To Drug or Not to Drug?

“The use of drugs inflicts very grave damage on human health and life. Their use, except on strictly therapeutic grounds, is a grave offense. Clandestine production of and trafficking in drugs are scandalous practices. They constitute direct co-operation in evil, since they encourage people to practices gravely contrary to the moral law.” -Catechism of the Catholic Church

There is a stealthy game, being played by corrupt pharmaceutical companies, using our children’s lives to distribute psychiatric drugs (1). This game must end! Parents must start learning the truth, regarding the long-term and permanent injury that these drugs inflict on our children. The harm incurred by these toxic drugs is not an “if” situation, but a “when”, and the damage caused is not only irreversible, but deadly. This is precisely why these drugs contain a “black-box warning”, the strictest cautioning in the labeling of prescription drugs by the FDA. Depending on many genetic and biological factors, which include a child’s “antioxidant system” and their ability or inability to metabolize a drug, it is like playing Russian roulette every time a pill is given. The short-term “behavior fix” is not worth the long-term consequences that are suffered throughout our children’s lifetime.   Continue reading

Toxic Stress, Glutamate and the Path to Suicide

Suicide is the nation’s 10th leading cause of death, and the second leading killer for those ages 15-34. There are on average 40,000 suicides each year, having reached its highest rate in 25 years per the latest CDC report. Every year, 1 million adults will attempt suicide, with 2.2 million more making suicide plans, and another 8.3 million having suicidal thoughts (1). Why would so many people contemplate, plan, attempt, and end their life? Could it be that parents, unknowingly, are setting their children up for the risk of suicide?

This is what a very enlightening, medical research study, called the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, suggests. It is the largest, most important study of its kind, which shows correlation of a child’s past adverse experiences to the multiple risk factors for several of the leading causes of death in adults. The study concluded that the greater the number of adverse experiences a child was exposed to, the more significant the increase in risk for major health problems later in life – ischemic heart disease, cancer, chronic lung disease, skeletal fractures, liver disease, depression and suicide (2,3). Continue reading

Glutamate – The Silent and Subtle Storm Preceding Suicide

Illnesses like colds and the flu come and go but rarely does someone wake up one day with a life threatening disease or some type of cancer that has just been formed overnight. As the mechanism for suicide becomes better understood, it is apparent that it too is not an instantaneous happening, although for most of us it may have seemed that way the very moment we heard of someone having ended their life.

“Suicide is NEVER the consequence of a single cause” as stated by Kees van Heeingen, Phd from Ghent University (my capital emphasis).  As with disease and cancer, there are various factors that are contributory to suicide like growing up in a negative environment encountered early in life such as violence, abuse or neglect; exposure to a multitude of environmental toxins (poisons) that exist in our world today such as in our diet and in the air we breathe; to undergoing stressful events especially during midlife; as well as the expression of our genes. It has never been fully understood in the past as to why or how these factors and others could contribute to someone wanting to end their life but now we finally have a link.

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