Pharmageddon: A Pill a Day Forever

 

“If I don't get an answer before this evening,

I'll take 25 pills and gently fall asleep into another world.”

Eva Braun, Hitler’s mistress

 

 

The Bush regime was quick to purge the Food and Drug Administration, Health and Human Services and the Environmental Protection Agency. The Party scythed away at professional administrators and replaced them with political hacks, corporate lobbyists and True Believers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

One defector from the FDA, a 2-year veteran of the agency, was Dr. David Graham, the Vioxx whistleblower.

 

“ As currently configured, the FDA is not able to adequately protect the American public. It's more interested in protecting the interests of industry. It views industry as its client, and the client is someone whose interest you represent…

 

The drug companies pay a substantial amount of money to the FDA at the time that they bring a drug application for approval in order for the FDA to review the drug. Basically it's a tax. It's a fee. Industry pays the fee, and the FDA will review the drug application. But the real expectation is from the company: “We've paid our money, now approve our drug.” That's basically how the FDA reacts as well. I think that the funding for the FDA should be independent of the industry that it's regulating and I think in the scientific field there's good evidence to support this notion. Industry money is influencing the decisions that get made, and it creates this incentive structure. You have this culture, you have these expectations, you have pressure from Congress. All of them come to a head at the FDA and all of those incentives are in the direction of “approve the drug.”

 

 

There is nothing new about government-industry incest. But what is new is that government now colludes with Big Pharma to medicalize more and more conditions, to diagnose more and more people as having a “disease” from a growing list.

Depression can be a serious illness, but pharmaceutical companies would like to convince more people that they exhibit its symptoms. Consider, for example, Eli Lilly’s not-so-subtle “conditioning” of its television commercials:

 

“Where does it hurt?

Everywhere…

Who does it hurt?

Everyone

How does depression hurt?

You know you can feel it emotionally…

But did you know you can feel it physically?

… Go to Depressionhurts.com…”

 

The webpage includes directions:

“Build a list of your symptoms.”

“Print it out and share it with your doctor.”

Thus, instead of doctors diagnosing a potentially real problem, patients are self-diagnosing potentially imaginary problems and trying to convince their doctors to write them prescriptions. It’s a mad, mad world.

After suppressing reports linking anti-depressants to violence and suicide, the FDA finally, after endless foot-dragging, required strong “black box” warning labels that read as such:

Antidepressants increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior (suicidality) in children and adolescents with major depressive disorder (MDD) and other psychiatric disorders.”

 

Imagine, anti-depressants have been linked to violence and even to school shootings – and they are still pushed with aggressive advertising.

There is another rather new disease: impotency, or the looming possibility thereof: “Are you ready to ask your doctor about Viagra?” While the commercials depict 50-something couples rediscovering marital bliss (and include ridiculous innuendos about long drives on the golf course), the reality is much different.

 

 

Male virility pills are commonly popped by teenagers pressured to perform like porn stars on an addictive basis. And now another drug is coming on the market that jacks up the female drive for sex. It’s a nasal spray. But why should we care if a pill replaces a shot of tequila and some trash talk?

Bertram Gross, in Friendly Fascism, written with predictive power in 1980, exposes what is really at the heart of the matter.

A Very Friendly Fascism…

 

“…there seems to be growing tendencies toward the engineered routinization of sex… As with other forms of social engineering, the sex technologists suggest a technical solution for almost every sexual problem… Over the long run, to the extent that sex drives are more thoroughly separated from truly deep emotions and warm interpersonal relations among mutually respecting individuals, the emotional content could be largely drained out. This is the friendly fascist perspective: sex as a quick impersonal activity that contributes to individual alienation and social fragmentation. ‘As political and economic freedom diminishes,’ Aldous Huxley once wrote in an introduction to Brave New World, ‘sexual freedom tends compensatingly to increase.’ It helps reconcile people to ‘the servitude which is their fate.’”

Bertram Gross, in Friendly Fascism

 

 

In classical totalitarian systems, a person’s sexuality belongs to the State; in neo-fascism, it belongs on the Market – to be bought, sold and speculated over on the stock exchange.

Obesity, or even being mildly overweight, is now depicted as a disease. This dovetails with the Hollywood trend to depict anorexic shapes as the ideal. One of the recommended cures for obesity, phentermine, can include powerful side-effects because it alters the super-sensitive and fragile hypothalamus gland – as its own propaganda implies.

