mentioned. SSRIs include Prozac, Zoloff, Paxil, Celexa, Lexapro, and Luvox. Others include Remeron, Anafranil, Effexor, Cymbalta, and Pristiq, as well as the dopamine reuptake inhibitor antidepressant Wellbutrin, marketed as Zyban. If you listen closely to television ads for medications to stop smoking and address other problems, you will hear warnings about the way they can cause serious mental disabilities.

In a recent article on CanadaFreePress.com,Tom DeWeese, the president of the American Policy Center, a grassroots activist think tank, he said that “Today more than 7,000,000 children have been labeled, tamped and registered as permanent patients of the school system; 10 to 12 percent of all boys between the ages of 6 and 14 in the United States have been diagnosed as having ADD (Attention deficit disorder). One in every 30 Americans between the ages of 5 and 19 years old has a prescription for Ritalin.” The corollary diagnosis is ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Think of it is millions of tiny time bombs in the schools and banning certain kinds of guns or limiting how many bullets can be in a clip has nothing to do with the mental illness that causes mass murders.

For a decade I was the communications director for the American Policy Center and was appalled to learn how the nation’s educational system had been altered from schools that concentrated on academics to schools whose purpose was behavior modification. In 1965, the passage of the Elementary and Secondary Act opened the doors to a legion of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and “the psychiatric programs and testing needed to validate them.”

DeWeese reported that “To date, there has never been issued a single peer-reviewed scientific paper officially claiming to prove ADD/ADHD exists.”

Columnist Ann Coulter characterized the latest Second Amendment debate, noting that “Consequently, whenever a psychopath with a million gigantic warning signs commits a shocking murder, the knee-jerk reaction is to place yet more controls on guns. By now, guns are the most heavily regulated product in America.”

The gun debate, however, serves to obfuscate the true cause of a rash of murders in America—some of which have been spectacular mass murders such as in Newtown, in the Colorado movie theatre, and on college campuses—the thriving industry of antidepressant medications.

As Dr. Healey points out on his website, “Antidepressants have been recognized as potential inducers of mania and psychosis since their introduction in the 1950s.

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Newt the libertarian on technology issues?

by John Lott on Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

This is article 20 of 45 in the topic Cyber space

How would the world look differently today if Newt hadn’t been there to stop many attempts to regulate technology? From Politico:

. . . Twenty years ago, Gingrich’s appreciation of technology was more novel among Republicans, showing that there was a conservative libertarian interest in preserving the burgeoning Internet from efforts to regulate it. The 1995 Wired magazine cover interview was headlined “Friend and Foe.” At the time, Gingrich talked up the transformative power of the Internet and a world where schools and hospitals would be wired.
Media in his home state dubbed him “Newt Skywalker.”
As House speaker, Gingrich marshaled forces on issues such as data scrambling technologies, freedom of speech on the Internet and securities litigation reform. He helped launch Thomas, the Library of Congress website that provides information about bills. He started the High Technology Working Group, now the Technology Working Group, composed of Republican leaders involved in a wide swath of tech issues.
Gingrich is “sensitive to innovation, to job creation, to startups and not having the government doing — but getting out of the away,” said McNealy, who is now chairman of social media startup Wayin. Gingrich “is a spectacular idea guy.”
Some of the early, libertarian-leaning views that won him fans in Silicon Valley were potential time bombs with the GOP faithful, but he stood his ground. In 1996, Gingrich — then the speaker of the House — resisted an attempt to fight porn on the Internet.
When the Senate began to push for the Communications Decency Act of 1996, Gingrich put up a road block that helped to undermine the act, which was later struck down by the Supreme Court. The act, introduced by then-Sen. Jim Exon (D-Neb.), would have made indecent materials on the Internet illegal and made intermediaries — such as Internet service providers — responsible for policing content on the Web. . . .

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Hidden poisons: Death for sale on supermarket shelves

by Terrence Aym on Sunday, October 10th, 2010

This is article 99 of 693 in the topic Healthcare

Pretty poisons sit on your neighborhood grocer’s shelves—packaged in eye-catching colors, labeled with household names. Some—designed by faceless individuals ensconced in gleaming corporate towers—sport cute cartoon characters calculated to entice you into purchasing the product.

Cartoon characters? The products may as well be labeled with skulls and crossbones.

The unvarnished truth is many pre-packaged foods offered to the unwary, uncaring and ignorant consumer are nothing but juggernauts of nutritional death—ticking chemical time bombs.

And depending on the poison, some of the bombs will explode sooner than others.

