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- Gabapentin and pregabalin are used for the treatment of epilepsy and neuropathic pain disorders. Pregabalin, such as Lyrica, is also prescribed for anxiety in Europe and fibromyalgia in the U.S.
- Recent research links gabapentinoids with a 26% increased risk for suicidal behavior and death from suicide; 24% increased risk for unintentional overdose; 22% increased risk for head or body injury due to an accident; 13% increased risk for traffic violations or accidents and 4% increased risk for violent crime offenses
- Of the two gabapentinoids, pregabalin — which is the newer of the two — was clearly the worst, accounting for most of these adverse effects, while gabapentin — an older drug — showed “no statistically significant hazards”
- Research published in 2017 demonstrated that concomitant use of gabapentin and opioids raised the risk of death by 60% over and beyond the risk associated with either drug by itself
- The suicide rate in the U.S. is now at a 20-year high, having risen 30% between 2000 and 2016 across all age groups. Among Native Americans and Alaska Natives the suicide rate between 1999 and 2017 rose 139% among women and 71% among men
Suicide rates are at an all-time high since World War II, and there are several different reasons for this. One of the factors that is often ignored is the influence many medications have on your mental stability. Antidepressants are perhaps the most well-known in this regard, but violent behavior and suicide are side effects of other medications as well.
Most recently, Swedish researchers have linked gabapentinoids — a nonopioid type of analgesic — to “suicidal behavior, unintentional overdoses, injuries, road traffic accidents and violent crime.”1
Two primary gabapentinoids are gabapentin and pregabalin, which are used for the treatment of epilepsy and neuropathic pain disorders. Pregabalin, such as Lyrica2 (which is increasingly associated with addiction and abuse3), is also prescribed for anxiety in Europe and fibromyalgia in the U.S. Globally, this class of drugs was among the 15 best-selling medications of 2016.4
Gabapentinoids are structural analogs of γ-amino butyric acid (GABA) that selectively block voltage-dependent calcium channels.5 Common side effects include dizziness, fatigue, visual disturbances and mental difficulties.6 However, these drugs have also been linked to a significantly increased risk of suicidal behavior.
Gabapentinoids linked to serious hazards, including suicide
The study,7,8 published online in April 2019 in the journal BMJ, examined data on 191,973 Swedish residents who filled gabapentinoid prescriptions in the years between 2006 and 2013.
In that time, 5.2% of them either received treatment for suicidal inclinations or died from suicide; 8.9% unintentionally overdosed, 6.3% were involved in a traffic accident or traffic-related offense; 36.7% were treated for a head or body injury due to an accident, and 4.1% were arrested for a violent crime. The researchers concluded gabapentinoids treatment was associated with:
- A 26% increased risk for suicidal behavior and death from suicide
- 24% increased risk for unintentional overdose
- 22% increased risk for head or body injury due to an accident
- 13% increased risk for traffic violations or accidents
- 4% increased risk for violent crime offenses
Of the two gabapentinoids, pregabalin — which is the newer of the two9 — was clearly the worst, accounting for most of these adverse effects, while gabapentin — an older drug — showed “no statistically significant hazards.”
Stratified by age, the risks associated with these drugs were the highest among those aged 15 through 24, and the risks were dose-dependent, so the higher the dose, the greater the risk. According to the authors:10
“This study suggests that gabapentinoids are associated with an increased risk of suicidal behavior, unintentional overdoses, head/body injuries, and road traffic incidents and offences. Pregabalin was associated with higher hazards of these outcomes than gabapentin.”
As is often the case, the risks associated with these drugs have only become apparent as their usage has increased. Dr. Derek K. Tracy of Queen Mary’s Hospital told Reuters that:11
“While it’s not clear why prescribing of gabapentinoids has grown so rapidly … anecdotally it appears that many doctors regarded them as relatively effective and with a low side effect profile.
As we accumulated more information over time, it has become clear that this is not the case, and most recently there has been a countering drive to try reduce their usage as their harm profile came more to the fore.
It is also becoming clearer with time that some people are becoming dependent (“addicted”) to gabapentinoids, though we still lack good information on exactly how common that is, or which groups of people might be more vulnerable to this.”
Concomitant opioid use magnifies risks
Opioids by themselves are associated with a high risk of death through unintentional overdosing, but when combined with other drugs, that risk is significantly magnified.
According to the featured BMJ study,12 research13 published in 2017 demonstrated that concomitant use of gabapentin and opioids raised the risk of death by 60% over and beyond the risk associated with either drug by itself.
