Empty Days

Wednesday, February 18, 2004



Drug-trials for sudden death

So I went on the net looking for that "Suicide in history" book. Didn't find one yet. Instead I ran into something close to my heart - how drug-trials really work.

I participated in a drug-trial once and I wasn't impressed. If this is how they evaluate antibiotics, wait until you see what they do to those anti-depressants they like you to eat. The antibiotics they fed me at the drug-trial depressed my kidneys to an unbelievable extent, for months after - but this was not reflected in the trial results since they stop monitoring patients after they've pomped all that blood out of you and let you go home. All of which takes about a day-and-a-half. Poor unsuspecting folks who are going to be prescribed that shit... they'll have to find out for themselves, I guess.

But here's the real deal:
MEDICAL RESEARCH TO DIE FOR
(Insight on the News - National, Oct.12, 2002)

Step right up, little lady, and get your serotonin selective reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) to treat anything and everything that ails the mind and body - social phobias, eating disorders, insomnia, headaches and depression, to name but a few. This "medication," guar-an-teed safe and efficacious by the phantasmagoria of federal science, is prescribed to reduce the symptoms of whatever ails you and to assure healthy and happier lives.

Ah, but caveat emptor, my friend! A recent study conducted by Arif Khan, medical director of the Northwest Clinical Research Center in Bellevue, Wash., and adjunct professor of psychiatry at Duke University School of Medicine, has revealed startling numbers of suicides committed and suicides attempted in the clinical trials for the new SSRI antidepressants - numbers that for years had been hidden from both prescribing physicians and the public.[...]
I am not sure this is a great example of investigative journalism (the style is kind of phoney) but, unfortunately, the gist of the "news" is probably spot on.

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For absolutely gory stories of modern psychiatry in action see Clinical Psychiatry News. It's for the professionals - who are not afraid of death in their patients :)

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For all that other deathly stuff, visit the most effective suicide forum in the english-speaking world - alt.suicide.holiday (affectionately known as ash) and its harsher brother alt.suicide.methods. Typical random quote from "ash" (it's mostly whining and fighting, if that's what you'd like to do in your last worthless days):
why are you accusing? when you first came to ash you didnt know anyone either, people have died, or left because their life got something new in it, their life got better, or they were disgusted to the point of leaving with the trolls and whiny bitches like me.
How true :)))





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