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A researcher participates in an experiment: He voluntarily takes psychotropic medications.

Read: “Unravelling Madness

Hat tip to Duane Sherry

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Grassley is investigating the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill to see where they get there funding.

NAMI used to be for the “consumer” but has turned into a family members who support each other…which is good, but they are heavily pro-medication and into the disease of biological model to solve problems.  They often say mental illness is biological or genetic and that people must take medication even though this is only a theory and has never been proved.

Major Foundation and Corporate Contributions Registry

1st Quarter 2009
Donor Purpose Amount

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company NAMI Depression Initiative $18,750

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company NAMI Family to Family Education Program $25,000

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Campaign for a Better Tomorrow $50,000

Michael T Riordan Family Foundation General Foundation Contribution $30,000

McNeil Pediatrics Beginnings Magazine $75,000

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP Exemplary Psychiatrist Awards $25,000

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP NAMI Peer to Peer Education Program $100,000

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP Convention $35,000

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP NAMI Depression Initiative $50,000

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP Gala $50,000

Syril Lerner Foundation General Foundation Contribution $10,000

The Susan Stein Shiva Foundation General Foundation Contribution $5,000

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Gala $37,500

OptumHealth NAMI Hearts & Minds Education Program $50,000

Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. NAMI MultiCultural Action Center $50,000

Eli Lilly & Company NAMI MultiCultural Action Center $112,500

Delivery Agent, Inc Cause Marketing Partnership $7,089

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company NAMI Depression Initiative $18,750

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Campaign for a Better Tomorrow $75,000

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company NAMI Family to Family Education Program $37,500

McNeil Pediatrics Beginnings Magazine $75,000

Eli Lilly & Company Campaign for a Better Tomorrow $169,000

The Rodwell Dart Memorial Foundation Teen & Young Adult Online Resource Center $30,000

The Bullen Family Foundation General Foundation Contribution $5,000

Forest Laboratories, Inc. Corporate Membership $50,000

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, Ltd Corporate Membership $50,000

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation White Paper – Mental Health Insurance Coverage $8,251

Total          $1,249,340

Copy of Web Registry 1Q 2009.xls

First quarter donations to NAMI

This is from the St. Paul Pioneer Press. See the whole thing here.
By Jeremy Olson
jolson@pioneerpress.com
Updated: 04/21/2009 11:55:33 PM CDT

One of five appointees to the state Board of Medical Practice has received more than $270,000 from pharmaceutical companies since 2002. Dr. Tracy Tomac, a Duluth psychiatrist, received the money from Eli Lilly and eight other companies, mostly for consulting and lecturing, according to state payment records reviewed by the Pioneer Press.
Tomac’s appointment by Gov. Tim Pawlenty was announced Tuesday along with the appointments of Drs. Mark Eggen and Subbarao Inampudi and lawyer Sarah Evenson. Dr. Keith Berge was reappointed.

Pawlenty spokesman Brian McClung said Tomac disclosed during her interview that she had received speaking and consulting fees and “agreed to take steps to avoid any conflict of interest.”
Tomac could not be reached at her clinic Tuesday. McClung said board members are discouraged from receiving fees from drug companies. However, such fees are not prohibited, he said, “nor does it disqualify someone from serving on a board or commission.”

See the whole story here.

So hubby and I went to see “The Soloist” last night.

We liked it. I think I caught onto some stuff that other people may not have caught.  I certainly understood why Nathaniel got angry when he read the word Schizophrenic in the paperwork Steve Lopez tried to get him to sign.

I caught that the main worker at the Lamp said that many of the people have had 16 diagnoses..and they didn’t help a bit.

But I wondered if the other people sitting in the theater caught on to why the Lamp worker didn’t want to push meds or why Nathaniel didn’t want to take them. That wasn’t really explored…at least I didn’t think so.

I also caught a headline about Scientologists beside the column Steve Lopez’ column.

You can read the original column Points West here.

I was excited to see that they are a part of Participant Media but I was disappointed to see that it links to a NAMI site. If you go to the website it has links of ways you can help homeless people.  Take Part or Participant Media has links to

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • The Nataniel Anthony Ayers Foundation
  • National Alliance to End Homelessness
  • Ocean Park Community Center
  • Coalition for the Homeless
  • Help World USA
  • Lamp Community
  • Mental Health America
  • Covenant House
  • NARSAD
  • NARSAD Artworks
  • League of American Orchestras

Hey, maybe some of the alternative mental health groups should try to ally with links also! ?

I am not going to add all those urls in the list above…if you are curious click here.

Uggh!  I just read this on one of the links for tips on on to help:

Myth: Psychiatric disorders are not true medical illnesses like heart disease and diabetes. People who have a mental illness are just “crazy.”

