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Bonkers Institute for Nearly Genuine Research

~ Advancing in the direction of bona fide medical science since last Tuesday

 

http://www.bonkersinstitute.org/index.html

 

"At the Institute for Nearly Genuine Research, we specialize in:

 

Psychiatry, psychology, biopsychiatry, biopsychology, psychobiology, neuropsychiatric behavioral pathology, psychoneuropharmacology, biochemical transmission reuptake inhibition, magnetic resonance image exhibition, clinical cohort victim randomization, reliably verifiable albeit statistically invalid diagnostic replication, amplified bio-reductive materialistic determinism, prescribed medical iatrogenesis imperfecta, nonlinear pharmacokinetic drug-drug interactions, asymptomatic depression screening, therapeutic intoxication, state-of-the-art disease mongering & medicalization of behavioral, emotional, social or spiritual problems... and much, much more."

 

 

About the Founder, Ben Hansen aka Dr. Bonkers:

 

http://www.educationnews.org/articles/14316/1/An-Interview-with-Ben-Hansen-The-Drugging-of-America/Page1.html

 

Makes me laugh, but makes me cry because it's so damn true.

Pristiq tapered over 8 months ending Spring 2011 after 18 years of polydrugging that began w/Zoloft for fatigue/general malaise (not mood). CURRENT: 1mg Klonopin qhs (SSRI bruxism), 75mg trazodone qhs, various hormonesLitigation for 11 years for Work-related injury, settled 2004. Involuntary medical retirement in 2001 (age 39). 2012 - brain MRI showing diffuse, chronic cerebrovascular damage/demyelination possibly vasculitis/cerebritis. Dx w/autoimmune polyendocrine failure.<p>2013 - Dx w/CNS Sjogren's Lupus (FANA antibodies first appeared in 1997 but missed by doc).

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Bonkers Institute for Nearly Genuine Research

~ Advancing in the direction of bona fide medical science since last Tuesday

 

http://www.bonkersinstitute.org/index.html

 

Makes me laugh, but makes me cry because it's so damn true.

 

Posted ImageThey don't list efficacy based psychotherapy! My absolute favorite idiocy.

As always, LISTEN TO YOUR BODY! A proud supporter of the 10% (or slower) rule.

 

Requip - 3/16 ZERO  Total time on 25 years.

 

Lyrica: 8/15 ZERO Total time on 7 or 8 yrs.

BENZO FREE 10/13 (started tapering 7/10)  Total time on 25 years.

 

Read my intro thread here, and check the about me section.  "No matter how cynical you get, it's almost impossible to keep up." Lily Tomlin

 

 

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"Efficacy based psychotherapy"...

I'm not sure I understand. Please explain further, Schuyler!

 

Looking at the drug ads from 1960s is amazing. Tofranil (MAOI antidepressant) for depression in mother when kid graduates and moves on with life ("Magna cum depression") http://www.bonkersinstitute.org/medshow/femgrad.html

 

Have we progressed, digressed or just changed the semantics??

Pristiq tapered over 8 months ending Spring 2011 after 18 years of polydrugging that began w/Zoloft for fatigue/general malaise (not mood). CURRENT: 1mg Klonopin qhs (SSRI bruxism), 75mg trazodone qhs, various hormonesLitigation for 11 years for Work-related injury, settled 2004. Involuntary medical retirement in 2001 (age 39). 2012 - brain MRI showing diffuse, chronic cerebrovascular damage/demyelination possibly vasculitis/cerebritis. Dx w/autoimmune polyendocrine failure.<p>2013 - Dx w/CNS Sjogren's Lupus (FANA antibodies first appeared in 1997 but missed by doc).

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CORRECTION: Tofranil = imipramine, a tricyclic, not MAOi.

SORRY!

