The MOTHERS Act: Thalidomide Revisited?

Thursday, May 29, 2008 General News
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SAN DIEGO, May 28 The Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatchreported that on Mother's Day, May 10, 1998, Sharon Alley stabbed her eightmonth old daughter, Brooke in the heart, killing her. Months before, Alleywas prescribed Paxil, became psychotic, and threw then five-week-old Brooke tothe floor, fracturing her skull.

Postpartum Support International (PSI) founder Jane Honikman told TheTimes-Dispatch that Americans don't understand post-partum depression (PPD)and that this "mental illness" is the reason mothers like Sharon Alley killtheir children.

In 2007 the House of Representatives passed H.R. 20, "The Melanie BlockerStokes MOTHERS Act," which mandates mental health screening for all newmothers and referral to a mental health provider for "essential services" forany mother "at risk" of PPD. The bill mandates use of the Edinburgh PostnatalDepression Scale (EPDS), shown to triple the number of women "diagnosed."Swedish researchers recently urged: "Public health authorities should notadvocate screening of unproved value." (Krantz, et al, 2008)

S. 1375 / H.R. 20 "The MOTHERS Act" is named for Melanie Stokes, whocommitted suicide when 3 1/2 months postpartum, following "treatment" withelectroshock therapy and myriad drugs, including antidepressants, anti-anxietydrugs, and antipsychotics. Melanie jumped from a 12-story hotel window inChicago after her fourth psychiatric hospitalization. PSI claims Melanie'streatments for PPD were too little, too late.

The fundamental fact of the matter is that not a single psychiatric"diagnosis" or "disorder" is an actual disease. A disease must have ademonstrable physical abnormality, such as cancer cells on a "Pap" smear orbiopsy, or high blood sugar in diabetes, or uric acid in gout. The onlyactual abnormality -- disease in any mother "treated" with drugs for "PPD" isthe intoxication-poisoning due to ingestion of the psychiatric drug itself.This is not to say that emotional turmoil and pain do not exist -- surely theydo, but they are not diseases per se, as psychiatry contends to sell drugs asthe first line of treatment. In Sharon Alley's case that drug was Paxil.Without actual diseases to treat, no psychiatric drug can be called essentialand justifiable for a pregnant woman where exposure of the unborn child is acertainty. Moreover, no drug can be guaranteed risk-free for either theunborn or nursing child.

On May 15, 2000, The Boston Globe reported: "Dr. Jonathan O. Cole, aHarvard psychiatrist who was one of the first to suggest that Prozac andsimilar antidepressants could precipitate suicide, is now criticizing drugcompanies and the US Food and Drug Administration, saying they are failing totake the problem seriously."

In 2005 the UK's Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority(MHRA), banned antidepressants for those 18 and under due to their worseningthe suicide risk.

On May 2, 2007, the FDA expanded the black box suicide warning onantidepressants to apply to young adults ages 18 to 24.

Despite proof that there is no benefit for any Prozac-like, SSRI,antidepressant, over placebo and that these drugs cause suicide, homicide,premature births, stillbirths, and pulmonary hypertension in newborns, theyare represented to be safe and are pressed upon normal pregnant women andtheir unborn and nursing infants by psychiatry, the pharmaceutical industryand government, with profit the only motive. One third of pregnant women inthe US already take psychiatric drugs at some point during their pregnanciesand most are never warned of the known risks for themselves, their unborn andnursing babies, depriving them of their right to informed consent.

In 1960, Frances O. Kelsey of the FDA blocked an application by theRichardson-Merrell Corporation of Cincinnati to market thalidomide. Herconcerns were soon borne out. Reports began appearing from Europe of thegrow


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