Concomitant use of opioids and benzodiazepines or “benzos” — such as Valium, Ativan, Klonopin and Xanax — which are widely prescribed for anxiety and insomnia, also raises your risk of death by a significant margin.
Research14,15 published in the journal JAMA in 2018 found that, during the first 90 days of concurrent use, your risk of a deadly overdose rises fivefold, compared to taking an opioid alone. Between days 91 and 180, the risk remains nearly doubled, after which the risk tapers off, becoming roughly equal to taking an opioid alone.
The study also found that the greater number of clinicians were involved in a patient’s care, the greater the risk of overdose — a finding that highlights the lack of communication between doctors prescribing medication to the same patient, and the clear danger thereof.
Suicide is at a 20-year high
The influence of medication on suicide risk is an important consideration, as suicide rates have dramatically risen over the years. According to the latest statistics16,17 published in the June 2019 issue of JAMA, the suicide rate in the U.S. is now at a 20-year high, having risen 30% between 2000 and 2016 across all age groups.
A couple of groups have seen particularly sharp rises, namely Native Americans and Alaska Natives — among whom the suicide rate between 1999 and 2017 rose 139% among women and 71% among men18 — and teenagers, boys in particular.
Between 2014 and 2017, the teen suicide rate rose 10% per year. Here too, there’s a clear discrepancy between genders, with the annual suicide rate among teen boys, aged 15 through 19, rising 14% between 2015 and 2017, while the annual suicide rate among girls rose 8% between 2000 and 2017.
Lead investigator Oren Miron, a research associate at Harvard Medical School in Boston, told Medicinenet.com,19 “It really is an unprecedented surge. You can go back decades and you won’t find such a sharp increase.” Miron blames the rise on two primary sources: opioid abuse and social media.
“It’s much easier to bully. The apps are getting smarter and smarter at providing anonymity and hiding activity from grown-ups,” he told Medicinenet.com, adding “Parents and teachers need to be aware that the rates have reached their highest recorded level, and they need to be on the lookout for both boys and girls.”
Common contributors to teen suicide
Clinical psychologist and suicide prevention specialist Pamela Cantor, who was not involved in any of the studies mentioned, told Medicinenet.com that “kids are ‘intensely programmed’ to achieve and have too little time to just enjoy their youth.” Other influences identified by Cantor, which can raise a child’s risk of suicide, include:
- Family instability
- Social pressure
- “Parents who try to smooth the way so that when their children hit a snag they do not know how to cope”
- Exposure to violence, including school shootings and “socially sanctioned expressions of hatred”
- Easy availability of drugs, alcohol and guns
Suicide among native populations
Among Native Americans, the shocking rise in suicides are thought to be related to20 high rates of poverty,21 lower educational achievements, and high rates of alcoholism. Among women, the extraordinary rise in suicide has also been traced back to unusually high rates of violence.
According to the Indian Law Resource Center, “More than 4 in 5 American Indian and Alaska Native women have experienced violence, and more than 1 in 2 have experienced sexual violence.”22
Alaska Native women have the highest domestic battery rate of any group in the U.S. — 10 times higher than the rest of the U.S. The murder rate of indigenous women is also more than 10 times the national average.23 Race discrimination worsens the tragedy, as a majority of these women never get any kind of justice. As reported by the Indian Law Resource Center:
“For more than 35 years, United States law has stripped Indian nations of all criminal authority over non-Indians. As a result, until recent changes in the law, Indian nations were unable to prosecute non-Indians, who reportedly commit the vast majority (96%) of sexual violence against Native women.
The Census Bureau reports that non-Indians now comprise 76% of the population on tribal lands and 68% of the population in Alaska Native villages. Many Native women have married non-Indians.
However, it is unacceptable that a non-Indian who chooses to marry a Native woman, live on her reservation, and commit acts of domestic violence against her, cannot be criminally prosecuted by an Indian nation and more often than not will never be prosecuted by any government.”
Children whose parents use opioids have greater suicide risk
In related news, recent research24 shows children and teens whose parents use opioids have more than double the suicide rate — 0.37% compared to 0.14% — of those whose parents do not use opioids. In a press release, senior author Robert Gibbons, Ph.D., professor of biostatistics and director of the Center for Health Statistics at the University of Chicago, stated:25
“We theorized such a link was plausible because parental substance abuse is a known risk factor for suicide attempts by their children. In addition, depression and suicide attempts by parents — which are known to be related to suicidal behavior in their offspring — are more common among adults who abuse opioids.”
