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Psych meds linked to 90% of school shootings

Expert: Psychiatric drugs likely cause of Lanza's extreme violence

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NEW YORK – From the moment news emerged Friday that a young man had carried out a horrific massacre of elementary-school children, politicians from local city halls to the White House have been restoking the age-old push for more gun control. While guns have been a common denominator in mass slayings at schools by teens, there’s another familiar element that seems increasingly to be minimized.

Some 90 percent of school shootings over more than a decade have been linked to a widely prescribed type of antidepressant called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs, according to British psychiatrist Dr. David Healy, a founder of, an independent website for researching and reporting on prescription drugs.

Though there has been no definitive confirmation that drugs played a role in the Newtown, Conn., assault, that killed 20 children and six adults, media have cited family members and acquaintances saying suspect Adam Lanza was taking prescription medication to treat “a neurological-development disorder,” possibly Aspergers.

Healy cautioned that the public needs “to wait to find out what Adam Lanza was on, and whether his behavior does fit the template of a treatment-induced problem.”

However, in an email to WND, he said he suspected prescribed psychiatric medications was the cause of Lanza’s violent behavior.

Healy said that while the public waits to learn more about Lanza, there are two general points that can be made.

First, he said, “psychotropic drugs of pretty well any group can trigger violence up to and including homicide.”

“Second, the advocates of treatment claim both that it is the illness and not the drugs that causes violence and that we are leaving huge numbers of people untreated.”

But Healy argued that if this were the case, “we should not find that comfortably over 90 percent of school shootings are linked to medication intake.”

Dr. Peter R. Breggin, a Harvard-trained psychiatrist and former full-time consultant at the National Institute of Mental Health, told WND it’s likely that problems for Lanza began with “getting tangled up” with psychiatric medicine.

Breggin insisted there has been overwhelming scientific evidence for decades correlating psychiatrically prescribed drugs with violence.

Writing in Ethical Human Sciences and Services, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal, in 2003, Breggin concluded SSRI drugs could be a factor in suicide, violence and other forms of extreme abnormal behavior, as evidenced in case reports, controlled clinical trials, and epidemiological studies in children and adults.

Since the 1970s, Breggin has testified in approximately 100 trials, including one in which Judge Robert Heinrichs ruled the adverse effects of taking Prozac drove a 16-year-old in Winnipeg, Canada, to commit an unprovoked murder.

Breggin appeared before the Veterans Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010 in support of his 2008 book “Medication Madness: The Role of Psychiatric Drugs in Cases of Violence, Suicide and Crime.”

Breggin testified to Congress that research conducted in the medical science demonstrates a causal relationship between antidepressant drugs and the production of suicide, violence, mania and other behavioral abnormalities.

He warned Congress of the risks of giving these drugs to heavily armed young men and women in the military.

Mainstream religion

Breggin asserted that establishment media “ignores the scientific evidence linking psychiatric medications and violent behavior because psychiatry is the religion of the mainstream media, and they don’t want to see the dangers of psychiatrically prescribed drugs.”

“Besides, the drug companies also have incredible influence through advertising such that they can call the shots,” he said.

He believes the Lanza case fits the pattern of school shooters in some of the most famous incidents in recent memory, including the 1999 shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado and the massacre at Virginia Tech in 2007.

“Adam Lanza has in common with many of the young men who were shooters that they were outsiders who lived in the shadows, who deal with a lot of shame, humiliation and isolation,” Breggin explained.

He calls the psychiatric diagnoses “worthless.”

“We know exactly who they are,” he said. “They are called ‘geeky’ in the extreme. Not a single one has ever come forward with a close friend. They are alienated from their families, and they have been involved in psychiatry.”

Breggin insists that instead of psychiatric treatment, children of this kind need “more reaching out, more socialization, more caring, more involvement.”

“Our schools, our families, and our communities need to be aware of the kids who are withdrawn and violent, not because they are going to become violent – hardly any of them are going to become violent – but because these are really hurt kids,” he said.

