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from adderalladdictionsupport.com, Adderall Side Effects For People Who Don’t Need It

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from addictionblog.org, What happens when you snort Adderall?

Is snorting Adderall dangerous?

Yes, snorting Adderall is dangerous. Not only can the negative side effects greatly impact your life, certain risks can actually put you in the hospital or worse even cause death. Because Adderall is a stimulant it not only has a quicker onset but negative consequences can also occur faster. Your increased risk of drug dependency can also make withdrawal harder. You can become addicted to Adderall, which will have a great impact on your life. Is the euphoric effect, the high, the concentration energy worth the risk of psychological disorder, infectious disease, or overdose? Look for these signs of overdose as danger signs after snorting Adderall:

  • cardiac arrest
  • coma
  • excessive sweating
  • psychosis
  • rapid heart rate
  • unusual change in behavior

Is snorting Adderall effective?

Nasal administration of Adderall may be effective, but it is not recommended. Adderall works as a stimulant and has similar reactions on the body as cocaine. tf can cause paranoia or dizziness, increasing the chances of infectious disease, cause permanent nasal damage, overdose and even death. The effects of snorting Adderall to get a high or even try to effects your symptoms better are not worth the damage it does to your body.

Can you snort Adderall ?

Snorting Adderall is more of a behavior that addicts engage in as they need to quickly get high. If this is you, you may want to treat the abuse of Adderall and explore the reasons you feel the need to snort Adderall rather than take it as prescribed. Yes, snorting Adderall acts quicker on the body. But, you also run the risk of overdose, damage to the nasal passages, and cardiac arrest. Plus, it is never recommended nor will a doctor ever prescribe that you snort Adderall.

Questions about snorting Adderall

Do you know someone who is snorting Adderall? Then they may be addicted to Adderall and may need to help Adderall addiction. Look for the signs of addiction and whether or not they need to withdrawal or seek out a treatment facility.

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From YouTube Video by Dr. Breggin – Psychiatric Drugs Are More Dangerous than You Ever Imagined

“Lets take a look at the stimulants that you may be taking as a college student or as a parent that you may be giving to your children. Follow up studies on people who were started on stimulants as children show that they have shrinkage of brain tissue measurable on brain scans. They have reduced height and weight. They are being incarcerated more often than other people. They are going to mental hospitals more often. Their suicide rate is increased. Every one of these facts documented by follow up studies of what happens to you if you get started on stimulants and one particularly well done study – The rate of Cocaine abuse is greater when you become a young man or women if you’ve been put on stimulants as a child. Thats because the stimulant drugs such as Ritilen, Conserta, Adderoll & Dexedrine are so simular to Cocaine in their effects.”

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Honey & Salt for a Good Nights Sleep

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Mix These 2 Things Before Bed And Never Wake Up Tired Again!

Have you ever woken up after several hours of sleep to find yourself still groggy? I have.

It’s intuitive to think that a long sleep should leave you feeling regenerated and refreshed but in reality, it’s not just about the amount of time you spend asleep; it’s about the quality of that sleep as well.

A study done by the Sleep Foundation found that although the average American sleeps for 7 hours and 36 minutes each night, 35% report their sleep quality as ‘poor’ or ‘only fair.’

20% of the Americans surveyed said they did not wake up feeling refreshed during the week prior to the study.

The Solution: Honey & Himalayan Salt

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In addition to a variety of lifestyle changes you can make to increase your sleep quality, honey and himalayan salt can work wonders for making sure you get a deep sleep each night.

All you’ll need are 5 teaspoons of honey and one teaspoon of Himalayan salt.

Mix the two together and store in a glass jar. When you’re ready to go to sleep, take one spoonful of the mixture and place it under your tongue. Let it dissolve naturally.

Himalayan salt contains about 84 minerals and trace minerals, one of which is magnesium. Magnesium works by reducing the amount of cortisol – the stress hormone – in your brain, allowing you to relax and get a deep sleep.

The raw honey is no slouch either; it supports your body as you sleep and helps heal your liver as well as various cells in your body.

According to Health, Wild and Free:

“Taking a spoonful of raw honey before sleep supplies your liver with glycogen storage when supports your liver in detoxification, circulation, hormone regulation and other functions to restore your body during rest. Additionally raw honey also contributes to melatonin being released in the brain which is an important sleep hormone for high-quality sleep.”

