By Mark Blackwood - 22 December 2012
Evidence has emerged of the mounting mental health crisis engulfing the North East of England as a consequence of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government’s drive to implement the demands of the world financial markets...A recent report authored by the Health and Social Care Information Centre reveals that when compared to the London area, the North East, the poorest region in the UK, has almost three times the rate of self-harm/attempted suicide hospital admissions.
Another Killer on Anti-Depressants?: Are Drug-Pushing Shrinks Manufacturing a Generation of Spree-Shooters?
By JOE GIAMBRONE - Counterpunch Weekend Edition
...[P]sychiatric “treatment” consists primarily of trying various drugs on patients, having them report the way the drugs affected them, and then trying other drugs...This guinea pig approach to psychiatry is what I have witnessed for many years, and with a variety of different psychiatrists. They no longer seek out the underlying traumas of patients, as in the old quaint days. It is all about the drugs today, and nothing else is even discussed...Psychiatrists are corporate America’s drug pushers.
By Leonard Peltier and Amy Goodman - Znet
Leonard Peltier, one of the nation’s most well-known and longest-incarcerated prisoners, speaks out from the U.S. Penitentiary at Coleman, Florida, where he is currently held. Peltier is the Native American activist and former member of the American Indian Movement who was convicted of aiding in the killing of two FBI agents during a shootout on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1975. Sentenced to prison in 1977, Peltier is now 68 years old.
In the Wake of Another Mass Shooting, Let's Talk About America's Dangerously Gutted Mental Health System
By Lynn Parramore - December 14, 2012
With proper treatment, people with severe mental illness are no more likely to commit crimes than others. But without treatment, the potential for tragedy is painfully evident...The Right’s program for public safety appears to be that everyone should have a gun and few should get adequate healthcare. That’s a recipe for death and destruction.
Major surgery for any reason is daunting. Imagine four times in 18 months for the same illness. On December 11, Chavez underwent it to remove cancerous tissue.
By Natasha Lennard - December 11, 2012
"In Saginaw, Mich., six police officers gun down a homeless, schizophrenic man in a vacant parking lot when he refuses to drop a small folding knife. In Seattle, Wash., a police officer fatally shoots a mentally ill, chronic alcoholic as he crosses the street, carving a piece of wood with a pocket knife. In Portland, Ore., police check on a man threatening suicide and wind up killing him with a single gunshot in the back."
By Ian Beeching - December 2, 2012
By 2050, there will be an estimated 700 million climate refugees in the world. On the one hand, Canada is encouraging the expansion of production in the Alberta Tar Sands region...and spending $20 billion on fighter jets to bomb the world’s poor. On the other hand, it has unleashed devastating cuts to refugees seeking aid in Canada, including access to basic health care.
By BRUCE E. LEVINE - Counterpunch Weekend Edition
While Sylvia Plath and Ernest Hemingway received extensive medical treatment for depression but tragically committed suicide, other famously depressed people — including Abraham Lincoln, William James, Georgia O’Keeffe, Sigmund Freud, William Tecumseh Sherman, Franz Kafka, and the Buddha — have taken different paths. Did those luminaries who took alternative paths and recovered really have the symptoms of major depression, and did their antidotes really work?
As many of us now know, a vast amount of airplanes are currently spraying most of the Earth's population with aluminum, barium, strontium, etc. Less discussed components of the spray programs include lab-created synthetic life-forms and other biological materials such as red blood cells, fungus, and self-replicating nano-fibers. Massive and diverse geo-engineering operations are indeed occurring. Moreover, a peculiar syndrome called Morgellons has emerged and has now been linked to these eugenics/transhumanist operations.
By Robert Stevens - 26 November 2012
The ongoing offensive against the National Health Service (NHS) has led to 28,500 health workers losing their jobs since ...This jobs massacre is set to escalate with another 32,700 jobs at risk, bringing job losses to a projected more than 61,000, up from 55,366 just six months ago. These cuts are being imposed as a result of the government’s unprecedented slashing of £20 billion (nearly 20 percent) from the NHS’s overall budget of £106 billion, to be completed by 2015.
By Jesse McLaren - November 24, 2012
The Conservative government is denying chemotherapy to refugees and imposing carcinogenic tar sands on indigenous communities, as part of an oil-driven economy that puts profits above people and the planet. But there are growing movements demanding healthcare and a green future for all.
By Martha Rosenberg - November 21, 2012
Sleeping pills like Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata, and Rozerem have been a gold mine for Pharma because everyone sleeps--or watches TV when they can’t. Ads convey unrealistic expectations for fall-to-sleep time and the pills do not necessarily even work. In FDA documents, one sleeping pill, Rozerem, was no better than a placebo. Still, its sales shot up by 60 percent thanks to TV advertising...
By Jordan Shilton - WSWS
A study published this month from the Scottish government, Long Term Monitoring of Health Inequalities, has laid bare shocking levels of health inequality between rich and poor. The report, which compared data in Scotland with countries across Europe, confirms that in many key areas of health care, nowhere across the continent is this more polarized...Life expectancy is 14 years less for someone living in the poorest areas of the country compared to the most affluent.
Movember- the time of the year, where men try to show they have testicles by growing an ugly flap of hair over their top lip. On top of looking like a greasy douchebag-hipster, pedophile, and/or cop - you are helping to raise funds for a multi-billion dollar black hole of an industry that is notorious for cruel animal testing.
Montreal health workers and migrant justice activists disrupt Conservative Minister Maxime Bernier in Montreal.