Co-author Dr. David A. Brent, psychiatrist and chair of suicide studies at the University of Pittsburgh commented on the results:26
“These findings demonstrate that opioid use by a parent or parents doubles the risk for suicidal behavior by their children. The epidemics of adult opiate abuse and child suicidal behavior appear to be linked, and the disturbing upward trends in mortality due to opiates and due to child suicide may have common roots.”
Red Flags — Is someone you know suicidal?
If someone close to you has recently endured a hardship, or you have noticed a change in their behavior, how can you tell when ordinary stress or sadness has progressed to a potentially suicidal level? Besides straightforward or “sideways” comments about not wanting to live any longer, some of the red flags that a person has a high risk for self-harm include:27
Acquiring a weapon
No plan for the future
Putting affairs in order
Making or changing a will, or writing about feeling hopeless or suicidal
Giving away personal belongings for no apparent reason
Checking on insurance policies
Sudden mood swings
Frequent and/or increased use of drugs or alcohol
Engaging in risky behaviors
If you think someone is suicidal, do not leave him or her alone. A person who appears suicidal needs immediate professional help. Help the person to seek immediate assistance from their doctor or the nearest hospital emergency room, or call 911. Eliminate access to firearms or other potential suicide aids, including unsupervised access to medications.
If you are feeling desperate or have any thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a toll-free number, at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or call 911, or simply go to your nearest hospital emergency department.
Jacques Vallée talks about UFOs and consciousness
The UFO contact documentary, “Witness of Another World(Otherworldly Witness) is receiving great reviews from many quarters, and many viewers enjoyed seeing the legendary UFO and consciousness researcher Jacques Vallée in the movie.
Jacques Vallée is known as one of the deepest thinkers on the topics of UFO / Awareness and Awareness, so it’s great to see that the film’s creators have also uploaded a video of him to YouTube discussing UFOs and Awareness, after being asked if he thinks the UFOs are capable of altering our reality (full video embedded below):
I don’t know if (the UFO phenomenon) is capable of altering our reality, because I’m not sure we know what our reality is anymore. There are many things that are changing our reality – we can change reality in many ways: through drugs, through impressions of consciousness, through belief systems, and of course through physiological means.
Therefore, the phenomenon can use all of this to express itself if it comes from outside. If it comes from within, it’s even more interesting, because it forces us to raise the question of what is reality in the first place – and physics is asking the same questions now. Many physicists are asking – mainly because of particle entanglement and atom entanglement experiments – how is reality really perceived by our consciousness and to what extent do we create our reality? Is there really something like space and time?
So these questions come from physics, not from ufo / ufology, but I think we can really learn from what physicists are doing now.
Some physicists are saying that time and space do not really exist as real entities, which are expressed, that emerge from consciousness, observing our own experiences. Now, if this is true, it certainly opens up many new ways to approach phenomena like UFOs and other phenomena.
Otherworldly essences of larva: what you need to know about them
Larvae are energy parasites or entities that can penetrate the human field. In the future, they accumulate heavy and disharmonious energy, as a result of which the psychological and physical state of health deteriorates significantly.
What are larvae
Many people know that there are otherworldly essences of larva, that you need to know this. It must be understood that every thought is material. It is for this reason that a person is surrounded by an energy shell that can live independently. Larva does not have its own consciousness, but it is an energy parasite. Larva can take energy and human health in order to continue to exist.
Larvae appear under the influence of human life, because actions and the energy world are closely connected with each other. Energy entities are present everywhere, and they can exist even for a long time. Larvae will exist for a long time if a person feeds them with their energy. As a result, a person becomes dependent on his desires, although he notes a rapid deterioration in health and even begins to fall into a depressed state.
Larvae according to their internal content are divided into 3 large groups:
1. Small. They are responsible for the immediate wishes of the people. It is easiest to deal with such larvae, since it is enough to satisfy a desire or endure and refuse to perform actions. Such larvae are emitted up to hundreds of times a day, and there is no particular harm to humans.
2. Medium. In this case, everyday habits appear, which can be guaranteed to be abandoned with a great desire. You need to understand that to combat negative character traits will require more time and effort. Success largely depends on the manifestation of your character. In order to notice obvious changes, you need to regularly overpower yourself.
3. Large. Habits become serious, and it is difficult to get rid of them on their own. Large larvae are also responsible for pronounced psychological complexes.
In any case, the otherworldly essences of the larva can cease to exist if a person tries to change his life.
What are the signs
Determining the presence of such entities is actually quite easy. If you have a bad habit, which is difficult to get rid of, you can suspect the presence of larvae. Key features:
– the appearance of aggression for no reason;
– increased emotionality;
– the desire to eat a lot and tasty.