Don’t forget to make some lifestyle changes too! Here are a few things that affect sleep quality.

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1. Technology Use – Using your computer, tablet, phone or TV before bed causes serotonin and melatonin production to offset.

The problem occurs because your brain is tricked by the light from your screen into thinking the sun is still up.

2. Eating – Eating too close to bedtime can also disrupt sleep quality. This is because, instead of powering down, your body is forced to digest your food. Eat no less than 3 hours before bed.

3. Working Too Late – Working right up to the time you’re ready for sleep prevents your brain from entering the resting state it needs. It’s important to let your brain power down by focusing on more relaxing activities. Consider reading or listening to calming music.

Check out what David Wolfe has to say about the miraculous healing power of honey!

Find out how else you can use Himalayan salt to improve your quality of life here.

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from WhyQuit.comAddiction to Smoking – Nicotine a Mental Illness” by John R. Polito

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These photos of 34 year-old Bryan Lee Curtis were taken 66 days apart.
As shown, small cell lung cancer is extremely aggressive. One-quarter
of adult smokers are claimed by their addiction during middle-age.

People who have schizophrenia commonly hear voices, while dependent smokers sense wanting for more nicotine. Although the title of this article sounds horrible, romanticizing smoking while denying the existence or true nature of dependency dooms millions to early graves. The good news is that freedom from nicotine is vastly more rewarding than the dread-filled message playing inside the fooled addict’s captive mind.

Dr. Nora D. Volkow, Director of the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse - Image NIDAAccording to Dr. Nora D. Volkow, Director of the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), “drug addiction is a mental illness. It is a complex brain disease characterized by compulsive, at times uncontrollable drug craving, seeking, and use despite devastating consequences – behaviors that stem from drug-induced changes in brain structure and function.”

Five million smokers annually smoke themselves to death. Every puff destroys additional tissues while introducing up to 81 cancer causing chemicals. Smoking claims half of adult smokers and is projected to kill one billion before century’s end. Here in the U.S., males claimed by smoking lose an average of 13 years of life, while females lose 14. Frankly, there’s no nice way of saying it. Smokers are committing slow suicide, and they know it. But why?

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from Natural Society Antidepressant Review Shows Big Pharma Covers Up Links to Suicide

In 2005, it was revealed that a Harvard psychiatrist and the pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly & Co. hid a secret 1988 internal memo showing that Lilly’s own controlled clinical trials of the blockbuster antidepressant drug Prozac had a significantly higher rate of suicide attempts, hostility, violence, and psychosis than four other commonly used antidepressants in the 1980’s and 1990’s. [1]

The shocker is not that the medications can be more dangerous than depression itself, but the fact that drug companies are still lying about it.

Researchers at the Nordic Cochrane Center, and University College London, analyzed 70 trials of the most common antidepressants, involving more than 18,000 people. They found that SSRI antidepressant drugs doubled the risk of suicide and aggressive behavior in teens under 18 years of age.

Additionally, Eli Lilly – the same company that covered up the 1988 internal memo – recorded most of the deaths that occurred, but they failed to note 90% of the attempted suicides. Information on other outcomes was also lacking, according to Medical News Today.

The authors wrote that the results were “even more unreliable than we previously suspected.” The researchers further stated:

“We suggest minimal use of antidepressants in children, adolescents, and young adults as the serious harms seem to be greater, and as their effect seems to be below what is clinically relevant.

About 70% of people on antidepressants do not meet the criteria for clinical depression. This means that many children and teens are on these powerful brain drugs unnecessarily. And considering the human brain is not fully developed until age 25, SSRIs could be causing kids brain damage, not helping them to get better.

from The Conversation Why Big Pharma is not addressing the failure of antidepressants

Front-line therapies usually include medication. All the commonly prescribed antidepressants are based on “the monoamine hypothesis”. This holds that depression is caused by a shortage of serotonin and noradrenaline in the brain. Existing antidepressants are designed to increase the levels of these chemicals.

The monoamine hypothesis was not correct. There is little to no clinical evidence to support the notion that depression is associated with low levels of monoamines and predictions based on it were not borne out by research.

from Health Impact News Study: Big Pharma’s Smoking Gun – Antidepressants Proven to Double Suicidality

Researchers from the University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, and Nordic Cochrane Centre, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark have conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of the relationship between antidepressant treatment and increases in suicidality and aggression. Their study, published in the British Medical Journal, was based on 64,381 pages of clinical reports reveals new information on harms – pharmaceutical antidepressant treatment actually doubles the risk for suicidality in children and adolescents.

