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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 8:44 pm    Post subject: Audio: Kevin Miller on 'Generation Rx' - a film Reply with quote

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"Weeks after viewing, the stories continue to haunt me..."

- Paul Haggis, Director: Million Dollar Baby, Crash

The Next Level Show - 6th February, 2009

Generation Rx:
by Kevin Miller


"Generation RX" documents the conflicts of interest and personal stories
behind the drugging of an entire generation of children early in their lives.
This dynamic film has already been supported by such as writer/director
Paul Haggis
(Million Dollar Baby, Crash). Fintan Dunne speaks to
award-winning writer/director/producer Kevin P. Miller
.


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REFERENCES
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http://www.generationrxfilm.com/


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wviiFzzPiro

"Generation RX" addresses many of the alarming issues surrounding
the growing use of ADHD drugs, antidepressants, and anti-psychotic
medications among children and teenagers worldwide.


"For decades, scores of doctors, government officials, journalists, and
others have extolled the benefits of psychiatric medicines for children,"
said Miller, the film's writer and producer. "Generation RX unveils 'the
rest of the story' and explains how this era of unprecedented change in
Western culture really occurred -- and what price has been paid by
society."

By employing the expertise of internationally respected professionals
from the fields of medicine, ethics, journalism, and academia, Kevin P.
Miller investigates whether collusion between drug companies and their
regulatory watchdogs at the FDA exists. He also focuses on the powerful
stories of real families who followed the advice of their doctors -- and
faced devastating consequences for doing so.

"Generation RX" is a film about families who confronted horror and found
nowhere to turn for help -- and how scores of children have been caught
in the vortex of mind-bending drugs at the earliest stages of their growth
and development. This powerful documentary also examines whether we
have forced millions of children onto pharmaceutical drugs for commercial
rather than scientific reasons.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWGhSVOIdxk


Generation Rx on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Generation-RX-Kevin-P-Miller/dp/B001NCE3R0

The Christopher Pittman Story
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Pittman


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ADHD drug may be addictive

By Neharika Sabharwal - February 4, 2009

New York: Research shows that a common stimulant drug that treats
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has effects on the brain,
which are similar to that of cocaine.


Researchers from the Rockefeller University in New York Center found
that when healthy mice on being exposed to daily injections of the
Novartis drug Ritalin or methylphenidate, indicated signs of addiction.

Dr Yong Kim who led the study, along with his colleagues, compared the
effects of chronic exposure to Ritalin and cocaine in specific brain regions
of mice. They observed that the mice developed changes in the reward
centers of their brains, similar to those in mice who were given cocaine.

Kim stated, "The results indicate that chronic exposure of methylphenidate,
like cocaine, changes neuronal morphology and brain chemistry, but the
precise pattern observed is distinct from that of cocaine."

He added, "Methylphenidate, which is thought to be a fairly innocuous
compound, can have structural and biochemical effects in some
regions of the brain that can be even greater than those of cocaine
."
.........
http://www.themedguru.com/articles/adhd_drug_may_be_addictive-86120446.html

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Re: "when healthy mice on being exposed to daily injections..."

I HATE it when "scientists" refer to animal studies as some sort of indication of what the drug will do to humans!

Are these mice going to show the drug's suicidal effects? Are they going to escape from the lab, go get guns and blow their own heads off? Or tell the researchers how they really feel?

The facts are that animal studies are USELESS and are one of the reasons these drugs are allowed onto the market after minimal testing on actual humans.

You must look under every rock for the slimey creatures behind the pharmaceutical corporations. It's an ugly, cruel business from every aspect.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with Mr. Miller's assessments but .... Big sigh .... here I go again ... I apologize for the length.

What once was bad behavior and poor upbringing are now "symtoms." What once was teen anst is now a "symtom." What was once plain ol' shitty self-indulgent behavior is now a "disorder."

Corrupt as snakeoil pharma and their medical minions are - it is the public clamoring and begging for something to make little Johnny tolerable b/c mom and/or dad are too lazy or too distracted to teach him to behave. Drugs - the best babysitter. It is the public, literally swallowing everything that will stop them from feeling anything b/c then they might be forced to actually deal with life. No one has a gun to the head of anyone taking a prescription mood drug.

