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Zyprexa

An American psychosis.
Zyprexa

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Imagine that a virus suddenly appears in our society that makes people sleep 12–14 hours a day. Those infected with it move about somewhat slowly and seem emotionally disengaged.

Many gain huge amounts of weight – 20, 40, 60, and even 100 pounds. Often their blood sugar levels soar, and so do their cholesterol levels. A number of those struck by the mysterious illness – including young children and teenagers – become diabetic in very short order. Reports of patients occasionally dying from pancreatitis appear in the medical literature. Newspapers and magazines fill their pages with accounts of this new scourge, which is dubbed metabolic dysfunction illness, and parents are in a panic over the thought that their children might contract this horrible disease. The federal government gives hundreds of millions of dollars to scientists at the best universities to decipher the inner workings of this virus, and they report that the reason it causes such global dysfunction is that it blocks a multitude of neurotransmitter receptors in the brain – dopaminergic, serotoninergic, muscarinic, adrenergic, and histaminergic. All of those neuronal pathways in the brain are compromised. Meanwhile, MRI studies find that over a period of several years the virus shrinks the cerebral cortex, and this shrinkage is tied to cognitive decline. A terrified public clamors for a cure. Now, such an illness has in fact hit millions of American children and adults. We have just described the effects of Eli Lilly’s best-selling antipsychotic, Zyprexa.

Robert Whitaker in Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America..

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Anonymous

I was on Zyprexa for a year and gained eighty lbs. My fasting blood sugar has remained 105 and I have to be regularly monitored. This is 3 years after being off the drug. There are antipsychotics that are not as dangerous and I took one of those for a while but now I only take an antidepressant. Mental illness runs in my family and I KNOW these drugs are necessary in some cases. There was a class action suit against Zyprexa and I settled for several thousand dollars. Now I am in a lawsuit against Levaquin (an antibiotic for a torn shoulder tendon. Big pharm may be the new employer of choice. ;)

Anonymous

A pharmaceutical company cares about making money not about you. Sometimes I even think that some of these billion dollar operations intentionally release pathogens that infect millions into the populations just so they can sell you the cure or treatment. Capitalism in health care is a dangerous thing. A good example of this evil marriage is Thalidomide ( Contergan ). Bayer denied the ill effects for a decade, so when it comes to psycho-pharmica …no thanks. It is self-medication for me when I get the blues. I do not require a quack, insurance or a pharmacist, only a green thumb, sunshine and time, if you know what I mean. Its not addicting, the only negative side effect is that it makes junk food taste even better.

Markps2

Why are you going to extremes? Where is mental illness in the human brain? Doctors in the past claimed it was in the prefrontal cortex and the operation called lobotomy was the cure. The treatment of E.C.T. says all the brain is diseased, if the electricity passes through the entire brain. Mental illness is not physical and the doctors treat it like it is.

No Alternative

There is lots of evidence for it in the human brain.

http://schizophrenia.com/newsletter/allnews/2001/ctmri.htm

Markps2

Your evidence shows the effects of "medications" on the brain, not the disease. Find me a brain that has no psychiatric help beforehand, and shows evidence of disease or abnormality. If you can, it is no longer mental illness but a neurological condition.

No Alternative

Doctors also used hot irons to treat arthritis a long time ago. The fact that the treatments were bad a long time ago does not mean arthritis does not exist.

The side affects of modern arthritis meds arent all good either. For instance some people develope bleeding disorders when taking aspirin. Some women develope facial hair when taking cortizone. Some gain weight when taking cortizone. Using the rational of cchr and whitaker, that means the diseases dont exist and that those treatments should be banned from use.

Markps2

"should be banned from use" No, no one is saying that. You are saying that. You are saying the illness does not exist. There should be freedom to chose what treatment you want, like there is freedom of religion. If you want drugs, you should be able to take them. No one should be forced to consume drugs.

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