15. HEALTH WARNING: Epilim chrono and other physically-damaging mind-control medications

 
And the genesis of the AUNTIE NANCY CAMPAIGN
 
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         The unexpectedly powerful drug Epilim Chrono (or sodium valproate) is frequently used to treat sufferers from bipolar disorder, as well as epileptic patients. It can severely injure unborn babies, and exudes a horrible smell while it is being manufactured. As with other mind drugs, its severe physical side effects occur all too frequently, and should not be dismissed as unlikely.

         If the conclusions of section 14 are to be believed, many gay people of both genders (maybe15% or even higher) experience bipolar disorder. Numerous gay and straight bipolar people we have spoken to have been prescribed with Epilim Chrono. Just as one example, all four gay gentlemen hogging the bar in Frenchies in Edinburgh, one evening in March 2012, had experienced mind-boggling experiences with Epilim. During their detailed conversation they exchanged a category of woes, as the dykes and the Polish barman with tight breeks listened askance. 

         Epilim can substantially reduce your cognition, cause long-term sleepiness, and put you in a biochemical straightjacket for a number of years, without you ever knowing what caused these debilitating problems. The physical side-effects include your hair dropping out, severe daytime sleepiness, lack of mobility (in one of the preceding four cases to the extent where a patient staggered in an effective coma along the pavement, stopping every few yards in a trance), and increased skin sensitivity that can lead to cancer. At the very least it is likely to affect your cognition. This could, for example, reduce your ability to complete routine tasks, or to study, or to get on with your partner.

         One long-term gay outpatient in Edinburgh lost most of his cognition for about six months while sleeping for about twenty hours a day, experiencing difficulty in walking, and being diagnosed and operated on for skin cancer. He got into a terrible state, couldn’t even change his bed sheets, and started itching all over the place. But when he finally stopped taking his Epilim, he completely recovered and hasn’t experienced any lack of cognition or substantive mood-swings since. However, his shrink had never told him that Epilim was the problem, even though the supposedly well-qualified fellow and his staff were well aware of how badly his patient was suffering. The patient boasts a deep, dog-bite-like scar on his wrist and he will need to be checked for recurrences of his malignant melanoma for at least a couple of years.

         The outpatient only stopped taking the Epilim when his community psychiatric nurse switched gear. After forcing him to take more and more Epilim and threatening him with carbamazepine, she let the cat out of the bag by advising him that a number of other patients attending the same clinic had been lost in severe sleep states after taking Epilim. He thereupon dropped his medication by personal choice, and emerged from the biochemical straightjacket that had been constraining and controlling his mind for over a decade.

         Unfortunately, the alternative mood-stabilizing drugs (lithium and carbamazine) can also cause severe physical side effects. The NHS consultants can be quite gung ho about side effects, and don’t always recognise them or know that they caused them. They sometimes seem to hide behind their well-versed expressions of bedside-style kindliness and expert professionalism, though some appear to be professionally incompetent.

         An American Professor of Psychiatry once plied a patient with lithium for going spare on the gay scene, while refusing to arrange any counselling to help him to handle the severe side effects. When the patient said, “My unopened mail’s stacking up, and I’m not even well enough to pay my bills,” the eminent academic replied, “I hope you realise that there will be serious consequences to that,” and that was the end of the conversation. The professor, who charged $100 for signing off each prescription renewal and uttering a few pleasantries, always kept one eye on the patient’s private insurance plan when planning the course of treatment.

         If you think that you’re experiencing a problem with physical side effects, then you should consult your GP, or doctor of internal medicine if you live in the U.S., before taking any remedial action. He will probably help you to judge whether the benefits of the drug outweigh the disadvantages of the side effects. But the decision is ultimately your own, as long as you are compus mentus, in the UK at least. Heaven knows what happens in Russia, where a daily butt-whipping is sometimes part of the treatment. Perhaps the rent boys enjoy that.

         Complaining to the NHS appears to be effectively worthless. For example, NHS Mental Health Services Lothian in Edinburgh will probably fob you off with a mealy-mouthed response or try to put you down with cheap shots, even if your complaint is utterly valid and enormously serious.