Fact: The fact is that brain disorders, like heart disease or diabetes, are legitimate medical illnesses. Research shows there are genetic and biological causes for psychiatric disorders, and they can be treated effectively.

(If this is a fact…ask for a blood test, a tissue sample or a urine test. The doctor will tell you that there is none. Do you know of any other diseases that can not be proven?  When they can’t be proven they are know as syndromes. And the medical community admits they don’t have the answer.)

Tell you what…the movie is good….some other organizations are making hay with it.

It never, ever said mental illness was biochemical. The movie never ever said meds would help.

It said FRIENDSHIP and CONNECTEDNESS would help.

Buy the DVD and host a party in your home, church or community center.

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“Money Talks” is now available on DVD. Learn more at this link.

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Last night hubby and I went to Weight Watchers. The leader talked about how important it is to keep track of what you eat so that you can use the feedback to see what worked and what didn’t work.

She then asked if there were other areas in our lives where we kept track of what we were doing so that we could use the feedback. (Scales are not our enemies, they are merely tools giving us feedback.) Checkbooks and financial books were one tracking system that many people use to stay on track. And when you don’t, you get into trouble. (Maybe why the United States is having the problems it has now…we weren’t really tracking what we were doing.)

Anyway, other examples given were: looking at the clock so you get get to places on time, watching your speedometer and looking at the calendar. I thought of a couple others. I like to look at my blog stats. It tells me what posts were popular and what people want to read. It helps me decide what to write about.

But the other thing which I think is really vital to keep track of is…the use of psych drugs. Especially when trying to wean off the drugs. I kept record of what I was doing when I weaned off the drugs. That way I had documented what was working for me…and what was causing a reaction or side effect.

When I helped my cousin who was going through an “elevated” (or manic)  mood  a couple years ago, I stayed with him and I wrote down every prescribed psychotropic and “prescribed” natural supplements that he took. I track his mood also. We saw the doctor together a couple times a week during this period. And I had a concrete tracking system to report back to the alternative M.D. as to what was working and what was not. (I also wrote down what he ate.) 

I am a member of a couple Internet support  groups. Many times someone will join a support e-group and say that they are weaning off psych drugs. But they get into problems when they don’t have a system for writing down the drugs, the doses,  and how they feel.  If people do write this stuff down, they can give you a concrete answer when you ask them more about what they have taken and for how many days.

Hubby and I both have stopped writing down what we ate….and we both gained. We can’t truly remember what it is that we ate that made us gain weight. It would be nice if we could because that would be feedback for us.

It is the same when you are weaning off of psych-drugs. Write it down. This causes a couple things to happen. You are more careful when you write down what you are doing and if you get into trouble with withdrawal symptoms, you can see what you have done to analyze how you might change.

I received this in an email. I am not sure who the author is. If you know please advise me and I will give credit.

Added on Feb. 5, 2009. This chart came from and investigative report of Steve Wilson of Detriot’s Channel 7 news.

Did you ever wonder how much it costs a drug company for the active ingredient in prescription medications?


Some people think it must cost a lot, since many drugs sell for more than $2.00 per tablet.  We did a search of offshore chemical synthesizers that supply the active ingredients found in drugs approved by the FDA. As we have revealed in past issues of Life Extension, a significant percentage of drugs sold in the United States contain active ingredients made in other countries. In our independent investigation of how much profit drug companies really make, we obtained the actual price of active ingredients used in some of the most popular drugs sold in America.  The chart below speaks for itself.  The figures are based on the cost of 100 pills.

BRAND   STRENGTH   WE PAY    COST TO MFGR   MARK UP

Celebrex    100 mg          $130.27             $0.60          21,712%
Claritin       10 mg             $215.17            $0.71          30,306%
Keflex       250 mg            $157.39            $1.88            8,372%
Lipitor        20 mg             $272.37            $5.80            4,696%
Norvasc      10 mg           $188.29             $0.14           134,493%
Paxil            20 mg            $220.27            $7.60            2,898%
Prevacid      30 mg          $44.77                $1.01           34,136%
Prilosec       20 mg        $360.97                $0.52           69,417%
Prozac        20 mg         $247.47                $0.11         224,973%
Tenormin     50 mg       $104.47                 $0.13           80,362%
Vasotec      10 mg         $102.37                $0.20           51,185%
Xanax          1mg           $136.79              $0.024          569,958%
Zestril       20 mg         ;     $89.89                 $3.20             2,809%
Zithromax   600mg      $1,482.19                $18.78            7,892%
Zocor          40mg          $350.27                  $8.63            4,059%
Zoloft         50mg           $206.87                  $1.75           11,821%

Since the cost of prescription drugs is so outrageous, I thought everyone I knew should know about this.  Please read the following and pass it on It pays to shop around.  This helps to solve the mystery as to why they can afford to put a Walgreens on every corner and why the market value of Pfizer is greater than that of Sweden.

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