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Fort Hood shooting ignites calls for investigations of psychiatric drugs

After the shooting at Fort Hood this week some headlines immediately began to erroneously imply this frightening breakdown in security on a U.S. military establishment was due to mental illness of the shooter. It appears more likely this shocking incident with an American soldier opening fire on innocent American soldiers was due to the side effects of psychiatric drugs. PR Web reported on April 3, 2014, that the Fort Hood shooting should serve as a wake-up call for lawmakers to investigate the connection between psychiatric drugs and violence.

 Fort Hood Mourns After Mass Shootings, Searches For Answers
Fort Hood Mourns After Mass Shootings, Searches For Answers
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The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) says instead of continuing to send emotionally charged condolences to the families of the victims, it is time for lawmakers to open up investigations into the connection between prescription psychiatric drugs and violence. On April 2 four people were killed, including the shooter, and 16 people were wounded in the attack at Fort Hood. It has been confirmed that Secretary of the Army, John McHugh, said that the shooter, 34-year old Army Specialist, Ivan Lopez, "had been prescribed Ambien, a sleep aid, and other medication to treat anxiety and depression" prior to this shooting.

The CCHR has pointed out that this story is similar to the September 2013 Washington Navy Yard attack by Aaron Alexis, who had been taking the prescribed antidepressant, Trazadone, when he shot and killed twelve innocent people. The CCHR has released a statement saying: "Psychiatric treatment, in the form of prescription mind-altering drugs, once again is connected to a mass shooting. Yet, despite data showing a connection between psychiatric mind-altering drugs and violence, lawmakers have yet to investigate the connection.”

Already there are 22 international drug regulatory warnings on psychiatric drugs, which site side effects of mania, hostility, violence and even homicidal ideation, and yet these drugs remain the mainstay of treatment by the psychiatrists. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to allow these drugs to remain on the market, and yet the FDA MedWatch system on psychiatric drugs has revealed that between 2004 and 2012, there have been 14,773 reports on psychiatric drugs being the cause of violent side effects which have included 1,531 cases of homicidal ideation/homicide, 8,219 cases of aggression, and 3,287 cases of mania.

The CCHR has urged lawmakers to immediately begin an investigation into the association between psychiatric drugs and violence. The concerns raised by the CCHR should be taken seriously. It is unusual to continue to invest so heavily in the psychiatric drugging of America with such compelling evidence of extremely dangerous side effects often associated with the psychiatric drugs. Aside from setting off violent reactions the catastrophic side effects from psychiatric drugs also often ruin the health of patients, their careers, families, other relationships and fortunes.

There appear to be scores of well educated Americans struggling in poverty and walking the streets of the country's inner city ghettos, or wasting away in mental hospitals, not because of mental illness, but because of improper treatment with psychiatric drugs which set off a cascade of illnesses and associated mishaps in their lives. People are screaming at and hitting their family members, friends and spouses, failing to perform well in school and at work, quitting school and their jobs, driving recklessly, and murdering people under the influence of psychiatric drugs. And remember, it takes a long time to detox from the chemical and very painful psychological side effects from these drugs which makes the problems even worse.

The job of a physician is to search for methods of healing and cures, not manners in which to cripple and kill people, and so the prescribing of psychiatric drugs must be investigated before allegations that the American doctors are all endorsing the use of medicine for murder like the Nazi doctors did gains more and more credibility. The American doctors themselves must therefore open their eyes to this tragedy and begin to ask hard questions about what they are presently being taught to do for mental health care. It is actually time for a natural mental health care revolution to begin in the United States. Counseling regarding healthy lifestyles which includes a lot of exercise, fresh air, good nutrition, and affirmative educational and career support is the right direction to go in mental health care.

The Harold Mandel, MD Natural Mental Health Care Reform Association

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