Pristiq tapered over 8 months ending Spring 2011 after 18 years of polydrugging that began w/Zoloft for fatigue/general malaise (not mood). CURRENT: 1mg Klonopin qhs (SSRI bruxism), 75mg trazodone qhs, various hormonesLitigation for 11 years for Work-related injury, settled 2004. Involuntary medical retirement in 2001 (age 39). 2012 - brain MRI showing diffuse, chronic cerebrovascular damage/demyelination possibly vasculitis/cerebritis. Dx w/autoimmune polyendocrine failure.<p>2013 - Dx w/CNS Sjogren's Lupus (FANA antibodies first appeared in 1997 but missed by doc).

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Oh yeah I have seen this website before, I love it!

 

Loved the one about rat poison as placebo.

 

"The general public has come to expect that any drug approved by the FDA will work better than a placebo sugar pill. This expectation seems perfectly fair, reasonable, and not too much to ask, but the average citizen lacks the sophistication to understand the heavy burden such an expectation places on the pharmaceutical industry, diverting scarce resources away from advertising, promotion and public relations into less cost-effective sectors such as laboratory testing, analysis and record-keeping.

 

Proving that a new drug works better than a sugar pill is much harder than it sounds, often forcing the manufacturer to conduct one study after another in an attempt to achieve positive results. A study showing negative results is absolutely worthless to a drugmaker hoping to market a new product, and must be abandoned at great expense. A new study must then be initiated at further expense, with no guarantee of success even after considerable tweaking and massaging of data in remarkably creative ways."

Started on Prozac and Xanax in 1992 for PTSD after an assault. One drug led to more, the usual story. Got sicker and sicker, but believed I needed the drugs for my "underlying disease". Long story...lost everything. Life savings, home, physical and mental health, relationships, friendships, ability to work, everything. Amitryptiline, Prozac, bupropion, buspirone, flurazepam, diazepam, alprazolam, Paxil, citalopram, lamotrigine, gabapentin...probably more I've forgotten. 

Started multidrug taper in Feb 2010.  Doing a very slow microtaper, down to low doses now and feeling SO much better, getting my old personality and my brain back! Able to work full time, have a full social life, and cope with stress better than ever. Not perfect, but much better. After 23 lost years. Big Pharma has a lot to answer for. And "medicine for profit" is just not a great idea.

 

Feb 15 2010:  300 mg Neurontin  200 Lamictal   10 Celexa      0.65 Xanax   and 5 mg Ambien 

Feb 10 2014:   62 Lamictal    1.1 Celexa         0.135 Xanax    1.8 Valium

Feb 10 2015:   50 Lamictal      0.875 Celexa    0.11 Xanax      1.5 Valium

Feb 15 2016:   47.5 Lamictal   0.75 Celexa      0.0875 Xanax    1.42 Valium    

2/12/20             12                       0.045               0.007                   1 

May 2021            7                       0.01                  0.0037                1

Feb 2022            6                      0!!!                     0.00167               0.98                2.5 mg Ambien

Oct 2022       4.5 mg Lamictal    (off Celexa, off Xanax)   0.95 Valium    Ambien, 1/4 to 1/2 of a 5 mg tablet 

 

I'm not a doctor. Any advice I give is just my civilian opinion.

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Bonkers Institute for Nearly Genuine Research

~ Advancing in the direction of bona fide medical science since last Tuesday

 

http://www.bonkersinstitute.org/index.html

 

"At the Institute for Nearly Genuine Research, we specialize in:

 

Psychiatry, psychology, biopsychiatry, biopsychology, psychobiology, neuropsychiatric behavioral pathology, psychoneuropharmacology, biochemical transmission reuptake inhibition, magnetic resonance image exhibition, clinical cohort victim randomization, reliably verifiable albeit statistically invalid diagnostic replication, amplified bio-reductive materialistic determinism, prescribed medical iatrogenesis imperfecta, nonlinear pharmacokinetic drug-drug interactions, asymptomatic depression screening, therapeutic intoxication, state-of-the-art disease mongering & medicalization of behavioral, emotional, social or spiritual problems... and much, much more."

 

 

About the Founder, Ben Hansen aka Dr. Bonkers:

 

http://www.educationnews.org/articles/14316/1/An-Interview-with-Ben-Hansen-The-Drugging-of-America/Page1.html

 

Makes me laugh, but makes me cry because it's so damn true.