In this "one nation under therapy" 98 percent of mental disorder diagnosis is pure bullshit - designed by powerful players for profit for a willing and eager public who want an excuse for not taking control of their own lives. The most frequent excuses being depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Around 30+ years ago our first son died in childhood. Immediately the physician at the hospital gave me a packet of pills to "help." I'm not sure but it may have been Valium. Anyway, I took one and soon was sitting on the couch like a zombie, not thinking of the dead son held in my arms a few hours earlier. I was feeling everything was okay, no pain, no grief, no tears, everything was okay, wow, everything was really really okay and the couch had a nice paisley pattern that I had never noticed so intensely before. I flushed the rest of the pills down the toilet.

Today, everyone rushes to drugs and counseling for "treatment", rather than family, friends, and dealing with life b/c people are convinced they're not supposed to go through emotionally difficult times, but the only way out is through. I bet everyone here knows someone who's family/friends say ... "he/she was never the same after _____ happened." For many folks life is a lifetime excuse to be a shithead.

When a mother tells you about little Johnny or Susie having a disorder and needing Ritalin or Prozac or whatever, do you cluck cluck sympathetically, or sit quiet b/c it's none of your business, or warn her she is doping, dumbing, and endangering her own child?

The public knows the risks of mind/mood altering drugs, even if the useless corrupt FDA doesn't spell it out for them. They simply don't care, if it makes them or their bratty kid calm, it's okay - maybe they can sue later. Decades ago people were their own watchdogs - now they've given that job to BigDaddy guvmint, and want BigDaddy to run all of healthcare. Way back when most folks simply couldn't afford feel-good-altered-drugs, now BigDaddy is covering that too, and the public begs for more coverage.

Here are the key symptoms of depression according to National Mental Health Association:

A persistent sad, anxious or "empty" mood.
Sleeping too little, early morning awakening, or sleeping too much.
Reduced appetite and weight loss, or increased appetite and weight gain.
Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed.
Restlessness or irritability.
Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions.
Fatigue or loss of energy.
Thoughts of death or suicide.

I answered 5 in the positive range (sleeping too little, restless/irritable, erratic appetite, fatigue, thoughts of death, I'm not a spring chick anymore) and scored, you guessed it, suffering from depression. My children excuse my "symptoms" as just mom, the grandchildren excuse it as just Nana, and other family and friends claim I've always been an irritable restless bitch.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2009 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

evelyn wrote:

Here are the key symptoms of depression according to National Mental Health Association:

A persistent sad, anxious or "empty" mood.
Sleeping too little, early morning awakening, or sleeping too much.
Reduced appetite and weight loss, or increased appetite and weight gain.
Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed.
Restlessness or irritability.
Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions.
Fatigue or loss of energy.
Thoughts of death or suicide.


Sh*t, I'm depressed Wink (along with 100% of the rest of the human race)

Whats the oposite of depression? ADHD?

Its so sad its funny Laughing

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2009 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

...and then when the kids freak out while on Prozac or ritalin or both, then they label them as "bipolar" and start them on Abilify or some other antipsychotic drug....
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Right thru my teens and early twenties i felt a constant interior
battle going on . internal voice being that of the patriarch/professional/authoritarian.

ME- i dont know if i can take much more of this. why is everything so absurd,
why does everything feel so wrong, am i fucked up or is it just that everything else
is fucked up. i need some fuckin answers.

VOICE- go to the doctor, get some pills, everything will
be ok.

ME- i dunno, this is fuckin hard but i dont wanna stop feeling what
im feeling.

VOICE- dont feel guilty for how u feel, take some pills,
why go through all this.

ME- i dont feel fucking guilty or ashamed for how i feel u pernicious
fucker, i just dont wanna mess with or BLOCK how i feel even tho
its driving me mad.

VOICE- you are so angry and adolescent, isnt it time u grew up
and joined the human race?

ME- fuck u !!!! i dont wanna feel what u feel or i dont wanna belong
to what u limit yourselves to feeling.

VOICE- oh i pity u, you're in denial, why feel so ashamed about
getting some help, we jus wanna help u.

ME- FUCK U AND YOUR MEDS, I DONT KNOW WHY
IM GOING THROUGH ALL THIS BUT I KNOW ITS LEADING
ME SOMEWHERE THAT WILL EXPLAIN THESE FEELINGS,
ALL I KNOW RIGHT NOW IS I DONT TRUST ANYTHING U TELL
ME.