Such manifestations are basic.
What are the dangers of larvae?
Astral beings are gradually gaining more and more power, so they are affecting more and more. Over time, the existing vital energy weakens, as a result of which a person cannot enjoy life, becomes apathetic and notes a breakdown.
There is also a deterioration in overall health. First of all, the organs of the gastrointestinal tract and the genitourinary system suffer. The deterioration of the organs occurs in the shortest possible time. If larvae continue to exist, health is rapidly deteriorating and there is even a risk of death.
The main reasons for their appearance
Each person is influenced by the energy of the entire universe. It is for this reason that there are various reasons why larvae appear:
1. A negative manifestation due to a dysfunctional inheritance may be noted. If close relatives are distinguished by a weak spiritual world, entities can negatively affect children. This reason often becomes apparent if there is an energetic connection with relatives.
2. Each person through his actions lead to the fact that a negative energy essence is attached to him. Usually, the reason is attunement to life negative, so you need to fill yourself with positive.
3. Sometimes the appearance of larvae leads to communication with other people. The first signs will be irritability, nervousness, deterioration.
4. It is also dangerous to conduct rituals on your own if the ritual for calling the spirits went wrong.
If larvae appear, it is important to know what signs appear in a person, and a photo can help. Psychics are able to see larvae and understand that it is important to get rid of them.
Ways to get rid
It is recommended to strive for positive and fight bad thoughts, habits. If you strive to improve yourself and improve your health, get rid of habits, you can note the positive impact of actions on yourself.
It is undesirable to concentrate on the negative of life and the manifestation of bad habits. We must strive for creative activity. In this case, it will be easier to get rid of negative energy entities. It is also important to cultivate good habits and good emotions so that life is more productive and wholesome.
If larvae appear, signs in a person cannot go unnoticed.
Accounts of Pets and Wild Animals Showing Clairvoyant Abilities
Animals have many abilities that defy scientific explanation. Timely premonitions, predicting future, ability to travel vast distances to their owners are some of them.
Many animals have a highly developed sixth sense. Besides homing pigeons, several other animals can find their way home as well – sometimes over vast distances. Pets are often empathic to the mood and energy of their owners.
Animals also have highly advanced sensors that can detect events such as earthquakes before they actually happen. Many pet owners know that their cats and dogs have an uncanny knack of anticipating when their owners are coming home.
Animals and After Death Communication
An American, Herbert J. Rebhan graduated in 1984 from veterinary school, and went to work in the central African country of Malawi, as a Peace Corps volunteer.
He twice saved the lives of two frail, sick, pups, Bozo and Skippy, that were not expected to live.
When Rebhan was attacked by a rabid hyena one rainy day, the dogs Bozo and Skippy engaged in a fierce fight, killed the hyena and quickly vanished. The vet, who distinctly knew Skippy and Bozo, would learn later that Bozo and Skippy had died several months before saving his life.
The dogs were apparently able to defy death to help their friend.
Wild Animals Saving Humans in Distress
Beaky, a bottle nosed dolphin, lived off the English coast in the 1970s. The 12-foot dolphin has been credited with saving several lives on many different occasions.
On one occasion in 1976, Keith Monery, an experienced diver, experienced difficulties. His life jacket filled with water, Monery was having difficulties staying float.
Before a fellow diver could respond to Monery’s distress signal, Beaky the dolphin, swam underneath him and gently nudged the diver up to the surface.
Only after the distressed diver received help from the rescue crew, did Beaky swim away.
Other Accounts of Pets Showing Paranormal, Psychic Behavior
There are many accounts of pets showing ability beyond scientific explanation. Some of them are:
– In 1976, a golden retriever named Lisa began barking at a British embassy building in Beijing. Her barking awoke second secretary, Richard Margolis, who was convinced that the dog knew something was wrong. He awoke the embassy staff and fled the city before a massive earthquake.
– In the 1960s, Missie the Boston terrier, became a celebrity because of her ability to know details about people and predict the future.
– Chris, a part-beagle, mixed-breed dog, lived with George and Marion Woods in Rhode Island in the 1950s. He had an uncanny ability to read minds, foresee the future, and even make horse racing predictions.
Animals’ endearing qualities of unconditional love, undeterred loyalty and fierce faithfulness are not all that make them great friends for humans. They also have unexplainable qualities of intuition, sixth sensory perception and a psychic skills that can make pet owners wonder about the deeper meanings of life, living and life after death.
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