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Stop The Insanity
Date: 3/24/06 Author: Pam Killeen Interviews Alesandra Rain Source: Crusador
CRUSADOR EXCLUSIVE* ©2006, www.HealthLiesExposed.com
Investigative Reporter, Pam Killeen interviews Alesandra Rain, survivor of the fraudulent psychiatric industry and Co-Founder of Label Me Sane. The purpose of Label Me Sane is to raise awareness of the hazards of all drugs while offering viable solutions to withdraw safely and return to a state of health.
Many of you may have a friend or a loved one who is suffering with a mental illness. This interview may offer them hope as Alesandra tells a very shocking story about her own recovery. After being inappropriately “labeled” by psychiatry and put on psychiatric drugs, her situation only worsened. She knew she had to get off of the drugs in order to get her life back. She learned that it can be very difficult to come off of these drugs. Fortunately, she was able to find a real solution to her health crisis. Now, with Label Me Sane, she has set out to help others who have fallen in the same trap.
Pam: Can you tell us about how you were feeling before you started taking psychiatric drugs?
Alesandra: I was filled with anxiety and depression but the most troubling symptom was insomnia. I couldn’t sleep for more than an hour or two and would wake up with a deep sense of dread. Although I was completely exhausted, I just couldn’t shut my mind down.
Pam: I had the same symptoms you’re describing and feel terribly lucky that I didn’t fall into the psychiatric trap. Many people with these symptoms end up seeing psychiatrists and are prescribed very dangerous drugs. What happened after you started taking psychiatric drugs?
Alesandra: I was prescribed Klonopin which is a very strong benzodiazepine (‘benzo’). The first night I thought it was a miracle drug as I slept. Within a short period of time I reached tolerance and sleep eluded me again. The dosage was immediately increased and additional drugs were added to the cocktail. Within a short period of time I was on Effexor, Klonopin, Restoril, Ambien, Sinequan and
Pam: Why did you stop taking these drugs?
Alesandra: My body and mind were deteriorating and I ended up permanently disabled as a result of my spine deteriorating and diminishing mental health. One day I just saw all the pills lining my medicine cabinet and realized there had to be a better way to live. I had spent 10 years listening to the “chemical imbalance” diagnosis, only to have my symptoms never improve. I just knew there had to be a better way to live and I wanted my life back.
Pam: I recently saw an interview with Brooke Shields where she describes coming off of Paxil as being a horrible experience. If these drugs are really helping people with a mood disorder such as depression or anxiety, they shouldn’t feel so terrible coming off of them. What happened when you stopped taking these drugs?
Alesandra: I’ve had 34 surgeries on my legs and spine and the totality of pain from the operations paled in comparison to the horror of trying to quit these drugs. I was told the drugs were non-addictive and to drop 50%, which I did. For the next month I had the worst flu of my life while the terror and panic continued to escalate. I developed a horrible staph infection in the hardware in my spine and spent months in the hospital fighting the infection. I could not reduce the medications any further as I was having continual blackouts and fighting suicidal and homicidal thoughts. Eventually, I went to a treatment center in
My withdrawals were the most terrifying experience as they lasted 24 hours a day for months. I couldn’t lie down for the first 17 days and when I did sleep, it came in clumsy chunks filled with adrenaline surges. My hallucinations lasted for nearly two months and my skin did not feel like it had any relation to my body. I watched heroin addicts and people coming off crystal-meth and was shocked that they were through the worst of the withdrawals in 3-5 days. Those of us coming off psychiatric meds suffered deeply for many months. I was the only one who made it as the rest either left and went back on the drugs or committed suicide. I stayed for three months and then returned to
Pam: Why do the psychiatrists keep people on these drugs for so long when they know about the adverse effects?
Alesandra: There is a dangerous paradox that occurs with psychiatric drugs. The side effects and withdrawals look like the mental illness that was treated initially, and as a result is often misunderstood and additional meds are prescribed. I also think that the field of Psychiatry has clearly become an industry of medications. Psychology is centered more on talk-therapy or other methods that do not employ drugs, but Psychiatry is only about drugging. Each time I saw my psychiatrist the visits lasted generally 15-30 minutes and resulted in prescriptions. I was never asked about my diet or vitamin supplements or even given blood work.
