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NewsTarget) America seems shocked that, yet again, a young male would pick up an assault rifle and murder
his fellow citizens, then take his own life. This is what happened last night in Omaha, Nebraska, where the 19-
year-old Hawkins killed himself and eight other people with an assault rifle. Those lacking keen observation
skills are quick to blame guns for this tragedy, but others who are familiar with the history of such violent acts
by young males instantly recognize a more sinister connection: A history of treatment with psychiatric drugs
for depression and ADHD
It all started in Columbine, Colorado, when Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold massacred their way into the historybooks on April 20, 1999 by killing 12 and wounding 23 people. The mainstream media virtually glorified theevent, yet utterly failed to report the connection between violence in young men and treatment with psychiatricdrugs. (Both Harris and Klebold were taking antidepressant drugs.)
It's a little known fact that antidepressant drugs have never been tested on children nor approved by the
FDA for use on children
. It is well established in the scientific literature, however, that such drugs cause
young men to think violent thoughts and commit violent acts. This is precisely why the U.K. has outright
banned the prescribing of such drugs to children. Yet here in the United States -- the capitol of gun violence by
kids on depression drugs -- the FDA and drug companies pretend that mind-altering drugs have no link
whatsoever to behavior.
Enormous evidence linking mind-altering drugs with violent acts
In 2005, I reported on this site that Eli Lilly had full knowledge of a 1200% increase in suicide risk for takers oftheir Prozac drug, a popular anti-depressant SSRI medication. (See )
In 2006, we reported the results of a study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry
showing that teenstaking antidepressant drugs are more likely to commit suicide (and to be "successful" at completing the act). See
On September 11, 2006, I reported on the link between antidepressant drugs and violent behavior yet again.
(See ) In that article, I explained, "If you're going to alter the brainchemistry of these children, you had better be prepared for the results. The result we're seeing now is masskillings. Elsewhere around the world, where children aren't doped up on all these drugs, we don't see this kindof behavior. This is what happens when you change children's brain chemistry; you get these results."
The very next day, we published a report about the anti-depressant drug Paxil doubling the risk of violent
. (See ) In that article, I stated, "This finding helps explain
why school shootings are almost always conducted by children who are taking antidepressants. We also know
that SSRIs cause children to disconnect from reality. When you combine that with a propensity for violence,
you create a dangerous recipe for school shootings and other adolescent violence.
In April of this year, I also reported on the link between antidepressant drugs and the Virginia Tech shooting.
What I said in that article has urgent application right now, following the Omaha shooting:
A study published in the Public Library of Science Medicine (an open source medical journal) explored thesesame links in detail. (See )
The authors note that "Some regulators, such as the Canadian regulators, have also referred to risks oftreatment-induced activation leading to both self-harm and harm to others" and the "United States labels for allantidepressants as of August 2004 note that 'anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, insomnia, irritability, hostility,aggressiveness, impulsivity, akathisia (psychomotor restlessness), hypomania, and mania have been reported inadult and pediatric patients being treated with antidepressants for major depressive disorder as well as forother indications, both psychiatric and nonpsychiatric'".
In other words, the link between antidepressants and violence has been known for years by the very people
manufacturing, marketing or prescribing the drugs. As the author of the study mentioned above concluded,
"The new issues highlighted by these cases need urgent examination jointly by jurists and psychiatrists in all
countries where antidepressants are widely used."
That was last year, well before this latest shooting. The warning signs were there, and they've been visible for along time. Medical authorities can hardly say they are "shocked" by this violent behavior. After all, the samepattern of violence among antidepressant takers has been observed, documented and published in numerousprevious cases.
Not Surprised at what happened in Omaha
The people of Omaha may be surprised at what happened there yesterday, but I'm not
. Why? Because the
shooter, Robert Hawkins, had a history of being "treated" for both depression and ADHD (Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder). (Source: Associated Press)
And what is the standard American psychiatric "treatment" for these conditions? Mind-altering drugs, of course.
ADHD, for example, is treated with a drug that used to be an illegal street drug called "speed." It's anamphetamine, and recent research published in the August, 2007 issue of the American Academy of Child andAdolescent Psychiatry
reveals that Ritalin and other ADHD drugs actually stunt the growth of children, causingtheir brains and bodies to be physically altered. (See )
Depression, of course, is treated with SSRI drugs, none of which have ever been safety approved by the FDA
for use on children or teens. In other words, the use of these drugs on teenagers is a grand, mind-altering
, and what we just witnessed in Omaha is one result of that experiment.
There will be more. I hate to be accurate about this grisly prediction, because I grieve for the families of those
lost to pharmaceutically-induced violence
, but the truth is that until we stop drugging our children with
psychotropic drugs, the shootings are not going to stop.