         In one case, they paid one of their cronies in East Lothian to trivialise the patient’s well-versed complaint and to make an issue of his quite conventional spiritual communications with his god, and modafinil-induced reactions to a frightening experience in a gay bar, after the hired gun had dug deeply into the patient’s inaccurately-recorded confidential files without being able to find anything even minutely damning.  

         If you go to the Ombudsman then the ‘gold medal’ is an apology and a vague promise that it won’t happen again, but future modes of treatment are unlikely to be different.

         In other words, the shrinks know that they can mete out their mind-controlling medications at whim. A successful legal action is virtually out of the question, as the current interpretation of the law is heavily weighted in favour of the consultant even if he is proved to be professionally negligent.

         Other physically-damaging drugs for psychiatric disorders include, but are by no means limited to:

Lithium (a mood-stabilizer used to treat bipolar disorder): Feelings of brain death, severe sleepiness, lack of cognition, dehydration, renal impairment

Prozac (used to treat depression, compulsive disorders and panic disorders): Headache, nausea, insomnia (all very frequent), personality disintegration, suicidal tendencies

Carbamazepine (a mood-stabilizer used to treat bipolar disorder): Sometimes fatal dermatological reactions (frequency varies among ethnic groups), lack of mobility, severe sleepiness (similar side effects to Epilim Chrono, and sometimes offered to patients who need to stop taking Epilim)

Amisulphide (an anti-psychotic drug sometimes taken to supplement a mood-stabilizer): brain confusion, abnormal muscle movement, increased salivation, speech impediment, involuntary orofacial movements

Modecate (an anti-psychotic medication, successfully used for treating highs and schizophrenia. Always administered, for biological reasons, by multiple painful injections in the butt that can leave blotchy-red scar tissue): slobbery slurpiness, day-time sleepiness with lots of cat-naps, night-time insomnia, decreased erectile function, not good for your love life

Depixel orFlupenthixol (also used to treat highs, or comical prankishness, by embarrassing bare-arse injections, sometimes after a preliminary intrusive massage): can cause paralysis, can put you on crutches, the need to keep incessantly walking (e.g. 17 hours a day), insomnia, difficulty in putting on trousers, feet get stuck in sheets, neuroleptic side effects, seriously buzzy legs

Triflioperazine: (An anti-psychotic drug): Parkinson’s disease, neuroleptic malignant syndrome, death.

Imipramine (an anti-depressant): Lack of cognition, panic attacks, suicidal tendencies, harm to unborn babies

Modafinil (has been used to treat sleep problems caused by other medications, and also obstructive sleep apnoea. Condemned by European Drugs Commission and withdrawn by many GPs as not fit for purpose, but Dr Timothy Rogers, a consultant psychiatrist at Herdmanflat Hospital, Haddington, and Mr. Tim Montgomery, a line-manager with NHS Lothian Mental Health Services, have advised one of our acquaintances that this is still a standard treatment. However, it is no longer prescribed for new sleep apnoea patients attending the Sleep Clinic at the Royal Edinburgh Infirmary in Little France where they know what they’re talking about): severe neuro-psychiatric reactions, in particular during the first twelve weeks of treatment, narcoleptic reactions, zombie-like life-threatening behaviour

Please note: The lists of side effects are incomplete; some are reported on Google.

The frequencies of potential old age side effects, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s, are largely unknown. A number of patients in the Royal Edinburgh Hospital in Morningside [where Mr. Tim Montgomery is the current Head of Operations, Dr. John Crichton is the well-regarded consultant forensic psychiatrist, and Dr. James Strachan is the president of the psychiatry section of the European Union of Medical Specialists] have in the past attempted suicide after being treated with mind drugs e.g. by jumping off the roof, running out onto the railway track, or jumping off North Bridge, even though the administrators of the hospital have duty of care.

 

Five jolly psychiatrists: The gentleman on the far right is Dr James Strachan, the President of the European Board of Psychiatrists

 

         One handsome inpatient at the Royal Ed, who’d been sectioned after he’d pulled a harmless stunt for a lark, was paralysed from the waist down after getting a few jabs of depixel in his attractive bare bottom from a humourless run-of-the-mill shrink. And the young lad was completely innocuous and non-violent. Then the shrink punctured the boy’s butt with modecate.

