Saturday, February 9, 2008

Heath Ledger's death: Aspartame interaction with Zoloft?

All will be affected by these horrific events in time. That's why it is so important to become active now! Due to the dedicated and determined efforts of Dr Tracy and others, I am certain hundreds of thousands or even millions have been spared but it is only a matter of time. Sarina's Voice needs to be heard to Abolish this chain of death and destruction.

The following is from Dr Ann Blake Tracy:

First of all the best sweetener would most likely be the herb Stevia, also known as Sweet Herb, because it is nine times sweeter than sugar and actually helps rebuild the pancreas rather than harming it as most sweeteners on the market do. I use only liquid as I do not like the taste of the powdered. There are also other natural sweeteners.

Now down to the subject: NutraSweet or Aspartame

NutraSweet or Aspartame is most definitely, without question, a Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor or SSRI. There is no difference! And as such it will interact with antidepressants - all of them because all antidepressants inhibit serotonin reuptake.

Beyond that SSRIs cause overwhelming cravings for NutraSweet often causing patients to drink 2 -3 gallons per day!!! I made that report to Dr. Russell Blaylock in the mid 1990's (I am sure he remembers the call as we discussed this at length.)

So there are multiple factors involved here:

#1 You have an SSRI (NutraSweet) introduced to the market in the early 1980's as a commonly used sweetener setting society up for depression, anxiety, seizure activity (including mania/bipolar disorder), etc - all the symptoms of low serotonin metabolism.

#2 Then comes the introduction of Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, etc. which we were told was the "cure" for what NutraSweet was actually causing unbeknown to the users.

#3 Prozac, and other SSRIs cause overwhelming cravings for NutraSweet setting up very serious interactions between the two substances.

#4 The main function of serotonin is constriction of smooth muscle tissue. Jack the serotonin up too high and you have multiple organ failure - what Daniel Smith - Anna Nicole's son died from due to his use of multiple serotonergic agents.

#5 Serotonin has LONG been known to have many effects upon the heart. Mayo's Dr. Heidi Connelly found the high serotonin produced by Fen-Phen and Redux to being causing a gummy gooey glossy substance to build up on the heart valves causing heart problems. The same effect can be expected from any long term use or combination of serotonergic agents - any and all of them no matter what you choose to name them.

#5 Combining any of these together, Zoloft and NutraSweet, Prozac and Zoloft, Redux (now off the market due to the brain damage it caused - NOT due to heart damage although it causes that too - they got away with murder with that drug!) and NutraSweet, whatever, will subject the user to any and all of the possible effects of elevated serotonin levels. To see some of the possibilities see my presentations to the FDA below.

Ann Blake Tracy, Ph.D., Executive Director,
International Coalition For Drug Awareness
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Author: Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? - Our Serotonin Nightmare
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Dr. Ann Blake Tracy's September 13, 2004 to the FDA

I am Ann Blake Tracy, PhD, head of the International Coalition for Drug Awareness. I am the author of Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? - Our Serotonin Nightmare and have testified in court cases involving antidepressants for 12 1/2 years. The last 15 years of my life have been devoted full time to researching and writing about SSRI antidepressants.

Research on serotonin has been clear from the very beginning that the most damaging thing that could be done to the serotonin system would be to impair one?s ability to metabolize serotonin. Yet that is exactly how SSRI antidepressants exert their effects.

For decades research has shown that impairing serotonin metabolism will produce migraines, hot flashes, pains around the heart, difficulty breathing, a worsening of bronchial complaints, tension and anxiety which appear from out of nowhere, depression, suicide - especially very violent suicide, hostility, violent crime, arson, substance abuse, psychosis, mania, organic brain disease, autism, anorexia, reckless driving, Alzheimer?s, impulsive behavior with no concern for punishment, and argumentative behavior.

How anyone ever thought it would be "therapeutic" to chemically induce these reactions is beyond me. Yet, these reactions are exactly what we have witnessed in our society over the past decade and a half as a result of the widespread use of these drugs.

In fact we even have a whole new vocabulary as a result with terms such as "road rage," "suicide by cop," "murder/suicide," "going postal," "false memory syndrome," "school shooting," "bi-polar" - every third person you meet anymore - along with the skyrocketing rates of antidepressant-induced diabetes and hypoglycemia.

Can you remember two decades ago when depressed people used to slip away quietly to kill themselves rather than killing everyone around them and then themselves as they do while taking SSRI antidepressants?

