Monday, 20 June 2016

The Murder of Jo Cox: Were Prescription Drugs a Significant Factor?

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The latest, well publicised outrage - the murder of the young attractive British MP., Jo Cox by (it is alleged) a 52 year old man with mental problems and on drug medication, has again raised the question, to what extent medical and psychological intervention might have caused or prevented the tragic outcome? It also poses the question why as a civilization we have become so dependant on drugs of all kinds?

The Telegraph reported, "Mr Mair, 52, visited an alternative therapy centre in Birstall on Wednesday evening, the night before Mrs Cox was killed, where he explained he wanted treatment for depression. He said he had been suffering from mental health problems for a long time, but said that reflex therapies and others he’d tried in the past hadn’t helped. “He appeared to be quite a troubled man, didn’t say very much to anyone while he was there. I asked him to come back on Thursday to discuss it all and have a drink, but he never came back."

Mr Mair had suffered from mental health problems and from epilepsy for some years. He had told a local newspaper in 2010 how volunteering at park near his home on the Fieldhouse estate in Birstall had helped his mental health. “It has done me more good than all the psychotherapy and medication in the world,” he said." (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/17/jo-cox-murder-thomas-mair-asked-for-mental-health-treatment-day/)

Leaving aside the obvious conflict of opinion here (i.e. that social therapy had he felt done him good or not) there is little information on what chemicals he was being prescribed or taken. Apparently the police are making enquiries but whether this information will ever be made public is another matter. However if he suffered from both epilepsy and depression it is reasonable to assume he was prescribed well-known drugs to control these conditions.

The actions ascribed to him in Birstall and subsequently in the Magistrates Court, certainly appear out of character and have surprised those who have known him. 

The Telegraph reports,  “If you had told me he had turned into Father Christmas I would have been more likely to believe you than him turning out to be a neo-Nazi,” said Diana Peters, 65, who had known Mr Mair for many years. She said he had taught migrants English at a college in Dewsbury. Other neighbours said they heard him practising with a pellet gun in his garden. They said he was a “calm and polite man” who only got angry when children played in the garden."

You have to question the underlying reason why a sizeable proportion of western adults are on 'anti-depressants' and other medications and its consequences. Even children are now being medicated in large numbers with 'Ritalin and other drugs - a phenomenum starting in America and now moving here. This without considering all the 'self-medication' that takes place with alcohol, nicotene and other substances, of which there is a thriving, largely black market.

We know the manufacturers of any product will push it, whether we need it or not. It is the sole purpose of advertising and advertisers, to condition the minds of the masses, so that they WANT the things that they are trying to sell, and it is no different with drugs of all kinds.

The medical profession has become the legal arm of the drugs trade, though no one labels them as 'drug pushers', a term retained by those the police chase and society locks up. 

Life has its emotional problems, and people experience psychological pain and depression for which some intervention is often necessary, but drugs, the so-called 'magic bullet' has become the reflex response, rather than the more difficult route of working through and addressing the issues and causes (if there are any)  The simple expedients of exercise, diet, sleep and someone to talk to are often ignored, unavailable or refused.

Of course the drug corporations have made a fortune out of promoting their products to doctors and doctors to their patients, whilst the taxpayer has largely, through the NHS in Britain at least, picked up the tab - currently about 15 BILLION pounds a year!

There is much evidence to suggest that many of these chemical interventions, rather than curing personality and life problems, may indeed make them worse, particularly as regards to self-harm and danger to others. By supressing mental processes, they may also reduce the natural inhibitions to anti-social, even violent behaviour. 

The mass medication of populations and particularly children is virtually left to the discretion of doctors and parents, unmolested by government. Given the way anti-biotics have been prescribed,raising very serious issues for the ineffective treatment of infection or the addictive characteristics of Valium prescribed like sweeties, or currently the pressure to prescribe Statins, does not inspire confidence. 

But whether, 1984-like, this is the materialisation of the 'Soma' prediction, is another matter. The French riots, largely unreported, illustrate the problems of 'revolting' people, that is inconvenient and dangerous to the elite, and needs to be avoided at all cost. What better way is there than a combination of sport, entertainment and drugs to keep them pacified -with of course the occasional 'terror event' to shock and make them more malliable?


BACKGROUND FACTS

NHS expenditure on prescribed medicines up by 7.6%, with 15.1% increase in hospital sector. prescribing costs increased to £14.4bn, with £5.8bn attributed to hospital use of medicines, data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre show.

http://www.pharmaceutical-journal.com/news-and-analysis/news/nhs-expenditure-on-prescribed-medicines-up-by-76-with-151-increase-in-hospital-sector/20067182.article

From a trading estate on the outskirts of Basildon in Essex two brothers have helped to build their fortunes by buying the rights to sell established medicinal drugs and racking up the prices. http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/brothers-cost-nhs-millions-by-exploiting-drug-price-loophole-fz90gsvxz

Number of Children & Adolescents Taking Psychiatric Drugs in the U.S. The following data was taken from IMS Health Vector One National database Year 2013, Extracted April 2014.
Grand Total 0-17 Years 8,389,034 kids on psychiatric drugs. https://www.cchrint.org/psychiatric-drugs/children-on-psychiatric-drugs/

Documented risks of Antidepressants, ADHD drugs, Antipsychotics and Anti-anxiety drugs, taken from 286 drug regulatory warnings, 278 studies, and over 400,000 adverse reaction reports filed with the U.S. FDA. https://www.cchrint.org/psychiatric-drugs/

Overdose Side Effects of 'Ritalin' (From: http://ritalinsideeffects.net/)

Methylphenidate drugs have been extensively abused. Extreme psychological dependence and severe social disability have resulted. Abuse of methylphenidate drugs may cause a sudden heart attack even in those with no signs of heart disease. Symptoms of overdose that require immediate medical assistance include:
  • Restlessness
  • Tremor
  • Aggression
  • Hallucinations
  • Panic states
  • Hyperreflexia (overactive reflexes, which can include twitching or spasms)
  • Personality changes
  • Symptoms of depression
  • Seizures or abnormal EEGs
  • High blood pressure
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Swelling of hands/feet/ankles (for example, numbing of the fingertips)
  • Delusions
  • Sweating
  • Vomiting
  • Dehydration
  • Unexplained muscle pain
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Rhabdomyolysis and kidney damage
  • Chronic abuse can manifest itself as psychosis, often indistinguishable from schizophrenia


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