         Whatever the shrinks and a variety of official publications say, the drug companies haven’t completed enough scientifically-valid clinical trials to even get a handle on the frequencies of occurrence of most of these side effects [as any statistician well-versed in categorical data analysis will tell you. One of us is an international expert]. You certainly shouldn’t believe the proverbial ‘less than 1% chance’ or the phrase ‘very unlikely’ in the slightest.

         We haven’t advanced much at all beyond the antics in the Jack Nicolson film ‘One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ and may even have regressed during the last few decades. Electro-Convulsive Therapy (E.C.T) is still routinely and demeaningly employed, with highly debatable medium-to-long-term benefits. And lobotomies are even now somewhat in vogue. These rarely-performed surgical procedures are still brutal and sadistic, though in Britain they’re no longer performed with ice picks as has been reported in the past.

         The Establishment needs to find a way of preventing the psychiatric profession from routinely physically assaulting bipolar gay and lesbian people, and controlling their minds, with extremely strong medications and even more violent treatments.

         This is particularly pertinent in situations where a straight shrink has over-emphasised the symptoms of the patient’s disorder because of his lack of familiarity with the eccentricities of gay life. A harsh treatment could of course be open to justification because of the severity of the mental condition. In such circumstances, further scientific research should already be underway. However, the self-enriching drugs companies control most of the, albeit pseudo-scientific, research.

        The NHS seems to be largely unaware of the importance of good holistic treatments, and these may well sometimes work better than mind drugs.

         Unfortunately, the current practice of throwing NHS patients into a hotchpotch of their peers at a drop-in centre doesn’t seem to work. For example, many outpatients dropping by Inchkeith House in North-East Edinburgh simply sit in their seats stupefied by their medications and giving the appearance of being extremely lazy. The patients channelled into the Stafford Centre on Broughton Street can end up in a wild scrum.

         Other holistic NHS treatments don’t appear to work either. Inviting patients to paint weird pictures of strange plants, and fooling them into believing that they’re going to Art School, is extremely unkind. Moreover, form-filling for low-life colleges, as a substitute for education, is a waste of space. The lecturers at Stevenson College (overlooking the industrial estate in Sighthill, Edinburgh) can be remarkably condescending. And they don’t even arrange the forms in the right order.

        There needs to be more focus on educating patients on how to reduce the psychiatric influences of ‘stress factors’, and on encouraging people to seek relatively sane company while not branding themselves as mentally ill. Loneliness and stress are the root causes of many of our psychiatric problems, together with gut-wrenching real-life crises. Without them, many of our psychiatric disorders would be much less serious.

 We sought the advice of two medico-legal professionals and two lawyers before preparing this health warning, and one of our number has a great deal of experience in medical statistics and decision-making. If you’re a medical doctor or a member of a concerned organisation then you would be welcome to interact with us at a professional level (no swear words or name-calling, please!) on these topics, or to request a hard copy of this article, please e-mail us.

          If you’re an NHS patient then please contact your GP and invite him to e-mail or phone us (0131 557 6168). We’d be unable to evaluate your personal story ourselves, however traumatic it may be, and we’ll hang up if we’re offered a lobotomy.

         Our overall opinion is that, while some drugs do successfully treat the mental condition, albeit at a price, the psychiatric profession has by-and-large unconscionably failed us, and we’re certainly not alone in thinking this.

        The Establishment are already well-informed in general terms e.g. via expository articles in The Guardian, and should be encouraged by our gay and lesbian leaders to take drastic action, even to the point of criminal prosecution. According the Home Office, the Department of Health in Whitehall has overall responsibility in the UK, but we haven’t heard back from them yet.

 
 
Please click on CORRESPONDENCE ABOUT PSYCHIATRIC MEDICATIONS for an amazing series of further revelations. Our intended readership includes:

Drs. Debbie Mountain, Alan Scott, Peter Le Fevre, James Strachan (President, European Union of Psychiatrists), John Crichton, Sarah Kennedy, and Tim Dalkin, Mr. Tim Montgomery (Director of Operations), and Chief Nurse Jane Heslop, all of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Morningside, Dr. Timothy Rogers, Herdmanflat Hospital, East Lothian.
 