 “SSRI induced suicidality was first reported in 1990 but only became generally recognised after a BBC Panorama programme focused on it in 2002,” according to the study.

Also, many cases of aggressive behavior (assault and hostility) are reported but little systematic research has been done on those cases, explains the study.

“Perpetrators of school shootings and similar events have often been reported to be users of antidepressants and the courts have in many cases found them not guilty as a result of drug induced insanity.”

Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are some of the most frequently prescribed drugs of our time, according to the study. Yet, it has been recognized for some time that there are serious harms associated with SSRI and SNRI usage, so why, when a patient is at their most vulnerable, are doctors putting potentially lethal weapons in their hands?

“Just Say No” to Antidepressants

The researchers stated:

We believe ours is the first comprehensive review of randomised controlled trial data using clinical study reports for aggressive behavior and akathisia, and our finding of the doubling of aggression in children and adolescents is novel. (emphasis added)

Therefore, they suggest:

“…minimal use of antidepressants in children, adolescents, and young adults, as the serious harms seem to be greater, and as their effect seems to be below what is clinically relevant.”

Read the entire study on bmj.com“Suicidality and aggression during antidepressant treatment: systematic review and meta-analyses based on clinical study reports”

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from High Boldage SSRI Antidepressants: The Biggest Corporate Scam of All Time

But then again, Big Pharma, and many therapists and doctors really don’t care how you “feel.”  They just want you to be able to get up in the morning and go to work.  If an antidepressant accomplishes that, then they call it good.  Add to that the fact that the average doctor in the US was gifted $15,000 a year from Big Pharma all through the 80’s and 90’s and you can see why doctors are so enthusiastic in prescribing them.

Which leads to another problem with SSRIs that has manifested itself in human society:  SSRIs have been implicated in violence, mass murders and suicides.  The killers at Columbine were taking SSRIs, and there is a very long list of other killers who have been taking this crap when they went over the edge.

SSRIs are addictive.  There are two obvious proofs of the addictive qualities of SSRIs.   The first is the fact that people often build up tolerances to the drugs, and the dosage must be increased.  Your doctor will look you in the eye and tell you that you must “titrate up” your dose.  On the street, drug addicts call this process something else.  The second proof is the heavy, serious withdrawal symptoms experienced by many who try to quit an SSRI.  These withdrawals are so serious that the Pharma companies themselves strongly urge people to taper down from the drug rather that quit cold turkey.  When your doctor hands you a free month supply of Paxil or Prozac he is hooking you on a drug, and it is an expensive drug.  Remember that.

There have been countless studies since the monkey study of course , mostly financed by Big Pharma, but there is overwhelming evidence that the studies publicized by Big Pharma have been cherry picked, it has been proven in court.  And there was a study just a few years ago, a meta analysis of hundreds of large studies, that proved there is really only one factor in improving the life of someone who is really depressed.   That is the “alliance effect” which refers to the situation where you have a therapist that you like and who you trust, and who you believe is working in your interest.  Nothing else really matters, not SSRIs or older antidepressants, not therapy technique like CBT, nothing.  So if you are seriously depressed find a therapist who will talk to you, and if you are lucky you will find one who really cares.

Most of the studies done in the last twenty years are of short duration 8-12 weeks or so, and most of the ones published by big pharma indicate that the pills helped people who were somewhat depressed, but did very little for people who were chronically or deeply depressed.  The reason for this is simple:  take 100 people who say they are depressed.  Maybe 75 to 80 % of them will get out of their funk with or with out the drug.  Swings in mood are normal, but they don’t usually last more than a few weeks.  You give someone your faux medication, full on in the knowledge that the patient will get better anyway whether he takes it or not.

This is fraud on a grand scale, Big Pharma is the perpetrator abetted by a greedy and gullible medical establishment.

My advice for you, if you are depressed, before you consider this big pharma crap, is go for a walk every day, talk to interesting people, and turn off your television.  Give it a try.

have a peaceful day,

Bill

from The Renegade Pharmacist The FDA & Big Pharma Alliance: Lethal Cover Ups

It is undeniable that the FDA has a controversial relationship with the pharmaceutical industry. Not a single psychiatric drug is released into the market for administration until the FDA gives its safety a legitimate stamp of approval. But how legitimate is this stamp and are these drugs truly safe? The medical cartel formed by the matrimony between the FDA & Big Pharma must come under scrutiny and both parties must be held accountable for their inexcusable corruption. We’re talking about repeated scientific fraud, campaigns to aggressively silence the FDA’s own scientists and other independent health organizations, and debilitation wreaked on innocent lives, people who trusted in the FDA approved medication to heal themselves.

