Someone tell Brooke Shields the truth!!

Someone Tell Brooke Shields the Truth!!

Mon, 4 Jul 2005

On this American independence day, thousands of families strive for drug free schools–and they’re not worrying about illegal drugs, their main concern is coercive prescribed amphetamines and other mind-altering psychotropic drugs.

Other than the critical reaction of actor Tom Cruise, a Scientologist, to Brooke Shields’ paen to the antidepressant, Paxil, for her post partum depression, critical reactions from ordinary citizens have not been published or quoted in the media.

But compelling criticism comes from countless parents and grandparnets who have suffered from the adverse effects of such drugs. Gloria Wright of North Carolina (below), whose healthy, 5 year old grandchild, Noha, undewent a horrific 10 year prescribed drug-induced odyssey that severely undermined his physical and psychological health, is just one family’s testimony.

“Noah’s life was transformed from one of happiness and good health before his drugging, to one of severe depression, anxiety, diabetes, high blood pressure, severe migraines, severe hostility, homicidal tendencies, aggression, suicidality, etc., etc., etc. His history now includes involuntary commitment to 7 mental hospitals, placement in 12 foster homes, and literally dozens of so-called mental health “professionals” pulling and tearing at his life & his psyche. At each turn, at each institution, while in the hands and/or care of these “professionals” Noah was taken deeper and deeper into the world of a severely mentally ill youngster, for he was being legally drug abused to the full extent of 1000 mgs per day (!) of psychotropic/antidepressant/SSRI drugs. He was only 14 years old!”

The responsible psychiatrist who guided the grandparents to help their grandson through an excruciating lengthy drug withdrawal process, called the “treatment” the child had received abuse. Read Gloria’s story at: http://www.ablechild.org/gloria%20wright.htm.

Gloria is a vice-president of AbleChild.org, a self-help organizaion of parents and grandparents whose goal is “Label and Drug Free Education,” providing information parents need to make informed decisions about their children–including information about the risks associated with mind-altering psychotropic drugs that their children may be prescribed.

AbleChild.org notes on its website: “Junk Science” pervades our schools and is being misrepresented to parents worldwide as scientific fact!!! Parents need to fight for their right to full informed consent!!! Do not accept solely based on what you are told but question, delve, and more importantly always re-question. Our organizations goal is to provide you with the information that is sadly, being denied to you regarding ADHD, ADD, and the many other subjective labels being placed upon our children.

Celebrities are hardly reliable sources for medical information–all too often, celebrities are paid by pharmaceutical companies to promote their drug, or they have an ideological agenda.

Contact: Vera Hassner Sharav
212-595-8974

Date: Sun, 3 Jul 2005 18:12:19 -0700 (PDT)

Actress Brooke Shields has elected to make her personal medical problem public knowledge and did so in a manner that leaves it open for public discussion. Post partum depression afflicts multitudes of women after child birth. It is a condition caused by out of balance hormones induced by pregnancy and/or the trauma of giving birth. Consequently this condition is medical in nature, requiring medical professional care and assistance.

Evidently Ms. Shields was not provided sound medical advice and guidance. Instead she was given the dangerous antidepressant, Paxil, for what she said was diagnosed post partum depression. The medical condition was in fact ignored and then endangered by the side effects of this drug, apparently taking her into suicidal thoughts and inclinations, anxiety, and agitation while imperiling her life and thus that of her baby!

It is apparent Brooke’s doctor did not tell her of the dangers of the antidepressant Paxil and the rapidly growing medical opinion that addresses the dangers of prescribing antidepressants for PPD. The Food and Drug Administration has issued warnings of the dangers of these drugs in that they can cause hostility, anxiety, mania, panic attacks and agitation. On July 1, the FDA issued a suicide behavior and suicide risk warning to adults who use antidepressants. This “watch dog” organization now admits that, after analyzing hundreds of suicides, there exists a higher-than-expected rate of suicide attempts in adults taking antidepressant drugs.

Nonetheless, Brooke Shields prefers to accept the mental illness label of post partum depression rather than to hold her doctor accountable, or for that matter, the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKlein (GSK) responsible for her terrible and nearly deadly ordeal. Post partum depression should be treated as a proven medical condition, and not as a psychiatric condition. Any woman who is suffering PPD becomes further victimized when a psychiatric drug/antidepressant is added to the already existing hormonal imbalance. It is nothing less than criminal for the psychiatric industry and some medical doctors to continue to tell women PPD is a mental illness treatable with antidepressant drugs like Paxil while deliberately ignorning the warnings of the FDA.

Further trauma beset Brooke when she admittedly stopped taking Paxil and describes what she calls “…a relapse that almost led me to drive my car into a wall…”. There is little doubt what was happening to Brooke was drug withdrawal which brought about psychotic behavior, nearly killing her baby and herself. Antidepressant drugs are known to be addictive – habit forming, and to come off them causes withdrawal.

These drugs are dangerous. These drugs are poisonous. These drugs are habit forming. These drugs are killing children and adults via suicide and leading them to kill others. The FDA is now warning the public of the dangers of these drugs and admits to a propensity for suicide attempts for many of those people prescribed these dangerous and poisonous drugs.

More and more warnings as to the dangers of psychiatric drugs have been issued by the FDA. Their side effects are being made known to the public through the Black Box Warnings afixed to the drug labels in the case of many psychiatric drugs. Psychiatrists and medical doctors have received FDA warnings and information about the dangers of antidepressants, antipsychotic drugs and stimulants as well.

Nevertheless, the massive drugging of America continues and the national media sits relatively idlely by. Perhaps, had Brooke seen a media campaign based on a thorough investigation of the medical, psych and pharmaceutical industries she would have been saved such pain and anguish.

Brooke Shields needs to realize it is not Tom Cruise who has victimized her.

Rather it is her doctor as well as the pharmaceutical and psychiatric industries! What they are doing to America is nothing short of criminal!

Gloria Wright

Representative, Ablechild

www.ablechild.org