“How It Works...
Phentermine works by stimulating the hypothalamus gland and affecting certain neurotransmitters to decrease appetite. The hypothalamus is the region of the brain that controls the autonomic nervous system, regulating sleep cycles, body temperature, appetite, etc.” [oh, is that all?]

 

Another “disease” appears to be running rampant in the United States: Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). This did not even exist as a “disease” a generation ago, but today it is everywhere. Oddly, the list of symptoms looks suspiciously like a list of things that irritate teachers.

While some children might truly need such medications, it is unbelievable that some school districts have such high percentages of their children on psychotropics. Nationwide, more than a half million children are on chemical straightjackets like Ritalin. Many scientists link Ritalin to growth problems and insomnia, and they claim that many children experience withdrawal symptoms similar to those of pill-deprived speed freaks.

Increasingly, parents who change their minds about drugging their kids are being charged with child abuse.

The Orwellian-named “New Freedom” Initiative – which targets the minds of children - is being implemented legislatures in Texas and elsewhere. This “New Freedom” Initiative evolved out of something akin to an Andromeda Strain-style science fiction movie: the “Texas Medication Algorithm Project.”

 

The Chemical Straightjacket, by Jud Turner

 

For the uninitiated, the New Freedom Initiative moves towards the mandatory psychiatric testing of children (customers), towards lifelong psychological profiling, and it also strengthens the capacity of educational, medical and correctional institutions to expand the use of psychotropic drugs. This is despite the association of these drugs with violence and suicide.

President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health

 

The Commission supports implementing systematic screening procedures to identify mental health and substance use problems and treatment needs in all settings in which children, youth, adults, or older adults are at high risk for mental illnesses or in settings in which a high occurrence of co-occurring mental and substance use disorders exists. In addition to specialty mental health and substance abuse treatment settings, screening for co-occurring disorders should be implemented when an individual enters the juvenile or criminal justice systems, child welfare system, homeless shelters, hospitals, senior housing, long-term care facilities, nursing homes, and other settings where populations are at high risk…

 

 

In the near future, anyone entering into a hospital – even to an emergency room – can be subject to forced psychiatric testing. Obviously, this violates the Fourth Amendment’s provisions against “unwarranted searches and seizures.” The Soviet Union, particularly in the early 1960s, employed forced psychological testing and medication for human rights advocates, nationalists and religious believers.

Resistance to statist mind-control initiatives comes from progressive and libertarian Christians who have rightly given the “New Freedom” Initiative a new name: “No Child Left Unmedicated.” Alex Jones and Paul Joseph Watson, two prominent Christian constitutionalists, understand how mass mental health screening fits into a scenario for martial law. And Mary Starrett, another Christian constitutionalist reveals how implant technologies can deliver mind-control drugs.

SHUT UP AND TAKE YOUR DRUGS

 

“The president's plan to track down people (especially kids and teens) looking for ‘emotional’ and ‘mental’ problems only gets more terrifying when you add new drug-delivery technologies to the mix…

Imagine, added to the president's mental health screening plan, an inch-wide implant that can deliver- for periods up to a year- powerful mind-numbing drugs that are reported to cause structural brain damage…. Inherently coercive, these drugs and their time release delivery systems eclipse even the most far-fetched mind control conspiracy theories out there…”

Mary Starrett, Shut Up and Take Your Drugs

 

As Nancy Levant says, “Welcome to life-long profiling and drug addictions, New Freedom-style.” This notion of “empowering patients” and providing them “freedom” (on a mass and forced basis) drives to the core of what Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World was all about: eliminating the burden of human suffering (and human rebellion) with the psychotropic drug “soma.” Soma effectively created a giant “painless concentration camp.” World Controller Mustapha Mond put it eloquently:

 

“There’s always soma to calm your anger, to reconcile you to your enemies, to make you patient and long-suffering. In the past you could only accomplish these things by making a great effort and after years of hard moral training. Now, you swallow two or three half-gramme tablets, and there you are. Anybody can be virtuous now. You can carry at least half your morality about in a bottle. Christianity without tears - that’s what soma is."

Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

 

 

It’s a race: Will the future look like Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, where a “dictatorship without tears” is founded upon biological engineering and psychotropic drugs? Or will it be a world of brute force like George Orwell’s 1984? “If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever.”

It will be both: A Brave New World for those who conform and 1984 for those who don’t.