Although Psychiatrists are medical doctors, they do not diagnose based on physical proof but rather on a list of symptoms. No other branch of medicine would be allowed to prescribe without verification of the diagnoses. Even receiving any antibiotic from a General Practitioner requires proof of infection.
My underlying symptoms were due to high levels of Mercury and a severe vitamin-B deficiency as I am part of the 50% of the public who cannot metabolize B vitamins in a pill or liquid form. Ironically, the symptoms of B deficiency are depression, anxiety, insomnia and spinal degeneration. More troubling are the fact that drugs strip the body of both B vitamins and the most valuable antioxidant, glutathione. When glutathione levels are low, the side effects of the drugs become more pronounced. Yet my psychiatrist never tested for vitamin deficiency or toxic metals. Instead I was given a life sentence which meant drugs. It is truly shameful.
Pam: I agree. Tell us about the new Medicare plan and what that will mean for unsuspecting patients.
Alesandra: President Bush signed the Medicare Act of 2003 that will be in effect beginning January 2006. The bill was meant to be a cost-cutting measure for prescription drugs and other services to both Medicare recipients and Medicaid/Medical patients nationwide. Benzodiazepines will be eliminated from Coverage for any elderly or low-income patient. This class of drugs includes Valium, Klonopin, Xanax, Ativan, Ambien and many others and is considered one of the most addictive group of drugs in the world. The manufacturers of benzodiazepines state that the drugs should not be abruptly discontinued as it can result in stroke or seizure. The withdrawals are not only life-threatening but are excruciating, and yet the elderly will be thrown into immediate benzo withdrawals if they cannot afford to pay for their medications. As the majority of seniors are on fixed-incomes, they will not be able to afford the full price of their medications and will therefore be facing life-threatening withdrawals. My additional concern is that these same people entering benzo withdrawal will then be prescribed anti-psychotic medications which currently have a black-box warning for seniors and also have side effects that include psychosis and severe weight gain that has increased risk of diabetes.
Pam: Lately, through advertising and media coverage, they have been really pushing mental illness. For example: Watch for depression in children at school; many children are suffering with depression; obesity causes depression. Many ads are suggesting that people have some new mental illness or another. This type of campaign is CRAZY. Nowhere do they mention cause or treatment. They seem to be pushing a “"Fear and Consumption”" campaign. In fact, it looks to me like the shareholders to the pharmaceutical companies must be unhappy. Shares must be down, hence more propaganda from Big Pharma.
Alesandra: In 1997, the FDA allowed the pharmaceutical companies to implement Direct-to-Consumer marketing in the
Pam: Dr. Abram Hoffer has had much success over the years treating mental illness using nutrition. What can you say to people suffering with mental illness, to those who suspect they have mental illness, or to those who have become zombies by taking psychiatric drugs? People deserve to live full lives...full of excitement, love, joy, energy etc...
Alesandra: I was fearful when I came off the drugs that I would have a life of depression, anxiety and poor health. My spine was deteriorating and I was plagued with insomnia and depression. I saw more holistic physicians in an attempt to determine what was wrong with my body and was told continually that I had severe nutritional deficiencies. Within a few months on a whole food supplement regime, my body and mind felt young, pain-free and most importantly, the anxiety and depression have been completely eliminated. It has truly taught me that our mind is a reflection of what is occurring in the body. Once the body is balanced, the mind naturally follows suit.
Seven years ago Jim Harper researched exactly how psychiatric medications are metabolized and also how to use nutritional supplements to raise glutathione and eliminate the withdrawal side effects. His program is outlined in The Road Back - How To Get Off Drugs Safely that has been successful in tapering over 10,000 individuals off all types of psychiatric medications, without the horrible side effects I experienced. Our organization, Label Me Sane, utilizes this extraordinary method and have people tapering within every state in the
I never would have dreamed that my nightmare withdrawing from these medications could result in an international organization that is dedicated to raising awareness as well as assisting individuals to withdraw safely and return to a state of health.
Pam: Thank you for sharing your story with us. How can people find out more information about Label Me Sane?
Alesandra: For more information call toll free 866.628.6135 or visit www.labelmesane.com.