A study out of the University of Southern California in 1996 looked at a group of mutant mice in an experiment that had gone terribly wrong. These genetically engineered mice were the most violent creatures they had ever witnessed. They were born lacking the MAO-A enzyme which metabolizes serotonin. As a result their brains were awash in serotonin. This excess serotonin is what the researchers determined was the cause for this extreme violence. Antidepressants produce the same end result as they inhibit the metabolism of serotonin.

These are extremely dangerous drugs that should be banned as similar drugs have been banned in the past.

As a society we once thought LSD and PCP to be miracle medications with large margins of safety in humans. We have never seen drugs so similar to LSD and PCP as these SSRI antidepressants. All of these drugs produce dreaming during periods of wakefulness. It is believed that the high serotonin levels over stimulate the brain stem leading to a lack of muscle paralysis during sleep thus allowing the patient to act out the dreams or nightmares they are having. The world witnessed that clearly in the Zoloft-induced murder-suicide of comedian Phil Hartman and his wife, Brynn.

Connecticut witnessed the Prozac-induced case of Kelly Silk several years ago. This young mother attacked her family with a knife, then set the house on fire killing all but her 8 year old daughter who ran to the neighbors. As she stood bleeding and screaming for help she explained, "Help! My mommy is having a nightmare!"

Out of the mouths of babes we will understand these nightmares for what they are. She understood that this was something her mother would do ONLY in a nightmare, never in reality.

This is known as a REM Sleep Behavior Disorder. In the past it was known mainly as a drug withdrawal state, but the largest sleep facility in the country has reported that 86% of the cases they are diagnosing are patients on antidepressants.

Because this was known in the past as a condition manifesting mainly in drug withdrawal you should see how dangerous the withdrawal state from these drugs will prove to be. That is why it is so critical to make sure patients are weaned EXTREMELY slowly so as to avoid ANY chance of going into a withdrawal state


Dr. Ann Blake Tracy's December 13, 2006 to the FDA

Ann Blake-Tracy, PhD, head of the International Coalition for Drug Awareness, author of Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? & Our Serotonin Nightmare. For 15 years I have testified in court cases involving antidepressants. The last 17 years of my life have been devoted to researching, writing, and lecturing about these drugs.

Two of my nieces in their early 20's, a decade apart, attempted suicide on antidepressants, the first on Prozac, the second just a month ago on Wellbutrin.

Due to time constraints I refer you to my September, 2004 testimony on the damaging effects of inhibiting serotonin metabolism - the very mode of action of antidepressants. Impairing serotonin metabolism results in a multitude of symptoms including suicide, violent crime, mania and psychosis. Suicidal ideation is, without question, associated with these drugs.

Rosie Meysenburg, Sara Bostock and I have collected and posted 1200 news articles documenting many exaggerated acts of violence against self or others at with a direct link to

Beyond suicidal ideation we have mania/bipolar increasing dramatically. Antidepressants have always been known to trigger both.

According to the Pharmaceutical Business Review in the last 11 years alone, the number of people in the U.S. with "bipolar" disorder has increased by 4.8 million.

Dr. Malcolm Bowers of Yale, found in the late 90's over 200,000 people yearly are hospitalized with antidepressant-induced manic psychosis. They also point out that most go unrecognized as medication-induced, remain un hospitalized, and a threat to themselves and others.

What types of threats from manias?

Pyromania: A compulsion to start fires

Kleptomania: A compulsion to embezzle, shoplift, commit robberies

Dipsomania: An uncontrollable urge to drink alcohol

Nymphomania and erotomania: Sexual compulsions - a pathologic preoccupation with sexual fantasies or activities

Child sex abuse has increased dramatically with even female teachers going manic on these drugs and seducing students. The head of the sex abuse treatment program for Utah estimated 80% of sex crime perpetrators were on antidepressants at the time of the crime. While Karl Von Kleist, an ex-LAPD officer and leading polygraph expert estimated 90% - strong evidence of manic sexual compulsions that demand attention.

Diabetes has skyrocketed, has been linked to antidepressants, and blood sugar imbalances have long been suspected as the cause of mania or bipolar. Anyone who has witnessed someone in insulin shock would see the striking similarity to a violent reaction to an antidepressant.

If there has been any increase in suicide since the black box warning it is due to doctors not knowing how to get patients off these drugs safely.

Clearly far too many lives are being destroyed in various ways by these drugs