Not only is the FDA guilty of releasing questionable drugs and misinformation regarding their benefits to the public, but they have also waged aggressive campaigns of terror against natural healers, nutritional supplement companies and other companies promoting holistic health, for these appearing threatening to their monopoly on pharmaceutical medicine.

The scientific inquiry pursued by the medical cartel under the guise of a humanitarian agenda is nothing but a fraudulent enterprise, fueled mostly by financial greed and an impatience to generate quick revenue. The FDA, being a government supported $20 billion dollar a year empire, has been able to casually sidestep all accusations pointed at them for being singlehandedly responsible for creating a silent holocaust. The political leaders of this country have not revealed a slightest awareness of this problem. There are doctors who are aware of these statistics and the lethal impacts of psychiatric drugs remain equally silent and continue to issue prescriptions for them. Martha Rosenberg from TruthOut conducted a powerful interview with a former FDA drug reviewer named Ronald Cavanagh who bluntly exposed the FDA as a criminal organization with a host of mob strategies to protect its crimes.

A recent survey released by the Union of Concerned Scientists, the scientists at the FDA described the agency as an environment of intimidation, censorship & scientific fraud. According to this survey taken by 997 FDA scientists, 40% feared retaliation for voicing safety concerns over the drugs being released into the market. Over one-third of the scientists didn’t even feel safe voicing concerns within the agency to their peers. This is because many of those scientists, such as Cavanagh, are being routinely intimidated to alter their research findings to suit the political and commercial agenda. This survey revealed an astounding 18.4 percent of scientists who have experienced being asked, for non-scientific reasons, to exclude or alter technical data in their work. Sixty one percent of the survey respondents admit to having knowledge of cases where the Department of Health and Human Services have “inappropriately injected themselves into FDA determinations or actions.”  Only 47 Percent of the scientists within the FDA believed that the “FDA routinely provides complete and accurate information to the public.”

What we are dealing with besides a silent genocide is a classic case of government-fueled censorship of information. The oppression of valuable knowledge that, if fell into the hands of the people, would provide them with an opportunity for self-reflection and a greater degree of autonomy, loosening a reliance on the established beurocracies and shattering the illusion of benevolence they falsely promote.

from Meds News Are antidepressants and mood stabilizers dangerous and useless medications?

 Antidepressants are among the most prescribed drugs worldwide: in the United States alone, antidepressants were the most prescribed medication in 2013, with over 16 million of long-term users and 11% of Americans aged 12 years and over taking this type of medication. Most of the patients that are prescribed antidepressants and mood stabilizers every day are female (about 70%) [1, 2]. What’s even more alarming is how many more people are prescribed these dangerous drugs each year. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that from 1988–1994 through 2005–2008, the rate of antidepressant use in the United States among all ages increased nearly 400% [2]

Overprescription and lack of efficacy: two serious issues of antidepressants

Several treatment guidelines, such as those published by the UK National Institute for Healthcare and Excellence (NICE), recommend talking therapy such as cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) as a primary choice to treat mild to moderate depression and anxiety. However, in clinical practice antidepressant medications, especially SSRIs such as fluoxetine (Prozac), sertraline (Zoloft), paroxetine (Paxil), fluvoxamine (Luvox), citalopram (Celexa), and escitalopram (Lexapro) are often the first choice for treatment [4]. It should be noted how Less than 30% of patients under antidepressant medication have seen a mental health professional (psychiatrist or psychologist) in the past year [2]

However, there’s no clinical evidence that depression is actually caused by serotonin deficiency, as there’s no testing methodology available to measure the amount of serotonin in the living brain [5]. It can take at least four weeks or even more to notice for antidepressants to be effective and improve a patient’s condition, and some researchers even pointed out how many studies on these medications’ purported efficacy were widely exaggerated to inflate their sales figures. A large study performed by the National Institute of Mental Health showed how less than 50% of patients under antidepressant medications find any relief from their symptoms, with a significant number of these patients slipping back into depression even during treatment, similarly to what happened when they were given a placebo [6].