Dr. David Farquarson (Medical Director) and Mrs. Lesley Reid (Senior Health Promotion Specialist), NHS Lothian, Waverley Gate,
and Mr. John Williamson (Department of Health, Scottish Government, St. Andrews House), and all the wonderful NHS staff in the Dermatology Clinic on Lauriston Place and the Metabolic Unit of the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh.

WE SEEMED, DURING DECEMBER 2012 (See December webpage) TO HAVE ACHIEVED SOME SORT OF DENOUEMENT ON THESE ISSUES, THOUGH THE SAGA WILL DOUBTLESSLY CONTINUE

Our thanks to several psychiatric nurses and CPNs, Edinburgh's Gay and Lesbian community, two brave members of Old St.Paul's Church Edinburgh, several members of Edinburgh Creative Writers Club, a number of NHS outpatients and former inpatients, and several statisticians for their invaluable advice and support. Why don't we all tilt at windmills until Kafka's Castle turns into dust?
 
 
24th March 2013:  THE AUNTIE NANCY CAMPAIGN

Today I am celebrating my 65th birthday with friends and relatives, one of whom has also suffered from Epilim Chrono, and I have felt encouraged to rename my public health campaign, regarding the physical side effects of psychiatric medications, The Auntie Nancy Campaign.

This is in memory of Nancy Leonard (1922-2012) of Budleigh Salterton, Devon.  My aunt suffered from leukemia for over twenty
years, the last few years without the benefit of chemotherapy.  I am using part of her legacy to finance my further activities and
networking in relation to my campaign.  I am sure that my kindly aunt would have wanted me to do this.

I am now running my campaign in collaboration with the Edinburgh Equality Collective Action Forum (EECAF), a support and
advocacy charity for the mentally disadvantaged.  Any supporters wishing to make charitable contributions to EECAF should contact them by clicking on WWW.EECAF.ORG.
 
 
15th May 2013: A LETTER FROM TOM'S COUSIN PENNY (slightly edited)

Dear Tom,

I have pleasure in enclosing a cheque to EECAF and wish you and James much success with the Auntie Nancy campaign. It's not a large donation, but I hope it will go a little way in helping fund your charity.

I'll look forward to seeing you with your family in Devonshire in the autumn. In the meantime, here's a picture of Thurlestone to wet your appetite (although you would have to be extremely lucky to catch blue skies like this)

Love, Penny


 
Many thanks, Penny, for your very generous gift. A thousand pounds no less!
I am sure that EECAF will be able to put it to excellent purpose while helping mentally disadvantaged people across Midlothian. I'm looking forward to meeting up with you in the Fall, and so is my assistant 'Christian' who is now planning to make the trip too. He is helping us to interview mental health outpatients for the Double Lambda statistical study, which is part of the Auntie Nancy Campaign.

All my love, Tom
 
 
Ist June 2013:  INTERIM CONCLUSIONS:

With all of the diverse information currently available to me, I would be able to statistically validate the following quite startling conclusions, albeit from a subjective applied perspective:

Vast swathes of our population, of all age groups and backgrounds, are being inhumanely controlled and turned into sheep (or violent criminals and murderers) by psychiatric medications with potentially devastating and life-threatening physical and psychological side effects, frequently without scientifically valid diagnosis, and those who protest too much about their physical symptoms even risk being effectively murdered, either in the short-term or long-term, e.g. by further medication. This is comparable to Nazi Germany and the previous regimes in Germany where such treatments originated.
About a fifth of some populations may well be suffering from this type of maltreatment, including many of our ADHD children, many innocuous law-abiding citizens, and many of the elderly. Our Establishment, together with its toadies and some funding-reliant health care charities, is highly cynical and manipulative in the way that it diverts and sabotages criticism. This is possibly the most appallingly serious social issue of the modern era.
 
 
Ist July 2013:  A COLLECTION OF MEDIA REPORTS FROM STEPHEN SACCO

Click here for MEDIA REPORTS about harmful psychiatric medications.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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