A warning is needed before reading/watching below: you'll find it to be very disturbing, in all sorts of ways. Gwen Olsen describes the horrific events that pushed her out of the Rx industry…
And a reminder that as usual, none of what you see here should be taken as medical advice. Yes, there may be times in your life when drugs are needed and I know they really have saved lives. However, the story below is NOT a rare incident, and we also know the drug companies have dark secrets when it comes to vaccine safety, so before going on any medication, I just hope you'll be inspired by this post to be SO diligent in your research first and know what you're getting into. Make SURE there is no other way…
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By the way, the first commenter below has reminded me to remind YOU how important it is to advocate for our loved ones who are ill. NEVER leave them alone in the hospital unless you are absolutely positive that they're totally aware of what's going on so they can say no to some things, or double check other things, like what drugs might be coming at them. Be confident and ask questions, make sure they know that *nothing* will be done or given until you decide it's needed. I don't mean to imply that doctors and nurses are out to get us, I truly believe most of them have huge hearts and want to help (but many are just very deceived about drugs vs. natural methods of healing), however even at our big popular local hospital in Grand Rapids, there have been TOO many reported cases of medical errors. Some of which have cost patients their lives. It's a scary time with such pressure to do things with less and less financial cost, which means less staff, cutting corners, etc. It's happening everywhere. Be smart and be aware, it very well could save the life of someone you love.
Here's Gwen Olsen, author of Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher:
(I've written out the transcript below for those who prefer reading…)
Here's the transcript:
There's no such thing as a safe drug.
By the time a drug's approved and it hits the general population we don't know even 50% of the side effects involved with that drug.
We were being trained to misinform people.
I spent 15 years working in the pharmaceutical industry working for some of the major manufacturers. It wasn't like I woke up one morning and said, “You know I need to get out of pharmaceutical sales,” it was actually an awakening process for me, it was a spiritual and consciousness process, where as I started observing what was happening, what some of the drugs were doing, the misinformation, the disinformation, that I was being encouraged to minimize side effects when I talked to doctors.
I started to recognize that these patients were literally being tortured by the drugs that they were given.
My niece was 20 years old, she was attending Indiana University, and she was a pre-med student, extremely intelligent, beautiful woman, just a beautiful spirit inside and out. She was in a car accident and was prescribed Vicodin (Hydrocodone) for pain, and became addicted. While she was studying she determined that the sedative properties of her drugs were keeping her from being able to concentrate, so she purchased some Ephedra, which is a stimulant. She had a drug interaction and ended up in the emergency room at the local hospital, and they tagged her with a Bipolar illness diagnosis. Not a drug toxicity or a reaction to the drugs that she was on! They started giving her more major anti-psychotics and mood stabilizers and that set her on the road to becoming a mental patient.
She eventually had to drop out of school. After a five month period of trying to withdraw from Effexor and all the other anti-psychotics and drugs that they had put her on, she was extremely severely depressed. Her Mom was on her way home to take her forcibly to the psychiatrists and get her placed back on drugs, so my niece walked into her younger sister's room and took an angel shaped lantern that was filled with oil and poured it over herself and ignited it and she burned herself alive.
It was a promise that I made to her that I would not let her memory be sullied, that I would tell people what in fact had happened to her and that she would not be remembered as a mentally or genetically defective person, that I would not allow that to happen.
I realized that there are thousands and thousands of those people out there, and they need a voice, and I'm serving as that voice.
(Enter Katie Couric)
Now how's this for a very scary number? In the last 10 years, the use of anti-psychotic drugs on young children and teenagers has increased more than 500%. There is growing concern these drugs are being given in even greater doses to kids in foster care, putting them in a virtual chemical straitjacket. Here's national correspondent Byron Pitts with tonight's Eye on Your Children.
Yes, this child is on 6 different psychotropic drugs, 7 different psychotropic drugs. Gwen Olsen is a child advocate and a former pharmaceutical rep, who quit her job and wrote this book, Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher after seeing so many children given so many drugs.
They clamp down on the central nervous system, in effect they reduce your mobility and that sort of thing, so they're sort of like a chemical straightjacket. There are a large number of dishonest psychiatrists because I see them giving people drugs that they know are brain damaging therapeutics, that they know do not have positive long term outcomes, that they know will not cure anything. They just take a list of symptoms and then they call it a mental illness or a mental disorder and these are voted upon by psychiatrists.
We can define people as being mentally ill and therefore we can sell more drugs for the pharmaceutical industry, this is an extremely lucrative alliance because there's no scientific data that's required for a psychiatrist to diagnose a mental illness, there's no blood test, there's no urine test, there's no PET scan, there's no medical evidence required and therefore that broadens the potential patient population considerably.
I was so disillusioned, as well as angry when I really found out how much deception, how much misinformation was taking place and how I had been used in that game, because I literally was the one who was on the front lines, I was harming people, unintentionally, but I was responsible and I carry a burden for that now.
I decided that in order for me to be able to live with myself based on what I had observed and participated in, that I had a moral obligation to get out and inform other people.
When I have talked to as many people that I have talked to in the last year, when I have seen as many psychiatric patients damaged, I know that what I'm doing is a calling, it's a spiritual calling for me, and I do it with great conviction and I do it with passion, because I understand that this is a situation that's not going to get any better unless people that have this experience and knowledge start speaking out.
Your turn to speak out! Do you agree that this is not a rare incident? Do you know of a similar story?
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