[If this difficult article helps just one person, it is worth it. Please read to the end. Shared with permission byThe International Coalition for Drug Awareness, a private, non-profit group of physicians, researchers, and patients.]
[Please know this is NOT a judgement of you if you or someone in your family is on one of the antidepressants or you are a pharmacist. It is also NOT a condemnation of all medicines, either, but rather it is a warning to stay aware of drug facts and dangerous side-effects].
As John received revelation upon revelation sitting exiled upon the Isle of Patmos, he issued a very strong warning for us in our day. He told us that our entire world would be deceived (lied to) through the sorceries (perhaps many) that would come out of Babylon. (Rev. 18:23-24)
He went on to say that the end result of this deception would be the demise of prophets, saints and many good men. In other words, no one would be spared in this great deception by these sorceries. Remember that we were told that, if it were possible, even the very elect would be deceived.
So what’s this sorcery John warns of?
The Greek word translated as sorcery is “Pharmakeia” (φαρμακεία) which means “medicine from a pharmacy.” (The word pharmakeia is very much like our word for ‘drugs’).
What Does That Mean?!
Is it speaking of the drugs we find in those pharmacies on nearly every street corner now?
Is it talking about those same drugs with ads that run all day long on TV and in magazines everywhere we look?! Is it any wonder then that these prescription drugs are now being reported as the biggest drug problem in America today? Could it be that the whole world has been deceived about these drugs?
More Deaths Than 9/11…Every Week!
According to a 1995 study done by concerned pharmacists:
- Prescription drugs taken “as prescribed” rather than abused are the fourth leading cause of death in this country,
- They kill as many Americans every week as we lost on 9/11 in The Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. (Stats: US News & World Report).
In light of this, we need to ask who the real terrorists are.
When we are in an international conflict over one week’s worth of 9/11 deaths, while all the others go unnoticed, slaughtered and buried right under our noses.
Is it any wonder the scriptures speak so sternly of sorcerers and sorcery?
Meanwhile, the pharmaceutical industry brought in more than $1 trillion last year, a number that’s grown every year since 2005.
Antidepressants and Study Bias
In January, 2008, we read in the New England Journal of Medicine that almost half of the studies done on one of America’s most popular group of drugs, antidepressants, were unfavorable...
… yet when those negative results were reported to the public, they were presented as positive. The study discovered widespread bias!
They also said the studies indicated that there was “little evidence” these drugs which bring in nearly $200 Million per day were more effective than placebo in treating depression.
Deadly deception about antidepressants!
How deadly is it?
The most popular of these antidepressants, Effexor, has “homicidal ideation” listed as a side-effect. Others with this listed are Paxil, Lexapro, and Zoloft…
Cymbalta (and others) have suicidal ideation as a main side effect… and these tendencies can last for years after use.
Homicidal ideation is not just about killing someone, but it is having constant ruminating thoughts of killing and how to kill.
To see stories of antidepressants gone wrong, go to www.ssristories.NET where you will find a very long list of school shootings, loving mothers and fathers who have killed their children, children who have killed their parents, suicides, murder/suicides, female school teachers who have seduced male students, even well-respected ministers who have raped children, extreme out of character behavior, including violence, wild spending sprees, embezzlement, sexual promiscuity, exhibitionism, etc. – all are side effects of antidepressants.
Then the FDA announced that they have been investigating 9 various types of medications for the potential of causing suicide already used in millions of patients.
After learning that antidepressants increase suicidal potential by 2-3 times, suddenly the FDA officials realized that multiple classes of medicines might cause dangerous psychiatric problems including suicide.
Some of these include:
- acne (Accutane)
- hypertension (beta-blockers and calcium antagonists)
- asthma (Singulair)
- seizures (Celontin and Zarontin, phenobarbital and secobarbital)
- birth control (Norplant)
- high cholesterol (Statins: Mevacor, Zocor, Pravachol, Lescol, and Lipitor)
- swelling (corticosteroids: hydrocortisone, triamcinolone, prednisone, Flonase, Nasocort, Nasonex, Flovent, and Azmacort)
- heartburn and GERD (proton pump inhibitors)
- pain (codeine, morphine, Demerol, Percodan, and OxyContin)
- bacterial infections (many antibiotics messing up the gut biome)
- insomnia (Xanax, Valium, ProSom, Dalmane, Ativan, Restoril and Halcion)
How could these antidepressants produce such things?
With antidepressants, that answer can be as simple as explaining that antidepressants create a sleep disorder in which the patient acts out nightmares.
It is called a REM Sleep Behavior Disorder (RBD), and 80% of those being diagnosed with the disorder are taking antidepressants. (source)
RBD is known to produce both murder and suicide. Acting out one’s worst nightmare. All a person has worked to achieve in life – all gone in the blink of the eye!
RBD is made worse during drug withdrawl.
This is why is it so important to avoid the worst of withdrawal by weaning EXTREMELY SLOWLY down off an antidepressant.
Wean EXTREMELY SLOWLY Off Antidepressants
As people begin to see the deception about the safety and effectiveness of these drugs and attempt to come off the drugs, I for one DO NOT want to witness what we will see! If there has ever been a situation in the history of this world where we have so desperately needed to adhere to the command to be our “brother’s keeper”, this is it!
In doing so, even if you are not the one taking the drug, the life you save may be your own or that of a loved one.
Because when someone goes psychotic in the withdrawal, they can do anything to anyone and it just might be you or your loved one.
