Taking on Big Pharma

May 18, 2018

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There are obvious negative trends that psychiatry can no longer conceal. Most importantly, the prevalence of mental disorders has not declined since the “pharmacological revolution.” On the contrary, they have increased, which has had dreadful consequences.

Prozac was once considered the breakthrough drug for depression, and the mental health field has certainly taken advantage of its effects. Since it was developed mental healthcare has changed dramatically with the rapid growth of the psychopharmacology industry.

In 1987, both antidepressant and antipsychotic sales accounted for less than $500 million in the U.S. In 2016, annual sales of these substances exceeded $29 billion. At the moment one in eight people are regular consumers of psychotropic medications. Unbelievable, isn’t it?

Ten percent of Americans older than six years old are taking antidepressants and/or antipsychotics. Meanwhile, there has been a decrease in the number of psychotherapy patients over the past ten years. This means that people have finally “swallowed” the idea of pills which multibillion-dollar drug companies have been selling to them.

The general population has started believing that most psychological issues are primarily the result of chemical imbalances within the brain, so they think there’s little they can do to overcome such problems on their own. In turn, they resort to psychiatrists who prescribe them medication.

Over the last twenty-five years there hasn’t been any real progress in the understanding of how to properly balance people’s nervous system with chemicals. The science of psychopharmacology has not produced any new blockbuster drugs that are more effective than the ones invented before. At the same time drug companies continue to gain enormous profits from psychiatry, focusing on the symptoms without providing the cure. Nevertheless, there is a crisis in this industry. Big Pharma has started reducing the scope of psychiatric research and development. This tendency has been caused by iatrogenic risk in the litigious American culture.

There has also been an increase in the average cost to develop new drugs from $100 million to $1.3 billion from 1975 to 2005 (adjusted dollars). At the same time, pharmaceutical companies are facing a high risk of failure. Hence, close to eighty percent of new drugs do not advance to the preapproval phase of clinical human trials. Although it is the most expensive stage of this process, the medication often lacks efficacy and does not meet safety requirements.

Psychotropic medications simply fail to cure disorders since they target symptoms as though they are a lifetime burden. They do not emphasize the patient’s need to undergo regular therapy either. Despite what drug company advertising says, classical psychotherapy is primary and crucial in restoring mental health.

Initially psychiatry took over because no one else was able to show instant results with psychotic patients. Unfortunately, drugs have conquered the market and, what’s worse, the conscience of the masses. Most people believe in magical pills that can alleviate imbalances deeply ingrained in their genes and/or conditioning. What nonsense! This assumption (not fact) nevertheless has helped psychopharmaceutical companies make a gigantic fortune. Today however we have a broader perspective and better alternatives in regard to mental health.

People should never rely solely on chemicals while looking for ways to regain their inner balance. Practices such as regular exercise, mindfulness techniques, ayurvedic healing, acupuncture, mind/body interventions, and many other approaches can work miracles.

Telling appalling lies to ordinary citizens psychiatry turns potentially thriving individuals into weak victims of their diagnoses. Instead of learning mature coping tools to overcome natural crises, people believe that their emotional breakdowns are signs of disorders passed on to them genetically. While part of that could be true, a whole generation was raised without the skills to properly deal with the stress and anxiety of everyday life. To make matters worse, modern youth can hardly even cope with their strong emotions.

People simply forgot that sadness and other negative feelings are normal human responses to unavoidable life struggles and that everyone has to go through disappointments and losses. For most, it is neither a genetic issue nor chemical imbalance! Having lost the connection with our true feelings we lose the ability to identify, realize, and come up with solutions to address our issues. Therefore some people resort to psychiatry and accept its cancer-like medical model in which its ever-expanding cycle repeats itself again and again.

The corrupt behavior of psychiatry and how its false stories have deluded the public were documented in the book Psychiatry Under the Influence. Here are the most crucial findings that completely unmask psychiatry:

  • Diagnostic categories have been expanded for commercial purposes.
  • The story about drugs fixing chemical imbalances in the brain is false.
  • Clinical trials have been bias by design.
  • Poor long-term results have been concealed.
  • Clinical trial guidelines have been published to inevitably encourage the use of psychiatric drugs.

The existing medical model is robbing us of our immense adaptive potential. People don’t have any chance to develop coping mechanisms due to their stifled upbringing by parents who have already been influenced by psychiatry. Consequently, psychiatry is undermining the entire foundation of our society.

What psychiatry steals from people is their chance to transform from a helpless state into a self-reliant and responsible one. No individual can mature without developing his/her own coping strategies while going through life’s hardships.

By prescribing drugs to immature individuals, psychiatry poisons our culture in numerous ways: it cynically creates an “ill” society, making people feel helpless and increasingly susceptible to both legal and illegal drugs.

Indeed, drugging patients may show positive short-term results but in the long run such an approach can prevent recovery and cause devastating side effects. For instance, developing countries (Nigeria, India, etc.) have significantly higher recovery rates for schizophrenia treatment than in the U.S. Their citizens cannot afford expensive medication prescribed by psychiatrists and resort to psychotherapy more often.

Big pharma has a lot of blood on its hands. Let the statistics speak for themselves: 10,574 Americans died of a heroin overdose in 2014. In the same year, 15,778 died from an overdose of psychiatric drugs. This is almost fifty percent more! Isn’t it shocking? The ugly truth is that psych meds are bigger killers than opiates.

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Fortunately, there is an escape from this mad, self-expanding cycle created by modern psychiatry. The good news is that alternative healing modalities are growing in popularity, and some insurance companies have begun providing coverage of these holistic options!

Healing is not a quick fix but a journey and this journey blames neither genes nor body chemicals for malfunctioning. It requires a strong commitment to dive into your inner world, meet your own demons, and finally heal.

Alternative medicine makes up 1.5 percent of the total health care spending in the U.S. However, Americans spent over $33.9 billion out of their own pocket on alternative and complementary medicine in 2007, which accounted for 11.2 percent of total out-of-pocket health care spending back then. Around a third of adult Americans are using alternative medicine now. They often use such methods to treat acute or chronic conditions and also prevent them.

Among eighteen major HMOs and insurance providers, fourteen covered at least eleven of thirty-four alternative therapies. Those companies included Aetna, Prudential, Medicare and Kaiser Permanente. Acupuncture, chiropractic, and massage therapy are the three most-covered therapeutic modalities. Some insurance companies also cover naturopathic medicine, homeopathy, herbal remedies, meditation, and mind-body stress management.


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