MY Dad was a pharma rep and use to peddle SEROXAT for years.
From the dinner table to family occasions you'd always hear his spiel
about what a 'BREAKTHROUGH' this drug was and how superior it was to prozac
So i was exposed from an early age to their notepad,pens,clocks(Pharmaporno) hehe .
But the cassette tapes my dad had explaining depression interested me most.
The voice on the tape was so hypnotic, sinister, inviting, telling u all those symptoms Evelyn listed.
It was very attractive and i was very tempted to submit.
I mean they make it all so easy for u, u dont need to have all
the symptoms listed, jus a few and u maybe 'CLINICALLY depressed'

We had a cabinet full of seroxat in the garage, both my parents had
nervous breakdowns and were self medicating on an on/off basis.
My brother used for three months once and it did seem to help him.
After a year of constant hashish mushrooms and acid he was feeling
suicidal, he used seroxat for few months and was back to his normal
self but that may have been as much to do with his getting off incessant
use of stimulants and becoming active and focused again.
I have to admit i did steal a pack once from my da's drug cabinet
and used for three days and i felt a definite disconnection from my self,
it was nice altho it frightened me and i never took again.

MY EXPERIENCE HAS BEEN THAT MOST OF THE SMARTEST AND COMPASSIONATE PEOPLE IVE KNOWN AND MET ARE MEDICATED
EITHER LEGALLY OR ILLEGALLY


WHY?

TO LIMIT, STOP, BLOCK FULL POTENTIAL OF THE INDIVIDUAL DUMMY!!!

KIDS, JUST SAY NO!!!! Laughing Laughing Laughing


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 3:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The Medicalisation of Normality
30 March 2009
Health journalist John Naish asks if we are turning normal human behaviour and normal stages in human development into medical conditions.


This is a BBC Radio4 programme on this evening at 21.00. It will also be avilable on their website for those outside the UK. It is usually avilable for about a week after it airs. Might be worth a listen.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nemo wrote:
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The Medicalisation of Normality
30 March 2009
Health journalist John Naish asks if we are turning normal human behaviour and normal stages in human development into medical conditions.


This is a BBC Radio4 programme on this evening at 21.00. It will also be avilable on their website for those outside the UK. It is usually avilable for about a week after it airs. Might be worth a listen.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/


Cheers Nemo,

I'll try and listen to this tonight.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I grew up during the big RX explosion of the 90s.
Though I'd rather not get into the full details of this at the moment, my various psychiatrists hip hopped me from welbutrin to ritalin to celexa and others for at least 6 years. I don't blame my parents for this and do not consider the circumstances lazy parenting. There was an enormous pressure from culture at the time, and it has seemed only to grow.
(ab)Normal, loving parents can easily be convinced that their child has "problems" that can only be fixed by an experts selection of drugs.

Yeah, the zombie like nature, built up rage, mood swings, elation to depression, it was all there. Which encourages more expert opinion and so on...When I stopped at the 16-17 cusp this all vanished, though I admit I was abnormally elated for quite sometime. :lol

Maybe I can consider myself lucky that it happened to me and can learn from it.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2009 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is most of Frederick Wiseman's "Titticut Follies". I believe the uncut film is a bit longer.

It is a portrait of an Asylum in 1966-67.

It's shot in such a way where sometimes you can't tell who is an inmate and who is an authority.

Then suddenly it becomes horrifically and graphically apparent who is who. Please be warned, there are many scenes that are tough to watch, including a man being force fed through a buttered tube up his nose, while the administrator visibly ashes his cig into the food.

It's not a gore fest though. Count the truly insane statements of the staff vs. the often brilliant, if a bit strange statements of the patients. Some of the patients do seem a bit sick, but it is often addressed directly and otherwise that the environment is enhancing their condition.



People who have been incarcerated have told me it really isn't all that much better nowadays. Though none of the people I know who have gfone to asylums I would ever consider actually mentally ill. In other words, no Napoleons.

