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Dangerous Drugs for Combat Soldiers
Dr. Phil Leveque Salem-News.com
Behind the mirrors, all is not as it appears... The pressures of service in places like Iraq take their toll on the futures of these young Americans; being doped up on hard drugs is the federal government's answer, and it is the wrong answer. Salem-News.com photo near Balad, Iraq by Tim King
(MOLALLA, Ore.) - I could NOT believe what I was seeing on ABC TV News March 24, 2010; that the Army Shrinkologists (Psychiatrists) were prescribing zombifying drugs to frontline combat troops.
I was a Combat Infantryman, Battalion Scout, Pointman and Forward Observer in WWII. I am not only lucky but astonished that I lived through it. I can thoroughly empathize with the frontline troops in Iraq et cetera and what they are being prescribed as some of the most dangerous zombifying drugs – the anti-depressants such as Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil. These drugs really scramble the brain and have caused many suicides AND accidental deaths by overdose.
These drugs are supposed to be treating these Combat Soldiers for Combat Anxiety and Stress but in many/most cases they could be doing the opposite.
Near the end of WWII in Europe I was barely existing on K-rations, getting about 3 hours of sleep a night and didn’t get any of my clothes off for 6 straight weeks. It was go, go, go. We got so we just didn’t care about anything anymore. We were zombified by absolute fatigue. Even fear had little meaning anymore.
I see by the ABC News program that this must be what is occurring with our frontline troops today. The Shrinkologists are psychologically wrecking these troops. Suicides and severe PTSD are wrecking a whole generation of our fighting troops.
These anti-depressant drugs are doubly dangerous. Most of them cause a severe drug hangover which is far worse than alcohol. Their adverse side effects are possibly/probably causing or worsening PTSD.
I am not guessing about this stuff. I have frontline combat induced PTSD myself and I have been given these drugs by the VA doctors. The adverse effects are AWFUL. In addition, I have taken medical care of about 1000 PTSD Veterans from all wars since WWII. They not only have rejected VA prescribed anti-depressants but have taken up alcohol which though ultimately more dangerous at least is more preferable to them than the hated, repulsive anti-depressants.
I am not saying that these drugs do not work for all patients. For low level combat stress and low level PTSD they may help some. The VA’s treatment for PTSD is a disgrace and will end up costing billions in mental disability pensions.
I may be one of the few physicians who has treated as many as 1000 PTSD Victim Veterans successfully.
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Dr. Phillip Leveque has degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, toxicology and minors in physiology and biochemistry. He was a Professor of Pharmacology, employed by the University of London for 2 years, during which time he trained the first doctors in Tanzania. After training doctors, he became an Osteopathic Physician, as well as a Forensic Toxicologist.
Before any of that, Phil Leveque was a Combat Infantryman in the U.S. Army in WWII. He suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder more than 60 years after the war, and specialized in treating Veterans with PTSD during his years as a doctor in Molalla, Oregon. Do you have a question, comment or story to share with Dr. Leveque?