In what was more than likely originally an attempt to prove that depression causes birth complications, researchers from Yale, Tufts, et al found in two new studies that antidepressants increase the risk of preterm birth and seizures. Read more at this link on the newly redesigned UNITE website.
Originally posted on The Bitter Pill:
Kickstarter is a website for artists to use to raise money and complete awesome projects. The best thing to come to the informed consent movement since Thomas Szasz could just be the new, upcoming film by Dan Jenski, “ADDicted” which basically gives Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta and the like a great big gigantic middle finger. Dan is a friend of mine and I see huge potential in his work. I’m thinking Oscar. The short film version of ADDicted has made it into film festivals all across the country and now Dan and his co-producer Aaron Bickes need to raise enough money to be able to create the feature length film.
With fewer and fewer days left in this important campaign, you can make a difference today for future generations of children, high school, college, and graduate students BEFORE their moms, teachers, dads and doctors get a chance to diagnose them with some kind of problem leading to the use of risky and damaging, potentially fatal stimulants. This project needs donations. Please help us spread the word.
Originally posted on The Bitter Pill:
In the studies submitted to the FDA for approving Zoloft (a drug that has killed numerous families, babies, mothers, children), the drug maker covered up the fact that Zoloft failed to outperform placebo, according to a new consumer fraud lawsuit filed by the firms Baum, Hedlund Aristei & Goldman and Pendley Baudin & Coffin.
Many of you already know about the Irving Kirsch reports which examined the combined total of all antidepressant studies including those which were never submitted to the FDA. What you may not be aware of, is the level of manipulation required to achieve the appearance of the effect that Zoloft was as good as or better than placebo in the faked studies that were submitted. If you know of all the horrible effects (aka “side effects”) of antidepressants, you may be wondering, “Where is the supposed benefit if it is all negative, deadly stuff that we are dealing with?”
The answer is, there are no benefits compared with a placebo. According to Attorney Michael Baum of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, the alleged benefits were “achieved” in studies by “unblinding” which means that study researchers know who is on the drug versus who is on the placebo. When the defective unblinded subjects were removed from the study, analyses showed that Zoloft failed to outperform placebo.
Canadian Regulation on Fetal Exposure to Psychotropic Drugs – Public Input Needed (Cross-Posted on The Bitter Pill blog)
Amery and Christiane Schultz have been asked to provide input on proposed recommendations regarding psychotropic drugs in pregnancy in Canada. Amery & Christiane are hard-working activists affiliated with UNITE and MADNAP. Please send any comments you may have to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday of this week (November 10, 2011), or call 817-793-8028.
See the following note from Amery:
I am looking for input as to what you feel should be included in recommendations for establishing protocols surrounding women being treated with and babies exposed to psychotropic medications during pregnancy. These recommendations will be presented to both the Canadian Pediatric Association as well as the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada. We have found a good ally who is proposing that we address the National Conference of the Canadian Pediatric Association.
These recent posts on The Bitter Pill and uniteforlife.org are of special importance. Check them out.
- My Bad – Mothering Magazine Promotes “Antipsychotics” Not Just Zyprexa
- Mothering Magazine Publishes Letter Reaming Them for Being So “Anti-drug”
- Open Letter to the Editor of Mothering Magazine – Re: “Beat The Baby Blues” by John Breeding and Amy Philo
- Relentless and Tragic Marketing: Psychiatric Drugs from Before the Cradle to the Grave
We will be at the Addison Wellness Expo this weekend, October 16-17 with an educational booth for UNITE, MADNAP and The Indiana Star Foundation. We are conducting a fundraiser to defray the costs of participating in this event and conducting other awareness activities.
Several wonderful and generous donors have contributed. We are raffling off a free photography session with Natasha Hance. Tickets are $5. If you want to purchase online, you can use the donate button on this website to pay via our pledgie account and then send me an email to let me know how many tickets you bought.
We will be selling “Quilts for A Cause,” and various items such as hand-knit baby and children’s winter hats, bracelets, hand-made jewelry and other fun items.
My friend and fellow activist Ellen Liversidge (who lost her son Rob to Zyprexa-induced hyperglycemia) has generously allowed me to confiscate over two dozen of her vintage quilts to sell. She runs a business selling them, so we will be accepting all small to extravagant offers above cost for the sale of these quilts! I’ve set up a Flickr account and blog to showcase the quilts. Minimum prices on the quilts will be posted soon. If you see one that you want please email me at email@example.com so we can get it shipped to you.
Many thanks to the following donors:
Peek Aren’t You Curious at Northpark Mall (gift bags)
Jenny M Jewels (hand-made earrings)
Christian Delahunty (baby quilts, hand-made jewelry and more)
Amery & Christiane Schultz (MADNAP Teddy Bears)
We are also going to be handing out pink and blue ribbons in honor of October – Infant Loss Awareness Month.