Monday, January 7, 2013

The Role of Psychiatric Drugs in the School Shootings

Turns out Chris Pinto was just on vacation over the holidays and I CAN still hear his radio shows, thank You Lord.  Wish he had put up some kind of announcement but anyway he's back.  And as usual giving me information I wouldn't otherwise be aware of and as usual getting me upset about the condition of the world and the church and especially our dangerous ignorance of who our enemies really are along with a feeling of helplessness about it all.  Of course I know God is in charge, and helplessness throws me back on Him, which is what is always needed anyway.

Today's show Pharmakeia - The Missing Link in the Gun Control Debate"? is focused on the Sandy Hook school murders and related incidents that have created the usual furor against guns and the usual government plans to do away with the Second Amendment, which of course is not the culprit.  But Satan's agents want us deprived of this Constitutionally provided means of self-defense so that's where the emphasis goes. 

Pinto's show yesterday, Jesuits, Gun Control & The War on the Constitution got into the influence of the Jesuits on the push for Gun Control, and not only that but the war on the Constitution in general, and I may say more about that eventually.

As you ponder the connection between drugs and these murders the Biblical Greek term Pharmakeia comes to mind.  That word or another version of it is translated "witchcraft" in at least one place in the KJV and as "sorceries" in other places.  (Galatians 5:21, Revelation 9:21, 18:23, 21:8, 22:15). 

PHARMAKEIA as witchcraft means getting possessed by demons through the use of mind-altering drugs.  Some people on these drugs, or just coming off them, report hearing voices telling them to commit murder. 

Christians are generally taught the meaning of this Greek term but for some reason the actual influence of drugs in our modern world isn't clearly laid out for us by our pastors, so now we find out about it after twenty years of murders that are most likely "pharmakeia" in the Biblical sense of Satanic influence. 

Not all people are affected by these drugs this way of course but even the drug companies have had to label some of the psychiatric drugs with POSSIBLE influences in some pretty scary directions, including "homicidal ideation." 

The world of course denies the reality of Satan so it's only going to be Christians who will even take note of this connection, but since the media hasn't been keeping us informed about this connection we haven't known about it either.  We may hear that such and such a murderer heard voices which we will attribute to demonic instigation but without any knowledge of the connection with drugs they were taking.  Maybe the saddest story is that of Andrea Yates who heard such voices telling her to murder her children, and she strongly felt this was Satan talking to her, but we weren't told about any connection with psychiatric drugs she was on and of course nonChristian authorities have no clue that there could be a connection and probably just dismiss her statements about Satan as imaginary anyway, just the form her psychiatric illness happened to take.  A hallucination.  But Satan and his hordes are real and they can possess people and speak into their minds.

The class of drugs known as hallucinogens have traditionally been used by shamans for the express purpose of contacting spirits and getting possessed by them, in order to have the powers they impart or grant to the possessed one, and that includes the illegal hallucinogens which people are trying to get legalized, thanks a lot, even marijuana.  The more demons among us the better, right?  People who take those drugs are implicitly asking to be demon-possessed whether they know it or not, but now it appears that you can be INADVERTENTLY demon-possessed by taking prescribed psychiatric drugs. 

Some of the drugs implicated are PAXIL, PROZAC, ZOLOFT, EFFEXOR, RITALIN, LITHIUM, many of the well known antidepressants, even the pain killer VICODIN in the case of James Holmes, the shooter at the theater in Aurora, Colorado. 

What makes the difference in who gets affected in this way and who doesn't?  Various kinds of vulnerability are involved, but that includes those who are addicted to violent and demonic movies, video games etc. 