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You forgot psychomusicology, or the inane science of figuring out why a composer wrote in his particular style.]

History:

1995--Prozac--Quit CT by GP

1995--Effexor--Quit per my GP

1996--Amitriphene--Quit CT when changed GP

2005--Citalopram and BusPar. Prescribed when I decompensated in my GP's office. GP referred me to behavior health. Psychiatrist prescibed these drugs. Taken off citalopram in 2011 due to FDA warning. Quit Buspar during transition to viibryd.

Viibryd--2011 to present. Had a severe reaction in March 2012. Advised both GP and Psychiatrist I was trying to get off these drugs.

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You forgot psychomusicology, or the inane science of figuring out why a composer wrote in his particular style.

 

Another good one! I would never attempt to understand an artist's creations. Art is to be appreciated; it is not a way to interpret or analyze the mind of the artist.

On a related note, it IS fascinating how music affects listeners differently, aside from the obvious triggering of memories and evoking emotions tied to that time.

Pristiq tapered over 8 months ending Spring 2011 after 18 years of polydrugging that began w/Zoloft for fatigue/general malaise (not mood). CURRENT: 1mg Klonopin qhs (SSRI bruxism), 75mg trazodone qhs, various hormonesLitigation for 11 years for Work-related injury, settled 2004. Involuntary medical retirement in 2001 (age 39). 2012 - brain MRI showing diffuse, chronic cerebrovascular damage/demyelination possibly vasculitis/cerebritis. Dx w/autoimmune polyendocrine failure.<p>2013 - Dx w/CNS Sjogren's Lupus (FANA antibodies first appeared in 1997 but missed by doc).

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I love this web site!!! Dr. Bonkers is so in-your-face with psychiatry! I especially liked this passage:

 

 

"We used to believe people are different for no particular reason," Bonkers explained, "but now we're learning there's a biological, organic and/or genetic component to just about everything."

 

"For example," Dr. Bonkers continued, "I used to think people drive gas-guzzling Sport Utility Vehicles simply because they're misguided. Now I understand they probably suffer from some kind of chemical imbalance."

 

This new way of thinking is important, Bonkers says, because it will reduce the stigma society often associates with certain automobiles, such as rusty Ford Escorts and badly-dented Mercury Sables.

 

"We know certain kinds of vehicular choices run in families," Bonkers observed. "Just the other day, a farmer told me he really likes his Chevy pickup. After questioning the man, I discovered that both his father and grandfather had owned Chevrolets, clearly indicating a strong genetic predisposition." (emphasis mine)

 

Bonkers adds that pharmacological treatment (with new and constantly improved medications such as the highly profitable selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, which have no invisible superficial side effects, are non habit-forming when taken as directed every day for the rest of your life, and cost nothing if you have decent insurance) may be required in some but probably not all cases.

 

"One of my patients was an elderly woman who drove a dull tan-colored Chrysler. After putting her on a combination of antidepressants, stimulants, sedatives and mood stabilizers, she began driving a more appropriate blue Buick."

Psychotropic drug history: Pristiq 50 mg. (mid-September 2010 through February 2011), Remeron (mid-September 2010 through January 2011), Lexapro 10 mg. (mid-February 2011 through mid-December 2011), Lorazepam (Ativan) 1 mg. as needed mid-September 2010 through early March 2012

"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity." -Hanlon's Razor


Introduction: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/1588-introducing-jemima/

 

Success Story: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/6263-success-jemima-survives-lexapro-and-dr-dickhead-too/

Please note that I am not a medical professional and my advice is based on personal experience, reading, and anecdotal information posted by other sufferers.

 

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OMG Jemima!!! I used to drive a Dodge Ram pickup truck and now drive a light blue Buick Rendezvous aka "old person's car"! Too funny!!!

What part of the site was that on?

