ollowing the fatal tragedy beneath the Place de l’Alma in Paris, the loss of a princess whose humanity transcended all national, political and social boundaries still scars the hearts of millions.
Princess, mother, and outspoken advocate for the vulnerable, the rejected and the ignored, the tragedy of Diana’s death is that it seemed to come at a time when the greater promises of her own life were finally awakening.
She was pursued until her last breath by sensation-seeking photographers. Now, into the vacuum created by her passing, we are left with the spectacle of the guilty pointing fingers at each other. The paparazzi ghouls threatened with manslaughter charges rejoiced in the news that driver Henri Paul’s blood showed heavy traces of alcohol.
Whatever the courts decide, we may never know if there was a single most dominant cause or what it was. But of all the factors known to date, the most disturbing has been the least discussed: Henri Paul had not only been drinking — his brain was charged with therapeutic levels of a psychiatric drug known to cause unpredictable violence and self-destructive behaviour.
Dr. Michael Craplet, a French expert, noted that the antidepressant compounded the effects of alcohol the driver had taken and, combined with the speed of the car and the stress, increased the risk of accident “one thousand times.”
While nothing will ever excuse any part of the actions of the paparazzi, if any good is to come of the terrible loss of the Princess of Wales, the presence of psychotropic mood-altering drugs must not be ignored.
Did Prozac trigger some self-destructive urge on the part of Paul? Nothing else to date satisfactorily explains the reckless speed with which he was apparently driving. Had the drug already insidiously altered his personality with the violent and aggressive symptoms psychiatrists describe as “side effects”? We may never know. But why else did the blood tests also reveal the presence of another prescription drug, Tiapridal — supposedly a remedy for agitation and aggression, which have been noted among the “side-effects” of Prozac?
Freedom has warned of the dangers of mind-bending psychiatric drugs for more than a decade. Prozac alone has produced more harmful reactions than any substance in the United States Food and Drug Administration’s adverse reaction reporting history — a fact of particular relevance, given that Prozac is an American product. For the same length of time, psychiatrists have been protesting that their drugs are safe. Why do they ignore the ever-mounting evidence that shows their drugs kill? The answer is obvious: Like the paparazzi, they have a big money industry to maintain.
And so the world remains host to many wealthy newsmen and wealthy psychiatrists. But, tragically, no Princess of Wales.
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