Kim Crespi near Charlotte, NC, learned of antidepressant withdrawal all too painfully on January 20, 2006, when her husband David, a good strong Christian and wonderful husband and father, who was also a vice president of the local bank and well respected in the community, stabbed their four year-old twin daughters to death. David was months into an abrupt withdrawal from Paxil and had just started taking Prozac.
He and Kim were not aware that the FDA had just warned the year before that any abrupt change in dose of an antidepressant, whether going up or down (he had just done both), can produce suicide, hostility, or psychosis – generally a manic psychosis leading to a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder.
Of course, it is not true Bipolar, but a drug withdrawal effect, yet so many have found they would be medicated for years for something (the Bipolar Disorder) they don’t really have. Is it any wonder that the diagnosis of Bipolar has increased by 4000% over a recent 10 year period when it was basically unheard of before SSRI antidepressants?
But why is all this happening to us? Where did we go wrong?
For the answer we need to turn to Isaiah 28:8 where, Isaiah, speaking of our day, says that we will rise up each day to get drunk (but he had already made it clear that this drunkenness would not be from wine or strong drink).
What would produce that drunken state then? When do people generally take their medications? First thing in the morning?
These are mind altering medications.
And what do the package inserts list as side effects? That is right – all the same effects one could expect from alcohol, but much stronger.
The Feeling Of Needing Drugs
Isaiah then goes on to tell us why people would suffer the feelings of needing drugs. He says that our tables are “full of vomit” and there is nothing clean there.
So, what is vomit?
Vomit is food that either has already had the nutrients extracted or food that cannot be used by the body and is expelled because of that.
And unclean? Look at the chemicals that have saturated our food supply.
So if our tables are full of vomit – food that has been depleted of nutrients or food that cannot be utilized where does that leave us?
We are nutrient depleted.
And where does nutrient depletion lead us?
It leads us to stimulants of any kind in order to force our bodies and brains to perform since they do not have the fuel or building blocks from nutrients to perform.
Perhaps the most obvious segment of society in which to see this is that which is most transparent due to the exposure they get – the entertainment industry. If you watch the lives of those in the business you generally see only two groups: health nuts or drug users. They either reach for nutrients to supply the building blocks they need to build energy levels they need to cope with their fast paced lifestyle or they use drugs to force their bodies/brains to keep up the fast pace.
One extremely critical point for all Christians to understand is the serotonin connection to spirituality.
Antidepressants, as well as the new atypical antipsychotic drugs, work by increasing levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin. But 50% of the serotonin is metabolized by the pineal gland.
The Pineal Gland
What is the pineal gland?
It is the master gland of the body. Some think it’s the “seat of the soul” or our connection to spiritual thoughts. It is located right in the center of the brain behind the eyes.
If the ineal gland is overloaded with large amounts of serotonin produced by these drugs, does it interfere with a spiritual connection?
According to patients using these drugs it does.
They continually report that they can no longer feel God.
One perfect example that comes to mind is that of Elizabeth Bush, the 14 year-old girl who shot her best friend at the private Catholic school they attended. Elizabeth’s hero in life was Mother Theresa. So how did she go from that point to a charge of attempted murder almost overnight?
I called her attorney when this happened and told him what happened was likely the result of the use of one of these antidepressants. He did not show much interest, but said he would check. Then the following week Elizabeth was interviewed on 20/20 and asked this very question of how did she go from Mother Teresa as her hero to shooting her best friend at school. Her reply was that she could “no longer feel God anymore.”
I called her attorney the following morning and told him I no longer had any question about whether or not his client had been on an antidepressant nor any question about its contribution to causing this tragedy. With that new evidence about her inability to feel God anymore, in my mind, I knew. At that point he asked me to hold for a minute and when he returned he said through the rustling of papers, “Paxil. Is Paxil one of those drugs?”
Severed From the Spiritual?
Not only can these drugs produce physical death, but also spiritual harm.
Where did we go wrong?
Clearly we have underestimated Satan and his potential to pull us into his web of deceit.
Just because he is evil, does not mean he is stupid. He has much knowledge. Not more power than we do, because we do have the strength to overcome all with the help of the Savior. But we must be constantly aware of his cunning craftiness when it comes to his power to deceive.
This awful situation in which we now find ourselves is a call for humility and faith and a reminder to always turn to the Savior in ALL things rather than trusting in the arm of flesh.
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” ~Romans 8:1
For additional information on serotonin and antidepressant medications along with additional information on the great deception of “Pharmakeia” that John spoke of see Ann Blake-Tracy’s book, Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare.
See original article by Ann Blake-Tracy.
Update: Additional information:
Whistle-blower Dr. Candace Pert, whose research make SSRI antidepressants possible, served for 13 years as Chief of the Section on Brain Biochemistry, Clinical Neuroscience Branch, at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Read more here.
“I am alarmed at the monster (serotonergic antidepressants) I created!” ~Candace Pert, PhD, Chief of Brain Biochemistry at the National Institute of Mental Health
Next is a radio interview with whistle-blower Dr. John Virapen who is the one responsible for BUYING the approval (yes he paid a bribe in Pharma’s’ behalf ) to get these drugs on the market. Listen to him admit it all in this first radio interview he did in the U.S. in 2010 here.
You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/ And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one at www.drugawareness.org . Also, go here for Low Cost or Free Rehab Options.
Ann Blake-Tracy has testified as an expert witness in Prozac and other SSRI-related court cases around the world. Some of the more high profile cases she has worked on would be the Columbine & Red Lake School shootings, Andrea Yates – the Texas mother who drowned her five children, Princess Di’s death, the murder/suicide of the royal family of Nepal, etc.
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