Side effects and dangers of the antidepressants

SSRIs are also known to cause agitation, psychosis, obsessive preoccupations that are uncharacteristic of the individual, insomnia and panic attacks, that in turn can lead to dangerous behaviors such as suicidal ideation, violence, self-injuries and in some rare circumstances, even homicidal behavior [9]. For this reason, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration required all depression medications to include a warning label about the increased risk of suicide in children and young adults [7, 8]. Quitting from antidepressant medications is far from easy, though, as a sudden interruption of these prescriptions may cause a withdrawal syndrome or worsen the depression, setting back the treatment [10]. Dose must be reduced gradually to avoid the so-called “antidepressant discontinuation syndrome”, whose symptoms include restlessness, agitation, insomnia, nightmares, mood swings, irritability, tremors, muscle pains and several others. In pregnant women, the use of SSRIs may lead to short-term withdrawal symptoms in newborns after delivery. Babies may manifest several symptoms including mild respiratory problems, tremor and agitation [10].

In 2004, an internal document from the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline showed that in some clinical studies, the number of people taking the SSRI antidepressant drug Paxil, who experienced withdrawal symptoms was as high as 42%. When they were forced to testify before Congress in October 2004, the Big Pharma representatives admitted they blatantly lied to consumers. Although Paxil’s packaging only reported a risk of withdrawal of 2%, their own research found that at least 25% of patients taking the drug experienced withdrawal symptoms [11]. This same drug was also associated with a 720% increase in the risk of breast cancer in women, as demonstrated in a famous American Journal of Epidemiology study published in 2000 [12].

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from Collective Evolution Bombshell Study Exposes Frightening Facts About Anti-Depressant Drugs & Pharmaceutical Companies

“The medical profession is being bought by the pharmaceutical industry, not only in terms of the practice of medicine, but also in terms of teaching and research. The academic institutions of this country are allowing themselves to be the paid agents of the pharmaceutical industry. I think it’s disgraceful.”  – (source)(source) Arnold Seymour Relman (1923-2014), Harvard Professor of Medicine and Former Editor-in-Chief of the New England Medical Journal

Tamang Sharma, a PhD student at Cochrane and lead author of the study, said:

“We found that a lot of the appendices were often only available upon request to the authorities, and the authorities had never requested them. I’m actually kind of scared about how bad the actual situation would be if we had the complete data. (source)”

Joanna Moncrieff, a psychiatrist and researcher at University College London, elaborates:

“[This study] confirms that the full degree of harm of antidepressants is not reported. They are not reported in the published literature, we know that – and it appears that they are not properly reported in clinical study reports that go to the regulators and from the basis of decisions about licensing. (source)”

Peter Gotzsche, a clinician researcher at Cochrane and the co-author of the study, actually tried to gain access to clinical trial reports almost a decade ago for anti-obesity pills. Unfortunately, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) denied them the reports:

“They talked about commercial confidentiality although there was absolutely nothing in these reports that was commercially confidential. We explained that all this secrecy actually cost human lives, but they weren’t interested in that at all. (source)”

It took years of requests and complaints for this to happen and, while Gotzsche is pleased they were able to achieve this breakthrough, he reminds us that similar progress has yet to made in the United States. He went on to state that researchers need better access to data from clinical trials to conduct assessments unimpeded by industry influence:

“It’s deeply unethical when patients volunteer to benefit science and then we let drug companies decide that we cannot get access to the raw data. The testing of drugs should be a public enterprise. (source)”

Moncrieff (quoted above) then goes on to express further concerns:

“We really don’t have good enough evidence that antidepressants are effective and we have increasing evidence that they can be harmful. So we need to go into reverse and stop this increasing trend of prescribing [them]. (source)”

This Is Not The First Time

This is not the first time that pharmaceutical companies have been caught manipulating science in order to get antidepressants onto the shelves. It was only a couple of months ago that an independent review found that the commonly prescribed antidepressant drug Paxil (paroxetine) is not safe for teenagers, even though a large amount of literature had already suggested this previously. The 2001 drug trial that took place, funded by GlaxoSmithKline, found that these drugs were completely safe, and used that ‘science’ to market Paxil as safe for teenagers.

