• Dumbing Down Society: Foods, Beverages and Meds

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    Is there
    a deliberate effort by the government to dumb down the masses? The
    statement is hard to prove but there exists a great amount of data
    proving that the ruling elite not only tolerates, but effectively
    introduces policies that have a detrimental effect on the physical
    and mental health of the population. This series of articles looks
    at the many ways the modern man is being dumbed down. Part I looks
    at the poisons found in everyday foods, beverages and medications.

    The theme of
    dumbing-down and dehumanizing the masses are often discussed in
    articles on The Vigilant Citizen. The presence of those concepts
    in popular culture are, however, only the outward and symbolic expression
    of the profound transformation happening in our society. Scientific
    data has been proving for years that governments around the world
    are tolerating the selling of many products which have a direct
    and negative effect on cognitive and physical health. As we will
    see in this article many everyday products cause brain damage, impaired
    judgment and even a lower IQ.

    Is a dumber
    population something that is desired by the elite? Hitler once said
    “How fortunate for the leaders that men do not think.”
    An educated population knows its rights, understands the issues
    and takes action when it does not approve of what is going on. Judging
    by the incredible amount of data available on the subject, it seems
    that the elite want the exact opposite: an unhealthy, frightened,
    confused and sedated population. We will look at the effects of
    medication, pesticides, fluoride and aspartame on the human body
    and how those products are being pushed by people from inside the
    power structure.

    Prescription
    Drug Abuse

    America has
    witnessed during the last decades a staggering rise of drugs being
    prescribed to treat all kinds of problems. Children are particularly
    affected by this phenomenon. Since the 1990?s, an ever-rising proportion
    of American children are being diagnosed with “illnesses”
    such as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and are prescribed mind-altering
    drugs, such as Ritalin.

    The DEA
    has become alarmed by the tremendous increase in the prescribing
    of these drugs in recent years. Since 1990, prescriptions for methylphenidate
    have increased by 500 percent, while prescriptions for amphetamine
    for the same purpose have increased 400 percent. Now we see a situation
    in which from seven to ten percent of the nation’s boys are
    on these drugs at some point as well as a rising percentage of girls.
    ~ Source

    Today, children
    who show too much energy, character or strength are being willfully
    sedated with powerful drugs which directly affect the way their
    brains function. Are we going in the right direction here?

    Even if ADD
    is not a clearly defined and documented disorder – it causes
    NO observable biological effects whatsoever – children are
    still being diagnosed with the illness in great numbers. This raises
    important ethical questions.

    “Pediatricians
    as well as ethicists have also voiced their concerns in usage of
    these stimulants. In an article published in the New York Times,
    they have questioned the appropriateness of medicating children
    without a clear diagnosis in hopes that they do better in school.
    They also asked whether the drugs should be given to adults failing
    in their careers or are procrastinators. They question the worthy
    of this method.

    This concern
    have also been voiced out in the January 2005 issue of
    Pediatrics in which the large discrepancies between pediatricians’
    practice patterns and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines
    for the assessment and treatment of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity
    disorder (ADHD) was bought forth. The article also stated that because
    the medical community didn’t come to a consensus on how to
    diagnose ADD/ADHD, they should not be making extensive decisions
    as to how to treat individuals who have been diagnosed with the
    disorder.”

    The usage of
    Ritalin at a young age breaks the psychological threshold people
    maintain towards the usage of prescription pills, which makes those
    children more likely to consume psychotropic drugs later in their
    lives. We should not be surprised to witness a dramatic increase
    of consumption of antidepressants in the years to come. The trend
    is already beginning:

    “In
    its study, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked
    at 2.4 billion drugs prescribed in visits to doctors and hospitals
    in 2005. Of those, 118 million were for antidepressants.

    The use
    of antidepressants and other psychotropic drugs – those that
    affect brain chemistry – has skyrocketed over the last decade.
    Adult use of antidepressants almost tripled between the periods
    1988-1994 and 1999-2000. Between 1995 and 2002, the most recent
    year for which statistics are available, the use of these drugs
    rose 48 percent, the CDC reported.”
    ~ Elizabeth Cohen, CNN

    The use of
    prescription pills might be of a great help for specific and properly
    diagnosed cases. The pharmaceutical industry however, which has
    many “friends” in the highest levels of government, is
    pushing for the widespread use of psychiatric drugs within the public.
    Since 2002, a great number of pills claiming to fix all kinds of
    mental conditions have been marketed to the public, but many of
    those pills were approved for sale without proper research for side
    effects. Even worse: the side effects might have been known but
    hidden to the public. Below is a list of warnings issued on commonly
    sold psychiatric drugs. Some of those side effects are actually
    frightening as a pill should not be able to have that much power
    over the human brain. Think about it: Some drugs are subject to
    warnings because they can cause you to … commit suicide?