“We can call them evil, we can call them mentally ill, but the pattern is really quite clear,” Breggin continued. “They are highly intelligent and highly withdrawn and they are all involved with psychiatry, so the claim psychiatry is going to do some good is really ridiculous.”

In many school shootings carried out by minors, court documents are sealed and the extent of chemical use is unknown to the public.

But in a number of high-profile cases, the link has been reported:

  • Kip Kinkel was withdrawing from Prozac and had been prescribed Ritalin when he murdered his mother and stepfather then shot 22 classmates, killing two, in 1998.
  • Christopher Pittman was withdrawing from Luvox and from Paxil when he killed his paternal grandparents in 2001.
  • Elizabeth Bush, who fired at fellow students in Williamsport, Pa., in 2001, wounding one, was on Prozac.
  • Jason Hoffman, was on Effexor and Celexa when he opened fire at his El Cajon, Calif., high school, wounding five.
  • Shawn Cooper of Notus, Idaho, was on antidepressants when he fired a shotgun on students and staff.
  • T.J. Solomon, on antidepressants, wounded six at his Conyers, Ga., high school.
  • Eric Harris was taking Luvox when he and fellow student Dylan Klebold killed 12 students and a teacher and wounded 24 others before turning their guns on themselves at Columbine High School in Colorado.
  • At Virginia Tech in 2007, where 32 were murdered, authorities found “prescription medications related to the treatment of psychological problems had been found among Mr. Cho’s effects,” according to the New York Times.

“Violence and other potentially criminal behavior caused by prescription drugs are medicine’s best kept secret,” Healy said in a statement last month. “Never before in the fields of medicine and law have there been so many events with so much concealed data and so little focused expertise.”

In the past six years, Healy has authored two best-selling books analyzing the degree to which the pharmaceutical industry has influenced medical doctors to prescribe antidepressant drugs to patients with psychiatric problems: “Let Them Eat Prozac: The Unhealthy Relationship Between the Pharmaceutical Industry and Depression,” in 2006 and “Pharmageddon” in 2012.

Recently, Healy’s added a “violence section” to its website, allowing users to enter the name of a prescription drug to find out the side effects recorded in the more than 4 million adverse drug event reports filed with the FDA since 2004.

Was Lanza on meds?

Writing for Monday, Emily Willingham was quick to warn against demonizing Asperger’s syndrome, or autism in general, as the cause of Lanza’s violence. Likewise, in a New York magazine piece titled “Asperger’s is a Red Herring to Explain the Newtown Massacre,” Adam Martin wrote, “As the nation sets out to understand how Friday’s massacre came to pass, some are rightly worried that the high-functioning form of autism will become unfairly stigmatized.”

Nevertheless, credible sources have not withdrawn published claims that Lanza was on prescribed psychiatric medication at the time of the shooting.

On CBS’s “60 Minutes” Sunday, Mark and Louise Tambascio, friends of the shooter’s mother, Nancy Lanza, said Adam Lanza was being medicated for Asperger’s.

“I know [Adam Lanza] was on medication and everything, but she homeschooled him at home cause he couldn’t deal with the school classes sometimes,” Louise Tambascio told CBS reporter Scott Pelley. “So she just homeschooled Adam at that home. And that was her life.”

Her comment followed Mark Tambascio explaining to Scott Pelley that “friends told us that [Asperger's syndrome] did dominate the Lanzas’ lives.”

In addition, the Washington Post reported over the weekend an unnamed former neighbor of Nancy and Adam Lanza in Newtown, Conn., recalled Adam as “a really rambunctious kid” who “was on medication.”

The story became confused when a now discredited source claiming to be Adam Lanza’s “Uncle Jonathan” told several publications, including the Sun in the United Kingdom, that Adam was being treated with the strong anti-psychotic drug Fanapt.

Later reports found no relatives who knew “Uncle Jonathan.”