John Ioannidis, an epidemiologist at Stanford University School of Medicine and co-author of the study, is also the author of the most widely accessed article in the history of the Public Library of Science (PLoS), titled Why Most Published Research Findings Are False. In the report, he states that “most current published research findings are false.” And this was more than 10 years ago — the situation has undeniably worsened in the interim.

This echoes the words of Dr. Richard Horton, the current Editor-In-Chief of one of the most reputable reviewed medical journals in the world:

“The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness. (source)”

The Editor in Chief of the New England Medical journal, which is also considered to be one of the best in the world, has made similar assertions:

“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgement of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of the New England Journal of Medicine. (source)”

A couple of years ago, Lucia Tomljenovic, a PhD in biochemistry and a senior postdoctoral fellow in UBC’s Faculty of Medicine, uncovered documents that reveal vaccine manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, and health authorities have known about multiple dangers associated with vaccines but chose to withhold them from the public. The documents were obtained from the UK Department of Health (DH) and the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI), who advise the Secretaries of State for Health in the UK about diseases preventable through immunizations. The JCVI made “continuous efforts to withhold critical data on severe adverse reactions and contraindications to vaccinations to both parents and health practitioners in order to reach overall vaccination rates.” She goes on to explain that,

“The transcripts of the JCBI meetings also show that some of the Committee members had extensive ties to pharmaceutical companies and that the JCVI frequently co-operated with vaccine manufactures on the strategies aimed at boosting vaccine uptake. Some of the meetings at which such controversial items were discussed were not intended to be publicly available, as the transcripts were only released later, through the Freedom of Information Act (FOI). These particular meetings are denoted in the transcripts as “commercial in confidence,” and reveal a clear and disturbing lack of transparency, as some of the information was removed from the text (i.e., the names of the participants) prior to transcript release under the FOI section at the JCVI website. (source)”

Below is a clip taken from the One More Girl documentary, a film which looks at the Gardasil vaccine, a medicine designed to prevent Human Papillomavirus. In it, Dr. Peter Rost, MD, a former vice president of one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world (Pfizer), shares the truth about the ties between the medical and pharmaceutical industry.

Rost is a former vice president of Pfizer, and a whistleblower of the entire pharmaceutical industry in general. He is the author of The Whistleblower, Confessions of a Healthcare Hitman. Considering his work experience, it would be an understatement to say that he is an insider expert on big pharma marketing. Click Here for Clip

from Break Freee From Anxiety The Truth About Addiction and SSRI’s

BUT, patients who are taking, or are considering taking SSRI’s, need to understand that chemical dependence on these drugs absolutely happens. Quickly stopping these drugs can result in severe physical effects and is rarely, if ever, advised. Give a list of symptoms

Even when these drugs are tapered off slowly, the effects can be very challenging. I have personally watched my clients suffer tremendously while trying to get off SSRI’s. There are many patients who have been trying to get off of these drugs for over a year and are still unable to do so. In reality, many patients resume taking the drug because the withdrawal symptoms were too great. You may also want to slip something in about how a huge percentage of people with anxiety are highly sensitive to drugs and more likely to suffer from these symptoms.

One interesting thing to note is that for many street drugs the actual physical dependency can be broken in just a matter of days, but the psychological addiction can take years to sever. When it comes to prescription antidepressants the psychological addiction can be irrelevant, but the physical dependency can be devastating.

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*I felt great and stayed on it for about two years. I started feeling very numb and I would get fits of anger. I also gained about 40 lbs while taking it. I’m still working on getting rid of the weight, and I still feel lonely sometimes but I don’t want to go back to prozac ever again. I take Baleens lemon omega 3 oil, (tastes really good and you can get it from Costco) and vitamin D3 in liquid form every day. Between the two and exercise it really helps me.

*The first six times or so that I smoked weed were absolutely horrible! You’re very susceptible to more anxiety

*This video made me cry. I also stopped taking zoloft because it was making me feel more depressed and i couldn’t concentrate on anything. I wish you the best of luck and thank you for letting people know that they are not alone.

*These drugs have a black box warning, and should not be used on anyone under the age of 25/26 yrs old, your brain is still growing and .they are not safe.

*I found that any kind of exercise can really help.

*Probiotics are good for the bowel and mood.

*They turn people into emotionless robots, if that’s happiness, I don’t want to be happy.

*With all due respect, this would have been a great video 40 years ago but no professionals actually believe depression is a simple “chemical imbalance” problem any more. In fact there’s no compelling evidence depressed people have abnormally low levels of serotonin or any other neurotransmitter.

