Was this news suppressed?
I am always reluctant to swallow stories of censorship or conspiracy. But there is a freakish reluctance for the media to publish the whole truth of recent mass shootings. The headlines in the Finnish Press about a shooting rampage by an 18-year old High School student, Pekka-Eric Auvinen reported that before killing six students, the head teacher and a nurse, and turning the gun on himself, Auvinen indicated that he "ate SSRI antidepressants" which, he said, made him feel "aggressive."
No British coverage I read mentioned anti-depressants, yet that have been a factor in 28 school shootings and stand offs including the killing of 10 students in Columbine and 5 in Minnesota . The website www.ssristories.com/index.php has published the full lists.
In February 2004, I had a parliamentary debate on the dangers of the anti-depressant group name Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). This could be a public health problem of massive proportions. In addition to the 28 school shootings/incidents, there have 46 road rage tragedies, 10 air rage incidents, over 500 murders that have been identified with SSRI use.
An especially harrowing case involved a father who killed the three women he loved the most, his wife, his mother and his daughter. A court in American determined that an SSRI was responsible for behaviour that was entirely alien to his character.
A lethal element of the American pathology spreading with globalisation is the irresponsible use of psychotropic drugs such as the SSRI antidepressants and antipsychotics. They both sweep away self-regulating internal inhibitions while triggering explosive acts of violence and murderous behaviour.
This was the essence of my speech to parliament three years ago. BBC's Panorama produced brilliant exposes on the SSRI Seroxat. Still it's being prescribed to a vast number of vulnerable people with restrictions only for the young.
Can it be coincidence that the BBC, Google and a host other news sources failed to mention the key element in this Finnish tragedy that links it to 28 other school shootings? Incompetence or the influence of the mighty Pharmas?
Doug Cumpstone had a heart warming surprise birthday party today.
He is a remarkably young and fit 80. Lavish praise was heaped on him by the Newport Homeless and Housing charity SOLAS. Doug was involved in a soup run for the homeless some 15 years ago. For many years he has chaired with great aplomb and fairness a key Solas Committee.
He is the Good Samaritan of Llwynderi Road where he generously gives his time to help his neighbours with innumerable acts of kindness. An-ex train driver and Aslef Union official, he has been a lifelong Labour party stalwart. In spite of his 80 years he does a great deal of hard manual work in gardening and has been seen high up in the branches of trees doing a bit of trimming.
The Cumpstone are a tough breed. Doug's Uncle Idris was shot in the First World War. Luckily they only hit him in the heart. He was sent off to a Jerusalem hospital to die. Typical of the Cumpstone's awkward streak, he refused to cooperate and made a full recovery. He worked as an undertaker in Fochriw to a great age with the bullet still lodged in his heart. He died at the age of 96 and insisted that the bullet be removed so his relatives would know that he had been telling them the truth all these years. The bullet is now a prized family possession!
Doug will have a family Sunday Dinner to celebrate 80 great years. I'll be there to say a few words of appreciation to a man of compassion and character and a greatly loved and appreciated father-in-law.
The enormous $5 billion compensation paid to Vioxx victims in the USA will not be shared with Brits.
But compensation is not the answer. This is a scandal of staggering proportions. At least 144,000 heart attacks and strokes were caused by a simple pain killer in the USA . The Pharma Merck knew about the dangers long before the American regulator intervened. The Pharmas cannot be trusted to regulate themselves. It's time we went Italian as I suggested in an EDM earlier this year.
That this House notes the collapsing confidence in trials
of medicinal drugs by pharmaceutical companies; is alarmed at the
mounting evidence that such companies' trials are overwhelmingly biased
in their conclusions compared with independent trials concealing
adverse effects that have killed tens of thousands of patients; recalls
that Sir Iain Chalmers' evidence to the Health Select Committee that
one anti-arrhythmic drug in the 1980s killed more people than all the
Americans killed in the Vietnam war in spite of evidence of its fatal
consequences that was suppressed for 13 years; recalls that the Safety
Director of the US Food and Drug Administration said that the
painkiller Vioxx caused up to 140,000 strokes and heart attacks in the
USA alone; notes claims that Merck suppressed information on Vioxx's
dangers in the same way that GlaxoSmithKline denied access to evidence
of adverse reactions to Seroxat; and calls for the establishment of an
independent drugs testing agency funded by a levy on pharmaceutical
companies modelled on the Italian Agenzia Italiana del Farmaco.