Psychotropic Medications Increase Cardiac Death
Honkola J, Hookana E, Malinen S, Kaikkonen KS, Junttila MJ, Isohanni M, Kortelainen ML, & Huikuri HV (2012). Psychotropic medications and the risk of sudden cardiac death during an acute coronary event. European heart journal, 33 (6), 745-51 PMID: 21920969
What do you do when you discover that the medication that you manufacture causes manifest harm to those patients that it is supposed to help?
What do you do when you prescribe that medication to your patients and instead of getting well they actually get sicker or drop dead?
What do you do when your mental health policy rests entirely upon patients taking or being forced to take medications such as these?
At what point does objective, empirical evidence come to the fore?
We have known for some time that psychotropic medications increase morbidity and mortality. What we have yet to confirm is precisely how those medications cause ill health and early death (2012,p.749). One thing of which we can be certain is that any purported cause-effect relationship between the so-called mental illnesses and higher rates of morbidity and mortality is illusory. I would suggest that this myth was created to cover the arses of those who have most to lose from the truth, that is, big pharma, psychiatrists, and the other parasites that collectively constitute the grubby business of marketing madness.
In this article, Honkola et al. (2012, p.749) conclude that there is a positive association between the use of psychotropic medications and sudden cardiac death (SCD). That association strengthens dramatically when those drugs are used in combination with anti-depressants:
‘A very high risk of SCD was observed in those individuals who were using both antipsychotic and antidepressant medication. The risk was particularly high with phenothiazines combined with anti-depressant medication, suggesting that the combined use of these drugs may potentiate their proarrhythmic effects at the time of an acute ischaemic event. The use of benzodiazepines, a class of drugs which do not have any recognized proarrhythmic potential, was similar between the groups, suggesting that psychiatric disorders, at least anxiety, does not increase the vulnerability to fatal events, whereas the drugs used for mental disorders have a more marked effect’ (2012, pp.749-750).
I guess that if you were pushing people off the twig 20 years or so in advance of their expected use by date, you would have good reason to be defensive about that unpleasant reality…
What we have here is a magnificent cause-effect fallacy in which some people diagnosed (sic, labelled) as suffering with depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, etc., do indeed demonstrate a tendency toward getting sicker and dying younger than everyone else (2012, p.745). The presence of these two distinct phenomena has led to an untouchable line being drawn between the two, as confirmation that the former is sole cause for the latter. That is junk science. If an undergraduate student put up such rubbish straw arguments in an academic essay, her or his lecturer would boot them out the door and into the gutter. However, big pharma and psychiatry can concoct a stupendous farrago of lies and half-truths that mental illness causes higher morbidity and mortality, without the proof necessary to back it up.
Any patient so grandiose in her or his ideas could expect to have their psychotropic medications increased…
The authors (2012, p.750) make a few recommendations:
- Curbing the ‘liberal off-label use’ of psychotropic medications
- Avoiding combined, anti-psychotic and anti-depressant treatment
- Promoting good physical health in people who are mentally unwell
We will look back at this marketing madness era with horror and disgust, wondering how the fuck could we have ever allowed this to happen? How could we have forced perfectly healthy people to take drugs that would trash their lives and smash them into their graves way ahead of schedule? No doubt, the instant rejoinder to that would be twofold: acknowledging that all drugs have side effects and that a diminution in physical health is the price paid for peace of mind. That sounds like a perfectly reasonable response until we remember that the primary duty of any health practitioner is to do no harm. What can be said about any doctor who, when telling or forcing patients to take psychotropic medications, fails to inform those patients about the potential side effects or worse, who obfuscates around the truth to deceive those patients into believing that it is their mental illness which is making them sick?
I note that neurological damage to the brain does cause physical ill health but mental illness is not neurological damage to the brain, right…?
Moreover, if you ever have any concerns about any medication you are taking, please seek sound medical advice…