July 25, 2013
Staff Sargent Robert Bales was in Afghanistan serving in the armed forces when he received a dose of Mefloquine , a drug used to treat malaria. In March of 2012, in the Kandahar providence, Bales shot and killed 16 civilian Afghanis.
John Henry Browne, attorney for Bales, stated that “we know that he was given Lariam while in Iraq. We just don’t have a complete set of medical records for that period (in Afghanistan). [Bales] can’t help us. He just says he took ‘whatever they gave me.’ ”
It is claimed that because of a previous head injury, the Mefloquine was not responding correctly in Bales’ system. Although this assumption has not scientific basis, it was credited with the sudden homicidal actions by Bales.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has revised their warnings to patients using Mefloquine to include the slight possibility that those who have had previous brain trauma “should not use the drug.”
The FDA concluded that if a patient had suffered from a seizure or brain injury should not be given Mefloquine.
However, according to warnings about the use of Mefloquine which were already established, it states that “Mefloquine may cause psychiatric symptoms in a number of patients, ranging from anxiety, paranoia, and depression to hallucinations and psychotic behavior. On occasions, these symptoms have been reported to continue long after Mefloquine has been stopped. Rare cases of suicidal ideation and suicide have been reported though no relationship to drug administration has been confirmed.”
Warning signs to look for include:
• Acute anxiety
• Restlessness or confusion
In the event that these symptoms manifest, it is recommended that “the drug must be discontinued and an alternative medication should be substituted.”
Patients must be screened for prior history of depression, generalized psychosis and schizophrenia before being prescribed this drug.
The mainstream media (MSM) is continuing the narrative that it is traumatic brain injury that is the causation of adverse reactions to Mefloquine.
In a study based on reports from 2004 – 2009, the researchers found that the use of Mefloquine was directly linked to the patient becoming violent toward those around them.
The Department of Defense (DoD) website announced a collaborative effort between various branches of the US Armed Forces to deal with the psychological manifestations of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
By “reducing the stigma” surrounding PTSD and TBI, while directing mental health concerns for those undiagnosed and untreated, there will be a $60 million research study initiated by the National Football League and General Electric (GE).
Another $700 million has been funneled to the project to get PTSD and TBI under control as outlined through executive order by President Obama.
During a private “roundtable” discussion last year at Fort Bliss in Texas, Obama met with members of the military and addressed active duty troops. The Obama administration’s focus is on identifying and “providing additional support” to soldiers who have been diagnosed with “post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries (TBI)”.
Previously, the DoD have come out publicly to state that US veterans suffering from TBI and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) are considered potentially violent and dangerous.
Doctors for the DoD claim CTE is an incurable disease soldiers may develop after having injured their brain in battle. CTE is explained as causing large bursts of anger and depression while having their vital motor skills and memory impacted; as well as being degenerative of whose effects can manifest themselves days, months or years after the initial trauma.
The DoD is tracking soldiers diagnosed with TBI/CTE because, according to the US government agency, they may display personality changes that could come on without warning and effect their ability to acclimate back into American society.
The Us military has a long history of using soldiers for drug experiments with the assistance of psychiatrists such as Colonel James Ketchum who served during the Cold War.
With the use of “psychochemicals that temporarily incapacitate the mind”, Ketchum was able to further theories that warfare could be conducted within the mind of people without having to fire a shot.
However, these tactics have been turned against the soldiers that serve in our military to further the expansion of pharmacological responses to induced behaviors.