As mentioned in my Overview of ZAPPED BY PROZAC, I
am not a medical doctor and do not have a graduate degree in any
my peers have
always considered me to be a pretty smart guy.
I attended a major university on a full academic
graduated from law school at the age of 23.
Before I was devastated by Prozac, I could write 50-page
briefs primarily from memory and with virtually no outline--a fairly
ability in the legal business.
One might wonder why anyone
should listen to anything I have to say about Prozac, other
psychiatric drugs, psychiatrists, Big Pharma and the other subjects
covered in ZAPPED BY PROZAC. That is a
legitimate question. Again, as already mentioned, I begin my
answer with the assertion that my greatest asset and most legitimizing
qualification is that I am not a
medical professional. I have not been
brainwashed and duped by Big Pharma and the psychiatric profession,
vast majority of the medical community.
I live and think outside the exclusionary bubble that blocks
medical people from acknowledging the dark side of antidepressants and
other psychiatric drugs. Only the prevailing views
perpetuated by the drug-makers and drug-pushers are allowed to
bubble. Once inside, these views are
usually trapped for decades. They
control the minds of all bubble dwellers, notwithstanding that they may
wrong. The history of medicine is
replete with examples of prevailing medical views or theories that were
proven to be absolutely erroneous. One
such example is the current view espousing the safety and efficacy of
antidepressant drugs foisted on the public, particularly the
SSRIs and SNRIs.
Most doctors and other health
care professionals know very little about the dangers of antidepressant
and next to nothing about illicit street drugs.
I know and understand far more about these drugs than all
the doctors I
have ever seen put together. I
Administrative Director and then Executive Director of a busy drug
center and free health clinic for nearly two years in the 1970s. I attended and completed
two national drug
abuse conferences of two or three days each.
I was immersed in the “hippie” counterculture for more
years. I dealt with people who used every street drug
imaginable. In the
vernacular of that culture, I have “street
cred”--something completely lacking in the medical profession. I understand that cocaine,
LSD, PCP, Ecstasy
and amphetamine are all potent serotonergic drugs, as are Prozac and
all other antidepressant drugs, particularly those marketed in America. I know that all of these
pervasive problems of serotonin toxicity.
They are all related--all members of the same toxic
that I refer to as the “toxic serotonin continuum.”
From 1988 until 1992, I placed my
trust in psychiatrists and the medical profession in general to help me
from some chronic pain and a mild depression.
They all failed me.
violated the first and most sacred rule of medicine:
“Do no harm.”
By the time I realized in 1992 that they were literally
it was too late.
I resolved to
find out what I needed to know to save my life.
Consequently, I have spent the last 18 years researching
antidepressant drugs, other psychiatric drugs, the psychiatric
Pharma, the FDA and the medical profession in general.
I have been to the medical library of a major
university hospital more than 60 times.
I have researched and read hundreds and hundreds of
articles, along with many medical books and pharmacopoeias.
I have photocopied
hundreds of articles and
documents; and amassed a fairly impressive personal library of
regarding the subjects of my book.
have communicated many times with eminent authorities in the U.S.
regarding the safety and
psychiatric drugs, particularly new-generation antidepressants.
I have spent literally
thousands of hours on
the Internet researching psychiatric drugs and searching for any
treatment options that might help me.
For all of the above reasons, I
believe I know what I am talking about, and indeed have become a
I am also
well acquainted with
one of the foremost authorities in Europe
on the dangers
and risks associated with new-generation antidepressant drugs.
considers me to be an expert, and has written the Foreword
to ZAPPED BY PROZAC
My hope is that ZAPPED
BY PROZAC will be judged to be an informative,
well-written and thought-provoking book.
memoir of a victim and survivor of antidepressant drugs and psychiatry, yet it
invaluable medical and scientific information, some of which will not
anywhere else. It is all bound together by the knowledge
gained from my
own personal experiences and 18 years of extensive research and study.
I think you will find ZAPPED BY PROZAC an interesting
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