Suicide Warnings (Finally) to be Placed on Anti-smoking Drugs.

 Lorraine Day, M.D.

 As outrageous and bizarre as it may seem, organized medicine and the pharmaceutical companies have been jointly promoting the dangerous Anti-depressant drugs, Zyban and Chantix, as anti-smoking medications.

For years, the pharmaceutical companies have gotten away with Murder – literally – because SSRI Anti-depressants have been causing a umber of those who have taken them to commit suicide or homicide.

Some of the more well-known murderers who were using these drugs when they committed their murders are:  Andrea Yeager – who killed her children, Susan Smith – who killed her children, at least one of the Columbine killers who murdered a number of their classmates, and many others.

Lack of Serotonin in the brain contributes to depression, so the “geniuses” in “modern” medicine set about to look for a way to increase the brain’s serotonin.  But rather than understanding and acknowledging the real problem of why a person is not producing enough serotonin – mainly because of the enormous stress and poor nutrition that our “civilized” society promotes – the financial incentives of the pharmaceutical giants focus only on new DRUGS to cover up the problem, rather than actually solving the problem.

SSRI stands for Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor.  What this means is that the SSRI drug inhibits the normal breakdown of Serotonin, a neurotransmitter in the brain that transmits impulses from one nerve cell to another.  Inhibition of the normal breakdown of Serotonin allows more Serotonin to remain available for the brain’s use.  But the mechanism that the drug uses is similar to throwing a monkey wrench into a finely tuned, intricate piece of machinery. 

The patient may feel less depressed or anxious for a time, but the brain will no longer work properly and the patient will have vastly increased thoughts of suicide and even murder – frequently of those who they love the most.

Commonly prescribed SSRIs include, Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Celexa, Luvox, and Lexapro. 

The pharmaceutical companies, always looking to expand their markets for dangerous drugs, happened on to the idea that these murder and suicide-inducing drugs could be used as anti-smoking drugs and drugs to treat obesity.

You wonder how a physician with any integrity and intelligence could ever entertain the idea of giving a patient a dangerous and addictive drug like an SSRI  Antidepressant to combat smoking.  It is true that cigarettes are addicting, and can destroy the health of the individual who smokes, and can contribute to many diseases including lung cancer and other types of cancer, but cigarettes don’t put thoughts of murder and suicide into the head of the user.

The pharmaceutical companies, with the help and promotion of orthodox doctors, have put a new pink wrapper on the SSRI Wellbutrin – and re-named it Zyban – even though it is exactly the same Antidepressant drug sold as Wellbutrin.  And naturally it causes the SAME side effects as Wellbutrin – specifically suicide and murder!

Dr. Linda Ferry, from Loma Linda University Medical School (LLU), a Medical School that was founded over 100 years ago on the premise of using God’s Natural Health Plan for healing - and the concept of “do no harm” - was lauded and applauded by LLU and the Seventh-day Adventist denomination hierarchy – the owners of LLU - in the late 1990’s for being so “creative” to promote the re-packaged and re-named dangerous SSRI Antidepressant Drug, Wellbutrin, as a smoking cessation drug.

She was on the cover of their most prestigious magazine of LLU extolling her “brilliance.”  It was perplexing at the time to see their complete blindness and lack of integrity.

Chantix is a selective nicotinic receptor partial agonist.  It affects the same receptors in the brain as nicotine.  But it has also been shown to produce significant suicidal ideation in the brain of those who use it

Why would physicians and pharmaceutical companies promote as a “treatment” – drugs that are far more dangerous than the one a person is now using (nicotine, and other harmful agents in cigarettes)?

Now, a decade later, after thousands of people have committed suicide from the use of these drugs – marketed as “safe and effective” - the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has finally ordered that a “Black Box Warning” be placed on the insert of both drugs.  “Black Box Warnings” are placed on drugs that can cause Death!

This is just another example of why Americans CANNOT trust their FDA nor Organized Medicine.