Separately, law enforcement officers have found evidence Lanza played graphically violent video games, the Hartford Courant reported on Sunday.

The Express in the United Kingdom reported Monday that Lanza had “an unhealthy obsession for violent video games” and that his favorite video game was said to be a “shockingly violent” fantasy war game called Dynasty Warriors, which is “thought to have given him inspiration to act on his darkest thoughts.”

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“ . . . the result of 45 years of feminism is that we’ve destroyed the American family, made motherhood something to be apologized for and created a carping, bitter useless class of women leaders so on the alert for discrimination and unfairness under every paper clip that they’ve become miserable malcontents totally UNsuited for all but one profession: academic feminism . . . propagating further female misery. Worst of all, the feminists have corrupted the advancement of human potential revolution known as the ‘Women’s Movement’ into something shallow, hideous and destructive. Only one group has prospered from these insidious changes: the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.” Rajjpuut
Crocodile Tears of the Left
Flood America with Corruption
as the “BIG LIE” Dominates
Part III: Victim #3, Responsibility and the Human Potential Movement
In this blog series, we’ve been exposing the self-described “victimhood” of progressives at the hands of their evil, racist, etc. conservative oppressors and showing you where the real victimhood is:
In part I of the series (the link immediately above) the victim was “TRUTH” and among six key areas we hit Rajjpuut documented and exposed this truth:
Using the same Cloward-Piven** strategy that DELIBERATELY created the bankruptcy of New York City earlier between 1967 and 1975 by deliberately overloading the welfare rolls . . . beginning especially after 1992, ACORN, OBAMA, First ACORN PRESIDENT Bill Clinton, and oodles of progressives (98% of them Democrats) DELIBERATELY were pushing the car toward a 500-foot cliff. George W. Bush jumped in and grabbed the steering wheel and hit the brakes. Bush was able to create a controlled-skid and guide the car to rest in a friendly-looking ditch!
The chain of evidence producing that statement is something that every American ought to be aware of, just as every American ought to be aware of the identities of Saul Alinsky, Richard Cloward and Frances Piven and be able to articulate what Cloward-Piven strategy is . . . the fact that most Americans are totally ignorant of these things means someone hasn’t been doing their job.
In Part II of the series we examines the “Fourth Estate” and how their willful actions and inactions and choreographed responses (the scandal known as the “JournOList” which many Americans have not heard of because it’s too embarrassing for the liberal media to reveal that over 400 of its people have been colluding on how stories ought to be presented – to the benefit of the progressive political movement in this country) have sabotaged the nation and freedom and the Constitution. In Rajjpuut’s J-school classes reporting was all about revealing TRUTH in an ‘inverted-pyramid’ of Who? What? Where? Why? and How? That immediately put the most important facts at the top of the story and gradually petered out as less important details were shown. Today the inverted-pyramid has disappeared and unsupported opinion has replaced TRUTH in much of what passes for “NEWS.” Now let’s look at how the false victimhood of the progressives (we must “progress” beyond the outdated and flawed U.S. Constitution) has created another real victim:
Victim #3: Responsibility
Americans are very proud of freedom and rightfully so. However, there has always been a dark side to freedom: license. License is the unabated expression of freedom without exercising responsibility. The reason that progressives want to limit our freedoms and our free markets so much is that they don’t trust human nature without government controlling its every ebb and flow. Since they’ve been so instrumental in creating the culture of sexual license in particular it’s easy to see where their fears come from. There are perhaps a hundred key areas of American life that have been corrupted by the false-victimhood of progressivism, but just one will expose the root insanity of it all . . . .
So now let’s talk about a third victim of progressivism in America, RESPONSIBILITY. No area of progressivism so cries out for a full and deep disclosure of truth than progressives creating the victim mentality by insisting upon irresponsibility for their own lives and the lives of other so-called victims. Let’s start out with an attack on another of their sacred cows: single-motherhood, the very crux of feminism (not the women’s movement, feminism). Feminism is another area built up from lies, half-truths and myth having no relation to reality, history, or American culture.