Some of the references Chris Pinto points to are, first from World Net Daily, David Kupelian on The Giant Gaping Hole in Sandy Hook Reporting is simply indisputable that most perpetrators of school shootings and similar mass murders in our modern era were either on – or just recently coming off of – psychiatric medications:
  • Columbine mass-killer Eric Harris was taking Luvox – like Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Effexor and many others, a modern and widely prescribed type of antidepressant drug called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs. Harris and fellow student Dylan Klebold went on a hellish school shooting rampage in 1999 during which they killed 12 students and a teacher and wounded 24 others before turning their guns on themselves.Luvox manufacturer Solvay Pharmaceuticals concedes that during short-term controlled clinical trials, 4 percent of children and youth taking Luvox – that’s 1 in 25 – developed mania, a dangerous and violence-prone mental derangement characterized by extreme excitement and delusion.
  • Patrick Purdy went on a schoolyard shooting rampage in Stockton, Calif., in 1989, which became the catalyst for the original legislative frenzy to ban “semiautomatic assault weapons” in California and the nation. The 25-year-old Purdy, who murdered five children and wounded 30, had been on Amitriptyline, an antidepressant, as well as the antipsychotic drug Thorazine.
  • Kip Kinkel, 15, murdered his parents in 1998 and the next day went to his school, Thurston High in Springfield, Ore., and opened fire on his classmates, killing two and wounding 22 others. He had been prescribed both Prozac and Ritalin.
  • In 1988, 31-year-old Laurie Dann went on a shooting rampage in a second-grade classroom in Winnetka, Ill., killing one child and wounding six. She had been taking the antidepressant Anafranil as well as Lithium, long used to treat mania.
  • In Paducah, Ky., in late 1997, 14-year-old Michael Carneal, son of a prominent attorney, traveled to Heath High School and started shooting students in a prayer meeting taking place in the school’s lobby, killing three and leaving another paralyzed. Carneal reportedly was on Ritalin.
  • In 2005, 16-year-old Native American Jeff Weise, living on Minnesota’s Red Lake Indian Reservation, shot and killed nine people and wounded five others before killing himself. Weise had been taking Prozac.
  • In another famous case, 47-year-old Joseph T. Wesbecker, just a month after he began taking Prozac in 1989, shot 20 workers at Standard Gravure Corp. in Louisville, Ky., killing nine. Prozac-maker Eli Lilly later settled a lawsuit brought by survivors.
  • Kurt Danysh, 18, shot his own father to death in 1996, a little more than two weeks after starting on Prozac. Danysh’s description of own his mental-emotional state at the time of the murder is chilling: “I didn’t realize I did it until after it was done,” Danysh said. “This might sound weird, but it felt like I had no control of what I was doing, like I was left there just holding a gun.”
  • John Hinckley, age 25, took four Valium two hours before shooting and almost killing President Ronald Reagan in 1981. In the assassination attempt, Hinckley also wounded press secretary James Brady, Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy and policeman Thomas Delahanty.
  • Andrea Yates, in one of the most heartrending crimes in modern history, drowned all five of her children – aged 7 years down to 6 months – in a bathtub. Insisting inner voices commanded her to kill her children, she had become increasingly psychotic over the course of several years. At her 2006 murder re-trial (after a 2002 guilty verdict was overturned on appeal), Yates’ longtime friend Debbie Holmes testified: “She asked me if I thought Satan could read her mind and if I believed in demon possession.” And Dr. George Ringholz, after evaluating Yates for two days, recounted an experience she had after the birth of her first child: “What she described was feeling a presence … Satan … telling her to take a knife and stab her son Noah,” Ringholz said, adding that Yates’ delusion at the time of the bathtub murders was not only that she had to kill her children to save them, but that Satan had entered her and that she had to be executed in order to kill Satan.Yates had been taking the antidepressant Effexor. In November 2005, more than four years after Yates drowned her children, Effexor manufacturer Wyeth Pharmaceuticals quietly added “homicidal ideation” to the drug’s list of “rare adverse events.” The Medical Accountability Network, a private nonprofit focused on medical ethics issues, publicly criticized Wyeth, saying Effexor’s “homicidal ideation” risk wasn’t well-publicized and that Wyeth failed to send letters to doctors or issue warning labels announcing the change.And what exactly does “rare” mean in the phrase “rare adverse events”? The FDA defines it as occurring in less than one in 1,000 people. But since that same year 19.2 million prescriptions for Effexor were filled in the U.S., statistically that means thousands of Americans might experience “homicidal ideation” – murderous thoughts – as a result of taking just this one brand of antidepressant drug.Effexor is Wyeth’s best-selling drug, by the way, which in one recent year brought in over $3 billion in sales, accounting for almost a fifth of the company’s annual revenues.
  • One more case is instructive, that of 12-year-old Christopher Pittman, who struggled in court to explain why he murdered his grandparents, who had provided the only love and stability he’d ever known in his turbulent life. “When I was lying in my bed that night,” he testified, “I couldn’t sleep because my voice in my head kept echoing through my mind telling me to kill them.” Christopher had been angry with his grandfather, who had disciplined him earlier that day for hurting another student during a fight on the school bus. So later that night, he shot both of his grandparents in the head with a .410 shotgun as they slept and then burned down their South Carolina home, where he had lived with them.”I got up, got the gun, and I went upstairs and I pulled the trigger,” he recalled. “Through the whole thing, it was like watching your favorite TV show. You know what is going to happen, but you can’t do anything to stop it.”Pittman’s lawyers would later argue that the boy had been a victim of “involuntary intoxication,” since his doctors had him taking the antidepressants Paxil and Zoloft just prior to the murders.Paxil’s known “adverse drug reactions” – according to the drug’s FDA-approved label – include “mania,” “insomnia,” “anxiety,” “agitation,” “confusion,” “amnesia,” “depression,” “paranoid reaction,” “psychosis,” “hostility,” “delirium,” “hallucinations,” “abnormal thinking,” “depersonalization” and “lack of emotion,” among others.The preceding examples are only a few of the best-known offenders who had been taking prescribed psychiatric drugs before committing their violent crimes – there are many others. Whether we like to admit it or not, it is undeniable that when certain people living on the edge of sanity take psychiatric medications, those drugs can – and occasionally do – push them over the edge into violent madness. Remember, every single SSRI antidepressant sold in the United States of America today, no matter what brand or manufacturer, bears a “black box” FDA warning label – the government’s most serious drug warning – of “increased risks of suicidal thinking and behavior, known as suicidality, in young adults ages 18 to 24.” Common sense tells us that where there are suicidal thoughts – especially in a very, very angry person – homicidal thoughts may not be far behind. Indeed, the mass shooters we are describing often take their own lives when the police show up, having planned their suicide ahead of time.
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Some other references Pinto pointed to:
60 School Shootings Linked to Psychiatric Drugs Over the Last 20 Years