Big Pharma is to blame for this one, not the manufacturer of the gun. That gun has a trigger, you see, and the
trigger was pulled by a finger. The finger was connected via a series of nerves to a brain, and that brain was
altered by psychotropic drugs
. The brain wasn't functioning like a normal, healthy, well-nourished brain; it
was functioning like a zoned out "zombie" brain permanently distorted by psychiatric drugs.
Sending a teenager out into the public doped up on mind-altering drugs that we KNOW are linked to violence --
and jacked up on junk foods (he worked at McDonald's) -- is a certain recipe for disaster. Big Pharma
executives, drug reps and the irresponsible psychiatrists who dish these pills out to teenagers might as well have
just walked right into the mall and set off a bomb themselves. These are the people ultimately responsible for
the tragedy in Omaha. Hawkins may have pulled the trigger, but modern psychiatry drugged him with violence-
inducing chemicals. The fact that such drugs promote violence isn't even disputed. It's printed right on the
warning labels of those drugs!
And as sad as this tragedy is for all those affected by this medication-induced violence, the truly sad part is thatAmerica still hasn't learned this lesson
. If you drug the children with chemicals that cause violence, you're
going to see more shootings. It's as simple as that. And if you take away the guns, you'll see bombs, knives or
machetes used in these attacks. When disturbed young boys are doped up on psychotropic drugs that promote
violence -- and they're drugged by the hundreds of thousands -- it's like playing a national game of Russian
roulette (with apologies to Russia). Sooner or later, another kid whose mind has been altered by Ritalin, Prozac
or some other drug is going to walk into yet another school or mall and start killing people. This kind of
behavior is a direct product of chemical-based psychiatric "treatment."
The criminals running modern psychiatry
In fact, I predict we'll see another such shooting in the next 30 days, if not sooner. And yet, even with theincreasing frequency of these events, the unholy alliance between Big Pharma and the immensely evilpsychiatric industry will continue. Yet more children will be put on mind-altering drugs that stunt their growth,alter their brain chemistry, and turn them into mind-numbed massacre drones who acquire dangerous weaponsand open fire in public places.
The psychiatric industry, though, thinks that yet MORE children need "treatment" with drugs for ADHD anddepression. In fact, an industry press release recently claimed that only one-third of those children "suffering"from ADHD are receiving appropriate "treatment" for the condition. Of course, those are just code words for"drugging the children with high-profit pharmaceuticals." When the psychiatric authorities say "treatment,"what they mean is "more drugging."
Want to learn the horrifying, yet true, history of modern psychiatry? Check out - the Citizens'Commission on Human Rights. They have a documentary so downright shocking that I couldn't even finishwatching the whole thing. It's called
Also be sure to check out the shocking book by Kelly Patricia O'Meara called This book explains exactly why kids like Robert Hawkins whohave been treated with psychiatric drugs end up shooting innocents.
What could have healed Robert Hawkins and saved lives
So what's the solution to all this? Robert Hawkins could have been healed with a radical change in diet thatsupports healthy brain chemistry. His parents or caretakers should have stopped the junk food, ended themedication and put him on raw, living foods and daily superfood smoothies, fresh vegetable juices, raw nutsand seeds and other wholesome, non-processed foods. Nutrition is the single most powerful factor determininghealthy moods and behavior, and virtually all young men who commit violent acts (including the vast majorityof those imprisoned in the U.S. today) suffer from wild nutritional deficiencies.
Robert Hawkins could have been a healthy, stable and normal kid with the help of some real food, real nutritionand real love from a supporting family. Instead, he lived on junk food, worked at McDonald's and tookmedication pills as directed by his psychiatric doctor. The results speak for themselves: This recipe of processedfood and mind-altering drugs created a monster, and yesterday in Omaha, that monster exploded in a rage of
If we don't learn from all this and stop drugging our nation's children, then those innocents in Omaha will have
died in vain. And I ask the question: How many more innocent Americans must pay the price for
Ask yourself one question: Why does the FDA continue to allow these dangerous drugs to be prescribed tochildren and teens when 1) They have never been tested on children or teens, and 2) Other countries havealready banned the prescribing of these drugs to children and teens?
Story Notes: The Associated Press originally reported Hawkins' age as 20 years old, but corrected it to 19 yearsold following a correction by local police. Hawkins was not reported to have been taking medications at theprecise time of the shooting, but his caretaker, Debora Maruca-Kovac, said that "he had been treated in the pastfor depression and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder." We do not know exactly which drugs Hawkins hadbeen treated with in the past, and we hope the names of those drugs will surface in future reports on thistragedy.
NewsTarget deeply regrets the loss of life witnessed in this event, and we commit to doing our part to end thesemedication-induced crimes
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