First, however, let’s clear up what the “women’s movement” was and contrast it to feminism. Rajjpuut put his ex-wife through law school and (in her words) was the driving force for her eventually becoming a municipal judge. He also was the early childhood educator of his daughter and her first coach in five or six sports (tennis, swimming, 800 meter dash, chess, soccer, cross-country, and basketball). His daughter set the still-standing 800 meter dash record at her middle school; was a chess champion; earned the MVP honors on her freshman basketball team and on her C-squad basketball team; and an athletic and academic scholarship to college. The women’s movement is really, then the “human movement” where we seek full successful expression of every individual regardless of gender, color, etc. etc.
Feminism is an ugly expression only loosely related to the women’s movement. It’s been built on lies from the start. “A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle”; “Every act of sexual intercourse, including on the marriage bed, was a rape.” “Great leaders” of the feminist movement began by proselytizing lies like that and the only two things that have changed since they began are that the lies are much more subtle and often statistically based today, and they’ve used the lies to maintain the jobs of 12,600 Women’s studies professors and other feminists for about 40 years now all the while making the world a much worse place. Roughly half the human race is female and half male . . . nothing in the six million years of our evolution has been so important as our families, infant human beings need a minimum of twelve years of care before they’re ready to face the world and that care comes at a huge cost to their parents. Suddenly, out of nowhere, the lies of a few angry women are placed above the truth of our human history . . . .
Beginning with Betty Friedan, American feminists have claimed that women who prefer to be full-time wives and mothers are parasites, leeches upon society and that patriarchal society which created these ‘weak-willed, helpless creatures’ must be overturned. The result of 45 years of feminism is that we’ve destroyed the American family, made motherhood something to be apologized for and created a carping, bitter useless class of women so on the alert for discrimination and unfairness under ever paper clip that they’ve become miserable malcontents suited for only one profession: academic feminists propagating further female misery.
Worst of all, the feminists have corrupted the advancement of human potential revolution known as the ‘Women’s Movement’ into something shallow, hideous and destructive. Only one group has prospered from these insidious changes: the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. Because so few women bother to question the illogical underpinnings of feminism, 54% of female voters support the Democrats.
While it is true that until the recent invention of items like the sanitary pad, the tampon, reliable contraception and especially “the pill,” for the most part women did not have a whole lot of control of their own bodies . . . and were often “imprisoned” somewhat by their own bodies . . . and by male dominated society . . . let us attack the great sacred cow of feminism: the single mother. Feminist would have you believe that since their movement arose, women are much freer now than they ever were.
The truth is that feminism has been a self-inflicted nuclear attack upon America and devastation to womankind; and more to the point feminism has enslaved American women into voluntary poverty and destroyed the American family. The crux of the feminist movement is the single-mother; she lies as the glorified desiderata of feminism. A bold, intelligent and free woman using some man or men as sperm-donors and raising her child or children free of evil male involvement. Why is the single-mother so important? As we’ll show very soon, single-motherhood is the single largest predictor of poverty for women and children and for criminal behavior in children once the teen years are reached. Single-motherhood has devastated the lives of American women in general and most specifically of Black American women . . . more later . . . .
Feminists want their cake and to be able to eat it too. Of all the tenets of feminism the most illogical and most hallowed is that women should be free to act like men in sexual matters. Indeed, thanks to feminism, a new breed of highly irresponsible men have arisen alongside the sexually-free feminists -- men scattering their semen across the hitherto virgin landscape . . . men who feel freer than ever (not necessarily happier, but certainly freer in sexual matters) to impregnate women and create families they’ll never be responsible for.