CCHR Says Federal Investigation Into Psychiatric Drugs and Violence Long Overdue

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a mental health watchdog, is calling for a federal investigation into the link between psychiatric drug use, school shootings and other acts of senseless violence, calling the investigation long overdue, and citing the supporting evidence.
On Dec. 17th, the Los Angeles Times article, “Adam Lanza’s family had kept a watchful eye on him,” cited sources who say Lanza had been ‘medicated’ as early as age 10. WFSB Eyewitness News, a Connecticut CBS affiliate, reported on Dec. 19th in the article, “Adam Lanza underwent psych evaluations in years past,” that Adam Lanza “had some disorders” and Eyewitness News learned that Lanza “did undergo some sort of psychiatric evaluation sometime within the past few years.”
The questions that need to be answered are what “medications” was Adam Lanza prescribed, when was he prescribed them, and for how long.
The importance of answering these questions, as well as the need to launch a federal investigation into psychiatric drugs prompting acts of violence, are based on the following:
·    CCHR’s website documents that at least fourteen school shootings were committed by those taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs resulting in 109 wounded and 58 killed. This list comprises only those cases where information about the shooter’s psychiatric drug use has been disclosed, which is often not the case. For example, according to CNN’s article on July 12, 2012, “Who is Dr. Lynne Fenton?”James Holmes, the suspected perpetrator of the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting, was confirmed to have been under the care of psychiatrist Lynne Fenton, yet no mention has been made of what psychiatric drugs he may have been prescribed.
·    More than 11,000 adverse reaction reports are on file with the US FDA between 2004 to 2011. These reports include 300 cases of homicide, nearly 3,000 cases of mania and over 7,000 cases of aggression. By the FDA’s own admission, only 1-10% of side effects are ever reported to the FDA, so the actual number of side effects occurring are most certainly higher.
·    CCHR’s site also documents that 22 international drug regulatory warnings have been issued on psychiatric drugs citing effects of mania, hostility, violence and even homicidal ideation. Dozens of high profile shootings/killings have been committed by teenagers under the influence of psychiatric drugs, and there has yet to be a federal investigation on the link between psychiatric drugs and acts of senseless violence.
More than a decade ago, a few insightful lawmakers in New York were concerned enough about the link between psychiatric drugs and acts of violence, that they introduced groundbreaking legislation: New York Senate Bill 1784, introduced in 2001 by then Senator Owen H. Johnson, would have required law enforcement agencies in New York to collect data on certain violent crimes and what, if any, psychiatric drugs the offender may have been on during the commission of the crime.
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