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Beware the ‘psycho’ in the white jacket!

Beware the ‘psycho’ in the white jacket!

I once heard of a shrink who posted a sign in his office that said: “YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE CRAZY TO WORK HERE… BUT IT HELPS!”

He thought it was funny, but I’m not laughing——because when it comes to some shrinks, there’s more than a little truth to that sign. In fact, I’d say a number of them are far crazier than any of their patients, and that’s no joke.

“Shrinks” routinely dish out dangerous drugs that aren’t proven to work for conditions their patients don’t even have.

Maybe you don’t have to be crazy to do that for a living… but it helps.

The most dangerous——and most useless——of all the psychiatric meds are the antipsychotics. Don’t let the name fool you; you don’t have to be psychotic to get one. (But it helps.)

No, these meds are routinely given off-label for sleep problems, behavior issues, mood disorders and even dementia despite the fact that they’re proven to do zip for any and all of these conditions.

And while they’re given to everyone at every age——even kids——the patients most likely to be stuck on anti-psycho drugs are seniors, especially seniors in nursing homes and other so-called “care” facilities.

Now, you know the score on this one. Seniors don’t enter a “care” facility because they’re healthy. They’re there because they’re sick. They’re also frightened, disoriented, lonely and probably already on more than a few meds.

Hard to handle? Maybe——but all they need is a little TLC, which studies have shown can calm even the most aggressive patients.

But since most “care” facilities are so badly understaffed that doctors and nurses can’t provide much TLC even if they want to, most patients just get drugs——antipsychotic drugs that transform them from needy seniors into complacent zombies.

No, this is not an approved use for these drugs. And no, this is not rare——it’s all too common. A quarter of all seniors in care facilities, including 40 percent of dementia patients, are on antipsychotics right now.

These drugs “work” because they’re like a lobotomy in a pill. One recent study even finds they rot the brain from the inside, killing the critical cells you need for thought, memory and overall cognitive function.

The longer you take them, the more brain cells you lose——and if you lose enough, you face stupidity, memory loss, cognitive decline and even dementia (which helps explain why the dementia patients given antipsychotics ultimately get WORSE, not better).

Think that’s bad? You bet it is——but a little brain damage is nothing compared to the other big risk of these drugs…

DEATH!

Antipsychotic drugs can more than DOUBLE your risk of death, especially sudden cardiac death. They can also double your risk of falls, and even double your risk of pneumonia——and in seniors, either a fall or pneumonia can turn deadly in a heartbeat.

But none of this is new. We’ve known about the risks for years. We’ve even known about the ineffectiveness of these meds for years.

We know all that, yet shrinks keep giving them out like crazy anyway. They’re given out so frequently now that even Shrink Central——aka the American Psychiatric Association——is urging docs to stop pumping them into patients.

When the pill-pushing fringe at the APA says you’ve crossed the line with a drug, that’s saying a lot!

Of course, this comes “only” FIVE YEARS after a major study found that 80 percent of all seniors on antipsychotics don’t need them, and I think even that’s a conservative estimate. I’d say they’re pretty much NEVER needed——and if you’re offered one of these meds by your own doc, run the other way as quick as you can (or at least until an orderly tackles you).

Of course, it’s one thing to know all this right now, when you’re sitting at home reading the Douglass Report. It’s quite another to keep it in mind when you’re recovering from illness or injury in a hospital or nursing home where Nurse Ratched is ready to drug you into silence at the first sign of trouble.

So let me give you a list of rules to memorize——it’s my…

TOP THREE ‘DON’TS’ FOR AVOIDING ANTIPSYCHOTIC MEDS

1) Don’t swallow any old pill the doctor or nurse hands you. Know the names of the meds, what they’re for and why you’re taking them. Know whether they’re being used off-label or on. And if you’re not happy with what you know, don’t take it.

2) Don’t let anyone make a decision about you or your meds unless your personally chosen primary care physician signs off on it——and make sure that your doc isn’t a pill-pushing psycho-shrink, but a doctor experienced in naturopathic medicine who knows when meds are needed… and when they’re not.

3) Don’t wait until you’re in a hospital or care facility to take action. If you wait until then, you’ve waited too long. In some cases, you might not have enough wits about you to remember all this. In others, you could be fine——but they’re not going to listen to you anyway.

That’s why it’s critical to discuss this in advance with your family, loved ones and other potential caregivers, including your personal doctor. Have that conversation today——and feel free to clip this article out and share it with all of them.

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