Why is the statement “Women should be as free as men in sexual matters” illogical? DUH! Men don’t get pregnant. Men don’t wind up with a disruptive (often times unwanted) guest inside their bodies for nine months. Men, under the rules of our new and enlightened feminism don’t have a new human being thrust upon them and into their lives for the next 18 years or so. Men don’t have to pay for and care for and be involved with the newly conceived human beings. Men have been utterly freed by feminism’s sexual freedom; women ironically have been enslaved by it.
“Wait! Wait!” you say, “what about birth-control? What about abortion?” Well what about them? Abortion pretty much on-demand has been the law of the land for 37 years now (that’s one and a half generations of women) so single-motherhood and unwed motherhood ought to be pretty much wiped out, no? The United States has the highest percentage of single-mother families in the world. Not talking widows. Not talking even divorcees (although the de-emphasis and hate for men spawned by feminists has seen divorce jump from 4% in 1955 to 56% today and that’s a dramatic undermining of the American family in and of itself) . . . just talking about true single-mothers. This is the supposed age of sexual enlightenment as well as freedom . . . how do, why do we Americans experience this massive onslaught of single-motherhood? Obviously . . . .
If birth-control were 100% effective . . . .
If women were 100% perfect in their applications of birth control . . . .
If, birth-control failing, anything close to 100% of women inconveniently impregnated opted for abortion . . .
If any of these three conditions, particularly the last one were true . . . single-motherhood would not be found except in miniscule numbers. But besides its other shortcomings, the feminist movement has made the single-mother into a progressive cultural icon and hero. She’s virtually always depicted as a heroic, intelligent, strong-charactered young woman who knows what she wants out of life perfectly balancing children and career in her utterly self-determined life. Sort of a Virgin Mary without a hymen, eh? Young girls are shown on all fronts the glory of single-motherhood on TV, in movies, in magazines, on the internet, etc., etc. Glory? What are the facts? Well, as one way of expressing this glory -- “Mugged? Thank a single-mother!”
Before going further, remember we’re talking about American RESPONSIBILITY being a victim of the false-victimhood mentality pushed everywhere upon us by the progressive-left movement. So far incidentally, we’ve seen that large quantities of men freed dramatically from the need to feel responsible for sexual acts or their consequences have become far more irresponsible in this area than at any time in American history.
We’ve seen that many women striving to live up the standards of the most licentious of men from a bygone era now claim the right to act sexually-liberated without the corresponding responsibility to realize that all responsibility for the consequences of sex can and very well might be borne by them and them along.
And we’ve seen a carping sisterhood of b_tchy feminists who have undermined the American family at every turn since about 1965 and who glory in the so-called “gains” of their movement, while taking no responsibility for its decadent effects upon America, and American women; feminists who portray the single-mother as a heroic standard-bearer of their movement. Ahem, so what is the truth about that single-motherhood?
Just as the whole feminist agenda, single-motherhood is a propagation of lies about victimhood. All traditional interactions between men and women are suspect as part of the patriarchal hostility of men toward women. Gloria Steinem’s famous dictate “Every incidence of sexual intercourse, even on the marriage bed, constitutes rape” is the classic example of this principle.) Unless the whole scheme of intergender interactions are shifted 100% toward the feminist delineation of perfection in these spheres they remain examples of evil men dominating and exploiting women. In other words, women have no free will at all unless it’s imposed by feminists? How far have we strayed toward that despicable goal? At the 2001 Academy Awards, three of the five women nominated for Best Actress played “strong, successful single women” and one played a long-time widow. No need for those “pesky men.”
Ann Coulter, in her magnificent expose Guilty: liberal “victims” and their assault on America, devotes her 39-page second chapter in the book to single-motherhood. She begins, “The most worshiped figure in modern America is the “single mother. Politicians tout their programs explaining how they will help single mothers . . . a sure way to draw applause from the crowd is to introduce single mothers in the audience.” Ah, yes victimhood. “Jesse Jackson,” she says, “. . . compares single mothers to Mary the mother of Jesus.” Terms like “unsung heroines” are bandied about frequently while the phrase “single mothers hardest hit” shows up somewhere in speeches, liberal media reports and policy-making bodies perhaps a hundred times each week. Single mothers are the ultimate phony victims. Remember contraception? Remember the morning after pill? Remember abortion? Remember GASP! “choice?”
