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Antidepressants and Teacher/Student Sex: Is There a Connection?
Winston Churchill never hesitated to expose evil where he saw it-no matter how unpopular his comments were. When questioned about his aggressive comments, he responded, “If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time-a tremendous whack… The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is.”
A person who subscribes to Churchill’s advice is Dr. Ann Blake Tracy. She doesn’t try to be subtle, but instead, states the facts and is confident that people will see through the fog created by pharmaceutical companies that are more interested in profit than health, and see the truth. Dr. Tracy has a Ph.D. in Health Sciences with the emphasis on Psychology and is the director of the International Coalition for Drug Awareness. She has specialized for 14 years in educating the public about adverse reactions to Prozac, Sarafem, Zoloft, Paxil, Luvox, Celexa, Lexapro, Effexor, Serzone, Anafranil, Fen-Phen, Redux and Meridia. She has testified before the FDA and Congressional subcommittee members on Prozac and other antidepressants. Since 1992, she has testified as an expert witness in Prozac and other antidepressant-related court cases around the world.
Prozac: Panacea Or Pandora?, her book exposing the dangers of antidepressants, was published in 1991. The book is the product of intensive research into the cases of approximately 1,000 patients on a long-term basis. Dr. Tracy updated the book in 2001 and continues to warn about the consequences of using these dangerous drugs.
SCHOOLTEACHERS, STUDENTS AND SEX
On Larry G’s Prescription Addiction Radio show on March 30, 2008, Dr. Tracy explained the link between antidepressants and the growing number of cases of teachers having sex with their students. We know that antidepressants were being taken by almost all of the shooters at the schools and other public places, but this is a connection that has not gotten as much exposure.
In her testimony to the FDA in 2006, Dr. Tracy pointed out, “Dr. Malcolm Bowers of Yale found in the late 90’s over 200,000 people yearly are hospitalized with antidepressant-induced manic psychosis. They also point out that most go unrecognized as medication-induced, remain unhospitalized, and [are] a threat to themselves and others.
What types of threats from manias?
Pyromania: A compulsion to start fires
Kleptomania: A compulsion to embezzle, shoplift, commit robberies
Dipsomania: An uncontrollable urge to drink alcohol
Nymphomania and erotomania: Sexual compulsions — a pathologic preoccupation with sexual fantasies or activities
Child sex abuse has increased dramatically with even female teachers going manic on these drugs and seducing students. The head of the sex abuse treatment program for Utah estimated 80% of sex crime perpetrators were on antidepressants at the time of the crime. While Karl Von Kleist, an ex-LAPD officer and leading polygraph expert estimated 90% – strong evidence of manic sexual compulsions that demand attention.”
The following are some of the stories of teachers involved in sexual activity with students taken from Dr. Tracy’s website, www.ssristories.com:
32-year-old Jennifer Malone was married for 13 years and had a six-year-old son. She was taking Prozac and Wellbutrin for depression. Rodney Malone said his wife had been acting strangely in the past few weeks, but he hadn’t known why. Jennifer was a school counselor at Mount Prospect Academy in New Hampshire. She had an affair with a 16-year-old boy who she was counseling and attempted to drive to California with him.
A 24-year-old teacher at a Tampa middle school, Debra Lafave admitted to having sex with a 14-year-old student. She admitted that she had sex with the boy in her classroom, in the backseat of her car while the boy’s cousin was driving and in other locations. In her purse were Paxil and Wellbutrin.
A 33-year-old married high school English teacher in Lisbon, New York, Gravlin was charged with rape because she had sex with a 15-year-old student. In her statement to the police, Mrs. Gravlin stated that she was taking antidepressants.
A 42-year-old junior high school teacher from the Cornwall, Canada area, Jennifer Dorland was tried for sexual assault with a 13-year-old former student. She was taking antidepressants.
A former Utah junior high teacher’s aide and drama coach, Karen Draper pled guilty to two second-degree felony counts of forcible sexual abuse and two third-degree felony counts of unlawful sexual contact with a 16-year-old boy. Initially, she was charged with 10 counts of forcible sexual abuse and two counts of unlawful sexual contact. She was taking antidepressants.
A 37-year-old Sheridan Elementary School teacher in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Brownell was sentenced Friday to six months in the Sheboygan County Jail for the second-degree sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl.
In that same 2006 FDA testimony, Dr. Tracy said, “Diabetes has skyrocketed, has been linked to antidepressants, and blood sugar imbalances have long been suspected as the cause of mania or bipolar. Anyone who has witnessed someone in insulin shock would see the striking similarity to a violent reaction to an antidepressant.”
JUST RELEASED DIABETES AND ANTIDEPRESSANTS STUDY
Most people know that type 2 diabetics are unable to utilize their body’s insulin to move blood sugar into the cells for energy. Type 2 diabetes has dramatically increased in the past 30 years and now affects nearly 21 million in the United States. Diabetes is a major cause of heart disease and stroke, as well as the most common cause of blindness, kidney failure and amputations in U.S. adults.
A new study shows a link between the use of antidepressants and type 2 diabetes.
Lauren Brown, a researcher with the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health, studied the medical history of 2,400 people who were diagnosed with depression and were taking antidepressants. What she found was the risk of diabetes almost doubled for the patients who were using two types of therapies at the same time, tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Brown says people are usually prescribed multiple medications “if they have severe depression or if they are having a problem finding the right therapy.”
DIABETES AND CANCER
In addition to the problems of type 2 diabetes, a study published in Nature Genetics points out that men who have an elevated risk of type 2 diabetes have a new risk—prostate cancer. Researchers have now identified two genes that have been found to be present in people with type 2 diabetes also appear to be present in instances of prostate cancer.