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The only American film banned from release for reasons other than obscenity or national security, Titicut Follies was filmed inside the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Bridgewater, a prison hospital for the criminally insane. After the Commonwealth of Massachusetts sued the filmmakers, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that the film constituted was an invasion of inmate privacy and ordered the withdrawal of the film from circulation



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n 1991, Superior Court Judge Andrew Meyer allowed the film to be released to the general public, saying that as time had passed, privacy concerns had become less important than First Amendment concerns. He also said that many of the former patients had died, so there was little risk of a violation of their dignity.[2] The state Supreme Court has ordered that "A brief explanation shall be included in the film that changes and improvements have taken place at Massachusetts Correctional Institution Bridgewater since 1966."


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titicut_Follies

As films like RX Generation show, the sickness of psychiatry has only spread. It now enters every home rather than just the super stressed out.

Or maybe more of us are just stressed out and looking for pill popping answers?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2009 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice post, Bri. Wink

The full movie of Titicut Follies is available for download here.



Interesting past the movie has, too - link.

From the Wiki page linked above:
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Titicut Follies portrays the existence of occupants of Bridgewater, some of them catatonic, holed up in unlit cells, only periodically washed down with a hose and taken out in order to receive force feeding. It also portrays the indifference and bullying on the part of the institution's staff.

Just before the film was due to be shown at the 1967 New York Film Festival, the government of Massachusetts tried to get an injunction banning its release.[1] The government claimed that the film violated the patients' privacy and dignity.[2] Although Wiseman received permission from all the people portrayed or the hospital superintendent (their legal guardian), Massachusetts claimed that this permission could not take the place of valid release forms from the inmates.[3] It also claimed that Wiseman breached an "oral contract" giving the state government editorial control over the film.[1] However, a New York state court allowed the film to be shown.[2] In 1968, however, Massachusetts Superior Court judge Harry Kalus ordered the film yanked from distribution and called for all copies to be destroyed, citing the state's concerns about violations of the patients' privacy and dignity. [4]

Wiseman appealed to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, which in 1969 allowed it to be shown only to doctors, lawyers, judges, health-care professionals, social workers, and students in these and related fields.[1] Wiseman appealed to the United States Supreme Court, which refused to hear the case.[3]

Wiseman has pointed out that he received permission from all of the people portrayed in the film or else their legal guardian, in this case the superintendent of Bridgewater. He believes that the government of Massachusetts, feeling concerned that it portrayed a state institution in a bad light, intervened to protect its own reputation. The state intervened after a social worker in Minnesota wrote to Governor John Volpe expressing shock at a scene involving a naked man being taunted by a guard.[1]

The dispute marked the first known instance in the history of the American film industry that a film was banned from general distribution for reasons other than obscenity, immorality or national security.[5]. It was also the first time that Massachusetts recognized a right to privacy at the state level.[6] Wiseman stated that, “The obvious point that I was making was that the restriction of the court was a greater infringement of civil liberties than the film was an infringement on the liberties of the inmates”[7]

Little changed until 1987 when the families of seven inmates who died sued. Steven Schwartz represented one of the inmates. Schwartz’s client who was, “restrained for 2 ½ months and given six psychiatric drugs at vastly unsafe levels - - choked to death because he could not swallow his food” [8]. Schwartz claims that, “There is a direct connection between the decision not to show that film publicly and my client dying 20 years later, and a whole host of other people dying in between”[9]. In fact, “In the years since Mr. Wiseman made ‘Titicut Follies’, most of the nation’s big mental institutions have been closed or cut back by court orders”[10]. In addition, “the film may have also influenced the closing of the institution featured in the film”[11].

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.non-toxickids.net

http://www.non-toxickids.net/2009/02/generation-rx-assault-on-medicating-of.html

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A colleague told me that you wrote about my film GENERATION RX. Thank you for doing so. Like you so duly mentioned, there are some frightening facts in this film — and yes, things that shouldn't have taken 20+ years to be released to the general public.

Sometimes films like this can make us uncomfortable. I agree that "this film presents compelling and enduring questions we must ask ourselves about medicating children," but in the process of doing so, GENERATION RX often makes us think "good Lord...how did we get here?" And how can we fix the problem?

I appreciate your thoughtful post about this film, which was difficult to produce. Thanks for making Non-Toxic Kids a place where honest dialogue is exchanged.

Be well,

Kevin P. Miller
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