National Health Crisis: US Inner-City Kids Suffer ‘War-Zone’-Like PTSD

National Health Crisis: US Inner-City Kids Suffer ‘War-Zone’-Like PTSD:

BBC’s ‘America First?’ series sent Aleem Maqbool, a North America correspondent, to the inner city of Atlanta, Georgia, where he uncovered a rather shocking statistic in which 46% of the inner city residents suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a rate that is much higher than U.S. soldiers (10-20%).

Maqbool describes Atlanta’s inner city environment as a “war zone”, where death and destruction are contributing to high levels of PTSD in adults and children. He further quoted researchers and said levels of PTSD in America’s inner cities are comparable to refugee populations around the world.

To make matters worse, the video makes the claim: gun murder rates (per 100,000) in the US are at astronomical levels when compared to other countries. A startling find, when considering the US, the richest country in the world, does not perform well in the international rankings.

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Healthy gut found to reduce effects of trauma: Study explains the link between the gut microbiome and PTSD

Healthy gut found to reduce effects of trauma: Study explains the link between the gut microbiome and PTSD:

A new study found that a healthy gut can lessen the effects of trauma, as reported by Science Daily. Researchers from Stellenbosch University analyzed the relationship of gut microbiome and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). They compared the gut microbiomes of 18 individuals with PTSD to 12 people who also experienced trauma, but did not develop PSTD. They found a combination of three bacteria that were different in people who suffered from PTSD. These were Actinobacteria, Lentisphaerae, and Verrucomicrobia. (Related: Gut health linked to anxiety, depression and autism.)

Results showed that the participants with PTSD had smaller numbers of the three bacteria in contrast to the trauma-exposed participants. In addition, those who experienced trauma when they were a child had lesser levels of two out of the three bacteria, namely Actinobacteria and Verrucomicrobia. These bacteria are known to regulate the immune system.

“What makes this finding interesting, is that individuals who experience childhood trauma are at higher risk of developing PTSD later in life, and these changes in the gut microbiome possibly occurred early in life in response to childhood trauma,” said Stefanie Malan-Muller, lead author of the study.

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AND NOW: Ecstasy labelled a ‘breakthrough therapy’ for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by the FDA

Ecstasy labelled a ‘breakthrough therapy’ for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder by the FDA:

ILLICIT drug ecstasy is one step away from being licensed in the US for its effectiveness in treating post-traumatic stress disorder.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that illicit drug ecstasy is a “breakthrough therapy” in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment.

Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), commonly referred to as ecstasy, could now have a faster pathway to pharmaceutical approval in the US, reports Science Alert .

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USMC Veteran Facing Life in Prison Over 1 Oz. of Cannabis to Treat His PTSD

USMC Veteran Facing Life in Prison Over 1 Oz. of Cannabis to Treat His PTSD:

Geronimo, OK — After serving three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Kristoffer Lewandowski was medically and honorably discharged from the Marine Corps. After fighting the State’s wars for them, however, the State has taken it upon themselves to wage a personal war against him — for naturally treating an illness — he acquired fighting for them.

Lewandowski is now a 100% disabled veteran because of the severity of his PTSD. Since he has gotten out, the VA had him taking up to 18 pills a day to treat his PTSD. This pharmaceutical treatment was literally killing him.

At 180 Percocet per month, for ten consecutive months, along with a prescription for OxyContin, Lewandowski’s liver was failing. Luckily, for this Marine veteran, he found cannabis — and it worked.

H/t reader squody:

“The purge continues…..”

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The Cost of War: Latest DoD Figures Show Suicide Kills Almost 5 Times as Many Troops as Combat

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The Cost of War: Latest DoD Figures Show Suicide Kills Almost 5 Times as Many Troops as Combat:

As bureaucratic fatcats sit back from their lush taxpayer-funded offices in giant marble buildings debating on whether or not to send more troops to the Middle East, a crisis is being ignored.

Last week, the Department of Defense (DoD) released its 2014 calendar year Suicide Event Report (DoDSER), which details the number of suicide attempts and deaths for U.S. service members.

The numbers are startling.

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Kansas to Military Veteran: Stop Using Medical Marijuana or Give up Your Kids

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Kansas to Military Veteran: Stop Using Medical Marijuana or Give up Your Kids:

Denver, CO A United States military veteran and father is fighting the state of Kansas for custody of his children. In April 2015, Raymond Schwab’s children were confiscated by Child Protective Services, and authorities in the state insist he must discontinue his use of marijuana — which he uses to treat his PTSD — if he and his wife, Amelia, want them back.

Schwab, an honorably discharged veteran of the Gulf War, discovered the benefits of using marijuana to treat PTSD years ago. He lived in Colorado when medical use was legalized, and he found it worked better than other options he had tried.

Veterans Affairs had prescribed Schwab a variety of pharmaceuticals to treat his PTSD, from painkillers and muscle relaxants to anti-anxiety drugs. However, Schwab says, “they were making me crazy, they made me worse.” Schwab says he even developed an addiction to heroin, but that using cannabis helped him overcome it.

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Fort Hood Shooter Was Iraq Veteran Being Treated For Mental Health Issues

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Fort Hood shooter was Iraq vet being treated for mental health issues (CNN, April 3, 2014):

The man who opened fire at the Fort Hood military post in Texas was a veteran who served four months in Iraq and was undergoing treatment for mental health issues.

Spc. Ivan Lopez, married with children, moved to the post in Killeen in February from another military installation.

Authorities don’t know what prompted the shooting spree Wednesday, where Lopez, 34, killed three people, wounded 16 — before fatally shooting himself.

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Feds Tell Veteran He Will Lose Second Amendment Rights Because of PTSD (Video)

When did serving your country become a crime?

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Feds Drop Bombshell On Veterans! (Daily Mashup, Jan 16, 2014):

(by Tim King and Jerry Freeman Salem-news.com)

(MYRTLE CREEK, OR) – If Pat Kirby has his guns taken away by the federal government, then everyone else is probably going to eventually face the same thing. The clock is ticking. Pat Kirby is a decorated Oregon Vietnam Veteran with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). He never imagined he would receive a letter telling him he will have to turn over his guns, or face imprisonment.

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