*Except that is not that simple. Serotonin reuptake inhibition happens in a matter of hours. However antidepressants effect does not kick in before weeks or even months. So there’s something more convoluted happening and science still does not know what happens. There are different theories such as the anti-inflammatory effect of A/Ds, increased BDNF, neurogenesis and one that I particularly like: the migration of signaling proteins, esp. the Gsα, out of lipid rafts where they are not very efficient to other part of the neuron surface where the protein signaling is much more effective (the cAMP dependent pathway) and promote better cell communication.

*Zoloft gives you a boost then will slow you down & then you get depressed & tired. I have social anxiety so Zoloft made me not care as much but my anxiety was still there always. Do some research on how to help it. I can’t believe how much better I feel off of it & my anxiety, I realized was all in my head. It takes time to handle anxiety. Years sometimes but popping pills eventually doesn’t work so you will be back to square one worst off. That’s why you have so many people switching pills all the time. So many side effects. Zoloft gives you a boost then depression kicks in. No one talks about it. Keep searching for answers but pills will lead you down a path of problems.

*Was on Zoloft for 3 years… lived life like a walking zombie… numb and all….

*Insomnia that Zoloft made much worse

*I’ve been nauseous, dizzy and my appetite is close to none.

*Occasionally I get brain zaps even if I take it like 3-4 hours later than usual. I found sertraline helped at first but over time I started noticing erratic changes in my behaviour, mostly with anger issues which I never had before, I was put on these for anxiety. Plus sometimes feel like I can’t think properly. Just feel utterly confused. These ssri’s just aren’t worth the trade off. Wish I’d never started tbh. It’s the only regret I have in life.

*I’m just withdrawing from 100mg sertraline. Experiencing all the things you’ve talked about, boy, it’s tough!! I also stopped because I felt the drug was no longer helping, my doctor’s answer was to increase the dosage at which point I said, no more, and decided to stop. I’m now taking 5 htp and melatonin to help me sleep. And getting back into exercise to get the natural high. Thank you for making this video, it’s really reassured me. Hope you’re doing well, depression is often a lifelong condition but I really don’t want to medicate myself anymore. Now the withdrawals are starting to subside a little, I’m feeling much better. I have emotions again instead of the complete absence of all feeling. If I can, I want to stay away from sertraline. I’m sure it helps some people, but for me it was mind glue.

*The worst part of being on zoloft is that it dulls all of your feelings/ emotions. I couldn’t cry if I wanted to. That is the reason why I just had to get off of them. But you’re right, the brain zaps are not enjoyable. They feel like if someone flipped you upside down but your body stayed still.

*Just ask patients that have been on any SSRI for more than one year. Ask them about the void of emotions, the chemical castration (lack of libido), the chronic fatigue, the poor sleep pattern, the blurred vision, the brain fogs, the dry mouth, the constant yawning, the bowel constipation… Oh and don’t forget to ask them how does it feel to withdraw from this drugs… Then let me know how magnificent this drugs are… The pinnacle of modern psychiatry. And please do let us know how many times a psychiatrist ask for any blood test to prove to you that you have a lack of serotonin in your body.

*I have been on zoloft for just over 10 years. Marriage breakdown, Loss of my mother, retiring from a stressful work environment. Started on 100mg of Zoloft and went up to 150mg, 125gm and Now going down to 100 slowly over the last 3 months. Occasional brain zaps and lots of headaches lately. I am determined to wean off Zoloft completely and reward myself with a healthy diet, regular exercise, mindfulness, Yoga and meditation.

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Retirement Income – Social Security

Overview sketch

Social Security benefits are sanctioned to be commenced between the ages of 62 through 70. For those born after 1960 full retirement age (FRA) is 67. Primary Insurance Amount (PIA) is the monthly amount a person will receive if they commence receiving Social Security benefits at FRA. PIA is based upon earnings history of the recipient. It is calculated by using 35 years of the recipients highest earnings and applying those earnings values to an algorithm maintained by the Social Security Administration.  If the recipient chooses to commence benefits prior to or after attaining FRA then the monthly benefit amount is either reduced below or increased above the PIA amount.

Retirement Age Adjustment Factor

For those born after 1960 the minimum monthly amount results with benefits commencement at age 62 and is calculated by multiplying the PIA * 0.7042. The maximum monthly amount results with benefits commencement at age 70 and is calculated by multiplying the PIA * 1.24. The previous adjustment factors are obtained from the SSA Early or Late Retirement calculator.

