• Government hides shocking truth: 500,000 deaths swept under the rug.
By James Spounias —
In a critically important study ignored by the talking head, corporate-controlled media, professor Peter C. Gøtzsche noted that antidepressant and antipsychotic medications in America and Europe are responsible for more than 500,000 deaths every year of those 65 years or older.
Gøtzsche, the research director at Denmark’s Nordic Cochrane Centre, has published numerous papers in prestigious medical journals and participated in a debate,” entitled “Does long term use of psychiatric drugs cause more harm than good?” where he argued “yes” to that question.
The debate was sponsored by BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) and was held at King’s College in London on May 13, 2015.
More than 250 million prescriptions for antidepressants and antipsychotic medications are made per year, bringing over $9 billion annually to Big Pharma in 2013 alone.
While the connection of prescription antidepressants and antipsychotics to the perpetrators of mass shootings, such as Columbine and Aurora, is made among pharmaceutical skeptics, the link between the use of these prescriptions and elderly deaths goes unnoticed. Until now.
Establishment media coverage of Gøtzsche’s analysis was nonexistent even though he has impeccable credentials. Ignoring his work, so far, is the corporate media’s modus operandi. The phrase “follow the money,” rather than truthful reporting, explains the silence.
Activist Robert Kennedy, Jr., confirmed what intelligent Americans know well. The mainstream media is an extension of the corporatist state.
In a May 18, 2015 interview with former governor Jesse Ventura (born James George Janos), where he spoke of Big Pharma’s vaccination power, Kennedy revealed: “I ate breakfast last week with the president of a network news division and he told me that, during non-election years, 70% of the advertising revenues for his news division come from pharmaceutical ads. And if you go on TV any night and watch the network news, you’ll see they have become just a vehicle for selling pharmaceuticals. He also told me that he would fire a host who brought onto his station a guest who lost him a pharmaceutical account.”
Gøtzsche made a strong case against the indiscriminate use of antidepressant and antipsychotic medication, saying: “Animal studies strongly suggest that these drugs can produce brain damage, which is probably the case for all psychotropic drugs.”
Gøtzsche continued, “Given their lack of benefit, I estimate we could stop almost all psychotropic drugs without causing harm—by dropping all antidepressants, ADHD drugs and dementia drugs . . . and using only a fraction of the antipsychotics and benzodiazepines we currently use. This would lead to healthier and more long-lived populations.”
The respected researcher added psychotropic drugs are “immensely harmful” if used for prolonged periods.
“They should almost exclusively be used in acute situations and always with a firm plan for tapering off, which can be difficult for many patients,” he added.
Chiding United States government agencies, Gøtzsche noted that suicides linked to prescriptions are as much as 15 times more frequent than acknowledged. He related a “senior official at the Food and Drug Administration [FDA] published a study based upon drug company files” with a specific number of adverse events caused by antidepressants and antipsychotics. Five years later, he said, this same official reported only 10% of what he himself had reported five years earlier.
“I have estimated that there are likely to have been 15 times more suicides among people taking antidepressants than reported by the FDA,” Gøtzsche explained. “For example, there were 14 suicides in 9,956 patients in trials with fluoxetine and paroxetine, whereas the FDA had only five suicides in 52,960 patients, partly because the FDA only included events up to 24 hours after patients stopped taking the drug.”
So what that means is that unless something happened within the very short window of 24 hours after discontinuing the drug, adverse events are ignored. To limit possible adverse effects to 24 hours, especially when the purported benefits of these drugs are to help one’s mental state, is no accident.
“The randomized trials that have been conducted do not properly evaluate the drugs’ effects,” Gøtzsche continued. “Almost all of them are biased because they included patients already taking another psychiatric drug. Patients, who after a short washout period are randomized to placebo, go ‘cold turkey’ and often experience withdrawal symptoms. This design exaggerates the benefits of treatment and increases the harms in the placebo group, and it has driven patients taking placebo to suicide in trials in schizophrenia.”
Additionally, there’s another layer to the deception.
Gøtzsche noted that those in the placebo group are already on other antidepressants and antipsychotics, which means the “control” group is anything but an otherwise neutral population. This does explain why there is a higher than normal suicide rate among the “control” group, making it seem that adverse events are in sync with what should be a “normal” population.
It’s clear that Big Pharma and government intentionally misstate the dangers of these drugs to the point of only recognizing adverse events within 24 hours of discontinued use and having rigged placebo groups to use mind-altering prescriptions to make it appear that the so-called placebo group is identical to those using antidepressants and antipsychotic medications.
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