Artificial Additives

The more I think about it and the more research that I do, the more it seems like the problem we have recently with crazy people wanting to kill us is one that we’ve created. We’re manufacturing crazy people.

A few numbers:

Twelve of 15 studies of SSRI’s, a family of anti-depressants that includes Prozac and Paxil, showed no short-term benefit for young people over placebo, he says. But they can cause a host of physical and mental health problems; 25 percent of youth treated with anti-depressants convert to bipolar disorder.

One survey says 20 to 40 percent of people who use anti-depressants long-term become bipolar. Another survey, by the Depression and Bipolar Support Assn.(DBSA), says 60 percent.

About 11% of all Americans ages 12 and up are now on anti-depressants.

ALL drugs have side effects. All psychoactive drugs have side effects. Using them not only can, but does fuck people up in strange ways. Even when talking about very rare side effects, experienced by maybe one person in ten thousand, that’s still thousands of people when there are millions taking the drug. Almost all of our recent horrible murders have been committed by people on, or just coming off of, some kind of psychoactive drug. And yes, those side effects can include things like ‘homicidal ideation.’ That is, thinking about killing people. Even most of the people who experience those severe side effects won’t actually follow through and kill anyone…but a few do. This isn’t speculation; we know that psychoactive drug side effects have lead to suicidal and homicidal acts. Drug companies have been gradually–and quietly–adding warnings to that effect to their side effect sheets.

I’ve said before that we don’t have a gun problem in the United States; we have a crazy people problem. It’s just beginning to sink in, though, how serious a crazy people problem we have, and how much it’s of our own doing. The boom in prescription psychoactives took off in the late 1980s (Prozac hit the market in 1987). I thought that the increase in crazy people killing other people starting in the ’80s was due to the Reagan Administration’s gutting of the mental health system, and that’s probably a factor, but it also coincides nicely with the exploding market for prescription psychiatric drugs.

If we really want to stop these massacres, this really needs to be looked into and gotten under control. We’re altering the brain chemistry of huge numbers of people, with very little understanding of what the long term effects of that are going to be, and it’s a problem that’s only going to get worse if we don’t do something.

We won’t, though. We’ll brush aside the drugs that all of our mass killers were taking, and focus instead on the brand and appearance and capacity of the guns they used. (And even the guns they didn’t.) Want to know why? It’s simple arithmetic.

The gun industry in the US has about $11.7 billion in revenue. Government sales make up a large part of that, with the civilian market amounting to about $7 billion ($5 billion in ammunition and accessories, $2 billion in actual firearms). Sounds like a lot of money, doesn’t it?

Novartis International, the company that makes Ritalin, had US revenues of $58.5 billion in 2011. That’s one drug company that’s five times the size of the whole US firearms industry. Worldwide, big pharma pulls in about $500 billion. That’s a golden goose that our politicians don’t dare touch, no matter how many people die.

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