Pristiq tapered over 8 months ending Spring 2011 after 18 years of polydrugging that began w/Zoloft for fatigue/general malaise (not mood). CURRENT: 1mg Klonopin qhs (SSRI bruxism), 75mg trazodone qhs, various hormonesLitigation for 11 years for Work-related injury, settled 2004. Involuntary medical retirement in 2001 (age 39). 2012 - brain MRI showing diffuse, chronic cerebrovascular damage/demyelination possibly vasculitis/cerebritis. Dx w/autoimmune polyendocrine failure.<p>2013 - Dx w/CNS Sjogren's Lupus (FANA antibodies first appeared in 1997 but missed by doc).

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I can't seem to find that again. The site has a lot of content. I came across this cartoon, which is creepy, but hits the mark:

 

http://www.art-margin.com/Doctoringcolvers/images1106/Not-Genocide_c.jpg

 

There are more under Funny Pages:

 

http://www.bonkersinstitute.org/funnies.html

Psychotropic drug history: Pristiq 50 mg. (mid-September 2010 through February 2011), Remeron (mid-September 2010 through January 2011), Lexapro 10 mg. (mid-February 2011 through mid-December 2011), Lorazepam (Ativan) 1 mg. as needed mid-September 2010 through early March 2012

"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity." -Hanlon's Razor


Introduction: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/1588-introducing-jemima/

 

Success Story: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/6263-success-jemima-survives-lexapro-and-dr-dickhead-too/

Please note that I am not a medical professional and my advice is based on personal experience, reading, and anecdotal information posted by other sufferers.

 

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"Efficacy based psychotherapy"...

I'm not sure I understand. Please explain further, Schuyler!

 

Looking at the drug ads from 1960s is amazing. Tofranil (MAOI antidepressant) for depression in mother when kid graduates and moves on with life ("Magna cum depression") http://www.bonkersinstitute.org/medshow/femgrad.html

 

Have we progressed, digressed or just changed the semantics??

 

This is often used to bolster the use of manulized CBT strategies. But the more correct term is Evidence Based. My link

As always, LISTEN TO YOUR BODY! A proud supporter of the 10% (or slower) rule.

 

Requip - 3/16 ZERO  Total time on 25 years.

 

Lyrica: 8/15 ZERO Total time on 7 or 8 yrs.

BENZO FREE 10/13 (started tapering 7/10)  Total time on 25 years.

 

Read my intro thread here, and check the about me section.  "No matter how cynical you get, it's almost impossible to keep up." Lily Tomlin

 

 

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"Evidence Based Medicine" ... I loathe those words. Husband does Utilization Review for Work Comp insurers and everything is according to EBM and "The Guidelines". I can't tell you how many times I used to hear "Medication and a short course of CBT have the strongest evidence base in treating depression..." (told to docs on phone). He's read some of Whitaker, Kirsch, Leo & Lacasse, STAR*D and realizes the manipulation of data now, but he works at (very tiny) home and I heard those words several times/day for years. Maybe that's why I want to RUN AWAY!! Like salt in my wound. And hearing him authorize scripts (refills) for SS/NRIs ... one of these days! BANG, ZOOM ... straight to the moon!!

I think that "landmark study" was done by Kaiser. Funny how it's the most "cost effective" short term. [sARCASM]

He's doing med management now for another company. It's somewhat amusing hearing him try to talk to adversarial doctors and then tell me how 'uninformed' they are.

Reeeeeally??

Pristiq tapered over 8 months ending Spring 2011 after 18 years of polydrugging that began w/Zoloft for fatigue/general malaise (not mood). CURRENT: 1mg Klonopin qhs (SSRI bruxism), 75mg trazodone qhs, various hormonesLitigation for 11 years for Work-related injury, settled 2004. Involuntary medical retirement in 2001 (age 39). 2012 - brain MRI showing diffuse, chronic cerebrovascular damage/demyelination possibly vasculitis/cerebritis. Dx w/autoimmune polyendocrine failure.<p>2013 - Dx w/CNS Sjogren's Lupus (FANA antibodies first appeared in 1997 but missed by doc).

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