That is the key word, the choices and compounding of their choices means that more than a million unmarried women every year CHOOSE to needlessly expose themselves to pregnancy and CHOOSE to bear a child out of wedlock . . . not considering that the consequences to themselves, their children and the very fabric of American society are horrendous. While the progressives like to lump widows and divorcees into the category “single mothers.” Widows, on average, do almost as well as married moms financially and in the outcomes of their children. Divorcees usually not nearly so well as married women, but compared to bona fide single moms, divorcees and all other groups of women with children are socially aware and noble plutocrats. Divorced women are not solely to blame for the hardships they and their children face . . . divorced men share some of the blame. So what is the outcome of single motherhood on American society?
Whether the pregnancy is unplanned, unwanted, accidental, or even connived for . . . this makes little difference. The choice to bear children without a father is devastating to the child, the mother and society at large. Girls raised without fathers are far more promiscuous and more likely to become single mothers or to have their marriages end in divorce. The strongest predictor of a child spending time in prison is single parenthood and overwhelmingly single motherhood, 70+%; juvenile murderers72%; rapists, 60%; all of the following situations teenage births, school dropouts, suicides, runaways, juvenile delinquency, and murderers of their own children . . . 70% or more were raised by single mothers.
Here’s a key factor that explains much about so-called Black victimhood . . . if single-motherhood is taken out of the equation for both Black and White crime statistics, there is NO difference between the races in criminal activity. The deliberate creation of and the great expansion of the welfare state by the progressive left has shattered the solid Black family in existence in 1950 or 1960 and has created not only false-victims, but also a vicious cycle of new victims. And these victims beget new methods among Blacks . . . 84% of all prison inmates, 92% of all runaways and active gang members, and 89% of all homeless children are associated with single motherhood. Did we remind you, this was a choice? By 2005, more than one third of all children born in the United States were illegitimate; in the Black community the number is closer to 48%. 90% of welfare recipients are single mothers regardless of race. Half of all single mothers in the country live below the poverty line and children of single mothers (they tend to repeat their indiscretions) are six times** more likely than other children to live in poverty. We have the sainted single mothers and the feminist strategy of false-victimhood almost singly to blame for the disintegration of the American family and for the devastating consequences that followed in its wake.
While old-fashioned “Scarlet Letter” approaches to single-motherhood are despicable by modern standards, one thing is certain, they seemed to work. The social pressure to conform and “is a good girl” in ages past when reliable contraception was unknown was dramatically effective. What is the answer? Rajjpuut would suggest a GlennBeckian approach along those ancient lines . . . NOT OUTSIDE PRESSURE, but a new understanding by girls and women of the true reality of single motherhood outside of the glorified “single motherhood” image now being propagated by feminists and by Hollywood should lead them to a new pragmatic morality for the benefit of themselves, their children and America.
Next Time: First Crocodile Tears, then Dismemberment Part IV
Ya’all live long, strong and ornery,
** How can this shocking statistic be true? Are single mothers literally breeding a whole new “underclass?” Yes, single moms do tend to give birth to other children out of wedlock but this is hardly the “cause.” One reason is that America has more than twice the teenage pregnancy rate as other developed nations. Whereas a French single mother, for example, might typically be 28 or 33 years of age, and have a career and an education, huge amounts of American single mothers are teenagers with neither a career nor an education. Neither “just say ‘NO!’ nor contraception, etc. seems to work because so many Americans are raising girls to be irresponsible, to have low self-esteem; and seeing the glories of single motherhood flaunted around them in the media. Another reason is that in most of the rest of the world the ‘extended family’ is still a viable social model. People elsewhere are far more likely to care for their extended family then to leave their fate to welfare. Family is important, especially when you get in a bind.
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