How many consumers are aware, for example, that if they take vitamin C supplements on a daily basis they should at all costs avoid certain processed foods like the plague?

Worried experts admit few people are cognizant of the fact that vitamin C when taken with soft drinks that contain Sodium Benzoate (a preservative) creates the carcinogenic Benzine. Benzine is one of the poisons that scientists were concerned about the public being exposed to during the great BP oil disaster in the Gulf during the summer of 2010.

Millions are exposed to this risk daily. Thinking they’re boosting their health and immune systems, the unwary are actually greatly increasing their risk of contracting incurable cancers. How? The chemical Benzine has properties that systematically destroy the Mitochondria’s DNA and that often leads to fatal biological malfunctions.

According to reams of research, a host of debilitating or fatal diseases are associated with Benzine poisoning.

Yet Benzine exposure is just one of the cocktail of poisons lurking on the neatly stacked shelves.

The China connection

Chinese products have been in the news the past several years, and for good reason. Sometimes it seems a month hardly passes where a new Chinese product has been placed on the danger list.

Sadly, just because a bad product has been placed on the list does not necessarily mean it has been removed from the market.

A case in point are toothpastes manufactured in China. Avoid them all. The worst may be Colgate toothpaste made in China. An ingredient called Ethylene alcohol somehow keeps cropping up in the toothpaste. It’s strange to find it in toothpaste because Ethelyne alcohol is a primary ingredient of anti-freeze. Ingesting even small quantities of it can lead to extensive liver and kidney damage, embolisms, lung clots and harm the heart and circulatory and nerve systems.

Beware of all personal hygiene products from China. Evidence has revealed that many of the deodorants, colognes, after-shaves, and some mouthwashes are also suspect.

Aspartame (a methyl ester of the aspartic acid/phenylalanine dipeptide)

Think that’s a mouthful? Well don’t swallow it, especially with a mint. Mixing mint and aspartame together causes chemical explosions in the stomach. While the health risk associated with Mentos and aspartame has been covered extensively by the media, any mint is a potential hazard. If you’ve eaten anything with aspartame in it (which you should not) be sure to avoid any mint product like gum, York’s Peppermint Patties, Junior mints, mint cookies, Altoids, Tic-tacs, even mint Lifesavers.

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EPA Goes Ape Over Power Plant Emissions

by Alan Caruba on Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

This is article 58 of 264 in the topic energy

Not a day goes by without our being told that something is going to kill us. Much of what kills people is genetic; little time bombs in our DNA that determine the state of our health.

Anyone who reads the daily obituaries knows that Americans are living longer than any previous generation. Most of the population is dying of nothing more sinister than old age.

The diseases that kill Americans have been quantified and known for decades. At the top of the list is heart disease, followed by a variety of different kinds of cancers. Third in line are strokes. Chronic lower respiratory diseases such as asthma are next, but nothing more than accidents kill as many people.

The remaining factors include diabetes, Alzheimer’s, pneumonia, nephritis (kidney diseases), and septicemia, a disease of the blood.

What do Americans really die from? Genetic dispositions to illness. Accidents. Poor diets. And bad lifestyle choices that include smoking, drinking, and taking illegal drugs.

With the exception of asthma that affects about seven percent of the population none of this has anything to do with air quality. Indeed, the causes of asthma remain somewhat shrouded in mystery even if the symptoms do not.

None of this empirical knowledge and data has the slightest effect, however, on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the American Lung Association that profits greatly from any claims about air quality. Both are inclined to making wild claims.

In early July, the EPA announced proposed cuts in “pollution from power plants in 31 states and D.C.” This is not about air quality. It is part of the long-term attack on all sources of power in America, but most particularly the coal-fired plants that provide just over fifty percent of all the electricity on which Americans depend for everything!

Depriving Americans of electricity would trigger a tsunami of deaths in the form of heat stroke in the summer months or freezing in the cold of winter. That, however, is the actual objective of the EPA and the many environmental organizations that wage ceaseless propaganda campaigns and endless law suits whose sole purpose is to deprive Americans of this vital source of power.

The EPA claims that infinitesimal particulates from power plant emissions, specifically sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) “harms the health of people “living downwind” of power plants. They propose reducing such emissions by 71 percent over 2005 levels of SO2 and fifty-two percent of NOx.

This is in line with the crazed and fraudulent claim that carbon dioxide (CO2) is causing global warming and thus requires the huge tax on energy sources, the Cap-and-Trade Act making its way through Congress.

The claims are the typical exaggerations of all proposed government regulations.

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