    2004

    March 22:
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that Prozac-like antidepressants
    (called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors or SSRIs) could
    cause “anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, insomnia, irritability,
    hostility, impulsivity, akathisia [severe restlessness], hypomania
    [abnormal excitement] and mania [psychosis characterized by exalted
    feelings, delusions of grandeur
    ].”

    June:
    The Therapeutic Goods Administration, the Australian equivalent
    of the FDA, reported that the latest antipsychotic drugs could increase
    the risk of diabetes.

    June:
    The FDA ordered that the packaging for the stimulant Adderall include
    a warning about sudden cardiovascular deaths, especially in children
    with underlying heart disease.

    October
    15
    : The FDA ordered its strongest “black box” label
    for antidepressants warning they could cause suicidal thoughts and
    actions in under those under 18 years old.

    October
    21
    : The New Zealand Medicines Adverse Reactions Committee recommended
    that older and newer antidepressants not be administered to patients
    less than 18 years of age because of the risk of suicide.

    December
    17
    : The FDA required packaging for the “ADHD” drug,
    Strattera, to advise that “Severe liver damage may progress
    to liver failure resulting in death or the need for a liver transplant
    in a small percentage of patients.”

    2005

    February
    9
    : Health Canada, the Canadian counterpart of the FDA, suspended
    marketing of Adderall XR (Extended Release, given once a day) due
    to reports of 20 sudden unexplained deaths (14 in children) and
    12 strokes (2 in children).

    April 11:
    The FDA warned that antipsychotic drug use in elderly patients could
    increase the risk of death.

    June 28:
    The FDA announced its intention to make labeling changes to Concerta
    and other Ritalin products to include the side effects: “visual
    hallucinations, suicidal ideation [ideas], psychotic behavior, as
    well as aggression or violent behavior.”

    June 30:
    The FDA warned that the antidepressant Cymbalta could increase suicidal
    thinking or behavior in pediatric patients taking it. It also warned
    about the potential increased risk of suicidal behavior in adults
    taking antidepressants.

    August:
    The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration found a relationship
    between antidepressants and suicidality, akathisia (severe restlessness),
    agitation, nervousness and anxiety in adults. Similar symptoms could
    occur during withdrawal from the drugs, it determined.

    August
    19
    : The European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal
    Products warned against child antidepressant use, stating that the
    drugs caused suicide attempts and thoughts, aggression, hostility,
    aggression, oppositional behavior and anger.

    September
    26
    : The Agenzia Italiana del Farmaco (Italian Drug Agency, equivalent
    to the FDA) warned against use of older (tricyclic) antidepressants
    in people under 18 years old. It also determined the drugs were
    associated with heart attacks in people of any age.

    September
    29
    : The FDA ordered that labeling for the “ADHD” drug
    Strattera include a boxed warning about the increased risk of suicidal
    thinking in children and adolescents taking it.

    October
    17
    : The FDA warned that the antidepressant Cymbalta could cause
    liver damage.

    October
    24
    : The FDA withdrew the stimulant Cylert from the market because
    of the risk of liver toxicity and failure.

    November:
    The FDA warned that the antidepressant Effexor could cause homicidal
    thoughts.

    2006

    February
    9
    : The FDA’s Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee
    urged that the strongest “black box” warning be issued
    for stimulants, because they may cause heart attacks, strokes and
    sudden death.

    February
    20
    : British authorities warned that Strattera was associated
    with seizures and potentially lengthening period of the time between
    heartbeats.

    March 22:
    An FDA advisory panel heard evidence of almost 1,000 reports of
    kids experiencing psychosis or mania while taking stimulants.

    May 3:
    FDA adverse drug reaction reports linked antipsychotic drugs to
    45 child deaths and 1,300 serious adverse reactions, such as convulsions
    and low white blood cell count.

    May 12:
    The manufacturer of Paxil warned that the antidepressant increases
    the risk of suicide in adults.

    May 26:
    Health Canada issued new warnings of rare heart risks for all drugs
    prescribed for “ADHD,” including the risk of sudden death.

    June 2:
    An FDA study determined that the antipsychotic drug, Risperdal,
    might cause pituitary tumors. The pituitary gland, at the base of
    the brain, secretes hormones that promote growth, and regulates
    body functions. Antipsychotics may increase prolactin, a hormone
    in the pituitary gland, and this increase has been linked to cancer.
    Risperdal was found to increase prolactin levels more frequently
    than in other antipsychotics.

    July 19:
    The FDA said antidepressant packaging should carry warnings that
    they may cause a fatal lung condition in newborns whose mothers
    took SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy. Migraine sufferers also
    need to be warned that combining migraine drugs with SSRIs could
    result in a life-threatening condition called serotonin syndrome.

    Food Poisoning

    The modern
    man ingests in his lifetime an incredible amount of chemicals, artificial
    flavors and additives. Although there is growing awareness regarding
    healthy eating, there is also a lot of misinformation and disinformation.

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    July
    27, 2010

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