For a long time, Dr. Tracy has been warning that antidepressant and anti-psychotic drugs are causing obesity. Now other scientists are starting to release their studies confirming Dr. Tracy’s comments.
Dr. David Lau, chair of the diabetes and endocrine research group at the University of Calgary and president of Obesity Canada, says that the widespread use of psychiatric medications among adults and children is making the obesity epidemic worse. He says that psychiatric drug-related weight gain “is a huge problem.”
“You can see patients gaining 10, 20, 30, 40 pounds,” Lau says.
Writing in the March 8, 2008 issue of New Scientist, Harvard University psychologist Paula Caplan says obesity among teens and younger children has risen over the past 10 to 15 years, with a five-fold increase in prescriptions of anti-psychotic drugs to those age groups, and that “children taking these drugs are even more likely to gain weight than adults are.”
She believes the widespread use of psychiatric medications among adults and children is making the obesity epidemic worse.
“Yet one culprit is rarely mentioned: the broad range of psychiatric drugs that can cause substantial weight gain. They include drugs marketed as antidepressants (such as amitriptyline, doxepin and imipramine), mood stabilisers (including lithium and valproate) and antipsychotics (including clozapine, olanzapine and chlorpromazine). After 10 years on lithium, for example, two-thirds of patients put on around 10 kilograms. And in December 2006, The New York Times published an article based on internal documents from the drug company Eli Lilly which indicated that it had intentionally downplayed the side effects of olanzapine, which it sells as Zyprexa. The company’s data showed that one-third of patients who have taken the drug for a year gain at least 10 kilograms, and half of these gain at least 30 kilograms.”
Caplan is concerned that patients aren’t being warned that these dangerous drugs may cause substantial weight gain—particularly with the growing trend of prescribing multiple psychotrophic drugs at the same time.
WEIGHT GAIN, ALZHEIMER’S AND DEMENTIA
A study of more than 6,000 adults by the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, California found that people who gained more weight during their 40’s had a greater risk of developing dementia (deterioration of mental ability) or Alzheimer’s in their 70’s.
It is becoming increasingly apparent that the drug companies are interested in convincing all of us that we have “diseases” which require their products because that is the way to increase their profits. When the drugs cause the side effects that the drug companies know will occur, they will sell us other drugs for this.
Professor David Light of the Center for Bioethics stated, “Evidence over the past 40 years indicates that harm to patients from adverse side effects of medicines exceed benefits: only 1 in 7 new drugs have offered substantial therapeutic benefit over existing treatments. On the other hand, at least 30 percent bear risks of serious adverse events.
This benefit:harm ratio of 15:30 or 1:2 is made worse by medicines being widely prescribed for unapproved indications, being prescribed in higher doses than needed for their stated benefits, being prescribed to ever-wider populations as industry-supported experts lower thresholds on guidelines, and being prescribed to patients with higher risks of the adverse events involved. Each of these widening uses reduces any benefit and produces more ill-health. The scale of ill health is epidemic.”
A 57-year-old teacher at Bishop Walsh Catholic Arts College, a Catholic school in Birmingham, England, Ablett has been jailed for three years for having an affair with a teenage girl who was a pupil. He was taking antidepressants.
A West Virginia sixth-grade teacher, 37-year-old Toni Lynn Woods was arrested in March, 2005 for having sex with four children under the age of 16. Woods described herself as a monster while pleading guilty to her crimes. She was taking Prozac.
Apparently, a “joke” told by the stock analysts who are assigned to evaluate drug company stock is: “The two worst things that can happen in a clinical trial of a new drug is that someone dies or that the new drug actually cures the patient.”
Drug companies don’t make money if you only take their drugs for a small amount of time. Does anyone doubt that the drug companies are interested in convincing all of us that we have “diseases” which require their products because that is the way to increase their profits? When their drugs cause the side effects that the drug companies know will occur, they will sell us other drugs for this and the money just keeps rolling in as the death and misery toll from their drugs keep increasing.
The law has two standards for determining guilt. The standard used in civil cases-like suits arising from accidents or false advertising that leads to injury, is “preponderance of the evidence.” The standard used in criminal cases is “beyond a reasonable doubt.” Obviously, “beyond a reasonable doubt” requires much more convincing evidence than “preponderance of the evidence.”
O.J. Simpson was acquitted on criminal charges of murdering Ron Goldman and his former wife. Goldman’s family hired Dan Petrocelli to sue Simpson for the wrongful death of their son. The jury ruled that Simpson was liable and awarded the Goldman family a multi-million dollar amount.
Billions of dollars have been paid by the makers of antidepressants to settle lawsuits brought against them by the families of their victims. Why don’t some of the families of the victims of the school teacher depravities seek to recover damages from the real culprits-the makers of the drugs that the evidence shows were at fault? Why don’t the families of the victims of the school shootings sue the real culprits who will not rest until all of us are taking their toxic products?
It is not too late. Many people are seeing the danger. Given the truth, people will respond. Please join Dr. Tracy, Professor Light, Larry G, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, HARMD, CHAADA and the growing list of others who are courageously speaking the truth about these dangerous drugs and the people who promote them. Only by doing this will we save our children and their future and the future of this planet.
Next week we will have more on how the scientific community is publishing studies confirming other problems caused by antidepressants that Dr. Tracy has been warning about for years.
Finally, even though the public seems to be in a dark tunnel, they are starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel and it isn’t the headlights of a train.
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