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Flying on Drugs

Published on April 3, 2010

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The United States is lifting a 70-year-old ban on letting pilots fly while on antidepressants, citing improvements in the drugs and an unforeseen side effect of the restriction. Pilots who take one of four antidepressants — Prozac, Zoloft, Celexa or Lexapro — or their generic equivalents will be allowed to fly if they have been successfully treated by those medications for a year without side effects that could pose a safety hazard in the cockpit.

The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that about 9.5 percent of people 18 and older suffer from a mood disorder. A 2009 study by Columbia University showed that as many as 10 percent of Americans was taking antidepressants. FAA officials assume the percentage is about the same among pilots. In 2003, somewhere between 28 and 30 million Americans had already taken Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil or some similar SSRI antidepressant. These drugs are currently being prescribed for everything from depression or anxiety to PMS to smoking cessation to ADD.

A few years ago actor Tom Cruise brought to light one of the most dangerous problems we face today: An epidemic of legal mind altering drug use is now taking to the skies despite the known fact that a wide array of psychotropic drugs have been shown to increase suicide risks and potentially cause extreme violence in the users of these drugs.

We have seen in the news experts saying that psychiatric drugs like Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft are dangerous with psychiatrists going as far as declaring, “Clinical evidence does not justify the use of antidepressants” and “The bottom line is that we really don’t have any good evidence that these drugs work.”

On June 19, 2003, the FDA, following the lead of the British MCA, ruled that Paxil should not be given to kids 18 or under, because of the increased risk of suicidal impulses.  With 50,000+ suicides in America each year, and the growing phenomena of mass murders and murder/suicide, this is clearly an issue that demands more honest investigation, something that obviously was not done before allowing pilots to fly while under the influence of these drugs.

Years ago an article in the Washington Times Insight Magazine included a chart of some of these cases.  Here are just a few of the really famous cases, just to give you an idea of the types of reactions we’re talking about.

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Andrea Yates drowned her five children in a bathtub. She was on two of these SSRI antidepressants, at maximum dose.  There had been an adjustment in the medication two days before this tragedy happened.  That adjustment alone was enough to cause this tragedy.

Del Shannon, the singer from the sixties, who had the hit song, “Run Away”, committed suicide after three weeks on Prozac.  The pharmaceutical company has settled his case.

Joseph Westbecker went on a shooting rampage in Kentucky, killing eight people — seven coworkers, and then himself.  That case has also been settled, for what looks like $50M.

Officer Steven Christian, a Dallas police officer, dressed in plain clothes, ran into a police station shooting.  The pharmaceutical company has settled his case.

Donald Shell of Gillette, WY, shot his wife, daughter, baby granddaughter, and then himself, after taking only two doses of Paxil.  This last summer, a jury ruled that the Paxil was the cause for this, and awarded his family $6.4M.

In the Lacuzong case, a man with no prior history of violence, drowned his two children and then himself in the same bathtub.  The makers of Paxil settled that case.

Phil Hartman, the comedian, was shot by his wife, who then shot herself. That case has been settled for their children.

Luvox is the drug that Erik Harris was on the day that he went psychotic, and went on the shooting spree with his friend Dillon.

The Salt Lake Family History Library shooting, that killed a good friend of mine.  A 70-year-old man, from a good family, went on that shooting rampage.

Mark Barton, the Atlanta day-trader, went on the shooting spree in Atlanta.  He killed his family, and then he went to an office and killed several other people, and then himself.

Dr. Peter Breggin, a court certified psychiatric expert and author of numerous books on psychiatric drugs, reveals how GSK not only concealed negative studies, but also manipulated data about Paxil-induced suicidality so that actual suicide attempts in clinical trials were underreported, while attempts by subjects taking a placebo were inflated. According to Dr. Breggin, drug companies settle almost all lawsuits out of court in order to seal incriminating scientific data. “This deprives the FDA, medical profession and public of critical information on drug safety and efficacy,” he says.

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There were 39,000 adverse event reports submitted to the FDA’s Medwatch, according to award-winning investigative reporter, Robert Whitaker. And that number is said to represent only about 1% of the actual number of adverse events. “So, if we get 39,000 adverse event reports about Prozac,” Mr. Whitaker said in an interview for Street Spirit in August 2005, “the number of people who have actually suffered such problems is estimated to be 100 times as many, or roughly four million people.”

Whitaker exposes the massive lies and cover-ups that have corrupted the Food and Drug Administration’s drug review process, and co-opted research trials in order to spin the results of drug tests and conceal the serious hazards and even deadly side-effects of brand-name drugs like Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil and Zyprexa.

Terry Messman, who interviewed Whitaker said, “The story becomes even more frightening when we look at the aggressive tactics these giant drug companies have used to silence prominent critics by defaming them in the press, and by using their money and power to have widely respected scientists and eminent medical researchers fired for daring to point out the hazards and risks of suicide and premature death caused by these drugs. These researchers who have tried to warn us of the perils of these drugs have been silenced, intimidated and defamed. “

The media have heralded the arrival of so-called designer drugs like Prozac, Paxil and Zyprexa and millions of Americans have believed this story but the tragic cases of disease, suffering and early deaths caused by these drugs shows us dangers that medical officials and pharmaceutical companies would prefer to remain hidden.

So next time you fly your captain might be on drugs that are only safe in the minds of the FDA, and we know we cannot trust this institution. They who believe that it’s even safe to inject neural toxins like mercury in children in vaccines and plant tons of the metal in peoples’ mouths really cannot be trusted. Now even flying is going to be more dangerous thanks to them.

When on the ground one will sometimes be subjected to full body scans. It’s not a pleasant thought to remember that there is no safe dose of radiation, even your lowly simple dental x-ray will statistically bump up your chances of contracting cancer. No doubt though, flying will continue to be much safer than being in a car, and much safer than going into a hospital, doctor’s or dental office for in these places instead of the doctor, nurses and dentists being on the drugs they will be making sure you are.

To Gold Bugs: I found out last night that they only have one hundredth of the gold they are selling. Meaning most gold is paper (not gold) meaning the gold market is selling 100 times more gold than is available if you wanted it in your hands. So this shows tremendous and I mean tremendous upward potential in terms of price and value of gold. Just thought you might want to know. Despite the best efforts of mice and men – even elite men – reality, which is truth, is born back into the world. Truth can not be denied forever though it can be hidden and disguised obviously for longer than any of us generally imagine.

We probably can assume this proportion with vaccines. They are probably 100 times if not a thousand times more dangerous than advertized. Rare is a much abused word by modern medicine as is low level toxicity, which is always a lot higher then officialdom will admit. Personally I think saying 100 to 1,000 times more dangerous does not really cover it. If you look at any one family that has seen their child die directly after receiving their vaccinations or another family where autism has torpedoed their lives no number makes sense. Since health and medical officials will not admit any connection between vaccines and autism we can only use official numbers from the vaccine injury data base.

Imagine the mainstream press communicating the truth each morning. Today a child will die from a vaccine in the United States. I don’t have the numbers at my fingertips but it’s probably several children a day fall. The headline reads: ARE YOU WILLING TO GAMBLE YOUR CHILDREN’S LIVES AND TAKE THAT CHANCE?

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Director International Medical Veritas Association
Doctor of Oriental and Pastoral Medicine

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