Estimating Benefit Amount

SSA offers a series of online calculators to assist in estimating retirement benefit. Retirement Estimator is an easy to use calculation tool that utilizes your actual earnings record. Upon entering anticipated average earnings from time now, the estimator on first pass generates three monthly benefit amounts that pertain to three common ages of retirement 62, FRA (67 for those born after 1960) & 70. Estimates can be added for additional ages of retirement.

Determining Primary Insurance Amount (PIA)

To compute PIA at FRA, first determine the corresponding adjustment factor using the Early or Late Retirement calculator. Then divide that factor into the estimated retirement amount at the given age to obtain the PIA monthly benefit value at FRA. When the anticipated retirement age is before age 62, simply divide the associated age 62 estimated benefit amount by the age 62 adjustment factor to determine PIA, since benefit commencement cannot occur before age 62. PIA  is an important value to establish. Multiplying PIA by the adjustment factors readily demonstrates the effect on monthly benefit of retiring early or late with respect to FRA. Also, PIA is used to establish spousal benefit estimates.

The following two articles excerpts explain spousal retirement and survivor benefits:

from Nolo.com; by , J.D.

Claiming Social Security before your full retirement age, which is currently 67, will lower your benefits permanently. Social Security reduces your benefits using the early retirement penalty so that you’ll receive the same amount between now and the average life expectancy, whether you claim at age 67 and get the standard amount, age 62 and get a smaller amount, or 70 and get an increased amount. That said, if you claim benefits early but you live past a certain age—called your “break-even point”—you will wind up collecting less in total lifetime benefits than if you had waited to claim them at full retirement age.

If you claim your Social Security retirement benefits early, this will not affect your wife’s dependents benefits, which are also called spousal retirement benefits. As long as your wife waits until her full retirement age to claim her spousal benefits, she can collect the full amount. Because dependents benefits are based on your primary insurance amount (which is based on your earnings record at your full retirement age), whether or not you claim benefits early doesn’t affect the amount of dependents benefits your spouse can collect.

Spousal retirement benefits are half of your primary insurance amount – that is, half of what you would have received if you had waited until full retirement age to claim benefits. However, if your wife claims the spousal retirement benefit before her full retirement age, her spousal benefits will be lowered permanently.

Survivors benefits are handled differently. If you claim retirement benefits early, this will lower your wife’s survivors benefits (also called the “widow’s benefit” or “deceased husband’s benefit), should you die before her. This is because at your death, your wife will be able to collect the same amount you were entitled to before you died. If your retirement benefit was lowered because of early retirement deductions, or increased because of delayed retirement (up until age 70), your wife’s survivors benefit will be similarly increased or decreased.

Also, if your wife were to collect the survivors benefit before she reached full retirement age (anytime from 60 to 65), her survivors’ benefit would be decreased. So if you collected retirement benefits early and then your wife collected her survivors benefits early, she would only get a small portion of your full retirement age benefit. (There is an exception here if your wife is caring for your dependent minor or disabled children: In this situation, she would not get an early retirement penalty regardless of the age she claimed this “mother’s benefit.”)

from Nolo.com; by , J.D.

Although their numbers are shrinking rapidly, there are still many married women who did not do enough paid work outside the home during their lifetime to have earned Social Security retirement benefits. (This happens with men, too, of course; but the number of men in this situation is smaller, so we’ll assume a no-retirement benefit wife/retirement-benefit husband example.)

The wife in this circumstance is eligible for dependents benefits (spousal retirement benefits) only when her husband claims retirement benefits, and survivors benefits when the husband dies. If she claims dependents or survivors benefits before her full retirement age, she gets a reduced benefit. The husband, in this case, is eligible only for his own retirement benefits. He would have no dependents benefits (spousal retirement benefits)

A married couple with only one retirement benefit is faced with two Social Security rules that together might seem to make a difficult choice for the couple:

• If the husband delays claiming his retirement benefits until after full retirement age (up to age 70), both his retirement benefits and the wife’s survivors benefits (if she outlives him) will go up. Conversely, if the husband claims benefits early, both his retirement benefits and the wife’s survivors benefits will be permanently decreased.

• The wife cannot claim dependents benefits (the spousal benefit) until the husband claims his retirement benefits.

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